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Nyx Black Label Hot Pink vs. MAC Candy Yum-Yum – Dupes?

I’ve said before that I felt like Nyx Black Label Lipstick in Hot Pink was a very close dupe for MAC Candy Yum-Yum. I wanted to show you the two colors side by side today with pictures taken from my new camera. To me, the colors are very close. The finish is different, as Candy Yum-Yum is matte and Hot Pink is more of a creamy, shiny finish. Hot Pink looks like it is a hair darker in certain lighting. But to me, they’re very, very close.


See? In the tube, Candy Yum-Yum looks a tad bit brighter, Hot Pink a little darker. Both are retina burning bright shades.

For all of these images MAC Candy Yum-Yum is on the left and Nyx Black Label Hot Pink is on the right.

MAC Candy Yum-Yum was LE and cost $14.50. It also sold out in the blink of an eye.
Nyx Black Label Hot Pink is not LE and cost $7.25.

I did some quick lip swatches with no lipliner and no base. I used MAC Candy Yum-Yum on top and Nyx Black Label Hot Pink on bottom.

No flash, natural light.

To me, these colors are close enough to be dupes. I know that for some the difference in texture is a deal breaker, as is the fact that in certain light Hot Pink appears a touch darker than Candy Yum-Yum.

My Pros for Candy Yum-Yum
Matte finish
Bright
Smells like vanilla
Sleek packaging

My Cons for Candy Yum-Yum
Limited Edition
Hard to Find
Drying on the lips
Twice the price of the Nyx lipstick

My Pros for Nyx Black Label Hot Pink
Moisturizing and creamy on the lips
Smells like candy, maybe Laffy Taffy?
Half the price of MAC
Not Limited Edition
Easy to find
Cruelty-free company

My Cons for Nyx Black Label Hot Pink
Slightly bulky packaging

What do you think of seeing these two shades side by side? Which do you prefer?

Products purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://my-health-n-beauty.blogspot.com/I Mirna

      I like Nyx Hot Pink better… It’s the cream finish…

      • Phyrra

        Yeah the cream finish is nice ;)

    • http://alostgirl.wererabbit.net Misato-san

      I guess I’m going to add Hot pink to my wishlist… thank you dear!

      • Phyrra

        You’re welcome! I really love the color! I first saw it used on VintageorTacky by Cora. It looks gorgeous on her, so that made me want it :)

    • http://jessbeez.blogspot.com/ Jess Bee

      I actually prefer NYX Hot Pink to CYY. The fact that it is slightly darker makes me like it more!

      • Phyrra

        Very cool! I’m glad you like it Jess!

    • http://www.spontaneouschick.com/ Aleya Bamdad

      It’s funny because I originally liked the NYX better but when I saw the lip swatches I liked the hot pink by Mac better. I like the shine.

      • Phyrra

        Well the MAC is matte and the Nyx is shiny. I was really happy with how close they looked on the lips side by side. I felt like they were dupes on me (aside from the finish) and they’re definitely close enough in my book.

    • http://quemandofantasias.blogspot.com Becky

      I love this color, it’s really cute!

    • http://www.cybelesays.com cybele

      *sigh* I could look at these pinks all day!!

      • Phyrra

        They are so pretty!

    • Melody

      I think I prefer Candy Yum Yum’s matte finish, but the cream finish is probably more wearable. Matte neons seem to scream louder than shiny ones. I like that the NYX is darker, too.

    • http://prettymaking.com Mandy

      I just prefer the matte finish of Candy Yum Yum more :-( Do you have Morgana Cryptoria Totally Tubular? That is supposed to be a dupe of Candy Yum Yum, annnd it has a matte finish. I have TT but not CYY so I haven’t been able to do side by side comparisons.

    • http://candypow.com Crissy

      I love the finish of Hot Pink more than the MAC one! A little darker would be better :D

    • Ollie

      Well you can always blot to mattify it :)

    • http://www.plannedresilience.net/ Eleanor

      How was the wear time on the NYX? I have one of their black labels in another color (black cherry??) but it seems to come off right away. So, I don’t like it too much. Plus, the one I have just seems too dark, since I’m pretty pale. But, maybe I’ll give is another try.
      Have you tried any lip primers? I have tried the new MAC one, but I don’t think it actually helps me (though I have heard that other people like it).

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