While in Ulta the other day, I saw this palette and thought it was too nice to pass up. I didn't swatch any shadows in store, and I had absolutely NO clue what Dark Shadows was at the time, but it had a nice assortment of shadows... and I am a sucker for full face palettes so in my basket it went! It retails for about $24, which isn't bad considering you get 24 shadows, 5 Blushers, an Illuminator, 4 lip glosses, a HD shadow primer and a liquid liner all in an artfully designed palette.
The blushes all have very nice pigmentation, but I was kind of disappointed when it came to the shadows. I only swatched the darker half of the shadows to give you guys a basic idea of what I'm talking about. The deeper hues have decent pigmentation, while most of the lighter colors take an absurd amount of building on darker skin to show up as more than a simple wash of color/glitter. I might try to use them with a pure white base or the primer included instead of a fleshtone base to see if that will help any.
NYX The Crimson Amulet Collection: based on the movie Dark Shadows
(Back of the Outter Box)
(Back of Acutal Palette)
(Shadow Half of Palette)
(1st Part of Palette: Shadows and a Mirror)
(2nd Half of Palette)
(Swatches of Dark Shadows- This was after some building of the lighter shades)
(2nd half of palette: Blushes, Primer, Liner, Illuminator, Glosses)
Overall, with a great base for the shadows and for only $24, it's certainly worth a try. I personally am in love with the artwork and details of the palette... I'm such a Helena Bonham Carter/ Tim Burton fan! When I opened my palette I had to google "Dark Shadows" to see what in the world this movie was about... and now May can't come fast enough (I'm sooooo in the theaters for this one)!!!
Random thought: How did we survive in this world before Google? LOL
If you all want a full palette swatch let me know! So now that you've read my initial review, what are you thoughts: grab or pass?