Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Purchase - NYX Thalia lipstick - A Greek Muse for only a $1.90

As some of you may know, I have a sickness. A weakness if you will. When I order a makeup or a beauty item on line. I can’t just order ONE item, even if that is the only item I need. I don’t add junk to my basket to qualify for free shipping. No. Nothing that extreme. However, I do have to add at least one more item to my order for some reason. When I ordered my NYX Champagne & Caviar palette from Nonpareil Boutique I didn’t fall prey to the “place an order for $50 and get free shipping” junk. I certainly don’t need $50 of NYX makeup. But I did notice that NYX sells these lipsticks called “round lipsticks” for about $1.90. Come on. A $2 lipstick? How could I NOT get at least one?

NYX says that
“NYX round lipstick is a velvet-textured lip cream that covers the lips with rich color. Round lipstick smoothes and moisturizes your lips with each application. NYX round lipstick comes in 144 shades, choose the one that's right for you.”

NYX Round Lipstick comes in 144 different shades?! Humm 144 multiplied by $1.90 = 273.60! No. No. I’m not going to do it. I don’t have enough storage space for 144 additional lipsticks…let alone the cash for them. Plus, in all honesty. I wasn’t that trilled with an aspect of the formula.

Uh oh! Here we go again!

No. Don’t get me wrong. I’m quite pleased with the color that I ordered. It’s called Thalia. According to Wikipedia…where I get most of my information because I’m lazy and don’t want to do too much reading,
“Thalia was a rustic goddess, the Muse of comedy and idyllic poetry. In this context, her name means “flourishing,” because the praises in her songs flourish through time. Thalia was the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the eighth-born of the nine Muses. In art, Thalia was portrayed holding a comic mask, a shepherd’s staff, or a wreath of ivy. According to pseudo-Apollodorus, she and Apollo were the parents of the Corybantes.”

OK. So Thalia is a Muse. Sweet! I think this shade is perfect for Thalia. It’s pink! It's mysterious…oh who am I kidding? This shade is a lovely light pink nude that does not turn orange on my skin. (I have a problem with a lot of nude lipsticks turning orange on me.) The color is also pink enough that it does not look too purple or grey on me either. (You never would have thought finding a good nude pink lipstick would be so difficult, would you?) It’s just that simple. It’s a very basic color, but needed for when I do a smokey eye and don’t want to have a lip color that is too bold to overpower the eye.

Speaking of color, the pigmentation with this lipstick is superb. It’s practically opaque. It’s so well pigmented that I really can’t tell it cost me only $1.90. The pigmentation is on par with some of my more expensive lipsticks. I’m quite impressed.

The formula is pretty good too. I like lipsticks that have a decent amount of “slip”. Slip is the slick feeling you get when you apply the lipstick. Surely you have applied lipsticks with a low amount of slip. You know, stuff that feels like it is dragging your lip with the lipstick? A slippery lipstick glides effortlessly over your lips, but still apples the same great pigmentation that you would get by pressing firmly during application. Chanel Rouge Allure Lipsticks have a perfect amount of “slip”. The NYX Round Lipstick has a great amount of slip. Dare I say, almost too much? It seriously glides over your lips in a second with little or no effort. And what you are left with is a well pigmented pucker!


But What? So what’s not to like? $1.90 Inexpensive! Perfect Color! Decent pigmentation. Excellent “slip”. How can you criticize, Elvira!

Well I’ll tell you how, oh impatient voice in my head.

It’s drying. Oh my goodness. It is sooo drying. I guess I never realized that my lips need a lot of moisture. I have been wearing mostly Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks, Chanel Glossimers and Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipsticks and stick glosses that I didn’t realize how moisturizing they are. The NYX Round Lipstick, while perfect in every other aspect, dries my lips out like crazy after only a few minutes of wear. My lips get all tight and dry and they start to beg for moisture. I manage to quell the moisture need by applying my Labello lip balm prior to application, but that tends to sheer the color out a bit too much. I have also tried to apply a clear gloss over top, but then I look like I just won a Fried Chicken Eating contest because the gloss combined with the glossy lipstick is a tad too much. While the dryness is annoying, I deal with it because I love the color so.

Do you NEED this? YES! Drying my lips out aside, this is an incredible bargain and a decent lipstick to boot. With 144 different shades, there is at least one “perfect” color for everyone. Heck! Worse comes to worse, I’ll use it to write love notes to Mr. Sith on our bathroom mirror! Awwww.

p.s. I have NO idea why the lipstick looks so much darker in the tube and on my arm than it does on my lips. To get a good color representation I tried to alter the color of the swatch but it didn't look right so I left it as is. No altering at all. I guess once applied to my lips the lip color has a mind of its own.


  1. $1.90 you say? Hmm.....I think the husband would stab me if I grabbed anymore lip stuff. He sees the boatloads of gloss sitting around only partially used and "doesn't get why I need more?" *lol* But surely even he can't argue with less than two bucks?? I don't actually wear much lip*stick*, just gloss, but it's worth a shot to find a good red. Thanks for the review!

  2. hmm I've been thinking about buying some, but wasn't sure of its quality. The price is unbeatable XDD but drying??? omigod! I have super dry lips already, using Labello and balms every hour or so...don't need a lipstick that would worsen that. X.X

  3. I just got this in a swap last night! What a coincidence.

    Anyways, I love the color of Thalia. It looked rather dark in the tube, as you said, but it looks absolutely lovely on, and the pigmentation is great! It is fairly drying which is a bummer, but I find MAC to be fairly drying too, so I'd rather spend $2 on NYX than $14 on MAC... especially since I don't usually wear lipstick. (I haven't tried the more expensive lipsticks that you've mentioned.) I'd recommend giving them a try.

  4. That is a gorgeous color on you! I had two NYX lipsticks and sent one to Lachesisss because she really wanted it. I like it and all but you're so right about the formula. But what can you expect for $2, right? =)

  5. thalia didn't look so good on me but it looks fab on you!

  6. I have this color as well, and it is one of my staples for sure! It is a bit drying, but add you favorite gloss over the top and ta-da! Gorgeous! :)

  7. wow that color looks so good on your lips! it's just the right amount of pink, mauve and beige. Yum!! :)


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