Today I’m gonna review my newly NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Smokey & Highlight which I received at NYX opening store party a few weeks back. The brand opened its first store in my city so a lot of people came in to check out the products but if you are not familiar with NYX Cosmetics by now you can check out here some of my articles. I’ve been a fan of this brand for ages so after purchasing their products online for years I’m happy to finally be able to run to the store and swatch the products for once. I already showed you my recent NYX makeup haul and I’ve already started on those reviews so keep on checking my blog for more upcoming NYX articles.
Actually you will find four variations of NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Brights, Warm Neutrals, Cool Neutrals and Smokey & Highlights that I have right here. NYX named these as pro-level palettes packed with 16 high-performance eyeshadows in a rainbow of tone-inspired shades.
Where to buy:
U.S. – Now at ULTA and @nyxcosmetics.com
UK – Now at Selfridges
Romania – Now at ParkLake Mall (Bucharest) | City Park Mall (Constanta)
NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Smokey & Highlight ($18.00 / £16.00/ 88.00 Lei for 16 x 0.83 g / 0.02 oz) features 16 smokey-toned shades in a vivid mix of velvety-rich textures, from mattes and satins to shimmers and metallics.
Let’s first talk about packaging. The palette comes in a sturdy, square black compact with a transparent lid that snaps shut. It’s easy to hold and doesn’t weight much and the transparent lid allows you to see the shades. I admit I’d preferred a mirror enclosed in the palette as it would made it so travel friendly, but I guess the price would have gone up with a more sophisticated packaging.
There’s a nice combination of shades in this palette, the color ranging from light nudes, to burgundy, golds, grays and even a green, blue and black for more sophisticated, evening looks. This palette actually has about the right and perfect combination of smoky and highlight shades that you can use not only for a makeup look but also to highlight your cheeks.
I have to admit there are some good neutrals in here, very light colors that go well with my light skin tone and are perfect for a nude and natural day makeup look. They have a good color payoff with a smooth texture but some of them kick a lot of powder when I pick up the product. All the shades are swatched and applied on bare skin, without any eyeshadow primer so this is exactly how they look.
The darker shades obviously look more intense and pigmented, but I don’t find them to be that rich and have an opaque color coverage. Some of them look patchy when swatched and applied and even though they are darker colors they are not richly pigmented.
This palette offers a variety of textures ranging from matte to satin, shimmer and metallic and I absolutely love the quality of those with a satin and metallic finish. I believe they were the most pigmented and easy to work with regarding blending, application, pigmentation, color payoff and fall-out.
The shades with a matte finish had a slightly dry formula, especially the darker ones and they look patchy when applied. The colors were buildable but the more I blended the more the sheered out.
Do keep in mind that this is a drugstore product which offers 16 shades in a single palette with a variation of different finishes. You can definitely use this palette for a smoky or evening eye makeup look as you have a lot of darker colors in here that could complement any eye color but you can also use it for a day to day makeup look if your prefer lighter and more nude tones.
Have you tried this one yet?
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