NYX Natural Eyeshadow Palette and Smokey Eyeshadow Palette – swatches and review

High-end beauty on a real-life budget!

NYX eye shadow palette 

There’s a new beauty reality in town and its name is NYX. If you’re like me, a beauty lover with “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” taste on a “Honey Boo Boo” budget, you can have the style you desire without breaking the bank thanks to NYX’s high fashion, low priced makeup.

After hearing raves about the line’s highly pigmented, long lasting shadows, I was excited to check out their buzzed about The Natural Eyeshadow Palette and The Smokey Eyeshadow Palette, each retailing for a mere $7!

NYX eye shadow palette

The first thing I noticed was the appearance of the palettes, which look a whole lot like those of very expensive lines that have been featured in every magazine and on every blog.

NYX Smokey palette

The Smokey Eyeshadow Palette includes 6 stunning shades (two matte and four shimmer): sparkly charcoal, matte charcoal, plum, midnight blue, medium brown, and matte white. NYX calls these shades “sultry and sexy,” a fair assessment of this dramatic palette.

NYX Smokey palettesparkly charcoal, matte charcoal, plum

NYX Smokey palettemidnight blue, medium brown, matte white

NYX Natural palette

The Natural Eyeshadow Palette includes 6 nude shades (three matte and three shimmer): matte light cream, sparkly light cream, matte peach, golden cream, medium beige, matte plum-y brown. The range of colors offers everything you need to create a “me but better” daytime eye or a nighttime natural eye with more impact.

NYX Natural palettematte light cream, sparkly light cream, matte peach

NYX Natural palettegolden cream, medium beige, matte plum-y brown

These slim, trim palettes pack in a lot of color and a decent double-ended sponge applicator without wasting any space on excess packaging. At two by five inches, and weighing practically nothing, the palettes would fit into any makeup bag.

NYX Smokey palette swatchesThe Smokey Eyeshadow Palette: sparkly charcoal, matte charcoal, plum, midnight blue, medium brown, matte white

NYX Smokey palette swatchesA closer look at the sparkly charcoal, matte charcoal and plum

NYX Smokey palette swatchesAnd midnight blue, medium brown and matte white

I had mixed results with the coverage of the shadows. Some (the darker shades) had great pigmentation and blended well. Others (mostly light colors) were extremely sheer and required some work (and a primer, for sure).

NYX Natural palette swatchesThe Natural Eyeshadow Palette: matte light cream, sparkly light cream, matte peach, golden cream, medium beige and plum-y brown.

NYX Natural palette swatchesA closer look at the matte light cream, sparkly light cream and matte peach

NYX Natural palette swatchesAnd the golden cream, medium beige and plum-y brown

So do these palettes measure up to their high end counterparts? While the darker shades have lots of pigment, blend well, and last for hours – the lighter shades require lots of layering to see decent color payoff. As for the palettes themselves, they’re a little less fancy, but still solid and compact.

But it’s the difference in price that’s significant. Think of what you and your beautifully shadowed eyes could find to spend that extra money on! Thanks to NYX, I feel like I’m wearing rich girls’ makeup and no one has to know the reality.

Bargain version of high-end palettes
Between the two palettes, there are colors for everyone
Mix of shimmer and matte shades is versatile
Packaging is compact, portable and stacks neatly
NYX is a cruelty-free company

Natural shades are very sheer and need to be applied over a base for more opaque color

Readers – do you get your high-end beauty fix with drugstore-priced NYX products?

Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Zeus.
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  1. Profile photo of gigi

    I’ve been loving NYX shadows for years. These palettes are gorgeous and do indeed look like their high-end competitors. I would have absolutely no guilt in purchasing both palettes for a mere $14.00! I especialy love the “Smoky” one; the swatches look seductive and gorgeous on your arm! Imagine what it does for eyes . . .

  2. Profile photo of rachelshay

    Hey, I’m on that Honey Boo Boo budget too! A lot of bang or our buck. I’d definitely try these out at that price! The sparkly charcoal has me especially intrigued! I had never heard of NYX until very recently, and I am loving their black liquid eyeliner lately.

  3. Profile photo of irene

    Wow, these NYX shadows are seriously catching my eye.. HA HA! I like the Smoky Eyeshadow Palette. I dont mind a lighter smokey eye for day time, so this may be a perfect match with its sparkly charcoal, matte charcoal and plum.

  4. Profile photo of sherrishera

    NYX is an awesome brand for the buck. I’ve seriously loved everything of theirs I’ve tried (shimmer/highlighting powders and eyeliners FTW). I don’t need much convincing that these are pretty awesome–you had me at NYX.

  5. Profile photo of Amanda

    “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” taste on a “Honey Boo Boo” budget.
    HAHAHAHAH, that’s the perfect way to put it! I love NYX, and these palettes make for a great collection of basics. I can see these colors getting a lot of use!

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