I’ve never felt like I can rock brightly colored makeup – maybe I don’t have the confidence, or it just doesn’t fit with my personal aesthetic. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to play up my features and have some variety in my makeup box! Enter NYX’s Nude on Nude kit: this is a palette that really appeals to my inner bohemian streak. With nine eyeshadows, two lips colors, and two applicator brushes in a sleek little compact, this kit has a number of ways to do a natural look at a price (list: $11 USD) that will also satisfy your inner bohemian. The eyeshadows are a mix of matte and/or satin finish (a milky-taupe, a cool khaki-mushroom, and a dark brown like a 55% cacao dark chocolate), frosty finish (a light pink, a pink with a bit of rose and copper, a peachy pink gold like Black Hills gold, and a light coppery-gold), and shimmer finish (a cool and a warm dark brown with gold shimmer). The eyeshadows are smooth and silky, and the color lasts all day, especially so when used over eyeshadow base. The colors are fairly saturated with pigment, so you can get a pretty dark color without caking it on. My only complaint about the eyeshadows is some of them (especially the pink gold color) tend to break up too easily, freeing up too much powder. Using a gentle hand when picking up powder will compensate for this issue, though.
The Nude on Nude kit includes two lip colors – a shimmer sheer rosy red wine color, and a sheer matte bubblegum pink. The lip colors were smooth to apply, and both were light and natural looking. The matte pink is a little bit paler than my natural lip color, so it has a dash of the 60′s mod pale lips that go well with strong Brigette-Bardot-esque eyes. The rosy-wine lip color adds just a hint of extra color and shine, almost like a lip gloss but not quite as glossy. There is nothing magical about how long the lip colors last, though. I applied the color about an hour and a half before going out to dinner hoping that the color would have set a bit, but after the first drink of water, there it was on the glass: the perfect impression of my lips in lipstick. I also found the lip colors to be a bit drying, similar to many lipsticks. Using a lip balm under the lipstick helped to limit the drying effect, and the lip colors seemed to stay on equally well over lip balm as by themselves.
The dual-tier compact that ties the Nude on Nude kit together is a clever, sleek piece of packaging, and it holds a lot of goodies for its diminutive size. The little applicators feel a bit chintzy, although I’ve never met a mini-applicator that works as well as a full-size brush. These are more difficult to handle than full size brushes, but they do get the job done in a pinch. The bonus is the mini-brush with the fine tips that compliments the foam applicator. Although I think it is intended as a lip brush, I preferred to use it as a finer tip brush for applying eyeshadow and then to use the pad of my pinky finger to apply the lip color.
All in all, if you want to have a wide palette of colors in your makeup bag without dropping a ton of dough, it’s hard to beat NYX’s look kits. If you are looking for something a bit more dramatic than Nude on Nude, NYX also has a few other ‘look’ kits featuring different color collections in purse-friendly compacts.
You can buy NYX Cosmetics Nude On Nude Natural Look Kit online from Amazon.com