NYX — Pops (Butter Lipstick) Swatch & Review

This month, I received NYX Butter Lipstick in my Ipsy bag (referral link). NYX is one of my absolute favorite brands of drugstore makeup, and I don’t often get to a pharmacy here that sells it, so I was pretty glad to see this tube of lipstick in my little Ipsy cosmetic pouch.

Now, when I said that I love NYX, I was mainly referring to their eyeshadows (especially the older square ones, but I dig the new round ones, too) and their blushes. I only have three other NYX lipsticks: a Black Label, a Matte, and a Round. I haven’t even tried the Round one yet, but I really like the other two. I also have a couple of their nail polishes, which are fine, but they’re also a bit old and I have them in the rounded-square bottle design that predates the current square one.

The color I received is Pops / Explosif (BLS17), and it’s definitely the sort of thing I would have chosen for myself. It’s a midtone, slightly muted, warmish mauve pink cream that, on me, is a bit stronger than MLBB. More like MLBB,BB.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops

For a US$6.00 lipstick that can often be found on sale, this is pretty much awesome. It applies smoothly, actually seems hydrating, and is well pigmented, reasonably glossy and lightweight. It acts like a lip balm but looks like a lipstick. You can apply one coat for a tinted balm look, and a second coat makes the color much more saturated.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops, swatch

Of course, the main drawback here is that it doesn’t have fantastic staying power. It’s pretty decent, don’t get me wrong, but I did reapply after about three hours. The color doesn’t fade off entirely evenly, but it still looks OK.

I wouldn’t really recommend this lipstick in very bright or high contrast colors, depending on your skintone, as it has a tendency to bleed a little bit into liplines. This is my main complaint, but it’s not a huge deal with a MLBB kind of color. If I ever get myself down to a Rexall, I’ll have to seriously check out more of these lipsticks. I found Pops to be super easy to wear and as a sufferer of dry lips, it was comfortable, as well.

The packaging is a little cheap looking, but it isn’t flimsy. I like that the case color coordinates with the lipstick color. The lipstick itself didn’t have a discernable smell even though fragrance is on the ingredient list (last). It might have had the faintest of tastes but I could not pinpoint what it was and it was certainly not unpleasant to me. I do have a stuffy nose at the moment, though, so perhaps take those last two observations with a grain of salt!

NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops

NYX Butter Lipstick retails for US$6.00 and is 0.16 oz / 4.5 g. The lipstick I received was made in Taiwan.

NYX Cosmetics (named after the Greek goddess and pronounced “Nix”, though in my head I always say “N-Y-X”!) is based in Los Angeles, CA, USA. It has been owned by The L’Oréal Group since 2014. NYX also states that they are cruelty-free, but I’m not sure how that jives with being part of L’Oréal.

8 thoughts on “NYX — Pops (Butter Lipstick) Swatch & Review

  1. I so want this! I just don’t understand why the best things aren’t launched in India 😦 I’m using a lip cream by NYX and it’s pretty awesome 🙂

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    • I think it’s a newish product, so there is hope that India will get it in the near future! Are there any great Indian cosmetic brands? I think I only have products from one Indian brand, the Himalaya shampoos and conditioners that I like to use. 🙂


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