NC40, Light-Medium in Smashbox BB Cream, fair-sknned Filipina with yellow-undertones.
I love bright lipstick, but ever since I got Invisalign last year, I've been staying away from bright colors to avoid attention to my mouth and the inevitable "Do you have clear braces?" question. I've been wearing Mary Kay's Natural Beaute for about a year, and I bought this while waiting for my refill because I thought it'd be a dupe. It isn't - IMO B52 has more pink in the pink-brown shade and Natural Beaute is more brown in the pink-brown shade.
Cons: THE SMELL. I've never complained about a fragrance in a cosmetic before ever, but the floral scent is definitely a turn-off. It's a weird fake floral perfumey smell that hits me immediately. I don't notice anything in the "taste" but if I didn't like the shade and price point so much I definitely would hesitate purchasing it again. Thank goodness the odor fades quickly. The other thing is that the packaging is cheap, like with all of NYX cosmetics. I recommend following the former owner (NYX was sold to L'Oreal last year) Toni Ko on Instagram. @tonibologni. She answers questions about NYX products and just seems like an awesome woman in general. She's acknowledged that they focused more on product quality than on fancy packaging. For the most part it's worth it since the range of products NYX offer at their price point is pretty remarkable, but I do wish I could travel with my NYX products without being concerned the cases will break, like they have for my eye shadows and bronzer. In this case the plastic tube looks and feels cheap, like the play pretend lipstick you get for little girls who want to play dress-up.
PROS: Creaminess and color payoff are GOOD. With Invisalign you constantly need to brush brush brush your teeth each time you eat or drink a beverage that isn't water, and as a result my lips are drier, especially this winter. This lipstick is hydrating and camouflages, not highlights, any dryness I have. This is a total MLBB lipstick that's pinky-brown. One or two swipes does the trick. Any more and it looks too dark. It's a good every day color to use when I want to look put together without trying too hard.
Everyday brownish-pink tone, adds definition but is not screaming "I wear lipstick". Does not dry lips but is not that lasting as black label lipsticks from NYX. But for the price, great.
I bought this in my eternal search for the perfect MLBB lipstick. Descriptions on MUA sounded promising. However, this shade is too bright for me and looks "fake" - kind of like an 80s housewife look, don't know how to describe. I do like the consistency, as it's very moist, but I never end up wearing it.
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.