Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Glitterati...

No I'm not doing a review of a British Rock band from's the NYX Glitterati Cream pallet silly!! After my recent post My Mister's Gorgeous Sister a lot of you have been telling me that you've heard really bad things about The NYX Glitter Pallets so I thought I'd post some swatches. I'll be honest it's not the best or the easiest thing I've ever worked with, but weirdly I still like it...maybe it's cos it's just sooo darn priddy!

I have the GGCP 01 Glitterama Pallet and NYX describes it as:

"Multipurpose gel-based glitter combination in a pallet! With 21 delicious shades to choose from, you can sparkle up you face, body and hair any day!"

The first buggit thing about this pallet is that I couldn't get in it!! I can only assume it's a one off flaw as I've not really heard anyone else moan about the packaging, so we'll let that one slide...even if I do have to open it with a knife every time I use it :S
When I do eventually get into it and swatch it on my fingers I'm mesmerised!! The colour selection is amazing, the colour payoff on my fingers is incredible, it's not even tooooo bad on my arm. I can't wait to try it...

...and that's where the problems begin!! Try as I might I just can't get the same payoff on my eyes as I do on my fingers or my arm :( Admittedly some are better than others, the density of glitter in some of the shades is a lot greater than in others and it tends to be these ones that have the better payoff. The others seem to have too much gel which almost obscures the glitter!! I've also found that this gets worse the more you touch it as the gel starts to cream a little and goes opaque, then you can barely see the effects of the glitter at all. The swatches in the pics are all done with 4 swirls of the pan and one swipe onto my arm so you can see the inconsistency.
I've tried all kinds of ways to apply these to get a decent effect. Straight onto the skin, over shadows, with my fingers, with a brush. I've even tried the little foam applicators that come with it, and if that's not desperate I don't know what is. I don't think I've used one of these since I was about 6 and I used it to smear blue eyeshadow all over my face!!

That said, the little foam applicator wasn't too bad if you just want a light effect. The only way I can get the same effect on my eye though is to trowel it on!! No seriously, I spread it with a small pallet knife. But this in itself presents further problems as the product is too thick and starts to crease. I just can't win!!
So I guess all in all this pallet is ok if you just want a light smattering of glitter and you're not bothered about the inconsistency between colours, but if your looking for a full on Drag-tastic glittery look this is not the product to go for.
On the whole I do really like NYX products, some can be a bit hit and miss but most are good value for money. Given that the glitter pallet is not very expensive I'm glad I have it...even if it is just to look at haha!! No honestly I think I will use it again. I'm going to persevere cos if I can crack it I think it could be fabulous!!

Hope this is helpful :D

Speak soon xx


  1. That's such a shame, some of those shades are beautiful!

  2. This is an excellent review! You should definitely post a link to this on MUG, I think people would really appreciate it!

  3. Awesome reveiw! I love all your looks!

  4. Fantastic review, quick question are you ordering your NYX products online or is there a shop here in the North West UK selling them I don't know about? I've been trying to find one and can't :(

  5. @ Robyn...I know!! The colours are beautiful, I was gutted!! I'll keep you posted if I manage to work something out with it though :D
    @ Starryskies...Thanks girl!! I posted it onto MUG last night, so hopefully it will be helpful. I was thinking I might do some more reviews...
    @ Girtastic...Aww thank you!! You can't see but I'm blushing haha :D
    @ Firredheadedelf...Thanks soo much for the comment!! At the minute I buy my NYX from, I don't really know any UK distributors other than the website
    ...maybe I should be a distributor? Hmmm you got me thinking now haha


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