At first, this powder eyeshadow palette seems like a great bargain—$10 for nine very neutral and wearable shades!—but when you look a little deeper, you'll find there isn't much to love about "Love in Paris!"
The primary problem is the pigment (try saying that five times fast). Some shades in this palette appear very dark in the pan, but barely show up on your lids, and the lighter shades don't show up at all. We packed on the color with several different eyeshadow brushes and still never saw any color impact on our brow bone!
With a good eyeshadow primer and several coats, you can get these shadows to show up, but it takes a lot more time and effort than it should. There are other shadows—even some less expensive ones—that have much better pigment quality and don't require as much work to make them look good. In fact, the single eyeshadows from NYX, while not as convenient as a palette, have exemplary textures and impressive color deposit.
This palette just isn't worth it, despite the tempting price point.
- Lovely brown and tan neutral shades.
- Great price for a palette.
- Pigment quality is poor, to the point where you really have to work with these shadows to get them to show up at all.
This small Los Angeles–based makeup line was founded in 1999 by a woman named Toni Ko. The company's Web site is vague about Ko's background, merely stating that she developed an interest in cosmetics as a teenager (you know, just like about 99.9% of teenage women) and wanted to create her own line of cosmetics. Ko's goal was to produce high-quality products at affordable prices, and that's the draw of NYX (pronounced "nicks") Cosmetics. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, Ko succeeded in her childhood dream.
It is important to note that this line offers a full selection of makeup products, from foundations to lip gloss. However, the only place to access everything NYX Cosmetics has to offer is their Web site. The Ulta chain is the largest distributor of NYX Cosmetics products in the United States, but they carry a smaller selection of NYX products. The good news is that most of the few NYX products Ulta stocks are impressive, especially the powder eyeshadows, which compete evenly with eyeshadows that cost a lot more.
NYX Cosmetics customer service number is (866) 699-1004 or you can visit www.nyxcosmetics.com.