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NYX Cosmetics has some of the most pigmented eye shadows that I’ve ever used and today I’m going to be reviewing one of the not-so-pigmented eyeshadows that left me high and dry.
I recently purchased the NYX Single Eyeshadow in Shade #ES94 LUXOR and I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now. This is a pearlescent purple color that shines blue at certain angles. It is a duo-chrome. It shines a bluish-violet when applied on a black base.
When I bought this eyeshadow, I was super stoked to try new makeup looks with it. When I swatched it at the store, the pigmentation was brilliant, texture was smooth and the color looked beautiful! Sadly, when I got back home and tried applying it to my eyelids, the pigmentation was average. It is a light pink color when applied without a primer, which isn’t what I wanted. So, I primed my eyelids and applied it again. This time, it came off as pinkish purple shade. I tried to build the color by pressing on my eyeshadow, but it just stayed pinkish-purple, slightly darker. The blue shine was nowhere to be seen! Then, I used a white eyeshadow base. This is when the color was more visible and brighter and I absolutely loved it, but it was missing the blue shine that I so badly wanted. Finally, I used it on a black base and the color was beautiful! The blue shine that I wanted for so long was FINALLY there! This eyeshadow application drove me crazy. This is when I realized it was duo-chrome!
The pigmentation is average, but surprisingly, the staying power is real good! Also, the texture is soft and smooth and the eyeshadow blends really well too, not chalky one bit. I can’t use a black base all the time along with more eyeshadows on my eyelids, so I use this eyeshadow just above the crease for a pinkish touch (since this is how it appears without a black base).
I’m not a fan of pink shades, so this eyeshadow was a bummer for me! I really wish the purple was as brilliant on my eyelids as in the pot.
Overall, #ES94 Luxor is a pretty good shade if you’re into pinkish-purple shades, is it the best purple I’ve used? Hell no. However, the duo-chrome part is quite exciting.
In the photo, I’ve swatched the eyeshadow from left to right: directly on my skin, on a primer, on a white eyeshadow base and on a black eyeshadow base. (I had to go over two or three times to build that color on my skin without any primer, sigh.)
In natural light
Rs. 550 for 2.0 grams.
Pros of NYX Single Eyeshadow in Shade #ES94 Luxor:
- Sturdy packaging (my NYX single eyeshadows have survived a lot of falls).
- Long lasting when used with primer.
- Decently priced for the amazing quantity.
- Smooth texture, blendable, and not chalky one bit.
- Easily available in India and on online shopping websites.
Cons of NYX Single Eyeshadow in Shade #ES94 Luxor:
- Average pigmentation; needs primer to show its real color.
- Completely different shade on the skin and in the pot.
Would I Repurchase NYX Single Eyeshadow in Shade #ES94 Luxor?
Nope, but if you are into such shades, then this would be the eyeshadow for you.
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