Studio Gear has released three new eyeshadow palettes, and I’m super excited that I get to play around with them!
The palettes are a part of Studio Gear’s True. line, and come in three different varieties: Nude Matte, Warm Nude, and Shimmer Plum, each containing six complementary shades. Sadly, I cannot decide which one is my favorite, I keep changing my mind!
I first noticed the packaging, it’s simple but sleek. The boxes have graphics that show the shades included, and there are also basic instructions for placement on the back of each box. I did catch an error, as the backs of both the Nude Matte and Plum Shimmer boxes said “The Basics of the Nude Matte Eye.” Nevertheless, the shades pictured on the Plum Shimmer box are the correct shades, despite the misprint…lol 😉
I like how the cases are made of a sturdy plastic rather than cardboard or coated paper; I feel like they will hold up better, especially during travel. My only gripe with the palette cases is that all three are the same, and they don’t specify which colors are inside- so there is no way to tell which one is which without opening them up. I may use a silver marker on the bottoms just to make this easier for my lazy self!
Each palette comes with a mini eyeshadow brush. I do not love these brushes- they are not the same great quality as Studio Gear’s full-sized brushes. The brush heads are also inconsistent and differ from each other. They do shed a bit, but they are softer and perform better than a lot of other mini brushes included with kits. For example, these are much better than the brushes I received in an Estee Lauder GWP kit. Since they are mini sized, I think there should be a place inside the palettes for them; but since there’s not, they should have just been left out. But, they are small, so it will be easy to toss them into a travel kit as back-ups.
Since these palettes retail for just $20 each, I wasn’t expecting much in the way of pigmentation. Boy, was I wrong! Of course, some of my high end shadows are more pigmented, but these were quite impressive. Unfortunately, the swatches on my medium-toned skin do not do these shadows justice. Since my face has been treated with brighteners and various procedures, I have been trying them out on my face, and the colors show up SO much better! (I will be posting more soon.)
The Nude Matte palette includes the shades (all matte) Sheer, Buff, Hint, Touch, Shade, and Deep. Buff seemed to be the most pigmented, and Deep had the most fallout, although it wasn’t bad, just more so than the others.
The Shimmer Plum palette contains Moonlight (iridescent), Rose Dust (shimmer), Burnish (shimmer), Plummy (matte), Violet Hour (shimmer), and Midnight (shimmer). All the shimmer shades had a bit of fallout, but again, it wasn’t unmanageable. I just used a fan brush to dust the fallout away, and it was gone. Plummy seemed to have the least pigmentation when swatching, but it showed up pretty well when I used a primer. Overall, these shades were very beautiful!
The Warm Nude palette contains Sugar Sand (matte), Pink Salt (matte), Pebble (matte), Glazed (shimmer), Frosting (shimmer), and Singed (matte). The most pigmented of these was Sugar Sand, followed by Singed. Glazed was the least pigmented, but still went on quite smoothly.
Overall, these palettes were all pretty awesome, especially for the price. Blending was easy, and they wore very well. When worn with a primer, they lasted well over ten hours without creasing or fading. If you’re looking for a high quality palette at a great price, definitely give these a shot!
I’ll be posting photos, so be sure to keep checking back so you can see what these shades really look like when worn!