When a lipstick is labelled as being a ‘MAC Dupe’, it can be something of a mixed blessing. Few of us can afford to indulge our lipstick obsession to it’s full extent by buying only high end products, so it’s great to come across a drugstore shade that is really close to a MAC/Tom Ford/NARS favourite.
However, if you happen to like a particular drugstore lipstick which turns out to be plastered all over Pinterest as a MAC dupe, there’s a good chance you’re going to find that it’s out of stock EVERYWHERE. You might be lucky enough to eventually come across it in an EBay store, but it’s very likely to have tripled in price from it’s original RRP.
This is exactly what happened with NYX Matte Lipstick in Whipped Caviar.
When Kylie Jenner’s overdrawn lips triggered a global obsession with brownish/mauve shades (I tend not to say ‘nude’ or ‘neutral’ because what is nude on Kylie Jenner isn’t necessarily nude on the rest of us!), certain MAC lip products became crazy popular overnight. You know the ones I’m talking about – Velvet Teddy, Soar & Whirl lipliners. As lipstick lovers started to figure out that they could achieve the look with slightly different shades, those too flew off of makeup counters. Then, closest drugstore dupes for these shades also went out of stock…
So imagine my irritation when I fell in love with NYX Whipped Caviar only to find that as a dupe for Brave (& a little less closely for Faux ), it couldn’t be found in stock here in the UK for love nor money.
While I do keep an eye on makeup trends for fun, I know what kind of shades I like, regardless of whether they’re ‘in’ or not. So when I finally got hold of Whipped Caviar a few months back, I was delighted, even though people cooler than me have probably stopped liking it by now 😉
So, after all of that, what do I think of Whipped Caviar? I really like it; as a shade it suits me much better than the more brownish ‘nudes’ that are not at all nude or neutral on my NW15 skin!
It applies smoothly and doesn’t have a strong scent, which my Daily Migraine brain always appreciates 🙂
As a dupe, it feels like a bit of a MAC Brave/Mehr combo in terms of shade but of course that’s how it works on my skin, could look quite different on darker tones….all tones are darker than mine 😆.
I’m impressed with how long it lasts on the lips when used with a Lipliner. It needs a touch up after eating but a surprising amount of product was still neatly in place after meal times, so really just a quick touch up is required. I already own a couple of NYX Round Lipsticks but Whipped Caviar has totally made me want more from their Matte range. They are really nice lipsticks, both as cheaper options/dupes for high end products or just because they are good quality drugstore lipsticks that apply smoothly and wear well.
Have you tried NYX Matte Lipsticks? Do you have a favourite brown/mauve shade?
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