I purchased the Chunky Dunks in Rum Punch and Hibiscus Tea Punch. NYX Chunky Dunks are twist-up chunky pencils with a light balmy feel. They are a similar size and packaging to the Revlon Balm Stains and several other chunky pencils in the drugstore. NYX nailed the formula when it comes to comfort and moisture. The Chunky Dunks are very lightweight on the lips, and don’t feel like you are wearing anything. Even built-up and heavily layered, the formula stays lightweight. At the same time, they are moisturizing like a good quality lip balm and extremely comfortable. Unfortunately, that comfort comes at a cost. The silky smooth formula is not sticky in the slightest, nor does it hug the lips, which means that there isn’t anything to make it stay. I only get one to two hours of wear with the NYX Chunky Dunks, even less if I am drinking or talking a lot. Luckily, the ease of the packaging makes it convenient to quickly re-apply throughout the day, but they are certainly not long-lasting. The picture above is the Chunky Dunk in Rum Punch, and below is Hibiscus Tea Punch.
Color-wise, the Chunky Dunks are sheer but can be built up for decent pigmentation. The amount of opacity will vary by shade, with some shades coming closer to looking opaque and some (usually the lighter shades) staying mostly sheer. NYX Chunky Dunks are not as pigmented as the Revlon Balm Stains, though, so if pigmentation is what you are looking for, look elsewhere. They do have a lovely shine that lasts longer than expected. The first of the two shades that I purchased, Rum Punch, has good pigmentation that can be built up for a lot of color. It will never be opaque, but it provides solid plum-berry color that is quite noticeable. Hibiscus Tea Punch is a sheer nudish mauve, very close to my natural lip color. Because it is such a light shade, it is very subtle on the lips but does provide some shine. Here is a swatch of the two shades.
NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie in Rum Punch is on the left, and Hibiscus Tea Punch is on the right. This is a normal swatch, but you can build up the color on Rum Punch a little more than this. As I said, the Chunky Dunks are on the sheer side. I enjoy them, especially with how comfortable they are on the lips. They feel very close to regular lip balm. I also love that, unlike many NYX lip products, the Chunky Dunks have no noticeable smell or taste. Yay!!!! I do wish that the color lasted longer, but they are convenient and easy to carry around for touch ups. If you like subtle lip color with pretty shine, and don’t mind having to re-apply throughout the day, the NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippies might be for you. They are normally $6 each at Ulta and nyxcosmetics.com, but right now they are on sale at ulta.com for half off. I definitely think that they are worth a look, especially at that price.