Wednesday, 30 September 2015

BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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.


BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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.


BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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.

BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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.


BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

The lip product that I picked out was the Nicka K Lip Colour Gloss in Boca Raton.

BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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.
BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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!


BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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.


BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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.

BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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!

BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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.

BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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.

BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

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!


BEAUTY CROWD | Nicka K Makeup Review

Nicka K are available from Beauty Crowd here.

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16 comments

  1. These shades look absolutely stunning on you. I have never heard of this brand but I totally want to try these NOW. You look gorgeous!!!

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  2. I love the Artliner Pen you got. Looks so easy to work for eyeliner. I'm going to check this brand out for sure. xoxo

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  3. Your posts always have so much eye candy 😍😍😍 I'm from NY and so many of our local stores have their products yet I've only tried their lipsticks & liners. I definitely want to look out to see what other shades of blushes they may have available.

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  4. I've never seen this brand before but these are some gorgeous products! I'm loving the look of the blush and the lip gloss x

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  5. I have never heard of this brand but I definitely want to find out more now!! Those colors look great on you!

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty

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  6. I have the blush - I love it. I think I had it in a different colour though. I do love how easy it is to apply x

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  7. I adore Beauty Crowd. I just got the new Freedom Pro Decadence palettes in Rockstar and Magic from them and am OBSESSED!

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  8. Wow, that blush looks AMAZING on you! You look so fresh-faced! It really compliments your skin tone. I received one of their lipsticks in a subscription box (I believe it was Beauty Box 5) and it was good, but the shade wasn't one I'd wear all the time. I definitely have to check out those blushes, though.

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  9. I like the shade on your lips but I wouldn't wear any of these colours, as much as I love pink x

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  10. Oooh those look amazing! I'm especially intrigued by the sponge applicator. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I haven't ever heard of this brand, I hope it comes to the UK! The lipgloss is so pretty, and the completed makeup looks lovely! Your hair looks in great condition too! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Oh I love the blusher, what a pretty shade - it really suits you! Nicka K isn't a brand I'm familiar with but I'm keen to look into them now :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I have never tried anything from the brand. The lip gloss looks gorgeous <3

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  14. I hadn't expect the lip colour to be as dark as it looks! Suits you though.

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  15. I'm obsessed with eyeliner pens nowadays, and yours look so perfect. I wish we had that brand here

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  16. The pictures in this post were like a beautiful pink dream! So pretty!! And I completely agree with needed the felt tip for liquid liner. Just got a new liner with a brush tip and I am soooo bad at using it. I live in the states and have never heard of Nicka K, but I'm going to look into it now! :)

    www.iamkelskels.blogspot.com

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