This was my makeup bag palette pick for the week. Not only did this palette come in a Boxy Charm box, but I believe it was the first palette Boxycharm did on it’s own instead of as a collaboration with someone else. Hence the name Hello, Charmer!
All of the shade names are ones relating to some aspect of Boxy Charm. As the last few palettes I’ve talked about didn’t have shade names, I’m just relieved these do. It’s much easier to talk about a specific shade, such as Cup’of Joe rather than the brown shade on the far right of the second row.
It is a really good mix of mattes, shimmers and glitters, which I like. They all have their pros and cons.
First the Mattes. The Matte shades are Boxy, Spoiler, Unboxing, Premium and Cup of Joe. As far as colors go, it is essentially three neutrals, one white and one red. Premium and Spoiler are both transition shades (depending on your skin tone with Cup of Joe being a nice brownish shade that is excellent for deepening the crease. It doesn’t swatch terribly well but it is quite pigmented on the eyes. The shades are all highly pigmented and layer well. They are also super powdery. This is a messy pan to work with and you will definitely need to tap off your brush before applying and be prepared for some fall out during application.
Once placed though, they stay in place throughout the day. Just be aware that application is messy.
The shimmer shades are, to be honest more metallic looking than shimmery in many cases. They too are highly pigmented and blend really well. They aren’t as powdery as the mattes. They feel very creamy and they stay in place well. They are not subtle. Just no that. While you can create everyday looks with the mattes, the metallic shimmers are a pretty intense pop. If you work in a conservative office, you might be able to get away with using sneak peek and exclusive, but the others are definitely after hours shades.
There is one glitter shade and I don’t know if you can see, but my pan of Swipe Up already has a dip in it. It is the smoothest glitter I have ever applied. While it does go on without any glitter glue, I would advise using a somewhat sticky eye primer with this one. (Or don’t let the concealer you use in place of an eye primer set too much so it is still wet. It can use a little something to hold it in place. It doesn’t need glue though and stays in place well. I ended up with a little glitter in strange places on my face by the end of the day, but for the most part after a full day of wear it was still where I put it.
This was a really fun palette to play around with this week. And it is surprisingly more versatile than I expected it to be. I thought I would just have wild eyes all week, but if I stuck to the mattes I could go for a neutral look. If I wanted sparkly, well, I could get that too. While the mattes are good, they aren’t my favorite formula with that fall out. I have the same shades in different palettes so they aren’t unique but the shimmer s and glitters more than make up for it. And you can see that they were chose mostly to be a back drop for the more spectacular shades. If it weren’t for the powdery bits I’d give it a ten, with the powder it’s still an eight and a half, and that’s not bad. Clearly this palette is staying in my collection for a while.