From the moment I saw this palette reviewed on Temptalia (HERE), I knew I would own it. I am a sucker for a neutral palette, especially when the reviews for said palette are good. It took about six weeks for it to become available in Australia. As soon as I saw it on Mecca Cosmetica, it was in my cart and I was proceeding to check out. I told you I would own it!
The Power Neutral palette is housed in a sleek gold case which as nice as it looks, it really attracts fingerprints. Not a big deal but it does annoy me. What is inside the palette however definitely does not annoy me. Inside are eight gorgeous neutral themed shadows (as the name suggests). These shadows are beautifully pigmented and so buttery soft!
The shadows included in the palette are (L-R):
- Boss Lady - a peachy beige with soft shimmer
- Moneymaker - a mostly matte brown with green tones
- Schmooze - a shimmery golden bronze
- Boardroom - a matte dark brown
- Exec - a grey taupe with a satin finish
- Payday - a light matte grey beige
- Magnate - a satiny peachy nude
- Get Ahead - a matte medium brown
I love that this palette contains a mixture of finishes - satin, shimmer and matte. I also love that the shadow themselves are not just shades of brown. There is a mixture of neutral tones ranging from the beiges to bronzes with greys and greens mixed in. It makes The Power Neutrals a very versatile palette.
The brush included is pretty decent too. One end has a soft shader type brush that can be used to blend out too. The other end has a small pencil brush which is quite firm. It isn't an amazing brush but it is definitely usable.
I find the shadows in this palette apply so smoothly and are easy to blend out. Probably because of how buttery soft the shadows are. The pigmentation of these shadows mean you just have to dip the brush in and apply. No packing the shadow onto the brush. I have found that these shadows don't crease or fade during wear - with or without a primer.
The swatches above are on bare skin with no primer. Shadows are swatched in the same order as they are in the palette. Yes I know my eye shadow swatching abilities are shocking. Please refer to the Temptalia page linked above for better (much better) photos.
Overall I am very impressed with this palette. The quality is fantastic and the shades are versatile and so pretty. Schmooze is an absolute favourite of mine, it is a shade I just adore.
Did I need another neutral eye shadow palette?
Probably not but I have absolutely no regrets! I highly recommend this palette if you a neutral palette lover like me. Or if you are looking for a high quality and versatile palette.
The bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 in The Power Neutrals can be purchased from Mecca Cosmetica for $49.95.
Thoughts? Are you a neutral palette lover like me?