Yes, I totally fell for that adorable splashing ocean packaging with a cute turtle on. I mean, I have a masters degree in marine ecology and surely must have some sort of affection to anything oceanic, although there is no turtles up here north of the wall. This is off course just a long way of saying that I bought it mainly for the packaging. The packaging is awesome, sure a bit heavy and bulky, but besides that the prettiest thing I have seen so far this year, not to mention unique.
The palette is nice on the inside as well, but I have to empasize again that this is a pretty impressive packaging especially considering the palette was not really that expensive. You get a decent sized mirror too, and the arrangement of shadows on the gold background is surely stunning.
You get 8 shadows in this palette, and the middle row of 4 shades are actually pressed glitters. Let’s talk about these glitters first. I know that pressed glitter is palettes is a matter of taste, some hate them with a passion while others (like me) actually enjoy having some glitters popped in the palette. I personally like to keep my palettes nice and clean, so I wipe them off after every use. So I don’t really feel pressed glitters mess up my palettes to much. I actually really appreciate having some different textures to play with in a palette. These glitters are quite finely milled, and are almost dry to the touch. I can’t really feel a waxy base that you sometimes can with these glitters. Surely there is some kind of media binding it all together, but to the touch it just feels like glitter. They do work nicely as a sparkly topper, but I found them quite hard to pick up with a brush. Harder than most of my other pressed glitters. I don’t mind using my fingers if I want to apply a wash of glitter all over the lid, but when I want that detailed placement, or just a tiny bit in my inner corner I found it a bit unpractical that they were so hard to pick up. If you can manage to put them on, they are pretty though, although not really a match to my beloved Glitterally Obsessed from Colourpop or ant of my loose glitters for that matter.
In terms of eyeshadows you get 4 mattes and 4 shimmers. The mattes are all quite light in color. Thats not a problem if you want to create a nice blue, navy or bronze shimmery smoky eye and just blend out the crease with a shade. For that purpose this palette is actually spot on. It’s kind of like it was made for shimmery smokey eyes with a wash of glitter. But I found that the palette lack a bit of depth. With that said, I am happy with the performance of the matte shades. Even the pale blue is good. But I just felt like this palette lacked a bit of dimention.
All of the darker shades in this palette are shimmers. There is one light champagne shimmer, but the rest are all darker shades. Again, if your jam is shimmery smoky eyes this is not a bad palette, but I would have much preferres if at least one or two of the dark shades where mattes, I feel like it would be so much easier to create a halo eye, or a cut crease, or just anything else than a smoky eye if the palette just had some deeper mattes. Quality-wise the shimmers are not bad. Not the richest and smoothest of shades but at least with a bit of building up I had no issues getting the color from the pan to appear just as vibrant on my eyes. My favorite shade was off course the Cobalt blue, and that one did not dissapoint. Actually, a blue smoky eye with that shade is just stunning!
The overall impression is that for me the palette is all worth it for the pretty packaging, but that the shadows inself are a bit lackluster due to the lack of depth and therefore lack of options. Although the shadows and glitters are good they are not winning any prices in my collection (meaning I own better stuff!). However, if you are a shimmery smoky eye lover, and especially if you like blue, this is actually a palette that is basically tailored for your needs. If you like do do different styles of makeup I think you won’t miss this in your collection, unless you are like me and adore the packaging a bit too much.
Have you tried this palette? What is your opinion?