NYX Ultimate Edit Petite Shadow Palette in Phoenix (REVIEW)

Trying to combat the returning freezing cold in the UK at the beginning of the week, I picked a palette to review with vibrant warm shades to remind us that proper spring weather is on its way but is somewhat delayed. I haven’t bought a palette in a while and since as far as I knew, NYX is vegan (I was so wrong, see my comments down below) I was happy to grab one of their new Ultimate Edit Petite Shadow Palettes.

NYX came out with two new shade combinations that look great with the already existing Warm Neutrals and Brights. Ash and Phoenix containing a lovely selection of cool and warm shadows complement the other two nicely forming a versatile range.

source: eleven.se, top row from the left: Neutrals, Ash; bottom row from the left: Phoenix, Brights

I bought Phoenix just because the shades in there make me feel better at the moment and just to have a feel of the collection with the potential of buying the others too. I have had the palette for two weeks, here are the details:

Packaging: light, plastic, no mirror.

The claim: “Don’t be fooled by its adorable size—the Ultimate Edit Petite Shadow Palette is small but mighty! Choose from our two best-selling assortments (Brights and Warm Neutrals) and two new shade combinations (Ash and Phoenix). Each travel-friendly palette is packed with six handpicked hues in a vivid mix of velvety-rich textures and mesmerizing finishes.”


Who it is for: anyone in favour of warm colours, the bright red shade though is not for everyone.

Texture: not as soft as I like my eyeshadows to be, but not too hard either, the texture varies within the palette.

Pigment: same goes for the pigment too, it’s a mixed bag, it varies among the different shades, some more pigmented than others.

How it worked for me: this palette promised more to me than it is in terms of performance, unfortunately. Some colours are okay, but some are just not pigmented enough, the texture isn’t consistent across the shades and most aren’t a breeze to blend. Pity because it looks a lot of fun. The peachy shade (second from the left) is the least pigmented and I had to swatch it several times until I got good coverage. The red shade and the purple are the most pigmented so they are easier to blend too. The pink (third one from the left) and the grey are okay, the gold on the left seems to be the brightest and most fun out of the six shades.

But here’s the thing I didn’t expect: when you are vegan, you can make mistakes every now and then, it is okay, we aren’t perfect and this is totally my fault, I was rushing my research. So turns out the ingredient list, which I haven’t checked straight away, looks like this:

Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Water/Aqua/Eau, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

I was surprised to see Carmine on the list which is a bright red dye commonly used cosmetics and textiles. Carmine is made from beetles and is therefore not vegan. The pigment is produced by drying, crushing, and then boiling the bodies of cochineal beetles to extract carminic acid so I wouldn’t even call it cruelty-free, to be honest. What a shame! NYX has other formulations that are vegan so at least there is an option which is great. Here’s the link if you are interested to check them out.

So, does this palette deliver with regards to the claimed ‘velvety texture’ and ‘mesmerizing finish’? Not so much, but this doesn’t mean it’s not a workable palette. However, no matter how workable it is if it’s not even cruelty-free. It is important to me to show to people that cruelty-free, vegan beauty is great and is the right thing to strive for so I wouldn’t recommend buying this palette. I would rather look for softer and actually vegan formulations. This post certainly thought me to do more in-depth searches on the products I but just to make sure I know exactly what I’m getting.

Swatches (in daylight):



Value for money: not bad for the £5.60 I spent on it in Boots, it was on sale. Normally it is £7.00 which is still not extortionate for six shades…Carmine though.

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