I love a good liquid lipstick, so I’m very happy that several have been launched over the past year or so , both high-end and drugstore. Offhand, I can think of five – these NYX Xtreme Lip Creams are from early 2012, Wet n Wild recently released its Megalast Liquid Lip Colors (review), Shiseido’s Laquer Rouge was launched late last summer (review), Armani’s Lip Maestro – which I will eventually try! – is from last November, and Guerlain’s Rouge G L’Extrait, which looks lovely but so pricey, is from last summer. The UK also has Rimmel Apocalips liquid lipstick, which I hope makes it to the US soon.
Packaging-wise, there isn’t much to say about the Xtreme Lip Creams – they’re in a standard tube with a doe foot applicator. I found the applicator easy to use, and was able to apply the lipsticks with it, though a lip brush does lead to a more precise application.
I initially purchased two shades, but I liked them so much I went back for three more, so I currently have five shades, out of the eleven in the range.
As you can see, the Xtreme Lip Creams are quite pigmented. I love the the pigmentation and the texture, because I am able to achieve full coverage with a very thin layer. I find thin layers of lip product to be the most comfortable to wear, plus a thin layer is least likely to migrate outside the lip line and more transfer-resistant (though these do not really dry down, and thus they do transfer).
It’s also worth talking about my least favorite thing about the liquid lipsticks — the scent. It’s sort of plastic-y and unpleasant, though it does fade quickly. It’s not enough to keep me from really enjoying the product, but if you’re more sensitive to smells than I am, it may really bother you.
In the lip swatches, you can see that the palest color (Nude Peach Fuzz) settles into lip lines a little bit and doesn’t look great – however, the four darker colors don’t have this problem at all, and look smooth and even on the lips.
Another nice thing about liquid lipsticks is that they’re easy to mix to create new shades – just dab a little bit of product on the back of your hand, mix, and apply with a lip brush!
Do these Xtreme Lip Creams look like something you’d be interested in?