I saw this palette on NYX's website and I immediately thought the colors were pretty, but with my past experience with NYX palettes (I'm looking at you, dreamcatcher palette), I didn't want to spend a whole $17 for it, especially since no one had yet reviewed it on MakeupAlley. Ulta was having a 40% off sale and when I stopped by the store, I asked the SA if they had the palettes, and they were hidden on an end cap. I figured since the discount was good, I would try it out. I settled on the Nouveau Chic because I really don't wear many brightly-colored, matte shadows like the other-colored palettes had.
First let me say the colors are lovely and reminded me of a much more expensive "bridal" palette that I was wanting so I really liked the colors. It has a clear plastic cover over the pans, which is nice to see which palette you have in your hand when you're getting ready. I purchased it and didn't do anything with it for about a week because I was afraid the shadows would be lacking pigment. I finally tried it out and I am totally impressed. The colors are soft and pigmented, with a little bit of fallout in the pan on the shimmery shades but none once I applied it. The individual pans are also much larger than I expected when I saw it online. It has a good range of light, mid-, and dark tones to create a whole, cohesive look.
I started with the midtone shimmery champagne color all over the lid. It applied like a dream with one swipe (over my color tattoo base coat) and was shimmery, multi-dimensional, and opaque. I then moved to the matte chocolate brown shade. Being used to other NYX palettes, I patted my c-brush in the pan thinking it would be difficult to pick up any color. Well, that was a terrible idea because the brown was super pigmented and went on very true to color and I had to blend like crazy to get it back to being a subtle crease color. The matte white/cream shade was also very pigmented and was a great browbone shade once it was blended. I used the first light lilac/pinkish shade for an inner corner highlight and it looked gorgeous as well. I couldn't believe how nice this palette was coming from NYX (whom I love but have not had the best luck with their palettes).
I really think they have stepped up their game in the eyeshadow department, first with the prismatic shadows, now with their palettes. I hope to purchase the other versions of this palette and see if they are equally as awesome. I am very happy with this purchase and am very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the palette.