Review and Photos: NYX Iced Mocha Eyeshadow

NYX eyeshadow in Iced Mocha.

I've always been suspicious of drugstore cosmetics. Too many bad high school memories of creasing and raccoon-eye. Recently I forced myself to admit that cosmetic science has come a long way since...the 90's.

 NYX Cosmetics has proven me right so far!

My first experience with NYX was Sahara eyeshadow—I was on the hunt for a dupe for MAC's Jaunty (great shadow, but no dupe). After observing Sahara's performance (great wear, easy to blend, and no creasing), I decided to try another—Iced Mocha, which I hear is a great dupe for MAC's revered Satin Taupe


NYX eyeshadow in Iced Mocha.

I'm so glad I did! Iced Mocha is a great addition to my (sizeable) collection of taupe and taupe-ish eyeshadows. 

The good: 

  • If you're into MAC's eyeshadow packaging, you'll like this—it's very similar. It's just shiny instead of matte and square instead of round. Also, instead of being smooth like MAC (and most other) eyeshadows, it has a fun square pattern on top.
  • I love the colour—a warm-ish, very slightly purple taupe with some shimmer.
  • The wear time is great—I note no difference whatsoever between it and MAC in terms of quality.  It lasts all day. (Though I've tested it only over a base.)
  • Ditto with the texture. It's lovely, smooth, soft, even, and easy to blend. 
  • The price! (I should call this the GREAT.) At $8.99 CAD a pot, it's probably the most affordable shadow I own.  

The not-so-good:

  • This is slightly less pigmented than MAC shadows, in my opinion. You'd need to pack on quite a lot for it to look like it does in the pan. If you're a fan of sheer shadows like Clinique's, this is no problem. 
  • NYX shadows can be tough to find in Canada. It's available at London Drugs, but in limited qualities. You might need to look online for certain shades.

Here's what it looks like applied: 


NYX eyeshadow in Iced Mocha swatched on my NC/NW 15–20 arm.

NYX Iced Mocha eyeshadow applied all over the lid and into the crease. I've used MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base (from lash line all the way up to my brow bone). I've used MAC Retrospeck to highlight and Fluidline in Blacktrack. I'm also wearing Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara in black.

MAC Jaunty applied all over the lid, then NYX Iced Mocha in the crease. I'm also wearing MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara in black.

Same look with NYX Iced Mocha, different angle. 

I've blended Jaunty into Iced Mocha into the second and third photos above, so both looks appear to be fairly similar. They're nice and neutral—great for work.

Would I repurchase? In theory, though given the size of my eyeshadow collection (*cough*), it will probably take me years to hit pan. (Don't tell my husband.) 

Rating: Four and a half stars out of five—I docked the half star because it applies more sheerly than I would like it to. 

Available: In Canada, it's available at London Drugs for $8.99. It occasionally goes on sale (the great thing about drugstore makeup). Watch the flyers!

Have you tried any NYX products? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. 


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