For the past few days, I’ve been tinkering around with the new NYX Nude on Nude Palette, chock full of nakedly goodness—with 20 neutral eyeshadows and 10 lip colors (hiding out on the bottom). Is it the NYX answer to last year’s Urban Decay Naked palette woes? Let’s look a little bit closer!
The NYX Nude on Nude Palette is a simple concept that I imagine was “inspired” by the popularity of the Naked Palette, and there’s nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact—depending on your needs/desires/budget, you may fare even better with Nude on Nude. NYX has already established that they really rock at producing pigmented products for a fraction of the price of some prestige brands, and we love them for it. So I’m happy to say that they didn’t drop the ball here. Let’s be honest, this is not a perfect Naked dupe. For starters it has 20 shadows versus 12, and it costs almost 50% less than Naked. So we’re already coming up roses! And while the quality is exceptional for its $25 price tag, you’ll notice differences in texture and pigmentation. Not bad, just different.
Swatches done without any primer (on purpose):
The best payoff in the eyeshadows came with the shimmers/pearls, they’re nice and velvety. I had a little bit more of a powdery feeling with some of the mattes, but was still surprised by them since I didn’t use any primer while swatching. I wanted to get the full feel for them, and I have to say—with primer, these don’t disappoint me at all. The lip colors are pretty, but I consider them more of a bonus than anything—I probably won’t use them very much because I can’t carry them around with me for touch-ups. With this palette…the eyes have it! It’s all about the eyes here.
Of the neutral/nude shadow palettes I’ve seen out there lately, Nude on Nude is the next best thing to getting Naked (but not a perfect dupe). These shadows are versatile, they’ll flatter anyone, and they’re forgiving during application. If Naked stopped you due to price or a lack of availability, you prefer a more natural look, or think simplicity is best—get your hands on Nude on Nude!
Availability: $25, nyxcosmetics.com