NYX Smokey Eyeshadow Palette Review

NYX Smokey Palette

Product Description

Price/Quantity: $7 for 6 grams
Availability: NYX Website, Ulta, Amazon
Color Range: 6 colors
Color/Finish: The individual shades don’t have names but I will describe them in order from left to right.

  • Sparkly black
  • Matte black
  • Blackened plum satin
  • Blackened blue satin
  • Dirty gold satin
  • Shimmery white

Packaging: Plastic snap shut palette that includes a double ended sponge tip applicator. The lid is stays securely closed and opens easily.
Smell: Barely detectable but what I do notice is a typical eyeshadow smell.


Application: These were not easy to work with but I did manage to get them to look okay in the end. I had to pack on color far too many times in the same spot. They did not adhere well to the skin so blending removed too much of the color where I wanted it and created a muddy mess everywhere else. There was some fallout but it wasn’t too bad, not as bad as the NYX Natural Eyeshadow Palette I reviewed yesterday. I will say that if you apply these over a sticky base like a cream eyeshadow or even concealer, they do show up very well and look pretty. These were not my favorite to work with but I could make do with them if I had to.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation of these is not very good. The most pigmented one is the white one.
Texture: Dry, powdery, loosely packed in the pan.
Longevity: They started to crease after 3 hours.

Overall Opinion


  • Inexpensive
  • Compact
  • Selection of colors work well together
  • Pigmented and pretty if you apply over a sticky base


  • Powdery
  • Underwhelming pigmentation
  • They do not adhere well to the skin

Worth buying? I’m leaning towards no but with some exceptions. It is only $7 which is less than I expected this to be but I’m surprised at the quality. It isn’t terrible but it isn’t great either. I don’t feel that the quality of these eyeshadows is the same as their single eyeshadows. I wouldn’t purchase these again but they could be a fun little gift for someone younger who is just starting out with makeup or to use for non-beauty stuff (think halloween looks and such). Alternatively, if you were willing to work with these and use different eyeshadow bases in order to make them work better, you could still totally use these.

NYX Smokey Palette

NYX Smokey Palette

NYX Smokey Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Swatched heavily over bare skin
NYX Smokey Eyeshadow Palette EOTD
EOTD with NYX Smokey Eyeshadow Palette
NYX Smokey Eyeshadow Palette EOTD
EOTD with NYX Smokey Eyeshadow Palette
Disclaimer: This product was purchased by the author for review.

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