This is so weird. I just bought this off Ebay after looking at pages and pages of swatches. I was expecting a mauvey, soft pink (as Nyx website describes B52), instead I end up with a bright dark red/purpley color! It's so bright that i can't for the world understand why people refer to this as MLBB or soft mauve with brown hints. There's no brown whatsoever and it's quite a harsh color. I am so dissapointed i sent Nyx an email to ask if they changed the color with the new packaging but have yet to hear back. I paid $7.50 in Australia so it wasn't exactly a bargain either.... Big thumbs down.
Bought b52 and two more shades on eBay for less than $8 but hey I wanted to experiment LOL. To me it looks more plum with a hint of pink/brown and leave a nice stain not too subtle but enough and makes your teeth look a bit more white . The bad is that if you eat it gets stuck on your food so yup really embarrassing and has a sunscreen smell to it but hey this color is soooo gorgeous I don't care! As with all lipsticks moisturize
I have one other NYX black label lipstick in Thalia. Because that one is quite a unique colour I can forgive its lack of longevity but because I've found B52 to be very similar to other lippies I already have, I cannot forgive it for disappearing so quickly. Because it is very waxy, it wears off quicker than any other lippie in my rather considerable collection ...!
This is a beautiful mauvey tea-rose color that is a little bit pinker than MLBB on me. It is very subtly romantic and pretty. I'm really liking it for spring and summery looks.
As usual the formula for the NYX round case lipsticks is creamy and smooth. Of the ones that I own (b52, Perfect, Thalia, Snow White), this one seems to benefit from a bit of lip balm applied first for a bit more smoothness. It looks good for about 3 hours on me, which is pretty decent for me.
I think this lipstick is a great value!
The lipstick formula itself isn't that amazing - staying power is just a few hours, smells kind of funny, tube itself looks cheap because of the ingredients sticker that doesn't come off. On the bright side, it doesn't feather, stain or dry lips.
The real bright side that makes it a four star lipstick I reach for again and again, is the color. It is a mauvey-pink that is easy to wear and natural looking in both color and texture on my fair-olive skin. So many cheaper lipsticks have shimmer, this doesn't; the finish is shiny but otherwise natura, a satin.
It's a MLBB. At first I wasn't sure because it looked too dark for my super pale complexion, but now after playing around I found that if I apply it once and then blot it a couple of times it looks gorgeous. Then I wear as it is or sometimes with gloss on top.
I was looking for a dusty rose type lipstick but when I put this on, this was the only pink-y type lipstick that didn't make me feel like a clown. I really like it because although it's not a bright pink, it still makes an impact. It has some magenta tones as well as brown and is quite a unique color. I wouldn't repurchase this shade though, only because I'd like to explore more shades from the NYX Round lipsticks.
Edit:1-20-14 I tossed out my NYX lippys, the ones I have are highly scented and I just can't handle the smell/taste. I will not rebuy, but the colors are lovely.
A very beautiful, creamy, medium pinky/brown color on me (MLBB). Yes, I will buy again.
Not long staying power
I LOVE this lipstick! I was worried at first that it would be too fair for me judging by the color sample provided on the package but it's slightly a shade darker. I have been on the search for a semi natural looking brownish mauve lipstick for a while. My lips have a brown pigment to them so colors like MAC Blankety and MAC Tea Ceremony don't give me the natural look I'm looking for. This was a nice treat to find because it does have some color to it that I can pair with a look when I'm going for an amplified natural look so to speak. Not too fond of the smell but I don't notice it after a few seconds. This lipstick is also a little bit drying so sometimes I apply a lip balm over it. I will try and upload a pic w/ flash and w/o as some of these pics here make it appear darker than it really is.