Ouch! This is one the most painful lip plumping glosses we've ever tested. The vanillyl butyl ether is to blame for the warming/stinging sensation (Source: www.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com/formulating/ingredient/feelenhancer/111075844.html), which temporarily (and only to a minor degree) enlarges lips by virtue of the irritation. This is bad, bad, bad for your lips (see More Info), and the burning sensation persists even after you rub the gloss off. Just don't do it!
- Intense stinging and irritation to lips (see More Info).
Daily use of lip-care products that contain a high amount of irritating ingredients causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your lips' ability to heal. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)
This small Los Angeles–based makeup line was founded in 1999 by a woman named Toni Ko. The company's Web site is vague about Ko's background, merely stating that she developed an interest in cosmetics as a teenager (you know, just like about 99.9% of teenage women) and wanted to create her own line of cosmetics. Ko's goal was to produce high-quality products at affordable prices, and that's the draw of NYX (pronounced "nicks") Cosmetics. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, Ko succeeded in her childhood dream.
It is important to note that this line offers a full selection of makeup products, from foundations to lip gloss. However, the only place to access everything NYX Cosmetics has to offer is their Web site. The Ulta chain is the largest distributor of NYX Cosmetics products in the United States, but they carry a smaller selection of NYX products. The good news is that most of the few NYX products Ulta stocks are impressive, especially the powder eyeshadows, which compete evenly with eyeshadows that cost a lot more.
NYX Cosmetics customer service number is (866) 699-1004 or you can visit www.nyxcosmetics.com.