Review | NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette

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This is what it says on the NYX website:
We named this collection the Ultimate Shadow Palette because that’s exactly what it is–a pro-level palette packed with 16 high-performance eyeshadows in a rainbow of tone-inspired shades. Available in four striking color combinations–Neutral-Cool, Neutral-Warm, Bright and Smokey/Highlight–each se.t features a vivid mix of velvety-rich textures and mesmerizing finishes that range from mattes and satins to shimmers and metallics.

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(Swatches: Left-Right , Top-Bottom)

So, I’ve been really into those warm-orange/red/copper shades lately, so when I saw this palette I just had to get it, but I’m not really that impressed with it so far.
Now, as you can see in the photo, these are very uneven in pigmentation, and they’re also very chalky and powdery, so you can get alot of fall out with these.

Now, when you actually go to apply them on your eyes they are alot easier to work with than I originally thought by swatching them on my arm, so I do think that they blend nicely, and they’re not as uneven on the eyes.
However, when it comes to the darker shades, especially the darker mattes, I do find that you have to build up the color quite a bit before they look like they do in the pans, and I also find that if you use several of the darker shades together, they do sort of blend into each other, so they basicly end up looking the same, which is something to keep in mind.

When it comes to the lighter shades, both the matte and the shimmer,I find that they are alot more pigmented, they’re much more even in application and they don’t blend into each other like the darker ones, so I do really like those.
But when I basicly only like half the palette I’m not sure that I could recommend it, at least not the neutral-warm palette (I haven’t tried any of the others, so I don’t know if those are better or worse), even though I do think that you can make it work if you build up the color, and if you stick to one, maybe two of the darker shades, so they don’t end up looking ‘muddy’.
However, if you’re just starting out with makeup, or you’re just starting to dip your toe into these type of shades, I do think that this could be something to try, since it won’t be as intimidating as some other, highly pigmented palettes can be.

I got mine from Eleven for 199nok.

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