Hi Pandas! I love when NYX puts out palettes, because they are usually really fun and affordable, and of course, cruelty-free.
This is the NYX Be Free palette that was released about a month ago. They are going on sale now, and Ulta always has coupons. I got mine for $10. It retails for $19.
This set includes 25 eye shadows, 3 blushes, and 7 glosses, in a classy, sleek, two-layer case.
I think this is such a cute palette, for reference it is about the size of a spread hand.
The eye shadows run in the cool category, with mostly browns, purples, blues, and greys. They don’t scream summer, but they are nice neutrals. There are also a lot of mattes.
This post is picture heavy, so if you want to see the swatches…keep reading!
This is the first row from left to right if you want to compare in the above full pan picture. Not my fave row. Neutrals, but not very pigmented. All swatches are without primer.
But moving onto the second row, we are getting somewhere. I love the teal!
The third row of the palette is my favorite. Fun colors, very smooth, and pigmented.
The fourth row has some mattes. They are pretty colors, but need a lot of TLC and buildup.
The last row is mostly matte dark colors. A little patchy. Not the best.
The blushes and lip glosses are in a separate drawer, which I like. I didn’t swatch the glosses, as they were a bit too sticky for my liking. I will try to mix them together and play Frankenstein or something.
The blushes are very pretty and very pigmented. One of my favorite parts of this palette!
Overall, I am only 50% sold on the NYX Be Free palette. Since I only paid $10 and got 3 awesome blushes and about 10 shadows I like, I would say that is a good deal. If you don’t see much you like, go ahead and skip it. Or opt for some NYX single products.
Overall, it gets a B from me. What do you think?