June 13, 2012

Review & Swatches: Cheap Thrills with a Perfectly Nude Eye Look courtesy NYX Eyeshadow Pure Skin

I’m kinda on this kick where I’m loving on shades that brighten my eyes up but are barely there. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach and Navajo are two plus I love Laura Mercier Eye Canvas and Trish McEvoy’s Eye Base Essentials.

What are your fav barely there eyeshadow shades?

My newest pick is NYX Eyeshadow in Pure Skin.


NYX Pure Skin is a creamy matte beige shade. I know, I know you must be thinking, “What? Matte? Not you Muse!” but I actually like this formula a lot.

This is very silky with a smooth feel and it applies quite beautifully. No patchiness, no dryness, this is how all mattes should be. Have you ever run into terribly dry matte shades that apply absolutely awful? It really makes you hate on the finish in a major way. Pure Silk will convince you that matte’s aren’t all that evil after all.

The shade brightens eyes up with a barely there finish that provides just enough shadow to give you a natural, subtle look but plenty of pop that you can obviously see you’re wearing makeup in an elegant, no nonsense way.

Personally, Pure Skin feels like one of those essential shades everyone should own.


Looking for a way to brighten up peeps?

This is your color.

Well worth a pick up.

Love it?

Do share!

I purchased this item.

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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  • Quinctia

    My favorite practically nude eyelid colors are Virgin from UD, and then whatever pinky nude is in the upper left corner of the WnW Lust 6pan palette. They’re both matte, and I need to be going for specific looks to use ’em as a lid color, but they’re perfect for it.

    This color reminds me a lot of Virgin, actually.

  • DivaShop

    Ooo, I just might have to pick this up! Loving the new blog design, btw. 🙂

    • meghan

      I was just going to say the same thing! I love that shadow, it’s super cheap!

  • Melissa

    I love when “you spend” my money on NYX and not Chanel, Dior, etc. 🙂 Thanks for posting about this, I’ve heard about it from other bloggs, it will be mine soon. PS. My youngest kitty is a bengal and he has this wierd obsession with watching me put my make up on. Every morning he sits on my vanity and patiently watches me get ready! My other cats couldn’t care less.

    • the Muse

      lol melissa ;-D yay I saved you $$ ;-D hehe! LOL! take a picture! I’d LOVE to see that ;D

  • Ariel Dix

    I saw a review on youtube about a relatively cheap brand of eyeshadow called Wild and Crazy eyeshadow. Have you ever tried it? If so what’s your opinion?

  • eve

    Hi! Tried to track this down online but there is none with this name. There’s a shade called pure skin but not pure silk. Please advise. Thanks 🙂

  • Phyrra

    I love the name Pure Silk. I need to add it to my ‘must buy’ list, you enabler!

  • Marta from Barcelona!

    Hi! I dont seem to find this eye shadow in cherryculture or in NYX’s website! Is the name Pure silk? Do you know if it has been discontinued? TIA!

  • Katie Reynolds

    I received my order of Pure Skin this week (got it from Amazon so I didn’t have to sit on the floor at Ulta to examine the NYX eye colors!)… I love it, just what I was looking for. Very subtle. I ordered 2 more just to be safe!! Thank you for helping me stretch my dollar!!!!!!