Review Series: NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Sets
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A couple of weeks ago I picked up one of the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Sets at Ulta Beauty and I fell in love with it. The first set I purchased was Copenhagen and I reviewed it in my first post of this series. In that post you will find detailed descriptions of each eyeshadow, my opinions on the eyeshadows, three separate looks that I created using the set, and a mini tutorial on one of the eye looks.
After about a week I convinced my sister Lorelei to purchase one for herself and she chose Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Dubai. These sets 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. The colors in each palette are made to compliment the Soft Matte Lip Cream.
Lorelei let me borrow her set for about a week so I could review it and compare it to the Copenhagen City Set. In this post I will describe each of the 8 Eyeshadows and give you my honest opinions on each of them. I will also show you three separate looks that I created using the Dubai City Set and with one of the looks I am going to go into details about how I created the eye look using this palette. I will not be reviewing the Dubai Soft Matte Lip Cream because it has been a part of the line for a while. Dubai is a medium toned cool brown, and it semi, but not completely, sets unlike traditional liquid lipsticks.
NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Dubai
This first shadow caught my eye right away because I’m a sucker for red toned shadows. This eyeshadow is a medium toned red-brown shimmer. It is buttery smooth, soft to the touch, and has great pigmentation. There is very little fall out as long as you use a light touch with your brush. This shimmer shadow is good for all over lid, darkening the outer V, and for smokey eyes. It is an absolutely gorgeous color.
The second eyeshadow is one out of two mattes in the palette. It is a light pastel pink. This matte shade is buttery smooth, soft to the touch, and has great pigmentation. This eyeshadow can be used as a brow bone highlight or a transition shade for pinks, reds, and purples.
This next shadow is a medium grey-blue shimmer with a light blue sparkle, and like the first two, it is buttery smooth and soft to the touch. It has good pigmentation, but did need an extra swipe to get the same opacity as the others. This does not bother me since it is such a beautiful color. It can be an intense medium blue almost metallic shadow when layered over a dark tacky base. This eyeshadow is perfect for creating smokey eyes.
This shadow is a very interesting eyeshadow. The reason there are two photos of the first 4 eyeshadows is because of this shadow. You can see how it looks different in different lighting. In the pan it appears to be a medium purple with lots of pink and purple sparkles in it, but when you swatch it and use it on your eyes, it is actually a darkened purple with a dark, cool brown base with pink and purple sparkles. I would say that it is very similar to a duochrome shadow. The only difference is that this one also contains glitter. When you use it over a tacky black base, it becomes an intense almost metallic purple with a pink shimmer and it’s just gorgeous! This eyeshadow is great for creating smokey eyes and halo eyes.
To be completely honest, Lorelei and I actually almost didn’t choose this set because of this shadow. We both looked at it and said, “Why does there have to be a black? So many palettes have black, and you can only have so many before you have too many black eyeshadows.” Well, let me tell you . This black is AMAZING! It is a true matte and it is silky smooth. And the pigmentation….OMG! I find that with most black eyeshadows that they do not blend out well because they are so pigmented and dark. This is not the case for this black. It blends seamlessly into other shadows, but stays black and opaque where you want it to be. This shadow is perfect for darkening the outer V, black smokey eyes, and for lining your eyes. This is definitely in my top 3 out of the black eyeshadows I own.
This bronze shimmer shadow is gorgeous! As well as being buttery smooth and having excellent pigmentation, it is soft to the touch. So, you need to be careful when picking up this shadow with your brush. If you get too much, there will be some fallout, but if you use a soft touch then there will be almost no fallout at all. This shimmer shadow is perfect for smokey eyes, halo eyes, and for adding a pop of color to the lower lash line.
The next shadow is a medium yellow gold shimmer, and just like the other shimmer shadows in this palette, this one is buttery smooth and has great pigmentation. You need to be sure to not pick up too much product on your brush when using this shadow to avoid any fallout because it is soft. This eyeshadow works well as an inner corner highlight, an all over lid shade, and for halo eyes.
This last shadow in the palette is a light champagne shimmer, and, similar to the others, it is buttery smooth and has great pigmentation. I only had to use one swipe to get the pigmentation you see in the photo. It is soft, but there is only a little fallout, which is not a big deal since it is such a light color. You can use this eyeshadow as an inner corner highlight, a brow bone highlight, or even an all over lid color.
Again, I have fallen in love with the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Dubai. It contains eight eyeshadows that are of high quality. They are all velvety smooth to the touch and have excellent pigmentation. There is a good variety of colors and types of eyeshadows in this palette, but you may need to add in some mattes from other palettes to compliment and complete a larger variety looks with this set. For each of the looks you will see below, I applied the eyeshadows around 6:00 am and when I left work at 3:00 pm they were still beautiful, in place, and not creased. I also LOVE the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Dubai that is a part of this set. It has probably become one of my favorite lippies.
Here are the three looks that I created with the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Set in Dubai.
My Makeup Looks
Mini Tutorial on Look 5
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, use shade 2 as the transition shade. Bring it slightly down into the crease to help blend the crease shadow. Next, take shade 4 and place it in the outer 1/3 and inner 1/3 of your lid. Place it on your bottom lash line in the same manner, leaving the middle 1/3 clear. Use shade 5 for the halo effect. Place it on the middle 1/3 of the lid and the middle 1/3 of the bottom lash line. Use a clean blending brush to blend out the crease. Bring shade 4 across the middle of the crease. Do not blend shade 5 up into the crease because you want to make sure this color stays only on the lid. You may need to add more of shade 4 to the crease to smoke it out and more of shade 5 to keep the color on the lid opaque.
Line your top waterline with NYX Cosmetics Slide On Glide On Pencil in Jet Black. Then line your bottom lash line with NYX Wonder Pencil in Light. I use two different mascaras to achieve more volume and length and to create a “waterproof” mascara without using a waterproof mascara. I begin with Pacifica’s Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara and use the volumizing brush to add volume to my lashes. After this layer dries I use the lengthening brush to add a little length to my lashes. Once this second layer dries I use Blinc Amplified Mascara, which puts “tubes” (see link for an explanation on the Blinc mascara) on my lashes and creates a waterproof mascara. To finish off the look use NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in London or Dubai. Both colors go really well with this eye look.
My Final Thoughts
I am very pleasantly surprised with the high quality I have found in the NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Sets. The eyeshadows in the Dubai City Set performed just as well as the eyeshadows in the Copenhagen City Set. They are also just as beautiful. I am very impressed by both sets so far.
The sets are currently on sale at Ulta Beauty for $8.99, which is 40% off the original price. They are special edition sets and may not be available for too much longer. So, if you want one of these sets, you need to act quickly. You can find them online and in store. I am tempted to get all of them. *UPDATE*: On the NYX Cosmetics Site all 7 sets are available and do not seem to be limited edition. They are the full price of $15, but these little gems are definitely worth it!
There are 7 NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Soft Matte Lip Cream City Sets in all. I have one more set for you that I am going to review. It is the set in Los Angeles. I am so excited to be getting it from Lorelei for the Holidays. I cannot wait to use it to create new looks. If the quality is anything like the Copenhagen City Set and the Dubai City Set, I will be extremely happy. The colors look just amazing. So, keep your eyes open for my next review in this series.