If you know me at all and have been reading my blog for awhile you know I am a HUGE Tim Burton fan. Love, love, love, love him. Want to live inside his movies. When I heard a year or so ago that he was making Dark Shadows (a 70’s TV series) into a movie with Johnny Depp (of course) I must admit I was super excited.
When I finally started seeing previews recently at first I thought it looked REALLY overly campy and lame. But I have totally changed my tune because I love the entire cast (Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer) and the makeup and costumes look totally fabulous.
Then I heard NYX was coming out with The Crimson Amulet Collection, which is a giant makeup palette inspired by the movie. I knew I needed to see this sucker in person!
This palette features 24 eyeshadows both shimmery and matte, 4 blushes, 1 bronzer, an illuminator, an eyeshadow base, a liquid eyeliner and four lipglosses. The colors run the gamut from jewel-toned to subtle and natural.
The thick cardboard palette is about 4 x 7, so like a paperback book size. It keeps shut with a magnetic button clasp. You open it and first see on the left all the eyeshadows and some sponge applicators. On the right is a large mirror. The whole inside is decorated with the castle and woods.
Once you “turn the page”, on the left you see profiles of each of the main women in the movie, and what their style is. On the right is where you find the blushes, lip glosses, etc.
First 6 shadows in first set (over primer)
There are no shadow names so bear with me. As far as the quality I felt it was there for the most part but maybe lacking with some of the matte shades. Also there were a few too many pale pink shades for my liking.
1st is a deep brown/grey shade. Really deep and great pigmentation.
2nd is a pale glittery pink/white. Looks more pink in the pan than on my skin.
3rd is an eggplant purple with gold glittery bits. Pretty deep color, love this shade.
4th is a vivid and pigmented shimmery copper/orange metallic. Of all the shadows in here this gave me the most color.
5th is a pale lilac shimmer.
6th is a subtle taupe/grey pearly shade.
Last 6 shadows in first set (over primer)
7th is a very pale pearly pink. Hard to get this one to show up on me.
8th is a deep blackened blue shimmer. Great pigmentation here.
9th is a medium navy blue shimmer.
10th is a forest green shimmer. Love this shade, good payoff.
11th is a medium chocolate brown with gold shimmer. Again nice payoff, pretty shade.
12th is a deep purple/brown shimmer. Another one I really like.
First 6 shadows in second set (over primer)
1st is a pale vanilla matte.
2nd is a medium taupe matte. Nice shade!
3rd is a light brown matte.
4th is a shimmery bright white.
5th is a light champagne/taupe shade.
6th is a deep sable brown matte. Excellent payoff and evenness for a matte.
Last 6 shadows in second set (over primer)
7th is a very pale pink shimmer.
8th is a deep grey matte.
9th is another pink/mauve shimmer.
10th is a light taupe shimmer.
11th is a super pigmented shimmery bronze. Love this one.
12th is a pearly yellow/gold with nice payoff. Another one I really like.
Blushes from top to bottom
All four of these blushes felt soft and it was pretty easy to pick up the color. For the shimmery ones, the shimmer is pretty small so you don’t feel any grit with it.
1st is a medium pink with no shimmer.
2nd is a deep pinkish red with no shimmer. Crazy bright and great payoff.
3rd is a shimmery peachy pink.
4th is a shimmery flamingo pink.
Shadow Base, Liquid Eye Liner, Illuminator, Bronzer
The eyeshadow base is just that. An eyeshadow base. Nothing too exciting there.
The eye liner is a jet black shade, nice and smooth.
The illuminator is a pale yellow/white, great for fair skinned folks.
What they call the bronzer, I would use as a blush! It’s a gorgeous medium peach shimmer. Not sure how this is considered a bronzer though…
Lip glosses from left to right
The lip glosses were a little hit or miss. They feel very slightly sticky and are pretty subtle.
1st is a deep pinkish red. This is the only one with strong pigmentation.
2nd is a pale dusty pink.
3rd is what would seem to be a super bright pink, but was really hard to get the color to show up. More of a stain.
4th is a nude/brown shade.
Overall: Considering the amount of product you get for the price. I think this is a pretty good deal. I really liked at least half of the eyeshadows and all the blushes, illuminator, bronzer and liquid eye liner. The only thing I didn’t love would be the lip glosses.
How are you feeling about this palette? Do you think you will see the movie?