Review: Nyx Natural Eyeshadow Palette

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.

Nyx Natural Eyeshadow palette

Before I get any further into this post, I would just like to make note of a few things beforehand.

First, I am not sponsored or affiliated with any of the companies I’ve mentioned in this post. Second, just because I don’t care for this product, doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you. Lastly, I am not writing this review to be vicious to the Nyx brand. I appreciate that they provide cruelty-free cosmetics at an affordable price. But I feel that providing my full unfiltered opinion is the most ethical approach for this review.

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:

  • Talc
  • Magnesium Stearate
  • Dimethicone
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate
  • Polybutene
  • Synthetic wax
  • Mineral oil
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben

The Nyx Natural Eyeshadow palette may also contain:

  • Mica
  • 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.

Nyx Natural Eyeshadow palette
I tried to prime all of the eyeshadows w/ concealer and a white eyeshadow, but doing so made it difficult for this shade to show. As you can see, it’s almost a white as my skin. Okay, maybe not AS white, but close enough.

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.

Yeah, my swatching looks weird, BUT NOT ALL OF US CAN AFFORD FANCY CAMERAS, MMKKAY???

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.

This shade is difficult enough when applying with a finger, but using it with a brush is even worse. I don’t think an eyeshadow has ever frustrated me as much as this one has.

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.

This shade seems to apply easily with my finger and seems to apply nicely with a brush. However, when applying with a brush, the golden shimmer seems to show through more.

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.

This shade seems a little patchy when applying it with a finger, and even patchier when using a brush. However, that seems pretty easy to remedy by reapplying the shade one or two more times.

Overall Opinion

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:

CVS – $7.49

 Walmart – $8.47

 Nyx’s official website – $8.50

The prices that I’ve listed are the ones I found when I first wrote this post. These prices may be subject to change and do not include shipping.

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Packaging - 6
Pigmentation - 4
Blendability - 5
Versatility - 4
Personal Enjoyment - 3



A part of me is a little bummed out that this is my first experience with Nyx, but I'm sure that they have much better eyeshadow palettes out on the market. But this is one that I would avoid. 

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