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Before I begin, I’d like to mention that NYX Eyeshadow Base White is not a primer. It is a base. What’s the difference? Both prepare the eye but for different purposes.
A primer smoothes out the lid’s surface and protects the shadow from any oil your skin naturally produces. The result is your eye makeup stays on longer without creasing. A base’s main goal is to intensify your makeup’s color. Some primers also act as bases; some bases act as primers.
Even though NYX White Eyeshadow Base claims to help your makeup last longer, it doesn’t. That’s why I want to make it clear that it’s a base, not a primer. Find out more.
NYX Eyeshadow Base White Swatches & Pictures
- X Increase wear
X 100x more vivid colors
X Sets camp for stay-on, stay-put & stay-long colors
√ Intensify colors
- Name: NYX Eyeshadow Base White
- Amount: 0.25oz or 7g
- What I Paid: $6 USD
- Price Per Unit: $24/oz or $0.88/g
- Related Products: Pearl, Skin Tone
- Where to Buy: Cherry Culture, NYX US website, NYX CA website, ULTA, some local makeup/nail stores
NYX White Eyeshadow Base Review
I love playing with eye makeup because it lets me be creative. But sometimes it can take forever to finish an eye look (especially when I wake up late and am rushing). So if there is an unnecessary step in my routine that I can cut, you betcha top dolla that I’m going to cut it. The NYX White Eye Shadow Base would be one step that goes for me.
Efficiency & Results
The white base is meant to intensify eyeshadows, but it mostly only works for colors that already have a bright tone to them. For duller colors or neutral shades, the base does basically nothing. I do see a slight difference in the color for brighter shades. The result isn’t drastic though, as you can see in my swatches.
The thing is: on its own, the White Eyeshadow Base by NYX will not prevent your shadows from creasing. I’ve tested it on its own with many different brands and types of shadows, and the ones that I know crease ended up, well, creasing. So if you want to use the base, you’ll have to wear it on top of a primer.
I would use it only if I have extra time and really want my eye makeup to “pop.” For any normal day though, the results just aren’t worth the extra step for me.
I wouldn’t mind if that extra step was quick and easy. The NYX base isn’t that! The base goes on really white, so you should only apply it on areas where you’ll be wearing shadows; otherwise, the white will peek through.
And NYX White Eye Shadow Base is hard to blend out. That’s due to the uber-thick consistency that I’m not a fan of. It also leaves a drying film on the finger.
Product & Packaging
If you have a sensitive nose, you might not like the NYX Shadow Base White since it is fragranced. To me, it doesn’t stink, but it feels like NYX perfumed it just to cover up any weird smell. I don’t know why it has to be scented at all.
I know I’ve nayed almost every point about NYX White Shadow Base, but I actually like the packaging. The round pot is cute and convenient, as it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Although, I don’t particularly enjoy dipping my finger into the product because of how it feels and it just seems kind of unsanitary.
Final Verdict: 6.7/10
I know I basically trashed the NYX eye base, but that may only be because I’m lazy. If you don’t mind spending the extra time, the base does work to brighten up some shadows.
How does this base compare to another brand’s for you? Or would you want to know about the Skin Tone and Pearl bases? Stay tuned because I’ll be reviewing those later on!