One of my favourite things about the Beauty Crowd website is that they have a huge selection of products from brands that are either not available in the UK or very difficult to get hold of.
Nicka K are an affordable makeup brand that were founded around twenty years ago in New York but as yet, they haven't quite made their way over to the UK. They pride themselves on spoiling their customers for choice with so many different shades available across their product range. Now they're available to buy from Beauty Crowd so we can all get our hands on their makeup.
I have been trying out a few different products from Nicka K and today I'm going to be reviewing each of them for you.
I picked out three products to try out from the Nicka K line on the Beauty Crowd website.
The first being the Nicka K Artliner Pen.
The Artliner Pen is a felt tip liner that is great for creating winged eyeliner looks with. It is very black in colour and dries very quickly when you apply it which is great as it doesn't smudge or transfer onto other areas of the lid.
Felt tip liners are my favourite kind of liquid liner because they're so easy to apply and you don't have to mess around with a brush. The Nicka K Artliner is very good and while not the best felt tip liner that I've ever tried, it is good to use.
The end of the nib is tapered but quite thick and stubby making it great for creating a bold, thicker line. The very tip of the pen is quite flexible which I find is better to use with a lighter hand when trying to draw a fine line so that you have more control over size of the line that you draw.
The lip product that I picked out was the Nicka K Lip Colour Gloss in Boca Raton.
Boca Raton is a relatively deep, rosy pink with shimmer and some silver glitter in it that you can only slightly feel on the lips when you rub them together. This is a beautiful colour that looks equally as pretty when worn alone or layered over another lip colour product.
The long, thin sponge applicator is unlike anything I've seen before and it isn't my favourite kind of applicator as it seems to remove more lip gloss than it applies and it doesn't feel particularly comfortable or precise on the lips.
That being said, the formula of this lip gloss once applied is fabulous. It isn't sticky at all or tacky, making it really comfortable to wear. There's plenty of pigmentation there and it doesn't bleed or stain the lips. Plus, for a gloss, it is quite long lasting. I love the formula of this lip colour gloss and would definitely purchase more in the future!
The last product that I picked out was the Nicka K Colorluxe Powder Blush in Petal which is a beautiful cool toned, light pink. The gorgeous colour reminds me of Well Dressed by MAC.
The unique thing about this blush is that it comes in a pot with a mirrored lid which is perfect for application on the go. When you want to apply the blush, simply pop off the lid and you'll find a soft, sponge like applicator puff underneath which is attached to a pot with the loose powder blush inside.
I find that when using the blush in this way, I'm able to achieve a precise application however the colour pay off is very light. Instead, I prefer to use a brush dipped lightly into pot as I find that the effect is stronger on the cheeks which I prefer the look of. I absolutely love the cool toned light pink colour and I am looking forward to wearing this with a light pink lip and pale skin with a grey toned outfit this winter.
Here are some swatches of these products. You'll notice the swatch of another product here, the Ultra Slick Lipstick in Gracious.
When I placed my order with the team at Beauty Crowd, they also asked if I'd like to review some Absolute products and this was one of the lipsticks that I picked out. However when I received the products, the packaging of the lipstick read Nicka K rather than Absolute which leads me to think that these brands may both have the same parent company. I'll be reviewing the Absolute Ultra Slick Lipstick in Gracious on my blog very soon but for now, let me tell you that it is beautifully pigmented with a lovely formula thats comfortable to wear and relatively long lasting!
While putting this post together, I realised that the Colourluxe Powder Blush really reminded me of a discontinued YSL product that I have from many moons ago.
Looking at these comparison images, it is easy to see how similar the Nicka K Colorluxe Powder Blush and the YSL Touche Blush are in packaging. The Nicka K pot is a little smaller which is great because it doesn't take up as much room but apart from that, they're more or less the same and while the shades are different, they're both as equally beautiful blushes and very comparable.
If the YSL blush was one of your favourites and you're sad that you can't get it anymore then definitely check out the Nicka K as they're a total fraction of the price but superb quality.
I'm so happy that I've been able to try out some makeup from Nicka K. I think they're a great option if you're looking for affordable makeup in a range of colours and formulas. Each product is long lasting with great pigmentation!
Nicka K are available from Beauty Crowd here.