Pictorial: “Dark Shadows” using the IndividualEyes Palette (Pic Heavy!)

Hey everyone! Today, I wanted to bring you all a pictorial & review of the NYC New York Color IndividualEyes palette in Dark Shadows. I received this palette in my Beauty Bloggers Voxbox from Influenster (to test of course) and I could not wait to try this out. It has been a long time since I’ve used anything from the New York Color brand, so naturally, I was anxious to share my experience with you all. First, I will give you the pictorial, followed by the review. Let’s get started.

1. Start off with a ready eye (I’m using my left eye today)

2. Using the primer in the palette, apply that onto your upper and lower lids, making sure to blend it out.

3. Using the silvery all over lid color, apply that all over the lid, up to the crease.

4. Use the first crease color (dark gray), apply that to the crease, going all the way into the inner corner (as pictured above).

5. Using the dark, glittery black, apply that over the dark gray, blending in halfway. You want this part to look defined, yet blended on the top. I used Naked from the Urban Decay Naked Palette to defuse the edges of the black near my eyebrow, bringing the color down and smoking out the black. Note: If you want a sharp edge to your outer corner, you can use tape or an angled brush like I did to help you get a straight line.

6. Using the silver and two crease colors, place those on the lower lash line in the same order as you did on the lid. Using the white highlight color given in the palette, place this on the inner corner and blend into the silver for a smooth transition.

7. At this point I like to apply my liners. Using my bent eyeliner brush from ELF., I apply the ELF Studio Cream Liner in Black onto my top lid, winging it out a little (you don’t have to if you don’t want because of the wing done by the eyeshadow). I also take my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero and apply that on my waterline.

8. At this point I would apply my mascara onto my top and bottom lashes. I decided to skip mascara because of another eye issue, but my mascara of choice would have been the Maybelline Mega Plush mascara. You also apply false lashes if you wanted to.

9. Next, I did my eyebrows. For the sake of this pictorial, I used the NYX Slim Eye/Eyeliner Pencils in Medium Brown and Dark Brown, my go-to eyebrow colors. Your eye look is done at this point.

10. For my face, I decided to use the Maybelline Fit Me foundation in the shade 320. I set the foundation with the ELF High Definition Setting Powder using my Powder Brush from their Studio line.

11. For blush, I used the ELF Studio Blush in Blushing Rose. My bronzer was the ELF Studio Baked Bronzer in Los Cabos. For my lips, I threw on my favorite Baby Rose lip gloss from NYX and my look complete!

That’s all for the look. Now, let’s get into the review.

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact

Product Info: NYC New York Color’s all-in-one compact gives you everything you need for a complete eye look: primer, illuminator, applicator and complementing shadows. With four vibrant colors designed for your eye color, you can create a look as individual as you are!

Retails for: $4.99

Pros:

  • I love that this palette comes with a primer. For those beginning with makeup, finding the right primer to make your shadows last longer can be a little intimidating. I like the fact that this palette makes it easy by providing a primer along with its four (4) eye shadows.
  • On the back of the packaging, it gives you how-to instructions for an eye look using the shadows. This is also a plus in my book because it gives beginners a guideline to follow before they are ready to branch off and make their own shadow combinations. If you lift the label on the back, you will see detailed instructions on applying the makeup. I love it.
  • The sparkly black in this palette. This alone deserves to be a pro. This color really made it easy for me to define my eyes and the sparkle was a nice touch. A part of me would have loved to see this color be a matte black instead of sparkly, but it is still good all the same. My favorite color out of this palette.
  • This palette is super affordable. At only $5, you get four eye shadows, a primer, and an illuminator; not a bad deal in my book!
Cons:
  • Though the shadows are pretty, they were a little chalky. I really found this to be the case the the all-over lid shade. I had to really pack this color on to avoid that patchy look on my eyes. The shadows moved a lot on my lid as well. When I applied my crease colors, I always had to go back and reapply some of the all-over lid shade because it would brush off. I can see this being an issue for some, but you get what you pay for.
  • The primer really isn’t that good, at least for me. I’m an avid user of my Urban Decay Primer Potion and my Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer to help my eye shadows last all day. I feel that the primer provided in the palette doesn’t really hold the eye shadows the way I would like. The primer allows the shadows to move around a little TOO much for me.
  • The shadows didn’t make my eyes “pop” as advertised. I wasn’t really expecting these make my eyes have that extra “BAM” factor. This wasn’t a selling point to me as I really didn’t care of that, but they do make my dark eyes seem a little bolder. I don’t know; I could just be weird.
Final Thoughts: This palette, in my opinion, is perfect for beginners who are just getting into makeup and want a palette that it pretty much a one stop shop for the eyes. Though the colors felt a little chalky to me, they were easy to blend (maybe a little too easy?), and many great eye looks can be made with this palette. The primer wasn’t the best, but it is a good one to start off with before branching out to other brands. I could see this being a nice gift for the aspiring beauty enthusiast in your life or even for yourself if you want to try it out. With the instructions on the back of the packaging, this palette can be the stepping stone for those wanting to get into doing their own makeup and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy. From what I know, NYC can be purchase at many drugstores like Walgreens and grocery stores like Target. Check out their website at www.newyorkcolor.com for more products if you’re interested!
I hope you all enjoyed this review. Below are a few pictures taken with my iPhone camera of the product and of a photo of me wearing the eye shadows on both eyes. I will be back soon with more reviews so stay tuned! I hope you all have a blessed day and a great Thanksgiving! ♥

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