NYX Cosmetics - NYX Wicked Dreams Collection (S130) Swatches
|Small easy to carry packaging - about the size of a palm|
I’ll confess that I’m not too strong in the eye palette department - I love skincare products, have more lipsticks than I can count, and use all kinds of glitters, highlighters, and blushes. But, I need more eyeshadow. My boyfriend and I ended up going shopping on a random whim and decided to stop at Urban Outfitters - imagine my surprise when I saw a bunch of NYX products, lip glosses, and palettes. There were a lot of other goodies (think nailpolish!) but I made a mental note to only focus on the eye shadow. I could not swatch this in the store because it was sealed, however I really liked the colors on the back of the packaging because of the variety and eventually bought Nyx Wicked Dreams.
Pros: First off, this palette is very easy to carry and it’s smaller than my palm. It comes with two double headed applicators but I find it easier to apply with my own brushes. I love that it has so many day/night options and so easily carriable. There are a total of 24 shadows which include shimmer colors, some metallic sheen, and matte colors in natural tints, pastel tints, and jewel toned tints. The tiny pots are accessible, hold a lot of product, and are separated from each other to ensure that no product spills on the sides.
In terms of quality, these shadows do not crease at all - remember how I went out shopping on a whim? Well, we also ended up going out with friends on a whim and I wore these shadows for a long time in not the best conditions - think walking around, eating pizza, singing karaoke fun. I did not wear eye lid primer, really piled up the product because I wanted a smokey eye, and still, there was no crease. The colors are light in texture and blend easily. Lastly, there are a lot of color options from neutral to blue pastels and at least half of these are likely to fit someone’s skin tone and preferences. The price is $15.00 USD which is great if you are on a budget and are looking to get a wide range of shadows.
Because of the ‘cons’ described below, I usually use this for everyday looks because it wears well without creasing or falling under the eye and it is not too colorful. Another reason why I’d recommend this palette despite the lack of pigmentation is that if you are a newbie at make up and are unsure of yourself when applying you are sure not to make a mistake.
Cons: Because the shadow is featherlight in texture, it does not have that strong pigmentation. The shimmery colors are stronger tinted, but the matte colors are barely visible if a neutral color. For some colors, though not all, I noticed a lot of residue and I found myself having to shake my brush before application because there was chalk-like material on it - again, this made the color even less pigmented.
I’m also frustrated that the shadows do not have a name so if you’d like a close-up swatch of a specific color let me know. The colors are beautiful, I just wish that those colors would be true and show on the lid. You’re likely to run out of product fast because to achieve the pot color you have to apply it over and over again.
|Close up of colors (right side)|
|Close up of colors (left side)|
|Palette (matte and shimmer colors) with two brushes|
|Swatches (first, top row)|
|Swatches (second, middle row) …grr, my camera messed this one up haha|
|Swatches (third, bottom row)|
|Top row: close up of selected colors to emphasize glitter size, sheen|
|Second row: close ups of selected colors|
|Third row: close ups of selected colors|
Reader’s Recommendation: How do you like the quality of NYX eyeshadows? Do you have any recommendations for NYX palettes that have greater pigmentation?
Stay Pretty, Miranda M.