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NYX Glitter Cream Palette Review

I love the Christmas season. I love Christmas television specials, over-the-top choiriffic Christmas jams, and, of course, all those special makeup sets that are only available during the holiday season. I love the sparkling lights, the giant red ribbons, and oh man, the glitter. Glitter everywhere! But today is Christmas Eve and I actually start to get bummed out around Christmas Eve because I know it’s going to be over soon and I’ll have to wait a whole year for all of it to come back again.  Well, almost all of it. Thanks to this NYX Cosmetics Glitter Cream Palette, the glittery part of the holidays can stick around.

NYX Glitter Cream Palette Sweet Chocolate Browns

I picked this palette up at Ulta last Thursday (they have plenty in the store, but I couldn’t find this product on their website).  It was less than $6 and it was just so damn sparkly!  There were several palettes to choose from, including silvers, purples, and greens, but I opted for this lovely “Sweet Chocolate Browns” palette.

NYX Glitter Cream Palette Sweet Chocolate Browns

The product is dazzling in the package. Upon opening it, I learned that each color was a clear gel with tons of glitter packed in. Most of the colors swatched really well, with the exception of one of the chocolate browns. That one just kind of smeared in weird little clumps and didn’t spread well. The others provided a very exciting amount of sparkling delight.

Swatches for NYX Glitter Cream Palette Sweet Chocolate Browns

I was excited to try it out, but my excitement soon turned into confusion. One of the first things I noticed was the big warning on the back saying it was not intended for use around the eye area.. I can only assume this means the actual glitter in it is not approved for use in eye makeup. Why bother making this palette look so much like an eye shadow palette? Furthermore, where else would I put it if not my eyes? I was a raver in the latter part of the 90s, and I’m sure my teen raver self would have been happy to smear glitter on my lips and cheeks, but my current thirtysomething self thinks that’s tacky and probably bad for my skin.

NYX Glitter Cream Palette Eye Warning

I decided to search for some YouTube tutorials to see how other people were using NYX Glitter Cream, and guess what? They’re all putting it on their eyelids. Then I looked to the NYX website to see if they had any suggestions, and it specifically stated it was for “eyes, lips, and cheeks.”  Okay…eyelids ahoy, then. Safety be damned?

Based on the information I got from all the tutorials I watched, I knew that this product produces better results when layered over eyeshadow.  I tried the pink first and the glitter payoff was fantastic. I loved how much it glimmered! I tried to capture it with my camera, but the pictures didn’t even come close to doing it justice.

Then I tried the chocolate brown – the one that didn’t swatch well. I knew it might not work, but the color is so beautiful in the container. A girl can hope, can’t she? Well, that one was a dud. Same result on my eyelid as I had on my hand- clumpy, weird, hard to spread. I ended up having the reapply eyeshadow on that side of my eye. It was a letdown but I was happy enough with the pink glitter, so that’s what I wore to dinner.

NYX Glitter Cream Pink Closeup

When it was time to remove the glitter, it seemed to come off fine with my regular eye makeup remover.  I washed my face afterward and it all seemed copasetic, until about 10 minutes later when I had to fish a piece of glitter out of my eye.  I felt like I had glitter in my eyes for the rest of the night, and removed no less than 4 pieces of glitter between washing my face and actually going to bed.  The whole time I kept thinking about that warning on the back of the palette, and how I was probably going to scratch my cornea, get an infection and go blind.

That didn’t happen, but the whole experience definitely took some of the sparkle out of this glimmer palette. I’ll definitely keep this palette around. It’s pretty exciting to look at and I’m still holding out hope that I can find another application for it other than my eyelids. But I’m not sure I’d buy another one, no matter how dazzling and affordable it might be.

Skin & Tonics Rating:  C

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