Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit
NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit

More Purple Than You’ll Know What to Do With

NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit ($11.00 for 0.32 oz.) is an eye and lip palette; it contains nine eyeshadows and two lip colors. If you’re a fan of cool-toned, purple eyeshadows, this is a palette with your name on it! The palette includes: a smoked, blackened purple with violet sheen; brightened navy blue with a subtle sheen; softened fuchsia lilac with a satin sheen; light fuchsia pink with satin sheen; gray-tinged brown with cool undertones; pinked brown with sheen; softened violet with sheen; red-toned, medium purple with violet shimmer-sheen; and dusty brown. The lip shades included a pinky nude cream and a metallic bronze.

The majority of the eyeshadow shades were nicely pigmented, but three were on the sheerer side — the pink brown, softened violet, and dusty brown. The dusty brown was pretty pitiful for me; extremely sheer, almost chalky, and wasn’t working for me whatsoever. The other eight shades were much more workable, though, so it’s easy to forgive a palette of nine shades for only one bad apple. I liked that only a couple of the shades had a frostier finish, while the rest had a low satin sheen. Shimmers/satins are easier to blend but sometimes you can get too much of a good thing!

I didn’t like the lip colors very much–they’re a little sticky and the shades themselves don’t seem to fit with the palette. A metallic bronze lip is lovely, but I’m not so sure about pairing it with such cool purples. I wouldn’t grab this for the lip colors, but I do like that they’re in a separate pull-out drawer, which means they won’t get any cross-contamination from the powder eyeshadows. The included double-ended applicators aren’t anything to write home about; the bristled one is sparse and a little scratchy, while the sponge-tip is thin and a little scratchy.

The palette itself is housed in a square black palette, so it manages to look sleek and compact, and it would work really well for traveling. It’s a good palette overall, and for $11, it’s obviously a real gem!

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: The quality is good overall with just a couple of misses but enough hits to make it well worth the price.


See more photos & swatches!

NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit
NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit

NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit
NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit

NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit
NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit

NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit
NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit

NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit
NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit

NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit
NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit

NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit
NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit

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Where can I purchase the Purple Smoky Look Kit? How much is it?

NYX, $11.

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38 thoughts on “NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. MC

    I like it! So many purples. I agree with you though–what were they thinking with those lip colors?

  2. Fey

    I love this. Thanks for reviewing it. I’ve always wanted a palette for broke brown-eyed beauties like myself. LOL.

  3. Alina

    I love the violets but I dont really enjoy pinks, as a lid color they look strange on me:S

  4. Ashley

    This is a nice palette for the price and I love some of the shades.

  5. Marcela

    Is NYX sold in any store or just on their website? I’ve never seen this brand and I hear pretty good things about it considering it’s on the cheaper side.

  6. Alannah

    I love that you chose a purple palette to review for today!!

  7. Roxanne

    To anyone who is interested in buying this (or a similar one): bear in mind that these are quite small! They can fit your hand (one of the reasons I decided not to buy it after all). Just to let ya know! I do love the colors though.

  8. Ter aka bobbysgeel

    So many palettes with purple in them lately…you must get tired of your arm looking like Barney lol Great review Christine!

  9. Diya

    Beautiful palette! I love purples, and will def. be picking this one up!

  10. Ji

    I actually have this kit, and I LOVE it. There is one colour that doesn’t show up on me, but it makes it easy to make a cute smokey purple look, even for a rookie. AND the shades go on pretty well pigmented. I was a little scared that as a brown girl the colours wouldn’t show up on me, but my mom bought this first and I tested them out and they did! So, brown girls, this one you can wear!

  11. I love these kits. I just reviewed the Bronze Smokey Look Kit. I Like how portable it is. The lip shades aren’t so hot.

  12. It looks like such a pretty kit. I’ve seen it at Ulta and debated it, since I <3 purples.

  13. Mevs

    I love that you reviewed this brand…do more NYX products please :)

  14. Ru

    What about the wear time? Does it crease? Does the color fade over time?

  15. Alison

    I have this kit, and I have to say, as much as I love the purples, I wish they had put just *one* light, neutral color to use on the brow. That would have made it even better for traveling!

  16. Michelle

    Thank you so much, Christine! I’m so glad I have NYX near me :) I’d get a lot of use out of this palette, minus the lip colors (I don’t like palette lip colors so I use my own stuff).

  17. I love the purples, my favorite color. I wanna get it 😉

  18. Marie

    I’m not familiar with this brand but I think the colors are vibrant. Where can I get it?

  19. HautePJ

    I lurve purple so much! Can never have enough variations, really. And thanks for the handy Post FAQ. I bet you get tired of endless questions that you’ve already answered :)

  20. The Nude on Nude palette is probably the best of their square palettes. The lip colors work well as cream blushes too! Can’t get UDs Naked? The Nude in Nude is a decent dupe!

  21. LizKS

    Would any of these purple colors be a dupe for MAC Parfait Amour?

    Thanks for the review!

  22. Miss Silver

    I love Nyx eyeshadows. I’d love to see more Nyx reviews!

  23. Vanessa

    I own one of the NYX smokey palettes (nude) and i must say it is worth the money. The colors are nice good color payoff and inexpensive. Sometimes Ulta even has them on sale, which is how i ended up buying mine ($8.00!).

  24. Dina

    I have this one, regular smoky, and bronze smoky and I’m loving all of them. Pigmented, easy to blend, inexpensive, compact.

  25. Ariana

    I am a HUGE fan of NYX palettes! The quality for the price is such a good deal!

  26. Meheen

    Christine, are you going to do a look featuring this palette? We have a really similar skintone and eye/hair color so if it looks good on you, it’d probably look good on me!

  27. Eileen

    Luv the look of this palette & it’s different in that there are no off- white or beige highlight colours.