NYX Ultimate Palette Swatch
NYX Ultimate Palette Swatch

When I intitally posted about the new NYX Ultimate Palettes, I picked out the two most exciting ones to swatch and then completely forgot to do anything with the other two. I’ve been nudged by several BBB readers, so here we go! Above is the Cool Neutrals palette; a mix of mattes, sheens and sparkle. The deep blue shade is actually purple, but my camera won’t have it and I can’t argue with it any more!

NYX Ultimate Palette Swatch
NYX Ultimate Palette Swatch

So, you can see there is a decent ratio of lights and darks – there’s a shade that’s a red/green duochrome (five back from the hand end) that doesn’t translate to camera very well but is absolutely beautiful. I know I’ve seen this shade before and I think it’s from Urban Decay Lounge Duochrome (also owned by L’Oreal). All of the colours swatched well and I think are an easy wear – there are plenty of variations on a theme to go with in this 16 pan palette.

NYX Ultimate Palette Swatch
NYX Ultimate Palette Swatch

The second palette is the Smokey & Highlight Palette which I like a lot better for giving plenty of dark and smokey shades.

NYX Ultimate Palette Swatch
NYX Ultimate Palette Swatch

These colours are highly pigmented – there was a little bit of drop during the swatch but nothing drastic. I think you have every single smokey look covered off here and the sage green that looks very bright in the palette isn’t quite so bright on the skin, but has a beautiful gold element to the finish. All the colours are very smooth in texture and more or less all gave a perfect one stroke swatch.

I really don’t think you can go far wrong with the NYX Ultimate Palettes – they’re £16 which seems very good value and I like that there is plenty of colour choice – they might be small but they give you a chance to play around and experiment without feeling like it’s cost you an arm and a leg. They’re HERE.

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