In an attempt to get a bit more colour in my life during the dreary autumn/winter months I decided to pick up the NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals, something I’d been coveting for a while now. I didn’t want to invest in something similar, but higher end like the Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette because I was worried that maybe I wouldn’t like the look of those types of shades on me and would then be stuck with something that costs close to $50 and not want to use it. So, instead I opted to dabble in the shades with something much more affordable and have been testing it out for the past few weeks to really get a feel for both the NYX mattes and shimmers.
For today’s post I wanted to discuss a few of the pros and cons that I’ve come across so far for anyone else that might be contemplating picking up this palette. I’ll preface this by saying that I am in no way great at applying elaborate eyeshadow looks. I mostly stick to just one or two shades on my lid at a time because I don’t have as much room above my crease to play around with. So, this is a review coming from a complete amateur, but one that knows what she likes and what she doesn’t when it comes to daily makeup.
The range and tone of colours in this palette is exactly what I was looking for, from the dark reddish-brown mattes to the light mauve-y shimmers. You have everything you need to create a sultry look for a night out or a bright daytime look for an everyday face. I have been especially gravitating toward the medium tone shimmers as they work well with my skin and eye colour. Because I tend to wear a neutral matte lip, it’s super easy to play around with a shimmery orange shade on the eyes and still be able to consider it a natural day look.
I’ve only played around with the darker colours a little bit, primarily because it’s quite the commitment for the rest of the day if I dive right in with a brick red or chocolate brown, but I can confidently say that the pigmentation is great and will last all day with the right primer. I use the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion whenever I wear eyeshadow because it has always worked the best for my oily lids, so I’ve made it a point to use it every time I try a shadow in this palette too in order to have an accurate idea of how the colours wear throughout the day.
Now to the not-so-pleasant aspects of this palette. For one, some of the shades are difficult to apply and can start off pretty patchy. They are initially hard to blend so you really have to work the pigment onto the skin in order to be sure that you are covering however much of the lid that you want to. This can be tedious when working with the darker shades because I am a bit sloppy and once they are placed somewhere they don’t really budge, so I always tend to be left with smudgy areas if I’m not careful. I’ve found that they only really work with my Real Techniques eyeshadow brushes, which I didn’t own up until a few weeks ago, so it’s kind of inconvenient because you don’t want to have to buy new brushes for one palette.
I also found there there were some shades that were almost identical to the colour of my eyelids, so I can’t really get much use out of them, which might seem like a bit of a waste if you’ve spent your hard earned money on the palette.
Is It Worth It?
All in all, I am happy I bought this palette and I think that it is a good one to have in your collection if you want to play around with a bit of colour, but not spend a lot of money to do so. I don’t know if I would buy any of the other NYX palettes in the future, I might just save up and buy some that are a bit higher quality now that I know what shades work for me and what I’d be willing to invest in.