Product reviews: NYX Eye Shadow Base in White and NYX Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencils

Here’s a very belated review of a couple of the products I bought last month from ULTA’s NYX sale (which you can read about here). I really hate to badmouth products without lots of testing, so when I try a product and just don’t love it (or really, really dislike it) I try to wait a while and test it out a few more times, just to see if my original opinion will change.

For one of these products, it definitely didn’t.

I have to say, I’m a huge fan of drugstore makeup. I’ve found some amazing bargains at the drugstore and would never swap those products for more expensive dupes. That said, NYX is sort of hit and miss for me. I loved the Shine Killer (you can read my review here) but really wasn’t impressed with the Jumbo Lip Pencils (read about those here). Now it’s on to the eye shadow pencils and primer pot, and once again, my feelings are mixed. So without further ado, let’s get right into the product reviews.

The product: NYX Eye Shadow Base White, $6.99

The claim: “Maximize the intensity, longevity and unashamed brilliance of your eye shadow…creates a smooth canvas for color, increases its durability and prevents fallout.” (From their website)

I tried it: As you can see from my swatches, this is a stark white primer, so you’ll want to blend it in well and let it set for a moment before adding any color over the top or else the color doesn’t apply correctly. This seems to be a pretty generously-sized primer pot and it would appear that a little goes a long way.

My big problem with this product is that the colors really don’t seem to be “intensified”. As you can see in the swatch below, I have stripes of the NYX cream shadows and of some Physician’s Formula powder shadows (top) running down my arm. The left side has the primer; the right is bare skin. Can you tell a difference? I can’t. Any increased intensity in the color is minimal at best.

I’m not sure about the power of this primer to prevent budging or creasing because I don’t get creases on my forearms (duh). I don’t feel like it really gives the shadow all that much protection against smearing, though.

My verdict: Pass. I’m really disappointed; I thought this would make my eye shadow colors really pop, but I can’t see that much of a difference with or without the primer. I’m glad I got it on sale, because it’s certainly not worth a whole seven dollars.

The product: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, in 28 shades; $4.50

The claim: “A radiant eye liner that also doubles as an eye shadow…glide on effortlessly—no pulling, tugging or fading.” (From their website)

I tried it: First, allow me to praise the intensity of the colors and the sheer jaw-dropping gorgeous hue selection. These are eye shadow colors as they were meant to be: rich, luscious, and utterly amazing. The colors are just as intense and gorgeous on your skin as they are in the pencils.

That said, as with the Jumbo Lip Pencils, there’s very little product in each pencil; what you see in the tip is what you get, so I recommend grabbing them on sale. ULTA often offers these at 40% off and while that seems fair, $5 is a bit high, in my opinion.

These pencils have a very silky glide and go on with ease, but they’re almost too slippery. As with the lip pencils, I blame all of the added mineral oil; the color slides around on your lids and creases easily. You can blend it out with a brush and top it with colored powder to help it stay put, but then you lose the jewel-box intensity that made you buy the pencil in the first place. It’s a Catch-22.

This is not just a problem when using the pencils for shadow; as a liner, they’re terrible. You can line your upper lash line with a flick of the wrist, but when you blink, you’ll transfer a thin line of that pencil to your crease. Primers, waiting for the pencil to dry, and topping with powder do little to lessen this effect.

My verdict: I’m so disappointed! I love these colors and would buy one in every shade if only they stayed put–but they don’t. If you’re doing Halloween makeup or something special like that, then they’d be a great cheapie buy for added color and ease of use; you can seriously doodle all over your face with these. But for everyday wear, they’re a letdown, and I doubt I’ll repurchase them.

10 thoughts on “Product reviews: NYX Eye Shadow Base in White and NYX Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencils

  1. I have tried them both two and the base (I have the flesh toned one) didn’t prevent creasing at all. I think it might have caused some! The eye pencils are so amazing and creamy. They seem really promising, but are absolutely horrible for lining or a shadow pencil. They move all over your face within minutes!

    However, using the Jumbo Pencils as an eye shadow base can work really well – you still need a primer, this is true even if you don’t normally. Put the pencil all over the area you want to intensify and let it set briefly, then apply shadow and it seems to work pretty well. I think the powder sets it so it doesn’t move everywhere and then you have whatever color underneath – try “Milk” for a white base. I have only tried this a couple times, but it seemed to work!


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