I picked up Nightingale Pretty Vulgar Eyeshadow Palette ($35) last week from Sephora.com. As you know, Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics is a new line that launched at Sephora that has a variety of different makeup products available including three different eyeshadow palettes that contain 12 shades each. I actually purchased the Pretty Vulgar Eyeshadow Palette in Early Bird as well but it seems a little too light for my skin tone and might look pasty. Nightingale was definitely a more wearable shade selections for me.
Let’s take a look!
I think the strong appeal of Pretty Vulgar is the packaging. It’s a very whimsical collection of makeup that will garner attention of those of us who put great importance on the packaging of our makeup. The eyeshadow palettes come housed in colorful shabby chic designed packaging with metallic gold accents. I mentioned it in my Pretty Vulgar Bury Them With A Smile Matte Lipstick review that the packaging gives off a Marie Antoinette Let Them Eat Cake sort of vibe. It’s reminiscent of Tokyo Milk. The outer packaging is actually a little more colorful and vibrant compared to the palette itself. The beautiful blue hue of of the nightingale on the outer box gives way to a black and white hand drawing on the actually compact. This is a sturdy cardboard flip top palette with a mirror inside and 12 shades which are held in a birdcage drawing. It’s quite a cute presentation. The 12 shades of eyeshadow vary in size with 7 of them being 0.05 oz in size and 5 being 0.04 oz. The palette says it is Bulk Made in the USA and Assembled in the Dominican Republic.
Nightingale is the smoker palette of the two palettes with a warmer shade selection that doesn’t go with a traditional black and silver smoky eye look. I was very attracted to the pretty taupes in this palette and presented the way it is the colors all appear to match up beautifully. After using the palette I was even more pleased with how well all the shades worked together.
- Nocturnal (ivory matte)
- Pillow Fight (champagne satin)
- Break Free (shimmering white)
- Darkside (shimmering smoke satin)
- Hide & Seek (light gray matte)
- Clutch (rose gold shimmer)
- Flip Out (chocolate brown matte)
- Eye Spy (bronze satin)
- Silver Spoon (blue slate satin)
- Swoop (cool brown matte)
- After Midnight (deep gray matte)
- All Nighter (black brown matte)
There’s a mix of frosts, matte, shimmer, and satiny shades here but not all shades perform the same. The top layer of shades was a complete bust for me (Nocternal, Pillow Fight, and Break Free). These are drier with very little pigmentation and proved difficult to blend. The next two rows (Darkside, Hide & Seek, Clutch, Flip Out, Eye Spy, Silver Spoon) was much better with good pigmentation and a softer textured formula. Although, the shade Clutch did have a good deal of sparkly fall out to contend with. These blended fairly well for me although the mattes were a touch drier but I still managed to work with them easily enough. The bottom three shades (Swoop, After Midnight, and All Nighter) were dense but packed good pigment but they if you plan on using them as all over color washes be warned they do apply a patchy. I used these shades to line with or as a color accent to contrast which worked out best versus all over the eye. Some of the shades are powdery which resulted in a lot of pigment flying around the palette and making a mess.
This Pretty Vulgar Eyeshadow Palette wasn’t without fault. I’m keeping it because I have to admit I really like this color selection but you might want to think twice about hauling it because a lot of the shades are formulated rather poorly.
Pretty Vulgar Eyeshadow Palettes are available now at Sephora.com.
Have you tried them?