In response to recent NYX swatches, several of you wrote in to ask if I could swatch NYX’s round lipsticks. I wrote to NYX to ask if that would be possible (fully expecting the answer to be no; they have 144 different shades of that lipstick formula) — to my great surprise they offered to send me a selection of shades for swatching.
At regular price, NYX’s round lipsticks are $4 each (sales happen from time to time). They feel very creamy, but they have an odd scent I can’t quite place… slightly chemical or medicinal.
Celene is a frosty yellow gold. Circe is a pink nude creme. Darling is a shimmery nude rose. Thalia is a creme mauve. Twist is a shimmery, warm, strawberry red. Watermelon is a frosty, warm, strawberry pink.
Femme is an electric coral creme. Gem is a frosty hot pink (it’s cool; you can see it reflects sort of blue). Rose is a warmer hot pink, and a creme finish. Eros is a warm red — the color of a Red Hot (cinnamon candy). Fire is azalea-colored, a warm, hot pink creme. Hebe is a deeper red with pink sparkles. Electra is a deeper, warmer red creme. Chaos is a vibrant, electric, cool pinked red. Hero is a deep blue-red.
As a very amusing sidenote, the back end of a NYX round lipstick has a colored cap (to tell you the shade before you open it). Â On some lipsticks, this plastic cap is slightly loose, and if you pull it off, you’ll find that the plastic is actually clear, and NYX pours in a little lipstick to give you the color preview. Â It’s kind of like a tiny bit of extra “emergency” lipstick, should you run out of your favorite shade.
EDIT: I have been informed that the back reservoir is filled not with lipstick, but a soft, gummy, colored rubber. Sorry to disappoint.