The Island of Misfit Makeup: Much-Loved, Forgotten Products (NYX Love in Florence)

Please forgive my overt reference to the classic claymation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer–the holidays are nearing and I have carols on the brain. If you haven’t seen it, stop right now and do so. I’m sure it will play on ABC Family at least 238 times between now and Christmas. In one sad scene, Rudolph and Hermey the Elf (who wants to be a dentist) find themselves on the Island of Misfit Toys, full of unwanted and forgotten toys. It’s almost Toy Story 2-level sad (not quite Toy Story 3,though), and tends to make me feel bad for all of my son’s toys that end up at the bottom of his toybox. Ah, the life of an empath. But I digress.

Because my makeup drawers are basically my toybox, I began hunting through the backs of the drawers recently, wondering what once-loved products I’d forgotten. I have a “Staples of my Makeup Collection” series, so I thought it would be fun to do a “Forgotten Makeup” series as well. With Christmas coming up, so many brands–both drugstore and high end–are releasing holiday collection after holiday collection, and Ulta has sales upon sales upon sales. It is so hard not to buy a ton of makeup, especially when it’s so affordable. And while it’s all beautiful and it could bring me joy, I end up feeling guilty that I cannot use it all. So, after being inspired by binge-watching Kimberly Clark’s Anti-Haul videos, I’m starting this series. First up: NYX Love in Florence eyeshadow palette in Gelato for Two. This palette is no longer on sale on NYX’s website, but what I’m after here is more the method–finding those old products, using them again, or shopping your stash to find similar products that can create the same look.

This palette contains five shades and can easily form a complete eye look.

This palette is not super pigmented, but it is consistent and easy to work with. The dark indigo purple in the left is perfect for the outer corner (the glitter is there but not too noticeable on the eye), the lavender in the middle is a great transition shade, and the gray strip works well for the crease. The rose gold shimmer on the right is perfect all over the lid, and the shimmery mauve strip works great smudged under the lower lashline (like the Purple, it’s not too glittery for day). This is the look I’ve done below. I will say the photo doesn’t quite do it justice–I couldn’t get the lighting right–but it looked really pretty, and I actually plan to take this little palette with me for a wedding I’m going to this weekend. I’m shocked at how much I loved it, and the shadows really did wear well all day! (I used my $2 E.l.f. eyeshadow primer in Sheer. This is easily my favorite primer–it is just the right amount of coverage and tackiness, but shadows blend like a dream and stay all day. What more could I ask?)


Don’t mind the ratty gray t-shirt. It’s been that kind of week. Full makeup and comfort clothes all the way!

So I normally wouldn’t feature a product that is no longer available, but shopping is not really the point of this series. The point is that you probably have many palettes like this, many colors like this. I know I have the dusty lavender shade in my E.l.f. and Cover Girl Rose Gold palettes, as well as my Tartlette palette, my Lorac Mega Pro 3 palette … the list goes on. And because I love all things rose gold, I cannot even count the number of rose gold shadows I own that are similar to the beautiful shimmer lid shade. I certainly have plenty of mid-toned gray eyeshadows as well. The only shades that are somewhat unique to my collection are the sparkly indigo purple (upper left) and the lavender-mauve shimmer (bottom). But I certainly have shades that are similar enough, and that once on the eye would look basically the same. And while I do love the ease of having them all together, I hope that if you like this look you’ll search your collection to recreate it.

As Sabrina tells Linus (in the Sabrina remake of the 90s, one of my favorite movies), “More isn’t always better, Linus. Sometimes it’s just more.”

I hope this has inspired you to search out your forgotten products! I’d love to hear what you find!

(A quick note on quality: I have 4-5 of these Love in Florence palettes. The one I mention here, as well as the palette in Eat, Love, and Be Fab, are by far the best quality of the bunch. The shadows in the others are very hit or miss. Eat, Love, and Be Fab is still for sale on the NYX website if you wanted to check it out, but please know that I do not feature them here because they are all amazing quality. I feature them because they fit the criteria of being forgotten. If you want to try out NYX eyeshadows, go for their new Avant Pop or Go-To palettes–the formula in these lines are far better than any of their other eyeshadow formulas. If you want neutrals, their “Butt” Naked palettes–I think they have 2 or 3–are also very good. The shadows in these smaller palettes are just okay.)

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