July 30, 2008

Summer Beauty on a Budget Finds: NYX Hot Orange Eye Shadow Review

Alot of hype surrounds NYX eye shadows. I’ve read many a review, many a post, and many a discussion about how wonderful NYX eye shadows are and how close in pigmentation they are to MAC.

I personally never purchased any NYX eye shadows until recently when I came across a display at Harmons and my eyes were drawn to the NYX eye shadow color in Hot Orange.

It’s such an awesome Summer shade.

Although Hot Orange is quite a gorgeous shade it’s not without it’s flaws. As I mentioned this is my first time purchasing an NYX eye shadow and being a MAC girl myself it’s definately difficult to compare MAC to NYX in quality but you can perhaps chalk that up to your Muse being very picky about cosmetics.

This particular shade is a bit gritty as it contains a healthy dose of what appears to be non cosmetic glitter, really chunky pieces of the type a glitter you’d use for some after school crafts are something….yak!

The pigmentation is pretty good on the shadow and it blended pretty well aside from the glitter getting everywhere. I did notice that the texture was not as silky as a MAC eye shadow and I did have to swipe a few times and build the color up to get the desired vibrancy that I’d get easily with one swipe from a MAC shadow.

On the plus side the color is such a great Summer shade. The orange is wonderful by itself or combined with some golds or yellows from your collection! Plus the price can’t be beat at $4.99 USD!

For the price I’d say it’s worth checking out and it’s a very nice Summer Beauty Budget Find! Will I buy NYX again? Possibly!

If you’re trying to keep your beauty budget tight this is a great little find to add a bit of wicked color to your Summer makeup routine!

The Muse working NYX Hot Orange (or at least trying to work it!):

Want another beauty budget find? Check out the review for the mascara the Muse is wearing in this Face of the Day picture! Wondering about my blush? It’s the cheap Bobbi Brown blush I picked up in Woodbury! Clickie!

Enjoy some other Summer Must Have Cosmetic findings by reading some past posts!

NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave

Too Faced Eye Shadow in Mess in a Dress

Redpoint Airbrush Effects Whipped Blush

The Muse’s favorites for Summer Sizzling Eyes


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Decorative Diva

    I like the orange on you, as it looks pretty and shimmery in the photo. I’ve had a lot of people recommend Nyx to me as being on par with MAC too, but I’ve yet to try it. I do, however, love the name Nyx.

  • Taryn

    Oh no! I should have warned you away from the “hot” colors. All of those NYX shadows that have hot in the name are awful (My Favorite Color is another one to watch out for too). The glitter is huge and the texture is bone dry and hardly pigmented. Orange looks like one of the better ones though.

    Try the non-hot single shadows – those are much better! 😀

  • Anonymous

    Nope Muse,this color steals your natural eyes beauty.
    Grens,blues,teals and nudes rock on you.
    PS.The color where you showed how MAC 227 brush works is still “Namba1”

  • Anonymous

    Honesty, I find the NYX shadows that aren’t glittery to be much smoother…I hope this helps!

  • Dao

    Wow, you rock that orange hardcore! For some reasons whenever I wanted to place an order of NYX, I ended up not doing so. Regardless of the good things I’ve heard from people, there’s something about it that doesn’t spark my interest.

  • Tanya Annette

    Wow! Even though I could never pull off that orange, you look HOT in it! 😀

  • the Muse

    hey dd!

    Thanks darlin’! This is my first round with NYX and I’m kinda meh on it 😛 Have to try the shadows without glitter to get the full effects!

    I like the name too 😉 And the price is damn good now to find colors that are as pigmented as mc hmm!

  • the Muse

    you know Taryn I’m an arse b/c I think you told me to watch out for the glitter and I completely forgot and got this one! Duh!

    It’s very grainy and hard..literally have to scrap it off the pot for application!

    I’ll def try one without glitter to make my final opinion on these guys 🙂

  • the Muse

    hello Anonymous!

    Not loving it eh? I love me some greens and blues 😉 hehe!

    Is that the purple and blue look you’re referring too?

    I’ll do some bold looks soon to compensate for the sad orange heeh!

    thanks for the comment love!
    Hope to talk to you again soon!

  • the Muse

    hi Anonymous!

    Definitely helps! Must try those without glitter as this is just hard and grainy yak!

    Thanks 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi dao!

    Thanks darlin lol!

    I have put off buying NYX for ages now myself!

    I agree..dunno if it’s the packaging or just the cheap price..I get a bit put off when something is $4.99…I’m a bit of a snob blush!

  • Laura

    Argh. I curse the UK for not having NYX, I’ve been drooling over certain things for ages.
    When I actually have some money I will be giving you a shout 😉

  • the Muse

    laura I’m always here 😉

    Anytime at all give a yell!!!! 😉

    I’m a bit crap with email but I’m always available for your cp’ing pleasure MWAH!

  • Maggie

    I really enjoy the NYX brand overall for color products. They’re not OMG!Amazing! quality, but what you get is worth a lot more than the price. If you’re on a budget, or you just like avidly collecting make-up and don’t want to break the bank doing so, you could do much worse, I think.

    The lipsticks are stupid cheap, and come in So. Many. Colors. (Side note: the swatches on the NYX site or Cherryculture are beyond atrocious. There are some youtube vids and blogs that have swatches up that are much better, and I’ve started doing some as well.)

  • Rengirl

    Ahh NYX. I just love them. Try the blushes – they are great. I love most of the single eyeshadows I tried (I have about 15 now). I don’t have trouble with the glitter that others have mentioned as long as I tap my brush between panning and applying.

  • CherryPoppins

    That orange looks just like their NYX Pearl Loose Eyeshadow only pressed. It is a pretty color though.