Everyone needs a little colour in their life. And why not start with a super colourful eyeshadow palette and create looks from blue to red – whatever your heart desires. Here is the question: Is the Nyx palette the right product to fulfil every makeup lovers colourful dream?
I have been looking forward to this palette ever since I have first laid my eyes upon the gorgeous collection of colour options and in comparison to my other eyeshadows this is the most expensive product I own. Because I have read a lot of good reviews about the Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette my expectations were rather high. So, lets see whether the palette really is as good as it looks!
Do you own a colourful eyeshadow palette or some really colourful single shadows? Or are there any you would like to own…? (I do have some products I would love to get my claws on… But they are soooo expensive)
I am certainly no certified makeup artist but I do makeup a lot and my use of colours has only increased over time – to create more experimental looks and flashyer makeup. And if there is one thing I have noticed when it comes to really striking eyeshadow colours, it is that the quality needs to be good or the whole look will suffer. If the pigmentation or texture is not up to par with the boldness of the colour it will not blend or the pigment will fade over time and look messy. – Actually, this does not only apply to eyeshadow but to all kinds of colour, and this is something I can claim to have at lease some knowledge about, because I did receive schooling in colours study –
Nyx Ultimate Shadow Palette – Brights
The packaging is really simple and looks professional with its black rim and see through cover. This clear cover also makes the colours inside visible and you can see whether the product you need is in this palette or not – no unnecessary opening up palettes to find the right colour.
I have seen the prices range between 16 and 24$ which is ok for a palette with sixteen colours (I am a broke as fluff student so my heart bled when I bought it) and definitely not as expensive as other palettes I have seen which have lower quality or quantity.
You might know my opinion on swatch names (If not, here is the full rant 😉 ) and this shadow only has numbers from 1 to 16. But I am not really mad at it because there are so many colours and they are not really all that outstanding, more of a base palette, so there is no real need for colour names this time.
Something important I would like you to be aware of: The colours are all either obviously cool toned or on the cooler side. Of course the perception of colour depends on the environment but creating a warm toned look just with these colours will not be possible.
If you are looking for a warm toned colour palette this is not something I can recommend.
I linked the ingredient list form Nyx Cosmetics directly – They have listed the ingredients of every single shadow for every palette they have, which is a big plus in my eyes.
Shades 01, 04, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14 & 15
Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).
Shades 07, 08 & 12
Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)
Shade 05 & 16
Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).
Shades 02 & 03 – Pressed Pigments (Not Recommended For Use Around Eyes)
Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
Shade 06 – Pressed Pigment (Not Recommended For Use Around Eyes)
Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
Lots of ingredients right? Lets put a spotlight on at least some of them:
Talc: This mineral is often used in cosmetics as an absorbent and you can find it practically everywhere: from baby powder to blushes to gum. It is generally approved for safe use and my only concern is that it might be used to just improve the feel of a product instead of the overall quality.
Dimethicone: The man made synthetic is rather popular in cosmetics nowadays. It increases the smoothness of the application and fills in uneven lines on the skin – which is also why it is so common in primers and foundations.
A negative aspect is the fact that it does cover the skin with a thin skin layer and should be removed thoroughly at the end of the day.
How to use it:
There are no instructions on how to use this palette so I guess I have free reign over the things I will be talking about in this area.
Like with every shadow you have two basic methods of application. I want to talk about the pros and cons that come with each when using this palette.
- When using my bare hands to swipe the colour onto my arm the first thing I noticed was the amount of force it needed to really show the pigments on my finger. I am normally a rather gentle swatcher, but this time I smudged the colour all over my skin to get a nice colour payoff.But when applied to the lids, the use of your fingers will work better than the brush, especially for the base. I would recommend applying the first colour this way and then switching to a brush for the darker colours and the blending.
Also, if you want a really pigmented spot somewhere you can use your pinky finger and build it up by dabbing it onto the targeted area.
It was also quite difficult to get a nice swatch picture without having to take double and triple swipes of each colour.
- Using a brush has its own difficulties. Not only do the pigments have a lot of fallout, you will have to take a lot of time to get most of the product from the brush to your eyes. But you can do more detailed work than with your fingers.
If you were to ask me which is the best method of application with this product I would answer both: Use your fingers for high pigmentation without falloff and then blend it with the brush.
What it claims to do:
- a pro-level palette packed with 16 high-performance eyeshadows
- a vivid mix of velvety-rich textures
- mesmerizing finishes
What it really does:
Let us start with the colours itself. I think that this palette offers a vide variety of colours which can be used to create countless looks. But using the palette by itself is something I have not achieved yet and do not think is the goal of these colours.
Most of the colours stand alone and cannot be used together to create a consistent look so in my opinion it needs an additional, more neutral colour that binds the whole look.
The quality… When I first used the palette I was ecstatic about the colourful swatches and cool looks you can create using this, but as I spent some time really focusing on this palette and its performance I started noticing a lot of drawbacks. I think I will just list them down in the cons as to not repeat myself too much, but I will talk about the colours that positively surprised me here.
Quality wise I love the Yellow and Orange tones. They do not only perform really well application wise and blend very well but they have high durability and do not fade or swish away as easily as the other colours.
Another pigment with ok durability is the turquoise, followed closely by one of the pinks and the light green. (Dark green is also ok)
The finish definitely is not satisfactory. If you do not have a really good setting spray or powder to set, or fix with other high quality shadows that strengthen the looks durability, you will have to either touch up the eye look after a few hours or just accept the gradual disappearing act this product pulls off.
Con 1: When you use a brush to apply the colours, there is a lot of fallout
Con 2: Not all of the shadow goes onto the lid when applying it, about half stays on the brush and only transfers when you put it onto an area where there is no shadow yet or use force – which is not something I would recommend because your eyes are precious –
Con 3: Most of the colours do not blend well with other shadows or each other. You will have to spend a decent amount of time working out what goes best with what and which combinations to avoid or you will have to pay the price with a messy looking finish.
Con 4: The application of some of the colours takes real effort. “The Ultimate Shadow Palette with the Ultimate Amount Of Struggle” They either do not blend well with other colours or do not blend smoothly at all, leave small cracks and just look unprofessional (the red in particular)
Con 5: The colours fade away faster than my motivation used to do in my physics class, which says a lot. You can find the exceptions above.
Pro 1: The palette his is the perfect matte basic colour palette you need to create all kinds of makeups. When you have the base colours you can mix and match them to your hearts desire which is more difficult with more peculiar shadows.
Pro 2: The last row has really good performance. I definitely love and use them a lot because of their good blendability and the (in comparison) high durability of the colours. My favourite is the orange. Top notch.
Pro 3: The purple is a really beautiful shade that can be used for a lot of looks. But this pro should be taken with a grain of salt because the only pretty thing about the purple is the colour.
Pro 4: Once you know which colour goes well with what (my tip is a yellow base mixed with orange and then the purple, but keep in mind that too much blending makes a messy colour) you can create stunning looks.
The Nyx Ultimate Shadow Palette is the perfect palette to try out new looks and get a little more experimental in your makeups. It contains a lot of the basics that belong in a eyeshadow stash and I would recommend this to someone who just started getting into makeup or wants to have fun.
But to someone who wants to create really complicated or high quality looks the struggle is real. I would never recommend this to someone with more experience or the budget to purchase a higher quality palette.
To start out, this is a perfectly fine palette and the price is also really reasonable but I would never repurchase the Ultimate Shadow Palette in Brights. All in all I would give it a well balanced three out of five and leave it at that.
My Alchemiin Tip:
If a shadow – like these – do not easily blend and tend to have a lot of fallout try out whether they are buildable of not.
This palette has a really good buildability, so instead of applying a lot of shadow in one go and then having to struggle through the tedious process to trying to magic away the dark patches, use less product. Take a small amount onto the brush and use featherlight motions. Then repeat until you have the desired contrast.
It has been a while since my last review right? I have been really looking forward to telling you more about beauty and beauty products and I do hope you stick around to see my – our progress.