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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

NYX Soho Glam Collection Review

My sister and I are just venturing into the world of makeup which we gradually grew from using lip balms and gloss to lipstick and now we are jumping into the eyeshadow fiasco. This is a review on my sister's NYX Soho Glam Collection Palette that she bought during our crazy shopping spree end of last year.

Packaging: The Soho Glam Collection Palette comes in a big sleek black palette packaged in a black box.  It comes with 52 eye shadows, 4 face colours, 4 blushers, 2 lip glosses, 1 lip liner pencil and 8 lip colours. The whole palette weighs 129.9 g (4.58 oz). It is quite heavy and bulky. The black shiny plastic of the palette is kind of fingerprint prone. There is a see through window on the top lid of the palette showing three rows of eye shadows inside. There is also a mirror lined on top of the inner lid for on the go use (but I think it is too big to be an on the go palette).
The Soho Glam Collection Palette still inside the box.

There is a picture of the whole palette in extended mode on the bottom of the box indicating which tray holds what inside the palette and the ingredients are printed on the sides of the cardboard box.
Bottom picture of the box.
List of ingredients printed on the sides of the box.

Ingredients:
Eye shadow: Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Dimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, White Mineral Oil (Praffinum Liquidum), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyethlene, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, C.I 77742 (Manganese Violet), C.I 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), C.I.77491 (Red Iron Oxide), C.I.77492 (Yellow Iron Oxide), C.I.77499 (Black Iron Oxide), C.I.42090:2 (FD&C Blue 1 Al Lake), C.I.19140 ()FD&C Yellow 5 Al Lake, C.I.77019 (Mica), C.I.77891 (Titanium Dioxide), C.I.77861 (Tin Oxide), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ferric Ferrocyanide.

Face Color: Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Dimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, White Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyethlene, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, C.I.77007 (Ultramarine), C.I.77742 (Manganese Violet), C.I.774999 (Black Iron Oxide), C.I.19140 (FD&C Yellow Al Lake), C.I.15850 (D&C Red 6 Al Lake), C.I.42090:2 (FD&C Blue 1 Al Lake), C.I.77019 (Mica), C.I.77891 (Titanium Dioxide), C.I.77861 (Tin Oxide), Polyethylene Terepthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Red 34, Red 7, Aluminum Powder.

Blusher: Talc, Dimethicone, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Petrolatum, Magnesium Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, White Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Propylparaben, Methylparaben, C.I.77007 (Ultramarine Blue), C.I.77742 (Manganese Violet), C.I.77491 (Red Iron Oxide), C.I.77492 (Yellow Iron Oxide), C.I.77499 (Black Iron Oxide), C.I.42090:2 (FD&C Blue 1 Al Lake), C.I.15850 (D&C Red 6 Al Lake), C.I.15850:1 (D&C Red 7 Ca Lake), C.I.45410:2 (D&C Red 28 Al Lake), C.I.19140:1 (FD&C Yellow 5 Al Lake), C.I.77019 (Mica), C.I.77891 (Titanium Dioxide), C.I.77861 (Tin Oxide), 45410:2 (D&C Red 28 Al Lake), C.I.19140:1 (FD&C Yellow 5 Al Lake), C.I.77019 (Mica), C.I.77891 (Titanium Dioxide), C.I.77861 (Tin Oxide).

Lip Gloss: Polybutene, White Mineral Oil, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra isostearate, Hydroxystearic Acid, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Cera Microcristalline, C.I.42090:2 (FD&C Blue 1 Al Lake), C.I.45410:2 (D&C Red 28 Al Lake), C.I.19140 (FD&C Tellow 5 Al Lake), C.I.77019 (Mica), C.I.77891 (Titanium Dioxide), C.I.77861 (Tin Oxide).

Lip Liner: Isopropyl Myristate, Cera Alba (beeswax), Octyldodecanol, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Ceresin, Cera Carnauba, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Diethylhexylcyclohexane, Butylparaben, BHT, C.I.77891 (Titanium Dioxide), C.I.77492 (Iron Oxide Yellow), C.I.77491 (iron Oxides Red), C.I.77499 (Iron Oxides Black), C.I.45410:2 (D&C Red 28 Al Lake).

Lip Color: Polybutene, Polyisobutene, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Pentaerylthrityl Tetraisostearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydroxystearic Acid, White Mineral Oil, Cera Microcristablline, Polyethylene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, C.I.77007 (Ultramarine Pink), C.I.77742 (Manganese Violet), C.I.77491 (Red Iron Oxide), C.I.42090:2 (FD&C Blue 1 Al Lake), C.I.15850:1 (D&C Red 7 Ca Lake), C.I.45410:2 (D&C Red 28 Al Lake), C.I.19140:1 (FD&C Yellow 5 Al Lake), C.I.77019 (Mica), C.I.77891 (Titanium Dioxide), C.I.77861 (Tin Oxide).

The palette unboxed.

The lid of the palette opens by pushing a button on the front side of the palette to reveal an array of eye shadows. There is a  large mirror lined on the inside of the top lid. 
 Button to release the latch of the top lid.
 Array of eyeshadows. Notice the big mirror on the top on the inner lid.

The eye shadows plates slides to the sides to reveal another deck underneath with eight more eyes hadow shades, two lip glosses, a lip liner, two double sided sponge tipped applicator and a small blush brush.
 Pulling the top eyeshadow deck.
 
 The left and right top deck fully extended.

The bottom deck slides to the front revealing eight lip colours and four blushers.
 Pulling out the bottom deck.
The whole of Soho Glam Collection Palette fully extended.

There are two double ended sponge tipped eye shadow applicator and a face brush included in the palette.
One of the double sided sponge tipped eye shadow applicator.
The blush brush.

Texture:
Eyeshadow: The eye shadows are soft and a bit powdery in terms of texture. There is a bit of a fallout when applying them due to the soft texture. There's a mixture of shimmer, frosty, matte and satin colours to choose from and the colours are easy to blend. This palette offers a lot of shades in grays, browns, purples, a couple of blues and also greens. Some of the colours are pigmented and some are quite sheer.
Top deck: 48 eye shadow shades.

Eyeshadow swatches:

Right side tray.
1. dark gray- frosty, lots of shimmer
2. lighter gray - shimmer
3. gray - matte
4. combination of light gray and light lilac - satin
5. a darker shade of light gray - satin
6. white - matte

7. gray - satin, shimmery
8. dark almost black chocolate - matte
9. white - frosty
10. dark gray - matte
11. gray with blue undertones - frosty, very pigmented
12. warm golden beige - frosty, very pigmented

13. peachy red - matte (face colour)
14. golden champagne - frosty
15. very light beige - frosty/satin
16. golden shimmery brown - satin with chunky golden glitter
17. dark chocolate - matte
18. black - satin

19. bronze - frosty
20. dark chocolate - shimerry
21. gold - frosty
22. lighter shade of bronze - frosty
23. warm chocolate - matte
24. ivory - frosty

Left side tray.
25. pinkish lilac - frosty
26. dark navy blue - satin
27. emerald green - frosty
28. turquoise - satin
29. leprechaun green - matte
30. light turquoise - matte

31. dark blue - satin
32. black with purple shimmer - frosty (face colour)
33. brown with gold shimmer - satin with chunky shimmers
34. red - frosty
35. lilac - satin
36. light purple - satin

37. warm beige - frosty
38. light bronze - frosty
39. warm brown - matte
40. ivory - satin
41. purple - satin
42. dark brown - satin

43. light purple - shimmery, frosty
44. dark purple - satin
45. purple - matte
46. dark purple with blue undertones - satin (face colour)
47. dark deep purple - satin
48. black - shimmer (face colour)

Middle tray.
49. black - matte
50. black with silver shimmer - shimmery
51. emerald green - satin
52. lilac - matte

53. white - frosty
54. golden warm brown - frosty
55. dark brown with purple undertones - satin
56. dark grey - satin

Lip colour:
The lip colours have a soft texture and they are easy to pick up with a lip brush. The first and third pan has a slightly harder texture. Most of them goes on creamy but the first and third pan which goes on with fine shimmers. The colours range from being sheer to some being quite pigmented. Fortunately, there is no yucky taste or plasticky scent on the lippies which is great. They do, however, settle in between lip lines and cracks so application must be done evenly to get a nice finish.
The tray of lip colours and blushers.

Lip colour swatches:
1. golden nude beige with shimmer - frosty
2. light peachy pink
3. sheer shimmery pink - frosty
4. lilac with cool purple undertones

5. coral pink
6. pink
7. red
8. dark magenta

Blusher:
The blushers have a soft and powdery texture. They are easy to pick up with a brush and blends very well. The colours applies very sheer does not make the cheeks look too red. I like the shades because the sheerness of the colours make the cheeks look naturally flushed.
1. warm flushed red
2. pink with cool tones
3. warm bronze
4. light fuchsia

Lip liner:
The lip liner has a smooth, creamy texture and does not bleed. It is not moisturizing and not drying either. What I like about it is that it is unscented and unflavoured. When applied the colour appears to be terracotta red.
Lip liner swatch: Terracotta Red.

Lip gloss:
The lip glosses comes in slender round glass tubes with a black plastic cap. There is a doe foot wand attached to the cap. One of the wand is defective with the sponge having a bald spot on one side. The lip glosses have a smooth and texture. It does not feel thick and gooey when applied but goes on very smoothly and not sticky. I like the fact that there is no scent nor taste in these but they just feel nice and creamy on the lips. The glosses are not too overly shiny with just the right amount of shimmer. They do not settle in between lip lines and cracks
Two tubes of glosses.
Notice the second wand has a bald spot on the side.
1. left: light warm pink
2. right: light cool pink

Verdict: This is a very nicely put together palette and the price is very cheap considering the amount of product you get. The eye shadow colours are mostly purples, greys and browns with some greens and blues, so if those are your favourite eye colours, this is the perfect palette for you. It is a great buy for $30 (approximately RM96) but my sister bought it at RM99.17 after a 20% discount plus shipping and handling fee.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

NYX Runway Collection 10 Eyeshadows Color Palette Review

My sister and I had an online shopping spree end of last year during the holiday season sales and we got a little carried away buying makeup stuff on sale. My sister bought a NYX Soho Glam Palette (will do swatches later) from Cherry Culture and I decided to try out their Runway Collection 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Romance and also Champagne & Caviar since I prefer natural and neutral colours.

Packaging: The Runway Collection 10 Color Eyeshadow Palettes come in a sleek plastic casing in black, packaged in sleek black boxes. The palettes are very sturdy and looks very chic. The top lid is stamped with NYX's logo and the name of the collection. The bottom of the palette is pasted with a label consisting the choice of palette colour and ingredients. The mirror on the inside of the top lid is very big which is very convenient to use. The palettes comes with a double ended sponge tips. The palette weighs 0.49 oz (14 g) each and they are cruelty free & hypoallergenic.
Chic looking palettes.
Satisfyingly big mirrors.

Ingredients:
Champagne & Caviar: Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Mineral Oil, 2-Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, BHT, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Red Iron Oxide/CI77491, Yellow Iron Oxide/CI77492, Black Iron Oxide/CI77499, Titanium Dioxide/CI77891, Fd&c Red No. 40/CI16035:1, Carbon Black/CI77266.

Romance: Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Mineral Oil, 2-Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, BHT, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: CI77491/2/9, CI77891, CI77019, CI16035:1, CI77491, CI77492, CI77499, CI77742, CI42090:2, CI19140:1, CI77007, CI77288.
List of ingredients listed on the back of the palettes.

Texture: The eyeshadows from these palettes are soft and a bit powdery, easy to pick up with a brush and  easy to blend. They tend to be a bit crumbly as well because there's a bit of a fallout when applied due to the soft texture of the eyeshadows. Some of the colours are very pigmented but some comes off as very sheer.

Swatches:
Champagne & Caviar: The colours from the first row are very sheer and needed a lot of layering to get the colour to show on my skin. The second row is a little bit more pigmented. Some of the finishing is matte but most of them are satin and a bit shimmery.
1. Very sheer golden champagne. Slightly frosty finishing.
2. Light brown taupe. Satin finishing.
3. Nude beige. Satin finishing.
4. Light golden beige. Frosty finishing.
5. Warm light brown. Satin finishing.
6. White. Matte finishing.
7. Warm cinnamon brown. Satin finishing.
8. Dark chocolate brown. Matte finishing. Very pigmented.
9. Light pink. Frosty finishing.
10. Black. Matte finishing. Very pigmented.

Romance: Most of the colours in this palette are frosty and a few of them have chunky glitters. The top row consists of sheer shimmery hues and the bottom row are more pigmented frosty bronzes and copper-ish hues.

1. White. Frosty finishing. Has chunky glitter in it.
2. Light golden copper. Satin finishing.
3. Light pink. Satin finishing with a hint of frostiness. Has chunky glitter in it.
4. Dark brown. Satin finishing.
5. Light golden beige. Frosty finishing. Has chunky glitter in it.
6. Terracotta red. Satin bordering to frosty finishing.
7. Smoked topaz. Satin bordering to frosty finishing.
8. Copper. Satin bordering to frosty finishing.
9. Bronze. Satin bordering to frosty finishing.
10. Light ivory. Frosty finishing.

My verdict: The colours from the Champagne & Caviar palette are mostly sheer and very neutral whereas the Romance palette holds a more shimmery hues. In my opinion, the colour payoff is quite minimal on my pasty skin and had to be layered to get a hint of colour to show but I kind of liked them sheer since I prefer neutral and nude looks. I think the intensity of each colour would be better if it is worn over an eyeshadow primer. The eyeshadow do crease at the end of the day unfortunately especially on oily lids. I am on the fence about these eyeshadows. I am not sure when I'll be able to repurchase because right now I have quite a lot of palettes to finish off, but once I do, I just might repurchase them or I might not.

Price: $11 (I got mine for about RM26 during a CherryCulture sale spree via a spreer).
You can checkout more information on NYX here.

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