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NYX Love in Florence Ciao Bella Palette

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NYX Love in Florence Ciao Bella Palette

I’m feeling better and today, as promised, I have the NYX Love in Florence Ciao Bella Palette for review and I also did an eye look showing you how the palette performs.  NYX released a metric butt-ton of eyeshadows for Spring 2013, and the Love in Florence palettes are just a fraction of them.  There are ten palettes in the Love in Florence collection, and I have one of them in Ciao Bella.  Yesterday, you read Kelly’s review of My Romeo, which was a little hit and miss.  Let’s see how Ciao Bella stacks up.

Packaging:  I completely agree with Kelly that the little Bow closure is freaking adorable!  A also agree that the long thin pans are difficult to dip a brush into.  I made it work, but it could have been more convenient.  Otherwise, the sturdy plastic is fine and easy to open.  I saw some palettes get dropped in the store, and the shadows all held together, so the packaging does it’s job to protest the product.

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NYX Love in Florence Ciao Bella Palette

My experience with NYX eyeshadows is that their single shadows are awesome, and their large palettes are generally pretty good too.  Their smaller palettes are where things start to slip.  I’ve seen some NYX trios that are amazing, and some with chalky shadows that aren’t very pigmented.  When it comes to NYX small palettes, swatching is key.

Formula: I didn’t have any fading issues with the palette, and none of the shadows were chalky.  The black shade (which is more of a deep charcoal black than a true black) can be a little powdery, so be sure to tap your brush off before applying.  Also, that shimmery taupe on the bottom under the light gray has a ton of shimmer fall-out.  None of the other shades had a problem with fall out nearly as bad as that taupe.  Tapping off your brush and using a good primer really help, but that taupe shade may still have fall out issues even after.  The shadows blended well together and didn’t give me any major problems.

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NYX Ciao Bella Swatches

Ciao Bella caught my eye because of the three larger shadows.  The gorgeous peach looks so good next to the taupe shades and that deep charcoal/black.  These are heavy swatches over bare skin.  That deep charcoal/black shade is very pigmented and does not have to be built up at all.  Same with the middle shade which is an odd peach-toned gold.  It’s really beautiful.  Unfortunately, the vibrant peach shade that really sold me on this palette is not as pigmented as I would like.  As you can see in the swatch, you can get nice, vibrant color pay-off, but you really have to pack on the shadow.  The bottom two shades are, admittedly, supposed to be light, but they are hard to see on the skin.  Again, I had to pile it on so that they showed up in the swatch.  However, I am still really pleased with that gray shade because it is perfect to tone down the deep charcoal/black shade if you go overboard.

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NYX Ciao Bella

This eye look used only the shadows found in the Ciao Bella palette.  I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance for a base.  I applied the peach shade to the lid, and the shimmery taupe (hence the stray glitter particles) in the crease to help the deep charcoal/black blend out more smoothly and add dimension.

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NYX Ciao Bella

The black went on pretty heavy because of the intense pigmentation, so I used the light gray shade in the crease to blend it out even more and soften the look to make it more Day than Evening.  I used the peachy-gold shimmer shade as a highlight, and lined with the black shadow.

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NYX Ciao Bella

I am pretty pleased with Ciao Bella, and like the look that I came up with.  It is hit and miss as far as pigmentation, with the black and the peachy-gold shades having great color pay-off, while the other three shades are a bit lacking on their own.  All of the shades can be built up, and a primer helps a lot.  After reading Kelly’s review yesterday of Meet My Romeo, and based on my experience with Ciao Bella, I would not pay full price for the Love in Florence Palettes.  If you, like me, can score them on sale then it may be worth picking one up, but don’t go out of your way to get them all.  They aren’t worth the full price of $8.00 in my opinion.  They aren’t bad palettes, but they are just okay.

I have more Spring releases from NYX to show you later.  I have two of the Love in Rio trios, and hopefully will have better luck with them than I did with Ciao Bella.

Guest Post: NYX Love in Florence Meet My Romeo Palette

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Hey everyone, I am recovering from a stomach bug and am not quite up for blogging.  My awesome friend Kelly was gracious enough to write up a guest post to share here on BiBB.  I think it’s important to occasionally hear reviews from someone who isn’t quite as obsessed (ahem) with makeup as your typical beauty blogger.  Luckily, Kelly decided to help me out with this review.  All of the pictures are her own and most can be enlarged by clicking on them.  You can experience more of her quirky writing style, wry sense of humor, and general neurosis over at readingwithanalyis where she talks about books, reading, and life as she sees it.  I also have a NYX Love in Florence palette to show you, and I’ll hopefully be putting that one up tomorrow.  In the meantime, here is Kelly’s review.

NYX Love in Florence Meet My Romeo Palette

NYX Love in Florence Meet My Romeo Palette

I recently purchased the NYX Love in Florence palette in Meet My Romeo, and I figured I’d be a good friend and share a review and some swatches.  First up, I’m usually a bit bemused whenever Teresa waxes about adorable product packaging, but look at that cute little plastic bow!  Yes – it’s adorable.  The case is also pretty easy to open, and the pans of product are of a decent size.  It is a little difficult to use a brush on those two long, narrow pans, but I was able to make it work.

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NYX Love in Florence Meet My Romeo Palette

I couldn’t find any color names for these shades, so I’ll just refer to them by number, 1-5.  I’ll go ahead and give a caveat… I’ve never done this swatching thing before, and I’m fairly certain I didn’t do it correctly.  I had a heck of a time trying to get the first two shades to even show up on my skin (I used my left inner arm), but I have read some reviews that these shadows are not as pigmented as one could hope, so perhaps this is not entirely a case of user-error.  Anyway…

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Meet My Romeo with flash

The top line of swatches is just the shadow over my bare skin, and the bottom line is over a layer of e.l.f. essential eyelid primer.  The image above shows all five colors snapped with a flash and indoor light.

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Meet My Romeo w/out flash

This photo shows pretty much the same thing except without the flash in indoor light.

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Meet My Romeo lighter shades

I also took some closer shots (without flash) to show the nearly nonexistent lighter colors (can you even see color 2 without the primer?).  Shade 1 is a pretty golden taupe with a good deal of both shimmer and sparkle.  Shade 2 is a very pretty (but under-pigmented) pearl shade.  When I actually put it on my eyelid (over a good primer, Tarte Cleanslate 360° Creaseless), it was pretty underwhelming, but when I applied a bit of it over some Wet ‘n’ Wild Coloricon shadow in Brulee along my browbone, the shimmer from shade 2 was just enough.

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Meet My Romeo darker shades

And here is a closer shot of the three darker shades (without flash).

My favorite shade of the bunch is probably 3, with 5 coming a close second, even though it’s a little patchy and the sparkle fallout is fairly ridiculous.  Shade 3 is a very shimmery plummy brown with a hint of pewter.  Shade 4 is a matte brown with just a hint of gray (dun, perhaps) that applied a bit patchy over bare skin but was fairly workable over the primer.  Shade 5 is a mostly-pewter matte brown with a goodly amount of gold sparkle.  As with shade 4, shade 5 was patchy over bare skin but worked great over the primer, except that the gold sparkle landed everywhere other than my eyelid.

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And here is an office-appropriate, quite neutral look using all five shades and the Wet ‘n’ Wild Coloricon shade Brulee (with shade 2 applied over for a hint of shimmer).  I also used NYX Slide On… liner in Brown Perfection and the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara (LOVE… you are so right, Teresa!) to finish the look.

Bottom line

Pigmentation: Not super awesome… you really have to use a primer, and a good primer at that, and you have to load your brush with a lot of product in order for it to show up at all.  With the sparkle shades (1 and 5) there is some fallout.

Formula:  I really liked the formula of shades 1, 2, and 3 (the shimmer shades), even though I wished for more pigmentation.  For the two matte shades (4 and 5), the formula was a little bit patchy, but it still performed pretty well.  All five shades blended well with each other and with the Wet ‘n’ Wild Coloricon shadow I used.

Value:  I picked up this palette from Ulta when NYX products were BOGO 50% off, and I’m happy with the performance for a $4 price point.  Had I paid $8, I might have been a trifle bummed.

All told, I’m glad I picked up the NYX Love in Florence palette in Meet My Romeo.  I’ll be keeping an eye out for the other Love in Florence palettes that caught my fancy: Eat, Love, Be Fab; La Dolce Vita; and Ciao Bella.