NYX Cosmetics’ Pearl Mania collection review

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  • Manufacturer: NYX Cosmetics (owned by L'Oréal)
  • 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)
  • Description: 30 eyeshadow colors
  • Cost/Amount: USD$3.00 for .06 ounces / 1.7 grams
  • Would you purchase again: yes
NYX Cosmetics’ Pearl Mania collection

I have about 10 colors from this collection, all bought from Cherryculture during their NYX mega-sale in late April. I actually bought two of some shades, because I can’t do math and so ordered some twice so that I’d have my “traditional” full ten-gram jar. One of these tiny vials fills a 10-gram sifter jar quite handily!! The texture is sometimes a little gritty/sandy, the finish is mildly shimmery - more like a dull frost than a pearl - and the wearability is okay, but not fantastic - maybe a little bit better than what you’re paying for, if you buy from Cherryculture or Beauty Joint and are expecting color, but not “knock your socks off” vibrancy. The colors themselves cover a good range, and their darker colors - Penny, Chaos, Space - are fairly nice.

This collection contained:

  • Baby Blue — medium-pale blue pearl
  • Baby Pink — pale pink pearl
  • Black — sooty black pearl
  • Charcoal — medium-dark grey pearl
  • Fanta — medium soft orange pearl
  • Grass — medium green pearl
  • Jade — bright emerald green pearl
  • Lilac — cool pale lilac pearl
  • Lime — medium yellow-green pearl
  • Mink — warm yellow-beige pearl
  • Mocha — faded medium-light brown pearl
  • Nude — yellow-beige pearl
  • Ocean Blue — periwinkle blue pearl
  • Orange — dull warm gold pearl
  • Orange Zest — bright medium orange pearl
  • Oro — muted tarnished-gold pearl
  • Pearl — pale white-pink pearl
  • Penny — copper-bronze pearl
  • Purple — medium-dark lilac pearl
  • Rust —
  • Silver — neutral medium-light grey pearl
  • Sky Pink — medium-light pink pearl
  • Space — cerulean blue pearl
  • True Purple — medium violet pearl
  • Turquoise — muted turquoise pearl
  • Very Pink — bright warm pink pearl
  • Walnut — soft chocolate brown pearl
  • White — off-white pearl
  • Yellow — sun-yellow pearl
  • Yellow Gold — muted warm gold pearl

These don't stay unless you use a base or apply them wet (or better, do both); and unless you can repot these shadows, they're all but impossible to use (the containers are a little longer than the first joint of my thumb, and the bottle-mouths are a little less large than the tip of my index finger, so using a brush or other applicator through that is nigh on impossible) but aside from those wrinkles, you're getting a not-indecent product for a relatively decent price. The ingredients are simply "mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides", so no preservatives or problematic chemicals.

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