NYX Wicked Dreams Swatches and Review

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.

Miranda’s Notes: 

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.

Grade: 3.8/5

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.


  • http://www.tiraboutique.com/ Tira Boutique

    Great Review! Crystal Clear Pics! Totally love your blog. The NYX Wicked Dreams Palette looks really good

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15584757569606215847 MirrorOnThe Wall

    This looks like a great palette, such a pretty selection of colours. I’ve never tried anything from NYX as I am pretty sure their products aren’t available in the UK, but I am often tempted to get some bits off Ebay!
    Mel x


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      you should try them, I know a lot of people really like NYX and they have some really cute palettes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04623414460093747792 Keeza Villanueva

    I love the palette! :) nice swatches too!
    by the way i just followed you, mind to follow back?


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      thanks for the follow :) just visited

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12624518576863264785 Lauren Forse

    Love the glitter shadows in this palette!

    The Teapot Blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14896751507716859420 Vicky Hoang

    i love that top right green :) they’re not bad for the price!


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      haha that forest glitter green is beautiful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15668569954875889362 Sandy

    There’s some really amazing shades in that palette! If they were a little bit more pigmented it would be perfect! xx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      it has the perfect mix of day looks and night looks and it’s so portable!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10464414891444663074 Eda.

    That eye shadow palette has some fabulous metallic shades doesn’t it! Thanks for sharing lovely x

    Eda ♥

    Candyfloss Curls, Cupcakes & Couture


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      it really does! those are also the brightest ones I love them

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04958329145338124293 Chantel

    Gorgeous colors!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06114205294984684676 caise

    great colors

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01663741929620048130 Raspberrykiss

    Love the colours, shame about the pigmentation. I own a couple of the NYX Single Eyeshadow and find them to be really pigmented :) xoxoxo

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      there’s definitely things I loved about the palette and am thinking of trying more that are more pigmented