Last week I shared my Ipsy Metropolis Unboxing with y’all, including this little em cosmetics palette. For those of you who don’t know, em is Michelle Phan’s personal cosmetics line, Michelle Phan being the creator of Ipsy! Before Christmas em sold all of their products off at a steep discount (75% off!) to make way for a new image and with it, new products. I’m looking forward to seeing what they have next! This palette was originally $28US.
Packaging The palette itself is a plastic white square compact with rounded edges and em’s label on the front. I wasn’t able to capture it on camera but there’s white lettering across the top of the palette spelling words that start with an E, like Esteem, Embrace, Embellish etc. All positive vibes! Inside is a mirror, six different shades and a little indent for two mini brushes. The brushes aren’t held in place so they fall out every time I open the palette. It’s a bit annoying, It would be nice if they clipped into place.
Brushes There are two brushes in this palette, one an eyeshadow brush and the other a double sided eyeshadow/angled liner brush. I would use them on the go but I wouldn’t reach for them on a daily basis. It’s a lot harder to create the look you want with mini brushes.
Layout The inside of the palette has six circle pans in various shades and sizes. I’m kind of confused as to why the purple shade in the middle is so large. The largest shade in a palette is typically a lighter nude tone to use as a base/highlight, and it’s normally not THAT large. If I could pick a shade to have in the larger size it would be the shimmery pink in the bottom left hand corner because it creates a fabulous highlight!
Shade Selection & Pigmentation This palette contains a matte pink (1), a matte blueish purple (2), a shimmery pink (3), a matte medium purple (4), and a shimmery (5) & matte (6) dark purple. I’ve had trouble getting shades 1 & 2 to show up. I really have to build both shades to get them to show up on the eye, and even more so on camera. I also find shade #5 to be apply patchily. It’s best applied wet as a liner. As a dry shadow I had to swatch it several times to get an even distribution of colour.
Keep in mind that my swatches were done without a primer and that the lightest shades show up a little bit better with a decent primer.
The shimmery pink is exceptionally beautiful as a brow bone or tear duct highlight and the medium purple looks great in the crease or on the lid. I’ve been using the darkest matte shade to contour the outer V of my eyes.
I was a bit skeptical about the quality of this palette from reading reviews prior to it’s arrival, but I didn’t need to be. The shades have more pigment than I thought they would and they apply smoothly. All shades go together well and the purple is a great way to spice my look up but still be professional enough for work! I need a primer to get the most out of this palette and extend the wear time.
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