NYX Eyeshadow Base White Review & Swatches

** 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. **

Before I begin, I’d like to mention that NYX Eyeshadow Base White is not a primer. It is a base. What’s the difference? Both prepare the eye but for different purposes.

A primer smoothes out the lid’s surface and protects the shadow from any oil your skin naturally produces. The result is your eye makeup stays on longer without creasing. A base’s main goal is to intensify your makeup’s color. Some primers also act as bases; some bases act as primers.

Even though NYX White Eyeshadow Base claims to help your makeup last longer, it doesn’t. That’s why I want to make it clear that it’s a base, not a primer. Find out more.

NYX Eyeshadow Base White Swatches & Pictures

Claims: BUSTED

    X Increase wear
    X 100x more vivid colors
    X Sets camp for stay-on, stay-put & stay-long colors
    Intensify colors

Key Notes

NYX White Eyeshadow Base Review

I love playing with eye makeup because it lets me be creative. But sometimes it can take forever to finish an eye look (especially when I wake up late and am rushing). So if there is an unnecessary step in my routine that I can cut, you betcha top dolla that I’m going to cut it. The NYX White Eye Shadow Base would be one step that goes for me.

Efficiency & Results

The white base is meant to intensify eyeshadows, but it mostly only works for colors that already have a bright tone to them. For duller colors or neutral shades, the base does basically nothing. I do see a slight difference in the color for brighter shades. The result isn’t drastic though, as you can see in my swatches.

The thing is: on its own, the White Eyeshadow Base by NYX will not prevent your shadows from creasing. I’ve tested it on its own with many different brands and types of shadows, and the ones that I know crease ended up, well, creasing. So if you want to use the base, you’ll have to wear it on top of a primer.

I would use it only if I have extra time and really want my eye makeup to “pop.” For any normal day though, the results just aren’t worth the extra step for me.


I wouldn’t mind if that extra step was quick and easy. The NYX base isn’t that! The base goes on really white, so you should only apply it on areas where you’ll be wearing shadows; otherwise, the white will peek through.

And NYX White Eye Shadow Base is hard to blend out. That’s due to the uber-thick consistency that I’m not a fan of. It also leaves a drying film on the finger.

Product & Packaging

If you have a sensitive nose, you might not like the NYX Shadow Base White since it is fragranced. To me, it doesn’t stink, but it feels like NYX perfumed it just to cover up any weird smell. I don’t know why it has to be scented at all.

I know I’ve nayed almost every point about NYX White Shadow Base, but I actually like the packaging. The round pot is cute and convenient, as it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Although, I don’t particularly enjoy dipping my finger into the product because of how it feels and it just seems kind of unsanitary.


  • Intensifies colors
  • Affordable

  • Only works for bright shadows
  • Goes on really thick & white
  • Doesn’t prevent creasing
  • Fragranced

Final Verdict: 6.7/10

I know I basically trashed the NYX eye base, but that may only be because I’m lazy. If you don’t mind spending the extra time, the base does work to brighten up some shadows.

How does this base compare to another brand’s for you? Or would you want to know about the Skin Tone and Pearl bases? Stay tuned because I’ll be reviewing those later on!


8 thoughts on “NYX Eyeshadow Base White Review & Swatches

    1. Fiona Post author

      Hi Alaeis!

      I’m testing Skin Tone right now, and I’m liking it so far…at least much more than the White One.

      Which Urban Decay Primer Potion version was too liquidy for you?

        1. Fiona Post author

          Oooh. If you don’t like the thinner formula of UDPP Original, have you tried Eden? The consistency of that is much thicker than that of Original!

  1. Sarah

    Interesting review, I’ve been looking at this base and wondering if it would be any good to hold glitter? I thought probably not because of the whiteness, which I think is kinda weird since they make the jumbo pencil in Milk that everyone likes…

    1. Fiona Post author

      Hi Sarah!

      I have not tried applying pure glitter over NYX Eyeshadow Base White. But, like you, I don’t think it will work. The white will definitely peek through from underneath, and even though the consistency is slightly tacky, it won’t adhere to flakes very well.

      Have you tried MUFE Eye Seal? I got this a while back, but I haven’t really tested it out yet though.


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