What it is: NYX Adorable Eyeshadow Palette is an inexpensive, mostly-neutral palette containing six eyeshadows. 4 of them are matte and 2 have glitter. What makes this one different than other neutral palettes is the inclusion of a baby pink eyeshadow. In general the shadows are sheer but do have plenty of color payoff when used with a primer.
Price/Quantity: $7.50 for 6g / 0.21 oz.
Colors/Finishes: The individual shades do not have names so I will describe them from left to right:
- Dark brown with a matte finish. This shade is pretty sheer and isn’t pigmented enough to use as a liner unless you use a damp brush. It’s dark enough to deepen crease contouring, though.
- Warm medium brown with a matte finish. This is the most pigmented shade in the palette. One swipe of my brush over the shadow picks up a good amount of color.
- Sheer nude with small silver glitter. This shade is extremely sheer and all that really shows up is the glitter when I layer it. The glitter easily falls off the lid when blending.
- Chocolate brown with fairly large gold glitter. This has okay pigmentation but it is sheer. The glitter in this shade also comes off the lid easily when blending.
- Sheer baby pink with a matte finish. This shade is very light and pretty sheer so it doesn’t show up very easily on my skin tone. I had to layer it quite a bit to make it show up.
- Sheer white with a matte finish. This shade is pretty sheer as well. It also made my lids look very dry and stuck to peach fuzz.
Packaging: Plastic snap-shut palette that includes a double ended sponge tip applicator. The lid stays securely closed and opens easily. There is no mirror on the inside of the palette.
Smell/Fragrance: No smell or fragrance.
Application: These apply easily but I recommend using a primer to help make the shadows look more vibrant and increase their wear time. They were buildable and blended easily. There wasn’t much eyeshadow fallout but there was some glitter fallout. Applying the glitter shadows was somewhat frustrating because they didn’t really have enough glitter and what I was able to apply to the lid easily fell off as I blended the shade in. I think they would have been better as matte or shimmer shades instead.
Texture: Overall these had a soft, smooth feel but seemed to be packed somewhat tightly in the pan. The shade with the best texture was the medium brown (second shade from the left). It was buttery smooth, easy to blend, and I was able to easily pick up plenty of color on my brush. The shade with the worst texture was the white (rightmost shade). It was stiff and powdery and make my eyelids look drier than they really were.
Pigmentation: All the shades in this palette are pretty sheer but they do apply evenly. They aren’t so sheer that they don’t show up, but a primer, layering, and some patience go a long way to make these look good. The only exception was the medium brown (second shade from the left) which had really good color payoff and only needed layering if I wanted to intensify the color.
Longevity: On unprimed eyes, these lasted about 6 hours before they started creasing. On primed eyes (using NYX HD Eye Shadow Base), these lasted about 8 hours before showing minor creasing. The creasing remained very minor until I removed the shadows after 10 hours.
The only thing that really sets this eyeshadow palette apart from other neutral palettes is the inclusion of the baby pink shade, which wasn’t really very pigmented. For $7.50 you do get a really good value as far as color selection, so it does make a pretty good budget neutral eyeshadow option. On the flip side, I have seen some great products from NYX and I’d expect higher quality and more consistency across all the shadows in this palette. It’s not bad but it’s not great either.