The NYX High Voltage Lipsticks come in long, slender tubes with a clear plastic cap. The packaging is nothing to write home about. I like that you can see the actual shade before you buy, but that’s the only good thing about the packaging. It looks cheap, and I had an issue with the cap coming off of the lipstick in my bag. I know that these lipsticks are only $6 each, but NYX could have put a little more effort in the packaging, if nothing else than to make sure that the caps were secure. The product does not quite screw all the way down into the packaging, so be careful opening and closing as to avoid nicks. There is just the faintest sweet scent of vanilla or cookies, but no discernible taste. I find the formula kind of inconsistent, so I will talk about each shade individually.
The first NYX High Voltage Lipstick I chose was Free Spirit. It is a bright, vibrant orange shade. The pigmentation of these High Voltage Lipsticks is fantastic. The vibrancy of Free Spirit is quite obvious and easy to achieve with very little layering. The High Voltage Lipsticks have a smooth, creamy formula, but they do not perform the same. Though I thought Free Spirit was a gorgeous color, I did not like the way it settles into my lip lines and emphasized my flaws. It made the texture of my lips look uneven and unattractive. I do not like how Free Spirit wears at all, and it will be going back.
Speaking of how they wear, I thought that the High Voltage Lipsticks are very comfortable on the lips. I don’t find them drying at all, and they feel very lightweight. Staying power is so-so. They do not stand up to eating and drinking, so you will definitely have to re-apply throughout the day. If you are not drinking or talking very much, you can probably get three or so out of them. On the upside, the darker colors do stain a little and they seem to wear pretty evenly. You are going to want to keep them handy, though.
NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Wine & Dine is the complete opposite of Free Spirit, and I love this shade. It is a simply luscious deep wine color, and it wears beautifully. Unlike Free Spirit, it does not emphasize my lip lines or uneven texture. It is so smooth and creamy, and makes my lips look amazing. This is a shade that highlights how pigmented the NYX High Voltage Lipsticks are. This is just one layer of Wine & Dine for this super rich and intense color pay-off. I can’t say enough good things about this shade, and I highly recommend Wine & Dine.
The final NYX High Voltage Lipstick I chose was Dirty Talk. I am a product of the 90’s, and I used to love, love, love wearing dark brown lipstick. I simply could not help myself when I saw Dirty Talk. It is a warm chocolate brown, that is an updated and more modern version of that 90’s lip that I loved. But I have to say that the jury is still out on this shade. On one hand, it is just as creamy and pigmented as Wine & Dine, which I like very much. However, it shares some of the same flaws as Free Spirit in that it emphasizes my lip lines. It’s not quite as harsh and judgmental as Free Spirit, but I still think it is an issue. Dirty Talk falls somewhere in the middle of the quality spectrum between Free Spirit and Wine & Dine. I really want to love this shade, but I am still not sure, even after a couple weeks.
So, there you have it. NYX High Voltage Lipsticks have a lot of good qualities, but I find the formula pretty inconsistent from shade to shade. I definitely think that they are worth trying, but you need to do your homework first and make sure that the shade you want has a smooth and forgiving formula. One thing is for sure; the NYX High Voltage Lipsticks are intensely pigmented and a lot of fun to play with. Have you tried the NYX High Voltage Lipsticks yet? What were your thoughts? What shades have you tried, and do you have any suggestions? Let’s talk about them in the comment below.