The NYX Proof It! Primer seems pretty standard for an eye shadow primer. It uses a doe-foot applicator to apply the product. Like all doe-foot shadow primers, you really just want to apply a small dollop on the eyelid and then blend that over the entire lid with your finger. The primer looks kind of like a really pale flesh tone, but it blends out pretty much clear on my skin. You’re not going to notice anything being concealed, but I do feel like my lids look slightly better with only the primer applied. As you blend it in, the product dries down to a virtually undetectable finish. I tend to let it sit for a minute or two before applying shadows. Once it’s fully dry, I simply apply shadows as usual.
One change that I do tend to make in the Summer is to change up my lip colors. This happens both via formula as well as the types of shades I reach for. I’m going to start with formula. As you may have guessed from my Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick review (found here), I love more of a semi-sheer formulation when the sun comes out. Lip stains, tinted balms and lip crayons are often my go-tos. Obviously the Sheer Revolution Lipsticks are among my absolute favorites, but some others to check out are the Endless Summer Lipsticks from Lipstick Queen, the Butter Lipsticks from NYX, the Colour Crush Shine Lipsticks from The Body Shop, the Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker Gloss Stick in “Fuchsia-Ristic” is perfect, and the NARS Christopher Kane Lip Glosses are absolutely ideal for a transparent wash of staining beauty (see that review here)! Basically if it’s a “no muss, no fuss” kind of product, I’m up for it! J
|Top to Bottom: Fighter, Frenchie, Toucan, Julep, Juicy, Chi-Chi & Topanga|
As I just mentioned, these palettes are visually stunning. They have the standard Hourglass kind of brownish-bronze metallic outer case that feels luxurious and special and includes a generous mirror. The size of this palette is not quite as large as the Ambient Lighting or the Blush Palettes, but there still appears to be a decent amount of product for the eyes. The eye shadows inside are pressed into a stunning ripple pattern that runs across the 5 different shades in the palette (though there is no separation between colors which kind of bothers me) and it just looks so pretty! The palettes have the look suited to the hefty $58 price tag that’s attached.
|Can you see the powder kicked up in the shadows? No bueno!|