I’ll be honest. I love me some Johnny Depp. When I saw this new NYX Collection that was inspired by Johnny Depp’s new movie, “Dark Shadows,” there wasn’t any question about whether or not I wanted it. I’m excited about the movie, and I’m definitely excited about this palette. It retails for $24.99 at Ulta and nyxcosmetics.com.
It has a snap closure and opens up like a book to reveal 24 eyeshadows on the left half, a middle “page” with a mirror and some ideas for different looks, and on the right side we find 4 lipsticks, 5 blushes, a highlighter, an eyeshadow primer, and a black liquid liner. Whew! That’s a whole lot of makeup for such a good price.
The eyeshadows are good quality, but not GREAT quality. I think their staying power is impressive, and it’s a really nice mixture of shades that includes sheens and mattes. I’ve tested maybe half the shadows so far, and I think the pigmentation leaves something to be desired, so it takes a couple of applications to get a good pop of color. Once you get the color on, though, it stays on.
I’ve always been a fan of NYX Cosmetics lip products – I think they’re some of the best lip products you can get for the price. Although I’m not a fan of having to use a lip brush, the lipsticks in this collection don’t disappoint in their color or wearability. I’ve never tried a NYX blush, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised! They’re all very soft and blendable, and it’s a nice mixture of shades from babydoll pink to raspberry to peach.
Overall, this collection is very travel friendly, which is a big plus for me! I think it’s a great deal for less than $25, especially if you use one of Ulta’s coupons that are always available. Now, I just have to wait patiently for the Dark Shadows movie to premiere!