Last week I received the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Palette in the June Boxycharm. Palettes like this one are exactly what I’m needing in the midst of this hot summer weather we’ve been having in Edmonton. In this review I talk pigment, fallout, blend, and swatches. The three makeup looks I created with the Alamar Reina Del Caribe palette can be found at the end of the review. Lets get started!
Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Palette
Alamar Cosmetics was created by Gabriella Trujillo, BFF to Kathleen Lights. She is a very talented makeup artist and does all of Kathleen’s KL Polish makeup shoots. This makeup brand was created by Gabriella to embrace Cuban style makeup. Gabriella was born in a place called Alamar in Cuba, which translates to “stay close to the sea”. To her this meant staying grounded to her culture.
The Alamar Reina Del Caribe Palette retails for $28USD and contains 8 vibrant shades for a total of 11.2 grams of product, or 1.4g/pan. This works out to about $3.50/pan or $2.5/gram. The palette is made in the USA and is cruelty free.
The back of the palette reads “Eyeshadow Palette Vol.1″ which leads me to believe that she may release a second Reina Del Caribe Palette in the future titled Vol. 2.
I really like the aesthetic of the palette. Not only are the shades themselves bright and vibrant, the palette as a whole looks like a tropical paradise! It really reminds me of my time in Costa Rica when I open the palette and see the jungle type leaf design with the bright yellow and red flowers printed on the inside. The outside of the palette is simple and stylistic with the bright yellow packaging and the brand name on the front. Gabriella has put suns next to the mattes in the palette to indicate they should be used dry. The shimmers have a water droplet to indicate they can be used wet.
As much as I would love to see a mirror in the Reina Del Caribe palette I think it would take away from the gorgeous packaging. And being real, I am not travelling with these bright vibrant shades. I need to take my time when crafting my eyeshadow looks with these shades so I will be using it only at home where I have access to a large mirror.
Colour Story & Finishes
Reina Del Caribe contains four matte shades in warm tones and four shimmer/metallic cool toned shades. The mix of warm and cool tones makes for a very interesting colour story. La Costa is a shimmery pale gold, El Malecon is a metallic olive green, Veradero is a deep ocean blue metallic and Celia is a gorgeous metallic turquioise green. I adore the shade celia, it’s the most prominent shade in any looks I’ve seen on Instagram using the Reina Del Caribe palette.
The four matte shades are Coco-Taxi, a golden yellow matte; Tropico, a deep orange; Guantanamera, a burgundy red; and Cafecito, a warm chocolatey brown. I always want to sing “Cafecito” to the tune of Despacito when I use this palette!
Pigmentation, Blend, & Fallout
The metallic shades are crazy pigmented! They’re so buttery and smooth to the touch, they swatch like a dream on unprimed skin. The metallics apply best for me with a flat synthetic brush.
The matte shades are pigmented as well, but I found that they swatched a little bit better on the arm than on the eye. Coco-Taxi and Guantanamera needed to be built up quite a bit on the eyes which surprised me. Maybe I’m just spoiled with the formula from the last palette I reviewed, the ABH Soft Glam. I wanted to try to use it like a sunset eyelid shade but it took me so much work to pack it on top of my concealer.
The shades do blend out well enough, I did notice that Tropico tended to get a little muddy when blending into other shades and it lost some of it’s punchy vibrancy.
I didn’t have a lot of noticeable fallout with the matte shades but the metallics got all over my face when I used them. El Malecon and Veradero were the worst culprits!
I featured each of the three looks I created in my YouTube 3 Looks video. I describe the steps below but if you want an in depth tutorial on how to use your Alamar Reina Del Caribe Palette watch the video (and make sure to subscribe!)
Look #1 Serene Dream
For this look I started with the shade Tropico in the crease. Below it I placed the shade Guantanamera blending carefully so that I didn’t go above that orange shade. Next I cut a full crease with Tarte Aquacealer Concealer and covered the inner and middle 1/3 of my eyelids with the green shade Celia. On the outer 1/3 I used the Oceanic Blue Veradero,
Look #2 Foxtails
I started this look with the shade Coco-Taxi in the crease. Below it I swept in the shade Guantanamera and deepened the outer corner with the shade Cafecito. Next I cut a half crease with concealer. On the inner 1/3 of my eye I applied the shade La Costa and Tropico all over the middle 1/3. I packed Guantanamera onto the outer 1/3 of my eyelid. On the lower lashline I mirrored the top with La Costa on the inner corner, Tropico on the outer 2/3’s of the lash line and Guantanamera and Cafecito on the Outer edges.
Look #3 Snake Eyes
For this look I used coco-taxi in the crease for my first transition shade followed by Guantanamera below in the crease. I packed Cafecito onto the inside and outside corners of my eyes and blended across the top of my lid while leaving a space in the center. I took the shade El Malecon on my ring finger and pressed it all over the center of my lid. This shade had sooo much fall out under my eyes! On my lower lash line I applied all the same shades in the same order to give a smoked out effect with El Malecon in the center.
This palette is, in my opinion, worth the retail price of $28USD. I luckily didn’t pay full price as I got it in a subscription but I would have happily bought the Alamar Reina Del Caribe Vol 1 Palette if I saw it in a store near me.
I wish that the matte shades weren’t so fussy. The yellow takes time to build up and the orange got muddy quickly but they aren’t complicated to work with. They just need some patience! The metallic/shimmer shades are an absolute dream to work with. They look so flawless on the eye on their own or on top of a concealer.
Which look is your favourite?
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