Happy Monday, I hope your day hasn’t suck to much! Over the weekend I was able to get my hands on the I heart Makeup Explicit content palette (shout out to my mum for providing) and oh my was I excited by this! Seeing as I haven’t had much chance to play around with this palette yet I thought I’d do a first impressions and what it was that made me want this eyeshadow palette so much. At some point I hope to upload a makeup look using this palette but for now let’s get into these little initial thought/feelings.
It’s not going to be a surprise that the first thing that drew me to this palette is the holographic packaging… honestly who doesn’t love it! The brand Smashbox released a small palette with the same style of packaging but seeing as it was more expensive and you get less I decided to leave that one. I was so happy to find a drugstore palette with the same style of packaging. The other thing that made me want this packaging is that I have used the Naked Chocolate palette by the same brand (I ❤ Makeup) and I fricking love it! This palette also comes with a large mirror which is something I love because it’s great for travelling – or doing your makeup on a coach… The palette is quite thin as well which helps make it easily transportable.
This palette is made up of 36 gorgeous, very wearable shades in both matte and shimmer finishes. Most of the shadows have a shimmer finish which is perfect for me because I love a shimmery eye look. If you’re a matte look kinda gal then this palette isn’t the one for you. There are about 9 matte shades, 20 shimmers and 7 more satin finishes. The palette has 9 columns with 4 rows. I’ve swatched a few of the shades and have included a picture that has one shade from each column. Initial thoughts are that the shadows are super soft to touch and very pigmented. A couple had a little bit of fall out but no more than some high-end palettes and defiantly far less than what is usually expected from a drugstore palette. Although there is a wide range of colours the pans are pretty small and shallow so if you only fall in love with a couple of colours you’d probably need a replacement fairly quickly.
Upon first impressions there is only a few minor negatives that I don’t like about the palette. Firstly, the small size of the pans as previously mentioned, once I find a shade I like I use it every day until its used up – with this palette that might be fairly quickly. Next, there are no shade names which would make it difficult to tell you guys what colours I have used but of course day-to-day this wouldn’t be an issue. Finally, this probably doesn’t count as a complaint but I have an irrational hate for the silly sponge applicators that traditionally come in these cheaper palettes; I throw this away as soon as I open the packaging.
Overall this £7.99 palette is a great choice if you want to try out a variety of shimmer shades. I also think this is a great choice if you’re travelling or are doing your makeup away from home. I love the range of wearable colours and am super excited to start using this palette.
I hope you enjoyed this little review!
P.S. The photo of me below shows a simple eye makeup look I have created using this palette. Of course I am not a makeup artist, I simply do and wear makeup in a way that I enjoy.