Beauty on a Budget: NYX Dupe for MAC Melon Pigment

I’ve heard many raves about NYX pigments. I don’t know what their official name is – they’re called Loose Pearl Eye Shadow on NYX’s site, but I’ve also seen them listed as Powder Pigments and the packaging says Ultra Pearl Mania. Regardless, they’re essentially pigments, and have been called dupes for MAC’s. So I decided to see if I could mix up a dupe for MAC Melon.

I used NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Pearl Eyeshadows in Nude, Mink, and Oro. Here they are swatched individually with MAC Melon.

Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania Mac Melon Swatches Beauty on a Budget: NYX Dupe for MAC Melon Pigment

L-R: NYX Nude, NYX Oro, Mac Melon, NYX Mink

NYX ULTRA PEARL MANIA3 MAC MELON SWATCHES Beauty on a Budget: NYX Dupe for MAC Melon Pigment

L-R: NYX Nude, NYX Oro, Mac Melon, NYX Mink

NYX ULTRA PEARL MANIA4 MAC MELON Beauty on a Budget: NYX Dupe for MAC Melon Pigment

L-R: NYX Nude, NYX Oro, Mac Melon, NYX Mink

NYX Nude: A very pale yellow with shimmery iridescence

NYX Oro: Orange with shimmery iridescence

Mac Melon: Paler peach-orange with lots of gold shimmer

NYX Mink: Orange-pink with shimmery iridescence and, in some lights, tan-brown tones (I love this color)


 

Now for the mixing…

In one container, I mixed Nude with Oro and in another, I mixed Nude with Mink. I used about equal amounts of both pigments (I wasn’t very precise though). I was pretty surprised by the results. When you mix the Nude with Mink or Oro, they end up looking nearly identical, and both are pretty darn close to Melon.

NYX Pigments Mixed2 Mac Melon Swatches Beauty on a Budget: NYX Dupe for MAC Melon Pigment

L-R: NYX Nude-Oro, Mac Melon, NYX Nude-Mink

NYX Pigments Mixed Mac Melon Swatches Beauty on a Budget: NYX Dupe for MAC Melon Pigment

L-R: NYX Nude-Oro, Mac Melon, NYX Nude-Mink

So… is it a dupe?

While they aren’t spot on, I do think they’re close enough to be dupes. Of course, you’re having to buy two pigments, which may not be ideal if you don’t see yourself using them separately as well. But given that Cherryculture sells these for $3 (and they’re often on sale), two NYX pigments still cost just a fraction of one from MAC.

 

In terms of texture, I honestly couldn’t tell much difference. All the pigments were very smooth – if anything, Melon might be slightly less so, because it has the tiniest particles of actual glitter, while the NYX pigments are just mica shimmery-sheen. If you’ve tried both NYX and MAC pigments, how do you think they compare? Do you ever mix pigments or shadows to create custom shades?

Note: For swatches, I used a sample of MAC Melon, which I purchased from TheBodyNeeds (when MAC was still cruelty-free). It’s a great site for supplies like empty pans, sifter jars, and pigment pressing kits, and their own line of products are cruelty-free.


  • Moxie

    Wow!! What great swatches you have done! I haven’t tried these, but sadly, since MAC isn’t cruelty free any more, I’m so happy you’ve done this post!! xo

    • Catherine

      Thanks, Moxie!! Hoping it’ll be helpful to someone looking for a cruelty-free alternative