REVIEW & SWATCHES: NYC Sparkle Eye Dusts

    The prevailing theme throughout many holiday looks is SPARKLE. Whether you’re sticking with neutral colors or stepping out of your comfort zone with some bold colors, adding some shimmer to your look will give you that festive glow. Luckily, I’ve found new holy grail sparkly eyeshadows, and they’re under $3 a pop!

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    The NYC Sparkle Eye Dusts have undergone a complete redesign, from the colors to the packaging. I am a huge fan of these shadows, to say the least. The pigment is strong and buildable, yet they can be blended out for a softer look.

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    Bronze Shimmer is a gorgeous deep bronze that leans copper in some lighting. This color can be incorporated into any seasonal look to add that warm, sultry tone. I found that it looked great when used in the lid or crease, and easily built up to a bold shade.

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    Golden Champagne is a color I’ve been reaching for on the daily for my staple winter looks. This champagne shade has golden shimmer particles that catch light beautifully. I’ve used this as a lid color, a highlight, and to top off other shadows for added sparkle. Talk about versatile! This is the one light colored loose shadow in my collection that actually stays on my lids throughout the day without losing pigment. In fact, both of them have great staying power, but I was especially impressed with this one.

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    I only found one downside to the Sparkle Eye Dusts: the wand. In years’ past, the Sparkle Eye Dusts were packaged loose in pots without sifters and a sponge tip applicator. Now, they come in a much more portable tube, but with a long doe-footed applicator. I’ve found that the stopper in these tubes don’t do much to shake the applicator of excess product, causing massive fallout. To avoid sparkle getting all over my face, I transfer the product from the doe-foot to a flat shader brush. I then pack it onto my lid like any other loose pigment, experiencing no fallout. I’ve heard of people depotting these by simply turning them upside-down, which goes to show how ineffective the stopper inside is. I plan on doing this when I finish up some samples that I have stored in small plastic containers. Although this will make them less portable, these shadows really don’t need touching up throughout the day, anyway.

    The Sparkle Eye Dusts were a pleasant surprise from NYC. I’m actually finding a lot of new favorites from the brand, including their liquid eyeliner. These affordable and high-performing shadows are perfect for all of your holiday looks, and are available for around $2 at a drugstore near you.

    Have you been adding sparkle to your holiday looks? What are your staple shimmer shadows?

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    The Sparkle Eye Dust in Golden Champagne was received from PR for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.

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