Thursday, June 13

Review: NYX HD Eye Shadow Base

NYX is well-known for its wallet-friendly, yet quality products and I have been impressed with its range of pigmented eye shadows and moisturising lip creams.

Today, I'm going to do a quick review on the NYX HD Eye Shadow Base.

From its website:

Prep your eyelids with this lightweight eye makeup primer that makes skin appear smoother, more even toned, and ensures lasting makeup application. The High Definition Eye Shadow Base conceals creases and pumps up the vibrancy of your eye shadow.

I bought this off Qoo10 just before picking up the e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer.

It cost me slightly over $11 if I'm not wrong, comes in a sturdy and practical looking plastic black tube, and the cap unscrews a doe-foot applicator (as e.l.f.'s does).

The colour does seem a lot paler than e.l.f.'s, which may cause concern for some but once blended out...

It's completely sheer; in fact, it's even more so than e.l.f.'s, which leaves a little bit of dry area on my eyelids. This product doesn't have any residue at all and is incredibly moisturising and blends really well, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its flaws. More on that in a bit, after we do some swatches.

Left: Without primer, Right: On NYX HD Eye Shadow Base.

Even if you know nothing about makeup, I'm sure you can tell the difference.

Top to bottom - Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, Bolt and then Sugarlite, both from Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Ultra Matte V1.

The taupe was a little hard to swatch since I usually have to really layer it on to really have a nice mushroomy colour and this was just one little swipe. But the difference with and without primer for both Bolt and Sugarlite is stark.

So now that it has proven its claim that it 'pumps up the vibrancy of  your eye shadow', let's see how it fares on the lids.

Remember when I said that it has its flaws? Well, technically, it's a flaw, and that is the wetness of its texture, which not only makes blending a dream, it also doesn't dry quickly upon application. Because I have hidden double eyelids (or hooded eyes as some would say), I almost ALWAYS get this unsightly crease when I use the NYX HD Eye Shadow Base, regardless of how long I let it set.

It takes me just 10 seconds more to blend it again after it creases and that really shouldn't matter but when it comes down to picking a HG eyeshadow primer, I guess this would factor into consideration.

So the above is after I blended it out for a second time. Notice that there is absolutely no residue?

After application of eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara.

Face Primer: POPBeauty Face Magnet
Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
Eyeshadow Primer: NYX HD Eye Shadow Base
Base: NYX Eyeshadow in Skin Tight
Lid: Rosette (from Stila In the Garden Palette)
Contour: Breeze (from Stila In the Garden Palette)
Eyeliner: Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in Neon Blue
Lower Lashline: NYX Slide On Pencil in Jewel
Mascara: Dejavu Fiberwig Paint-On False Lashes Extra Long Mascara
Blusher: MAC Powder Blush in Springsheen

So I had a typical work day, and came home about 10 hours later to...

Remember when I said in my review about the Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in Neon Blue that it smudges? The NYX HD Eye Shadow Base helped to hold the eyeliner and prevented it from smudging, something which I am truly delighted at. Well, save for that little mess in the corner but this is an achievement, really!

So what do I say?

If I were to pick between NYX and e.l.f., I will probably pick this just because the texture is so blendable and it's a true sheer. Plus, it doesn't accentuate any dryness and is amazing in bringing out the colours of the eyeshadow. It's just a wee bit pricier than the e.l.f. though, so I would say to the makeup fiends out there...grab both!

Rating: 9 / 10

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