To be completely honest with you I had no intentions of picking up this palette. I mean, I was intrigued by the colors and concept. I was tempted by the idea of having everything essential on one side of the palette, and some fun colors with a nice diversity for endless colorful looks on the other side. The idea was great, but I just could not wrap my head around the packaging. The front cover is just not pretty in my opinion.
The packaging looks so nice on the inside though, and I kind of wish they transferred that look to the outside instead of having the drag look on the front cover. Now, I am fully aware this is personal taste, but I just don’t like the looks of it and find it such a shame that they did not stick to the theme of the inside of the palette instead, because that is beautiful. The front cover design was actually the only reason I decided to pass on this palette, but since BeautyBay has this on a nice offer I decided to go for it since I do like the colors after all.
The insides of the palette is beautiful though. You get 14 eyeshadows about the size of a MAC or MakeupGeek single pan. You also get a mirror and a dual ended brush. The packaging feels heavy and luxurious and everything feels well put together. The brush is no better than your regular cheap synthetic brush. Sure, you can work with it, but you feel immediately that this is not a quality brush. I find that both Anastasia and Urban Decay put better brushes in their palettes. I have plenty of brushes I like so that’s OK.
On one side of the palette you get your basics and your neutrals. I really like that you get a decent pigmented black and a white. The white is not intensely pigmented, but neither is it chalky like whites can easily get. you can build it up, but if you want the white color to really show you need a white or very light pigmented base underneath.
It’s really nice that you get both a cool toned crease shade and a warm toned one in addition to some deepening shades. A well put together basic side. They blend really well, and are easy to work with. Just the right amount of pigment in order to get your payoff, but not so much that you have to work hard to blend everything out. I like these mattes.
The Colorful and the basic side is separated by the only two shimmer shades in the palette. “Legendary” is a rich golden shade that is smooth, pigmented, rich and applies true to color on the lid. A really nice shimmer shade! “Beat” is a bit different. It has a nice sparkle to it, but the base is not pigmented. It looks more sheer on the eyes than in the pan. It works well as an inner corner highlight, or as an eye-topper which is my favorite way of using it. Patting this one on top of other shades in this palette created some really nice dimension and sparkle to the look.
The colorful side has 6 colors. I like that you get one of each basic color. You get your red, pinks, yellow, blue and green. Just everything you need to create a large range of colorful looks without being too many shades to pick from. All of the shades look matte on the eyes, but the Blue shade has a bit of sheen to it in the pan. I assume this is added to the color to make it easier to blend, as a deep blue pigmented matte formula can be hard to blend. Overall I am quite happy with these shades. I was maybe the most impressed with the purple that blended without any problem at all! It is always a pleasure to find a blend-able matte purple. The only shade that was a bit disappointing to me was the green. As you can probably tell on the swatch it does not apply that evenly or pigmented, and needs quite a bit of work to show up. In my opinion this shade should have been better considering the rest of the quality in this palette which is quite high.
Overall I am happy with the quality, and the palette holds everything you need. That could be a good thing, but it could also be that you already have absolutely every shade in this palette already. If you are one who like both neutrals and colors and want a travel palette that has both I think it is a good palette to have. I don’t think I own any palettes that offers both all the basic neutrals and all the basic colors in one palette, so in that matter the palette stands out. But if you are looking for something to keep and use at home, you probably already have this palette just not in one packaging.
The quality is nice, the shadows are good without doubt. But I just can’t shake of the feeling that I just would not buy this again. It is a good quality palette, but simply just too basic. Now, since I like the colors and the quality I will probably pull this out from time to time and use it, but it’s just not a palette I would repurchase or recommend to anyone with a larger collection. I would however recommend if you don’t have your basic neutrals and colors covered. After all it’s nice quality and easy to work with so in that matter a nice beginners palette. It would also be excellent as a travel palette if you feel like you really need basics and colors all in one when you are out and about. But for someone with an extensive collection I would say you are not really missing out on anything if you pass.
Have you tried this palette? Let me know how you like it in the comments!