Nicka K Sierra Eyeshadow Quad Review+Swatches

 Nicka K says "experience radiant color and exceptional wear with our new HQ Quad Eyeshadows. Available in 12 expertly designed color combinations, these shadows feature shades optimal for highlighting, contouring and defining the eyes. They boast an incredible formula that seamlessly applies and blends with buttery smooth pigmentation." I received the Sierra quad in an Ipsy bag over the summer and was immediately underwhelmed - I didn't like the color scheme and I was skeptical of formula as soon as I swatched these shadows. Each Nicka K Eyeshadow Quad contains 2 grams (.28 oz) of product and sell for $4.99 on the brand's website. Nicka K is cruelty free. This eyeshadow palette was made in China.

 Nicka K's Eyeshadow Quads come in square brown palettes with a reflective rose gold lid. A clear window bears the brand logo while allowing a peek at the product inside. The label on the back of the compact offers a complete ingredient list...but not the shade name. How silly. Anyway, the four shadows are arranged in two rows with a sponge tip applicator housed in the center. Packaging is not recyclable.
I knew right away that Nicka K's Sierra Quad was going to be disappointing - I believe I described it as "dollar store" quality and I stand by that. You know the kind of shadows talking about. These eyeshadows are soft and decently pigmented, yet increasingly chunky and flaky in the pan, causing lots of shimmery powder kick up and fall out. Nicka K's eyeshadows apply and blend very easily, but wear poorly. Even over my favorite primers, the Sierra quad is very crease prone and rarely lasts more than four or five hours on me. 
Nicka K Sierra Eyeshadow Quad Swatches
Nicka K's Sierra Eyeshadow Quad has a very cohesive, frosted pink color scheme. There is essentially no variety with this quad - two shades are very similar, and all four shadows have the same finish - really you can only create one look using the Sierra palette. Though it appears very pink in my swatches and in the pan, Nicka K's Sierra quad ends up a bit more neutral on the eye, as you'll see below. 

Shade 1 is a warm, frosted ivory with strong pigmentation and a very chunky nature. Something about this shadow reminds me of vanilla ice cream? 

Shade 2 is a soft carnation pink with a shimmering finish. This shadow is much smoother than the rest, despite looking the most textured in the pan. 

Shade 3 is quite similar to Shade 2, but with a bit more of a taupe influence and a flakier texture. This shadow's brown-ish tinge really pulls forward on my eyes, appearing as a rosy-tan shade when used in the crease.

Shade 4 is a frosty aubergine shade that blends out to be more of a brown-burgundy on me. I love the color of this eyeshadow, but its a pain to work with - it causes a lot of fallout and loses it's intensity very easily. 
Nicka K's Sierra Eyeshadow Quad was very disappointing. Don't be fooled by their soft texture and strong color payoff - these shadows suffer from textural problems and lack longevity. I don't really have much more to say about them, honestly. If you're going to spend $5 on an eyeshadow palette, buy one from Wet n Wild instead - the quality is better by a long shot. I've had good experiences with Nicka K in the past, I love their Ripe Apple Nail Polish, but the Sierra quad has really soured me on the brand. 

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