NYX Eye Shadows – Swatches

Posted by Lipglossiping On October - 24 - 2009

You’ve already seen the lipsticks from my Cherry Culture NYX haul…

Now it’s time for the eye shadows!

I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I’d heard such good things that I didn’t think I’d be disappointed but I wasn’t prepared to be quite so delighted either!


I stuck to what I consider to be great Autumn/Winter shades for me… Purples, Plums, Golds and Greys.  I was tempted by some brighter more Spring-like shades… but I’ll save them for my next haul 😉

Here’s the swatches (applied dry over UDPP):


My favourites are Eggplant, Golden, Champage and Charcoal…

Rust is an amazingly pigmented shade… it’s a touch too red for my taste but I’ve got it coming up in my next FOTD so you’ll get a clearer idea of how it looks on the eye.

I read up on a few forums about Champagne, and it was often suggested as a nice highlight.  Damn my paleness ‘cos it’s too dark to use as a highlight for me… it will be a gorgeous shade for a quick wash of colour though – still pleased I bought it.

Red Bean Pie looked fantastic on the site and doesn’t disappoint in real life.  It’s basically Eggplant but with more plummy/red tones to it.

Eggplant is gorgeously metallic, it’s simillar to Red Bean Pie, but a little more purpley.

I never use black in the crease, it’s just too harsh for my skintone so I’m always on the lookout for nice greys and Charcoal is the loveliest crease colour for me.  I’m very happy I chose it.

Last but by no means least is Golden – stunning… proper metallic, highly pigmented.. just beautiful!

I’m not disappointed by a single shadow.

I also bought this little beauty…


The much talked about Jumbo Pencil in Milk which is the creamiest, brightest white ever!  I know that it’s most often used as a base… but with my creasey creasey eyelids I’m actually gonna attempt to put it to work as an under the brow highlighter!  I’ll let you know how it fares…

Can I get a little feedback on my swatches?  I’m not particularly confident with swatching… I think they’re pretty colour accurate…  Let me know if you ever want a particular shade of anything I swatch incorporated into a FOTD, sometimes things just look different in a swatch than when put into context on the face – or maybe that’s just me?

20 Responses to “NYX Eye Shadows – Swatches”

  1. Tali says:

    Ive been eying the jumbo pencils for a while… ill wait and see what you think before I buy!!

  2. Rhamnousia says:

    Golden loks really really nice.

    I like your swatches, don’t feel bad if the colours don’t come out as vibrant as you hoped, some products are crappy and that’s all the pigment they will give you.

    I agree with what you said about colours looking different on hands and on eyes but generally you can tell it’s the same. I have funnily pigmented lids (darker than my hands) but I use UDPP and that brings them up to same colour as my hands so it’s the same colour both ways. Also, I think swatches look different on hands and eyes because you blend it on your eyes whereas you just swatch it on your hand.

    I have a white pencil for a base which is by 17, but it’s about 6 years old and is the creamiest, whitest mofo in the land. I swatched the newer ones but they are too hard.

  3. Becca says:

    Hi! I just found your blog recently and I really like it. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on that Milk pencil. I’ve always shied away from it as well, because I too have super creasy eyelids, but maybe at some point you’d be willing to try it as a base with a layer of primer potion underneath, and report back on how it goes?

  4. Ally says:

    I love your swatches! Your photography is excellent!
    I struggle with swatches so much but you really seem to capture the accuracy of colours.

    I’m lemming nyx now! :(

  5. Fei says:

    Great swatches, I found it really helpful. I find it pretty hard to get colour accuracy as well when taking photos, I noticed with all my NOTD photos the colour wasn’t true to life. Charcoal looks like a lovely colour x

  6. ndoodles says:

    Soo pretty. I actually have champagne and it is very nice. Rust looks crazy red!

  7. Kim says:

    Wow! Great colours! I’ve been looking for a shadow the same shade as Champagne since forever! Now I know where to get it from :) Loving Rust, Eggplant and Charcoal too. Great swatches btw :) xx

  8. Fantastic says:

    I think the swatches look great–in fact your photos are always such a breath of fresh air. How do you like Milk? I don’t have it, but I have some of the other jumbo pencils–and although they’re creasy, I like them in the inner corners, or even as a liner!

  9. @Tali – I shall let you know as soon as I work out what the hell I’m gonna do with it!

  10. @Rhamnousia – Golden *is* lovely! It’s not that they’re not vibrant.. it’s just I don’t wanna get the shade ‘off’ – think I’m doing ok though! This one is incredibly creamy to be fair.

  11. @Becca – Hi Becca, thanks for your sweet comment! I will share my thoughts ASAP – I will definitely try it as a base for you and report back!

  12. @Ally – Awww thank you so much. It’s really affordable! Check out the CherryCulture website hun!

  13. @Fei – Thanks so much, it is tricky isn’t it! Charcoal is beautiful, it’s a steely grey… fab for the crease.

  14. @NDoodles – Rust is pretty full on, fab for the Autumn!

  15. @Kim – Champagne is such a fab highlight / pale lid wash.. it’s quite warm. Thank You xx

  16. @MizzWorthy – Thanks Jen! x

  17. @Fantastic – Thanks you so much! I still haven’t used Milk… I’m gonna try it in the inner corner tomorrow like you suggest. I also saw a youtube video about depotting them! Crazy but v. cool!

  18. Redtiger21 says:

    Wow, those reddy colours look lovely- your swatches look great to me! I have the NYX jumbo in milk- I find that, as long as i use UDPP underneath it, it’s fantastic as a base for powder shadows. The only thing I would say is it REALLY clumps on any dryness I get on my eyelids, so I have to be careful with that, and make sure I smother my eyes with cream before bed. I also use it in a thin line under the whole length of my eyebrow, then blended right in, to give my brow a sharper shape- it’s pretty good for that too, although a thin white penci is better.

    • Thank you ever so much!

      D’yano, I still haven’t come up with a use for ‘milk’… I just keep swatching and admiring it’s softness but forget to pick it up in the mornings!! I don’t tend to get any dryness (I’m a bit oily on my lids). I was thinking about using it as an under brow highlighter with a fair amount of blending. As you’ve recommended that, I’ll give it a go – thank you! xxx

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