A couple of weeks ago I made a rash statement on my Twitter saying that for the next 12 months (from 1st Dec), I was not going to buy any makeup, skincare, or perfume that wasn't either a) limited edition, or b) necessary (ie: I only have one toner, so when I run out a new purchase is legitimate). I've stuck to it for 12 days (I know, I'm a trooper), and as part of the project I thought I might try shopping my stash, as the kids say. I'm sure many of you do what I do - buy makeup, squee over it and use it a couple of times, then buy more makeup and forget about what I was squeeing over just a few days earlier.
I decided to focus on eyeshadow palettes (quads, trios, etc) first. I am such a sucker for buying these, and then I hardly ever use them. They're all sitting in a makeup case feeling sad and neglected.
Since I'm horribly indecisive and I'd probably waste half an hour each morning flicking through them and then end up using one of the same three or four brownish eyeshadows I've been using for weeks now, I asked Noodle Arms to choose one for me to use each day. The first one she chose was the NYX For Your Eyes Only palette for green eyes.
I bought this over a year ago, and it's weird. At first when you look at it, it seems really lovely - lots of beautiful greens, but then you see how kind of random it is. It's difficult to immediately see which colours might go with each other. After playing around with it a few times, I put it away and forgot about it. Noodles picked it out and chose the two colours at the right end for me to try out.
(Let's not look at the trashed eyebrows I've been attempting to grow back for months.) I applied it over UDPP. The colours are okay, but nothing special. The blend well enough, and while the pigment isn't as good as the NYX singles, it's not at all bad.
This was how it looked in the evening - definite creasing and fading. But as you can see, my eyelids and skin start to get oily late in the day, so I don't judge the eyeshadow on that score.
Overall, this palette just doesn't excite me. It's not one I'd pull out very often - if at all. It's just too random.