Hey guys and gals! So as you probably noticed, I took a rather long holiday break to relax and enjoy time with my family and let me tell you, it was amazing! But I can’t spend the rest of my life lounging about and cuddling my fur babies so my break is officially over and I’m back to being a productive, makeup obsessed human being. 😛 While my break was much needed and much appreciated it, I am also really excited to be back! I’ve missed blogging, chatting with all of you and wearing copious amounts of makeup on a near daily basis. So yeah, I’m back full force now and ready to make 2015 a fantastic year!
Moving on to the good stuff, the Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter review!
OVERALL REVIEW: 8
Packaging: I think the stack is a pretty cool idea. It’s really unique and I like that but other than being aesthetically pleasing, it doesn’t offer any real advantages. Still neat. 9/10
Longevity: Wore well throughout the day with a primer. A tiny bit of creasing in my crease but really pretty minimal. 8/10
Application: Applies and blends well. Not the best blending eyeshadow I’ve ever seen but still good. 8/10
Texture: A couple shades were a little more powdery than I would have liked but still not a big deal. 7/10
Melt Cosmetics, a company known for their amazing and unique lipsticks, blew all of our minds when they announced that they would soon be introducing their own line of eyeshadows. Naturally when they released these on the 2nd, I couldn’t resist the urge to pick up Dark Matter, one of the two stacks that they’re offering.
Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter and their other stack, Love Sick, are being sold at meltcosmetics.com for $48 each. At first, the price seemed pretty excessive to me for 4 shades of eyeshadow but once you see how big these are, you may think differently!
So let’s talk about these “stacks”. Straying away from traditional eyeshadow palettes, Melt Cosmetics branched out into new territory and made these magnetic eyeshadow stacks. Each shade is in a magnetized pan, the whole stack is topped with a magnetized mirror and they all just snap together. I don’t exactly see any benefit to this design other than just being a cool way to set yourself apart but I also don’t see many disadvantages either. One concern that I have is that it seems like traveling with this may be tricky as it’s pretty easy to just slide the top or bottom pan right off.
Orders were sent out with these incredibly cute mini-lipstick key chains. When I saw it, I was nearly as excited for the key chain as I was for the eyeshadow stack! It’s basically my dream come true and I immediately ran to put it on my key ring! Icing on the cake, I tell ya’!
Upon opening the box, the first thing I thought was “Holy hell, it’s massive!”. I was expecting normal sized eyeshadow pans, not something nearly the size of my palm so I was pretty pleasantly surprised! For reference, each of these pans are 3.57g whereas MAC pans are 1.5g each. So yeah, you won’t be hitting pan on these anytime soon.
A view from the bottom of the stack…
…and the nifty little mirror that tops off the stack.
On to the swatches! The reason I chose Dark Matter is because I think the shades in the Dark Matter stack are just divine! These warm shades can create a variety of gorgeous, deep smokey looks and I feel like the warmth of the colors makes such looks really striking and gorgeous instead of just a dull, washed out smokiness. Of course while deep smokey looks are many peoples first thought when seeing these shades together, that’s far from all that you can do with this stack! These shades can also make some very wearable, warm daytime looks. Just omit Dark Matter, or use it lightly, and you can create some seriously gorgeous more casual looks. Think outside of the box with this one!
When swatching these shadows, Blur and Enigma seemed more on the powdery side however when I was applying them to my eyes, I didn’t notice this at all so I don’t think it really is an issue. While these shades weren’t a like “OH MY GOD HOW CAN ANYTHING BLEND THIS WELL?!” moment for me, they still were very blendable! They just weren’t blowing my mind or anything crazy like that. It also needs to be said that Dark Matter is insanely black and pigmented! This is a really nice black eyeshadow.
All in all, I’m a happy camper with the Melt Cosmetics Dark Eyeshadow Stack! The colors are absolutely beautiful, the design is neat, they last well throughout the day and these shades allow you to create a variety of looks from natural to full on smokey and sultry!
For my first look with the Dark Matter stack, I decided to take the full on smokey and sultry road! 😛 I paired my eyeshadow with Ardell 204 lashes and finished the look up with NYX Matte Lipstick in Alabama, Sigma Blush in Heavenly and Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Ash.
Have you guys tried the Melt Cosmetics stacks yet? Or are you still on the fence? Tell me your thoughts!