NYX The Smokey Shadow Palette Review & Swatches

NYX The Smokey Shadow Palette Spring 2013

Word on the street is that NYX The Smoky Shadow Palette is a mere four bucks at Ulta at the moment so you MIGHT want to grab one if you’re looking for a basic, budget smoky eyeshadow palette.

Take a peek!

NYX Smokey Shadow Palette

I’m a little iffy on the NYX The Smokey Shadow Palette but I’m not shy saying that it’s worth the four dollars if you snag it on sale. This comes in a long plastic palette and contains six essential shadows in a range of finishes to create a basic smoky eye look. Colors range from frosty, too shimmer, matte, and even satin so you have a good deal of mediums to work with here. The palette can either create a black smoky traditional eye look, a purple, or a blue smoked eye look depending on what your poison is. It contains highlighting shades, a respectable matte black and shimmering grayish smoky shade, and either blue or purple to take things into the color zone.

I find the palette itself isn’t as well made as some of NYX’s other compacts. It’s a bit dinky and will scratch up easily and possibly crack if you’re too rough with it, drop it, or you just handle it without care. It contains a sponge applicator for application however, using your own brushes is something I’d recommended.

I think the colors are a little iffy as some shades are great yet others are chalky and a bit powdery. The black shades proved the best formula in terms of pigment, blendability, and texture. The colored and lighter shades seemed to have a chalkier finish and a more powdery formula plus they blended rather chalky due to the drier texture.

NYX The Smokey Shadow Palette

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NYX The Smokey Shadow Palette Swatches

NYX Smokey Shadow Palette Swatches

Honestly, if you’re super strapped for cash I think four dollars for a palette like this isn’t a bad thing at all. Unfortunately if you’re used to NYX’s single eyeshadows I don’t think the formula is at all comparable as the palette as a weaker formulation with the singles having a far superior one. They are obviously not the same formula. I wouldn’t strongly recommend a purchase unless you’re on a beauty budget. In that case, it is a workable palette that will create a fairly nice eye look but proper care, prepping, and priming is necessary for the best results with colors and a formula like this.

$4 yes but I wouldn’t pay the full retail of $7 or even higher for it than that.

Available now at Ulta and Ulta.com

Anyone try it?

I’d love to hear your experience!


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  • 4/11/13 21:43 Cindy Ramirez:

    As tempting as this is, I’d rather pay more money for good quality dark colors. Dark blues, purples, and blacks have to be good quality so I can blend them out. Otherwise it’s going to look like a hot raccoon mess!


  • 4/12/13 1:23 reena:

    Hi muse,
    i have Nyx smokey eyes eye shadow pallete (10 shades in that) and i love it!so since that pallete, i have been loving their products (esp nyx jumbo eye pencils)!

    u should try their blushes, they r amazing and very pigmented! thanks for the review!:)

    i should be studying…and i find myself on ur blog…drooling at makeup…


    • 4/12/13 9:18 the Muse:

      hi reena I have that one too and love it much better than this one imho! :) the blushes are fab! I have a slew of ’em! my pleasure! and very flattered you’re hanging out here instead of studying but….go back to studying :) hehe! my blog will be here when you are done <3!


  • 4/12/13 6:55 awomansaffair:

    looks pretty but haven’t tried it yet !


  • 4/12/13 10:31 Vickie:

    I was on the Ulta site and it’s selling for $4.19 BUT the one that caught my eye was the natural eye shadow palette…it’s the same price. I’ve never tried Nyx but the price is right…..
    I did however check the ingredients and the first one on the list is “talc” so I’m not sure about these palettes either…


  • 4/12/13 17:19 Caroline:

    I ordered this a few days ago on Ulta’s website, along with numerous other things from the 40% off sale they have going on right now. I figured the price was low enough to take a risk on this one! Super excited to try it. Thanks for the review! :)


    • 4/16/13 10:41 the Muse:

      my pleasure looking forward to hearing your thoughts caroline!


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