Have you ever worn eyeshadow and not even 1 hour in, it’s already transferred from your eyelid to your crease? If you have hooded eyes like me, you know this struggle all too well. Let’s first break a myth about our eyelids.


Myth: Eyelids Get Oily

Fact: There are absolutely NO oil glands in your eyes. It is impossible for your eyelids to get oily.

Myth: Eyeshadow Transfers Because of Oily Eyelids

Fact: Your eyeshadow transfers because of your SWEATY eyelids. The sweat glands in your eyes produce moisture that causes your eyeshadow to move around, which results in creasing.


Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s discuss how the NYX Multitasking Mixing Medium was made by God himself for people who suffer from sweaty eyelids.

I purchased this mixing medium recently after I saw it was a dupe for the beloved Mac Mixing Medium. Now, I am usually VERY skeptical about dupes because of how loosely that term is used these days. But, after I tried this….I am truly a believer. The first try, it lasted for 8 hours with absolutely NO transferring or creasing. I’ve been using it ever since and my eyeshadow stays in place until I take off all my makeup.

In my last post, I discussed how I sweat extremely easily and unfortunately, my eyelids are one of the places I sweat the easiest. This makes me even MORE prone to eyeshadow transferring. I was shocked when I went out in 98-degree weather and was sweating like crazy, yet when I checked my makeup, my eyeshadow was still perfectly in place.

How To Use

I apply this on top of my concealer-primed eyelids. Using a small, rounded brush, such as the E.L.F Studio Concealer Brush, I pat a small amount onto my eyelid and let it get slightly tacky. I then go in with an eyeshadow of my choice and PAT it in. If you rub, the mixing medium will clump up and your eyeshadow will be patchy. Patting it in lets it adhere directly to the medium, which ensures it will stay in place after drying. For extra creasing prevention, after the initial layer has dried, pat an even smaller amount right into your crease using your finger.

Ingredient Comparison

Mac Mixing Medium:

Water (Aqua Purificata) Purified, PVP, Butylene Glycol, AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol


NYX Multitasking Mixing Medium:

Water/Aqua/Eau, PVP, Butylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trideceth-6, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol

Conclusion

After multiple uses, I have absolutely no complaints. I haven’t tried it with glitters yet, so my opinion may change once I try that and I will update this post then. I’ve tried it so far with mattes and shimmery colors, and it works great on those. Is it a dupe for Mac Mixing Medium? After using both, yes. It absolutely is, and they also have plenty of similar ingredients, so it only makes sense that they would be similar.

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Written by Lily Njoroge