Smokey eyes are probably the most popular way to pimp your eyelids. There are so many ways to smoke out your eye — and not look like a panda in the process. Insert the NYX Winter in Moscow Smokey Look palette ($19.50); a handbook sized folding palette with a mirror, 2 blushes and 5 lip colors on one side, and 14 eyeshadows and applicators on the other side. I received this item to review from my good friend in lipstick, Linda. She asked that I review it so here we go :)

This palette has a ton of silver and grey eyeshadows of different depths and shades, enough to give you many smokey combinations. You may also find these colors appropriate for the upcoming freeze-ball months, as most of the shades are frosty/shimmery (but not a hot mess).

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look
1st eyeshadow column, plus blushes from opposite side

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look
lip gloss swatches

NYX Winter in Moscow Silver-Grey Smokey Look
2nd eyeshadow column

NYX Winter in Moscow Smokey Palette FOTD

NYX Winter in Moscow Smokey Palette FOTD

NYX Winter in Moscow Smokey Palette FOTD

NYX Winter in Moscow Smokey Palette FOTD

NYX Winter in Moscow Smokey Palette FOTD

NYX Winter in Moscow Smokey Palette FOTD

For the look above I used eyeshadow colors from the second column of the palette (2, 6 and 7) and the second blush to the right. For lip color, I used Rock & Republic lip gloss in Mistress with NYX Cocoa lip liner.

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Lots of grey’s and silvers to choose from
  • Pretty good quality shadows — I’m impressed!
  • Blendable and easy to work with
  • Dumb easy to create a smokey look with this palette, even for the makeup novice
  • Super easy to travel with
  • Convenient — packs different items for multiple uses

CONS

  • None of the colors have any names or numbers to associate themselves with. So you have no idea what color you’re really using…so you have to make something up
  • The magnetic closure could be better, I find this palette can open very easily and possibly create a mess in your purse/makeup bag, etc.
  • The plastic divider between the eyeshadows and the blushes and lip colors is loose, and it would be better if it were enforced down the middle so that it stays in place. If it slides around, you can find eyeshadow dust in your lip products and that’s no good.
  • The spongetip applicator…c’mon now…

OVERALL

I really like this palette, and I’m quite impressed with it. The one thing I don’t like, are the super gummy vaseline’y lip glosses. I don’t like the way they feel at all, despite the cute colors they come in. The blushes and the eyeshadows are equally soft in texture, and crumble easier than a higher-end product, but it’s not as bad as E.L.F. lol! NYX made it very easy to create a simple and sexy smokey eye and because of the low price, it’s also easier on your pockets. The shadows range in taupey-greys to mushroom silvers to standard blacks. For the look I did above, I used colors 2, 6 and 7 from the second column — I wish I could tell you their names, but they’re incognito I guess lol. I used my MAC brushes for this, and it came out pretty well and was so easy to do. It’s really nice to see that NYX is stepping up their pigmentation game too :) I packed these on top of the NYX Eyeshadow Base (white) and I didn’t have any creasing from that product, which is really good. I’ll have to review it for you guys in the future.

RATING

B

Availability: Rock the Catwalk

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