Spring and summer connote bright, fun shades, and the Spring Fling palette by NYX celebrates the coming of warmer weather. I really like the sakura (cherry blossoms) design of this palette. It looks soooo chic and feminine without being tacky. It is housed in a nice cardboard packaging with a flip top that reveals a mirror and ten shadows, but also has other shadows in a little drawer underneath. This palette features ten light, pastel shadows on the top compartment, while a ribbon lets you pull a second compartment beneath the shadows (the yellowish-white shadow arrived broken :( ). In it are a black and white shadow, a duo blush in peach and bright pink shades, as well as two strips of gloss in nude and pink shades.
I really like the idea of the black and white shadow, just because I've never encountered a palette that has both in it side by side except this - what can be more basic than a matte black and white shadow duo?
Eye Shadow Swatches:
These shadows were swatched with no base underneath, so if you put a tackier and more opaque base such as NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk, you can get more color pay-off. There are matte colors in this collection like the black and white, the yellow-white that arrived broken, the pink and the nude. The rest are either satin or shimmer shades. The matte shades are a bit chalky, but I have yet to see if the chalkiness will disappear over a tacky base, which usually does the trick.
That said, I really like the shimmer shades as they really look and feel summer, as well as the satin (the dark brown is beautiful) and the white and black duo. These two in particular are pretty pigmented. I like that the overall theme is spring, but there are enough darker shadows to create a smoky look if that's what you're going for.
Peach, Fuchsia, both swirled and applied on skin (sunlight)
I am loving the blushes individually, and even more when blended and applied on the skin. The peachy shade is quite light and might not show up on dark skintones, while the fuchsia has a nice pop of color that will probably suit most everyone. The swirled/blended version is a nice combination, and the shade looks soft and pretty. Very springy indeed.
Fuchsia, nude (sunlight)
I am usually not a fan of lipgloss in palettes, but I really like the texture of these. They go on smooth and not too sticky on the lips, but they are tacky enough to stay put on the lips for a while. The fuchsia is a nice pop of color, while the other shade is really very sheer. I still prefer lipgloss in tubes over these ones, though, but for travel, this is a handy perk-me-upper for your lips.
All in all, this is a solid palette that is perfect for travel to the beach or any summer activity because the shades are perfect for spring and summer. The darker shadows can double as a liner as well, and can create a nice smoky eye should you need to amp up your eye look for night outs. I like that they included mattes, but I wish NYX also included darker matte shades. Nonetheless, this is a cute palette that has all the spring and summer cheek, eye and lip products at your fingertips.
Watch out for a look/tutorial using this palette!
The Shades Of U Rating: 4.25 out of 5
Note: Media sample was provided by a representative of the brand for consideration. All opinions are completely mine.