Do you ever end up with something in your collection that you use almost daily, but if you'd have seen it on a shelf you definitely wouldn't have picked it up? For me, that's definitely the NYX ULTIMATE Cool Neutral Shadow Palette. There's a lot by NYX that I live and die for, but if I was going to pick from scratch in a shop, this mixture of brights, neutrals, mattes and shimmers definitely wouldn't have been something I'd have chucked into my bag. In a tiny plastic casing though, is nestled a perfect eyeshadow palette that never seems to let me down, and all for £16.
There's a couple of variations of this - a Smoky and Highlight version with an amazing bright green hiding in the corner, a Brights version that's got me dreaming on Halloween look and a Warm Neutrals version that has my heart beating out of my chest, and to be honest this probably wouldn't have been one that I'd picked, but I received this in PR, and I have to hold my hands up and say that it's an amazing little palette. Though at first this appears to be a mismatched set of neutrals and dark with some pops of colours thrown in, everything about this just seems to work when you put it to the test; I've found using each column of shadows to create an eye look works, as does mixing and matching depending on what I feel on the day.
The top half of the palette is a set of basic neutrals, whereas the bottom half add some smokey aspects, as well as a burgundy, a bright purple and a surprisingly subtle teal colour to add something special to your eye look; in fact, there'd even a pressed shadow that isn't unlike Mac's blue brown. If you're thinking that such a wide choice of shadow options in such an affordable palette means that you're compromising on quality though, then you're about to be pleasantly surprised. The shimmers are soft and buttery as you'd expect, but expect strongly pigmented, easy to blend mattes; even when it comes to those bright colours.
This is a sturdy, reliable palette - both when it comes to it's hard plastic packaging and the quality of the shadows inside; this is far beyond a cheap drugstore palette, this is a little gem of a palette that's going to worm it's way into your heart; or at least definitely your makeup routine. NYX are really knocking it out of the water at the moment, with products that seem to hugely exceed expectations, and it's lovely to see - more of this NYX please (and if anyone finds the Warm Neutrals Shadow Palette and it's not sold out anywhere please let me know!).
If you've been trying any of NYX products and found a little gem, I'd love to know what it is!
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