Sunday, 22 January 2012
Review: NYX Eyeshadow Singles
I bought the above NYX singles ages ago from Cherry Culture, back in September according to my order history lol! They are currently on sale (see here) for $3.99. Alternatively you can now buy NYX in the UK. They are available here for £4.50. For those of you going to IMATS on the 4th February in London, NYX have a stand so there may well be discounts on products there. I honestly can't remember if they were any deals or not last year :s
Any way, let's have a look at the colours I picked up :)
Gypsy is described as a Shimmer, a "sparkly eye shadow with soft glittery effect". As you can see in the photo aboved the eyeshadow is a deep red brown with gold glitters.
Root Beer is also described as a Shimmer. The sparkles in it aren't quite as noticeable as the ones in Gypsy but they are still there. It is a cool toned almost plummy taupe brown with silver micro shimmers.
Sparkle Cedar is a Metallic/Shimmer. It shares the same sparkles as the other two but is considered to be more "bold" and "intense" lol! It is a golden sandy beige with multi-coloured micro shimmers.
I'd hoped that Gypsy would have been an inexpensive dupe of NARS Galapagos but I don't think it is. It seems too red toned on my skin, whereas when I've swatched Galapagos it just looked like straight up cocoa powder brown. NYX Gypsy is a lovely quality eyeshadow though. It is very smooth and soft, almost too soft in fact. It's very pigmented so a little goes a long way. Also, don't worry about the sparkles, they disappear before your brush gets anywhere near your eye!
Root Beer is considered to be a dupe of MAC Satin Taupe. In the pan, to me, Root Beer looks a hair darker. Swatched on the skin Satin Taupe has more of a metallic quality to it that the NYX shadow doesn't. Whilst the base colour of both shadows is extremely similar the metallic sheen definitely gives the MAC shadow that little extra something. Don't get me wrong, Root Beer is a fantastic eyeshadow, super blendable and very nice to use.
Sparkle Cedar is a lovely unique colour, almost an olive toned golden sand on the skin. My biggest problem with it is the fallout. It's lovely, you just have to make sure that you really push it onto the lid rather than sweeping it across.
Despite their few shortcomings these really are great inexpensive eyeshadows. The range of colours is amazing, check out this swatch post on Karla Sugar's awesome blog. I think I will definitely have a look and see if they have any other unique colours I can pick up, might even have to have a look at their other products while I'm at it ;)
Do you like NYX eyeshadow singles? If you do which are your favourite colours?