I was very fortunate to be able to find some awesome drugstore products in my March Beauty Favorites 2018 post. But similar to real life, you’re not going to always find something you enjoy. In this particular case, the Nyx Natural Eyeshadow Palette an item that I really dislike. I originally picked up this item because I understand that not everybody can afford to buy products like the TF Natural Eyes palette. So, I wanted to see if this drugstore palette would suffice.
To be blunt, the Nyx Natural Eyeshadow Palette is nowhere close to being a decent dupe. Honestly, I wouldn’t pick this up, period.
Before I get any further into this post, I would just like to make note of a few things beforehand.
The Nyx Natural Eyeshadow palette has one gram of product per eyeshadow, I believe. Not quite sure, since part of that information was torn off with the packaging.
In terms of design, the palette comes in a clear plastic container with Nyx’s signature logo on the front. The word “Natural” is written in bold, golden-brown text. It also comes with one of those sponge tip applicators.
Here’s how the Nyx website describes this product:
Go au natural…or dramatic with the Natural Shadow Palette. Designed to work beautifully with all skin tones this 6-shadow collection enhances your eyes instantly and lets you go as soft or dramatic as you like. Wear these shades solo mix them up or use them as a neutral base for any of our other colorful shadows.
Before I go into the actual shades, here’s a list of all the ingredients:
- Magnesium Stearate
- Ethylhexyl Palmitate
- Synthetic wax
- Mineral oil
The Nyx Natural Eyeshadow palette may also contain:
- Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, 77492, 77499)
As the product description says, there are six shades in the palette. None of them have any names, so I’m just going to refer to them by number. For all of these shades, I will be applying them with my finger as well as a brush.
The first shade from the left is a matte white that can be used to set one’s eyeshadow primer or as a brow bone highlight. When I apply this shade using my finger, it feels very chalky and doesn’t give me too much color payoff.
The second color from the left is a pale yellowish beige shade that has specs of golden shimmer. This makes the shade ideal to use as an inner corner highlight. It’s also good to use all over the eyelid and on the brow bone. When touching this shade with my fingers, this shade also feels very chalky. But I find that I get a little bit more color payoff when using my finger. However, I find that I need to continually reapply the shade to get it to really pop.
The third shade is a matte pinky, muted creamsicle color that can be used as transition in the crease. This shade is absolutely atrocious. When I use my fingers to pick up the product, I find that I get little to no color payoff. This effect is worse when I’m using a brush, as I’m constantly having to dip back into the pan to get this color to show up a tiny bit in my crease. After a certain point, I find that I don’t even care about tapping off any excess, because doing so ruins any chances of the color showing up. With this in mind, I can imagine how much more difficult it will be for people with darker skin tones to work with this shade.
The fourth shade looks like a beige with a tiny bit of shimmer. Although this shade still feels a little chalky, I find that it gives me more color payoff than the previous shades.
The fifth eyeshadow in this palette looks like a brown with a little bit of golden shimmer. I think that this would be a good shade for people with darker skin tones.
The last shade in this palette looks like a chocolate brown shade. This makes it ideal for creating depth in the outer corner. One could also use this all over the lid to create a smokey effect.
Although I absolutely don’t care for this palette, here are a few things that I did like about it:
- Packaging is sturdy and small, making it good for travelling
- I think that the last three shades perform better in terms of pigmentation
- If I had to pick my favorite shade, I’d probably pick the fourth one, since it seemed to perform better when using a brush, oddly enough
Now is where I’m going to tear this palette apart:
- The shades feel pretty chalky
- That third shade vexes me to no end
- It takes four to five applications for the shade to even SLIGHTLY show up on the skin, which is ridiculous for any product, regardless of the price
- If my pale skin is having a hard time with the colors, it’ll probably be a lot harder for people with darker skin tones to use them
So it’s pretty obvious that I wouldn’t recommend buying this product.
If you’re still interested in buying the Nyx Natural Eyeshadow Palette, you can buy it from the following places:
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