For a self-proclaimed makeup addict, I don’t actually own that many products, as surprising as that sounds. For the longest time, Urban Decay’s NAKED palette was the only eyeshadow palette that I had. (Of course, I’d owned other eyeshadows before, but they either expired or got used up over the years.)
Earlier this year, I finally purchased a new palette – the “go-to palette” by NYX. I was hoping that it’d really be my go-to palette for travel, but two trips and one staycation later, I had mixed feelings, to be honest. I’d find myself using just the brown, grey, and black shades – the neutrals, basically. The lightest colour was too light for me, and I didn’t touch the green or purple shades at all.
And the “face” part? Forget it. Even now, I’m still struggling with contouring and highlighting, and the powder gets everywhere. I’ve since switched to a contour-highlight stick, and it’s become somewhat easier. More on that in a future post!
So anyway, for years I’d been on the lookout for a matte eyeshadow palette. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, and I’m just not into super shimmery eyeshadows anymore. Quite a few high-end brands offer matte palettes, but they’re just so expensive. I looked into drugstore options, but the quality was underwhelming when I swatched the products at the store.
The NYX Lid Lingerie palette was a surprise find – I was in Singapore back in May and mysterious forces pulled me into the nearest Sephora store. The gorgeous neutral colours called out to me, and the quality of each shade was impressive. And with a price tag of S$22, it didn’t leave a huge dent in my wallet.
No names, so let’s just call them Shades 1 to 6 (left to right, top to bottom). They’re mostly warm-toned browns, with a muted lilac thrown in to keep things interesting.
Yes, the lines are a bit wonky. I’m still learning!
Here I’m wearing Shades 1, 2, and 6. I love this palette – it’s got all the shades that I need, and as a bonus, I can use Shade 4 on my brows too. It’s great for everyday looks, but you can just as easily use it to create a dramatic smoky eye for a night out. Quality-wise, it’s better than the “go-to palette”, and I’m definitely packing this with me for my next trip.
Ah yes, I open my eyes and the makeup “disappears”. It’s mostly lousy photo-taking, and I’ll have to work on the right angles and lighting to get the colours to show.
So that’s all for tonight, and maybe there’ll be more of such posts to come. Confession time: since the start of this year, my collection has grown exponentially. I mean, with trips to Taipei and Seoul, it’s almost impossible not to go shopping for beauty products, and they’ll probably get me through the next few years. I could try to abstain from shopping till 2020, but where’s the fun in that?