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NYX Cosmetics Primal Colors Are An Unfortunate Miss

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

You win some, you lose some in life,  love, and beauty products. That’s exactly how I feel about the NYX Cosmetics Primal Colors, which are a rare missed step from an otherwise well-rounded brand.

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green Hot Orange Hot Blue 2

These colors sure look gorgeous, right? Wrong!

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green Hot Orange Hot Blue 1

Designed by NYX to “unleash your inner theatrical makeup artist”, the Primal Colors in Hot Orange, Hot Blue, and Hot Green are patchy, unevenly pigmented, and difficult to work with. And you’re not even supposed to use them as eyeshadow!

Here they are swatched without primer.

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green Hot Orange Hot Blue No Primer

And with a primer.

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green Hot Orange Hot Blue Primer

Here’s a closer look at each color.

Hot Green

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green 1

Hot Orange

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Orange 1

Hot Blue

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue 1

Who am I to pay attention to unsafe for eye area warning labels, because right on my eyelids they did go, and I have not experienced any irritation. This reminds me of the flap over the Urban Decay Electric palette, which contains several colors that come with the very same advisory.

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 1

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 2

Lorac Unzipped Palette NYX Primal Color in Hot Orange 1

My chief complaint with the Primal Colors is the fact that they have to be piled on (literally) to have any effect whatsoever. Despite being worn over a cream base, which usually does the trick for boosting pigmentation, I found that I also had to pack the color with the pad of my ring finger and take extreme steps to blend the colors together. These are too high maintenance for my taste and while I’ll keep them for future Halloween looks, they aren’t my newest favorite eye makeup products.

My Final Thoughts: Unfortunately, I’m just not loving NYC Cosmetics Primal Colors. Although they’re priced at around $5, you’d be better of spending more for better pigmentation.

Rating: D

Price: $4.99

Availability: Ulta stores and Ulta.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

  • Aleya Bamdad

    Sounds like a lot of work but the orange is worth it.

  • http://www.stephanielouiseatb.blogspot.com Stephanie Louise Telford

    Boo! But I did end up buying one awhile back- it happens to be one you didn’t buy so maybe it will be better? They look really beautiful on you!

  • http://www.makeuplifelove.com/ jamie @makeuplifelove

    Thank goodness for this post. I was checking them out the other day at Ulta and almost bought one. Glad I didn’t. Great post!!

  • Noelle

    Aw, what a bummer!

  • Amber

    Bummer! Thanks for the heads up though!

  • Norah Salazar

    I like NYX in many other products but their eyeshadows have let me down, I totally feel your pain.

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I think some of them said they weren’t intended for eye use, so I skipped them

  • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Cosmetics Aficionado

    That’s too bad. I hate to have to pack on and pack on to get decent color payoff.

  • Laura Sorenson

    Bummer! Good to know though.

  • http://www.cosmetically-challenged.com Melody Robinson Wright

    Aww that sucks. Your eyes look great though lol.

  • Anastasia

    A shame about the color payoff, and they looked so pretty in the pans.

  • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

    I don’t understand these new ‘not for eyes’ pigments. If I’m not supposed to put it on my eyes, don’t put it in a container that looks like it’s for eyeshadow.

  • Justina

    Too bad they didn’t work well for you, I think they look gorgeous on!

  • GlitteryGlossy

    I actually heard from a friend that these were all bad. She went looking for the Electric Palette, saw the NYX and thought it was going to be an alternative but nope! :(

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    Aw they look so pretty swatched! What a shame! I never pay attn to those warnings either… =

  • kSquaredGlamour

    love the bold colors and look you created but too bad they were difficult to work with and had to be layered on :/

  • http://www.geniabeme.com/ Eugenia

    That sucks that they don’t work well, the swatches actually look nice!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    THe swatches look nice, but it’s too bad they weren’t that great

  • cindyprimebeauty

    Waaay too bright for me, but you actually make them work–amazing!

  • Betzy Carmona

    They are so BRIGHT! But somehow you made them work for you.

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

    Your eye looks are amazing – especially the green and blue – I need to recreate it. But I hate when a product doesn’t work well. Sometimes when it comes to shadows now a days NYX is so hit or miss for me.

  • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

    You totally made those bright colors wearable