I like this palette a lot, the colors are great. The only downfall is that the eyeshadow doesn't really last that long. I've tried different eye primers/brushes with it and still they only last a few hours.
I've only worked with this palette a little. My biggest gripe is that the very dark colors I was excited about blending into my crease are NOT pigmented at all. It's so disappointing b/c they all look like beautiful colors!
the lighter colors, believe it or not, are just more pigmented.
Maybe I need to work with this more to see what this palette can really do, but my first impression is not good.
I really like this product and I love the colors that come with it. Some of them are a little bit chalky and they tend to be harder to blend, but overall, they are great colors. This is a fantastic neutral palette and as long as I use my eyeshadow primer and I take my time, the colors come out pretty true. You have to start the colors off and make sure that little bit of surface covering is off the first time you use it (you know what I'm talking about...it's that little powdery coating that covers the eyeshadow when it first comes out of the package. I guess it's to protect the color) and after that, it seems to work good. I have also found that if I have a damp (not wet) brush, the color seems to work better. Also, don't swipe it on, just dab it on and it deposits more color and is easier to blend.
OK, after reading some of the reviews on this product, I almost did not want to purchase this. But then, I thought, "Hmmm... it's $13.25 (on sale), and I needed to complete my $50 for the free shipping." By the way, I found a coupon on retailmenot for an additional 20% off. YAYYY!
But I digress. I LIKE this palette. First thing I did is sit down with it, got 3 products that I use as primer (MAC paint pot in Painterly, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk).
Some of the colors blended into the beige-ish hue that MAC's Painterly Paint Pot has, so that's a no-go. It barely showed up on the TFSI. But with the NYX Milk Jumbo Pencil? PERFECT! The shadows showed up as pigmented, and very beautiful. I love the very light shimmer that these shadows have--I think these colors are perfect for bridal makeup. Two words that would describe the looks that you can make with this palette is sweet and romantic. Perfect for when you want to look like those ladies in the perfume ads where they're in a beautiful meadow, and they're wearing a white, flowy dress, hair all tousled up... :)
And, may I just say that that frosty white at the bottom left corner is beautiful when applied... It has a sort of iridescent, very light, green shimmer to it. Kind of reminds me of dragonfly wings.
One thing that I don't like about it, though, is that I don't think the pots are removable, unlike their Fall Festival, Winterberry, etc. palettes. I was hoping that I could buy other hot pots from CS once I'm done with this and just put them in, but I don't think you can do that with this one. Too bad. That's why I deducted a point on the packaging.
Anyway, bottomline: love this palette. Will repurchase again. And again. And again. But, CS, if you're reading this, make the palette reusable, por favor!
Unfortunately most colours turn ash grey on my skin. Some other colours are very poorly pigmented. I really do not understand the hype.
This is my second purchase of this item (original was more than 2 years old). I purchased it from CS originally, then BH cosmetics the second time around. It's a good buy either way, but you will pay more if you want it faster. Like some of the other reviewers mentionned, some of the colors are chalky (mostly the lighter matte ones), but the rest (satins and a few shimmers) are great. I've used a variety of primers from ELF to shadow insurance and had long-lasting color. I just ordered a few HOT POTS from CS in neutral colors, so I'll be curious to review the differences. All-in-all, this is still a fun palette if you are on a budget.
I don't really like this product. Some colors weren't really pigmented, and powdery, so it came fall out easily. Maybe I need to put an eye primer first for a better result. But if you're a beginner, probably it's good for you to learn how to natural makeup look.
Def not buy it again.
I like this palette for the matte shades alone. These are the best midtones I have purchased for a variety of skin tones. I don't think it's exactly what those who wear extremely bright makeup would be interested in, but it has a great variety in neutrals with a mix of matte and shimmer. There are some that can be passed off as dupes for some of my old mac shades.
I do use a shimmer cream based under them, so perhaps that is the difference between me and a few other uses. I do not 'wipe' the color on, but I pat it on. I paid roughly 10 dollars for it, and for the 6 colors that I use most, it's cost effective for me.
I bought this off ebay for $9 with free shipping in order to have a few more neutral colors of various finishes to choose from. I am not an eyeshadow 'risk taker', I like my neutral looks and that's that. I have the infamous Naked palette, the Nude on Nude, the 88 warm, and other neutral singles and quads from various companies. This has been a nice addition to my collection.
Pigmentation and texture: Some colors are more pigmented than others, pigmentation is not terribly consistent, some lean towards being chalky and they all tend to be on the powdery side. I don't have a problem with that, it's insanely cheap makeup and the weaknesses are easy enough to work around. I'm not a professional, just a normal girl who likes playing with makeup in the morning, what do I care if I have to fuss a bit with something to make it work?
The packaging: It's cheap black plastic. So there you have it. I travel (too) often, and I wouldn't take it on any trips with me, mostly because it's too big, but also because I'm not risking a shadow explosion in my suitcase. If you're familiar with the ELF studio packaging, it *looks* like that (though can be either matte or shiny), but it's less sturdy.
Colors and Finish: The colors are basic, wearable, all around functional 'neutrals'. Nothing earth shattering here, it's just an excellent basic palette. If you're looking for earth shatteringly cool/unique neutral colors, check out Fyrinnae's taupes and browns, you won't find earth shattering with this particular palette. Though the addition of matte black is a stroke of genius. Also, I will say, as a green eyed girl, it was nice to see some colors with a burgundy/purple tone, as they make my eye color spring to life. In addition, there are a number of nice matte shades, and that was my only gripe with the UD Naked palette. There's a balanced mix of shimmer and matte here. Mostly it's just nice to have everything in one place, and that's another reason I bought it.
Lasting Power: I must have eyelids that secrete eyeshadow primer gold. I have no issue with this eyeshadow (or others) lasting all day to me and staying true to color. If you do have trouble with eyeshadow lasting, or you want an more intense look I'd suggest; udpp, elf primer, too faced, nyx eye pencils, a cream shadow base like paint pots or color tattoo, or, if you really have issues, Fyrinnae's 'Pixie Epoxy'.
I bought this a couple of years back, when I first started really getting into makeup and saw it advertised on YT. I purchased the BH Cosmetics palette (which is the same thing as the CS, etc). At the time, I thought it was great-so many neutral colors all in one. But even then I knew the quality wasn't that good when I started using it. The lighter colors (especially the matte ones) were so chalky and had very poor color pay-off, many didn't even show on me (NC15-20). Many of the darker colors did show, but the shadows would crease and fade like crazy within a couple of hours, even when I used bases and primers (TFSI and UDPP).
I started investing in better eyeshadows (Clinique, Lancome, EL, MAC) and have long thrown this palette away. I can't believe that there are people who like this stuff but if it works for them, to each their own. Maybe I would suggest it for someone starting out in makeup (like I was), but in all honestly, I think one would be better suited buying some quads from Revlon/Loreal/even CoverGirl. Those are all better quality shadows IMO.