February 17, 2015

NYX The Skinny Mascara Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

NYX Skinny Mascara

NYX The Skinny Mascara is a brand new mascara formula launching with the NYX Spring 2015 Collection. This little mascara is meant for harder to reach lashes and bottom ones too. I actually always use a smaller mascara wand on my bottom lashes so I don’t smudge and mess up my eye look with a larger brush! I think one of the first things that entered my mind when I got my hands on the NYX The Skinny Mascara was how much it reminded me of It Cosmetics Tight Line Mascara!

Let’s take a look and see if they are similar!

NYX the Skinny Mascara

NYX The Skinny Mascara ($7) comes with an ultra skinny brush that was created specifically for harder to reach lashes and the bottom lash line. I find when I’m doing my thinner lashes or my bottom lash line that a small brush applicator is the way to go. This is basically a spool sans any bristles, it’s just a long straight line brush with little groves that capture lashes and pull them forward. Or if you look close enough there are kinda tiny cut short bristles.

You can use this as your normal mascara should you wish but I find it’s best as a prep mascara especially if you like longer, fuller lashes. This gives lashes some length but not a ton of volume so prepping with it and following up with a more volumizing mascara will get the best effects. The tiny brush pulls lashes up and out and preps them for mascara. The brush is so tiny that it makes it easy to wriggle it under your upper waterline so you can easily tightline the area thus giving you the look a harder to use eyeliner would give you! Pretty nifty right? Of course, It Cosmetics does the same thing but NYX is considerably cheaper in price.

NYX the Skinny Mascara1

The thing I like about the It Cosmetics version is it applies a little smoother and creates a natural separated look. NYX formula can be a little iffy! Applied too quickly my lashes stick together and end up looking spidery. So you do have to stroke this through very slowly. The finished result also isn’t as natural as the one I get from It. If I apply It’s formula I can forgo mascara if I wish however, with NYX’s formula I do feel the need to follow up with another mascara to polish off the unfinished look it gives. So there are pros and cons to both formulas. You can see what I mean in my photos below. My first image shows lashes without mascara, the second shows my lashes with NYX The Skinny only, and the third shows my lashes prepped with The Skinny and my normal mascara on top of it! I feel like my lashes are a little spidery in the second images but once I apply a coat of regular mascara I can get more fullness and volume.

This formula is waterproof and it wore well on my drier eyes without flaking, smearing, or smudging plus it removed very easily with eye makeup remover at the end of the night!

nyx the skinny before after

Needless to say though I’m a firm believer that everyone needs a smaller, thinner wand mascara for bottom lash work and for getting those harder to reach lashes at the inner corner of eyes and hey if I can get that look on the cheap ($7 bucks!) I’m all about it!

I wouldn’t say the NYX the Skinny Mascara is the end all to your mascara needs but it is a tool that will make your current mascara look a little better! Plus the tightlining effect without the need for a pencil is a total score for me. Just wriggle the little wand under your upper waterline and presto! Instant tightlining effect!

You can grab the NYX the Skinny Mascara now at Ulta and Ulta.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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    • Lauren

      The wand is actually much smaller and thinner than lash discovery! And I’m pretty sure lash discovery comes with a tiny bit more product. I wouldn’t say they’re similar. Lash discovery, I think is better for top lashes. Gives better length an, separation. I like the Nyx better for bottom lashes and catching those sneaky lashes in the inner corner.

  • Carrie

    I have used Ulta’s twice as nice mascara where one end is the size of this brush. I absolutely love it, so I will definintely be checking this out as well.

  • Heidi

    I actually like the look of this skinny brush. I really don’t like those big fat ones. They make me feel like I’m about to poke my eye.

    • Dia

      Same! I’m really excited for this one. I could never get into the giant wands, I can’t control them.

  • Icequeen81

    like it, wish they had also a smaller size better for in the bag. but this one is skinny enough to not junk up my bag.

  • Dia

    I just got this! I like how close I can get to the lash roots, but the formula ends up a bit clumpy and messy-looking on me. Though with a little patience and a lash comb, I think I can make it work. It came off easily with makeup remover wipes.