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NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette swatches + mini reviews

I’ve had this post lying around for a long time now but never gotten around to posting it. Clear evidence of a mushy brain! However, here’s a bunch of shadows from the NYX Full Throttle collection! These eyeshadow quads come in eight versions if I’m not mistaken, I have four here to show you. Available for $10 at the NYX website for you americans, here in Sweden you can find it at for example Kicks.se and Åhléns City for 109 SEK.

nyx full throttle shadow palette stunner, color riot, bossy, take over control

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette. Top row: Stunner, Color Riot. Bottom row: Bossy, Take Over Control.

nyx full throttle shadow palette stunner, color riot, bossy, take over control

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette come in these sturdy black studded palettes. Very pretty! A bit Kat von D inspired maybe?

nyx full throttle shadow palette stunner, color riot, bossy, take over control

Which colour combo is your favourite?

nyx full throttle shadow palette stunner

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Stunner. Here you get a silvery taupe, matte beige, satin warm brown and a super shimmery intense turquoise.

nyx full throttle shadow palette stunner swatch

The mattes in this palette are definitely more stiff than the creamy shimmers. They need a little extra to look fully opaque, which in this case is totally fine as most people probably would use the matte shades in this palette as blending colours. A nice palette overall, the colour scheme really catches my eye, probably my favourite of the bunch to look at!

nyx full throttle shadow palette color riot

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Color Riot. Here you get a beige with chunky gold glitter, a matte rosy warm brown, a satin burnt orange and a matte wine red.

nyx full throttle shadow palette color riot swatch

The beige in this palette is hor-ri-BLEH. It is soft and blendable but holy shit it spits glitter everywhere except for the eyes where you try to put it. I don’t even touch that shade, but the rest are fine! The mattes aren’t mindblowing but build up beautifully and look fully opaque with an extra coat, no patchiness at all. The orange was a bit tricky, even though it’s a satin it needed some extra work to show up opaque. Still a pretty palette, the colours are perfect from a trend viewpoint!

nyx full throttle shadow palette color riot swatch

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Color Riot on my eyes. Blog post about the look here.

nyx full throttle shadow palette bossy

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Bossy. Here you get a dark taupe/purple/steel grey shimmer, a glittery pink, a deep shimmery plum and a pale matte pink.

nyx full throttle shadow palette bossy swatch

This is the most “meh” palette in my opinion. The star of the show is once again the shimmers, that first shade is just lovely. The matte light pink didn’t want to play, and let’s not even talk about the glittery hot pink.. Why why why do people still make those shadows with a matte-ish base and pack it full of glitter? It never works, the base is never even and the glitter just ends up on your face. Blegh. Turnoff.

nyx full throttle shadow palette take over control

NYX Full Throttle Shadow Palette in Take Over Control. Here you get a light warm shimmery pink, a matte mauve, a satin steel grey and a shimmery bronze.

nyx full throttle shadow take over control swatch

This palette is LIFE! Every single shade is immaculate. Smooth and velvety, adheres beautifully and you barely need to lift a finger to get full opacity. Sell these shades in a 50$ Marc Jacobs casing and I wouldn’t raise an eyebrow! The colour scheme is very sophisticated and easy to use, it’s basic without being “just another neutral palette”. The combo has both shimmery, matte, warm, cool, light and dark shades which makes it possible to create many varied looks with only four shadows. Go get it!

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NYX Full Throttle Lipstick swatches + mini reviews

Full Throttle Lipstick is a new addition to the colourful, wallet friendly range NYX offers. These lipsticks are said to be extra long wearing and also waterproof (but which lipstick formula isn’t waterproof, honestly? Have you ever been able to rinse a lipstick off with water? lol). They come in 12 shades, I have 7 here to show you.

The formula goes on thin, almost like a wet gel. You know how eye pencils sometimes feel slippery and almost cooling when applied, then dry down to a smudge proof matte? That’s exactly what Full Throttle does. The wear is insane, as the lipsticks dry matte they wear really well, without crusting off like the flat matte liquid lipsticks tend to do. A perfect inbetweener! They do feel a bit dry though, so moisturize those lips well! I still don’t find that they catch on to dry patches a lot, so quite a forgiving formula in my opinion.

These retail for $7 in the US, check the NYX US website. Here in Sweden we find them at for example Eleven.se or Åhléns City for 79 SEK a pop.

nyx full throttle lipstick

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick comes in a sleek black tube with a colour coded cap, perfect for makeup hoarders who wants to be able to tell colours apart without opening caps or reading labels. Great job NYX!

nyx full throttle lipstick

These lipsticks have a very different shape, they are cut in a weird bullet shape that is supposed to help application, but as you wear the shape down after only a few uses I think they could just have skipped that unnecessary detail.

nyx full throttle lipstick kiss the dust, lethal kiss, jolt, sandman, locked, loaded, nightcrawler

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Kiss The Dust, Lethal Kiss, Jolt, Sandman, Locked, Loaded, Night Crawler

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

nyx full throttle lipstick kiss the dust swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Kiss The Dust. A rosy brown tinted beige. Perfect everyday shade for that perfect 90′s vibe. Goes on super super smooth, not a crinkle! I have worn this one quite a bit already and it’s really great with a smokey eye for that “extra everything” face.

nyx full throttle lipstick lethal kiss swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Lethal Kiss. A cool toned super hot pink. Slightly whitened in tone but still vibrant enough to not turn milky. This is the shade that enhanced unevenness the most out of these, but still not a major problem at all.

nyx full throttle lipstick jolt swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Jolt. A vibrant light coral red. HELLO ultimate summer colour! This one applies super smooth. It has more of a red undertone instead of the pink hue most corals tend to have, so I find it very wearable on my skin tone. it doesn’t make my skin look blotchy like most corals do. My favourite of the bunch!

nyx full throttle lipstick sandman swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Sandman. A dusty brick red. The formula on this one is fantastic as well, goes on without any work at all. This is the exact shade of dark red I love to wear during the day, it doesn’t feel the least vampy but gives the face a great focal point.

nyx full throttle lipstick loaded swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Locked. A deepened berry pink. The formula on this one was super gummy and dry, didn’t apply smooth at all and will probably end up in the trash. Could it have dried up on its way here? Didn’t feel right at all! I’m worried that this is how the Full Throttle lipsticks will end up if you have them lying around for a long time or manage to pop a cap open by mistake in your handbag, but that’s just my horror theory. Plus I don’t dig the colour of this one at all so it’s not much of a loss for me personally. Skip.

nyx full throttle lipstick loaded swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Loaded. A dusty reddish plummy rosy.. something? A very unique shade. Gorgeous and vampy! The formula catches on slightly in the drier areas of my lips but it’s not an actual problem here either. Another one of my favourites.

nyx full throttle lipstick night crawler swatch

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in Night Crawler. A super dark blue toned ashy purple. Another super unique shade, It’s raisin coloured!! I have never owned anything like it! Does apply a tad uneven with slightly lighter areas here and there, but a calm application with a good mirror at hand easily solves it. Go get it if you’re feeling inspired to try something new!

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Video: Natasha Denona Eyeshadow swatches, tutorial & first impression

A new video is up! This time with a first impression of the Natasha Denona Eyeshadow 5 palette in 5. Are they worth the hype?

natasha denona eyeshadow swatches tutorial first impression

natasha denona eyeshadow swatches tutorial first impression

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A bunch of Cailyn liquid matte lipstick swatches & mini reviews

Cailyn has stepped up thier liquid lipstick game. Earlier they offered a flat matte version, recently they launched Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet which is a more comfortable matte, Star Wave Glitter Tint which sparkles and Star Wave Mattalic Tint which gives a liquid metal look. I have a few mixed ones here to show you, let’s dig deeper and see if they deliver!

A great thing to mention by the way, these lipsticks are all eye safe so even if you don’t like a certain colour on your lips you can do a yummy eyeliner or eyeshadow look with these! One of the great pros with these smudge proof liquid lippies.

My lippies are from Swedish Pure Cosmetic, you can order them internationally at cailyncosmetics.com.

cailyn liquid matte lipsticks

Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in Swayable (47). Star Wave Glitter Tint in Gemini (01), Aquarius (07). Star Wave Mattalic Tint in Sirius (12).

cailyn liquid matte lipsticks

The applicator is a flat flexible spatula-like thing. Much easier to use than a classic doe foot in my opinion! It’s also very non-furry. Am I the only one who has a problem with furry applicators creating uneven edges? Haha

cailyn liquid matte lipstick swatches

Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in Swayable (47). Star Wave Glitter Tint in Gemini (01), Aquarius (07). Star Wave Mattalic Tint in Sirius (12).

bare lips

Bare lips for reference

cailyn pure lust extreme matte tint + velvet swayable (47) swatch

Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in Swayable (47). A matte wine red metallic. Feels super thin and soft on the lips, not thick and gunky at all. Needs a thin second coat along the edges to look fully opaque on the lips, but it dries so perfect you won’t feel it. The wear on this one is crazy! It beat all these other three shades. I didn’t think I liked full on metallic lips but this one changed my mind. I can just imagine how it would look as an eyeliner.. Yum.

cailyn star wave glitter tint gemini (01) swatch

Cailyn Star Wave Glitter Tint in Gemini (01). A sheer mauve pink with chunky gold glitter. Ohhh gurl just no. The colour is horrible on me, the formula is gritty as a sand paper and it just looks like 90′s kids makeup. Did I mention that the glitter crusted off within minutes? No, just…. no.

cailyn star wave glitter tint aquarius (07) swatch

Cailyn Star Wave Glitter Tint in Aquarius (07). A dark blue with blue glitter. This one I have very mixed thoughts about. I love, LOVE the colour, like LOVE love love. But the glitter crusts off this one aswell and it doesn’t feel comfortable at all. BUT I LOVE HOW IT LOOKS? Argh.

cailyn star wave mattalic tint sirius (12) swatch

Cailyn Star Wave Mattalic Tint in Sirius (12). A dark cool toned grey with a soft silver sheen. Now we’re talking again! This formula is said to be liquid metallic, somehow I think this one is more on the matte side than the velvety red one shown above? But that’s just technicalities, the formula itself is divine! Another thin, smooth finish and it is fully opaque in one coat. I really like how it’s kind of an off black, it makes it look softer while still super graphic. Love.

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Some pale shimmery mineral eyeshadows from TiKei

Beautiful Alexandra @aatypi always uses TiKei Mineral Eyeshadow in Stardust as her face highlighter, it always looks so smooth and ethereal on her. Of course I had to try it out for myself! Preferred method of doing it: Ordering 10 SEK (about a dollar) clamshell samples of aaalllllll their pale shimmery eyeshadows and deciding which shade is my favourite! They are messy as hell compared to a full size but you get a bunch of product for the money. It’s a great way to try a new colour out if you don’t want to invest before you know if you like the product.

Check the TiKei website out here, they ship within EU and some other international countries. Free shipping on all orders within Sweden!

tikei mineral eyeshadow fairydust, lace, devotion, stardust, champagne

TiKei Mineral Eyeshadow. Top row: Fairydust, Lace, Devotion. Bottom row: Stardust, Champagne.

And the verdict?

Stardust which Alexandra uses is the palest, smoothest and most neutral toned of the shimmer, it’s 100% glitter free and just like a soft moon glow on the skin. Fairydust and Champagne are similar in effect but darker, Fairydust is a peachy pink and Champagne more golden. I will experiment using all of them as face highlighters!

The ones that I would skip using on the cheeks are Lace which is pale pink and a bit more sparkly, perfect eye corner highlighter but maybe too glittery for cheeks. Devotion is a tad too dark and pink for my cheeks but HELLO great everyday lid shade. Honestly it’s the colour that gets me going most out of all five.

tikei mineral eyeshadow fairydust, lace, devotion, stardust, champagne swatch

TiKei Mineral Eyeshadow in Fairydust, Lace, Devotion, Stardust, Champagne.

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Glossy claws, purrty lips, serious eyebrows and a passion for critical thinking. Beauty blogger from Gothenburg, Sweden.

My name is Viola Holmgren and I've been representing Swedish beauty bloggerism (yes. we're a cult) since 2008. I focus on cruelty free beauty and I love the feeling of finding cool products that have gone under the radar.

Makeup doesn't have rules. The only person who decides what's right or wrong and if you're wearing it or not is you, and that's where my job as a blogger comes in handy. Use my experience as a guide or an inspiration towards finding your own way.

And just to clarify, all reviews and opinions are my own, there is no evil baby demon on my left shoulder who is bribing, forcing or possessing me to write. Reviews are best written in honesty!