Today I've got swatches and a review of the Models Prefer holiday set - Sweet Shadows.
You may see that it bears an uncanny resemblance to Too Faced palettes - no coincidence, I'm sure. However as a kawaii-holic, I couldn't turn down this palette - anything that combines dessert with makeup, I need to have. I had to go to 3 different Priceline stores just to track it down!
It's an affordable $15. But did you know that Priceline's having a 40% off all cosmetics sale this Tuesday and Wednesday?! That makes this tin a measly $9! I wish I had waited, lol.
The Sweet Shadows set is packaged in a super cute pale purple tin, with a chocolate box design. There are 12 eyeshadow shades - mostly within the neutrals range of browns, with the odd highlighter shades, soft pinks, and grey/black shades. There's also a eyeshadow primer, and a double ended mascara and brow gel - both of which are mega prettily packaged.
Each eyeshadow has its own name - and the names are really cute (there's an actual shade named Cute!).
Presentation wise, this set gets top marks, but what about performance?
It's a bit hit and miss, for me.
The first row is, quite frankly, not that great. A primer is definitely required, as my brush hardly picks up any colour on its own. I generally prefer soft colours on my lids, but even I think the shadows could've been a bit more decently pigmented.
|L-R: Innocent, Lovely, Sweetened, Graceful|
Quite heavily applied, over Essence's I love backstage primer, with a spongetip applicator
|Outdoors under bright sunlight|
However, the bad mostly ends there. The second row is chock-full of gorgeously decent shades. I adore all the colours in the second row <3
|L-R: Kisses, Cute, Sugared, Luscious|
One swipe over primer with a spongetip applicator
|Under bright sunlight|
Kisses does have a bit more fallout compared to the rest in the middle row, but once blended it's a lovely highlighting shade. Cute and Luscious are wonderful wearable shades, and don't need a primer, though the colour's more vibrant with one. Sugared is a pretty soft pink, though slightly pale and pastel on my yellow undertone skin.
|L-R: Adorable, Angelic, Precious, Enchanting|
Only Adorable is heavily applied here, the others are just one swipe over primer
|Under bright sunlight~|
The last row is also decent quality like those in the middle row, though Adorable, is unfortunately poorly pigmented - a shame as it's a shade I would most gravitate towards.
Moving along to the primer - I'm not really experienced with what makes a good eyeshadow primer or not, but I really like this one. A little goes a long way, and the primer is really smooth and easy to apply - it's like melted butter! It dries mostly colourlessly, and matte - the shadows applied easily over this, and I didn't notice any creasing or fading.
The brow gel is generic - I don't have any complaints about it. As for the mascara, I haven't tried it yet, so I can't comment on it.
Here are a few pics/fotd's of some of the shadows in action~
|Sweet Shadows Primer, Sugared on the inner third, Cute in the middle third, and Luscious on the outer third of my lids. Kisses used as inner eye highlight.|
|Precious applied all over with finger over the primer, and Kisses for lower line highlight|
|Hey look, a pic where my hair is tied back for once! ^_^|
Thanks for reading lovelies. Let me know what you think of this tin ^_^