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As part of the huge box of Models Own goodies I was sent to try out, I received the Models Own Sweet Dreams Eyeshadow Palette. I decided to review this separately, simply because there is so much to say about a palette that I didn’t think I could do it justice in a few lines as part of a much bigger review. I mean, for a start, we have got to talk about that cute outer packaging! It is absolutely gorgeous and seriously, how much are you craving a marshmallow right now?
Outside of the box, the palette isn’t quite so cute but is still pretty to look at. It is a pearlised white colour and has the name emblazoned in a holographic print which my photography skills could only dream of capturing. The palette is quite thin and made of a sturdy plastic which makes it ideal to travel with. It doesn’t click closed but there is no fear of it falling open as it is very secure.
Inside are ten eyeshadows, a double ended brush and a full-sized mirror. I still had the plastic on the mirror in this photograph but it is a completely usable and decent mirror. The palette lid also stays up on its own which is a huge plus if you are to consider using this on the go.
My first impression was that the colours are very pretty and definitely sugary-sweet in fitting with the theme but not exactly the type of colours I gravitate towards.That is, of course, just my personal preference.
The brush pleasantly surprised me. It has a flat shader on one end and a blending brush on the other. I am pretty sure I have hated every brush I have ever received in a palette but this was completely usable. The blending end is like a smaller version of a Mac 217 (the ULTIMATE in blending brushes). Because it is smaller, I find it good for getting right into the crease although it doesn’t blend quite as well a 217 as it isn’t large enough. The shader is a pretty standard brush and works well to pack on colour. This hasn’t catapulted to my favourite brush in the world but it is incredibly decent for a brush that comes with a palette and definitely usable. All of the looks I created at the end of this post are done using this brush alone and nothing else.
Now to break down the colours. As with most of my posts, the swatches show a single swipe of shadow to showcase the pigmentation and then the product built up to show the true colour.
The first shadow in the palette is Apple Jack, a matte turquoise green.
As you can see, a single swipe of this shadow shows a severe lack of pigmentation. However it was quite easy to build it up to the true colour on the right.
The next shade is Candy, a matte fuschia-pink shot through with silver glitter.
Candy had much better pigmentation than Apple Jack and as the colour is applied, the sparkle sheers itself out quite a bit. I used this in the crease of my eye for one look and found the sparkle was almost invisible.
Bon Bon is a matte medium coral pink.
Again the pigmentation of this shade was quite poor but could be built up to a nice pastel coral. Bon Bon runs a lot peachier than Candy when they are side by side.
Banana Split is a pearlescent white-yellow.
The photograph does not do Banana Split any justice as it is well pigmented and actually becomes very strong when layered up. While it does lean slightly yellow, on the skin it looks more like a pearlescent white.
Ice Cream is a matte pastel baby pink.
While the eyeshadow is barely visible in the picture, it wasn’t much better in real life. This was incredibly difficult to see on the skin regardless of how much I built it up. I did use this to blend out the edges of another shadow in one of the looks at the end of this post though and found that the colour did show up so it may just be that it is too similar to my skin tone.
Big Cherry is a matte red-toned medium pink.
While this looks redder in the pan, on the skin it shows up very much as a pink. It has poor pigmentation on first swatch but builds well. This is redder than Bon Bon and Candy.
Millions is a matte pastel baby pink with silver glitter particles.
This shows up better on my skin than Ice Cream but both are quite similar. Despite looking like this has sparkle in the pan, it isn’t visible on the skin.
This is a matte vibrant royal blue shot through with silver sparkle.
Similar to Millions, this shows up as completely matte on the skin. This is very reminiscent of the infamous Urban Decay shade Chaos in the pan but on the skin, this fades quite considerably and looks quite washed out.
Sour Grape is a matte aubergine purple.
Like Dolly Mix, this colour is a lot more washed out on the skin than the vibrant shade that it appears to be in the pan.
Toffee is a pearlescent medium brown with a gold shift.
While the single swipe swatch isn’t too impressive, this shadow is incredibly beautiful and the pigmentation is great when it is built up. It is highly reflective and an absolutely stunning colour. This is on a completely different level to the other colours in the palette.
For comparisons sake, I swatched both rows of colours in the palette. You can see that Candy is more of a hot pink, while Bon Bon leans more peach.
Here you can see that Big Cherry is redder and Millions is a slightly darker (or perhaps simply more pigmented) version of Ice Cream from the picture above.
At first when I had this palette in my hand, I felt a little excited. The colours were very pretty to look at and while I knew that this was not going to become a staple, every day palette for me, I thought that I could make some very pretty looks with it.
When I swatched it, I will admit that I was incredibly disappointed. The pigmentation was severely lacking and I did have to wonder about the make up of the palette in general. This may not have been my ‘thing’ but I couldn’t think of anybody who needed five shades of pink in a ten colour palette. It’s not as if it is a very popular eyeshadow colour!
However, all that aside, I created three looks using all of the shadows in the palette at one stage or another, to give you an idea of looks you could create and how the eyeshadows actually worked.
For the first look, I decided to utilise the plethora of pinks.
I started by applying Ice Cream all over the lid and then used the slightly darker Millions in the crease. I applied the peachier Bon Bon deeper into the crease for definition. I used Big Cherry, the red pink, in the outer V to really darken it up. I popped Banana Split in the inner corner as a highlight. To finish, I ran the Models Own i-Definer Kohl Pencil Eyeliner in Electric Indigo underneath the eye and packed Dolly Mix on top. Just to note, the glitter you can see is from the liner, not the eyeshadow.
For my second look, I decided to go with one of my favourite colour combinations ever.
I started with Apple Jack all over the lid, then used Sour Grape in the crease and underneath the eye. I blended out the edges of Sour Grape using Bon Bon and then added Ice Cream on the inner corner as a matte highlight.
For my final look, I wanted to create the most neutral, wearable look that I could.
I applied the stunning Toffee all over the lid and underneath the eye. I attempted to blend out the edges with Millions but found that it was far too pink so ran over it with Ice Cream and then popped Banana Split on the inner corner as a highlight again.
I did not apply a base during any of these looks bar my usual foundation, concealer, powder which I use on my eyelids with every single look without fail. I did find that the eyeshadows were far more workable than the swatches would lead you to believe. Some of the lighter pastels needed a little building but it was still possible to get the pigmentation that I required and all shadows blended nicely as well. Bear in mind, I also did all of these looks using only the brush provided so that is also very usable.
In all, this palette didn’t exactly impress me. The colours weren’t to my taste, the pigmentation was a little lacking and the shadows were just a little chalky and powdery compared to some of the incredible eyeshadows I already own. The competition for my affections when it comes to eyeshadows is very stiff though! I am not easily wooed.
Is this the worst palette I have ever tried? Absolutely not. It is completely usable and it is pretty if you were in a pinch. If you’re not a makeup hoarder like me and don’t have some of the brights or pastels in this palette but needed them for an occasion or two, this palette would fit the bill perfectly. I am just a little spoiled for choice, if I’m honest.
The shade Toffee seriously impressed me and if they were to come out with a palette rich in pearlescent shadows, I might consider picking it up. I think it is just their mattes that disappoint. They have nine different palettes available including this one and some of them are full of neutrals and more wearable colours so if you are looking for an affordable palette to add to your collection, you may find one you like. However, if you have a drawer full of palettes already, I don’t think these palettes (based on my experience with this one) are special enough to demand a purchase.
The palette retails for £14.99 from the Models Own website which is a little under the €20 mark. Models Own are currently not shipping outside of the UK but they are hoping to rectify that in the coming weeks. If it’s urgent, you could always order through Parcel Motel.
What do you think?
Do sugary shades do it for you?
Would you be interested in one of the other Models Own palettes?
Disclaimer: The Models Own Sweet Dreams Eyeshadow Palette was sent to me as a PR sample. I am under no obligation to mention it on my blog and it does not affect my opinion of the product in any way.
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