Monday, December 6th, 2010

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils vs. Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils
Urban Decay Sin, NYX Yogurt, Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils vs. Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils

Though they seem rather similar on the surface and even at first glance, I think the shade ranges differ enough where there is less overlap than expected.  For instance, I could not find dupes for Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy, Clinic, Narc, or Lit at all.  However, I think that Urban Decay’s Sin and Clash definitely have dupes, while Delinquent has something similar but there is a noticeable difference in quality that makes them different.

I think that Rehab and Barracuda may also lack dupes, but I do not have the appropriate NYX shades to tell you for sure.  Mercury and Wasteland may have dupes, but again, I can’t say for sure.

  • Urban Decay Sin seems to be closest to NYX Yogurt, but the latter is darker and pinker.
  • Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy is also closest to NYX Yogurt but I would not consider them dupes–Midnight Cowboy is more of a gilded champagne-beige without the pink of Yogurt.
  • Urban Decay Clinic has no corresponding dupe in the NYX line. NYX lacks any teal shade.
  • Urban Decay Narc has no corresponding dupe in the NYX line. NYX Rocky Mountain Green is a cooler, brighter green, which may be more comparable to Urban Decay Graffiti (which is available as an eyeliner).
  • Urban Decay Clash is the one shade I found a strong dupe for, which was NYX Electric Blue, though the NYX version is not quite as bright and requires layering to achieve opaque color.
  • Urban Decay Delinquent is similar to NYX Purple Velvet but the swatch will show you how different the pigmentation is between the two of them. Urban Decay’s is significantly more pigmented, and it is more of a jewel-tone purple with less red in its base.
  • Urban Decay Lit is a softer, lighter version of NYX Pure Gold, which is much more of a coppery gold.
  • Urban Decay Morphine is is a darker version of NYX Oyster, and it also has more of a purple tone, while Oyster pulls pinker.

I don’t have all of NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencils, but based on Dusty’s swatches that he did for Temptalia back in April, here are my thoughts on some possible similarities:

  • Wasteland and/or Rehab may be comparable to Iced Mocha, which looks like it runs lighter and perhaps not as dark.
  • Mercury may be comparable to Pots and Pans, but it looks a little darker.
  • Barracuda may be comparable to Slate, which looks like it has a bluer cast (less of a silver-gray).

What about the formulas?

Generally speaking (and based on the eight or so NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils I own), NYX has a creamier, more emollient base, which is likely why more people have experienced creasing when using them alone and/or as a base.  (You can always remedy this by using an eyeshadow base underneath the pencil itself.)  Keep in mind, also, that Urban Decay’s 24/7 Shadow Pencils are still very much untested by the makeup community at large–I can only report on my experience, but I have rather normal lids (neither dry or oily).

Some shades have excellent pigmentation and go on beautifully while other shades do look sheerer when swatched against Urban Decay’s.  NYX take longer to dry, so you have more time to work with them and blend them, but it may also mean they have more time to settle into creases and lines on the lid.  Urban Decay’s seem to take more elbow grease to remove (just using a makeup remover wipe) than NYX’s. Urban Decay also specifically calls attention to the fact that their pencils are free of parabens and mineral oil, both ingredients found in NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencils.

See swatches!

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils vs. Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils
Urban Decay Sin, NYX Yogurt, Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils vs. Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils
Urban Decay Clinic, NYX Rocky Mountain Green, Urban Decay Narc

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils vs. Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils
Urban Decay Clash, NYX Electric Blue

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils vs. Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils
Urban Decay Delinquent, NYX Purple Velvet

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils vs. Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils
Urban Decay Lit, NYX Pure Gold

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils vs. Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils
Urban Decay Morphine, NYX Oyster

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14 thoughts on “NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils vs. Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils Comparison Swatches & Dupes

  1. Rae

    Hooray! Some of these dupes are awesome, Christine — thanks for finding them for us! :)

  2. Ru

    Your thorough-ness is always appreciated :)

  3. Maya C

    I’m not a fan of the NYX pencils. I own two of them and they crease heavily whether or not I use them as a base, even if I have a primer underneath. I’m really excited to try the Urban Decay ones, though!

  4. Ani_BEE

    I think I’ll pick up Sin. Having own NYX Yogurt I find it pretty dark for a “light” shade on my shin tone. Urban Decay Sin shadow is on of my favorites as well.

  5. Yiran

    This helps a lot thank you Christine!!

  6. Awesome post, Christine! Thank you for your effort to write this post for us. Definitely very beneficial.

  7. Sally

    You’re so great, Christine! How many makeup remover wipes would you say you use in a week? I’m betting a lot lately, with all those terrific eyeliner comparisons :]

  8. Rosie

    Hey thanks for this! I’m even more in love with Clinic and Narc because of this comparison :).

  9. Carrie Ann

    Thanks for the comparisons! Yogurt and Oyster have been on my wish list for a while, and I think I may go w/ those rather than the UD pencils, since they’re a lot less expensive.

  10. Miss Ruby Rouge

    Thankyou, thankyou, THANKYOU soo soo much for posting up these swatches, dupes and comparisons, Christine!! I can only order Nyx online and so I find your swatches really helpful, I rely on them to make wise decisions when choosing what products I want to order when I’m buying Nyx online!! Thankyou so much again for all of your hard work, I hope your papers, exams and finals are coming along nicely!! :) xXx

  11. Marcela

    I purchased 6 of these at ULTA after seeing these beautiful swatches and rave reviews on different blogs… and although the smoothness, pigmentation and price are great, they crease horribly EVEN when i use an eyeshadow base (like MAC Painterly paint pot). The other downside is the slight tackiness of the formula makes it a bit hard to completely remove with face wash.

  12. Tina

    Ahhhh…UD Narc. I bought that one last night and it is pure love. It is soooo beautiful on brown eyes, but I’ll bet it works well on others too.

  13. mschristinaann5

    I must be poor bc i think even NYX can get pricey since NYX isnt readily available & no ulta so shipping cost per pencil add up… sadly but i have bought a few during their annual sale & i love these pencils, their amazing! ill prob never get a UD pencil but i wanted to add that Milani has recently released Cream shadow pencils that are almost dead on dupes (color,texture,performance, etc) to the UD 24/7 glide on pencils so those who are looking for something new to try, def check those out!