NYX Eyeshadow Collection

NYX eyeshadow collection, thegirlinspired, swatches, review

I did one of these posts a little while back on my MAC eyeshadow collection, and since I also have quite a few NYX eyeshadows I thought I’d do a similar post on those too. NYX are an affordable brand with great quality products.

Quite a few of their eyeshadows are dupes for the MAC ones at a fraction of the price. They may not be spot on dupes but they are pretty close, so if there are any that I think are similar I will list them along with a description next to each shade.

I have the regular single eyeshadows, which I depotted into a Z Palette – video on that here. The only real downside with NYX is that they are only available online in the UK, as far as I know. It would be nice if they came to the drugstore so we could swatch them, but then again my bank balance would probably hate me for that! You can find NYX on Amazon and Very, however I’ve found the best price is on NYX’s own website. The eyeshadows are £5 each and come in a range of colours.

Let’s get into the swatches!


NYX eyeshadow collection, thegirlinspired, swatches, review, highlight

Described as a Matte this actually has a bit of a sheen to it – not glittery at all, just glowy. Highlight is a pale yellow shade and I love wearing this in my inner corners in summertime. All these shades are so soft and easy to blend.


NYX eyeshadow collection, thegirlinspired, swatches, review, aloha

This is a shimmer. It has that same glowy sheen as Highlight but with a little bit of fine glittery shimmer in it. Aloha is another great neutral, this one is more on the cooler side of the palette with a hint of pinky taupe. I love using this as an inner corner highlight as well and it reminds me a little bit of MAC’s Naked Lunch.


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This is another creamy matte shade, but again with that slight glowy sheen. It’s a warm yet pale apricot colour which works great over the lid, as a brow highlight, or even as a cheek highlight depending on your skin tone. It’s such a smooth creamy formula too.


NYX eyeshadow collection, thegirlinspired, swatches, review, taupe

Another glowy matte, this ones got quite a bit of sheen to it but is still not glittery. As the colour would suggest, it’s a brown taupe, quite light in shade, but makes a great all over the lid colour for every day and works well in the crease for something a little more natural, or as a transition colour for darker shades.


NYX eyeshadow collection, thegirlinspired, swatches, review, silk

This is a close dupe for MAC’s All That Glitters. A light tan shade that is described as a Shimmer but has a similar finish to the Mattes, so again, more of that sheen going on. This is a tad more peachy and brighter than All That Glitters and looks great in the summer-time with a tan and works lovely with light eyes.


NYX eyeshadow collection, thegirlinspired, swatches, review, opal

Mine is a little dirty just from the fall out of other shades it has been stored near. It’s a slightly off-white colour with a blue duo-chrome. This one doesn’t seem to be on the NYX website so I’m not sure if it’s just sold out or has been discontinued. Not one of my most reached for eyeshadows as I tend to reach for more neutral brown tones but it’s still very pretty. 


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NYX aren’t overly creative with their eyeshadow names.. Brown is a matte teddy bear brown shade. Another one that’s good in the crease or as a transition colour. I’d say it’s very similar to Taupe in shade, just without the taupiness if that makes any kind of sense! I tend to reach for Taupe more but this also looks really nice swept all over the lid and up into the crease a little bit if you want a simple makeup look.

Peach Bronze

Another one not on the NYX website, although Copper looks like a similar shade. I would say this is like a cross between MACs Woodwinked and Mulch. It’s a gorgeous coppery shade which would again being out light coloured eyes and look particularly lovely in the summertime and autumn.

Dark Grey

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Another imaginative name.. This is a cool toned dark matte grey without looking blue. Dark Grey is more matte than others from my collection but this is one of the worst out of the bunch I have. It’s not completely awful it’s just that the colour pay off isn’t great so this goes on a little sheer and needs to be built up. 

Dark Brown

NYX eyeshadow collection, thegirlinspired, swatches, review, dark brown

This is one of my favourites. A lovely matte, dark brown colour with the slightest hint of red, that is perfect in the crease. I used to wear this ALL the time!! I actually have a tutorial of one of my go-to everyday makeup looks using some of these eyeshadows so I’ll put that below if you want to check that out.

Iced Mocha

NYX eyeshadow collection, thegirlinspired, swatches, review, iced mocha

A shimmery alternative to Dark Brown. This one is a lot like MAC’s Satin Taupe and another great colour for the crease or all over the lid if you wanted a darker, smokier look.


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This one is actually the worst eyeshadow I have from NYX. It’s another matte shade but this one is quite sheer and needs some building up to get the intensity you see in the pan. It’s also quite chalky, kind of reminds me of soot, so you need to be careful of fallout when applying this. If you don’t want a super intense look and are careful when applying this might be a good shade for you to try.

NYX eyeshadow collection, thegirlinspired, swatches, review

Even though a couple of the shades aren’t as great as the rest I have still gotten wear out of all of them and love them for different reasons. Hopefully you liked this post and found it somewhat useful. If you would like me to do more posts like this in the future let me know in the comments and tell me what you would like to see next, ie my lipstick collection, blush collection etc.


My MAC Eyeshadow Collection

When I first got into reading blogs and watching beauty videos on YouTube one of my favourite things to see was everyones MAC eyeshadow collection, and it still is a favourite. So I thought I’d show you mine, along with swatches and which colours are my most used and loved.. Let’s start with a look at the palette first, shall we?

MAC Eyeshadow Collection in Pink Z Palette, swatches, grand entrance, star violet, brule, naked lunch, all that glitters, honesty, gleam, expensive pink, wedge, patina, woodwinked, mulch, satin taupe, copperplate, shale, stars n rockets, satellite dreams, purple rain, sketch, smut, club, just, gorgeous gold, electra

These are all of my MAC eyeshadows and let me tell you, it’s taken quite a while to build up this collection! I store the majority of them in this pink Z Palette which is so great because it holds so many and the clear lid means I can see exactly what is inside. I have a couple of eyeshadows in the pots but for some reason I just haven’t gotten around to depotting them. All the others I bought in pan form as I knew I wanted to keep them in a palette, and as you can see I’m a fan of the neutrals..

Now onto the individual shadows!

Grand Entrance

MAC Grand Entrance Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired

My one and only eBay purchase but this colour was too gorgeous to not buy it. It came out in the Star Flash collection before I was aware of MAC. After stumbling upon the beauty community on YouTube and seeing people talk about this little guy I knew I had to have it! Super pigmented and almost metallic in finish, it has a little bit of fall out if you’re not careful but makes a great lid colour or inner corner highlight.

Star Violet

MAC Star Violet Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired

I picked up Star Violet whilst in Australia – it was my treat around Christmas time over there as we didn’t have many funds spare to spend on frivolous things at the time. I wore this a lot whilst on that trip but haven’t touched it much since (probably because it’s in a pot in a drawer and gets forgotten about!). This is a deluxe pearl finish which gives it that lovely sheen and I always get compliments when I wear it.


MAC Brule Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired

My only matte highlight shade from MAC, which means I use it a hell of a lot. You can just about see it in the swatch, it’s a touch lighter than my skin tone making perfect to use on the brow bone and to blend out any harsh edges on crease colours.

Naked Lunch

MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired

This is a frost finish eyeshadow and probably my favourite shimmery highlight colour. It’s a pinky champagne that looks great when applied with a fluffy brush to the brow bone to add a subtle sheen. I also like wearing this on the lid with a little bit of Wedge in the crease for a very simple, easy every day look.

All That Glitters

MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

One of my very first MAC eyeshadows and as you can see, it’s very well loved. Veluxe pearl in finish, this is a fantastic lid colour that compliments lots of different skin tones. The pinky-tan shade helps to bring out lighter coloured eyes and make them pop. I also like using this in the inner corner when using a more bronzy shade on the eyes.


MAC Honesty Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

I like this eyeshadow but it’s not one of my favourites. The lustre finish means it has a lot of chunky glitter in it, and although the copper tones bring out blue eyes you don’t really want to be getting flecks of that glitter in your eyes or half way down your cheeks.. so I don’t reach for it all that much.


MAC Gleam Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Another one that I don’t find myself reaching for much is Gleam. It’s a pretty enough colour but doesn’t seem to have great colour payoff and I have trouble finding ways to wear it.

Expensive Pink

MAC Expensive Pink Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

I love this colour in the summertime, blended through the crease to create an almost sunset effect. This veluxe finish shadow is very much a golden peachy-pink so it’s a little more wearable than Gleam but again, one I don’t wear very often.


MAC Wedge Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This is another matte colour I wear a lot. If I’ve got my MAC palette out you can almost guarantee that I will use this shade in the crease. It’s the perfect soft, mid-toned brown to put down to help blend crease colours. I also love using it in the crease on it’s own to add soft definition on days when I don’t want to do much with my eye makeup.


MAC Patina Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

I picked this up on Tanya Burr’s recommendation as she talks about it quite a lot and I have to be honest, I don’t really reach for it much. It’s a beautiful colour but I just prefer All That Glitters a little bit more than this. It works great as a lid colour and is a pearl finish which gives it this lovely sheen.


MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Another one of my very first MAC purchases, this has a beautiful metallic finish that when blended out creates a two-tone effect and makes it look like you’ve used 2 different colours and put a lot of effort into your makeup when really you haven’t. This looks amazing on blue eyes and is perfect in the summer time or the autumn.


MAC Mulch Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This was the 3rd MAC eyeshadow I ever bought but I wasn’t that fond of it to begin with. Not really sure why, I think maybe the reddish undertones put me off, but now I love it! It’s great in the crease, blends like a dream and I get a lot of wear out of it in the Autumn months. This velvet finish eyeshadow is also great for use in smoky brown looks.

Satin Taupe

MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This is the cool-toned version of Mulch. After purchasing Mulch and not being a fan I decided to pick Satin Taupe up instead and instantly fell in love. Strangely enough I haven’t reached for it much recently as I’ve been preferring the warmer toned browns…. This is a frost finish with a grey-toned purple undertone. Another great colour for the crease but I’ve also been known to wear this all over the lid for a darker everyday look.


MAC Copperplate Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This is a matte finish, brownish grey. I think I’ve only worn this a couple of times just because I’m not really too sure how to wear this. It’s not highly pigmented but if anyone has any recommendations of what to do with this eyeshadow please let me know!


MAC Shale Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Another colour that’s not hugely pigmented so I don’t tend to reach for it a whole lot. It’s a satin finish but pulls a little frosted. If I wear this it’s usually either as a lid colour or to blend out other purples in the crease but it always comes off a little bruisey looking when I do that. Again, if you have any suggestions for how to wear this let me know in the comments!

Stars n Rockets

MAC Stars n Rockets Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This is quite possibly my favourite colourful MAC eyeshadow. Stars n Rockets is a deluxe pearl finish and has a iridescent violet sheen which gives it a duo-chrome effect. If you apply this over a darker base it turns into a beautiful, much darker purple with that violet gleam. I’ll use this as a lid colour, to blend out other purples in the crease to give a glowy effect, or I’ll apply it over the top of a black eyeliner for something a little different.

Purple Rain

MAC Purple Rain Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

My first ever matte eyeshadow from MAC and it kinda put me off them as it was so chalky and had little pigmentation. What you see swatched is several swipes of the colour. I’ve maybe only worn this a couple of times, I think I keep holding on to it cause I’m hoping I can make it work somehow but I never reach for it.

Satellite Dreams

MAC Satellite Dreams Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This is the veluxe pearl counterpart to Purple Rain. It’s a very similar shade of purple but much more pigmented and wearable. It’s warmer in tone, blends beautifully and I love using this in purple looks or on the outer corner to brighten up brown looks.


MAC Sketch Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Sketch is one that I picked up after hearing Elle from allthatglitters21 go on and on about how it was her favourite eyeshadow, and I’m glad I did. This has a velvet finish so it’s a little softer but can be built up. It’s a burgundy brown which works great in the autumn and I love using it to darken up smoky brown looks or as a liner on the lower lash line. It’s great for lighter coloured eyes too as the reddish undertones really brings out those eye colours.


MAC Smut Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Another velvet finish that I love for darkening up the outer corner or as a powder eyeliner. This deep colour is softer than a black so it’s not a harsh making it perfect for every day looks. I’m not sure if you can really tell in the pictures but this eyeshadow has a burgundy shimmer which really warms up the colour. It’s lovely to blend and works great with browns.


MAC Club Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Club is such an interesting eyeshadow and I’m so glad to have it in my collection as I haven’t seen anything similar to this anywhere else. It’s a satin finish eyeshadow that initially looks green but where you take a closer look at it or swatch it you’ll see it’s actually a brown with red undertones and a green sheen. I’ve found if you pat this on you can get it to pull more green and if you blend it the brown really comes through. I use this in the crease, as a liner and even all over the lid, particularly in the autumn months.


MAC Juxt Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Such a pretty bright colour but I don’t find many occasions to wear this. It’s a green with a definite yellow tone to it. I like wearing this satin finish eyeshadow more in the spring and summer as a little something different on the lid or to line my lower lash line as it has a real brightening effect.

Gorgeous Gold

MAC Gorgeous Gold Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

I picked this one up at the same time as Juxt as I was doing a makeup tutorial inspired by a flower and needed a pretty yellow eyeshadow to represent the centre of the flower. Gorgeous Gold has a veluxe pearl finish and a slight green tint to it. If you pair it with other greens it definitely pulls more green, but otherwise it’s a very pretty light yellow-gold shade.


MAC Electra Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

Electra is my most beaten up eyeshadow and I don’t even wear it all that much! I did take it travelling with me though so in fairness it’s lasted quite well! This has a frost finish but comes off more metallic as you can see and has fantastic pigmentation. It’s great when creating silvery, black smoky looks, perfect for the party season.

Phew, that’s a lotta swatching! Out of that small army of eyeshadows I would have to say I reach for Brule, All That Glitters, Wedge, Mulch and Club the most. They’re great colours that work really well together from the simplest of everyday looks to smokier, more sultry eye makeup. As you can see I still have a little bit of space left in my palette so tell me, which shades do you think I should pick up next?

MAC Eyeshadows are £13 in pot or £10 in pan

NOTD: Collection Work The Colour in Fairy Dust

NOTD nail of the day Collection Work The Colour in Fairy Dust thegirlinspired
I picked this up in a recent haul and it was so pretty that I had to try it out straight away. It’s a very sheer blue base with a gorgeous fine golden pink shimmer running through it. When applied over other nail polish colours the blue doesn’t show through but the shimmer really shines. My favourite way to wear this is over darker nail polishes, which tend to be out in force around this time of year.
NOTD nail of the day Collection Work The Colour in Fairy Dust thegirlinspired nails manicure
This actually reminds me a lot of an old nail polish from Seventeen in Cosmic Heather that’s no longer available. It’s a similar kind of thing only the base of the Seventeen one is purple and that looks very pretty just on its own as a sheer wash of colour. I haven’t tired wearing Fairy Dust (love that name!) on its own yet but that will be the next thing I try. This also looks pretty over brighter colours to add a little bit of sparkle so it’s great year round no matter what colour you have on your nails. By the way, this is so easy to apply, doesn’t streak and the best part is it’s only £1.50!! What’s not to love?! I’ll definitely be checking out more nail polishes from this line as I am so impressed with this one.


Have you tried any Work The Colour polishes? What did you think?