10 Best NYX Eyeshadows to Start Your Collection

NYX Eyeshadows are by far the most pigmented, easy to blend shadows for the money. You cannot beat the $4 that you spend per eyeshadow (see Makeup Geek store) compared to the $14-30 that higher end brands charge. With that, I am providing my list of 10 eyeshadows from NYX to start your makeup collection. I tried to provide enough variety in colors to help you create a large number of looks.

Black

Description: A matte true black

Why It’s Important:
This is a must color for every makeup geek- you can use it to turn a daytime look into a nightime one, you can use it as an eyeliner, or you can put in the outer V to turn an ordinary look into a smokey eye. This is a great substitute for MAC’s “Carbon” eyeshadow.

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Highlight

Description: A matte light cream

Why It’s Important:
This is the perfect color for highlighting under the brow or for putting on the lid to create an easy, daytime look. It is somewhat comparable to MAC’s “Vanilla” eyeshadow- just a bit more yellow.

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Mermaid Green

Description: A shimmery dark green

Why It’s Important:
This is a wonderful shadow to put all over the lid for a more colorful, dramatic look, or is great for pairing up with soft browns as a pop of color for a daytime look. It is comparable to MAC’s “Humid” eyeshadow.

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Silver

Description: A light silver shimmer

Why It’s Important:
This is fantastic for those nighttime looks! You can place in the inner corner of the lid for a pop of color, or pair up with blacks and greys to create a dramatic smokey eye. It is comparable to MAC’s “Electra” eyeshadow.

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Africa

Description: A true orange shimmer

Why It’s Important:
This is such a fun, vivid color! You can place all over the lid with browns in the crease and/or outer V for a pop of color, or you can blend in the crease with some teals or purples on the lid for a fun and funky look. I do not know of a MAC comparison as it is a true orange color, but also shimmery.

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Jade

Description: A medium aqua shimmer

Why It’s Important:
This is by far my favorite NYX shadow as it is unique and so beautiful! I love putting this all over the lid with some Charcoal or black in the outer V. Or for a daytime look, pairing up with light browns for a soft, yet unique look. The only comparison that is close is MAC’s Aquadisiac, but this NYX shadow (in my opinion) has better color payoff.

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Purple

Description: A medium purple shimmer

Why It’s Important:
Purple eyeshadows are generally the most versatile and look good on just about everyone. This color has great color payoff and can be mixed with just about any color and still look good. It is great for an all over color on the lid, or putting in the crease with another color on the lid. It could be compared to MAC’s “Satellite Dreams”.

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Atlantic

Description: A vivid medium blue shimmer

Why It’s Important:
What a gorgeous color this is! This shadow has excellent color payoff and really brings attention to your eyes. I love to pair this color with Charcoal, Silver, and Black for a beautiful yet dramatic smokey eye. It is comparable to MAC’s “Freshwater” eyeshadow.

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Apricot Moose

Description: A medium peach shimmer

Why It’s Important:
This is another one of my favorites as it is so unique, yet can be paired with just about any other color. I love putting this all over the lid with some browns for a shimmery daytime look, or placing in the inner corner of the eye to make my eyes appear brighter. I cannot think of any MAC comparison as it is a true peach color with a lovely shimmer.

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Dark Brown

Description: A matte medium brown

Why It’s Important:
Every makeup geek should have a matte brown eyeshadow in her/his collection. Although the title says “dark brown,” I would consider this a medium shade. This is great for any daytime look or for putting in the crease to tone down brighter colors on the lid. It is comparable to MAC’s “Down Brown” eyeshadow.

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Please be sure to check the swatches gallery on this site to see larger pictures of these colors to help you further decide which NYX eyeshadows to buy. Happy shopping!

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