NYX Jungle Swatches & Review

** 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’ve been avoiding wearing NYX Jungle for quite some time now. I tried it a while back but wasn’t feeling it after I applied one coat. I even brought it to use at a frankening party Mary and I had because I didn’t care much for it.

But I actually like the color more than I thought I would. Even still, I have a love-hate relationship with it. It’s a blue-green shade that can look gorgeous and blah depending on the light. You have to see it to really know what I mean. (BTW, happy Valentine’s Day!)

NYX Jungle Swatches & Pictures

*~* 3 Coats with Top Coat in Natural Light *~*

Can see the patchiness

*~* 3 Coats with Top Coat in Flash *~*

Patchy Adams!

Bottle is hard to photograph!

Claims: TRUSTED, but Product: BUSTED

    Quick drying
    Long lasting
    No lumps
    X No lines

Key Notes

NYX Jungle Nail Polish Review

NYX Jungle nail polish really gets a reaction outta me, and it’s not always good. Sometimes I absolutely love it and can’t stop staring at my nails. Other times I just want to take it off and wear something different!

Color & Opacity

Under the right light, NYX Jungle nail lacquer is an ocean blue with an added depth of a golden-green shimmer on top. It’s really dramatic and, for some reason, makes me think of a mythical sea creature. (I’m weird, I know.)

But in the wrong light, it looks like a plain ol’ blue color. Actually, it reminds me of a blue water-paint color that I used back in elementary school. Not something I want on my nails.

I really dislike how awfully sheer this is. In fact, the first coat hardly gave me any of the golden-green shimmer that makes the color more interesting. With one coat, you only get a sheer wash of the plain-Jane blue. It’s only by the 3rd coat that I start seeing a nicer shade.

Formula & Application

Whether you like the hue or not is really subjective. But I’m not too fond of NYX Jungle’s formula either. It is way watery, and it goes on kind of patchy.

I put on 3 coats not only because I wanted to intensify the color and green shimmer, but also to even out the application more. And even still, you can see the patchiness of the application in some of the swatches. You might even want to go with a 4th coat for an even nicer finish.

And if you’re concerned about the environment, then you should note that NYX Jungle enamel is not toluene- and formaldehyde-free. Yeah, this actually surprised me, too. It is free of DBP though. On both the Cherry Culture and NYX site, it doesn’t mention formaldehyde or toluene. However, the ingredients on the bottle list both. I bought my bottle from Cherry Culture about 6 months ago, so it could be old stock.


Because of the thin consistency, NYX nail enamel in Jungle does even itself out on the nail for a smooth result. And you get a glossy finish that shines brilliantly. But wear a top coat anyway to protect your work!


NYX nail polish in Jungle comes in a cute bottle housing 14ml or 0.5 fl. oz. The price isn’t high, but you can probably find a similarly priced brand that offers a better formula. However, I wouldn’t say no to trying the other colors. Maybe other colors from NYX won’t be as sheer and watery…hopefully.


  • Color is gorgeous in some light
  • DBP-free
  • Affordable price

  • Watery
  • Sheer
  • Color can be plain in some light
  • Not formaldehyde- & toluene-free (at least my bottle isn’t)
  • Patchy finish

Final Verdict: 5.2/10

I like the color. I don’t like it. I like it. I don’t like it. Regardless of how I currently feel about the color, I really don’t like the patchy application. So this product is definitely not on the Fiona’s Favorite Things list. No free bottle for you! 😛

What do you think of the color? Have you tried other NYX nail polishes and got the same patchy results? Let me know if I should avoid!


2 thoughts on “NYX Jungle Swatches & Review

    1. Fiona Post author

      Hi Kimberly!

      Thanks for the compliment. 🙂 Glad you told me that other NYX polishes are like that – you just saved me some $$$ from purchasing and trying another shade. hahah


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