I’m very picky when it comes to palettes. I am not a person who needs a stark black or a pure white. I typically don’t use neon shades or pastels. I like to have a variety of finishes and textures. Basically, I have fairly high standards. So when Kim and I wandered into the NYX store in Austin, I was ready to get my hands dirty with swatches and pick out the best shades for my perfect quad.
The shadows I chose were from NYX’s Prismatic Shadow line and their Hot Singles line. The Prismatic Shadows are a range of shimmering metallics, some with duo-chrome shifts. They’re smooth and easy to apply with a punch of pigment. The Hot Singles range is their main shadow collection with a variety of finishes and trendy colors.
I went with a quad of shimmer and metallic shades that would not only work well together, but also with the shades in the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics, an all matte palette I haven’t been getting much use out of. I typically don’t do all matte eye looks and I think having an accompanying quad would make me want to use it that much more.
The first shade I knew I had to have – It has the creamiest texture with little to no fall out. It’s one of NYX’s Prismatic shadows and it’s definitely dazzling. The deep brown shade is riddled with coppery, golden shimmer. It is perfect for a one shade look, but I love it even more with a little bit of Punk heart mixed with it.
A deep purple that doesn’t go muddy once it’s blended – I love purple shadow, but I often find that once applied with other shadows, most purples look black or brown. It too is a Prismatic shadow and has that lovely creamy texture with pinky purple metallic shimmer.
The perfect inner corner highlight shade – The soft beige shade has a gorgeous and subtle pink champagne sheen to it. It’s a part of the Hot Singles shadow range that boasts pigment and fine texture. I find there’s a bit more fall out with these than the Prismatic shadows.
A next level, icy princess highlight shade – When I want a blinding inner corner, this is the one to go for. It’s a true metallic opal shade with a lilac sheen. This shade has the most fall out out of the quad and tends to cause small flecks of shimmer and sheen to scatter across the packaging. That tendency makes me think some of the more shimmery shades and the range may have the same fall out.
From what I remember, I believe it was $12 (Possibly $16) for the quad and four shadows. I think the quality of the shades I picked are amazing and I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with a custom quad from NYX.