I have three of the four new NYX palettes to show you (one didn’t survive the journey!) and on the whole they’re pretty good value at £18. The premise of them is to give multi-dimensional texture options within the same shade spectrum – in the case of the palette above, Electric, the colours look very similar in the pan but once on the skin, the differences begin to show. I’m not sure how well the nuances will translate to the eye (they’re not tested on my lids yet) but if you love brights, I’m sure you can make it work.
As usual, I use one swipe of a sponge applicator and most of this palette has performed well on that basis – each shade has a matte, shimmer and metallic option, and the mattes seem to need the most effort in application.
This is your option if you’re after the sunset shades that are bang on trend right now (and projected as far ahead as 2019) and it’s called Warm Rust.
Almost every shade in this palette was generous on pigment and if you love this colour spectrum I’d genuinely recommend it as it seems to have sunset completely covered so you can mix and match with other palettes to bring those colours into your looks. It just seems comprehensive so that you wouldn’t need anything else.
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This one is called Smoke Screen – it wouldn’t be a natural choice for me and actually, it didn’t perform that well in swatching either. The purple shades in both matte and shimmer were really poor with streaky pigment – they were applied in exactly the same way but I had to go over the colours twice and even then, they’re still not smooth or consistent.
To some extent the same could be said for the petrol blues – I find it so strange that this has happened. It’s not completely unheard of for brands to use different factories even for the same palette (so colours might be made in more than one place and the palettes assembled in yet another place). However, NYX is L’Oreal owned and I would have thought that one of their strengths was consistency and having all that back end stuff completely sorted. The most consistent performer of all three is Electric.
I’d still recommend Sunset and Electric but they’re definitely not Urban Decay quality (as has been suggested) even though they have the same owners. £18 for 12 shades isn’t outrageous either. You can find them HERE.
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