Friday, June 24, 2011

Sorry NYX, this Catwalk Romance has left me lust-less

Before the giant mess that was the NYX anniversary sale, I don't believe I had any experience with the brand. I decided that, for $1.20 apiece I would go out on a limb and try some of their palettes, a flesh-toned eyeshadow base, and a few other products. I've only used three of the things I ordered so far, and am unimpressed with those products. 

First we have the Eyeshadow Base in Skin Tone, which is $6.99 at Ulta. 

I purchased this in hopes that it would work for swatching purposes in place of my beloved Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Upon opening the jar, I was hit by a strong perfumed scent. To me, it smells like the floral perfume of a ninety-year-old woman. Not really what I want my primer to smell like. Also, the color is far too dark and orange to blend into my skin. You'll see what I mean in the swatches.
The jar simply states, "To hold, intensify, and last longer".
I can't tell you how well it works in action because I just couldn't deal with perfumed, orange eyelids. However, in swatching it definitely does intensify shadows as compared to without a primer.

Next are the 10 Color Eyeshadow Palettes in Catwalk and Romance.



I'm glad I only paid $1.20 each for these.

That being said, they're not bad. They're just not something I think I'll be getting a lot of use out of. The pigmentation with a primer is good (with most shades). I found the frostier shades to be much smoother in application, with lighter and more matte shades being more difficult to apply. Some shades were chalky, especially the white in Romance. Compared to the buttery smoothness of the loose shadows I typically use from indie companies, the texture of these shadows did not impress me. I purchased these palettes thinking they would be good for travel and might help me in my quest for the perfect neutral look. For the former, they are useful. The packaging is sleek and I won't be heartbroken if they get broken or lost in travel. For the latter, I'm doubtful. 

 Catwalk swatches

 Romance swatches

My arm is not orange because of a bad fake tan- it's the primer.

Overall thoughts:
Primer: Skip it.
Palettes: If you're looking for a budget-friendly travel palette and don't mind if the shadows aren't especially smooth, this may be worth a shot. 


SilhouetteScreams said...

Whoa, that primer is crazy dark :|

Amanda said...

It really is. At least for my skin tone.

mNg said...

Thank goodness I am not the only one who didn't like the scents they use! That aside, I love the colors from the palette.

Amanda said...

I'm glad you agree about the scent! The colors are nice, but I'm so not a neutral gal. I don't know what I was thinking :P

Lillian Funny Face said...

The NYX sale debacle was very irritating, I wasn't even able to partake as I'm in the UK but it infuriated me to see all the poor people who lost out. At least you got your order! That primer looks bright orange! Maybe good for people with bad fake tan but I can't imagine it working on any natural skin tone. Still NYX do some good products, I love their lipsticks.

Anonymous said...

I have found NYX to be pretty hit or miss as well. At this point, I like the jumbo eye pencils and the lip liners- everything else, including the palettes, are a skip for me. Thanks for the warning on that primer though!

Amanda said...

Lillian: I'm still amazed I was actually able to order. What a mess it was. I've never tried their lipsticks, maybe I'll give them a shot one of these days. Oh, and the primer STAINED my skin. I can't get the orange off!

Krystal: I don't have any lip liners from them, but I do have a jumbo pencil in Yoghurt. I'm not entirely sure how to use it though...

Luna said...

I've got the primer too and i'm not a fan of it . I use it as a base not as a primer , because if i do it creases like hell and ... it does smell like a 90 year old woman :D ! I have a few 10 pan palettes too , but yes like you said : the matte ones are a bit difficult to apply . I like the shimmery and frosty ones .

Amanda said...

It creases too?! Oy.
In terms of the palettes, I'm thinking of depotting them and then putting the ones I like in one palette. Some of the frosty ones are quite nice.

The Peach said...

Wow, that primer is crazy orange! Good to know to skip it! I did see your other post saying it was hard to get off too :( Glad to know these products aren't worth the time or money.

Amanda said...

It really is quite orange. It makes me think of the one time I attempted to use a lotion with "mild" self-tanning properties. I was orange and streaky and it was awful.
I'm happy to spread the word to save you from an orange fate!

Vulcan_Butterfly said...

EEEK! Why does the eye primer have a scent to it?? That's just silly.

Amanda said...

And a strong 90-year-old woman scent at that!

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