The times, they are a-changin’, edgy eyeshadow lovahs, and ground zero’s at a drugstore near you. Thanks to budget brands like NYX, colorful shadows have gotten a lot more accessible over the past few years. Case in point: NYX’s new NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit for summer, aka one of the best drugstore palettes I’ve seen in a really long time.
It’s a little hard to tell from these pictures because I forgot to take one with me holding it, but the case easily fits in the palm of my hand and looks built for easy travel. This particular palette, the Purple Smokey Look Kit, is one of three released from NYX for summer, and like the others it costs just $11! $11! This one comes with nine color coordinated powder shadows and two lipsticks.
If I’d known absolutely nothing about NYX before taking a look at this palette, I would’ve assumed the shadows, which come in various shades of purple, blue and black, were from a department store line like MAC. Like pricier products, they go on with vibrant pigmentation, wet or dry, blend easily and stay put all day long without fading.
To go with the smokey eye looks NYX must have had in mind when they chose the eye colors for the palette, they included two moisturizing lipsticks in beige and golden peach. Scent- and taste-free, they apply with a frosty finish and look very ’60s go-go girl on their own. To tone them down a tad (they’re VERY frosty), I’ve been popping a clear gloss on top.
Packaging sticklers might appreciate where NYX placed the lipsticks in this bad boy. They stowed them away in a separate pull-out compartment to cut down on eyeshadow/lippie cross-pollination, YAY!
Swatches of the first two rows of shadows on NW20 skin
Swatches of third row of shadows and lipsticks on NW20 skin
All of the NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit swatches on NW20 skin
Swatches of the first two rows of shadows on NC35 skin
Swatches of third row of shadows and lipsticks on NC35 skin
All of the NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit swatches on NC35 skin
BONUS: The kit also earns two paws up from Tabs because the product’s cruelty free and made without the use of animal testing.
For a drugstore palette, the Purple Smokey Look Kit is top notch, offering endless eye look possibilities for both seasoned color junkies and newbies alike. I LOVE the shades and can’t wait to try them with more looks! Available now at drugstores and online at nyxcosmetics.com. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
You might like the NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit if…
- You love bold, vibrant eyeshadows
- You want to experiment with brighter shades but don’t want to drop mega bucks
- You like palette packaging that separate the eye products from lippies
- You love a great bargain.
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What music have you been listening to lately? Anything I should hear? Lately I’ve been leaning toward R&B and soul, but I’m open to anything.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,