Photo heavy post (so something new and different for me).
Now that I’ve had a bit of time to play around with these palettes, I have thoughts!
Just to recap from my original haul post, here are some stats:
- Hard Candy came out with five new ten pan palettes
- Each palette retails for $6.00
- Sold exclusively at Walmart
- Hard Candy does say that they are cruelty free which we can all applaud right?
- Each shade has 1.3g/.04oz of product (13g/.4oz total in each palette)
I’m just going to say it, I love this palette. With the exception of the lighter glitter shades, every color has good if not fantastic pigmentation. Everything blends easily, I didn’t have any problems with creasing and not even the slightest hint of fading. The gold, red, brown and light green shades in particular rivaled some of the high end eye shadows in the staying power department. The glitter shades are a bit of a bust but they’re not horrible, just…glittery. The only complaint I have about this palette is that I get fallout throughout the day. Luckily, it’s only with the lighter shades (gold shade is the worst culprit but the light green did it too) so you do end up with some shimmer on your cheeks. For the price though, I say you need this in your life. These are gorgeous colors.
I’m much less enthusiastic about this palette. Most of the shadows are a little bit chalky and kick up a fair amount of powder once you set your brush in the pan. The intensity of the shades is lacking. All of the would be mid-depth shades apply a lot lighter than they appear in the pan and can’t be built up (the exception being the warm brown shade #6, which applied as you would expect it to looking at it). There are four light, highlight type shades with a possible 5th if you count that light lavender grey shade, although I wouldn’t use that as a brow bone highlight, it’s still in that same color depth. The two deep shades are nice but they aren’t amazing. Overall, I think that this palette is OK but not good. It’s a bit hard to get a complete look from just this palette on it’s own.
However, I thought that Birthday Suit paired really well with Raining Men. Raining Men lacks any highlight, base, transition shades and Birthday Suit is chalk full of them (see what I did there?).
So, to sum up, I highly recommend Raining Men. If you don’t have any matte light shades in your collection already, I would say snag Birthday Suit because it plays nicely with Raining Men but really…you could probably skip it and not be missing much.
You thought we were done here didn’t you? HA!
Here are some pictures of the shadows in action so you can see how they translate on the eye.