TYRA By Tyra Banks: What To Buy And What To Skip

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Love or hate Tyra Banks, I’m sure we can all agree that the woman is about her business. It should come as no surprise, then, that she’s finally delved into the world of cosmetics with a namesake line for HSN. When I heard about this I jumped at the chance to check it out. Here’s the breakdown.

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Back row, L-R: Lip Model Lip Color, Light in a Stick, Cheek In A Stick, Sculpt In A Stick, What Lipstick? Lip Color. Front, top to bottom: Oops Liner and Corrector, Suede and Juicy Lip Duo, Smack My Fat Lash Mascara, and Eyes In A Stick.

Unsurprisingly, I find the packaging of this entire line to be absolutely gorgeous. I’m a sucker for anything encased in gold because it looks so lovely on display.

Worth It For Glitter Lovers: Lip Model Lip Color

lip model lip color

Left: Hater Blocker. Right: What it Takes. 

These lip colors are in a crayon format and are super pigmented. The glitter is pretty intense (no subtle shimmer here), so I was surprised that they were decently comfortable on the lips, though still a bit grainy for my taste. They stay on all day, so if you are a glitter lover, you will enjoy these.

Take It Or Leave It: What Lipstick? Lip Color

what lipstick lip color

Left: Ask For a Raise. Right: Younger Man.

Ask For a Raise is a nice brown with a hint of red and Younger Man is the perfect "your lips but better" shade. The formula is sheer, but can be built up in pigmentation. However, I don’t like the feel of the formula once it dries down. Upon initial application, the texture is smooth like a balm, but it dries down to an almost matte feel. The texture is tolerable over Chapstick, but at $28, I’m not sure it’s worth it when there are so many great lipstick formulas out there.

Skip It: Suede And Juicy Lip Duo

suede and juicy lip duo

Tyra’s Favorite Red.

This was the lip product I was most excited to try. One end is a matte liquid lipstick with a sponge tip applicator, the other is a glossy lipstick. While the pigmentation of both sides were equally excellent, I was pretty disappointed with the product overall. The matte side initially felt like a NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, but it ended up being super drying. The “juicy” side didn’t feel smooth at all, and even felt a little grainy. Even layered over balm it didn’t feel very comfortable.

red lipstick swatches

Lip Model Lip Color in Hater Blocker and What it Takes; What? Lipstick in Younger Man and Ask For a Raise; Suede and Juicy Lip Duo in Lomo (top is suede, bottom is juicy) and Tyra’s Favorite Red (top is suede, bottom is juicy).

Worth It: Light In A Stick And Cheek In A Stick

Both of these products were super creamy and blended like a dream. The Light In A Stick is a frostier highlight than I would usually pick, but it has enough gold undertones that it really gives off a beautiful glow. Cheek In A Stick similarly gives you a great “I just worked out” kind of flush, and is long-wearing (rare for me in a cream product).

sculpt in a stick

L-R: Sculpt In A Stick in Deep, Light In A Stick in SINsational City, Cheek In A Stick in Sexy Hot Flash.

Skip It: Sculpt In A Stick

While this product is ultra creamy, and its stick shape made it easy to apply, I found that it took a lot of work to get it blended, and the undertones were a little too orange to make for a truly flattering contour.

makeup swatches on hand

L-R: Light in a Stick, Cheek In A Stick, Sculpt In A Stick.

Skip It: Smack My Fat Lash And Eyes In A Stick

tyra banks mascara

1. Smack My Fat Lash in Le Black. 2. Side view of my lashes with the mascara on. 3. Eyes In A Stick in Once You Go Brown and Blold. 4. Blold swatched, Blold blended, Once You Go Brown swatched, Once You Go Brown blended.

Both the mascara and the Eyes In A Stick were a little "meh" for me. The mascara worked fine (it’s on the thicker side but not flaky), but it didn’t really wow me either. The eye shadows are well pigmented and blend very easily, but they crease almost as soon as you get them on, even over primer. They seemed to do a little better with a dusting of translucent powder over the top.

Extra Worth It: Oops Liner

If you buy nothing else from this line (or in life), buy this liner! Seriously, Tyra, you get me, you really get me. Although the liner end is intimidatingly large, it draws the perfect inky-black line. It made my signature cat-eye a cinch. The best part about this liner, though, is the corrector end. I am notorious for drawing one eye's wing too low, and this corrector pen erased the mistake immediately. My HG is the Jordana Fabuliner Pen, but I haven’t touched it since I started using this lifesaver. 

liquid liner swatch

L: The liner in action, R: The corrector in action.

TYRA has its hits and misses (as most lines do) but overall I was decently impressed.

tyra banks makeup collections

Here I am wearing all of the eye products, all of the face products, and the What Lipstick? Lip Color in Ask for a Raise.

  • Have you guys tried this line yet? 
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