NYX Eyeshadow Base Review, Photos, Swatches

NYX Eyeshadow Base
NYX Eyeshadow Base

NYX Eyeshadow Base:  Skin Tone

NYX Skin Tone Eyeshadow Base ($6.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a creamy, flesh-toned product designed to provide a base for eyeshadow to grab onto and stay on all day. It’s $6.99 on ULTA (which I liked, because NYX is sold-out of this shade) normally, but at the time of this review, it was $4.19. NYX’s Eyeshadow Base is also available in White and Pearl. The Skin Tone shade is a light-medium peach.

This is one of my favorite budget friendly bases, because one pot lasts forever, and the product itself keeps eyeshadow on all day long without fading or creasing. It has a nice level of creaminess that makes it easy to apply and blend out to cover the entire lid area, but it dries down quick enough that it doesn’t crease before you get a chance to apply your eyeshadow on top of it. Skintone is more of an opaque base, though, which is particularly good for those who want a product that also evens out lids.

Skin Tone

PPermanent. $7.00.
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NYX Eyeshadow Base
NYX Eyeshadow Base

NYX Eyeshadow Base
NYX Eyeshadow Base

NYX Eyeshadow Base
NYX Eyeshadow Base

NYX Eyeshadow Base
NYX Eyeshadow Base

NYX Eyeshadow Base
NYX Eyeshadow Base

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About the Reviewer


Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Wow, I was always scared to try their eye shadow bases thinking it would be a waste of money, but it’s awesome to know they work. I know this color will be too yellow and dark for my skin tone, but I’ll definitely have to try either the white or pearl (probably both)!

I bought this during a Cherry Culture sale. I love it! You’re right, it is a budget friendly option that works well. I am very pleased with NYX for offering this product. For me, UD Primer Potion is great, but too pricey to buy all the time. This is a good alternative.

Darn, why did this have to have Mineral Oil in it? 🙁 If I wasn’t allergic to mineral oil I’d haul this base in mass quantitites. Thanks so much for including a shot of the ingredient list, Christine. It really helps folks like me allergic to certain ingredients.

hi, can u please tell me how do you applie this base, with your finger or do you use a certain brush and how long do i have to wait before i can put on eyeshadow?
thx you very much

I used the MAC 249! I don’t really time it – I just do one eye, then the other (for the base), and then I start applying eye makeup to the first one.

I would love to try this, being a NYX fan, but I’m so very pale that I would worry about it looking orange on me and under the shadows. That’s part of why I love NARS Smudgeproof and Mary Kay’s base: they’re white/translucent! 🙂

Does this change the color of an eyeshadow at all? I’m quite pale (I wear BB Porcelain foundation) with pink undertones, so would the skin tone be too dark/yellow? Didn’t know if the white shade was a better option for us pale girls!

I didn’t feel like it did! I’d probably go for the white, but I think the skin tone shade could work – have you tried MAC Soft Ochre or Painterly before? Those are both a bit lighter, but not as stark as white, and if either of those were too light, then the white it would be.

Nope. I am not a big MAC person, so the only primer exposure I have is the UDPP original. It blends in perfectly to my skin, but it also looks much lighter than the NYX. Then again, since Ulta is having a sale I may just have to try both!

UDPP is definitely wayyy lighter – UDPP is nearly invisible on me, especially since it’s a rather thin formula. I’d probably go white, to err on the side of caution, and if you really like it, maybe the flesh-toned is a nice option 🙂

Love this stuff, been using it since I ran out of my last UDPP sample. I’m fairer-skinned (NC15/20), and this blends out easily and looks natural on my lids. Glad you reviewed such an awesome drugstore find – I thought I was the only person who loved this stuff :).

Quality-wise, how do you think this compares to something like NARS’ eyeshadow base, or MUFE’s aqua creams as a base? I love both, but this is considerably cheaper, and if shadows stay as vibrant as long, and are as easy to blend on top of this, I might have to switch! Thanks for the review! 🙂

It’s not quite like NARS, since NARS is invisible essentially, but both NARS and NYX’s base hold up for me all day. MUFE Aqua Creams hold up all day but texturally, they’re a bit different – and Aqua Creams definitely dry down quickly, plus since most Aqua Creams are colored, you may not get the same effect/look as you would with a nude or invisible base.

I have yet to try out this brand. I want too so bad! It sounds like a very affordable brand with overall being a decent+ product. I must try! If I have light skin would you say not to get the Skin Tone or would it not matter.

I think you could still get it, but the white base may (I say may, because white is then rather stark, no matter what!) be more suitable.

I love the peachy tone to this base. I actually use it as a base for my under eye area. It totally cancels my dark circles and holds my foundation under my eye area all day. Which Normally tends to sweat off because I wear large framed glasses.

Christine I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work you put in this blog. You put out a nice amount of posts consistently and you answer readers comments even if you’ve answered it twice before. I read through the comments sometimes and I see how many people ask the same question and you still dedicate time to answer them.
You are my number one favorite blogger and I always check out Temptalia before any purchase. I really appreciate all of your dedication. 🙂

Thank you, Khadija! 🙂 I really appreciate it! I try to remind myself that we’re all busy people and aren’t always going to be able to check if a question has been asked when I answer the same question for the fifth time, lol!

I have white and pearl ones. They work just as good as expensive brands. Plus if you are signed for Ulta they have a lot of coupons. So getting this cheaper isn’t difficult.

Right, silly me I realized after I posted that I should go check myself lol. There’s only one ingredient list for all the shades so I guess they all have mineral oil in them. I’m so sad, I really want to try this, boo. Thanks for the info though! <3

I will add this to my next ULTA order since I don’t live anywhere within 500 miles of an ULTA store. FYI – I have been using an eye shadow base by Garden Botanika for eons…long before anyone really was putting out primers of any kind. GB still had their retail stores when I first found it. I am thrilled with it. It’s often written up in editorials as among the best. The pigmentation it has makes it so it’s your skin only better – never like those ones that are too white when you get them on. It also has no oil in it as does the NYX which concerns me a bit for stay power of my eyeliner. I do agree, now days there are a ton of eye primers out there. I have yet to find one that stacks up to GB’s performance. From some of the photos and ingredients listed, looks like the NYX has some shimmer to it – is that just a photo artifact or does it indeed have some slight shimmer to it?

This doesn’t work for me, but neither does my Shadow Insurance, it always creases by lunch time. 🙁 I just got the Urban Decay makeup setting spray for oily skin so I’m gonna try and see if a little spray of that helps.

Have you tried their HD primer? It’s packaged similar to UDPP but the it’s in a cylindar instead of that curvy design, so no wasted product! I like it and it reminds of UDPP, too.

I LOVE the NYX lip pencils, so I immediately trust this product as far as creamy-opacity goes. I just didn’t know this even existed before now. Thanks!

Oh noes! If it’s creamier than a paint pot, it may likely crease on me. I have such picky oily eyelids. Even paint pots crease on me, UDPP is the only thing that doesn’t.

I always wanted to try that base I thought it might be a little oily and break down and cause creasing but now I might have to try this thanks Christine

So far I have only tried NYX powder blush but I am so, so impressed. I find no difference in texture with my fave Lancome blushes and it does not fade nor blotch from morning to night (12 hours+!). The reason I haven’t tried many NYX is because in my country they jacked up the price to almost twice as much and therefore makes it somewhat very close to MAC prices, which is ridiculous right? I have extremely oily lids so fingers crossed! Mind you Too Faced Shadow Insurance doesn’t do a thing for me.

Christine, I find it amazing that you still reply to so many comments. I forgive you feeding my consumerism because you’re that awesome, lol.

i hate this product it crease more on me than if i dont wear a base at all its horrible..everyone is different tho i love nyx stuff this one just totally failed for me

It’s a different product entirely – hard to say without actually knowing the recipe if they’re different, but they certainly feel different.

This product does work fantastic but I have a small issue with it. It has a strong scent that is similar to baby powder or sun screen which makes application rather unpleasant to me.

Like, relle, I’m surprised that you liked this product. I used the white one about a year ago when I misplaced both my tube of Shadow Insurance and my pot of Aromaleigh primer. I had the most horrible time with this product. It lightened my shadows too much (made them duller than they were in the pot) and didn’t have any lasting power whatsoever. I was better off without primer than with in the case of this product.

I hate this one now. after using for 1 month, it turns out oily and creased on my lid. not recommended at all…I have oily lid and monolid so it doesnt work for me.

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