Behold the rise of New Jersey!
Seriously, who knew New Jersey was such an entertaining place? I had no idea, yet there it is, rising to the top of the reality TV charts like a Creature from the Bronze Lagoon!
Before geography, I thought New Jersey was just the name of a Bon Jovi album (I kid), but now I know better.
SIDE NOTE: I wonder how John feels about the whole Snooks/Jionni (“JIONNI!”) debacle and if he watches the Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious and/or Real Housewives of New Jersey…
It’s also the Garden State, and Jersey girls are inspiring everything from TV shows to makeup. Makeup like the new NYX Haute Jersey Leopard Couture kit ($25).
The palette’s colors are supposed to complement gals with shore-worthy tans, but I dunno… I usually fall hard for NYX shadows, but these seem awfully light on pigment (which considering the Jersey tie in, I did not expect). I had to really pack ‘em on, AND use a flash, to be able to see them well in these swatches, and the textures look surprisingly chalky and powdery on my skin.
I prefer the blushes, bronzer and leopard highlighter here. None of them have the finest milled powders I’ve ever seen, but they feel soft and deposit plenty o’ pigment, which is always a plus.
As for the two glosses, they’re sheer, non-sticky and come sans any added flavors or scents.
Swatches of the first row of eyeshadows
Bronzers and leopard highlighter
I’ve always appreciated NYX’s fun approach to makeup and their great prices, but I think there’s still a little room for improvement here. The face, cheek and lip products certainly deliver, but I think the eye products aren’t quite up to the standard set by some of the NYX eyeshadows I’ve tried in the past.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Ulta stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Well, it looks like we made it! Are you doing anything fun this weekend? I feel like I should do something just to take advantage of the fact that it’s not supposed to rain this weekend. Hmm… Any ideas?