Have you ever looked at an eyeshadow palette and thought one thing and then tried it and thought, maybe I was wrong? That is sort of how I felt about this palette. When I opened it, I immediately thought ‘spring’ I decided to go ahead and try it out now and I am really glad I did.
There are only six shades. Well, clearly as you can see from the above photo. They are all mattes and no shimmers, which was interesting. I don’t mind that actually as they all had the same formula, making it very predictable to use. Every shade worked more or less like the other shades there was no difference in application between them. I didn’t have to adjust from shade to shade (except to change the color combo I was trying that day – but not form formula alterations. which was a relief after alse week where each shad seemed to have a mind of it’s own.)
I’ll cover the worst first just to get it over with. Shade one is called Sweater Weather. It is the first pan and the far left swatch. I did not like this shade. It applied well (as did all of the shades for the most part), but it looked gray and just awful with my skin tone. If I was trying to create a zombie mold look on my eyes, this is the color i would reach for, otherwise, I have no use for it.
Fuzzy is an excellent inner corner color or used to lighten up the look while Toasty is very close to my skin color and made an excellent base for me. Cuddly was the shade I reached for the most this week. I tended to put it all over my lid and then add Fuzzy to the inner eye. It is a very subtle look for a low makeup kind of day. Chill was a very good blue-y/purple-y shade. While not my favorite, it did work well as an accent color (I’m just not a fan of blue shades. I keep trying them because they look good in the pan, I just don’t like how they look on me.)
Messy Bun I had the most trouble with. It had the most fall out and had the tendency to need to be swept off of the nose and under eye area. When I used it, I had to add a little extra powder to sweep it away. Also there was a slight bit of patchiness with this that wasn’t in any of the other shades. I don’t know if it is just the darker tone, but it was more powdery and slightly patchy. However after last week’s shadow palette, the patchiness was barely noticeable and the powdery completely manageable. (this is the benefit of following a difficult to work with eyeshadow palette I suppose).
It just required a little more work than the others, but seriously, it only required that little bit of extra work because it was so dark a shade and you need to be more careful when applying them so you don’t look like you have a black eye. That’s just the nature of the shade. But a the others went on like a dream, blended well and stayed on all day, the slight issues of Messy Bun were easily overcome.
While you could use Messy Bun to create a very soft smokey eye (it is not a true black but more of a darker brown when applied) This is very much a palette you can use when you want to go subtle with your look. It is not a bold glitzy palette but it is very easy to work with.
Do I think it is a quality eyeshadow palette? Yes. Do I think that a six pan palette should cost $29? No. I think it is over priced. The colors I like, I have in other palettes and in good formulas. So even though it is good quality, it isn’t unique enough to justify the price in my mind.
I am happy with it and I will get a lot of use out of it, but if I had to go out and buy it again. I would wait until it was on sale. Especially since two of the colors (Sweater Weather and Chill) aren’t ones I would consistently use. But I am very glad to have this in my collection and since I have it, I will use it.