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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Reader Swatches: New NYX Ultimate Shadow Palettes

I'm guessing you probably saw my initial post about these new Viseart "inspired" palettes from NYX but in case you missed it, I'm not calling these dupes--I'm just saying that they look similar to the Viseart palettes in terms of the colors and layout.

That said, these palettes are now available on the Ulta site HERE ($18 each; use code 308920 for $3.50 off your $10 purchase and don't forget about the new secret Beauty Bag HERE free with any $25 purchase; $54 value). Also, reader Elena confirmed that Ulta said that these palettes will be in-store starting the week of 4/11.

Today I have some lovely swatches for you, courtesy of reader Kat (@kittykatdoesmakeup on Instagram)! Be sure to check out her blog post HERE for her thoughts about pigmentation, texture, and staying power.

NOTE: Kat swatched all of these palettes on bare skin--no primer.

image credit: @kittykatdoesmakeup
NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Smoky & Highlight
(Compare to Viseart Sultry Muse)

image credit: @kittykatdoesmakeup 
NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals
(Compare to Viseart Neutral Matte)

 image credit: @kittykatdoesmakeup
NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Cool Neutrals
(Compare to Viseart Paris Nude)

image credit: @kittykatdoesmakeup
NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Brights
(Compare to Viseart Bright Editorial)

As I mentioned before, I'm not saying these are exact dupes for the Viseart Palettes--I'm just saying that they look to be inspired by them. The NYX palettes are $18 for 0.46 oz., so they're roughly half the size of the Viseart palettes (which are $80 each, 0.84 each). But each NYX palette contains 16 shades, whereas the Viseart palettes contain 12 shades. For perspective, the CoverGirl Tru Naked Palettes are 0.23 oz. each, so these NYX palettes are exactly double the size of those palettes.

What do you think? Have you already ordered any of these palettes? I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks again, Kat, for the fantastic swatches and insights--I truly appreciate it!


  1. I love the cool neutrals and the brights palette. Even though I don't wear a ton of brights everyday I would love to have it for accent colors on the lower lash line, plus it's just so pretty.

  2. I've been waiting for the swatches for that Brights palette, I love them! I might have to pick that up.

    Slightly off topic but still Nyx related, I wanted to just say how disappointed I was with my first Nyx mascara. I bought it at Target, and when I opened it, it had a weird smell. Not like a makeup smell but it smelled moldy! This is the first time I've ever had a problem with Nyx stuff, I was shocked really. I'm such a huge fan, their stuff probably makes up a good chunk of my makeup bag. It was the Nyx Pin Up Tease mascara.

    Regardless, I plan on picking up the brights I think. Neutrals are so not my thing.

    Thanks for the swatches Kat & G!

  3. It's too bad I don't wear bright shadows bc that palette looks really great. I was lusting over the warm neutrals but after looking over a few of the palettes I own, I'm gonna pass (for now anyway) bc I feel like I have a majority of those shades.

  4. Those nights are pretty. I have the LE WnW palette in Hemporary Solution so I'll pass for now, but it's really tempting.

  5. The swatches look surprisingly good! Still though...the formula of viseart is hard to compete with, specifically how they blend together. The viseart palettes are such that you can dip your brush into multiple pans to create whatever color you want- I've never found that before in an eyeshadow formula. Interested to see some review on these.

  6. Warm Neutrals is calling my name!

  7. You are very welcome!!! Thanks for posting them as well.

  8. I'm definitely going to pick up that brights palette!

  9. Whoa, that brights palette looks fun!!

  10. The warm and bright pallets have my name on them lol

  11. This definitely confirms that I'm going to be picking up the brights and maybe the smoky and cool neutrals! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Sigh. I had high hopes for the cool neutrals palette but it looks a little "meh" to me. What a bummer. That brights palette, though .... I am strictly a neutrals girl but those shadows look AWESOME and it might be nice to have those shades around "just in case" (said like a true makeup addict). :-)

    1. totally agree, they look a little muddy on the skin. I was hoping the shades would come off with more variety. The search for a good quality, low cost, cool neutrals palette continues...

  13. WOW color me impressed! I think I may need that colorful one!

  14. I actually wasn't planning on buying these, but I like the lavender, the "undead" blue—looks similar to the one from Melt's Dark Matter eyeshadow stack and like a better performing version of... Tornay, if I recall, from Kat Von D Chrysalis (too lazy to check my own swatches LOL), and the purple in the Cool Neutrals palette. The Brights look great, and I'm considering the Smokey and Highlight palette because the red, the blue-gray and that simply killer navy. The green seems like a rando throw-in but could be a nifty inner corner highlight. But I have enough eyeshadow to kill a horse... It'll be a fabulous dead horse though! ;D

    On another note, does anyone know where the NYX Brights liners are made or if they're hypoallergenic?

  15. I will look forward to someone doing swatches and comparisons on these with Viseart.

  16. I swatched these at ulta and imo they're far less pigmented than what is shown. Those must be some seriously heavy swatches...
    I've been looking for some shades like these and I like NYX's to-go palettes, but these just didn't do it for me! I doubt they would translate well onto your eye - here's hoping I'm wrong! lol!


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