Winky Lux Experience NYC #itsawinkyworld

Another fun store visit!

 

I just wrote about popping by The Detox Market’s new NYC location and have another shop to share today! Anastasia and I reserved tickets for the Winky Lux Experience this afternoon. It costs $10 to tour seven adorably themed rooms and then you get to apply that $10 to any makeup or skincare in the store!

I liked that each theme corresponded to a Winky Lux product and a helpful guide shared ingredients, texture tips, and swatches as we went through the rooms. The rooms are very playful and some are interactive. They’re all, of course, very Instagrammable.

We had a group of just four girls, which was perfect to view each room and take pictures together. The rooms are kind of small, so I wouldn’t recommend going with a larger group. We had plenty of time to explore the products and take pictures in each room – we didn’t feel rushed at all. Thankfully the other two girls with us were bloggers too!

Afterward we shopped around a bit. I was torn between these gorgeous Glazed Lip glosses and the Kitten Palette. The glosses smell delicious – like doughnuts – and they aren’t sticky at all. They aren’t super pigmented either, but you can definitely tell the difference between the shades. I like that they’re more of lip toppers and easy to apply on the go since they’re sheer.

The Kitten Palette has a perfect mix of neutral and fun shades in my opinion. The shimmers were buttery and the mattes were pretty smooth. I was definitely tempted by this, but I just purchased the new Becca palette and don’t need another eyeshadow palette right now. Plus I don’t have that many lip glosses! I went for the Berry one since it has a fun purple undertone that’s nice for fall. After the ticket discount, it was less than $4 with tax!

I’ve been wearing it for a couple hours and the texture is very smooth on the lips. It hasn’t faded at all which is impressive for a gloss and it feels hydrating as well. The applicator is great for applying enough product with just one dip into the tube too.

Overall, I would totally recommend making a reservation to see the rooms and then using your credit to shop! All of their products are so adorable and affordable too!

My Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes

Rounding up my best eyeshadows

Last week, I wrote about my favorite face palette; there was no competition because I don’t have many face palettes and that one is perfect. But for eyeshadow palettes… I own several and have decluttered even more. So after testing them all week, I’ve finally decided on two that have tied for my favorite palettes.

The Ciate Pretty Palette isn’t talked about enough in my opinion, but it’s amazing. The shadows are soft, blendable, and highly pigmented. The packaging is super cute, and it’s compact, so I travel with it often. The shade selection makes it easy to create a variety of looks with this palette alone too. The right side is full of shimmers and the left has all mattes.

Top row: Bright Spark, Happy, Feeling Lucky, Daydream, My Tribe Bottom row: Enchanted, Dainty, Unconditional, Lovely

I especially love Bright Spark and Happy, which I wear all the time. My Tribe is the perfect under eye setting powder in a pinch too; I’m about to hit pan on it. It may seem like I’ve hardly made a dent in the others, but you need such a tiny amount because the colors are so pigmented.

The Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette is one of my most used eyeshadow palettes. Almost all of the shades are matte – except Blow, which is the perfect shimmery lid shade. I love that there are a mix of warm and cool tones in this palette.

Gorgeous swatches via Safiyah Tasneem

The darkest shades work well as eyeliner, while a mixture of Nude and Pregram also works as an under eye setting powder for me. While this one may not be as “fun” in my opinion, it’s a staple and I would definitely repurchase it.

What are your favorite eyeshadow palettes? I probably shouldn’t add more to my collection… but I’d love to know!