NYX Blue Avenue

Back in October, I made a trip to San Antonio and stopped in the local HEB that my friends work at and made a beeline for cosmetics.  They have a much larger selection of nail polish than my HEB, including OPI, Cosmetic Arts, LA Splash and this brand, NYX.  I should have known by the milky appearance that this was meant to be a layering color and not opaque, but frankly I don't know what I was thinking.

Oh yes.  I was thinking FLAKIES!  Suspended in this polish are light green, blue and orange flakies (flake like glitter - much like fish scales).

However, these flakies aren't as defined as say, Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure.

I used a base coat of Seche Natural and 2 coats of NYX Blue Avenue on my first two fingers.  After seeing how sheer it was (and not buildable), I put a coat of CND Blackjack on my other two fingers, then two coats of Blue Avenue.  Everything was topped with Seche Vite.

As you can see in the sun, the flakes are pretty non-existant on my first two nails.  The blue base that you see in the bottle isn't visible either.  You can somewhat see flakes over black.

In the shade you can see the flakes a little better, but frankly I was disappointed.  I would rather have bought a Nfu-Oh at full price and have less coats with more coverage.  Lesson learned.

I purchased my bottle of Blue Avenue for $3.99.  NYX can be found online or in stores.  You can also Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.


  1. I have these too and the flakes are no where near a Nfu oh, but it can still be nice if you want just a little hint of something else. you should try this over a blue polish that is close to the base color of this one and see if it looks any better :)

  2. It's stunning in the bottle but so uneventful on the nail. There isn't nearly enough sparkle packed into the base it seems like. :(. Nfu. Oh FTW.

  3. I love love love HEB. There is a new HEB near me in Summerwood that has a to die for cosmetics section! great post :)

  4. I just found this post when I was reading your coverage from Cosmoprof, but I have to agree with your NYX disappointment! I bought a variety of different polishes from their line last year when Cherry Culture was having a sale, but every single one was a bummer because of a very thick consistency, super-long drying time and this toxic, awfully potent smell. I don't know if I got a bad batch for all of them, but definitely upsetting.