I have a new found love for lipstick – highly pigmented, rich, moisturizing lipstick. I always played it safe and wore clear or colored lip gloss, and steered clear of lipstick. It was just never my thing – until now. 🙂
After dishing out $18-$24 per tube for a few MAC lipsticks and feeling pretty “blah” about them, I decided to experiment with a less expensive brand that did not carry the notability, popularity or price tag of the MAC brand, but definitely showed up and showed out. While catching up on a few of African Export’s awesome YouTube videos, I came across a review on the Nick K. Cosmetics lipstick line. Anyone who keeps up with African Export knows that she experiments and reviews A LOT of different types of makeup and makeup lines. She as well as a slew of her commenters raved about the Nicka K. lipstick line, so I was inclined to give it a try.
Nicka K. Cosmetics carry about 70 shades of lipstick and can be found at your local beauty supply store (bss) for $1 – $2 per tube. Inexpensive, right?! My local bss carried 40+ colors for $1.99 each so I picked up 9 different shades. Not only was it time to go the cheaper route, it was also time to experiment with some different colors.
L to R: Angora 936, Beach Fuchsia 800, Brilliant Fuchsia 906, Ruby Red 100, Black Orchid 302, Amethyst 901, Bordeaux 905, Bronze 904, Natural 934
I tried each color and my first impression…I’m sold!
Pros: The lipstick is very moisturizing! I was pleasantly surprised at just how moisturizing it was – no need to apply any lip balm, etc.! The colors were very pigmented. I did a few glides over each lip and the there was an immediate color burst. Also, it’s pretty long-lasting. I reapplied my lipstick every 3-4 hours, which isn’t too bad. As previously mentioned, Nicka K. offers an array of colors that will suit all skin tones, so your pretty much guaranteed to find a shade that works for you. Finally, you can’t argue with the price. I purchased 9 tubes of lipstick for the price of one tube of MAC lipstick. Need I say more?!
Cons: The only complaint I have is the packaging. The actual plastic tube that holds the lipstick is very cheap. The cover easily comes off, which can lead to a major mess if you don’t store it in a small tight space. I keep it in my little make-up bag and I haven’t had any lipstick boo-boos yet.
Trash it or stash it? This lipstick has definitely been added to my stash. It’s a very decent quality, affordable lipstick. I actually love them! I realize that the most expensive and popular makeup brands aren’t always the best. You can definitely find some awesome inexpensive makeup brands that are just as good, if not better than the extremely popular brands. With that said, I’ll definitely be expanding my Nicka K. lipstick collection.
A few of my faves: Brilliant Fushia, Black Orchid and Ruby Red
Have you tried the Nicka K. Lipstick or any other products from its cosmetics line? If so, how did you like it?