|Front of packaging|
|Back of packaging with product info|
|Palette lid with the much commented about name :)|
|Bottom of palette with ingredients listed|
So starting with the basics, the palette is sleek and glossy black with nude coloured writing on it. It is approx. 14.3cm x 10.8cm in size and is 2cm thick. Inside it you get a variety of eye shadows as well as blushers and contouring shades. The package includes: a good sized mirror - the size of the box basically and two sections. The top section contains the "15 cherry picked eye shadows" as NYX states on their packaging along with 2 double-ended sponge applicators. The second section is a pull-out drawer which contains 4 blushers, 1 bronzer and 2 face illuminators - "for the most natural "naked" look!" as NYX says.
|Opened palette - pic with no flash|
|pic with flash|
Being a "naked" look palette, the shades of the eye shadows are of course on the neutral end. However there are some darker more dramatic shades which make this palette very versatile. I would describe them as pastel colours. There is a mix of shimmery and matte colours with more shades being on the shimmery side, however the shimmer is quite subtle and not exaggerated. There is only 1 shade that sparkles in a way that I would call glittery and it is still very pretty. The shades range from a shimmery white, to neutral flesh tones, light pinks, lilac, silver tones, greys, beiges, browns, a black shade and a glittery dark purple shade. I shade in particular I find very intriguing is a shimmery pink shade that is almost opalescent and looks golden when applied (see swatches and pics below). Thus this palette caters for cool and warm toned individuals very well. The pans are approx. 2.6cm in diameter. In terms of pigmentation over all I cannot complain. Most of them particularly the shimmery ones are quite pigmented, one or two of them are slightly less pigmented and possibly slightly on the chalky chalky. However they are very blendable and very creamy to the touch on the whole. I used a couple of them to create one look and they were very easy to work with and the result was stunning.
|pic with flash|
|close up with flash|
|Bottom row swatches|
|Middle row swatches|
|Top row swatches|
In terms of face colours then, there are 4 blushers each approx. 3x3cm. 2 shades are warm toned and 2 are cool toned with 1 of each being matte and another slightly shimmery. The pigmentation on these is quite adequate with the matte pink being the most pigmented of the lot.
The bronzer and face illuminators are each 4.4x4.4cm approx. The bronzer is a matte one while the illuminators are both shimmery, one being a light yellowish shade and the other a more pinky beige shade. Pigmentation on the illuminators is not excessive however they are buildable. The bronzer is quite sheer too but I personally like it as you do not risk putting too much colour at once and looking like an oompa loompa!
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|Bronzer and illuminators swatches|
The quality of the packaging is actually very good. The box feels quite solid and doesn't feel like it's made of cheap plastic that will break easily. I like the big mirror inside and the fact that you get 2 double ended sponge applicators - it's great for travelling.
|double ended sponge applicators|
|size comparison - e.l.f. 32 piece palette - NYX butt "naked" eyes palette|
|Look done using shades from this palette - please ignore the untamed eyebrows|
Over all, I think that this palette is worth buying. For the price of approx €20 (from Cherry Culture) you get 15 lovely eye shadows which are quite good in terms of quality and you get 4 blusher shades of a decent size with a matte selection which is great!! You also get a MATTE bronzer (something you don't always get) and 2 illuminators.
I can say that I am happy with my purchase for the time being and would recommend it to anyone who loves natural soft looks or wants a neutral palette for work/office looks and wants a cheap alternative to the more expensive nude looks palettes and doesn't mind the "butt naked" name of the palette.. haha... I still think NYX could have been a little bit more original and chosen another name for it though.... I feel like it is an obvious try at imitating the once original name of the UD Naked palette. This does in no way make it less of an awesome palette that you should try though :)
Hope you enjoyed this review... let me know what you think if you purchased this yourself or if you have any questions about it ;)