NYX Eyeshadow Base Skin Tone Review & Pictures

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** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **

I gotta tell ya: I didn’t have high hopes for NYX Eyeshadow Base Skin Tone. The White one made it to my Baddies List, but I’m actually liking this one. I’m not stunned-wowwed-omg’d by it, but it does make my Goodies List.

Just keep in mind that this is a base and not a primer. If you’re looking for a product to keep the creasing from sneaking up on you at the end of the day, this won’t do it! But if you want extra security for your shadows, give this a try.

NYX Eyeshadow Base Skin Tone Pictures & Photos

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NYX Eyeshadow Base Skin Tone Ingredients

NYX Eyeshadow Base Skin Tone

NYX Eyeshadow Base Skin Tone


    Holds shadows
    X Intensifies colors
    Helps makeup last longer

Key Notes

NYX Skin Tone Eyeshadow Base Review


It’s a little tacky, but once it touches your skin, NYX Skin Tone Eyeshadow Base turns into a softer consistency. I would definitely not call it creamy though – it is thick like wet clay. However, it does smooth over the skin well. It is much less tacky than the NYX Eyeshadow Base White. Much, much less.


I think only a few people can really call this “Skin Tone” since skin color varies so much between everyone. On me, it’s much too darker and beige. The NYX Eye Shadow Base Skin Tone does blend out a little though so it won’t look like you have a strip of beige on your eye lids.

Effects on Makeup

NYX Skin Tone Eye Shadow Base claims to help shadows stay on and stay put. Wellll, it does and it doesn’t. If you expect this base to prime your eyes to prevent creasing, prepare to be disappointed. It won’t do that by itself. And on its own, it won’t keep shadows from fading.

But pair it with a good primer, and that’s when all the magic happens. I’m very happy with my Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer by itself, but having the base on top of it makes it even better.

First, it helps shadows go on easier. Mineral powder shadows are notorious for being hard to apply evenly. But wearing a primer and this base, I can put on my mineral makeup without fuss. It goes for cream shadows, too. Any creams that went on blotchy before go on smoothly with this superhero combo.

And you know what? It helps my eyeshadow color stay much truer at the end of the day!


NYX baffles me. Many of their products have a scent to them, including this. Why, oh, why? Maybe they added the fragrance to cover up some nasty stench. I don’t have a sensitive nose so it doesn’t bother me. But if you do, then it might be a factor that steers you away from the NYX Skin Tone Base.


The little pot is cute and compact. You can drop it in your purse and take it with you even when you’re traveling. But I’m not a fan of this type of jars since you have to dip your finger into the product… and sometimes you get it in your nails. :S


  • Helps makeup apply easier
  • Helps colors stay truer, longer
  • Relatively easy to apply

  • Must be worn with a primer
  • Fragranced

Final Verdict: 7.9/10

I like this product – it brings back shadows that I’ve dismissed before because of blotchy and uneven application. This extra step in the morning saves me time with eye-makeup application, so I think it’s totally worth it.

Have you tried any of the NYX Eyeshadow Bases? What are your thoughts?


9 thoughts on “NYX Eyeshadow Base Skin Tone Review & Pictures

    1. Fiona Post author

      Hi Nivedita!

      This is a decent base to help mineral and cream eyeshadows go on better. But if you want more out of your base, like priming and preventing creasing, I would agree that this definitely doesn’t do the jobs. Let me know how it goes with your Mac base. 🙂

    1. Fiona Post author

      Usually for me, “thinking about investing” means wanting something for weeks… and end up giving into temptation and buying it in the end. I say if you’re thinking about it, skip those weeks of ‘want’ and suffering – just get! 🙂

  1. Poetic Realist

    I got all 3 nyx bases and while I haven’t tested the white yet, the other 2 work fine without primer. I went through an entire day with each and even fell asleep with them on and I didn’t have creasing. My eyeshadow stayed on fine and it was great to not have to spend almost 20 bucks on my beloved UDPP.
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      1. Fiona Post author

        Wow! Lucky for you, especially since this is sooo much cheaper than other primers! Unfortunately for me, my shadows always creased when I’m wearing just this, no matter what type of shadow it is. I do like wearing this on top of a primer though because I feel it magnifies the effectiveness of my primer. I would recommend this product just based on that. Out of the three bases, the only one I avoid is the White one, for sure.


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