Can we just take a second to talk about how CONVENIENT eye shadow palettes are, especially when the packaging is only about 3 inches long and 2 inches wide? For me, a separate makeup kit for on-the-go is absolutely essential, and when you’re commuting to and from places all day, packing light is highly preferred.
So you can guess I was pretty excited when LDiva whipped out these NYX Love in Florence babies. Each one was packed with 5 complimentary shades (both bold and subtle), some consisting of colors I would have never thought applying on myself. My eyes immediately laid on the smokey-eye/purple-toned Prima Donna (obvi), so I snagged that one right away.
DIVA IN TRAINING! For the first time ever, I put my makeup skills to the test on another gal: none other than my roomie Michelle (that’s why they’re there, right?). I wasn’t sure whether to play it safe or go all out with the palette, but I knew I intended a smokey eye at the end of the day. Although Love in Florence already includes a mini eyeshadow applicator, I decided to use Michelle’s #1 survival tool, Lancome’s Angle Shadow Brush #13, for easy blending. Here’s how I did it:
1) Beginning with the shimmery champagne, I lightly brushed the brow bone for some highlighting. Doing this first also helps me get a sense of how far I should go when applying the main eyeshadow color.
2) Mixing the taupe with the aubergine shade, I applied this combination to the entire eyelid as the foundation of the eye look.
3) I then blended the black with the matte plum and applied it towards the corners of the eyelids. Thanks to the brush, I was able to blend the shades altogether nicely for a smokey effect.
4) Using Sephora’s Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in 01 Black, I let Michelle apply the eyeliner on her own to both the waterline and upper lashline.
5) I also let her apply Buxom Lash mascara on both top and bottom lashes. A few quick swipes is all that’s needed.
6) Lastly, I dabbed a bit of the champagne shade on the inner corner of Michelle’s eyes to highlight and bring them out more. I also touched up the brow bone and did some final blending with the main purple shade.
And VOILA! A quick 7-minute smokey eye that is PERFECT for any date night or GNO. Unfortunately for us, Sunday nights turn into school on Monday mornings, but no doubt we can’t easily recreate this look for any other day!
Not only am I head over heels for the shades, but they’re very pigmented, which is a total plus when it comes to any eye palette that costs $8 (#economicdiva). That being said, it took Michelle a little muscle strength to fully remove the makeup at the end of the day. In addition, I reaaally liked the fact that the colors were SO easy to blend together, so I’m sure creating a daytime look is just as effortless.
The ONLY thing about this palette that I wish was different is its longevity. After 3-4 hours of wear, application #2 was definitely needed. Just remember to primer up (woops on our part)!
When it comes to NYX Love in Florence palettes, I say go for it! There’s 10 different ones to choose from, and when you’re willing to try out something new and fun without having to spend $30 and up, these compacts are perf for the job!
P.S. Thanks again to Michelle for being my model! Love you, roomie :)
Note: This post is not sponsored. All thoughts are unbiased and my own. Samples were provided for review.