You may have already caught the buzz about the latest cult brand to hit our shores, about a beauty-loving chemical engineer, her two teenage daughters, and an innovative idea for a cosmetic line. So what exactly are NUDESTIX, and how are they going to change the way you approach and apply makeup? Well let me fill you in…
NUDESTIX is the brainchild of teenagers Ally and Taylor, and their mum Jenny (who was also the brains behind MAC’s Lipglass. Cool, huh?) Together they have created a streamlined collection of multi-purpose makeup crayons, made up of soft, neutral shades that are designed to enhance your features rather than overwhelming them with bright colours or harsh lines.
In the range that’s just landed in Oz you’ll find eight shades of the Eye Pencil (which can be used as an eyeshadow, eyeliner and highlighter), eight shades of the Lip and Cheek Pencil, and eight shades of the soft matte Concealer pencil. Rounding out the collection is an Italian-made lengthening and nourishing mascara. Today I’m going to take you through my first picks from the range – the Eye Pencils Stardust and Smoke, the Lip and Cheek Pencils Whisper and Sin, and the Mascara.
The Eye Pencils: Stardust and Smoke
These two shades caught my eye immediately. Stardust is a beautiful shimmering champagne shade that has endless uses – use it to create a gorgeous pearl wash all over the lids, apply it to in the inner corners of your eye to create a bright-eyed look, or use it as a highlight on top of your cheekbone. Smoke is a light gun metal grey shade which I use to create depth in the crease and socket, and define my lower lash line.
The trick to applying these eye pencils is all in the smudge – either blend and tap in with your fingers, or use the inbuilt smudger on the end of each pencil.
The Lip and Cheek Pencils: Whisper and Sin
Now, you might be thinking, “But Lip and Cheek products never work on both the lips and cheeks!” And I agree, normally these types of products will work well on one area but not the other. But rest assured dear readers, this kick ass formula has all its bases covered. These pencils boast a super creamy texture which glides onto your lips, leaving a sheeny but pigmented finish.
On the cheeks, they give a subtle watercolour cream blush effect. Whisper is a beige nude with just a hint of pink, which leaves opaque finish on the lips and a very natural warm flush on the cheeks. As soon as I saw Sin I knew I was going to snap it up – it’s the type of berry shade that I’m always drawn to, and it didn’t disappoint. It gives a glossy finish to the lips and a gorgeous, healthy pink hue to your cheeks.
The product that (pleasantly!) surprised me the most was the mascara. It ticks pretty much every box on my mascara list – lengthening, thickening, curling, and not a spider lash to be seen anywhere.
The formula was also designed to increase the natural growth rate of your lashes – so far it’s too early to notice a difference, but I’m excited at the prospect of thicker, longer lashes!
Beauty on the Go
Each pencil is eco-packaged in collectible embossed tin, which comes handy mirror built into the lid and a pencil sharpener. Given these pencils’ many uses, they are perfect for beauty on the go, and create what the NUDESTIX gals call “the modern day makeup bag”.
So there you have it, a peek into my NUDESTIX collection (so far!). If you’re keen to give them a go yourself, they are currently available in Australia at Lipstick Republic (and you can nab a cheeky 10% off if you use the code ‘themaquillage’ at checkout).