Today I'm sharing my thoughts with you on the NYX Makeup Artist Kit. I purchased this kit from Ulta a few months ago and have recently been playing around with it. This kit is sold only online at Ulta and the cost is $29.99.
When you open it up, the first things you see are the shadows, then slide the shadows part to the right and under that, you have some blushes, bronzers, highlight and lipsticks. I have to say that I was surprised by the pigmentation, definitely better than I thought they were going to be. What I did find however is that the formula is very powdery and can be a bit messy when applying so be careful (I did my eye makeup before I applied my face makeup so I could avoid fallout all over my cheeks).
This is the look I decided to go with, very neutral bronze look with a pop of color on the lips. I used a few of the more neutral colors to create this look, I applied them over a NYX jumbo eye pencil to give them a stickier base.
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Iced Mocha
These were the shades I used to create my eye look. One of the downsides of this kit is that none of the shadows (or anything else) are named, therefore I can't tell you exactly which colors I used. As you an see, the colors are beautiful and pigmented, you just have to be careful when applying them so you don't have tons of fallout.
Here is a picture again for reference.
I used the middle bronzer (top row middle) there are actually two colors there that I mixed together and for the blush, I used the berry colored blush (second row from the top all the way to the left) and for highlight, I used the white (top row, add the way to the left).
My thoughts on the bronzer and blush are the same, beautiful colors but can be a bit hard to blend and definitely need to be careful with fallout. I suggest setting your liqud foundation with a powder to make the blending of the blush and bronzer easier otherwise it will look blotchy and not blended. As far as the highlight, it was not very good. The highlight was a matte white that came off super powdery and there was no highlighting done whatsoever! I would rather use the white as an eyeshadow, won't put it on my cheekbones again that's for sure!
Here are the blush, bronzer and highlighter swatched (blush to the left, bronzer in the center and highlight on the right).
And I figured I would share what's on my lips since they are pretty noticeable, L'Oreal LeMatte Lipstick in 408 "She's so matte" topped with Revlon Just Kissable Balm Stain in "Lovesick".
This is the whole look (hope the lighting is ok) so now here are my final thoughts,
Beautiful colors with good pigmentation and I love the range of colors in this kit, you can create tons of different looks with them, from neutral looks to smokey or even a bit more daring with some of the brighter colors. However, they are quite powdery and especially the face colors, are very hard to blend. This would be a good kit for someone just starting to explore with makeup but not something I would give to someone with an extensive makeup collection. I personally wouldn't repurchase this kit but since I do have it, I will continue to play around with it some more and keep you all posted.
I hope you found this helpful!!