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Jul 26 2017

Models Own Wonderland Eye Shadow Palette Review

I bought this.

Models Own Wonderland Eye Shadow Palette review and swatches BeautyJudy

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?

Models Own Wonderland Eye Shadow Palette review and swatches BeautyJudy

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.

Models Own Wonderland Eye Shadow Palette review and swatches BeautyJudy

Here are some swatches, over eye primer:

Models Own Wonderland Eye Shadow Palette review and swatches BeautyJudy

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

Bottom row:

Models Own Wonderland Eye Shadow Palette review and swatches BeautyJudy

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:

Models Own Wonderland Eye Shadow Palette review and swatches BeautyJudy
Models Own Wonderland Eye Shadow Palette review and swatches BeautyJudy

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!

  • http://glamorable.com/ Anastasia

    Beautiful palette! Those colors look stunning and really bring out your eyes!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, it’s such a shame it is such a bad product!

  • Phyrra Nyx

    That palette looks terrible in the swatches.

    • BeautyJudy

      In swatches and on eye. I look forward to trying another palette and seeing if it’s any better!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    Oh well it looks so much prettier on the eye! The color palette is stunning!

    • BeautyJudy

      Yes, definitely with the help of a wet brush and multiple layers. Too much work lol! I should have shown the disaster eye look I removed lol!

  • http://www.cosmetopiadigest.com/ CosmetopiaDigest.com

    The shades are pretty, but such a bummer about the pigmentation. Maybe you can depot the shades into clear nail polish, mix and match, and get your own very cool glitter nail polish (I do that with crap eyeshadows all the time)! The polish always works as well as any purchased polish, though it requires a shake or two at first. Do share a pic of the polish if you decide to do that!

    • BeautyJudy

      What a great idea!!! I don’t know when I’ll have time to do this though 🙁 I’m thinking about asking Ulta if they’ll give me a store credit.

  • marciaf

    What a pity about this pigment. Other Model’s Own products are so much nicer like their highlighters and lips. I’m sorry that you can’t return it.

    • BeautyJudy

      I do love their lippies!!!

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net PrimeBeauty

    The swatches don’t look very pigmented, too bad b/c I’ve so impressed by Model’s Own and the prices are great!

    • BeautyJudy

      Agreed – prices are great. And I love the liquid lippie I tried. I have hope that some of their other palettes might work better.

  • http://www.notesfrommydressingtable.com/ Erika

    It sucks when you hope that a palette will be great and it isn’t. Maybe you can return the palette without a receipt for store credit?

    • BeautyJudy

      That’s a good question. I’m such a frequent flier at a ulta you’d hope they would. Maybe this weekend I’ll go in and ask.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Your eye look is so much more pigmented than the swatches look. I have had that happen to me many times too. I love the cool toned shades in this palette. I just bought a Models Own cream shadow palette, but I haven’t had a chance to swatch or try it out yet. I better hurry coz they’re great summer shades!

    • BeautyJudy

      I had to use multiple layers of shadow to achieve my look, and I prepped my brush with smashbox Primer Water – I updated my post to reflect that since I can’t believe I forgot to say that!!! The experience with these on the eye was definitely mirrored by what you see on my hand. Such a bummer!