Monday, 24 September 2012

My first NYX single eyeshadows.... (ICED MOCHA, RED BEAN PIE, ROOT BEER, TAUPE PEARL)

Until recently, you couldn't buy NYX products in Croatia. Well, at least not in a store. You could order them online as I did. Now, they are available in Zagreb, in the store called "Šminka i to" (Makeup and that). I heard a lot of good things about them, checked them out and finally cracked and ordered some. And these are the ones I got:

Let me try this again....

top row from left to right: taupe pearl/iced mocha; bottom row/left to right: root beer, red bean pie

with flash

I ordered this shadows from cherry culture (click for link). They are $5 there but you can often find them on sale. Just now, they are 20% off for $3.99. When I ordered mine they were off and I also had a coupon code for my purchase so in the end I paid $3 for a shadow. If you spend $20 or more you get a free cherry culture lip balm. There are lots of different "scents", you choose the one you want. I chose the grape one (if you know the smell of a grape body lotion from Cosmetics Afrodita, you would love this one).

The shipping for these four shadows to Croatia was $10 so they costed me $22 in the end.
You can find NYX products on Ebay for less (not always) but then you can end up with fakes. Yes, they exist, unfortunately.

And now to the colours and swatches.... I didn't use a base underneath.

from left to right: iced mocha, red bean pie, root beer, taupe pearl

They are really nice shadows with soft and creamy consistency. The only one that is a bit powdery and dry is root beer, but it is not a bad quality shadow.
They last all day and look nice in the crease (they don't build up there), and the colours don't loose the intensity. When I wear them, I use a base (Too Faced Shadow Insurance), not because they don't last well on their own, but because I always do so. When I have a base (especially when it as as good as this one), I use it.


ICED MOCHA is a goldeny brown shade. It is not shiny but it is not matte, either. It has a satiny finish. That makes it more dimensional and interesting, because the shade changes with different angles. It can be a great all over lid colour but it will be nice as a crease colour for more subtle looks.
Ingredients: mica, talc, zinc stearate, methyl methacrylate cross polymer,mineral oil, 2-ethylhexyl palmitate, trydecil trimellitate, BHT, methylparaben, propylparaben.


RED BEAN PIE is my personal favorite. This is a perfect shade for green eyes but to be honest this is such a beautiful and universal colour that will suit any eyes. It is so sultry and so perfect for fall. When I put it on I immediately see my feet in yellow leaves on the ground, can smell the rain and be happy that I got to experience yet another fall. And again, although it is a perfect fall colour it will be your trustful friend through all the seasons.
It has such a soft, almost buttery consistency with a satiny finish. It  kind of has very small rose gold particles that are almost invisible but then they just appear from nowhere... Can you tell that I am in love with this colour? So much in love that I almost forgot to describe this shade. It is a perfect mixture of purple and read, without being too purple or red. The purple finish stops it from being too warm to make your eyes look tired, and the red stops it from being too cold.
You can achieve smoky eyes by just using this colour. You just have to choose where and how to apply the colour on your lid. It is also a gret lid shade and a crease colour. It will soften the darkest looks. It is just so versatile! I really recommend this one.
Ingredients: mica, talc, zinc stearate,  methyl methacrylate cross polymer, mineral oil, 2-ethylhexyl palmitate, synthetic lanolin 6421, BHT, methylparaben, propylparaben, manganese violet/CI77742, black iron oxide/CI 77499.


ROOT BEER isn't as creamy as the other shades that I tried. This one is a bit more dry and powdery but if you just tap off your brush before going with it on the lid, you'll be fine and won't experience any fallout. Pigmentation is not bad. This is a matte shade of a darker brown colour. It can soften a line from your eye pencil or a liner, it can be a substitute for a liner or you can create an outer V with it. So, lots of possibilities with this one.
Ingredients: mica, diisostearyl malate, talc, mineral oil, sorbitan sesquioleate, butylparaben (may contain: polymethyl methacrylate, methylparaben, dimethicone, squalane, magnesium stearate, zinc stearate, CI 19140, CI 42090, CI 77007, CI 77288, CI 77289, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77510, CI 77742, CI 77891, CI 16035.


TAUPE PEARL was the shade that was highly recommended on makeupalley. And it is like the name says taupy (grey/brown colour) pearl (with a satin almost shiny finish). The texture is AMAZING!!! Soft and creamy, highly pigmented, no wonder it has such great reviews.
Ingredients: mica, talc, diisostearyl malate, mineral oil, zinc stearate, buthylparaben, sorbitan sesquioleate, CI 77499.

 They all contain parabens but they are all CRUELTY FREE AND HYPOALLERGENIC!

They come in a sturdy, plastic, black case and contain 2.7 grams or 0.09OZ. The product is not flat at the top, it is kind of quilted.

More swatches for the end:

with flash

from left to right: iced mocha, red bean pie, root beer, taupe pearl

All the hype is well deserved. I give them a positive feedback. Great shadows!

What do you say? How did they work for you? Can you recommend some shades or do I need to save my money and skip any?

Tell me....

Love, beautyandbrains007


  1. Wow! This was an awesome review, great swatches and description! I immediately deleted my purchases on another, more expensive site and went straight to cherry culture. Also, the red bean pie was the first one in the basket! Do you have a youtube channel? You should definitely have one!!! Btw, it was so funny to stumble on your blog, I'm from Croatia too, but live elsewhere. :)

    1. awwww...Thank you! I haven't been really consistent with wrizing my blog :(.... but it is always so nice to hear from someone who actually reads something that I post. I am so glad that you bought red bean pie and I hope that you'll like iz as much as I do. It is really a great quality eyeshadow and I don't think that you wil be disappointed ;)...

      Thank you for your comment and enjoy your week, whereever you are in this moment ;)!!!

  2. Oh...and no... I don't have a YouTube channel but thank you for your compliment!