NYC Lovatics by Demi Palette Review + Makeup Look

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Over the past few months since the NYC Lovatic's by Demi Palette was released, I've seen and read countless reviews and tutorials. Most of them raving about how amazing this palette is right from the pigmentation of the shadows to the wear of the shadows. I purchased the palette right after its release date and have been playing around with it for a little over a month now. This was one of those products that I used once and stuck in my drawers. It was your average eyeshadow palette. But as I saw more and more people talking about it, I decided to pull it out of its home and really dedicate some time to using it to see what all the hype was about.

The palette retails at Wal-Mart for $8.97 (CAN) and contains 12 shades ranging from matte brow bone shades to deep dark chocolate shades. There is also a fantastic variety of finishes in this palette including matte, satin, and metallic. Comparing this palette to others in my collection I do think that many shades are similar to those in the Naked 2 Palette, The Balm Nude Tude Palette, and Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (Should I do a dupes post?). This got me really excited to use the Lovatic's Palette to see how it compared to the high-end versions that have similar shades.

One of the biggest thing I noticed in this palette upon swatching and using it was the level of pigmentation in all of the shades. When I first began to really focus on this palette I swatched all of the shades and they came out just as intense as Urban Decay or Kat Von D shadows that I have in my collection. I found that applying them to the eyes, they lacked a little bit of the pigmentation but were still able to be built up and produce a really pretty look. In saying that, some of the medium to deep shades do come out similar on the eyes. I like to use the deepest shades of a palette to deepen the outer v and crease of my eyelid. I found when I did this with the darker shades there really wasn't the level of gradience that I wanted. You can even see this in the makeup look I have posted below. As the days worn on I also noticed that many of these shades just faded together and then started to really fade on my eyes. This is a big sign for me that the shadows just don't have lasting power.

I was able to make some really pretty looks with this palette (including the one below) but overall, I would continue to reach for my high-end palettes. While I think the NYC Lovatic's Palette is great for the $9 bucks, it's lack luster in a lot of departments now that I'm used to using more high-end shadows. There definitely is a market for this palette though including those who are just starting out in makeup and looking to play around with more neutral and bold looks. I also think this is great if you're just going out of the house for a few hours and need something on the eyes. But I wouldn't recommend this palette for wearing all day or even to a special event.

Here is one of the many looks that I put together using this palette. I wanted to show you in photography and real life what the palette looked like on the eyes and paired as a whole face look. The first two images were taken right after the application process was completely and the eye images were taken about 1 - 3 hours after the application process. Already you can see that my eyeshadow has blended together and looks faded. I also feel like all of the glitter in the shades I used gave me insane fallout and I felt the need to be looking at my face every ten minutes to make sure I was glitter free. I love the initial look and I do wish it would have stayed that pretty throughout the entire day.

Here is a full list of products I used:

MAC Strobe Cream
Makeup Forever HD High Definition Primer
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in Fair
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Light 44*
ELF Tone Correcting Powder*
NYX Powder Blush in Taupe - used as contour
Jordana Powder Blush in Tender Tearose*
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Gleam - shade in Crushed Pearl
Milani Eyeshadow Base
MAC Cosmetics Painterly Paint Pot
NYC Lovatics by Demi Eyeshadow Palette in 02 Natural
Joe Fresh Single Shade in Smoke - used as a transition colour
Hard Candy Walk The Line Liquid Eyeliner
L'OReal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black
Essence Make Me Brow in Blondy Brows*
Marcelle Forever Sharp Eyebrow Liner in Blonde*
Joe Fresh Long Wear Liquid Lipstick in Plum
ELF Mist & Set - used as setting spray

Overall I would have to say that I'm pretty disappointed in this palette. It swatched absolutely beautiful and I heard such great things about it that I thought it would be a huge staple in my collection. I'm sad to say that's just not the case. And if I'm being honest, I don't know how much I will actually use this palette after this post. As I said before, I would rather reach for my high-end products that I paid a significant amount of money for compared to this $9 palette. I'm hoping that I can will myself to use this palette in the summer to see if the season change and the change in my skin has anything to do with it. Like I said above, this has it's place and if you are new to makeup and wanting to try things out I suggest grabbing this. My sister purchased this shortly after I did and she uses hers all the time and loves it. However, for experienced pros' and makeup artists, I would save your money!

*** Products marked were sent to me for consideration as pr samples!

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