Oh yo is today not the perfect day for reviewing my NYX The Crimson Amulet Collection Palette inspired by the Dark Shadows movie?
I’m away for the weekend so I won’t be seeing the flick but I’m not entirely sure I’m missing much. Love me some Johnny but not sure I’m loving me some Johnny in a Dark Shadows comedy rendition. I think Burton dropped the ball with this, it had the potential to be so incredibly dark and goth…!
But about this new NYX Crimson Amulet Palette.
Take a peek!
For collectibility purposes alone you might want to haul this. Maybe you’re a Dark Shadows fan, maybe just a Depp or a Burton one…whatever your bag I think the palette is a treasure for that reason alone.
It comes in a cute Collinwood inspired box with the artwork branching out throughout the palette itself. It’s creepy, it’s gothy, perhaps a little campy too once you open it up and are presented with the characters inside.
This opens like a book and features a snap closure. The front “pages” feature 24 eyeshadows and a full side mirror while the back ones have character photos, bios, their look ideas and the remaining makeup products which include NYX Eyeshadow Primer and Eyeliner minis plus a highlighter, five blushes, and four lip creams.
Technically the character bios are cute but a little useless as they don’t really offer you any clues of how to actually get these looks, you have to use a little imagination.
I think the packaging is really fun on a whole.
The eyeshadows and pretty much everything else in the palette is a step above an E.L.F. Cosmetic one. I don’t think NYX’s palettes are a reflection on their primary makeup line. NYX has some mighty fine offerings but there palettes aren’t as up to par as the master collection.
That being said….
I think the palette is pretty good.
The shadows all have excellent color payoff, blend easily, have a velvety smooth formula, and work well together. I didn’t find any issue here and wasn’t disappointed in the least. No chalkiness at all either. I wasn’t really Dark Shadows inspired by the shades featured here and neither are any of the looks I created using it to be honest but perhaps I lack imagination. All in all it’s a mix of a ton of natural shades with a few colored ones thrown in…mostly though you’ll find the colors are all warm and natural with a ton of various browns, golds, etc…
They included two blush duos and a single blush shade. I love the single color which is very NARS Orgasm-like. I’m wearing this shade in both my photos below. They also have two duos that feature a darker rose red, peachy, and dusty pinks. These will probably wear best together since the wells are to tiny to fit your brush into. Pigment is great here but I felt the single shade proved the best quality of the five colors of blush features. I actually would have preferred if they just gave me three single shades rather than the duos.
The highlighter shade is a soft creamy white. You can dust it on cheek bones, brow bones, etc…
They also include a mini NYX Primer (I’ve reviewed this before and loved it) and also a liquid eyeliner.
The worst part of the palette, in my opinion, are the lip creams. They are hard and have a rather unflattering formula on a whole.
Overall, I think the palette is very fun. It isn’t the best quality makeup in the world and as I said not really a reflection of some of the amazing products that NYX puts out. But I think it’s novel and has a ton of collectible potential. Plus you can create some really nifty looks from it.
This is $25 and available now at Ulta as well as online at www.nyxcosmetics.com
What did you love about it?
Didn’t like it?
Note: I didn’t swatch all the shades in the palette, I’ll update shortly with the remaining shades.