Back when the flowers were just starting to bloom and the snow was barely melting, I made the financially irresponsible decision to splurge on new lip products. NYX isn't really a "luxury" brand by any stretch of the imagination and for the intensity of the color the $5 I spent on each tube of lipstick-y lipgloss was almost worth it..... almoosstt. I am obsessed with pretty much any lip color in what I like to call Nicki Minaj pink so the "Merengue" NYX butter gloss seemed like the perfect shade. However, to my horror once I swiped the glossy wand across my lips twice I looked like stale Peptobismol had been smeared across my mouth. And then to flip-flop to the other end of the spectrum, the "Strawberry Parfait" shade doesn't ever seem to want to actually appear on my dark lips as more than I lightly tinted gloss. Why oh why, NYX, do you have such pretty packaged, well-advertised, highly desirable products that fall short of almost every expectation?? Fortunately enough, I love the look of the light pink Merengue gloss mixed with many of my Finding Ferdinand lipstick combos and with two of my Butter London lipstick balms.