Oh, my goodness! Look at all that purple. Is this a Prince video or a beauty blog?
Today I left the thugs to their gangsta’s paradise while I escaped yet again to my purple one. I could go on and on about how much I love purple eyeshadow, but the No. 1 reason why I think every girl (or makeup loving boy, for that matter) should play with purple is because of how great it goes with everything.
Alright, I admit I’m plum biased, but I think purple looks great on almost everyone. Whether brown, green, gray, blue or hazel eyes, the right purple on your lid or lash line can make those peepers
POP! Yeah, I use that word a lot…but you know what I mean.
Now, brace yourself for a plethora of purple, and behold the new NYX Velvet Rope 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette ($9.75)!
It’s one of four newcomers to NYX’s permanent “The Runway Collection” family of slim, trim eye palettes, each of which hold 10 pans of powder eyeshadow in coordinating shades.
You may be thinking, “Did Barney explode in that palette?” Haha! I assure you, he did not.
As you can see, most of the shades are purples, but NYX incorporated a few other colors to spice things up.
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Despite being a budget brand, NYX does some things very well, one of them being eyeshadows. I think they’re among the best!
Not knowing these were from NYX, I would have never guessed they were less than $10, not being as smooth as they are with this kind of pigment. I’m beginning to think of NYX as the Marshalls of the eye makeup world — proprietors of great value products.
If you’re already a fan of the brand, you might have noticed that several of the shades in Violet Rope look like colors from the company’s summer stunner, the Purple Smokey Eye Kit. Yup, several of the colors are the same, but this new palette’s got one major thing going for it — BIGGER PANS!
They’re big enough to use with larger eyeshadow brushes, which means being able to cover more ground on my lids per pass and bang out looks that much faster.
Velvet Rope (left) and Purple Smokey Look Kit (right)
Swatches of first row of Velvet Rope Palette
Swatches of second row of Velvet Rope Palette
Swatches of Velvet Rope (left) and Purple Smokey Look Kit (right)
That may not seem like it would make a huge difference, but if you’re always running at least 15 minutes late to everything like I am, even something like the ability to use a slightly bigger brush can save time.
I also think the larger pans are butterfinger- and beginner-friendly.
You might not need Velvet Rope if you already have the Purple Smokey Kit, but you still may want it.
Purple riders, mount up!
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,