This week I chose the Doucce Freematic Limited Edition Smokey Pro Eyeshadow palette that came in my IPSY Ultimate Glam Bag for my weekly Make-up bag. The palette is a magnetic reusable palette with all of the shadows and the highlighter that came in the set easily swapped out. Included in the kit are one highlighter, four matte shades, and four metallic. The limited edition part seems to be the selection of shadows in the palette.
Since it is a reusable palette, I want to cover my thoughts on it first. The reusable plastic case is quite sturdy and feels substantial in the hand. Some might think it is a bit heavy, and it is heavier than I expected, but it also feels durable. It feels like something I could chuck into a travel bag and not worry about. I really like that aspect. It is also not a terribly lengthy palette. It is kind of a chubby rectangle so it is easier to fit into a make-up bag than some of the longer palettes. I also like that it is one compartment inside rather than broken up so if I want to replace these shadows with magnetic shadows (or blush, powder or any other type of magnetic pan) from Doucce or another brand I can.
While I couldn’t find the full palette for sale on the Doucce website, I did find the empty palette available for $14. I think that is a very reasonable price for the physical palette and its quality.
But you didn’t come here to read about packaging did you? Or maybe you did. Either way, those are my thoughts. Now, on to the shadows.
While the pans are magnetic and therefore movable, I left them in the order the were placed when they came to me. The top row is comprised of four matte shades. I know it is a smoky palette, but the shades read very fall to me. Now those do tend to be the colors I am drawn to naturally, so it isn’t a problem, but I also have a lot of them.
So I swatched the matte shades and they were hit or miss as to the depth of color in the swatch. In fact they were very patchy. The shadow names are all women’s names From left to right we start with the bright white which is Amanda, then Kinsley, followed by Hannah and Hillary. None of the shadows are highly pigmented. They are all buildable though.
I found myself doing a very nice everyday look with Kinsley (the tan) layered with a bit of Hannah to darken the crease. It is to be honest, super neutral and not terribly exciting as looks go, even for a neutral one. To be honest I didn’t really reach for the black or white shades that much. The black is buildable, but patchy at first. It takes a bit of work. It is also quite powdery. Often I felt like I had more on my nose than my eyes.
If I wanted to use a white shade I reached for the white metallic in the second row rather than the matte white. If I was doing an all matte look I could see using the white, but you would really need to do a cut crease to use it because it takes so much effort to build it up and if you don’t start it on a blank canvas then you will have no chance. To be honest the two middle shades (Kinsley and Hannah are the only mattes worth bothering to use in this palette and even then, they aren’t all that fabulous.
For the metalics, the white is named Mila, the bronze is Courtney, the maroon shade is Gigi and the dark brown is Tenley. The metalics have more pigment on them, but you really need to use a flat brush to apply it. If you use anything fluffy then the shadow will cling to the bristles and not really to the eye. It is better when you apply a primer (the slightly sticky Pretty Vulgar primer was very good for that actually) but still, use a flat brush.
It shouldn’t be surprising that I used the bronze shade more than the others. While I like the bronze, it was also the least fall of the shades (save white which is just white a nice pearly white though) I do have much better bronzes in my collection though. I love the maroon metallic and the brown metallic. I actually don’t think I have anything like them and I will get a lot of use out of them in the fall, but they just weren’t colors I reach for at this time of year.The metallic shades were much better than the mattes. They were less patchy and had surprisingly less fall out. They also make me glad this is a magnetic palette, because I think some of these shades are definitely being taken out and replaced with better pans.
There is however one more element to this palette and that is the highlighter. I like that it comes with it’s own plastic lid. The lid however is hard to get on and off when it is in the palette. I almost dug my nail into the shadows trying to remove it, so finally I just took it off and set it to the side. For storage purposes, it is a nice cover. It is not a blinding highlight, but it is quite silver. It applies well and it blends in to a soft glow. I was actually quite impressed with it. It was a nice surprise and I enjoyed using the highlighter this week. It was actually the highlight of the palette (yes, groans are appropriate here.)
This palette had some highs and lows. To be honest, mostly lows. I like that the components are sold separately on the site. If I were going to repurchase items from the site, I would pick up the palette as the hard case is nice, has a really nice mirror and is a good compact size for travel. I would purchase the highlighter. I would also pick up the metallic shade Mila. I would not purchase the entire set as it is in the current palette arrangement. But I would keep those pans around and choice does seem to be the reason this entire Freematic system was devised. Well, I think it was designed for color choice, but removing the shadows that just don’t work is an option too. And that’s kind of the one I would take.