|NYX Smokey Eye Palette|
The NYX Smokey Eye Palette is the more dramatic alternative to the 6-pan Natural Eyeshadow Palette. While I wasn't terribly impressed with the shadows in the latter, the Smokey Palette offers better quality and a little more variety.
From the left, the palette includes a grey with silver glitter, a matte black, a soft deep plum, a deep denim blue, a satin bronze, and a sating white. All of the shadows are smooth, and all but the glittery shadow apply evenly. Unfortunately, the blue and purple left a lot to be desired when it comes to color payoff. Packed over a white base, they perform slightly better, but take a little more work to get them to reach the pan color. The glittery shadow works well as a top coat of sorts to add some pizzazz to the color underneath, but it takes a little working with to get it completely opaque. I was happy to see that they balanced this palette with two lighter shades - one of which is a brown tone. Running a soft brown through the crease of a smoky look can help blend everything out and soften the look without taking away the edge of the smokiness.
This palette isn't superb, but at $6.99 I think it would be a great, inexpensive purchase for someone who wants to dabble in the art of the smoky eye. It's balanced well with both deep, smoky shades and light highlight and blending colors, so it's just a matter of whether you like the color combination and don't mind working with a few of the shades to get maximum color payoff. Using a white eyeshadow base like the NYX White Shadow Base can help the shadows not only stick, but enhance the pigmentation.
Have you tried the Smokey Eye Palette?