Berry Smoky Eye with NYX’s Avant Pop Art Throb Eyeshadow Palette // Review & Tutorial

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As soon as I laid eyes on NYX’s Avant Pop Eyeshadow Palettes I knew I’d like them. Out of the three Avant Pop palettes, I was attracted to Art Throb (below) the most, due to the pops of color, though of course now that I own it and loved it through and through, I want the other two.

17.00 on & elsewhere.

Admittedly however, what I don’t approve of entirely is the high price tag considering NYX is a drugstore product. Even though I love NYX and think the palette’s totally worth the price, I probably wouldn’t have bought it if I hadn’t had 30% off at CVS. This is solely due to budget related limitations. I’m so happy I did though, let me tell you.

The pigmentation and color payoff were intense and the colors were creamy and very easy to blend. I had some problems with patchiness and matching one eye to the other but I think it’s only because I used an eyeshadow primer that was pretty terrible and I had to take it off before I could begin applying any other colors. Apparently some residue was still underneath. Regardless, I’m happy with the end results.

I can’t wait to use other colors in eye looks like those vibrant greens.


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The color I was initially most attracted to was the berry / fuchsia with a pearlescent finish. I also had like three looks pop into my head just from looking at the palette, and I can’t wait to do those other two.

The gorgeous raspberry/fucshia/berry color and the beautiful black with iridescent flecks seemed like an ideal pairing to me along with the silver in the inner corner and pink in the middle of the lid.

After taking off the horrible eye primer, which I won’t even mention I primed my eyes as usual with concealer. I’m not sure why but this seems to work best for me. Let me know if there’s an eye primer that works really well for you.

  • I used Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus Concealer and laid it on the entire lid with my finger.
  • I then used the berry color in my crease and all over the outer half of my lid. I concentrated the color on my outer corner.
  • I used the pink on the center of my lid with my finger and the silver on the inner corner and inner third of my eye with my finger as well. (I’ve noticed this gives the most color payoff on the lid, and Kathleen Lights just did this on her channel.)
  • I then used the shimmery black on the outer corner to smoke it out and intensify the berry color.
  • I brushed the berry and black on my lower lash line.
  • I went back and cleaned up the whole look with a clean brush to get rid of any harsh lines & cleaned up the edges with a makeup wipe.
  • Lastly I used Monsieur Big mascara by Lancome.

$12 for a travel size tube at Ulta & elsewhere.

Though $25 is a lot for mascara, if you want lengthened and very thickened lashes without falsies in one swipe, this does the trick. I’d say try the travel size first to make sure you like it, which is $12.

I used Wet n Wild’s Liquid Catsuit lipstick in Berry Recognize because I thought a berry lip would tie it all together well.

3.99 at Target & elsewhere.

A nude lippie would be pretty too. 

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I’m excited to try a Christmas look with the palette and see how I like the other two, above, when I’m able to splurge on them. I love the idea of an art and art movement inspired palette. (Pop art) Surreal My Heart is such a cute name. (The first palette in the image above.)

Overall it was a great value and it performed great. My only issue was fallout, which I don’t mind because I always do my eyes first with colorful looks and use makeup wipes to clean it up. I highly recommend it and other NYX products.

What products have you been loving?

Love & light to you all and talk soon!

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