In the wake of Urban Decay’s Naked Palette release in 2010, neutral eyeshadows are a huge trend. NYX has released several palettes with a neutral theme – the most recent of which is the The Natural Shadow Palette. I needed another natural eyeshadow palette like I needed another hole in my head, but NYX is known for amazing quality shadows and I’m a sucker for the nudes. I couldn’t resist so, here’s my take on it, enjoy!
*lots of pictures and swatches are at the end*
With their most recent nude-themed eyeshadow palette, NYX aims at giving users an easy way to create a defined, subtle, no-makeup look. They claim these six luxurious shadows with true-to-color payoff will help you create a variety of naturally gorgeous looks.
The Natural Shadow Palette by NYX is housed in a slim, rectangular plastic compact with a snap closure and lay-flat hinge. The front of the packaging has a long, clear, window covering just less than half of the palette through which you can see the six shadows inside. Although the lower half of the palette is not see-through, there is no mirror inside the lid.
Inside the palette are six eyeshadows pans holding 1 gram of product each and a long, double-sided sponge-tip applicator. The individual shadows don’t have names so I’ll just describe them in order from left to right.
- The first shade is a soft, sheer, satin-finish ivory.
- Second is a sheer, shimmery champagne shade.
- Third from the left is a matte-satin peach.
- Next is a satin-finish, lightly shimmery beige.
- Second from the right is a satin-finish, warm, beige-leaning taupe shade.
- On the far right is a deep, matte-satin, cool espresso.
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polybutene, Synthetic Wax, Mineral Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499), Iron Oxide Red (CI 77491), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI 77492).
NYX’s packaging is lightweight, slim, and compact – several of the things I look for in a good travel-friendly palette; however, they conspicuously left out a mirror! If a palette doesn’t have a mirror, I see no need for it to have an applicator. Including an applicator just makes the palette larger than it needs to be and if I have to be near a mirror to use it anyway, I’ll probably have my brushes handy.
All six of the colors in this palette: ivory, champagne, peach, beige, taupe, and espresso, are user-friendly, versatile nude shades, though several of the shades, swatched, look very different than they do in the pan. For a no-makeup, subtle, natural look, the shade selection is great.
Now for the not so great – the formula. Usually I love NYX shadows; their singles have a wonderful, velvety texture. Unfortunately that texture doesn’t seem to have made its way into this palette. All six shadows presented with varying levels of flakiness and a somewhat chalky, powdery texture. Using a primer with these shadows is necessary to limit fallout, blend easily, and prevent fading and creasing.
All of the shadows except the espresso shade are very sheer. I have extremely fair, translucent skin so the ivory, champagne, and peach shades were already fighting an uphill battle to show up on my skin, but even the NYX singles show up better than these did. In NYX’s defense, I will say that if you’re going for a barely-there, no-makeup look, sheer is the way to go. If you have a medium, golden, or deeper skin tone, the sheer quality of these shadows will probably suit you just fine, especially for natural looks. If you have fair skin, the best way to get the most out of these shadows is to use either a good primer or a white or nude base like a NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil or Maybelline Color Tattoo.
The Natural Shadow Palette by NYX is decent. It isn’t outstanding, but isn’t the worst out there, especially considering it only costs $7. That’s inexpensive for a palette of this size even by drugstore cosmetics standards. The texture is flaky and the pigmentation is very sheer. But, if you’re in the market for an inexpensive, easy, sheer, no-makeup type eyeshadow palette, you may enjoy this. I could see using it as a set of training wheels so to speak for someone who is new to makeup and doesn’t want to botch the application. Generally speaking, there are better natural palettes out there, even in the NYX line.
Do you use sheer eyeshadows or do you like for your shadows to be heavily pigmented? Would you buy a palette of sheer, nude shadows? Have you tried The Natural Shadow Palette? Let me know in the comments below :)
~ Fairly Girly