NYX The Machinst Collection: Grind & Steam Eyeshadow Palette Reviews

Taking a quick break from the Best of Beauty to review two eyeshadow palettes that have seemingly disappeared just as fast as they were offered…

Hi guys!

These are two palettes that I picked up way back in my Holiday Haul, and these really took some time to form a solid opinion on. The good news is that my opinion has ended up positive.

Let’s start with the palette that first caught my attention: Grind.

First, the packaging on this palette is really cool and unique. The theme of the entire collection is steampunk, and I definitely get that here. Besides the artwork, the case is a thicker plastic with a very large, very clear mirror.

The colors in this palette are perfect for fall. I love that this is a warm toned palette, but all of the shades have unique undertones that make them very different from other similar shades that I already owned. I didn’t feel like this was a duplicate palette in my collection.

A part of my hesitation to review this palette was that I did not think the shadows performed well at first. However, after getting through the top layer, I found all of these shades to be buttery and very easy to work with. The only shade that I think is just okay is the copper metallic shadow. It is okay, but takes a bit more building than the others. All-in-all, I do think this is a solid palette.


Similar to the Grind palette, this one comes in the same plastic case with a mirror and features industrial artwork. Again, fitting right in line with the steampunk theme.

This palette is definitely unique in my collection. Previously I did not have any blue-purple cool-toned palettes in my collection. It gave me icy winter vibes when I first saw it.

One thing I have to mention is that the bright purple shade is not considered an eyeshadow (in other words, it is not FDA-approved for use around the eyes). If you look at the packaging, you will see a star on that color, and the inserts that come with palette mention it.

In comparison to the Grind palette, these shadows are pretty dry and crumbly. If you can get past that, they are very pigmented and blendable. I think whether you like them or not would be a matter of preference (whether you mind the texture) because they really are solid eyeshadows in terms of performance.

Between Grind and Steam, I think I prefer Steam. There are some really unique, punchy colors that I enjoy using, but there are also enough neutral shades that it can be used for a softer everyday look.

When I purchased these, they were newly released, but on sale at Ulta for under $15 each. I don’t think they did too well, so they are no longer available at Ulta. Looking on the NYX website, only the Steam and Ignite palettes are still being sold, and they are $25 each. Personally, I think $15 is a much fairer price, and I also think the NYX’s pricing of their newer collections is a big part of what is making them less popular.

What do you guys think? Are the rising prices of “drugstore” brands taking them out of consideration for you? Would you try the (remaining) Machinist palettes if they were on sale?

Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

Major announcement: Dove is now certified cruelty-free

Hi guys!

I am super excited to announce that Dove, a true OG in beauty products has just announced that it is now certified cruelty-free by PETA!!

I am so happy to see a major Unilever brand moving in the right direction. Not only is the brand super affordable, but tons of its products have been proven tried and true for generations. I remember my grandmother exclusively used Dove Beauty Bars for her sensitive skin.

I will definitely be running out to the store in the next several days to pick up some Dove products.

What are some of your favorites from the brand? Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

*Images from Dove.com

Brand Spotlight: NYX Cosmetics

This month, the spotlight is on NYX Cosmetics!

Hey guys!

For this month’s brand spotlight, LC and I are focusing on one of my personal favorite drugstore brands: NYX Cosmetics. NYX has such a wide range of products, that you could literally stock your entire makeup collection with only their brand, and you wouldn’t need a single thing more. In this post, we are talking about our absolute favorites from them. So, keep reading to see what it is that we are loving…

LDS: Elements eye shadow palettes: Earth & Fire

These are really really good eye shadow palettes. The colors are pigmented and blend well. They last a long time on the eyes. I remember when they first came out last summer, they were getting a lot of hype— maybe partially because NYX (wisely) used YouTubers as the faces of the different elements. As soon as the campaign was over, though, everyone forgot about them. Probably because the palettes were super expensive for the NYX brand, but I still think they were good palettes. (I will mention that I got mine for like 30% off at Ulta, which is the only reason I bought two of them.) If you want to try them now, though, they are only $15 on the NYX website.

LDS: Faux Black Eyeliner

I received this product in an Ipsy bag last year and was truly impressed. These creamy, rich colors are perfect for looking like you have on liner without the harshness of black. They also help the color of your irises stand out in a very subtle way (if you use your complimentary color, of course). The one that I have is in the shade Black Hole- or deep purple. It stays on top of my vanity as my alternative to traditional black liner.

LDS: Butter Lipstick

These are AMAZING. They are hands down, my favorite NYX product. These lipsticks are more like very pigmented chapstick. The colors are less sheer than traditional lipsticks, but they are super hydrating to the lips. For days when you don’t need a super heavy punch of color, but do want some color (more than a tinted moisturizer), these are a great option, especially in the harsh cold of winter.

LDS: Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick & Liquid Suede Metallic Matte Lipstick 

While these are two different formulas, my opinion of them are the same. They are really solid liquid lipsticks. They wear really well and on the NYX website you can get sets of three for only $6. I think they are worth every penny.

LDS: Powder Puff Lippie Powder Lip Cream

A few weeks ago, I did a review dedicated to this product, so I wont go into super detail about it. However, if you haven’t tried it, please immediately go do so. This cream-to-powder hippie will have your lips feeling like pillows. I love it. Love it.

LC: Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator 


So, I mentioned this product before (Get It or Forget It?) and I just absolutely love this product. I use it as an illuminating primer or mix it with my foundation to get a nice glow. It is super easy to blend alone or with foundation or concealer. It gives off a beautiful healthy glow and a little goes a long way with this. I use pure gold which is close to my complexion and adds a bit of color especially now that I am a bit paler since it is colder. It’s an illuminator that you should definitely have all year long.

LC: Bright Idea Illuminating Stick (Lavender Lust) 


So, this is not something I would have thought to get on my own. However, this product and in particular this shade I received from the Target’s 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar. I was hesitant to use this at first but now this something I adore. The stick gives you more control on how much you apply and it does come up lavender which is cool. However, it is very blendable! Which is why I love it. I always add this on time of my foundation and blend it with the same beauty blender I used to apply my foundation it gives off a very natural iridescent glow. I love it. Plus, I don’t have to use up all my born to glow (booyah!) It is very versatile even in the shade and as a stick which it why I love it!

LC: Dewy Finish Setting Spray


I always do natural makeup looks. I love looking like I may only be wearing lipstick and eyeshadow. Part of having that look is this setting spray. I use it every time without fail and it really sets my makeup in place. It doesn’t cake or come off easily. It also helps keep my look fresh faced (at least in my opinion). Honestly, I cannot imagine not using it when I put on makeup. If you are looking for a setting spray that enhances/accompany your light to medium non mattifying foundation then this is the product to use!

LC: Lip liner


If there is a NYX lip pencil, l’advocate chic will most likely love it (number one rule to the laws of physics). I have just about every shade and type of liner from NYX. They are affordable and come in just about every shade imaginable. I love they way they glide on especially the suede liners. Also, they are longlasting! My lipstick may have long disappeared on me but that nyx liner will stand by me and have me looking a little crazy but hey least I know it isn’t false advertising! NYX lip liners is how I was first introduced to the brand so they hold a special and definite place in my heart.

Which are your must-have products from NYX? Let us know in the comments below. We love chatting with you!