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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.