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Friday, April 27, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Sponge Cake, Juicy Red, and Candy Shop

NYX Mega Shine Lip Glosses are some of the most buzzed about among the "drugstore" lip glosses. At $5.50, they are even cheaper than some you may find in the drugstore and, some say, the quality is unbelievable. Let's try and get to the bottom of these claims, shall we?
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Candy Shop

"Candy Shop" is a frosty pink gloss with gold shimmer in it that, when worn alone don't seem like much. However, when put over another liner or lipstick the gold shimmer really comes out and adds another dimension to the gloss.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Juicy Red

Despite seeming like day-glo orange-red in the packaging, "Juicy Red" turns out to be a sheer wash on the lips. It's completely void of any glitter or shimmer and despite the red appearance in the packaging, it went on my lips rather pink.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Sponge Cake

"Sponge Cake' is a brown based pink with gold shimmer. While it's very similar to "Candy Shop", it goes on the lips slightly darker, but still sheer.

From the left: Juicy Red, Sponge Cake, Candy Shop
The texture of all three of these is very smooth and creamy - even those with shimmer - which is a big plus! I wouldn't describe any of them as high shine glosses, but rather glazes that slowly wear away. In general, I notice them lasting around 3-4 hours when I'm not eating or drinking anything. While they aren't super moisturizing, I do notice my lips feeling softer and a little more hydrated after wearing. And, something I really love is that they don't feel like they sit on top of your lips. Sometimes I feel like other glosses create a slick barrier between my lips and the outside world, but these glosses felt like they absorbed into my lips somewhat without losing shine.

The only thing I was a little disappointed with was the color payoff. When swatched, I can tell a definite difference between each color. But, on the lips, they all look similar when worn alone. Some of them transform when you put them over lipsticks or liners, but I tend to like a gloss that can hold its own with or without a supporting product. Aside from this, though, the glosses really did hold up to the claims.

What do you think of the Mega Shine Lip Glosses?

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