28 Neutral Palette with flash
I've been on a mad hunt for neutral palettes that have both matte and shimmery shades. It's part of an "experiment" I'm doing. Apparently, finding such a palette isn't as easy as I thought - most of what's out there are just too shimmery. The 28 Neutral Palette from Dollface seemed to be just what I was looking for.
Did it live up to my expectations? Well, this palette cost only Php800.00 (approximately $18) and given its very inexpensive, I didn't expect it to be spectacular.
28 Neutral Palette no flash
What I did not expect was getting an allergic reaction. No stinging, but my eyelids became swollen within minutes of applying some of the matte colors - specifically the brown ones. The last time that happened was way back (like a decade ago) and none of the eyeshadows in my traincase today have done that. One would think we've come a long way in that department... apparently not. Now I'm trying to figure out which of the ingredients caused that reaction.
Fortunately, it did not happen when I used the shimmery shadows.
Two other things that disappointed me was the poor color payoff and that it as too powdery (which lead to a lot of fallout). In fact, the swatches below were applied wet and I had to swipe it not once, twice, thrice but several times just to make the swatches look decent.
Definitely not something I recommend to people with sensitive skin. It's better to invest in something that might cost more but is of better quality. If you're on a budget and are certain that you're not allergic or have tried similar palettes (Coastal Scents, etc) then go for it.
Below are swatches that you can refer to:
Row 1 without flash
Row 1 with flash
Row 2 without flash
Row 2 with flash
Row 3 without flash
Row 3 with flash
Row 4 without flash
Row 4 with flash
And so, my search for a good neutral palette continues. Any recommendations?