Not everyone wants the full-on Taylor Momsen look

It makes me quite cross when people dismiss any eyeshadow that is not intensely, sometimes terrifyingly, pigmented. People, we need options!

Sheer to medium intensity products have their place in creating a nicely nuanced, subtle finish. They’re easier to work with and to blend – and that especially applies to deeper, darker colours. At this time of year, a smokey eye is delicious for daytime – but not everyone wants the full-on Taylor Momsen look. 

a la mode shadows from NYX

Step up the NYX Love in Paris palettes; neat little nine-shadow kits in 12 colour combinations and a variety of finishes from shimmer to sparkle and matte. A La Mode, a mostly cool-toned selection of browns and greys, is a neutral lovers dream (Kirstie has swatches here) and, with their medium pigmentation and minimum fall-out, the shadows have been my everyday go-to for a quick and easy office look. 

I use this in the exact same way that I do the YSL Arty Palette that I fell in love with last year; stick on a primer, then layer a few of the shades till I’ve reached a depth and intensity I’m happy with – a process that takes, ooh, about all of thirty seconds. 

I mostly stick with mattes in the crease and shimmer on the lids; like with many affordable palettes, the mattes aren’t as soft as the pearls, but neither are they chalky and dry. They’re workable, wearable and also function as a liner – particularly that central black shadow. 

emma wearing NYX a la mode shadows from NYX

The YSL palette was a limited edition so, if you missed out, head straight to your nearest NYX stand. No, the quality isn’t the same and the packaging just can’t compare – though the black plastic NYX case is portable and convenient – but the overall effect – that easy, elegant smokiness – is absolutely on point. 

Need more convincing? Consider this – the Arty palette worked out at about €12.50 a shadow; this is €11.49 for all nine. You’re welcome!