If you’re not already a fan of multi-product palettes, the NYX The Crimson Amulet Collection ($25) may confirm your worst fears about pre-stocked makeup kits.
Creams placed next to powders, gah! A dizzying array of 24 eyeshadows in a mix of matte and shimmery finishes lurk within this tomb, along with a teeny liquid liner indubitably designed for elfin hands.
Recently launched to coincide with the opening of the movie, Dark Shadows (four-word summary: Johnny Depp disco vampire), the limited edition palette of products for cheeks, lips and eyes harbors a supernatural society of bewitching nudes and brights!
I like the balance of serious colors and playful party shades, as well as the overall quality of the pieces and the number of products you get for the price.
If you maintain a pro-palette position, I think that’s enough right there to sway you.
But experienced NYX adherents might have a different take, one that flits between excitement over the eerily enticing Gothic packaging (isn’t there something very Flowers in the Attic about it?), and hardcore frustration.
Wisely for NYX, the palette has a built-in fail-safe: value.
For $25, you get 36 pieces! — all of high quality.
I think the HD Studio Eye Shadow Base, cheek products and lip products rock, but I would have liked to see more pigment added to some of the eyeshadows.
Unfortunately, the tiny liner seems like a bit of a throwaway product (dude, I can barely hold it properly, and I have small hands!), but I guess that’s what greatness like LORAC Front of the Line Pro is for.
Swatches of the eyeshadows
Swatches of the cheek products, liquid liner, eyeshadow base and lip products
The Crimson Amulet Collection will make many makeup lovers very happy. Overall, it’s not something that rocked me to the core, but it might be a fun starter kit for makeup newbies or a sweet collectorâ€™s item for die-hard Dark Shadows fans.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores, nyxcosmetics.com, and wherever 1970s vampires can be found.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Speaking of movies…
I CAN. NOT. WAIT! for this weekend. And next weekend. Two of the summer movies I’ve been looking forward to for months finally come out, Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus.
Anyone else counting down the days till June 8?
I know I joke all the time about “the day the aliens arrive,” but seriously…I’m so not ready.
Also on my list of must-watch summer movies: Rock of Ages (because I’m incapable of resisting cheesy ’80s movies), The Dark Night Rises (of course) and Safety Not Guaranteed.
I’d volunteer for this assignment in a heartbeat
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,