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?