I don’t typically use drugstore products, however I’m very excited to talk about the Nyx Happy Birthday palette. This palette is the birthday gift from Ulta for being a member of their rewards program. They change the birthday gift quarterly, so this palette is the gift for people who have birthdays between July and September.
This palette has a retail value of $18USD, so thats roughly $23CAD. A pretty great deal for a freebie! The packaging is nice, it feels sturdy, has a nice quality mirror and the lid snaps closed.
The colours in this palette are actually quite beautiful. I don’t know that I’d be able to do any intricate looks with this palette alone, but theres definitely ways to do a few simple ones. In combination with other palettes, this one is actually quite beautiful and a nice addition to anyones collection. The powders have some kickback, but not in a way that would make them difficult to work with. The texture of the shadows is nice and not too chalky feeling.
There was one shade I was particularly impressed with: the matte in the centre of the bottom row. Its a beautiful terracotta clay brown, and it was amazingly formulated. The mattes are definitely the better quality shadows in this palette. I was highly disappointed that most of the shimmer shades (especially the light ones) look very similar when swatched. The green and red shimmers are more of a sheer wash of colour (which is fine), so be wary of that when you use them for the first time.
Overall it’s a free palette, so definitely get to Ulta if it’s convenient to pick it up. It looks like it’ll take a little extra effort to fully enjoy, but I’m okay with that!