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Friday, July 27, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: NYX Spring Fling Palette

NYX Spring Fling Palette
NYX Spring Fling Palette is a new release and offers up ten colorful shadows, two blush shades, a black and white shadow, and two lip glosses for $18. At first glance this palette has everything you need to create anything from a nice, neutral eye to a look fit for Carnival. Housed in two-tiered packaging, the shadows are kept under a flip-up top with a nice mirror and the rest is in a drawer just beneath them. Considering the amount of product this palette contains, the packaging is compact and feel very sturdy. 

Unfortunately, the shadows in this palette don't live up to the quality NYX single eyeshadows typically have. Almost all of the shade were chalky and took a few swipes to build up the pigmentation seen in the swatches below. When the color was finally there, the shadows were powdery. If you are just looking for a soft hint of color on the eyes, these will be fine for you, but those looking for bold pastels (or even bold neutrals) will want to pass. 

My favorite product in this palette was the blush because not only do you get two shades - a bright, candy pink and a pink-leaning peach shade, but they are very pigmented and apply smoothly. The matte black and white powders (that I'm assuming are shadows) also sit in the drawer, but have the same quality as the other shadows in the palette - chalky and patchy. And, lastly, the palette includes two lip glosses that are housed two narrow pans. One gloss is sheer and the other looks like a hot pink in the pan, but appears more sheer when swatched and worn. The quality of both of these is good - they aren't sticky and they feel great on my lips - but the narrow packaging makes it impossible to get more than a small lip brush in them. I would have liked to see two rectangular pans, similar to the shadow pans above them. 

I have to say that I'm happy with the look I was able to create, but it took a lot of work to get even the soft pigmentation you see in the photo of my eye at the bottom of this post. The blush and lip gloss are lovely, but the tricky packaging with the lip gloss made it harder to apply and it took a lot of layering to achieve the color seen below. Overall, I would say to avoid this palette and purchase the colors and products that appeal to you individually. 

FTC: I received this product as a prize from a NYX Face Awards twitter contest however all thought and opinions are my own.

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