I discovered my first NYX counter recently whilst browsing the aisles of Boots in Exeter. It’s safe to say I panicked, went totally overboard and ending up leaving with several products that I definitely did not want or need in my life. Amongst these was a disappointing dark circle corrector and a felt tip brow filler which turned out to be the dodgiest shade of “medium brown” I’ve ever experienced. I’m convinced that NO ONE’s eyebrows are this colour and can’t understand what possessed me to buy this.
Unfortunately, my remaining purchase was just as questionable. The NYX liquid eyeliner in white. Did I need this? No. Would I use this every day? No. Clearly the ideal purchase.
Things weren’t looking good. Nonetheless, I decided to try and redeem myself by attempting a ‘wearable’ white cat eye. We usually see white eyeliner used on the inner corners of the eye to highlight, or the lower waterline to make eyes appear larger and brighter. But what about above the eye?
To be honest, it’s not as bad as I’d expected. Maybe a little too quirky for those who like to keep it simple, but certainly one to try if you’re looking to up your winged liner game. The product itself is impressively pigmented, and I can see myself using it when I want to venture outside of my comfort zone and get creative with my makeup. But that’s about all the praise I have. After a few minutes, it cracks on the skin and wears off easily. As my rational brain tried to tell me before I parted with my money, I definitely won’t be using this every day.
And so the moral of the story is: don’t buy random NYX products from a counter for the sake of buying NYX products from a counter. A profound and valuable lesson, I think you’ll agree. If I had a NYX counter at my local Boots, I’m sure this fiasco never would have happened. For now, I’ll be sticking to my trusty white pencil eyeliner in the ‘conventional’ places, and returning to my excessive review-reading tactics before making any future NYX purchases.