I have an exciting (and long, and picture heavy) post for you today. I know it is a little late, but I have swatched and reviewed the 'Dark Shadows Crimson Amulet Palette' by NYX. This bad boy has 24 eye shadows, 5 blushes, a highlighter, 4 lip colors, primer, and liner. This retails for $28, at Ulta, and is inspired by the recent Warner Brother's movie.
So let's get to it!
Swatches of the shadows and everything else after the break! Keep reading!
L to R: 'Stuck in a Coffin' which is a basic matte black. I wasn't too impressed with pigmentation.
'Angelique': a sparkly cream glow. Not very opaque.
'The Wharf': A dusty purple with pink shimmer. Interesting color, not great pigmentation.
'Dr. Hoffman': Vibrant pumpkin orange, so creamy. A winner from these four.
'Courtship': A dusty rose with lots of shimmer. Pretty decent.
'Elizabeth': A muted, taupe olive. Nice wash of color, lots of shimmer.
'Vicky': Neutral beige with shimmer.
'The Curse': Dark sapphire with blue and silver micro-glitter. Black base. A little tricky to work with.
'Willie': A denim with purple glitter, very sheer and streaky.
'David': Emerald green that turns grey on the skin.
'Roger': A burnt sienna with gold glitter, decently pigmented.
'Barnabus': One of my favorites. A lush violet color with lots of sheen.
'Carolyn': A matte off-white. NYX does not do mattes well, unfortunately.
'The Manor': A matte brown. Ditto.
'Untimely Death': Matte taupe. Double ditto.
'Victoria Winters': Love this shade. Snow white with lots of glisten.
'Ghostly': A shimmery light brown. A nice staple.
'The Forrest': Dark matte brown, streaky and awful.
'Sickly Pallor': A shimmery pale pink.
'Just a Bat': Deep deep matte brown. Nearly black. Tough to work with, would be a good brow color though.
'Hidden Secrets': Great shade, light beige with pink sparkle.
'Playboy': Even lighter beige with a hint of pink, these two are very similar.
'Collinwood': My other favorite. Rich, coppery, shimmery. Perfect.
'Gilded': Light yellow shimmer.
'Innocent': A light matte pink.
'Dangerous': A true matte red blush. These are hard to find!
'First Love': Is a peachy, golden blush. Almost a NARS Orgasm dupe.
'Vampire Blush': Is a lighter version of 'First Love'.
'The Seventies'. It is a blush, bronzer, and highlighter seemingly all mixed into one.
'Not Edward's Sparkle' because Barnabus is cooler.
'Bloodlust': Is a bright cherry, no visible shimmer.
'Amulet': A dark blood red in the pot, a deep cherry stain on the skin.
'Just a Kiss': A coral that is bright and summery.
'Undead': A nice brown-tinged nude.
So...what do I think?
I think that the Crimson Amulet palette is fun and designed very well. Only about 8 of the 24 shadows are good enough to put into my everyday routine. The primer and liner are keepers. All 5 blushes and the highlighter are of really high quality. The lippies I could do without. And honestly, it was ten times more fun because I named my own shadows...but you don't get to. Or you can, if you want to be weird like me.
Staying Power: 7/10
Total: 40/50 = B- = Kinda Satisfied Panda
So, are you still interested in this palette? Would you want me to create some looks with it? Drop me a comment and let me know!