Long-time readers of my blog will know that the words “cobalt”, “sapphire”, and “electric blue” always induce a certain excitement in me. I’ve been drawn to anything in that colour range for my whole life, my interest gaining speed with the purchase of the original Sally Hansen Pacific Blue in the summer of 2014 and peaking during my early 2015 trip to the Jardin Majorelle of Marrakech, Morocco, a botanical oasis in the middle of the bustling city which positively dripped with the most beautiful colour:
Since Sally Hansen tragically discontinued Pacific Blue, to my eye the most beautiful electric blue as well as the most faithful reproduction of the bleu Majorelle of Marrakech, I’ve been on a quest to find a suitable replacement. (So far, I haven’t managed to find an exact dupe, though I’ve come close enough for most people.) But I’ve also been on the hunt for anything of this hue to add to my life. I refer to anything in the cobalt/sapphire family as “my colour”. (Look, I wore my colour to graduation.)
So when a customer walked in one day wearing the most pefect cobalt liquid eyeliner, of course I had to ask her what it was. Imagine my joy when I found out it was NYX, rather than something expensive! (Would I have purchased it in a heartbeat if it were expensive? Of course. But the pricetag being a mere $8.49 made the decision that much easier.)
The NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire is a classic dip-style liquid liner with a little brush tip. I’ve been a devotee of a pen-style liner for over three years, but this brush has an incredibly fine tip that makes it easy for even those of us who have been wearing eyeliner since age seventeen but still can’t do it in our sleep to create a thin, fine line.
It also makes it easy to create a wing, something which I’m definitely not an expert at. (I rarely do winged liner, since I have hooded eyes and it’s more trouble than it’s worth to me, but I feel that a colour like this sort of demands it.)
The box for this product has two suggestions for how to use it, one being a classic wing in the Sapphire colour with an orange accent above and one being a very complicated series of lines and dots:
Of course, I did neither, opting instead for a regular (albeit large) wing:
To complement the NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire, I pulled in my YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Bleu Majorelle and my trusty Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in Lapis which I’ve had since the beginning of time.
Here’s how my “full face” looked when I did this look:
I put “full face” in quotes because all I’m actually wearing besides my eye makeup (which also included a tiny bit of a medium-brown eyeshadow in the crease) is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly under the eyes, Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Tough as Taupe through the brows, and MAC matte lipstick in Please Me. As with my NARS Audacious Lipsticks (which I photographed on the same day, clearly), this entire look would be a bit more pulled together with some blush at the very least.
I’m really happy with the colour of the NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire. It’s a true vibrant sapphire; sometimes I find shades labelled “sapphire” or “cobalt” are a bit dark (as was the case with the YSL nail polish in Bleu Majorelle), but this one is light and electric enough that it satisfies me. So, no disappointments with the colour at all.
The formula is also impressive to me. I have a long-documented issue with eyeliners of all sorts transferring on my hooded eyelids, which is why I’ve been so loyal to my Stila Stay All Day liner for years. Regardless of the beautiful colour, this liner would be useless to me if it didn’t stay put. Luckily, I found that the NYX liner dried down quickly and to a pleasing matte finish and didn’t transfer whatsoever. By the end of about a ten-hour wear period, my wings had flaked off a bit, but I’m not sure if that’s because I had rubbed my eyes somewhere in there. All the liner along my lashline was completely intact.
NYX has a few other colours in the Vivid Brights line which look really nice, so even if Sapphire in particular doesn’t appeal to you I’d certainly recommend the line if you’re looking to try out a fun colour in a solid formula on the cheap.
NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Sapphire retails for $10.99 CAD (though it frequently goes on sale for less) for 0.06oz, or $183.17 CAD per oz. Canadians can pick it up at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations or at standalone NYX stores, of which there are two in Toronto.
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