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Written on Friday, May 18, 2018
Pros: animal cruelty-free, compact and convenient package, it makes the color of my eyeshadows pop, lightweight and non-sticky texture, very long-wearing

Hello there!

This is my discovery, guys! This babe works literally like a glue for my eyeshadows. Here it is - NYX HD High Definition Eye Shadow Base.

I guess you all already know that an eyeshadow primer is as important in any girls’ makeup bags as a concealer for example, or a foundation.

First of all, the primer makes your eyeshadow apply on smoothly (because they are usually silicone-infused, which actually makes the application fuss-free).

And secondly, the eyeshadow primer literally makes the color of your eyeshadow pop. Even if you have the most whimsical eyeshadows in the world, you still have a chance to apply them beautifully if you have a good eyeshadow primer.

And of course, the most important thing is that the good eyeshadow primers should significantly lengthen the wear time of your eyeshadows.

But, unfortunately, not every eyeshadow primer is able to fulfill all these demands and live up to the promises.

This eyeshadow base by NYX is in no way the first priming product in my makeup bag. I’ve already had their legendary white eyeshadow primer in a jar. This is actually the product I want to compare the hero of my review today with.

So, let’s start off with some product info as usual:

Price: $7

Weight: 8g

Package: it’s a black plastic tube which is really reminiscent with a lip gloss.

Applicator - it’s actually a sponge, like many other lip glosses.

But I have to admit that the product is pretty easy to work with. First of all, there’s no need for me to dip my fingers into the package (though I had to do it with the white base) hence, there won’t be a half of the tube’s content stuck under my nails and I won’t have to scoop it out.

Secondly, this sponge is uber convenient when I need to apply this base over my eyelids. All the eyeshadow primers that I had before, didn’t have an applicator sponge and I had to apply them with my fingers, constantly staining my nails with the formula.

The list of ingredients:

Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d'Abeille, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propylparaben. May Contain(+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, 77499, 77491).

Well, they don’t pretend to have natural ingredients only, do they? Smile

And of course, it’s worth mentioning that the brand is animal cruelty-free.

The color of the base is fair and beige.

The consistency reminds me of some mousse.

I find it easy to smear the product over my eyelids. I also appreciate how fair-colored my eyelids look then, which actually shows all the vibrancy of the eye shadows afterwards.

So, let’s apply a little bit of this eyeshadow base over my lids and blend it out well. I’ll wait for a minute for the product to set and only after that I’ll start to apply my eyeshadows.

And you know, you’ll be very impressed with the result you’ll see. The thing is that this product is able to make the color pop and vibrant, even if your eyeshadows are very whimsical and the worst quality-wise.

Regardless of how strange it may sound, I still have to say that the white eyeshadows by MAC are the worst ever. First of all, they are super challenging to apply. They stay on for an hour maximum and then crease with 2 nasty lines on my eyes.

There’s nothing of that kind ever happens with this eyeshadow, if you wear them with this eyeshadow base by NYX.

Here I want to show you some different eyeshadows from my collection (E.L.F, Mary Kay, WOW, Sweet Scents, MAC) over my nude skin (without a base) and over the white base by NYX as well as over this NYX HD High Definition Eyeshadow Base.

As you can see, both primers show excellent and almost the same-looking result. While the same product over my non-primed skin looks boring and not vibrant at all. In some reviews I read them mentioning that matte eyeshadows look messy if applied over these primers. But you can see the result in the picture yourself here. I don’t see any muddy or messy eyeshadows, even the shimmer shades look great, let alone the matte textures.

NYX Eyeshadow Base / NYX HD Eyeshadow Base / Nude (non-primed skin)
NYX Eyeshadow Base / NYX HD Eyeshadow Base / Nude (non-primed skin)

But this isn’t even the most important advantage. You see, I live in a warm climate and the most important thing for me is to make my eyeshadows stay on even when it’s boiling hot.

And of course, I’ll run a small experiment to show you the way the eyeshadows over this base will behave in a humid climate. I just decided to place my arm with the eyeshadows under a stream of hot water for 5 minutes.

As you can judge from the photo, the “nude” eyeshadows vanished almost completely. At the same time, they stayed over the primers almost as though just applied.

I foresee your question: “Why should we pay more for the HD base when the cheaper white base also by NYX shows the same results?” And I’ll say the following - the thing is that the white NYX Eyeshadow Base will crease in a couple of hours after application if you have oily eyelids. Whereas the NYX HD High Definition Eye Shadow Base holds on my eyeshadows very well, even on my problematic skin the entire day, up to 10-12 hours of wearing, no matter what weather we have, and I can be sure that my eyeshadows look as though just applied.

In this photo you can see my makeup after a run in the heat. My eyeshadow is still there and look amazing.

It’ll probably be a little bit difficult to wash off your makeup with water, if you wear your eyeshadow over this base. Why don’t I state this fact for sure. It’s very simple - I’ve already forgotten when was the last time when I washed my makeup just with water. Usually I use cleansing oils or micellar water to do it.

I haven’t noticed any discomforting feelings while using this base.

I’ve been using it for about 3 months now, and it doesn’t seem to be thinking about running out.

Recommend? Yes, and again yes! I can even tell you that I’ll repurchase it, once I use this tube up, replacing my go-to eyeshadow primer by other brand with this NYX HD High Definition Eye Shadow Base.


Thanks for your attention!


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