NYX has been working overtime lately — they were backstage at Betsey Johnson, they’re making video tutorials, they’re showing up at trade shows, and they’ve been coming out with a slew of new products — some for the party girl (Liquid Crystal eyeliner), some for the 9-to-5er (Nude on Nude Natural Look eyeshadow palette).
The palette contains an eye base (in a long, cream strip), eight powder shadows, and four lipcolors. It’s $15, available at nyxcosmetics.com and cherryculture.com (and, no doubt, will soon be available at nonpareilboutique.com too). If you time your purchase just right, you may even find a coupon code.
The eyeshadow base didn’t win me over right away. Though it nearly blends in with my arm, it’s a little too peachy/orange for my lids. It might be a perfect match for a slightly darker skintone, though if you use it sparingly (perhaps apply with a fluffy brush? and don’t blend higher than you intend to place eyeshadow), it shouldn’t be a problem.
The four lip colors are unscented (they have perhaps a faint “makeup” scent). They live in a pull-out drawer under the eyeshadow.
I also swatched the eyeshadows over the cream base, but I’m not sure I used the optimal technique. I applied the base with a fingertip, then used a sponge-tipped applicator to apply shadow on top, without really giving the base time to dry or set. I personally prefer the look of the last shade dry, without the base.
NYX does not test on animals, though this palette is not vegan.