Nyx Liquid Liners – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

Eyeliner is a very special cosmetic item for me, it’s the first makeup item I’ve ever used and I rarely go without it. My lines change depending on the look, sometimes thinner, sometimes thicker, more curvy or straighter but there is almost always a line there for the past 21 years!

As a result, I consider myself a bit of an eyeliner expert, or perhaps a very picky eyeliner user and I go through many brands and types of eyeliners until I settle on to one. For the past 2 years or so I’ve settled on the Nyx Matte Liquid Liner which is my ride-or-die eyeliner. I’ve even awarded it in the Bonds of Beauty yearly awards 2017 and 2018.

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Let’s have a look at this product in detail and why it’s worth your money and time.

 

Product versions

The Nyx Liquid Liner comes in two versions, the Matte and the Vinyl. The only practical difference between them is the finish of the line they create, the Matte being matte and the Vinyl having a slightly shiny finish.

I am reviewing both versions in this post.

 

Packaging

The Nyx Matte and Vinyl Liquid Liner come with outer packaging. It’s made of cardboard with a shiny finish and although the design is simple it looks nice.

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The actual product itself comes in a plastic bottle with a screw on lid. The brush of the liner is on the lid and it is very thin and easy to use.

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Brush liners tend to be superior over the felt tip ones, simply because they create more solid coloured lines and I personally also find them easier to control. Brushes tend to have less resistance and be softer on the eye than felt tips, which in turn can spring with pressure and smudge the line. Felt tips are also annoying to use to write on the eye  as the ink “falls back” and they stop writting.

I love how simple and elegant this liner is and how little space it takes in a makeup bag. It is very travel friendly but there is one disadvantage. The Matte and Vinyl versions of it look exactly the same, both outer package and product package-wise, with the only difference being the words Matte and Vinyl at the front of the packaging. This means that when you open your makeup drawer or bag, you can’t quickly identify which liner is which, you have to read the label. It’s not a major problem obviously, but I wish the two versions of the product looked slightly different.

 

Colours

The Nyx Liquid Liner comes in black matte and black vinyl as explained above in the section, product versions.

However, Nyx also has a slightly different line called Vivid Brights Liner which comes in a few different and bright colours.

 

Price

Both Nyx Liquid Liners, Matte and Vinyl, contain 2mL of product and retail for £7. They are very affordable and last for 3 months+ depending on usage.

 

Longevity

Both Nyx Liquid Liners last all day long without smudging or coming off, unless you directly run them. Even then though, they tend to just fade away than smudge.

They are not waterproof and come off easily with water but again they fade away rather than smudge so whatever accident you might have won’t look that bad!

 

Transfer proof tests

The Nyx Liquid Liners don’t come off if you simply pat them after they dry but do fade away if you rub them or come in contact with water/tears.

 

Practicality of use – user experience

Both Nyx Liners are very easy to use and produce solid coloured lines. The brush is thin and you can control how much liquid is on it easily, by brushing it off in the product tube. Mistakes are also easy to fix as the liners don’t dry instantly.

These liners also work very well over eyeshadows, as the colour is solid.

 

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Results

The Nyx Liquid Liners work very well and last all day. They are suitable for many different styles of lines and looks and can be used on any eye shape and size.

I personally prefer the Nyx Matte Liquid Liner because it creates solid matte lines whereas the Vinyl ones has a shiny finish to it which can sometimes look like it’s patchy, even though it’s not, because of the way the light reflects from it. For example, the vinyl line in the image below appears a little patchy, with small white bits however, in reality it was a perfectly solid line and it only looked that way because the light reflected from it.

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However, both liners are of excellent quality and work very well.

 

Smell

Both liners have a very subtle liquid cosmetic scent which you won’t smell at all unless you literally put your nose close to them.

 

Other

Both liners last for 12M however, you should really not use them past the 3 month mark. Any cosmetic that comes in contact or near body entries (such as lips and eyes) should be replaced regularly to avoid bacterial infections. When it comes to eyes, mascaras and liquid liners are the top offenders for bacterial contamination because they are most of the time water based, which allows bacterial cultures to grow. Plus, these products tend to start changing texture around the 3 months mark and their performance changes too.

For more information check out: Should we be using expired make up? What are the guidelines for the correct use of cosmetics?

 

Here’s what the brand says about the Matte Liquid Liner:

Line and define with expert precision using our Matte Liquid Liner. A makeup artist must-have for bold and classic looks, the precision brush tip allows you to effortlessly achieve an ultra-fine and exquisite matte finish.

 

Here’s what the brand says about the Vinyl Liquid Liner:

Rock and roll with our pure shine liquid liner! The extra-fine, flexible brush helps ensure a flawless, even line with a high gloss finish.

 

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Ingredients

The Nyx Matte Liquid Liner contains 18 ingredients of which 11 will offer you some benefit, no negatives and 7 potential irritants.

The Nyx Vinyl Liquid Liner contains 10 ingredients of which 7 will offer you some benefit, no negatives and 4 potential irritants.

These eyeliners might not be skincare worthy but they are pretty good considering they are makeup items.

To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.

 

Ingredient positives for the Nyx Matte Liquid Liner:

  1. Water based formulation.
  2. Propylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and humectant.
  3. Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer – Makes the product water-resistant and gives a smooth, glossy finish.
  4. Triethylhexyl Trimellitate – Skin conditioner.
  5. Triethyl Citrate – Anti-oxidant and fragrance.
  6. Xanthan gum– Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
  7. Hectorite – Can give a smooth and silky feel.
  8. Cellulose – A humectant (=locks water in).
  9. PPG-26-Buteth-26– A skin conditioner and fragrance ingredient. It has the ability to restore the appearance of dry, damaged skin by reducing flaking and improving suppleness.
  10. Citric Acid– A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
  11. Ethylhexylglycerin– An alternative preservative to parabens. Sometimes used in ointments to treat eczema.

 

 Ingredient positives for the Nyx Vinyl Liquid Liner:

  1. Water based formulation.
  2. Butylene glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
  3. Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
  4. PPG-26-Buteth-26– A skin conditioner and fragrance ingredient. It has the ability to restore the appearance of dry, damaged skin by reducing flaking and improving suppleness.
  5. Sodium Hyaluronate– A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth”  Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler. Check out: Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?
  6. Xanthan gum– Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
  7. Ethylhexylglycerin– An alternative preservative to parabens. Sometimes used in ointments to treat eczema.

 

Ingredient negatives for the Nyx Matte Liquid Liner:

N/A

 

Ingredient negatives for the Nyx Vinyl Liquid Liner:

N/A

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in the Nyx Matte Liquid Liner have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Propylene Glycol, Ethyl Lactate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol.

The following compounds present in the Nyx Vinyl Liquid Liner have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene Glycol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol.

 

Full list of ingredients for the Nyx Matte Liquid Liner:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Triethylhexyl Trimellitate, Triethyl Citrate, Ethyl Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Hectorite, Cellulose, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Black 2 (CI 77266) [Nano].

 

Full list of ingredients for the Nyx Vinyl Liquid Liner:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Black 2 (CI 77266) [Nano].

 

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Verdict

The Nyx Matte and Vinyl Liquid Liners are excellent products that are easy to use and create high-end looks while only costing a fraction of the price.

I highly recommend these liners, especially the Nyx Matte Liquid Liner.

 

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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5 responses to Nyx Liquid Liners – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

  1. LaNese Harvey says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this information. I usually hate liquid liners but I want to try this now. If you’re interested in checking out more fashion/beauty posts, feel free to check out my blog http://www.clatchetchronicles.com 🙂

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