When You Open NYX Casting Call, You May Go Gray: The NYX 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Casting Call

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

I was really hoping my recent run-in with the NYX Velvet Rope Palette was a harbinger of really rad NYX things to come, but the company’s 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Casting Call ($9.75) totally nixed that theory.


With 10 mostly shimmery (there’s one very sheer matte black) powder shadows in shades of gray, silver and one lonely bronze, it’s one of four new palettes recently added to NYX’s “The Runway Collection.”

If you think you’ve seen this palette before…you may have. Are you thinking of the NYX Winter in Moscow Palette ($20)? It had a very similar vibe.

These are colors that would probably look their best on lighter lovelies, with the nuances of the different grays appearing more pronounced than they do on my NC 35 skin. Unfortunately, of the nine shadows I tried on my lids (I didn’t try one of the lighter frosty grays), all of them went on patchy and uneven, so texture may be an issue with these.

I think it was smart of NYX to include a bronze that can work as either a highlighter or a crease color, if for no better reason than to liven up this sea of gray.

NYX Winter in Moscow Palette (left) and Casting Call (right)

Swatches of Casting Call

Casting Call (left) and Winter in Moscow (right)


NYX Casting Call

Casting Call isn’t a total bust, and I gotta give NYX props for keeping it affordable — half as much, now that I think about it, as the similar (but larger and slightly more diverse) Winter in Moscow.

PRICE: $9.75
AVAILABILITY: Exclusively at Sephora stores (my bad, guys… I must be tired) At select drugstores, Ulta and online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Kat says:

    I love that you are doing all these NYX product swatches! IT’S SO HELPFUL. I basically want everything they produce, lol so keep it coming please!

  2. Alex says:

    Hmm I didn’t know Nyx was available at Sephora…
    Alex recently posted … Promise Phan

  3. Rae says:

    Thanks for the review, Karen! The swatches aren’t thrilling me, but I do love how the shadows look in EOTD…

    P.S. theNotice finally moved to its own home. Hoorayyyyy! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Karen says:

      Congratulations, Rae! What are you up to tonight? I’m on my way to pick up a snack at Whole Foods and then it’s off to Tuttimelon for me.

      • Rae says:

        Thanks, Karen ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s another homework night for me — I’ve been putting off a lot of readings (and papers… and a lab…) so it’s definitely time to buckle down.

        I finally googled Tuttimelon, by the way, and I must say: they look delicious! We just have the Yogen Fruz chain up here in Edmonton, but I haven’t had time to go in ages. Now you have me craving a frozen yogurt! ๐Ÿ˜›
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  4. Ashley says:

    Something about NYX products makes me want to collect and hoard everything…
    Especially the whole Runway collection and cream blushes.

    I’d probably skip this palette just because it’s full of grays and I don’t do gray well.
    Ashley recently posted … Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer For Eyes – Review

  5. Amee says:

    very nice palette… i will have to check where nyx is available here in my town…
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  6. Nina says:

    love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ i <3 grays and actually prefer them to use for smokey eyes!

  7. Nora says:

    Yes! Thanks for reviewing this palette. Even though it didn’t work as well for you, I’m as pale as pale can be, so I’ll probably see if my Ulta has it. Thanks!

  8. Kim says:

    Oh, this is definitely not a pallet for me. Remember that Snooki pic you posted a while ago? That’s what I’d be looking like with grays! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. meibaola says:

    This palette is SOOO boring to me…

  10. Vonvon says:

    I think the eyeshadows in Winter In Moscow palette are much prettier than this palette – more vibrant and pigmented shades and more variety too.
    Vonvon recently posted … Photos- Estee Lauder Haul – More Eyeshadows &amp Estee Lauder Coach Gift Set

  11. Nikki says:

    I love your blog! Dangerous for my pockets but your reviews will help me not waste money on useless products!

  12. Tessa says:

    Ooh! What pretty smoky shades!

  13. Anat says:

    Hi, loooove your site – – – and even more your cat. I have 2 at home and feed dozens more (until poor as a church MOUSE… ha, ha, ha).
    My preferable way to make up my eyes is the smokey look, especially with greys (my eyes are green-grey). Grey is one of my favourite colours anyway.
    Hope I win.

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