Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Birthday Haul; Lipsticks - MAC, NYX & BARRY M

Hello everyone : )

Since it was my birthday on Monday, I am going to do a few birthday hauls because if I included everything I want to show you in one post, it would be MASSIVE!

Today’s post is on lipsticks.  

Normally I really dislike lipstick but for the past few weeks I've been obsessed with them. For my birthday I got some money so I decided to get 3 MAC lipsticks and 1 Barry M lipstick, plus as mentioned in a earlier post, I was getting 6 NYX round lipsticks from my boyfriend so I will show you them too.

The 3 MAC lipsticks I bought were Saint Germain, Pink Nouveau and Viva Glam Nicki.

Barry M Palest Lavender
MAC Viva Glam Nicki
MAC Pink Nouveau 
MAC Saint Germain 

Saint Germain is amazing! I am fair-skinned (NC15 most of the time being too dark!) so this really does stand out on my lips. The shade is just gorgeous, a pastel pink colour with a hint of lilac, bright yet light and a cute colour that I imagine will suit a lot of people!  The Amplified Creme formula is super pigmented, extremely creamy and smooth, however it is not the most moisturizing I have ever come across. The texture is beautiful; it glides on lips so easily!

Pink Nouveau is a medium blue toned pink which is super flattering for any skin colour, warm or cool toned and I would even say any hair colour! The Satin finish is a very smooth and creamy texture and this one is especially lovely! The pigmentation is amazing and I would say this lipstick lasting time is around 5 hours depending on what you eat or drink.

Viva Glam Nicki is such a stunning bright pink shade and I am very happy that I bought it, even though I don’t like Nicki herself :P It’s described as a yellow based pink which makes it appear slightly more coral on my skin tone, but still making it a perfect Barbie pink shade. This lipstick is also a satin finish so is of a smooth and creamy texture.

All these lipsticks have that lovely vanilla smell, as all MAC lipsticks do. Over all I think Mac prices aren't as bad as people make out, they actually are cheaper than any other high end make up line and they are definitely worth the money!

MAC Saint Germain
MAC Pink Nouveau
MAC Nicki
Barry M Palest Lavender

The next lipstick I got was Barry M’s Palest Lavender, shade 129. It has a creamy texture, which goes on smooth, but is not very pigmented; I need a good 3 coats to get a colour on my lips! It’s a light lavender colour which is very cool toned, so I think it would look strange with warm toned skin. The texture is similar to the formula of MAC Lustres, and I don't find this particular lipstick drying or chalky in the least. However, I have worn this lipstick once, swatched it twice and it already broke and looks a mess. I was like wtf o.O So just a warning to be very, VERY careful with this!

My yucky Barry M 

The next 6 are all NYX, and they all have really surprised and impressed me! If you didn’t know, us British folk can’t get NYX in “drug stores” So I had to order online, from eBay. After some serious googling I decided on getting the colours Power, Strawberry Milk, Fig, Lousiana, Narcissus and Spell Bound. However there was a mix up and I ended up with two Fig lipsticks, I wasn’t best pleased at the beginning but now I really like Fig!

Power is a gorgeous, cool-toned pinky lilac, but has some sort of beige greyish undertones that can make you look like a corpse or a victim of hypothermia! It is much lighter than in the swatch!

Strawberry Milk is a pigmented lilac toned bubblegum pink; it is not a natural shade of “lip” at all! It is a mix of a cream/satin finish and is very moisturizing

Fig is a warm-toned medium pink rose colour. It has no shimmer or frost to it, and reminds me of a more ‘grown up’ colour compared to the other in my collection.

Louisiana is a purple based bright medium pink which almost has a hint of coral to it. The colour is matte, but has a glossy/satiny finish. It is darker and has more warm tones than Narcissus, but less brown/orange than Fig.

Narcissus is a great bubblegum pink! It has no lilac or blue tones, and it doesn't have any orange or yellow shine to it either. It is bright and perfect pink at the same time. It is NOT too light so it won't come off chalky or white or pastel like Strawberry Milk or Power. It is my favourite of the NYX lipsticks.

Narcissus, Power, Louisiana, Fig, Strawberry Milk

The overall appearance of the lipstick is nice, it has a shiny black tube with the shade name and number written on the top, the colour of the lipstick can be seen through the transparent bottom.

The texture off all the lipsticks are smooth and glides on the lips very easily, the finish is between matte and glossy. It depends on the shade you get. I love the pigmentation of these because only one swipe can give the right colour, the lasting power however is somewhat poor, only lasting around 3 hours so a reapply is a must!

So that's it, all the lipsticks I got for my birthday, my favourites are 
Viva Glam Nicki, Saint Germain and Narcissus.

Leave me a comment, 

Emily X


  1. Ooooh I'm jealous, I love pink Nouver! I'm going to have to get my hands on that one <3

    Lea x

    1. It is such a beautiful shade <3 I hope if you get it, you like it as much as I do ;) xxx