Saturday, January 7, 2012

NYX Hot Pink, Sahara, Golden Dune, Sunset Ray Single Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

NYX Sahara, Golden Dune, Sunset Ray, Hot Pink Single Eyeshadows

NYX Single Eyeshadows (~$5.00, 0.09 oz., Cherry Culture, NYX) are really affordable single eyeshadows in part of an extensive range of shades and finishes. They all come in a square black plastic compact with a clear lid and snap closure. This post includes Sahara, Golden Dune, Sunset Ray, and Hot Pink.

Sahara is a yellowy beige with a frost finish. It has a soft, smooth, dense texture with great pigmentation. I find it a bit too frosty as a brow highlight, but when toned down with a matte beige, Sahara serves as a beautiful highlight shade.

Golden Dune is a golden bronze with multi-chromatic shimmer and a metallic finish. It reminds me of a lighter Urban Decay Smog. It has a soft, dense, slightly crumbly texture with excellent pigmentation.

Sunset Ray is a neutral-cool carrot orange with a shimmer finish. It has a slightly dry, yet smooth and dense texture with good, build-able pigmentation. I found that it applies slightly unevenly. I prefer more yellowed oranges, so Sunset Ray doesn't see much love from me.

Hot Pink (matte) is a borderline neon deep pink with a mostly matte finish but detectable shimmers throughout. It has a dry, stiff texture with good, build-able pigmentation. The unfavorable formula leads to uneven application. It kind of reminds me of NARS Desire blush!

These are the only single NYX eyeshadows I own, but from these four I have to say that I like them. I find that I don't reach for them as often because I have yet to depot them into a custom palette. There are so many shades to choose from, so the collecting process can seem daunting (like MAC and MUFE shadows can be). I love how affordable they are for such a generous amount of product!

The mentioned product(s) was/were purchased by me.


  1. I see you love Jesus, hm? Well, vanity is a sin. So I guess you're going to Hell for wearing make-up!

  2. Ohh, these are so pretty! :)

    I haven't tried very many NYX products, but I am definitely interested in trying these the next time I go to Ulta! :p

  3. @Jessica definitely try them out! I'm waiting for a good sale to get more ;)

  4. I have Sahara, and today I discovered the wonder of using it as a face highlighter. It's perfect! Everything I want in a highlighter--sheen, but no sparkle or glitter. At $6 CAD for a pot, I feel like I've won the lottery!