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.
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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.
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!