Fifty Shades of Purple: Ben Nye Cosmic Violet, Anna Sui Eye Shadow 207, & NYX Eye Shadow Base in White – Review + Swatches

Fifty shades, give or take 48 shades. Renee gifted me two purrrty purrrple eye shadows: Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour in LU-17 Cosmic Violet and Anna Sui Eye Shadow in 207 (link is to the very similar shade 201; couldn’t locate 207 online but it’s at the Anna Sui store). I tried them out today over NYX Eyeshadow Base in White, which I bought with the hope that I’ll now experiment with more colorful eye shadows.

01 Ben Nye LU-17 Cosmic Violet Anna Sui Eyeshadow 201 NYX White Eye Shadow Base Review

The NYX base can be applied sheerly or built up to opaque coverage. It has a dense creamy consistency and dries down to bright matte white. Ben Nye Cosmic Violet is a pearly pink-toned lavender duochrome with an iridescent blue shift. Anna Sui 207 is a dark blue-violet purple with a satin finish.

The swatches show the NYX base swatched (1) heavily and (2) lightly and the eye shadows swatched (1) on bare skin and (2) over the NYX base.

Note: The Anna Sui is mislabeled “201” in the photos. It should be 207. Also see swatches of both and a gorgeous EOTD featuring 207 on Evonnz.

03 Ben Nye LU-17 Cosmic Violet Anna Sui Eyeshadow 201 NYX White Eye Shadow Base Swatches

04 Ben Nye LU-17 Cosmic Violet Anna Sui Eyeshadow 201 NYX White Eye Shadow Base Swatches
The NYX base definitely helps shadows show their true colors and opacity.

In the below photo taken with flash, you can see the iridescent pearliness of Cosmic Violet.

05 Ben Nye LU-17 Cosmic Violet Anna Sui Eyeshadow 201 NYX White Eye Shadow Base Review - With Flash

The Anna Sui is made to fit this adorable purse-shaped case (sold separately). Aaaaah, it’s all in the details, isn’t it?

06 Anna Sui 03 Black Handbag Eye Shadow Case Review

Look #1: Patted the NYX base lightly onto the lid and then applied Cosmic Violet all over the lid and 207 in the outer corner. Used matte taupe and shimmery white to contour and highlight.

07 Ben Nye LU-17 Cosmic Violet Anna Sui Eyeshadow 201 NYX White Eye Shadow Base Review 08 Ben Nye LU-17 Cosmic Violet Anna Sui Eyeshadow 201 NYX White Eye Shadow Base Review

Look #2: Patted the NYX base onto just above the upper lash line and then applied 207 on the same area. Used shimmery and matte taupes for the rest of the upper lid. Applied Cosmic Violet along lower lash line.

Anna Sui 207 Ben Nye Cosmic Violet Review Swatch

09 Ben Nye LU-17 Cosmic Violet Anna Sui Eyeshadow 201 NYX White Eye Shadow Base Review 10 Ben Nye LU-17 Cosmic Violet Anna Sui Eyeshadow 201 NYX White Eye Shadow Base Review

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