Review Series: NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Sets
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This is the third review post in my review series on the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Sets. These each consist of 1 Soft Matte Lip Cream and 8 Eyeshadows. They are named after the Soft Matte Lip Cream Color in the set which are each named after iconic cities from around the world. All of the eyeshadows are new colors created for these sets. NYX designed the colors in each palette to compliment the color of the Soft Matte Lip Cream. In this post I am going to review the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Los Angeles.
I took a gamble on the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Sets a couple months ago and purchased the City Set in Copenhagen at Ulta Beauty. I fell in love with it almost immediately, and reviewed it in my first post of the review series. Within a week I convinced Lorelei to purchase one for herself and she chose the City Set in Dubai. She let me borrow it and I was soon in love with that one as well. The Dubai set is reviewed in the second post of this series. For the holidays, Lorelei got me the City Set in Los Angeles.
To be completely honest with you, when I first looked at these sets Los Angeles was not in my top 3 to purchase, but I am so glad that I got this one. The eyeshadows are so beautiful and the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Los Angeles has become one of my favorites. The lipstick is not currently available to purchase on its own. It is only found in this City Set. I would describe it as a medium brownish mauve. Soft Matte Lip Creams partially set once they dry on your lips, which is unlike most liquid lipsticks. They are very comfortable to wear, but are not transfer proof.
In this post I am going to provide a description and review for each of the 8 eyeshadows that are in the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Los Angeles. As always, I will give you my honest opinions. I will also show you three separate looks that I created using the City Set in Los Angeles and with one of the looks I am going to go into details on how I created the eye look using this palette.
NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Los Angeles
All I have to say is….WOW. This hot pink matte eyeshadow has unbelievable pigmentation and is so buttery smooth. There was little to no fallout when using this shadow and it is super easy to blend out around the edges and into other shadows. I love this eyeshadow and I think you will too if you love bright, colorful eyeshadows. It is great for halo eyes, smokey eyes, and to use as a liner for your upper or lower lash line. Just be aware that it will slightly stain your eyelids because it has super pigmentation.
This is a gorgeous duochrome eyeshadow. I couldn’t get a good photo of it with the swatches, but you can see the shift in this shadow in the photo of look 7 below. This eyeshadow has a warm medium brown base with a lime green duochrome shift. It is so beautiful in person. It has excellent pigmentation and it is buttery smooth. There isn’t much fallout with this eyeshadow at all. This shadow is perfect for a smokey eye and for adding a duochrome shift to the center of your lid.
The third eyeshadow in this palette is a matte shadow and it is one out of three mattes in this set. I actually love the color of this matte shadow. It’s a medium-dark cherry cola red brown. It has amazing pigmentation and is so smooth and soft. There is no fallout when using this shadow. It blends really well on the outer edges and with other shadows. This eyeshadow is perfect for use in the crease, for darkening the outer V, for lining your upper or lower lash line, and for a smokey eye. It’s a pretty versatile shadow.
This is the third matte eyeshadow in the palette. It is a very light pastel pink color. For being so light in color, it has pretty good pigmentation. It is also buttery smooth and soft to the touch. This eyeshadow is good as a transition shade or a brow bone highlight. For a natural look, use this shadow all over the lid.
This eyeshadow is a charcoal grey shimmer with tiny rainbow glitters throughout it. It really sparkles when it’s on your eyes. You find that this one has great pigmentation and is very smooth and soft. This eyeshadow is perfect for smokey eyes, darkening the crease and outer V, and lining the upper and lower lash line. It’s a dramatic shadow.
This is an interesting shadow in that it appears to be an antique gold color in the palette, but when you apply it to your eye it’s more of a light olive gold. It’s very pretty. Also, there are tiny rainbow glitters throughout it, though you do not see the glitter when you apply it to your eye. I would say that this eyeshadow acts more a like a satin than a glitter. This shadow has good pigmentation, but it is very soft, so there is a little fallout with this one. It does blend out very easily and well. This eyeshadow is good for all over the lid and as a highlight for deeper skin tones, and because it acts like a satin shadow it can be a transition shade or a crease shade.
This is probably one of my favorite eyeshadows in this palette. I have used it every time I pulled out this palette to do my makeup. It is a beautiful light gold shimmer shadow with tons of gold sparkles in it. It has amazing pigmentation for being a lighter colored shadow and it is so smooth. Here was very little to no fallout with this one. It is a very versatile eyeshadow. I feel like it can be a highlight for the brow bone or inner corner, the center of a halo eye, and all over the lid. It’s just gorgeous.
Gorgeous! Just gorgeous! This is how I describe this eyeshadow. It has a dark blue/navy base with tiny light blue sparkles throughout it. When you apply this shadow to your eye, the sparkles almost melt together and create a beautiful light blue shimmer over the dark blue/navy base. In certain lights it looks more indigo. It has super pigmentation and is so soft. There is very little fallout as long as you only put a small amount of product on your brush. This gorgeous eyeshadow is perfect for smokey eyes, halo eyes, darken the crease and outer V, and lining the lower and upper lash lines.
I am very happy that Lorelei chose the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Los Angeles for me. All eight eyeshadows are amazing in color and quality. They have great pigmentation and are all buttery smooth. The eyeshadows are very easy to work with and they blend out so well making smooth transitions between colors a breeze to accomplish. The lasting power of these eyeshadows is absolutely amazing! They last a full work day and more without creasing or losing pigmentation on the eye. There is a good variety of eyeshadows in this set. There are mattes, a satin, shimmers, glitters, and a duochrome. Also, the colors can create looks that range from neutral to glam.
Here are the three looks that I created with the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Los Angeles.
Mini Tutorial on Look 8
Every time I do my eye makeup I begin with Pixi Beauty Eye Bright Primer. It is my favorite eyeshadow primer because I am able to use it with different types of eyeshadows. For most shadows I do set it with RCMA No Color Powder to help with the blending of the shadows, but when I use mineral shadows I do not set it because its oiliness is perfect for helping the mineral shadows stick to lid.
To begin, take shade 4 from the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Los Angeles and sweep it under your brow bone to your crease. Next, you are going to place shade 8 in the outer V of your eye lid and bring it up into your crease a little. Then take shade 5 and pat it on to the center of your lid and blend it into the edge of shade 8. For the inner third of your eye lid, you are going to use shade 7 and blend it into shade 5 a little. Also, bring shade 7 into your inner corner and down on the inner third of your lower lash line.
Blending and Highlighting:
Then take a clean blending brush and sweep it across your crease to smooth out the edges of the three shadows. Make sure to blend the shadows up into shade 4. You may need to put a little more of shade 8 in the crease to darken it. Make sure to really blend these two shadows together until there is a seamless transition between them. Take shade 7 again and use it to highlight under your brow.
Next, use the NYX Cosmetics Slide On Glide On Pencil in Jet Black to line your upper waterline on both eyes. Then, one at a time, use the same liner to line your lower waterline. Bring the liner slightly down under your waterline because you are going to use shade 8 from the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Los Angeles to smoke out your bottom lash line. Place shade 8 on to a pencil brush and bring it cross your lower lash line from your outer corner right to the edge of shade 7. Make sure to really blend out the liner.
I use a combination of two mascaras. I start with Pacifica Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara and apply it first with the volumizing brush. After it dries, switch the mascara wand to the lengthening brush and apply a second coat to your lashes. Finally I use Blinc Amplified Mascara. I love this combination.
Finishing the Look:
Apply your favorite highlighter to your cheek bones, bridge of your nose, your Cupid’s bow, and anywhere else you would like to highlight. Next, applying blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend up and back. Contour your face in your usual manner. Finally, use NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in Los Angeles to complete the look.
My Final Thoughts
I am extremely happy with the high quality that I found in the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Los Angeles. The eyeshadows are absolutely gorgeous and perform just as well as the eyeshadows in the Copenhagen and Dubai City Sets. I am very impressed by all three of the sets that I have tried.
I highly recommend you to get one of your own NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Los Angeles or, really,
any of the 7 sets that are available on the NYX Cosmetics website. These Wanderlust City Sets are currently on sale for $8 each. Unfortunately, they are currently sold out online at NYX and Ulta, but if you see one in store, grab it.