Friday, 20 January 2012

NYX Glitter Cream Palette


A few weeks ago I was perusing my local River Island when my magpie-eyed self was immediately drawn to a sparkly corner of the shop, where dozens of glittering eye shadow palettes sat winking at me. There was a huge, multi-coloured, almost fantastical palette, which containeda plethora of pinks, greens, blues and yellows. My hands were drawn to this one straight away, but I refrained, realising that I very rarely go for bright colours when it comes to my eye make up. Then, however, I spied a rather more subtle selection of sparkling blacks, silvers and gold in a much smaller palette. I'm not usually one to go for dark eye make up, but I'd been itching to experiment with a dark smoky eye, so thought, why not attempt a dark sparkly smoky eye? After all, you can never have enough sparkle. 

I used the in-store tester to see what the pigmentation was like and was really impressed, so I happily parted with £6 and bought myself the NYX Glitter Cream palette. I knew I would have to have a practice go before attempting a proper 'look' with it, so set out by priming my eyes/applying a base etc. in the hope that I would soon be transformed into a sparkly-eyed temptress (the packaging does clearly say, 'who can resist me?' so I presumed that was the effect it would have, silly me). I've used glitter eye products in the past and have been suitably impressed with them, and although this was a cream palette (something which usually fills me with dread) I felt reassured by the fact I had tested it in store and had been pleased with the results.

I'll be honest, I was a little confused as to what I should use to apply the shadow - I played about with the applicators the palette came with, but ended up using my fingers in the end as it seemed to make the shadow apply a bit smoother. Upon first application, the glitter is thick, really sparkly, and you think 'wow, this is going to be good'. However, you need to use LOADS to cover your eyes and, unfortunately, the really sparkly glitter is sneakily only really apparent on the top layer. Once you get past the initial 'WOW GLITTER' stage, underneath is a mix of a Vaseline-like substance with glitter here and there. I can't really describe what the effect was like but it wasn't pretty; my eyes looked a complete mess. I tried and tried to work with it but it seems you get more Vaseline than you do actual glitter. I've taken some pictures so you can understand better what I mean. 

These swatches are what the glitter top-layer looks like. Unfortunately they're not like this throughout! 

Looks nice and glittery around the edges (top layer) but inside it's just a nasty Vaseline mess 

See what I mean? Not pretty.

I'm so, so disappointed with this palette. I had high hopes, considering NYX is a big brand and from testing the product in the shop I thought I was on to something. However, this product is just (in my opinion) pretty awful. It is definitely not for use on the eyes - and I'm not entirely sure where else you would really want to use this product? The top layer is nice, but you need a lot of product to get a really 'wow' eye-look and there just isn't enough of that top layer to achieve that! I've never, ever had such problems trying to apply a product and my eyes just looked a complete mess after using it. Definitely would NOT recommend and I feel I've wasted £6 on this, as I really won't be using it again! 

Have you tried the Glitter Cream palettes from NYX? What did you think?
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40 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, truthfully I've been debating these palettes in River Island - but how fricking shoddy??? I'm surprised at this from NYX! x

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  2. This is awful!
    I saw the first photo and was like I MUST GET THIS then read on... at least the rest of us won't make the same mistake :( x

    www.biggerthanmywardrobe.blogspot.com

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  3. This is so bad, I was thinking oooh look at the glitter, then read vaseline mess. Oh Dear NYX, how shoddy! xx

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  4. I was about to comment - omgg I need this palette it looks amazing. but then I scrolled down. That is shocking, how can that be put on anyone's face erghh!xx

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  5. Eurgh, what a horrible palette! That sucks, such a waste of money. It looked so promising at the start too. I'm sorry you didn't get what you wanted!

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING x

    I WAS AN UGLY DUCKLING BLOG!

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  6. This looks awful :( The palettes look so pretty unopened so it really is a shame that they end up like this :/

    Frances x
    http://francescassandra.blogspot.com
    Twitter: @Francesss__

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  7. I loved the look of these palettes, gutted they're a thumbs down :( they're such pretty colours it's such a shame, but I'm glad I read this instead of buying one & getting emotional when it happened to me, haha! x

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  8. I tried this and told myself i would apply it over an eyeshadow instead since theres no pigmentation what-so-ever. But because of the consistency theres no way i can apply this to my eyes. At first i was impressed and ive really tried to like this palette. But i dont. And i havent used it either. xx

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  9. Oh gosh that is so upsetting! I was dissappointed enough just reading it. I guess barry m glitters still win at the moment then...
    xxx

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  10. oh my gosh that's terrible!!

    munchmecat.blogspot.com

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  11. Thats such a shame. I saw this in a shop near me and tried the tester out and saw it wasn't very good, which I am glad I got to try before I bought it!
    Carissa xx

    Vanilla Crush Blog

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  12. I bought one of these palettes and felt exactly the same, thought I was on to a winner with all of the glitter but no!
    Louise x

    www.sweetvanillakisses.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh dear! The first few pictures you included were so pretty and sparkly! Not good that they didn't turn out right in the end, the colours were gorgeous but I guess the bad outweighs the good!

    lauradreamsanddresses.blogspot.com

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  14. Oh this is so disappointing, the glitters would have looked so lovely in a smokey eye, I reckon buying regular cosmetic glitter/Barry M dusts is the best alternative! Great post girl. thanks for the heads up!

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  15. Ive seen this and i was considering buying it. Im glad i didn't it looks awful! I think they are too sparkly too /:

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  16. I always see these and get tempted but then I remember being let down once I was a bit too harsh with the tester and realised it was just vaseline under it. It reminds me a bit of this glitter palette (at the bottom here) which I got in the UO sale, with the same problems :(

    http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk/accessories/make-up/icat/wmakeup?curpage=1&bklist=icat,3,,wmakeup/

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  17. I'm always so drawned to these glitter palettes when I pass by them at the store but I knew they would be a total mess - they just looked too good to be true! Thanks for this honest review x

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  18. I've noticed these online and when I saw your first photo I though "wow, I need to buy that!" Glad you warned us though - it looks and sounds pretty shocking! Such a shame.

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  19. I brought two of these palettes and I haven't had any of the problems you mentioned above Hannah... its very strange. The consistancy of mine are more of a thick gel than a cream too, maybe I've just managed to pick up a couple of extremely good ones? It is very disappointing though to see that other people are having such a bad experience with these palettes as you expect especially coming from such a well known company that the quality would be the same for every product x

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    1. Wow that's so weird, do they not feel like Vaseline to you? I wish I could have got on with them! What did you use to apply them? xx

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  20. Had no idea NYX was sold in River island now but what a disappointment, seems as though their other products are raved about online! xx

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  21. They looked so gorgeous, it's a shame!
    xo

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  22. Such a shame, they looked great to begin with. Thanks for your review, and letting us all not waste our money :D

    http://outsidebeautyinsidehealth.blogspot.com/

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  23. Aw, they looked amazing, especially the gold one, what a let down! I was so going to get it too! Thanks for the review ^^

    http://juffielovesstyles.blogspot.com/

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  24. Im so surprised by this, after a few swatches this looks like cheap glitter glue! What a shame!

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  25. I felt the same way after I purchased this...def one product I regret buying :/

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  26. I bought two of the NYX glitter palettes awhile ago but I never got around to using them. Good to know that I probably shouldn't :S I guess I'll just have pretty looking palettes that I don't use laying around haha

    http://missmolly-dolly.blogspot.com/

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  27. Oh that doesn't look pretty at all, I was thinking how pretty they looked aswell! Its strange that both of you guys had different experiences. You should def return it as there is often quality control problems with certain batches and you may have come across one of them!

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  28. I'm not surprised. NYX's quality has gone downhill a lot since it became popular. However, I'm very surprised at the price for this shoddy glitter palette. 6 pounds, or roughly $13-15 dollars, is far too expensive for something comparable to dollar store makeup. In fact, years ago (before NYX was widely sold), I bought a similar NYX glitter palette at a Korean accessories shop for roughly $2-3, so clearly supply & demand has caused the increase in price. Frankly, I don't use NYX anymore. For the price range, I'm happy to spend a few more dollars on quality makeup that isn't made in China (another reason why I don't use ELF makeup anymore, aside from the fact that ELF has shoddy quality products too) like MAC.

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  29. i was disappointed with mine too :(

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  30. Oh god this palette looks like a right mess ! I was considering buying one as well but I clearly won't now ! Thanks for the review ! xx

    clayandbeauty.blogspot.com

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  32. I'm so glad I haven't brought this I've been eyeing it up for so long! Thanks for the great review!

    Jazz xox

    http://jazzreallyloves.blogspot.com/

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  33. I was sooo close to buying this, so glad I didn't know! Can't believe the glitter is only really a layer on top.. sort it out NYX! X

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  34. I got very excited when I saw the first picture on this post, the glitter looked unbelievably pretty and high quality! Such a shame that the product is so bad! NYX could have been on to a winner with this one! xx

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  35. Looked amazing at the beginning but what a mess underneath disgusting that they have actually brought that out! Awful! xx

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  36. :o was going to buy this the other day! so glad I didnt! what a rip off!

    www.jolovesmakeup.blogspot.com xxxx

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  37. Wow thats horrible... I was thinking about buying this but thank God I found your review!

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  38. I'm sorry to read you had such a bad experience with it - that palette really is a mess! I think it must have been from a bad batch, as I tried a palette myself and it was glittery all the way through with no clear "vaseline" visible, and it applied smoothly and neatly. Check out my review! - http://addictfordramaticsbeauty.blogspot.com/2012/02/review-nyx-glitter-cream-palette-in.html
    Kayleigh x

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