I got this palette last August–as part of my birthday present for myself. I was initially drawn to this palette by the packaging–I mean, how could you not? I absolutely love the painting on the cover flap–the orders came with three beautiful postcards, but I wish one postcard at least had this painting printed on it. Nevertheless, my point was, I wanted to buy the palette for the abstract painting thing alone, not even knowing what was inside the palette.
But of course I spent hours on their website. Now I have never tried anything from the brand at that point and I wanted to purchase something that would give me a ‘taste’ of what the brand could deliver and so I reverted back to ordering this palette (other palettes available included only eyeshadows).
The New Medieval Palette contains four matte eyeshadows and four matte lipsticks. The four matte eyeshadows are very “high fashion”, I’d say, haha. There’s Darkness and Cast Iron (which are described as ‘moody grays’ in the site but Darkness is a matte black shade, while Cast Iron is grey). Woad is a deep, dark violet, and Ultramarine is a cool blue (reminiscent of the 80s, I think). These shades constitute an ultra modern smokey eye palette, although you can definitely use these shades on their own. They are definitely the most matte shades I’ve ever come across with. I’d describe their textures as velvety, as opposed to shadows from The Balm, for example, which I’d say are buttery.
They aren’t too pigmented on the lids (although they may seem pigmented when finger swatched, but on the back of my hand and on my lids, not too much). While that may turn some off, hear me out: I think it’s a good thing for these shadows to have less opacity. These shades are deep and intense, you need a shadow with low opacity to slowly build up the look you may be going for with these colors. The low opacity gives you time and ease and space to build up the look, making mistakes forgivable.
These are the shades as finger swatched when I first opened my package:
The four matte lipsticks included in the palette are (please disregard the last two shades on the right):
(From L-R) Putty, which turns out is my favorite of the bunch–certainly a good MLBB shade for me! There’s Rust, a tawny shade. Nude, which is true to its name actually, and Magma, a bright tangerine. If you haven’t read my unboxing post, the last two shades were from other lipsticks I got from the brand.
I was initially unimpressed with these lipsticks on my lips. I used a Marionnaud lip brush to apply them and they highlighted every little crack I had on my lips (and I’m one to always exfoliate and moisturize my lips!). After a couple of tries, I managed to get a different use from them: I used them as cream blushers. As 3 out of 4 of these lipsticks are neutral shades anyway, they were perfect for the job. They looked beautiful on the cheeks.
I needed an MLBB shade for a look I was going for one day and decided to give these lipsticks another try for their original purpose, this time applying it with my (clean) ring finger. It was beautiful. Maybe the mistake was in the lip brush (maybe I need to get a better lip brush, any suggestions?)! Putty, my aforementioned favorite, is a ridiculously good MLBB shade, at least for my complexion. It was matte but certainly not drying–it, apparently when applied with a finger, is a creamy matte. Best of all, it stayed a looong time. I ate with it on and it did not budge.
Aside from the initial drawbacks, another thing I’ve come to realize about the palette is that while it is visually appealing, it isn’t the most practical. The beautiful cover is a slide off white carton sleeve, revealing the white carton palette.
I appreciate the ecofriendliness of the packaging, but it is the color that I find problematic. It is the easiest thing, to get lipstick and eyeshadow smudges on that palette. As you can see above, I’ve smudged lipstick on it. Having pointed out that, I’ve never ever brought it with me anywhere for the fear of further ruining the white box. It’s a good thing the lipsticks last long.
Inside the palette is a better story, the eyeshadows and lipsticks housed in flat black carton, a removal clear plastic thingie dividing the eyeshadows from the lipsticks (which I removed for the photograph). As you can see, I’ve used Putty the most. I suspect I’ll be using Magma a lot when summer comes.
IN CONCLUSION, while this isn’t a must-have palette (the eyeshadows are certainly not daily staples), I appreciate having these in my collection. I asked for a ‘taste’ of what Make Colour can offer and I got it. Make Colour has an aesthetic unique to their brand. They certainly do not cater to a mainstream taste, there is a different (makeup) world they are offering here, one that may perhaps be categorized as either high art or fashion. The best part of the palette, apart from the favorites I discovered, is the support that goes to this well thought-of, compassionate brand–33.3% of the sales goes to We See Beauty Foundation, a “non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the cooperative movement”.
I do not suggest this to everyone, but certainly to a few who have the staples and are wanting to try new textures, new hues, new visions.
Make Colour, under WeSeeBeauty, formulates all their cosmetics without parabens and fragrances.