NYX Prismatic Shadows Review, Swatches and Makeup Look

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NYX Prismatic Shadows – Shown from left to right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

I am like a magpie of the makeup world, I love anything shiny and sparkly. Enter NYX Prismatic Shadows.  This new line of eye shadow comes in 12 shades, ranging from light silver to a deep aubergine and are priced at $6.00 a pot. They are advertised as an eye shadow that possesses extra sparkle and dimension with a fully pigmented metallic texture.

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A close-up view of NYX Prismatic Shadows cute packaging <3

I purchased four colors from the range. In the pots they appeared sparkly and beautiful (minus Punk Heart which arrived broken to pieces…grrrr). However, I have to say when I swatched them, they weren’t near as shimmery/sparkly as I had thought or wanted them to be, especially the colors Girl Talk and Punk Heart.

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Swatches (no flash used) – Left to Right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

 

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Swatches (flash used) – Left to Right: PS 04 Girl Talk, PS 09 Fireball, PS 02 Punk Heart, and PS 06 Smoke & Mirrors

Also, I found the consistency to change from shade to shade. Fireball was extremely buttery and pigmented, it’s formula is by far my favorite of the four I picked up. While Girl Talk and Smoke & Mirrors formula is quite dusty and dry. The pigment of Girl Talk was also a let down, it is very sheer and took a lot of layers to get the shade as it appeared in the pot (that is why my swatch of this shade is so much larger, it took several applications to get it to show up), I would definitely suggest using this shade with a damp brush (as I did in my look) to get the best results from this shade.

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For this eye look, I applied Girl Talk from my lash lash to crease (I later went in and reapplied this shadow with a damp brush, since using it dry, I wasn’t achieving the desired intensity and shimmer that I had wanted) and all along my lower lash line. Next, I applied Punk Heart to the outer V of my eye and blended into the crease. For added definition and to keep the eye liner in my water line from moving, I used a flat liner brush to place Punk Heart all along my lower lash line. To add more depth to the look I applied Smoke and Mirrors with a small eye detailer brush to the very outer corner of my upper eyelid and the outer third of lower lash line.

 

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I didn’t want a total shimmery eye look, so I applied a matte mauve eye shadow above my crease and blended well. For my brow bone highlight, I added a matte white eye shadow with pink undertones. To highlight and open up my eyes, I applied a shimmery champagne eye shadow to the inner corner of my eyes. To add more definition to my eye, I applied a black gel liner to my upper lash line and smudged it out using the Smoke & Mirrors shade.

Pros:

  • Super cute packaging
  • Price
  • Staying Power

Cons:

  • Inconsistent formulation of shadows
  • Differing pigment from shade to shade
  • NYX line not widely available in stores
  • Only 12 shades in line
  • Fallout from shadows

Bottom Line:

I find these shadows to be okay. Maybe I have been spoiled by my Colour Pop eye shadows with their awesome pigmentation, super creamy formulation and no fallout. All in all, I am happy with the colors I have purchased, but I don’t see myself purchasing any more shadows from this line, they are way to hit and miss.

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My finished makeup look.

 

Products Used:

YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in Shade 30, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska (mixed these 2 products together to create my base), Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 10 and 20, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light, Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, wet n wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in To Reflect, Marvin Westmore blush in Blush and Mocha, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, wet n wild Creme Eye Pencil n 130 Pixie, NYX Prismatic Shadows in 04 Girl Talk, 02 Punk Heart and 06 Smoke & Mirrors, Lancome Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Sultry Mauve and Daylight, wet n wild Color Icon palette in Walking on Eggshells (used browbone shade), Sephora Flash Liner in 10 Deep Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash, Dior Show Mascara in 090 Noir, Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara in Black, Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rock N’ Rose and Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood

Valentine’s Day Look #1 – Smokey Eye with Pink Lip

 

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The first Valentine’s Day look I wanted to share with you, is this brown smokey eye, paired with a rosy cheek and pink glossy lip. Here are the step by step instructions I used, to achieve my smokey eyes:

Step One:

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First, I primed my eyelids and lower lash line with an eye primer. I also added a champagne cream shadow pencil to my eye lids as an eye shadow base, to help my eye shadow last longer.

I also added a matte neutral brown eyeshadow  to the crease and blended upward, to create a nice transition for all my eye shadows.

I also added a matte neutral brown eyeshadow to the crease and blended upward, to create a nice transition for all my eye shadows.

Step Two:

Next, I added a shimmery, light brown eye shadow to my entire eyelids and lower lash lines.

Next, I added a shimmery, light brown eye shadow from my lash line to my crease and lower lash line.

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I made sure to blend this color with the transition color, I had placed in my crease.

Step Three:

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Then, I followed with a medium brown shimmery eye shadow which I placed in my outer V of my eye and blended it out, bringing some of the color into the crease.

I also brought this medium brown eye shadow along the outer half of my lower lash line. I made sure to blend so there would be a smooth transition from one color to the next

I also brought this medium brown eye shadow along the outer half of my lower lash line. I made sure to blend so there would be a smooth transition from one color to the next.

Step Four:

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To add even more definition to my eyes, I added a satin finish, very dark brown eye shadow to the very outer corner of my eye in a small diamond shape. Then, I tightlined my upper and lower waterline. I also added a matte black shadow over the liner in my water line to add depth and longevity.

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I also lined my upper lash line with a smudgeable black eyeliner and smoked it out with some matter black eye shadow (same shadow I used in my waterline), I then added a shimmery cream color eye shadow to my inner eye area to open up my eyes.

Step Five:

Add lots and lots of mascara to top and bottom lashes.

Add lots and lots of mascara to top and bottom lashes.

 

To finish my look I added a shimmery rosy pink blush to my cheeks. I highlighted my cheekbones with a champagne gold highlighter. Lined and filled in my lips with a pink lip liner, added a cool toned pink lipstick and added a creamy pink gloss to the center of my lips.

 

Products Used:

On face: Tarte Clean Slate face primer, Loreal True Match foundation in W3, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #20 (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour cheeks and nose), Urban Decay highlighter in Craze (cheekbones and bridge of nose), Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush in Pink
 
On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown
 
On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (used from upper lash line to brow and on lower lash line), Wet and Wild Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in Pixie (used for an eye shadow base on upper eyelid), Ulta eye shadow in Sable (used as transition color in and above crease), Bare Minerals Ready eye shadow in Cognac (used on entire eyelid and along lower lash line), Urban Decay eye shadow in Ambush (used in outer V and blended into crease), Urban Decay eye shadow in M.I.A. (used in very outer corner of eye and outer quarter of lower lash line to add depth and definition), Sephora Collection eye shadow in No. 65 Lazy Afternoon – White Beige Matte (used to highlight brow bone), Wet and Wild Walking on Eggshells Palette, light shimmery cream color (used to highlight inner eye area, Jordan Glitter Rocks Retractable eye liner in Black (used to tight line my upper lash line), Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last eye liner in Black Point (used to line my lower waterline), Urban Decay eye shadow in Blackout (went over Black Point in waterline for extra staying power), and Sephora Nano eye liner in Midnight Black (used to line upper lashline), Urban Decay Perversion mascara (added to my top and bottom lashes)
 
On Lips: Ulta Contour Lip Liner in Rose (used to line and color in my lips), NARS Roman Holiday lipstick and NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair (added to the center of my lips)