NYX Studio Effect Liquid Liner and a Tuesday Hello

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

Hey, boo. πŸ™‚ Howzit? Sorry if I’ve seemed a little distracted lately, but I’ve been trying to squeeze in as much time as possible with my in-laws before they head back to Hawaii on Friday. Yup, it’s been an interesting beauty balancing act — trying to be a considerate host while also being biologically incapable of resisting makeup for more than a few hours at a time, ha!


But like any self-respecting member of the Borg collective knows, “resistance IS futile.” Keeping this beauty fiend away from her makeup is like trying to keep Tabs away from gravy (read: hard). Today I even locked myself away in the bathroom for an hour just to be alone with the new NYX Studio Liquid Liners ($4.50 each).

Aren’t they pretty?

Available in 12 shimmery shades, they make quick work of clean, crisp lines that look almost like they’ve been drawn with those metallic markers.

I’ve tried eight of them over the past two weeks, and hot dayum! — what great deals for the price. They apply with opaque, pigmented color that lasts 12-14 hours, yet they’re still pretty easy to remove.

nyx studio effect linquid liner review swatches
Clockwise from bottom: Extreme Green, Extreme Coffee, Extreme Pink, Extreme Smokey Gray, Extreme Sapphire, Extreme Sky Blue, Extreme Plum Purple, Extreme Blue

nyx studio effect linquid liner review swatches
From upper left: Extreme Coffee, Extreme Green, Extreme Pink, Extreme Smokey Gray, Extreme Sapphire, Extreme Sky Blue, Extreme Plum Purple, Extreme Blue


Swatches from left: Extreme Coffee, Extreme Green, Extreme Pink, Extreme Smokey Gray, Extreme Sapphire, Extreme Sky Blue, Extreme Plum Purple, Extreme Blue

Oh, and NYX did a bang-up job on the brush. I find it easier to use than most liquid liner brushes. It resembles the brush that comes with MAC Liquidlast ($16.50 each), an overall similar product, but the firm fibers make it easier to wield. The tip is thin, but still firm and flexible enough to maneuver easily, and with it I can lay down solid, precise lines without getting product all over the place.

I just can’t believe these are only $4.50… You could get one for $10 and still have enough change left over for a Jamba Juice. πŸ™‚ Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Impressive, I was kind of worried that these wouldn’t be pigmented, but they look sooo good. I especially like Extreme Coffee and Extreme Plum Purple.
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  2. Arianne says:

    Very nice! I’m gonna have to see if my drugstore has these yet.

    I’m strangely attracted to Extreme Pink. I don’t even know how I would use it. Anybody out there have suggestions?

    • Karen says:

      I actually really like that one! I like doing a very thin line of it along the upper lash line with lots and lots of mascara. It really opens up the eyes.

      • Kim says:

        Karen, you did a post using the Tokidoki pink liner (donutella?) some time ago, which was awesome. I’m guessing this would be kind of the same? It made me really want to buy it even though I’m terrified of both liquid liner and bright colors. πŸ™‚

        • Karen says:

          Oh yah, the hot pink liner!

          If you find the right liquid liner for you they can be quite easy (and fast!) to apply. πŸ™‚ Maybe give these a go? Even if you end up not liking them at least you won’t be out too much because they’re so affordable.

  3. Tracy says:

    Those look great! And the Jamba Juice after sounds even better! Caribbean Passion please!
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  4. Kayann says:

    OOOOH! I love the purples and brown!

  5. Joann says:

    These look awesome, I haven’t been able to find NYX anywhere in Oregon. Would anyone know where I can find it?

  6. Melissa W. says:

    These look great! Extreme Coffee and Purple are my favs. It looks so pigmented, I’m surprised. πŸ™‚ I love a good deal! It is going to be hard not to buy all of them.
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  7. extreme blue & extreme plum purple look absolutely gorgeous!
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  8. Styrch says:

    The coffee and the purple…. those should be in my life. Now I just have to find NYX in Ohio…
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  9. Stephanie S. says:

    Hey Karen!
    Would you please show pics of some of them on your eyes? Thanks!

  10. Beatrice says:

    I heard bad things about their old liquid metallic liners. . . I’m glad to see that you say these hold up so well! Maybe I’ll pick some up the next time I hit Ulta πŸ™‚ (Oh and tell El Hub’s parents that they are very luck ducks to be living in paradise ^^ oh and hi :3 )
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  11. Lily says:

    totally want Extreme Blue!!!!!!
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  12. Jen says:

    Awesome. I have 3 liquid liners from UD, and I realized that I don’t have a basic black… But these are only $4.50? Hello, come to mama!

  13. Kristen says:

    I’ve been hearing great things about NYX. I’ve been afraid of drugstore eyemakeup for years- it never seems to last, it creases, the pigment is terrible, or it flakes. I have always loved my little samples of Lancome shades and the Lancome eyeliner pencil I bought 4 years ago (yes, 4! It’s the best eyeliner pencil I’ve ever found. While it isn’t good for the waterline, it is amazzzzing everywhere else. Glides on so smooth and is only $16) for eye makeup.

    Now that I’m in college, department store makeup is a bit harder to afford. I may try one of these to satiate my need for more makeup (I cannot go out of the house without eyeliner and mascara! I feel naked without some eye makeup).

    • Karen says:

      NYX has some really nice things for the price. You know who else has been rocking lately too? Wet n Wild! They have affordable shadows that actually work well!

  14. gio says:

    Extreme Blue and Extreme Purple look gorgeous! And so pigmented too.
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  15. Nina says:

    hello to you and tabs too! πŸ™‚

    these are lovely and i want them! i must go NYX hunting this weekend. maybe @ ulta because ive given up seeing an updated NYX display in my usual grocery store source!

  16. Jessica W says:

    Plum purple looks gorg!!!!

  17. Resha says:

    oh my god i am soooo glad you reviewed these! just when i was about to splurge on the new mac liners from the FabKitty collection…you have saved me about a hundred bucks *tackles you with money saving kisses* ur the best πŸ˜€
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  18. Ru says:

    Oh karen, I really hope you’re wrong about the “resistance is futile” thing… Because I’m trying to resist purchasing any makeup until I buy my car (trying to put down as big a down payment as possible)… but this is becoming increasingly hard as things keep going on sale!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ru,

      I hear ya. What kind of car are you looking at?

      BTW, did you know that the end of September is the best time to go auto shopping? It’s when dealers get the next year’s models, so they need to push the previous year’s stuff off the lots. You can get a really good deal.

      • Ru says:

        Wow I did not know that! I guess my timing is just right! I’m looking at infiniti, acura, audi, bmws… I currently drive a Honda Civic passed down from my parents who were “done with it” (read: crashed it several times). I think I deserve something nice!

  19. Maya says:

    That BLUE! The Extreme one that is. I wish we had NYX in Israel! I know I have blue eyes so it doesn’t always work, but I don’t really care actually. Wish I was allowed to order online- The price is great too.

  20. lexi says:

    This is awesome – if I miss out on the MAC Fabulous Feline liner colors I will definitely hit up an Ulta to pick a few of these tubes!

  21. Allyssa says:

    Ooooooooooooooooooh! I’m really loving the green, pink and purple! The pink looks soft enough that it won’t look like pink eye or a bruise on my fair skin! Might be worth checking out
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  22. Trisha says:

    Oh man, those are so, so awesome. I like that the liner tip is stiff. I hate when those kind of liquid eyeliner tips are all floppy and hard to maneuver.

    Also, you make me miss Jamba Juice so much. They don’t have them where I live now and that makes me super sad. Mmm…Jamba…
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  23. Shawn says:

    I just received the extreme coffee, and it’s the most metallic brown. I’m definately going back for some more!!!!

  24. T says:

    Are these waterproof like the MAC liquidlast liners? Really pretty colors!

  25. Chris says:

    They look so pigmented! I’m sold! I have to go buy a couple! *runs to the store*
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  26. Phyrra says:

    Extreme Plum Purple, Extreme Blue, and Extreme Smoky Grey look like I need to nab them πŸ™‚

  27. blovetbeauty says:

    i cant wait to get my hands on these lovely liners
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  28. Emmy says:

    well now I want new eyeliners AND a jamba juice!

  29. Deb says:

    I love that Purple, and am attracted to Green as well. But I don’t like the “extreme” in the name. So silly! For 4.50, though, I think I can look past it. πŸ˜€
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  30. makeup7addict says:

    Can you do a side by side of NYX extreme plum purple & Mac’s Smoky Heir to see if the NYX is a close dupe? Thanks!!!

  31. Vonvon says:

    Extreme Pink, Extreme Green, the Extreme Blues and the Purples are calling my name!!!! For $4.50 each, not a problem at all to have them all!!!! Haha!! Next NYX haul will be these…
    since I made quite a huge NYX haul (my first) at a Korean beauty shop and ULTA in the past week.
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  32. Jade says:

    These look awesome I’m such a sucker for coloured liquid liner πŸ˜€
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  33. Amanda says:

    How are these in comparison to the new liners that MAC put out in their fabulous felines collections? I love the looks you’ve done with the MAC liners but honestly don’t know how often I’d reach for green or navy. Thanks in advance πŸ™‚

  34. Ludmila says:

    Omg..!these colors are amazing! and the price of nyx let me thing of shopping less in mac in another time! thanks to all tips and reveus..i`m new on your blog ..and i`m reading each post since of the beginning!! it`s huge!!
    i`m from brazil and ì`ll tell everyone here to see your blog thanks…kiss from your new fan

  35. Sareena says:

    I ordered these from cherryculture after reading your review! πŸ™‚

  36. Arummmanis says:

    Hey ya Karen,
    How’s their staying power?

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