When Urban Decay dropped their fire Naked Heat palette, I knew I needed to search for a cheaper alternative (student life). I’d been saving up my Boots advantage card points and had around £18 on there, so that was my budget.
Originally, I had been saving to buy the NYX Love Contours All palette, a dupe of the Smashbox Shape Matters 3-in-1 palette, at £20 as opposed to Smashbox’s £60 palette, however since Urban Decay’s release, I wanted something more autumnal.
As soon as I saw it, I had to get it: The NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals at £16. Whilst NYX is classed as a ‘luxury brand´ it’s still really well priced for its high quality products, and so it is a brand I’m really happy to buy and know that what I’m getting is a bargain.
This beautiful 16 colour palette (even more than Naked Heat!) includes a mixture of warm and cool tones, lights and darks, mattes and shimmers. It’s so versatile and it’s rich, earthy shades are perfect for autumn. I’ve created a couple of different looks with this palette and I am so happy with how they turned out; super pigmented, super blendable, super lovely smashing.
This first look includes shade 12 blended over the lid as a transition and shade 10 in the crease, with the gorgeous burnt orange shimmer shade 11 on the center of the lid. To highlight, I used shade 2 in the inner corners and brow bone. I wore this with Sleek’s Velvet Slipper and added a touch of shade 11 over my lips for a metallic finish. One thing that I will say I don’t like is that the shades don’t have names – that probably wouldn’t matter to anyone else other than a blogger or an MUA.
My second look I wanted to be a little bit darker and less vibrant than the redder look I tried out first. For this look I used shade 5 as a transition, shade 15 in the crease and shade 10 on the lid. I don’t often go for dark shades on the lid, I usually have an ombre going from light at the inner corner to dark on the outer, but I saw the MUA’s on Anastasia Beverly Hill’s instagram stories do something similar with the Subculture palette so I thought I’d try it out. I’m also waiting on someone like Revolution to drop a Subculture dupe. I decided this would look best with a winged eyeliner as the look was quite dark, and I added shade 9 to the inner corners. On my lips I wore Mac’s Liquid Lipcolour in Simply Smoked.
The final look is a much softer, neutral look, as suggested by my blogger babes. I used shade 6 as a transition with a touch of shade 14 in the crease, adding shade 4 on the lid with shade 9 in the crease. I then went with Mac’s Velvet Teddy on the lips with a shimmer of shade 4 over the top.
As you can see this palette is so versatile, it’s small in size so is really travel/on-the-go friendly and it doesn’t break the bank. It’s definitely a must-have palette for this autumn.