Steampunk Inspired Palettes from NYX Cosmetics | The Machinist Collection (Ignite, Steam, and Grind) Review & Swatches

NYX Machinist Collection 2

The latest limited edition collection from NYX Cosmetics (Profession Makeup) is the Machinist collection which includes three shadow palettes each with 12 shades that are inspired by steampunk and retro-futuristic fantasy. Each palette includes a mixture of cool and warm metals with bold mattes that range from grungy romantic to vintage beauty. The three shadow palettes are called Ignite, Grind, and Steam. Each palette is $25 and has 0.45 oz of product.

Last week I reviewed the ASOS exclusive palette called Rebel With a Cause… and honestly I feel like that palette was supposed to go with this collection but got pulled into something exclusive for ASOS and didn’t get the as detailed palette design. Also not to mention they were released in September 2018 (don’t know the exact date as I couldn’t find that when I was searching online). So not sure if the Rebel With a Cause Palette was originally might to be with this collection, but they decided with ASOS at last minute to separate it. But it does seem a little odd since it’s similar packaging, and the color stories go together insanely well. And by being well together, I mean Rebel With a Cause and Grind are almost identical. I could just be reading into it a little bit too much, but I would be interested to know if that was the case.

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Anyways… here is the color story of each palette. Similar to the Rebel With a Cause Palette, the shadows do not have names.

  • Ignite is an earthy tone palette with a lot of greens and clay tone shadows.
  • Grind is contains the rust tones of Steampunk.
  • Steam, as the name would suggest, has more smokey or smog toned shadows.

Just a note on the collection, I only got the eyeshadow palettes but there are also lipsticks, highlighters, and lip lacquers in this collection. I didn’t get them as those just aren’t things I would use. Don’t get me wrong they look nice, but I’m not into glosses or cream lipsticks. And the highlighters just aren’t my skin tone so they would look dark or alien-like on me.

Close Ups & Swatches of Each Palette

Overall Thoughts

These shadows are long lasting, highly pigmented without a lot of kick-back or fall out when grabbing or applying the shadows, and are buildable if you don’t want to go all in at once with a shade. I didn’t have any issues with applying the metallics with either my finger, dry or wet brush. Though I do have to say I think applying with your finger or wet brush for the metallics is better. But that’s typically always the case to get the full effect of those shadows. Not always, but typically.

Overall, I love the formula of the palettes. I would recommend the Machinist Collection shadow palettes though I don’t think you will need all of them. Granted there isn’t a lot of cross over between them. Steam is probably the most unique palette out of the collection as you don’t see a lot of cool tone palettes come out these days. What do you think of this collection?

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