April 2, 2014

NYX Baked Shadow Review & Swatches

NYX Baked Shadow

Available in over 30 shades the new NYX Baked Shadow for Spring 2014 are the cutest little eyeshadow I’ve come across recently. These remind me of little bon bons or chocolate! They come in a chunky square compact with a ribbon closure that’s simply adorable! They’ll probably be a bit of a pain to store due to the chunky square packaging but visually they remind me of some little chocolates!

So cute!

I think this is an exciting release for NYX who always has such great launches. The brand never does anything small with their releases…! The Baked Shadows come in a massive array of shades so really for a brand new product that’s quite a huge launch.

Take a look!

NYX Baked Shadows

Well as cute as NYX Baked Shadows are I fear for the quality…!

I think a majority of people I come across on Musings dislike baked eyeshadow but I think maybe they aren’t trying good baked eyeshadows because there are SO many brands that make great formulas like Laura Geller for example. And I feel like if new users of a baked shadow try these they’ll think this is what using a baked shadow is like. And those that have tried baked shadows will think, “Oh just another horrible baked shadow formula!”

NYX Baked Shadow9


These actually can be used wet or dry and I tested them out both ways to see how they performed. Dry they are quite dense and very dry! It’s nearly impossible to pick any of the color up using a regular brush! I do suggest if you want to pack color on using a sponge tipped eyeshadow brush otherwise you’re really going to feel disappointed. Even wet I struggled with getting good coverage on my eye. The drier texture means they end up applying very sheer. For the best results I used them dry with an eyeshadow sponge applicator as this produced the best color pay off. I tested out pretty dark shades so I imagine the lighter colors will perform worst.

NYX  Vortex Baked Shadow

NYX Vortex Baked Shadow

NYX Bittersweet Baked Shadow

NYX Bittersweet Baked Shadow

NYX Baked Shadow swatches

Vortex and Bittersweet

They wear well on my drier lids without creasing but color fades at around four to five hours. They aren’t terribly intense to begin with so once they start fading they end up looking a bit muddy on my lids.

If you sheerer colors you might appreciate these…! But I think most users will likely be disappointed with the quality.

NYX Baked Shadows are visually very pretty but the quality and performance of the formula isn’t as lovely I fear. At $6 they are quite cheap but you can do better my friends!

NYX Baked Shadow fotd

NYX Baked Shadows fotd

Bittersweet on lids

Anyone try them?

Do share!

Available now at Ulta.com.

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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  • beautybabbling

    I tried one of these, and I was really disappointed as well. Mine seemed to fade away to nothing after just a few hours, even with a sticky base or a cream product underneath (and always primer as a first step). 🙁

    • Isabella Muse

      mine faded too but primer held it in place a bit better! either way they aren’t all that great a shadow, sorely disappointed! pretty but not very good quality :*(

  • kellly

    I’m sorry to hear this. I usually love NYX products but I think I’ll pass on thes.

  • Abryda

    I did not like them at all. I’m so spoiled with my Laura Geller products which there is no comparison & in my opinion makes the best baked products.

  • Jessica

    I haven’t been a fan of baked products in the pat, until I tried the Lorac Little Black Palette – such a difference in texture and pigmentation! Thanks for the review of these – now I’ll know to stay away! On the other other hand, now I’ll have to give Laura Geller a try…

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure dear! Laura Geller is amazing as is Lorac’s baked formula 😀

  • Christine Joy Luikuo

    NYX says you have to get through the hard surface first. Perhaps you haven’t yet?

        • Isabella Muse

          they are only six bucks and cherry culture and ulta always have sales, you should try them! you never know you might feel differently!

          • Christine Joy Luikuo

            Alrighty then! I’ll buy these online, soon, when I already have money. =P

          • Isabella Muse

            🙂 it’s worth a try let me know if you do I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  • Erin

    I’m extremely sad that I didn’t look at this review first. ): I’m a makeup artist and I thought these would be a great little addition to my kit so I went and bought 8. I received them today and had a test and they’re terrible! I spent less on the ELF baked shadows and they’re much better quality so you might wanna try them instead if anyone wants a try of their first (cheap) baked eyeshadow. 🙂

  • Erin

    There seems to be A LOT of effort involved.
    A tutorial from the actual creators I believe.

  • Kat

    Well…I’ve got Vesper, Snowstorm, and Violet Storm. I will say, I prefer the highlight shades, as I like my highlighters to be sheer, not opaque and glittery. The darker shades, you really do need to use wet to get a good solid color. But I’m considering getting a couple more with a planned NYX haul in the near future…. I guess you could say I prefer shadows with a “medium” color payoff; those with too much pigmentation are too labor intensive for me. And for dark colors I prefer mattes, which obviously doesn’t apply to these, shimmery by definition.