I bought this.
I have been a fan of Models Own nail polish for years. I remember doing swaps with my British twin, who wrote a beauty blog called “Just Nice Things,” and she sent me plenty of Models Own goodies!
Years later, seeing Models Own beauty products pop up in my local Ulta excited me! I couldn’t wait to try some of the other products from the brand, so I splurged on a couple things; a lippie and an eye shadow palette.
I will say this upfront: I LOVE the lippie. I need to write that up. But I’ll just say this upfront: If I knew where the heck I put my receipt, I’d be taking this palette back immediately for a refund.
Let’s explore that, shall we?
The palette itself has nice packaging; hard white plastic with a nice pop of holographic lettering on the front. It opens easily, and includes a brush for application. The brush isn’t bad, I used it, and it was fine.
The palette shades are so pretty. I imagined pretty blue and taupe smoky eyes with pops of shimmer and sparkle.
Here are some swatches, over eye primer:
Left to right, my take on the shades:
- Glory – Gun metal shimmer (I thought this one would be more like a foil when wet but not so much)
- Bliss – Ivory shimmer
- Sparkle – silver shimmer (I also thought this one would be more like a foil when wet but not so much)
- Joy – shimmery taupe
- Ever Last – a pretty sapphire blue
Left to right:
- Dream – the prettiest shade and the most perfect; a golden, slightly peachy shimmer perfect for brow highlight
- Eternity – a mushroom-like taupe, matte
- Angel – denim blue pearl
- Harmony – a silver pearl
- Paradise – night-time sky blue matte with silver glitter
You can see that my swatches are light, even over primer. The lack of pigmentation in these shadows disappointed me not only on these swatches, but on my lids. I used all of the shadows in eye looks, and almost all of them lacked pigmentation.
I created two or three looks with this palette and gave up after the last one. I ended up just removing it, I didn’t like how it turned out. This look, my first, did turn out nice though: I made it work by wetting my brush with Smashbox Primer Water then dipping it into the shadows to foil the shadow. I had to layer it though, because as I mentioned…pigmentation problems:
It still wasn’t what I expected from the shadows but I made it work.
I am so disappointed that I can’t find my receipt, because this palette was $17.99, and I will never use it again. I wouldn’t even want to give it away!
I am hesitant to try other Models Own eye shadow palettes now. Have you tried any of them? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them, and if any of the other palettes have better pigmentation!