NYX Cosmetics’ Chrome Eyeshadow collection

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  • Manufacturer: NYX Cosmetics
  • Availability: drugstores and midrange "all-in-one" stores (Ulta, CVS, Rite-Aid, Fred Meyer, Target, Kohl's, et cetera) also through various etailers (cherryculture.com, beautyjoint.com)
  • Contains: 60 eyeshadow colors
  • Cost/Amount: USD$6.00 for .07 ounces / 2 grams
  • Would you purchase again: yes
NYX Cosmetics’ Chrome Eyeshadow collection

I think NYX learned something about marketing with this collection: put stuff in larger containers, and people will be happier. The Pearl Mania loose shadows come in tiny vials that are about half the size of the Chrome jars, but they contain almost the same amount of product. And, yes, I did feel like I’d been taken when I opened my first order of the Pearl Manias, because the dang vials were SO SMALL!! (That feeling lasted only as long as it took to repot the first one. It filled the 10-gram jar 4/5ths of the way to the top.) The Chrome shadows have many of the same colors that are in the Pearl line, with the same names - plus several more colors - so if you really want shade X but want a brighter finish or a little more staying power, you know exactly which shade to get from this collection.

EDIT: This collection was discontinued some time in the first half of 2012. It took quite a bit longer to entirely disappear from etailers, but was pulled from Ulta and other places that stocked NYX Cosmetics fairly quickly.

This collection contained:

  • 3 Wise Men — metallic light aqua shimmer
  • Amethyst — metallic lilac-pink shimmer
  • Antique — metallic gilded olive shimmer
  • Apricot — metallic shimmer
  • Baby Pink — metallic pale pink shimmer
  • Barely There — metallic soft mauve-pink shimmer
  • Bayou — metallic violet blue shimmer
  • Beanie — metallic dusty violet shimmer
  • Beauty Queen — metallic medium-deep lilac shimmer
  • Black — metallic sooty black shimmer
  • Blue Eyes — metallic medium bright blue shimmer
  • Canary — metallic medium-soft yellow shimmer
  • Chaotic — metallic midnight blue shimmer
  • Charcoal — metallic medium-dark grey shimmer
  • Cosmopolitan — metallic medium bubblegum pink shimmer
  • Embellish — metallic pale cool pink shimmer
  • Exquisite — metallic pink-orange shimmer
  • Fuschia — metallic medium fuchsia shimmer
  • Geisha — metallic red-gold shimmer
  • Goddess — metallic lilac-pink shimmer
  • Golden Peach — metallic pink peach shimmer
  • Golden Pink — metallic salmon pink shimmer
  • Green — metallic medium green shimmer
  • Hard Core — metallic muted indigo shimmer
  • Herb — metallic sage green shimmer
  • Iced Mocha — metallic soft brown shimmer
  • Java — metallic medium brown shimmer
  • Keylime — metallic muted yellow-green shimmer
  • Lagoon — metallic pale blue shimmer
  • Lemon Drop — metallic medium-deep pink shimmer
  • Light Pink — metallic baby pink shimmer
  • Lilac — metallic cool pale lilac shimmer
  • Mimosa — metallic pale lavender shimmer
  • Mink — metallic warm yellow-beige shimmer
  • Misty — metallic soft warm pink shimmer
  • Mocha — metallic faded medium-light brown shimmer
  • Nymph — metallic soft apricot shimmer
  • Oatmeal — metallic off-white shimmer
  • Ocean Blue — metallic periwinkle blue shimmer
  • Olive — metallic pale olive green shimmer
  • Orange — metallic bright medium orange shimmer
  • Oro — metallic warm brown-gold shimmer
  • Panic — metallic pale yellow shimmer
  • Pearl White — metallic muted white shimmer
  • Penny — metallic copper-bronze shimmer
  • Piggyback — metallic medium blue shimmer
  • Platinum — metallic pewter-grey shimmer
  • Queen — metallic pale antique gold shimmer
  • Red — metallic medium bright red shimmer
  • Sand — metallic pink-tan shimmer
  • Seclude — metallic medium-deep tan shimmer
  • Silver — metallic neutral medium-light grey shimmer
  • Space — metallic cerulean blue shimmer
  • Sunny Day — metallic warm pink shimmer
  • Sunshine — metallic medium pink mauve shimmer
  • White — metallic bright white shimmer

While you could conceivably call the Pearl Mania shades "mineral makeup", because they've only got three ingredients...the Chrome shadows are what Aromaleigh called a "hybrid cosmetic". They have more oxides for brighter colors, but also include lake dyes (ingredients are listed as "Mica, Octyldodecanol, Lauroryl Lysine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Tin Oxide (CI77861), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Black Iron Oxide (CI77499), Carbon Black (CI77266), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI77510), Ultramarines (CI77007), FD & C Blue No.1 Al Lake (CI42090), Red Iron Oxide (CI77491), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI77492), Black Iron Oxide (CI77499), Carmine (CI75470), FD & C Yellow No. 5 Lake (CI19140:1)" - and will vary depending on shade, particularly for the various colorants.) The adhesion is a little bit better than the Pearl Mania powders, but you still need to wear these over a base if you want them to stay in place all day. These do have a more reflective finish than the Pearl Mania colors, but are not as metallic as Aromaleigh v1's Elemental or Opulent Lusters.

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