Since the last we chatted I've picked up quite a few items from various brands, online, and in drugstores. My goal is to give you my honest opinion and maybe even help you with your Christmas list. ; )
Today's items comes from the brand NYX Cosmetics. I am pretty fond of this brand because of the consistency in the quality, its affordability, and variety of colors and products. I also find that NYX usually offers the consumer a cheaper dupe/duplicate to a lot of MAC's products which is definitely a plus! So without further ado the review items for the day come from the NYX Parallel Worlds collection inspired by The Mortal Instruments City of Bones (book/and movie) This set was limited edition, however you may be able to find it at your local Ulta where I found mine on clearance. I believe it originally sold for $26-$28 but I purchased mine for about $12. The good thing about this set is every item can be purchased separately at Ulta or on NYX website.
The Box Set includes
1 Look Book
1 Smokey Shadow Palette
1 Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul
1 Boudoir Mascara in Le Frou Frou
1 Powder blush in Pinched
1 Studio Liquid Liner Extreme Black
1 Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere
|Here you see the Jumbo Pencil, eyeshadow palette, mascara (left), and eyeliner(bottom)|
|left to right; Soft matte Lip Cream in Istanbul, Pinched blush, Eyeliner|
|First color is Jumbo lip pencil in Cashmere the rest are from the palette|
The blush is nice and the picture above the arm swatch is more true to color. Pinched Blush actually reminds me of MACs Springsheen blush. The jumbo pencil is a nice champagne kind of color that works well under other shimmery eye shadows.
The colors in the smokey palette are good colors for the fall, but I had to layer the colors to get the pigmentation you see above. I did find them to be a little powdery so be cautious of the fallout you may experience underneath the eye area. You will definitely have to layer the colors over a cream shadow or base to get a more intense color payoff. I can't say I would have purchased this palette by itself.
My favorites or standouts from this collection would be the Extreme black eyeliner its veeerry black and the applicator is precise. The blush and the jumbo eyeliner were wins for me as well, everything else....ehh I probably could have done without. I look forward to sharing the two looks featured in the collections look books, and my take on the mascara. So stay tuned....
Always at your service,