Playing around with bright eyeshadow is something I’ve gone from being deathly afraid of to overly excited about within the space of roughly a year. Up until I was about 20 I would either avoid eyeshadow with a passion, or wear it as black as my soul. In the last year or so I’ve become accustomed to playing with the brightest colours I could find. I did spend a fair amount of dolla on the Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette which you can read my review for here, but ever since I saw the NYX Ultimate Brights palette I’ve been waiting for it to come into my Boots so I could buy it.
At £16, that’s £1 per shade. Need I say more? It’s totally worth it.
I use a combination of Eco Tools brushes, my mermaid brushes and the Urban Decay double-ended brushes that come in the palettes I have. So far I’ve found these shades to apply beautifully with all brushes, wet or dry. Dry they blend like a dream, I’ve not had a problem with fallout at all and a wet brush is fantastic for really packing on the pigment. For a primer, I use a MAC sample I have. Maybe I should invest in an actual eyeshadow primer? Because the colours are all so easily blendable, the range of shades makes it easy to create loads of versatile looks just from the one palette.
I’ve been wearing a lot of these shades to work and they’re lasting really well. Some of the paler shades do wear off a bit by the end of the day but after a good 12 hours of wear, I can’t really fault it! I do tend to rub my eyes a lot at work too so that plays a fairly large part in it!
If you’re into playing around with bright shades and want a strong range of affordable shades, I would absolutely recommend grabbing the NYX Ultimate Brights Palette! Here’s a look I created to match my hair (because of course) using the palest mint shade, the bright pink and the middle-purple as a transition shade. I also used the brightest blue with a wet brush for the eyeliner.
Lipstick is Colourpop’s Pack Pack Lippie Stix, eyebrows were done using a brown shade from my Morphe 35O Matte palette and base is Milani’s 2in1 Conceal+Perfect Foundation – keep an eye out for a review coming soon!