Hey everyone! We are getting ready to go on vacation tomorrow (just a little camping trip), but I wanted to do a quick post on this years free Ulta Birthday gift. For some reason I have my birthday as 7/7 instead of 4/7 in Ulta’s system and I can’t change it so that’s why this post is up so late. Oh well, good things come to those who wait, right? This quarters gift sure didn’t disappoint, and I think it may be the best one they’ve had in a while. All you have to do to get the gift is be a member of their ULTAmate Rewards program, and it’s free to sign up! (Ulta offers a different birthday gift for every quarter, so if your birthday is in July, August or September 2017 you will receive this palette.)
NYX Happy Birthday Palette
The NYX Happy Birthday Palette is a 10 pan palette consisting of 4 matte shades, and 6 shimmer/metallic shades. The shimmery shades definitely faired better than the mattes, but overall the formulas were pretty good! (Who can complain about something free anyway?) It also has a full size mirror and a strong snap closure. It is valued at $18.
Swatches were done over primer, and I did layer a few of them a bit to try and show the color payoff.
Left to right:
- a shimmering champagne
- a warm, matte burnt orange
- a metallic rusty red
- a shimmering pale white
- a metallic forest green
- a warm, matte brown (this was the most patchy & dry)
- a shimmering gold
- a metallic purple/burgundy
- a light matte nude (this didn’t show up very well on my skin tone)
Overall, I think this palette is fabulous, especially considering it was FREE! It does lean very warm, but it would make a great fall palette. Which is great because autumn is just around the corner! Don’t forget, you do have to be signed up for the ULTAmate rewards program, and the palette is only available in-store.
What do you think of the NYX Happy Birthday Palette? Have you picked up your free Ulta gift yet??