Let me begin by clarifying something: The following is going to be an ode to a brand producing four different formulas of cruelty-free liquid lipsticks, all for under $10 a pop. I'm talking about NYX Cosmetics, of course, a company actively producing makeup that fits current trends without making you break the bank. Cheap liquid lipsticks are not only a joy for any thrifty beauty-obsessive, but actually a necessity in a cosmetics climate that's literally obsessed with liquid lipsticks.
We can undoubtedly thank Kylie Jenner's Lip Kits for the liquid matte revolution of 2016. But her Kits, while glorious, will set you back $29 each for a liner and liquid lipstick package. It's a price that could score you four of NYX Cosmetics' Lip Lingerie colors, with a dollar left over.
It's even pretty common knowledge in the budget beauty blogger community that some of the NYX Cosmetics hues are spot-on dupes for the Kylie Lip Kit shades. But even if you're not out to recreate Ms. Jenner's cosmetic line for less, NYX has many more colors in its lines to get you on board the liquid lipstick train.
In fact, the brand recently launched a Cosmic Metals Lip Cream line — "coincidentally" close to the release of the Kylie Lip Kit metallic shades — that features 11 different metallic liquid lipstick products. They're undoubtedly a step away from the nude-toned matte pouts we've been seeing so far in 2016.
NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream, $7.50, nyxcosmetics.com
Other than the two liquid lipstick lines I've already mentioned by NYX — Lip Lingerie and Cosmic Metals Lip Cream — the brand offers the Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick for a softer, less matte effect compared to other liquid lippies, as well as the Soft Matte Lip Cream, which now comes in 34 shades. This makes it pretty damn impossible to not find a liquid lipstick shade that you adore.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, $6, nyxcosmetics.com
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, $7, nyxcosmetics.com
The point I'm trying to make here is that whether liquid lipsticks are a trend you just want to experiment with, or you're out to acquire every possible shade of liquid lipstick you could possibly ever need, NYX is the perfect brand for this product.
Personally, I can't get enough of every one of its liquid lipstick lines. Not only are they inexpensive, but they work brilliantly and are extremely long-wear. If I could, I would purchase every single shade on the market. And if you love liquid lipsticks, you'd likely have the same wish, too.
NYX Lip Lingerie, $7, nyxcosmetics.com
To finish off this love letter to NYX's liquid lipsticks, I want to do some math. Buying all the Lip Lingerie shades currently available would set you back $42. All the Liquid Suede lippies would cost you $168. The Soft Matte shades altogether would be $204. And for the new Cosmic Metals line, all 11 colors would cost you $82.50.
Purchasing them all means you can get 79 different shades of liquid lipsticks for $496.50. That's less than $500 for almost 80 lipsticks. In the simplest of terms, what a bloody bargain.
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