NYX Eyeshadow Base Review

Hey guys! I was rambling on about my love for my NYX Eyeshadow Base in White in a post a few days ago and that’s when it occurred to me that I love this product soo much that it totally deserves its own post and review.

NYX Eyeshadow Base review


Packaging: Comes in a small round container with a twist on lid. It’s a little bit of a bother to get your fingers in there, especially if you have long nails, but you can always use some sort of tool to scrape a little up. 7/10

Longevity: I pair this with a primer but when I use it my eyeshadows usually stay vibrant and crease free all day long. 9/10

Application: Easily spreadable when dabbing with finger. 9/10

Texture: Slightly thick and tacky consistency is great for holding and intensifying eyeshadows. 9/10

This product comes in three colors, Skin Tone, White and White Pearl. Skin Tone is best suited for use with neutral eyeshadows, White will created added vibrancy to all shadows and White Pearl will created added vibrancy while also adding a pearl/shimmer effect. White is my favorite!

NYX Eyeshadow Base review

This is one of the few products that I absolutely cannot live without! Whenever I do a colorful eyeshadow look, I always use this base. I totally believe in this product and really think that it’s one of the most useful makeup products you can buy for about $7.

So what exactly does the NYX Eyeshadow Base in White do? It greatly intensifies the colors of your eyeshadow! It’s just like painting a wall. If you want your walls to be a vibrant pink, you won’t just throw some pink paint over your tan walls and expect the pink to come out exactly as it looked on the paint chip. You’d first prime it so you have a nice, clean white base as a starting point. Otherwise, you’re just going to have a muddier version of your pink. That’s how painting works, right?  😛 Colors are always going to be the most intense and true when applied over a white base vs. just the color of your skin.

So if your colors just aren’t as true and vibrant as you’d like or if you have some poorly pigmented eyeshadows that need salvaging, this base will make a dramatic difference. Whenever you see me wearing colorful looks, I am always wearing this base under it!

I’ve seen some mixed reviews on the NYX Eyeshadow Base but I’ve had nothing but great results with this product so I’m going to tell you how I use it and hopefully you’ll get the same results!

First of all, I do not use this product as my sole primer. I always apply it on top of my eye primer. So I’ll blot my lids with an oil blotting sheet (this is not specific to this product, I just always do this), apply my eye shadow primer as normal (my favorite is Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance) and then apply a thin layer of the NYX Eyeshadow Base. The key here is to apply a thin layer. You do not want to turn your lids a solid, opaque white. You just want to add a white cast to them and that’s really all you need to amp up the intensity of your eyeshadows! If you apply this product too thickly, it may crease, slide around, etc. so really go easy with it. I just apply this product by using my finger to dab it around the whole area where my eyeshadow will be applied. If you’d rather use a brush for this, just be aware that it’s really hard to get out of brushes.

On the left side of the screen is the amount of this base that I use each time. See how it’s just a light white cast while the right side is much more noticeable? Well, the right side is too heavy. That’s when this stuff starts creasing. I know the left side looks really minimal but trust me here, it’s enough to make a noticeable difference to the intensity of your eyeshadow yet not enough to easily crease. In addition to creating a lighter base, this product is also is quite tacky to the touch and really holds on to your eyeshadow.

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If you are applying this very  thinly and are still having trouble with creasing, or if you find this product difficult to blend over, dusting a tiny amount of translucent powder over your lids after the base yet prior to applying your eyeshadow can help with both of these pesky problems.

I did a super quick eyeshadow look to show the difference. The left side of the screen is Too Faced Shadow Insurance + NYX Eyeshadow Base in White and the right side of the screen is just Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Okay, so I probably could have chosen better colors to demonstrate this best but these are the colors that I threw on my face so we’re gonna have to roll with it! All of these shadows are from the Coastal Scents 252 Palette.

Pay particular attention to the difference in intensity to the soft purple color in the middle of my lids as well as the peachy-orange color in the inner corners.

NYX Eyeshadow Base

See the difference?

I think that the NYX Eyeshadow Base in White really is one of those products that you just need to have in your arsenal, especially so if you ever do any sort of colorful looks! This stuff makes a real difference to your looks, it’s affordable and since you only need a small amount for each use, you won’t run out of this for a long, long time!

Have you tried any of the NYX Eyeshadow Bases? What did you think of them?


3 thoughts on “NYX Eyeshadow Base Review

  1. I’m excited because my Cyber Monday Nyx package just arrived today and this was one of the products I’ll be trying out for the first time!!

    Do you have any experience with Nyx Milk? I am curious to see how it compares, because I feel Nyx Milk leaves a lot to be desired. Hoping this product is better!

    1. Whoohoo! I hope you like it! I have Milk but I never use it as a base. I feel like it isn’t as grabby and just doesn’t work as well as the eyeshadow base so I always reach for that instead.

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