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High-end beauty on a real-life budget!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
we heartsters – 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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