Like Champagne & Caviar (or Caviar & Bubbles, whatever it’s calling itself these days), the NYX Bohemian Rhapsody palette from the Runway Collection is another big winner that retails for $8.50 to $11.95. But while the first palette is understated and low on shimmer, Bohemian Rhapsody sparkles like jewels.
The top row of shadows is all shimmer and glitter finishes – mostly glitter. The bottom row is strictly matte. The overall color range is taupe to peach, with the silver glitter shadow as the one exception.
You get a matte black, which is always useful, and NYX’s matte blacks rock. The silver glitter shade is definitely the star of this palette.
Overall, the colors are very nicely pigmented, with good color payoff, true to pan, and easy to work with and blend. The glitter here is no trickier than it is in more pricey lines – use a sticky base and pack it on carefully instead of sweeping it over the lid.
Color 1 is the silver glitter. It’s not a disco ball that you could only wear at New Years – it’s just fine little sparkles in a true silver base. It has a slightly blue base, but unlike a lot of silver shadows, it looks like a true silver instead of a blue. You may get fallout unless you use a sticky base, like NYX jumbo pencils or a cream eyeshadow. With the right base, I get minimal fallout (and I have dry lids, so fallout is more of a problem for me than for many people). The pigmentation is great.
Color 2 is a shimmery pale champagne taupe. It has no glitter at all, and the pigmentation is excellent.
Color 3 is a shimmery muted copper with a hint of sparkly. Pigmentation is not as good on this one, but a couple of extra swipes get plenty of color pay off. I love how it’s warm, but nowhere near a red or orange. If you pack this one on like a glittery shade, it will look more glittery.
Color 4 is a shimmery plummy taupe. This is just a beautiful color – think Mac’s Satin Taupe, but rosier. The pigmentation is excellent.
Color 5 is a shimmery light copper. Color 3 was less bright than a real copper, and Color 5 is just as bright, but a little paler. This is by far the warmest color in the bunch, but it’s still easy to work with despite how bright it looks in the swatch. Pigmentation is excellent, once again.
Color 6 is a matte muted apricot with terrific pigmentation for a matte. It works well on its own or as a base for other colors.
Color 7 is a matte ivory with a yellow base. It’s a great highlight color, and pigmentation here is better than Urban Decay’s Foxy and almost as good as Stila’s Bare (Bare is, like, ludicrously good).
Color 8 is a matte milk chocolate. It takes a few swipes to build up the pigment, but it builds up evenly, so that’s not a problem.
Color 9 is a matte deep taupe that can pass for gray in some looks and brown in others.
Color 10 is NYX’s famous matte black. It’s exceptionally pigmented and dark.