Recently I have begun cleaning out and sorting through my dressing table. It is amazing how jumbled the drawers can get just through daily use. So I’ve been going through and removing dried up eyeliners, nail polishes that have polished their last nail and lipsticks that shall be worn no more. I recently took out all of my eyeshadow palettes and decided to give the drawer a good cleaning (there was some spilled glitter and the fallout from a couple of broken shadows inside. I’m pretty sure that the glitter will remain throughout the rest of eternity despite my best eradication attempts. It won the day).
I figured while I had them out I would go through the palettes and do a bit of a declutter.
As I removed them, one small little eyeshadow palette rolled out from the back and took center stage in the mostly empty drawer. That was the little yellow doughnut shaped palette from I Heart Revolution. I’m sure you’ve seen them, for a while it seemed everyone had them. It was one of those palettes I liked, but completely forgot about because it is small and rolled to the back. I picked up the Maple Gazed version at Ulta when I was there for something completely unrelated. It was a spur of the moment purchase and one I have never regretted. I thought the fluffy doughnut decoration would help keep the shadows from breaking when traveling and it seems to have worked as I traveled with it last summer. It was $8 I believe and my only regret is that I didn’t buy the entire doughnut set while I was there.
When I went to look the palettes up on the Revolution website, I couldn’t find them. The metallic Bunnies seem to have taken the place of the doughnuts. But they were still on the Ulta website when I looked them up and when I was last in the store (before they closed for Corona) they were still available. I suspect that there will be both more doughnuts and probably a few bunnies in my future (once I clear out a little space.)
The Maple Glazed Palette has five shades, four in a circle and one in the center. The two matte shades are a little powdery, but I found if I tapped my brush off after dipping into pan I didn’t have a lot of fall out issues. The mattes fall more into the buildable than the highly pigmented camp. I personally like that because it means I can determine exactly how dramatic I want to be that day instead of letting the shadow decide for me. I was able to get a surprising number of good everyday looks with just the five shadows.
The two mattes worked well together for a very low key office look. Adding just the central white shimmer to it, made the office look pop a little more but not stray into the inappropriate for an office arrena. The shimmery bronze color could also be applied lightly with a dry brush for just a little shimmer, or a wet brush could be used for an extra metallic look after work look. The gold was naturally more dramatic because it is a bit brighter. Changing the application and the surrounding shadows, it could go from a more muted old gold sort of look to a bright gold coin look.
Also given the small size of the palette (and the fluffy padding of the doughnut) it could be slipped into a purse so a day time look could be worn throughout the day and then a quick trip to the ladies can adjust the look for the post work cocktail hour.
I used either a lid primer or (more often than not) concealer on my eyelids to give me a good base. With that and a quick hit of setting spray once the look was complete I found that the shadows didn’t crease throughout the day and lasted the full day with no issues.
It is a great neutral with a pop palette and I am sad that I forgot about it for so long. I will be looking for a new home for it somewhere easily accessible so that it doesn’t get lost in the depths of the drawer with the other larger palettes. It is fun, easy to work with and great for everyday use. I just can’t keep it out on the dressing table as just looking at it makes me want to go to my local doughnut shop. There is a family run place about five miles down the street from me. It’s apparently been there since the 1930s. Just looking at the palette makes me think ‘I should really support local business.’ But that is an argument between my waistline and my social consciousness. Whichever wins, the eyeshadow palette is still good and isn’t leaving my dressing table any time soon, unless it is packed in a bag for travel.
Maybe the Bunnies will make me less hungry. They are only made of chocolate at Easter right?