On the first look, this palette has everything I could want for a rocker look. When I saw it as a spoiler for January’s Boxycharm it pushed me towards subscribing. I haven’t regretted that decision. The packaging is adorable and the mirror on the inside even more so. When I opened it I smelled something odd. It wasn’t exactly overpowering, but it was enough to make me notice. A faint scent of chemicals threw me off my excitement a little. Maybe it was not chemicals but it did remind me of my grandpa’s garage. Metallic scent, perhaps? Whether it was intentional or not it was still odd and unexpected.
The colors in their pans looked stunning, even though I did not expect them to be so dark. I was worried about how would I use them in a look since I never worked with shadows this dark before. Surprisingly, once the shadows were swatched on my arm they did not look so intimidating. The colors were beautifully reflective, all except for Black Metal which was a matte shade. The texture was very smooth and the shadows seemed very hard to the touch, which led me to believe that the pigment was very tightly packed. When I tried creating a look there was no shadow that I could use as a transition shade and Black Metal was too dark for me to use. I ended up using eyeshadow from another palette in my crease. When it came to blending the shadows wanted to work with each other a little too well. Instead of nice and gradual shift, the shadows transformed into a mixed color.
Once a look was done it was off to work for a full shift of testing. A lot was thrown at the shadows. They stayed on through the wind, the sweat, and lots and lots of dust.
So let’s get to the overview
- Price: 26$
- Formula: smooth, pressed hard into the pans
- Longevity: 12hr
- Blendability: easy to blend, similar colors mix into each other without a smooth gradient
- Pigment: highly pigmented, 8 metallic, 1 matte
- Bonus: n/a
- Cons: odd smell, found only on eBay and Amazon (Boxycharm exclusive?)
I use this palette to add some metallic shine to my usual looks. The colors have a really good payoff. At first glance it was supposed to be my holy grail, but as the picture shows I wouldn’t be too heartbroken if I let my daughter put makeup on mommy and pressed a brush in too hard. I would definitely want to check out Crown’s other palettes and see how they compare.