First, to address some confusion. On the NYX site, these are listed as “Ultra Creamy Round Lipsticks.” On the Ulta site, these are listed as “Round Case Lipsticks.” Both sites show different caps to the tubes. But, as far as I can tell, they are the same thing.
One of the things you can rely on when it comes to NYX is that they are completely unreliable. When they’re good, they’re great. When they’re bad, good god…they’re awful. Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get. This is a story about the awful.
Despite knowing what a mixed bag NYX products can be, I found myself wooed by the tiny selection offered at Target. I couldn’t help it. Sometimes, you just gotta buy lipsticks.
I had never tried the Round Case Lipsticks and I thought it was time to pick up a few shades that had been on my lust list. My immediate reaction when I held them in my hands was mild disappointment. The packaging is ugly. They were only $4, but they really looked like they only cost $4. I shook it off. Looks aren’t everything. NYX is usually lacking in the packaging department and behind the cheap plastic can hide some seriously great product. I twisted the bullet up and out and went for my first swipe.
Awful. The formula wasn’t just “extra creamy,” it was overly creamy, and it managed to find every wrinkle and crag in my lips. It somehow found the tiniest patches of dry skin clung to them for dear life. It looked like wet paint and it felt like wet paint. I stared at my lips in disbelief. It was like $4 of destruction.
I’ll still do a color breakdown, just for old times’ sake. They actually look halfway decent in the swatch pics, but believe me…gross.
NYX Round Case Lipstick in “Thalia”: This one is described as a “muted mauve” but it has a lot of gray to it. The formula of gray + whatever is super in right now, but the formula ruins anything that trendy color combo had going for it. The gray made the mauve look ashy. My lips looked like a ghost’s butthole.
NYX Round Case Lipstick in “Tea Rose”: This one is described as a “muted rose with blue undertones” which, sure, whatever. I didn’t see any blue undertones, but the muted rose makes sense. The color was pretty inoffensive. Overall, it’s meh.
I want to be wrong about this line. There are a billion different shades. They can’t all be bad, right? RIGHT? Something I noticed when researching the product is that there are two different camps on instagram. On one side, people are posting their pics and the lipsticks looks bad. On the other, people are posting their pics and it looks slightly better BUT those people all seem to mention that they layered the Round Case Lipsticks over another product (usually a liner). Maybe that’s the trick? If so, I’ll pass. I don’t have time for that nonsense.