I hope you enjoyed the series of mini reviews on this palette! Today I thought I’d take a few minutes to give you my final thoughts on the Queen of Hearts palette. There will also be a few photos at the end showing a brief color comparison to other similar palettes out on the market.
The technical details: The palette is a sturdy but slim cardboard palette with a magnetic closure and a decent mirror.
Net Weight is 1.5g/.05 oz.
Cruelty free and made in the USA.
Retails for $50.00 and can be purchased on the Coloured Raine website.
On the CR website there’s a little bio for the founder of the company and in that bio she says; “…I believe makeup is a toy for grown ups to be able to express themselves and how they feel.” I love that!
I did all of the swatches by running my finger across the eyeshadow pan twice and then a single swipe on my arm. The only shade that doesn’t swatch well is Ladyship which does have a more “stiff” feel in the pan. This shade was also a tiny bit more difficult to work with than the other shades but it wasn’t really a problem shadow. In fact, for a purple leaning shade it’s really very good.
Wear time: Excellent! I think that these shadows looked amazing at the end of the day. The looks did deconstruct a bit as the day went on but they did that in a really pretty way. There wasn’t any funky creasing or anything weird like that. They didn’t fade at all on me.
Application: The mattes blend out beautifully and with very little effort. I find them slightly more difficult to pack on to the lid than to blend into the crease but it wasn’t actually an issue. With metallic shades I generally think you should pat them onto the lid to avoid fallout. These shades however applied best when swiped onto the lid. There was some fallout of the glitter particles but it was surprisingly minimal.
Cohesion of the color scheme: I think this is one of the most well thought out palettes out there. Every shade can work with every other shade in the palette. Most of the eye looks that I posted with this palette were basically the same look in different colors BUT that’s just the look I like the best on my eyes. Honestly you are only limited by your imagination with this palette. You could do endless looks with it.
Comparison to the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette:
The overall color scheme of these palettes is really similar. There are no dupes or anything like that but they’re both rosy rusty palettes. Out of the Urban Decay palettes that I own, I actually think that Naked Heat is the best quality, it’s a palette that I enjoy. On the other hand, I feel like no matter what shade combinations you use you essentially end up with identical eye looks every time you use it. The colors are a little more monochromatic than Queen of Hearts. You get slightly more product with Queen of Hearts (UD is 1.3 g/.05oz) and Naked Heat is $4 more expensive.
The mattes perform similarly in both palettes. The shimmer shades in QoH are more metallic and glittery than in NH.
The biggest difference between the two in my opinion is that I love every shade in the Queen of Hearts palette but there’s only one really standout amazing shade in Naked Heat. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all pretty colors but they’re not all special colors.
Comparison to Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance:
Again, both palettes are a very warm rosy color scheme. MR has more neutral/natural shades and no real golden shades.
MR has 14 shades while QoH only has 12.
MR has only .02oz of product per pan (for a total of .28oz) while QoH has .05oz (for a total of .6oz) so you’re getting quite a bit more product with QoH. MR is $42.00
The texture of these shadows is totally different. QoH has a high dimethicone content and none of these shades kick up any powder at all. They’re also incredibly blendable. MR has a more pigmented formula but they kick up SO MUCH POWDER. I also find them a bit more difficult to blend. The plus to the MR is that it’s easy to get mega color payoff whereas QoH requires slightly more building up to get the same color payoff. Personally I prefer to do a few more layers and have the blending be a breeze but that’s just personal preference. Also the QoH palette blows MR out of the water in the wear test department.
I also feel like you will hit pan much more quickly with the ABH formula. I haven’t used the MR palette that much but there are significant dents in most of the pans. You can barely tell I’ve used the QoH palette at all.
So, to sum up, I freaking love this palette. I was worried I would have issues with creasing because of the dimethicone but I really didn’t. I honestly can’t think of anything I don’t like about the Queen of Hearts palette. It’s well thought out, a beautiful formula, and the brand seems pretty cool as well. Basically, I think you should take a look at this brand’s eyeshadows immediately. As of when I’m writing this post, the Queen of Hearts palette is sold out (but as far as I can tell it will be restocked) but they have single shadows, smaller (but limited edition) palettes and another large palette that just came out for Christmas 2017.
Do you have this palette? I’d love to know what you think! Also, are you totally over warm red palettes or are you still loving them? I love them but I’ve been craving some slightly cooler/more neutral tones lately.
Gray Cat helped me swatch this palette by running up and down the hallway at top speed. He wore himself out the poor thing.
FOTD posts with Queen of Hearts: