I'll let you in on a little secret: beauty advent calendars are fab, but post-Christmas beauty advent calendars on sale are even better. I've been wanting to get my hands on a NYX lipstick vault (you know the dreamy ones I mean) for just about forever, but who knows when I'll be able to justify spending a buttload of money on one, especially when it'll naturally come with shades that I don't want?
My sister and I picked up this NYX advent calendar filled with mini lippies just after Christmas, splitting the cost and the lipsticks between us. Now, I won't lie, there are definitely a couple missing from this post, rattling around a handbag or coat pocket somewhere, but here's a roundup of 22 of them.
From top to bottom, the swatches and lipsticks above are as follows:
My favourite of these was the palest shade; the butter lipstick. I'm not usually into pinkish nudes, but this one was hella creamy, and actually suited me. My lips have been incredibly chapped recently, so I was definitely in need of something that wouldn't dry them out further, and this fit the bill. I've excluded the Soft Spoken liquid suede lipstick from this because it's my favourite all time lipstick (literally the perfect nude) and it just wouldn't be fair to pit the rest against it.
Aaaand on to part two:
Matte Lipstick in shade 'Shocking Pink'
Soft Matte Lip Cream in shade 'Paris'
Matte Lipstick in shade 'Indie Flick'
Intense Butter Lip Gloss in shade 'Tres Leches'
Lip lingerie in shade 'Embellishment'
Matte lipstick in shade 'Up the Bass'
Butter lipstick in shade 'Root Beer Float'
Butter lipstick in shade 'Ripe Berry'
Soft Matte Lip Cream in shade 'Copenhagen'
Simply Vamp Lip Cream in shade 'She Devil'
Liquid suede in shade 'Stone Fox'
I had a clear favourite in this half - the 'Indie Flick' matte lipstick. Not only am I a red lip girl through and through, but matte lipsticks just last so much longer, and I needed that for my Crimbo limbo snacking phase. The butter lipsticks are in beautiful shades, and I'm determined to get a lot of use out of them this month by wearing them into work.
All in all, I'm fairly excited to push myself out of my colour range comfort zone and into brighter territories. I'm officially in love with NYX again.