When I left San Francisco I had to cancel my Birchbox subscription. Thankfully Birchbox Canada is now available so I can re-subscribe once I’m settled into my place in Toronto.
Birchbox rewards you with points for reviewing the products that come in your monthly box and I had some stocked up in my account. Before I cancelled my subscription I ordered this Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeshadow Palette 2 ($24 US) using my points so it was totally free!
This candy inspired palette looked like such a perfect choice for spring and I thought the colour selection had a nice balance of pastels and neutrals.
Left to right: Cotton Candy (pastel purple), Licorice (shimmery chrome), Confetti (pastel pink, purple and yellow, Cloud (taupe), Marshmallow (matte cream)
The first thing I noticed was how finely milled these shadows were. They were almost translucent when swatched – I had to apply them all at least twice in order to get them to show up on camera. Licorice was quite chalky but the rest of them had a nice velvety texture and applied smoothly.
Here’s the look I created using a few of the colours from this palette:
I applied Marshmallow on my inner corners and under my brow bone. Then I used Cotton Candy all over the lid and added Confetti in the crease. Unfortunately the shadows were so sheer I had to pile it on just to make it visible. This left me with some serious fallout on my lashes that looked pretty terrible.
While I am happy with this pastel spring makeup look I definitely don’t think this palette is worth $24. The eyeshadows look beautiful in the pan but once applied they are barely noticeable. There are several drugstore eyeshadow palettes that have much better pigmentation at a fraction of the cost.
- Liner: Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner
- Eyeshadow: Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeshadow Palette 2 (Cotton Candy, Marshmallow and Confetti)
- Mascara: Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara
- Foundation: Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation
- Blush: NARS Orgasm
- Lipstick: MAC Pink Nouveau
Have you tried anything from Cynthia Rowley’s makeup collection? Let me know in the comments!