I was sent this product to review by Brand Backer. I received this palette a few days ago. I have attempted to wear this twice. I was really excited about this palette. It looked cool and it looked small enough to carry for travel (which is becoming increasingly more important to me).
“Studio Gear Cosmetics is a prestigious cosmetics brand featuring a full collection of professional makeup brushes, revolutionizing complexion formulas, and a wide selection of color products for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. This is a line created true to the concept that every woman deserves professional, high quality cosmetics at a reasonable price.”
“Be radiant on any occasion with this sultry, shimmery palette of dramatic shades is perfect for creating a classic smokey eye look, with a hint of unexpected golden glimmer. This collection of four complimentary eye shadows with matching blush, deliver several day to night options that are both seductive and wearable. With pure color, pigment-rich formulations, you’ll be sure to smolder all night!”
Upon receiving the product I swatched the shadows on my arm, with partial primer, I did not use NYX jumbo shadow in milk as I normally do, but I did use Urban Decay primer potion. (I’ve noticed that my swatches are nowhere as pigmented as some other bloggers. Each shadow was swatched twice for consistency.)
The remaining two colors, Frost and Glimmer I was deeply disappointed in. I can’t exactly blame the company for Frost’s downfall. Practically every company I’ve come across that tries to make a glittery highlight color falls flat. Frost is very splotchy and inconsistent. It also produces the most fallout, out of all of the shadows. Glimmer is perhaps the shade I am most disappointed in because it was the most anticipated color for me. I so badly wanted it to work. I want that fantastic color that is in the pan on my eyes in opaque form preferably.
The palette itself is compact and easy to put in a bag for travel. I especially like how they included some ‘how to’ instructions on the packaging. However, I would have much preferred a mirror. The instructions could have been posted on the sleeve it came with or the back of the product. I really think that the fact that it does not have a mirror drives the price down. ELF’s $2 quads have mirrors. So even though it is travel size, it isn’t exactly travel friendly because now you have to rely on finding a mirror or carrying yet another item. Also, what’s up with the incorrect labeling? The palette is put together one way and the instructions with the shadow names is in a different order.
PRODUCT IN USE
I think the price for this is too high. While there are some good shades in this you can purchase a Too Faced palette for about the same price. I think this company is on the right track but needs to do some serious user testing on their products for improvement. If wet-n-wild can do it, I have faith that Studio Gear can too. They also might have better luck using a pearl shade for the highlight and maybe adding the black as a matte shade.
Also, I find that these colors work much better for darker skin tones. As I am one of the lightest tones. (Fair)