The NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream Crayons are a new twist up lip pencil available in six shades that are currently part of the NYX permanent collection. I’m kinda always obsessed with finding great shades of nude lipstick and gloss that I can wear without looking like living dead girl which is one reason these new NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream Crayons intrigued me. On the other hand, I’m also obsessed with chubby lip pencils so when they launched earlier this Fall I was all, “gimme, gimme, gimme!”
Let’s see what I think of the NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream formula!
The NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream Crayons are a chubby little twist up lip pencil with a light satiny finish. At a glance I swear they were concealer pencils as they quite remind me of the Cover Girl TruBlend Fixstick Concealer or even the L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer. Honestly, if you’re sleepy one morning and you store these in the same drawer as your conceal pencil chances are you’ll be swiping under your eyes and blending out and be none the wiser! Even the color selection reminds me of concealer shades!
NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream Swatches (Sable, Peaches, Exposed, Disrobed, Fairest, Honey)
NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream Swatches (Sable, Peaches, Exposed)
NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream Swatches (Exposed, Disrobed, Fairest, Honey)
The formula is divine. These have a lightly creamy thin texture that glides on lips beautifully and leave behind very pigmented color, too pigmented in fact as unfortunately I do get a severe case of zombie lips with about 90% of the shades. I did sheer these out for my photos below because full on I look all kinds of wacky since many of the shades do not suit my skin tone. You have to really look through the shades and likely you’ll settle on a single shade that is most suitable for your skin tone. Mine was Sable which is a brown with a pink undertone. It’s all about discovering which nude is best for you. I did feel like a few shades such as Honey and Fairest ended up looking very similar on me once applied but swatched quite differently. I don’t find these terribly hydrating but they aren’t drying either and they have a very smooth, even application upon the original application. After the set a few shades ended up falling into my natural lip lines and giving the appearance of a patchy, uneven finish. Not all the shades suffered this issue but many of the lighter colors did for me so about four of the six shades ended up looking poorly on me. I think on the upside if you pair some of the shades with gloss they not only become wearable (because without some of these colors were scary) but they actually end up look bettering and more natural. For example Peaches which is a nude peach was horrible on me on the initial application but with gloss (as shown below) it become a totally beautiful nude! So don’t write some of the shades off because with a little clear gloss they are totally wearable! Even a gold shimmering clear gloss of some kind will really make some of these nudes pop. They do wear a shorter time at around two to three hours tops so you might want to keep them around for touch ups. The other nice thing about these is they can play double duty as a lip concealer to wear under lipsticks and intensify the shades of your lip color as you can use them to nude out the natural shade of your lips so your lipstick color appears more intense!
(Peaches worn with clear gloss)
One thing I noticed, which might be a fluke, is after tossing them all in my bag they ended up stepping from the base and squishing up against the cap. So when I emptyied out my bag one night I realized the tips were smashed up against the top of the cap. It seems they all loosed from the base. Not snapped off in a messy way but they just looked from the base they were set on which kinda sucked. I have to stick them in the freezer and hope they’ll adhere to the base again! I’m not sure if this goes for all the pencils or if I just got a bad batch!
NYX Disrobed Simply Nude Lip Cream
NYX Fairest Simply Nude Lip Cream
NYX Peaches Simply Nude Lip Cream
NYX Sable Simply Nude Lip Cream
NYX Exposed Simply Nude Lip Cream
NYX Honey Simply Nude Lip Cream
All in all the formula on the NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream has a few quirks but I’m actually I purchased all the shades. Even though most make me look crazy zombie girl-like, I felt like clear gloss gave them all kinds of potential and wearability so now I have six shades of really great nudes I can wear under gloss. Shades I actually wouldn’t even consider as looking good until I paired them up with gloss.
Of course, this could disappoint folks who want to wear them just as a light satin lip color. In that case, I simply suggest going with the shade or shades if you’re lucky that best suit your skin tone as you’re bound to find at least one shade that’s your perfect nude from this batch! Just remember lip balm worn under these goes a long way at giving them the best possible finish!
The NYX Simply Nude Lip Creams are available now at Ulta and Ulta.com.
What was your experience like?