Hello people! Here’s the biggest and brightest eyeshadow palette from my collection!
The palette was packed with the same looking cover. I quickly threw it away, since I can’t find any use for it. Inside the palette offers eyeshadows and a mirror. No brush was included.
Talc, Mineral Oil, Magnesium Stearate, Iron Oxides, Mica, Kaolin, Ethylehexyl Palmitate, Chromium Oxide Greens, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, FD&C Yellow 5 Al Lake, FD&C Blue 1 Al Lake, Ferric Ferrocyanide, FD&C Red Al Lake.
Here I have to draw your attention to the mineral oil in the components, which provides the products (especially the shimmering ones) with a creamy texture. Unfortunately, it does also affect the wear time. If your eyelids are oily, then the shades will crease within a couple of hours.
I always use an eyeshadow primer and had to buy one of the most long-wearing from NARS, especially for use with these eyeshadows. By the way, the primer turned out to be absolutely fantastic and it does the job fine.
The palette offers 12 shades, which weigh 45g in total. That means that one refill pan has about 3.75g of the powder. That’s really a lot and will last a lifetime. The official site retailers the palette for $25, which is $2 for a refill and about 55 cents for 1 gram of the product. Such a bargain, especially when you see a dope quality of the products. And of course the brand can be found discounted, for instance, I grabbed this palette during Black Friday sales.
There are 8 shimmering and 4 matte shades here:
The pigmentation is on fleek. The shimmer shades look exactly the same as on the pan.
the swatches are done over my nude skin with my finger
The mattes are a little bit less pigmented, though they still apply on my skin well and aren't a problem to layer.
The blending is easy-breezy, but be careful, since the pigmentation is so good that it won’t be an issue to stain your lids. And it mostly comes to the dark shades. That’s why I don’t think that this palette will be a good buy for a newbie. It’s better to master your skills with some other palette which has less pigmented eyeshadows.
The matte colors are pretty well pressed, that’s why they aren’t as creamy as shimmers. But they almost don’t show any dusting, by the way. As I’ve already said, they apply and layer well.
matte shades are swatched with a dry brush without a primer. Shades - Morocco, Madagascar, Jezebel, Kenya
The shimmering shades here are a little bit different characteristics-wise. Creamy texture and dope pigmentation, these are the things which knit these textures together. However, they are different grain-wise. Some shades are better milled, while others are chunkier hence they fall out a lot. I solve this problem easily. I use my fingertip or a damp flat brush for their application. The dry brush will never apply them with an opaque layer, besides they’ll fall out… Well, this way is the most handy to use.
the shimmering shades are swatched with a dry flat brush over my non-primed skin. Shades - Sheba, Yaa, Zuri, Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Nairobi, Leyla, Egypt
So now, I’ll describe each row.
the first row of shades is applied with my finger over my nude skin
Morocco – matte rusty red shade
Madagascar – matte light brown, which appears a little bit mustard-like
Sheba – brown copper shimmer shade of a chunky texture that falls out
Yaa – rusty copper shimmer with a chunky falling out texture.
the second row of shades is applied with my finger over my nude skin
Jezebel – this one is a little bit deceitful. On the pan, it looks like a ripe plum, however, on my eyes it shows more pink and fair pigment. It can be layered to a desired color payoff, though.
Zuri – champagne shimmer shade, which is jet milled. It doesn’t fall out and it’s nice to wear all over my mobile lids, as well as just an accent shade for the inner corners. This shade is the most frequently used by me among shimmers. I use it almost each time I do my makeup with this palette.
Cleopatra – electric blue shimmer. It’s awesome. The grain is a hybrid of a jet-milled and chunky textures and it almost doesn’t dust when I apply it.
Nefertiti – golden-orange shimmer shade of a fine mill. No falling out.
the third row of shades is applied with my finger over my nude skin
Nairobi –bright and bold golden shimmer. Nice grain. No fall out.
Leyla – lilac, brown based shade, which shows more brown pigment during blending. It’s shimmering and it falls out during application.
Kenya – matte brown shade, which is so friendly for a build-up. One can easily layer it to the refill pan pigmentation. I often use it for the crease as well as for darkening of my outer Vs.
Egypt - shimmering grass-colored shade with a chunky texture that falls out. This one is killer and if you’re into green makeup looks, then you’ll fall for it for sure. :)And of course my makeup with these eyeshadows
1. Kenya is used in the crease and outer Vs. The shade Zuri is applied all over my mobile lids and the shade Egypt is on the lower lashline. The inner corners are done with the Nairobi color. This is my favorite look.
2. Kenya is used in the crease and outer Vs. Jezebel is in the crease and outer Vs on my lower lids. Nairobi is on my mobile lid and inner corners are done with Zuri.
3. Kenya is in the crease and along all the lower lash line. Madagascar is in the crease and outer Vs. The Sheba shade is all over my mobile lids, Cleopatra is applied on my lower lids and Zuri was used for the inner corners.
4. Kenya is in the crease, outer corners of my eyes and a lower lash line. I used the shade Morocco for the crease and my outer Vs. Nefertiti is on my mobile lid, Yaa is also on my mobile lid and lower lash line and the shade Nairobi is used for the inner corners.
In the end, I conclude that this palette is worth every cent spent. I can’t say that it’s basic but it can be used to create a thousand different makeup looks - classy and muted daytime nudes as well as bright and creative eye makeups. For instance, after purchasing this palette, I have fallen for those makeups, where I accentuate my lower lash line with bright pigments. They always look so interesting and refreshening. If you want to bring your makeup and eyeshadow collection to the brighter side, then you surely need this palette for experiments and satisfaction.