PRODUCT WARS: NYX Baked Eye Shadow vs. MicaBeauty Cream Eye Shadow

Who doesn’t love a new eye shadow? I always feel more inspired to experiment with makeup and spice up my usual style when I’m itching to try out a new color or brand.

I swiped up NYX Baked Eye Shadow in Shira on sale at Ulta and crossed my fingers. The color seemed like a perfect balance between an everyday work look and a base for more thrilling eye makeup on the weekends.

This eye shadow turned out to be everything and more. It was easy to apply with a brush, but not so easily that there was too much fallout. The color was a perfect shade of peachy tan that paired well with my darker palettes.

The only real problem I encountered was that the color wasn’t necessarily as pigmented as I would have liked. I had to really build it upon itself to get it to be bright and lively on my lids- a feat that would have never happened without the help of a trusty primer.

A little work for a huge payoff, though! I loved the way it turned out.


The MicaBeauty Cosmetics Cream Eye Shadow in Bronze came in my Ipsy bag a couple months ago, begging to be worn with a sparkly New Year’s Eve dress, bright red lips and huge earnings (or maybe that’s just me). It’s highly pigmented as most cream shadows are, and the bronze coloring shows up on skin as a light champagne color.

To apply this, I threw caution to the wind and used my fingers. I know, what a crime! My brushes looked on in absolute horror. It turned out to be the right decision. The color was strong and lasted without any fading throughout the day.

This turned out to be too bright of a color for an everyday basis. Even blended, it still outshone every other shadow I used in combination with it. This one will have to hang out in a drawer until Christmas parties start up- it’ll be perfect for flashy events!


NYX wins this product war with its warm, inviting color. It may not apply as easily as MicaBeauty’s cream eye shadow, but it does build upon itself for a stronger color and it’s a more versatile look for anywhere you decide to go.


That’s NYX at the top and MicaBeauty at the bottom. Both pretty gorgeous, right?

What’s your favorite drugstore eye shadow? I’ve found that shadows are usually worth the high end buys for smoother applications and higher pigmentation. Besides, they last for-freakin-ever!

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Author: Nicolette

Nicolette is a writer-of-things from the east coast who cries over happy things and drinks too much coffee.

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