ACCIDENTAL NYX HAUL: SHADOW PALETTE, SWATCHES, AND MY FACE 3
Part 3 of my probably super duper long reviews of my accidental Nyx haul! As you can guess from that face, I was nor super impressed by this palette. This is the Nyx Dream Catcher palette in Stormy Skies. I wanted to love it. I really, really did. The colors are beautiful together. They’re all a little unexpected and interesting. Nyx could have gone for much safer colors here, but their choices really impressed me.
However, while these shadows did have lovely colors, their texture was absolutely horrible. All of the shadows were soft, which felt nice, but they were so powdery and just did not stick to my skin. Some of them were fine, but some of them were just so disappointing, resulting in basically no color payoff at all.
I wanted to use the applicator for this review just to see if someone could only have this palette and do well. It’s no surprise that the sponge applicator wasn’t great; they never really are, unless they’re really, really nice. Using this applicator alone just would not work. The shadow stuck entirely to the applicator and would not transfer. I basically had to use my finger for my lid and base, and then the applicator for the crease and liner (which is why the liner is 600% less precise than I like, but could be nice for a super smoky look, I guess?).
But let’s go ahead and talk about the shadows one by one. They don’t have names, so I’m just going to go by rows, going left to right.
ROW 1, SHADOW 1
Matte salmony brown
This shadow took so much work to get a swatch of because it just would not stick to my skin. It goes on a nice color, but it’s so translucent I can’t imagine taking the time to layer it up if I wanted any real color payoff.
ROW 1, SHADOW 2
Matte dusty lavendar
This one actually went on fairly nicely. I think it could be a really interesting way to switch up a smoky eye, especially if you wanted to try a matte smoky. This one’s nice, and one I can see myself using.
ROW 1, SHADOW 3
Glittery Cinderella blue
This one actually went on super well, and was gorgeous. It reminds me so much of Cinderella’s ball gown, without being too blue or annoying. Blue shadows—even just a little blue—really freak me out, but I’m hoping I can put this one to good use, because I was very impressed by it.
ROW 1, SHADOW 4
Another one with basically no color payoff. I feel like the mattes here were the real downfall; all the other finishes worked out pretty fine. The mattes just don’t stick at all!
ROW 1, SHADOW 5
Pearlescent golden cream
Well, not all the other finishes work out well. This one falls somewhere between the mattes and the Cinderella blue; I’d have to layer it to make it really visible, but it would probably make for a really night highlighter.
ROW 2, SHADOW 1
Pearlescent shimmery purple with pink accent
This shadow was the first to get me really excited. The finish on it was beautiful, and the color payoff was … better than a lot of others. This one falls somewhere between the last shadow and the Cinderella blue. The color was just so gorgeous though! It’s really balanced; the pink pearlescent accent, which you likely can’t see very well in the picture, makes the shadow so fun, but the purple itself is understated and nice for a purple. I love this shade. This is the color I used in my crease.
ROW 2, SHADOW 2
Shimmery golden beige
I liked this shadow a lot when I swatched it. I felt like the golden undertones played really nicely off of the last shadow’s purple, giving a nice subtle color complement between the two. This is the shadow I used on the base of my lid. Let me tell you, it was not what I had hoped for. It took so much for this shadow to actually show up on my lid, and you can still hardly see it. When used, this shadow kind of just falls apart. The formula is just way, way too soft.
ROW 2, SHADOW 3
Shimmery deep royal purple
This shadow actually comes off much darker than it looks in the swatch. It’s a good, basic dark purple with slight pinkish shimmer in it. It’s one that has a good color payoff, doesn’t have such a weird formula, and would be a really good standard color to have if you do more fun, nighttime makeup looks.
ROW 2, SHADOW 4
This shadow was another really great basic shadow. With this matte, the powdery formula actually worked really well. It went on super creamy and was a great highlighter, which surprised me because finding actually highlighting shades with my embarrassingly pale skin is really difficult. Is used this one on the tops of my lids, underneath my brow bone.
ROW 2, SHADOW 5
This was just a really basic matte black. This is the one I used as my liner. I’m not a fan of soft-formula blacks for liner at all; they tend to have way too much fallout and be a little too smoky for my tastes. Still, it had decent color payoff and would be a good liner if someone wanted a less defined line than I usually do.
I looked up this palette to see how much it was, and see if I could recommend my favorite palette instead (review of that coming later). I was pretty surprised that this one was only $15! So, I guess I actually would recommend it if you wanted a good amount for your money, but I would only have-heartedly, shruggingly recommend it. This palette was mediocre at best. Some of the shadows were really good finds, and I’m glad I found them. Would I spend money on it, though? Probably not, especially when much better palettes exist for only a little more.