I’d been stalking this palette online for months before I finally decided to buy it. Or rather, I got my sister to decide for me because I just couldn’t. I kept going back and forth, putting it in my cart on Sephora.com and then taking it back out. On the one hand, I had read several positive reviews and really liked the looks of the shades. But on the other hand, did I really need another basic nudes palette in my life?
If you enjoy a hazy, brown smokey eye that’s not too warm and not too dark, then you will likely find a place for this palette in your routine. I’ve used it several times since I got it, and I really do enjoy it. Read on for swatches and my specific thoughts on this palette.
These shades have excellent colour payoff. The two darkest shades are especially rich and saturated. The five shades work very well together, forming a well-coordinated gradient from light to dark that makes doing soft smokey looks a breeze. The good news? The shades are silky and highly blend-able. They’re also flattering on the skin. They deliver rich colour without looking dry or emphasizing textured lids. Staying power is also awesome. The bad news? They do kick up a lot of powder in the pan when you dip your brushes in. That’s not a deal breaker for me and doesn’t cause fallout as long as I remember to tap my brush before applying. All but the middle shade seem to have this problem. I could see it being a nuisance to some people, so I thought I’d mention it. If you’ve tried the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics palette or any of the matte shades in the Marc Jacobs palettes, the texture of these is very similar to those. I generally don’t mind powdery shadows as long as they don’t have that dry powdery texture that prevents them from adhering to the skin. These are definitely not dry. They feel creamy to the touch.
So, all in all, I’m glad I took the plunge here. I enjoy using this palette on its own, as well as using a few of the shades to smoke out the crease when I wear other things. Sometimes I just do a simple look with this palette and then add a pop of something shimmery to the lids. There is a lot of versatility in this palette. It’s one of those ones that looks boring in the pan, but has a surprising sultriness when applied. I like.