After my incredibly happy experience with my Sugarpill Chromalusts, I decided to once again try something new from the line. This time, I decided to go with some of the pressed eyeshadows. Now, I have heard numerous raves about the pressed eyeshadows. The pans are as big as MUFE, very inexpensive ($12 for a single Sugarpill shadow compared to $14 for a MUFE pan without the plastic compact), and most importantly: BRIGHT! Two of the colors in particular appealed to me, Poison Plum and Afterparty. Poison Plum is a deep, nearly matte purple that is often compared to the famed - and much beloved by this bunny! - MUFE #92. Afterparty is a sheen-y and happy bright blue that Or did she say it was her favorite blue ever? Whatever, Ana knows her colors so I trusted her judgement.
Now, Sugarpill offers three different pre-made 4-pan palette combinations that retail for $34. Think about that: $34 for four eyeshadows that retail for $12 each! Craziness! How could I turn down such a deal? I can’t, and since I fell into some extra “fun money” a couple of weeks ago, I decided to splurge on the Cold Heart palette (well, Brian of Cosmetic Viking pretty much forced me into it with the tutorial featured here - how stunning is he?).
The Cold Heart palette features the previously mentioned Poison Plum and Afterparty, but also has Tako (pronounced Taco, a matte pure white) and Bulletproof (a matte black). I did not already own a white eyeshadow, and black eyeshadows are always handy to own, so this palette was pretty much a no-brainer for me.
So, how does this palette fare? Well, I’ll give you a list and some swatches!:
- Contrary to popular conjecture, Sugarpill Poison Plum is in no way similar to MUFE #92. Maybe it’s my skintone, but Poison Plum pulls clearly more red-toned than MUFE #92 (MUFE #92 is the horizontal swatch in the above picture). In fact, on my eyes Poison Plum looks almost magenta!
- Sugarpill Afterparty is really the most stunning blue I have ever seen in pressed shadow form. The closest eyeshadow I can think of that may be similar to Afterparty is Fyrinnae’s 1.22 Gigawatts, but 1.22 Gigawatts may actually be slightly darker and is obviously more shimmery.
- Sugarpill Bulletproof is the most pigmented black pressed eyeshadow I have ever seen. I thought Urban Decay Perversion was the most pigmented ever, but it pales in comparison. I do have to compare this to Fyrinnae Snow White, though.
- Sugarpill Tako was slightly disappointing. I know it seems white in my swatch, but that swatch is very heavily built up. There’s something about the tone of my skin that makes this seem more beige when I apply it. I literally have to do at least 5 layers of Tako before it appears white on my lids. 1-3 layers has a color that resembles...well, a certain bodily fluid. It’s true! Look at pictures of Illamasqua Load nail polish to understand what I’m talking about.
Here’s a FOTD I did using this palette. I didn’t use Poison Plum, but used the other three shades. I received SO many compliments on this!
So, do I recommend this palette, or any of these shadows? HELL YES. How could I not? The pigmentation and value is second to none, and the colors are just so pretty and so affordable. I want Love + (a deep true red) and Midori (a happy green) next.