Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing my One Week, One Palette review on the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Romantics palette. This was the first week where I really struggled with a palette, so I hope my review can help you make a decision on if you’d like to try this or one of the other Naturally Pretty palettes.
I was initially drawn to this palette because of the range in depth of shades and the overall springtime feel. I liked the idea that this palette has all the shades you need for truly neutral looks, ranging from more brown, gray, or navy-based neutrals, as well as a range of shades that would create beautiful pink and purple gradients. (The pistachio color, Tranquility, is a wild card in my opinion – I would replace it with a more mid-toned warmer brown or a brighter pink.)
I’ve used this palette a handful of times in the past, but even right after I purchased it I kept finding myself gravitating toward other shadows. I really prefer a palette with a good mix of matte and shimmer shades, and this one is really all matte – including the “transforming pearl” shade that really just has the slightest bit of sheen to it. On the bright side, this is a decent palette to grab to frame looks with your shimmery singles or Colourpop Super Shock Shadows.
I ended up using this palette for the full seven days since Easter weekend ended up being pretty busy, whereas usually I only wear makeup for 5, sometimes 6 days in each week. On the first day I picked this out (Saturday), I started to understand how people must have felt when they were trying to get the Subculture palette to work for them. Things were dusting away when I tried to layer shades, nothing was blending together very well, and it took about double the time a similar look would take using another palette. I topped the pinks and purple mattes off with a glittery Super Shock Shadow and prayed it would distract from any off blending.
Honestly, this was my most successful look of the week. From there, I ended up with a very subtle look on Sunday that I didn’t even photograph. On Sunday night, I watched a few YouTube videos of tutorials from this palette (there honestly aren’t many out there), and I noticed that people in the videos were having similar issues to mine, even if they said they liked the palette and didn’t mention any difficulty.
I tried for a more smoky look on Monday, but the lower lashline ended up getting too blown out, so I ended up looking a little tired – this is where I learned it’s best to only use this for the upper lid. It ended up okay, but again – I could create this look so much more easily with a different palette.
The next day, I took what I’d learned and didn’t use the palette on my lower lashline. This was another favorite look out of the week.
What’s a palette that you really wanted to love, but couldn’t make work? Did this palette work well for you? What am I doing wrong?! Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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