Beauty Advent Calendars seem to be ever on the increase in popularity over the last few years especially, since many can be rather pricey, in fact most are, I feel it’s a really helpful thing to seek out reviews on, in order to hunt out a bargain or simply to avoid disappointment. NYX (a brand I’ve yet to sample) are currently selling theirs for half of the retail price (were £50, now £25) and so I felt it were the perfect opportunity to see what all the hype is about!
Due to this calendar being filled solely with lip products I thought I’d leave individual reviews for another time, as and when requested, I will however be focusing more on the calendar itself in the simple form of pros and cons! I hope that my insights will prove to be somewhat helpful, either now, or as Christmas approaches once again. I did of course have to do some quick swatches – I were too eager to contain myself any longer!
Everyone loves a good sale, and a reduction of 50% isn’t to be sniffed at, at all.. As NYX isn’t exactly a drugstore brand, £25 for the advent is rather exciting!
We’re all like magpies really, aren’t we? Whilst we aren’t all necessarily drawn towards sparkles we are still drawn towards things of which are aesthetically pleasing, personally I find this advent to be rather easy on the eye! It looks sleek and trendy, perfect to pull in a wide age range, teens and older!
What I really like about this item is that whilst it’s entirely made up of lip products, it’s been done in a way of which still offers a mix due to the inclusion of NYX’s many different product types, from lipsticks, liquid suede, glosses and butters. This is the perfect way to try out a variety of styles and colours etc.
Considering the original RRP of £50 it would be nice to think that there would have been full sized products included in this, or that at least there would have been a door to open on Christmas Day which would have been full sized, however there’s 24 doors, all small sized.
Recommended Retail Price
Maybe it’s just me but I feel that the RRP of £50 is pricey, had I been considering getting this before the sales hit, it would have been a no go.
The Detail is in the Door
Okay so for an RRP of £50 you kind of expect that the little details would be taken care of, as such, the doors. For starters the doors are numbered in order 1-24 from top to bottom, left to right. Usually doors would be scattered on an advent, in order to make you search for the door corresponding to that day, this may be a small point but I feel that it takes away some of the fun. Also the colour of the product for that day is displayed on each door, too, taking away ALL elements of surprise, since the products are already listed on the back, also.
I have to say it, I’m being honest, I don’t feel the quality of some of the lip products is that fantastic. Sure, I have a feeling that I’ll be satisfied with some of them, though some of the types just don’t cut it for me, such as the butter glosses, unless using the intense ones there really isn’t much of a colour pay off, I feel this isn’t helped by the product consistency being rather thin. Considering one of my all time favourite brands is a drugstore brand, I know for a fact there’s cosmetics out there which will tick my boxes for a much smaller price tag.
Another issue with the packaging itself is that the doors were actually rather hard to get open! I managed to hurt myself doing so even, which of course isn’t the best really, is it?
This is one of those things of which will definitely prove to be each to their own, an individual thing, but I came out in a rash for a short period of time after swatching the products on my arm. It’s very rare, actually, extremely almost impossibly rare, that I ever come out with skin complaints from products of any kind, be that skincare or cosmetic, so to have gained a rash from swatching took me back a little. I have no known allergies, either, how very perplexing.
Overall, I do like this calendar, though I do feel that the original RRP is excessive and I know for a fact that I wouldn’t pay that for sample sized products, especially seeing as how they aren’t utterly outstanding. I do however look forward to using the products more and discovering my favourites.
1: Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – Vintage
2: Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – Soft-Spoken
3: Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – Stone Fox
4: Soft Matte Lip Cream – Sao Paulo
5: Soft Matte Lip Cream – Paris
6: Soft Matte Lip Cream – Copenhagen
7: Simply Red Chubby Lip Cream – Russian Roulette
8: Simply Vamp Chubby Lip Cream – She Devil
9: Lingerie Liquid Lipstick – Push-Up
10: Lingerie Liquid Lipstick – Corset
11: Lingerie Liquid Lipstick – Exotic
12: Lingerie Liquid Lipstick – Embellishment
13: Matte Lipstick – Indie Flick
14: Matte Lipstick – Up The Bass
15: Matte Lipstick – Shocking Pink
16: Matte Lipstick – Eden
17: Butter Lipstick – Seashell
18: Butter Lipstick – Root Beer
19: Butter Lipstick – Ripe Berry
20: Intense Butter Gloss – Tres Leches
21: Intense Butter Gloss – Berry Strudel
22: Butter Gloss – Creme Brulee
23: Butter Gloss – Sugar Cookie
24: Butter Gloss – Raspberry Tart
Do you have this advent or any of the included products yourself, what are your thoughts? Which is your favourite NYX product overall, lip or otherwise?
Disaster Davis x