It’s been a hot minute since I did an eyeshadow palette review, my last one being the Morphe 35O2 but I’d be pining after a certain palette for a while. It’s been around two years since this palette of rainbow colours was released along with its neutral sister so I’m extremely late to the game.
My boyfriend recently jokingly challenged me to create some make-up looks that aren’t neutrals or oranges – believe me, it really is a challenge for me as that’s genuinely all I ever wear on my eyes. I decided this was the perfect time to get the NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette; admittedly it felt very strange to me to pick up the colourful one rather than the dreamy looking palette full of warm browns but I was excited to experiment with something out of my comfort zone.
This palette is priced at £16; I ordered it online from Boots as they were doing a deal with a free gift included, NYX’s Worth the Hype mascara which I’d definitely recommend. There are 16 colours in the palette that range from reds, blues, greens and various other colours of the rainbow. There’s a mixture of darker toners as well as brighter ones as well as a variation of mattes and shimmers. The shimmers are more subtle rather than metallic which I do really love as even though metallic shadows look gorgeous all over the lid, I think with this palette the bright colours alone speak enough volumes.
In terms of quality, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with this palette. I actually think the colour pay off is considerably better than most higher end palettes that cost at least double the price. Every single colour in the palette pops with the smallest amount of product which means that the palette will last a long while before hitting pan.
I will say that it’s important to use the right make-up brushes, they apply much better by packing on the colour with a flat headed brush and then blending it out with a fluffy brush. If I go straight in with a fluffy brush, the colour doesn’t come out quite as vibrant as I’d like. I would also recommend priming your eyes (I use concealer to do this) because it creates a blank canvas, allowing the colours to stand out even more.
These shadows are incredibly easy to blend out; I love this as it gives the impression I’ve spent hours perfecting the perfect blend until my arm aches, when in reality it’s taken me a few seconds. I’m really happy that I took the plunge to buy this palette as it’s helped me get back into experimenting with more colours in my make-up rather than always going for the same thing.
Here are some swatches of the palette, feast your eyes on the gorgeous variety of colours.
Here are two looks that I’ve created using this palette. Naturally, I had to go for a rainbow eye considering the wide amount of colour options but I was also really loving the darker purples and blues. It felt so spoilt for choice with options, I’m definitely going to be creating plenty more looks with this palette in the future.