If I had millions of dollars I would vacation with my friend Pili on Ibiza in the Balearic Islands, an archipelago of Spain in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. I would have a lavish house and Pili and I would hide from the sun as we are both pale as sheets. But that is just a distant fantasy. I have no where even close to millions of dollars, nor do I have the plane tickets to Spain.
|image from Zuneta.com|
What I do have, however is the new Palette from BECCA Cosmetics called the Balearic Love Palette. I guess that will have to do. I purchased it from Zuneta as soon as I was informed they had it for sale. It took all my strength not to buy the entire collection. I do love BECCA cosmetics very much. Everything I have ever purchased from them has been top notch and perfect. I purchased the Balearic Love Palette without hesitation.
The BECCA Balearic Love Palette consists of three neutral shades of eyeshadow. They are housed in a smart yet small compact with the familiar matte brown finish of most BECCA products.
If you remember, a last year around this time I reviewed the Enigma Palette from BECCA. I was very much enraptured by the cool taupe deliciousness of this palette. Well the Balearic Palette is the warm toned answer to the Enigma Palette...however...
|Enigma on Right - Balearic Love on Left. Click to enlarge.|
There has to be a however.
However, the Balearic Love Palette's quality is inferior to the Enigma palette and I believe inferior to most of the BECCA Cosmetic singles I own.
Allow me to explain.
Texture: The Shadows in the Balearic Love palette are hard. This is uncharacteristic of BECCA shadows. They are usually powdery soft bordering on creamy. These shadows in the palette are hard and take an effort to produce any powder. All shadows are matte with the exception of the shadow called Marcella, which is described as a "Demi Matt" but does have a significant amount of glitter in it.
Pigmentation: The shadows in this palette are inconsistent as far as level of pigmentation. I had to rub a foam tipped applicator several times over the lightest color in the palette, Atlas, just to get any color to show up on my arm. The middle or what I refer to as the liner color is well pigmented. It's almost an identical color to the center shadow in the Enigma Palette, which is a letdown in and of itself. The sparkly color is pretty in the pan, but I had issues again getting that shadow to show up properly on my skin. it seemed to be mostly sparkle and little else.
Application: The shadows applied unevenly. The base shadow, the lightest tan color, was splotchy and resistant to blending. The glittery shadow needed multiple layers to show up beyond just sparkle, and when I did finally achieve some color the end result was muddy. The Center Shadow, which I used as a liner and for the outer V of my eye, worked like a charm. It was pigmented and applied easily. However when it came to blending with the other shadows the result was less than ideal, but I think that was because of the other shadow ad not because of the dark center shadow.
Performance: The shadows held up well over a primer. there was no creasing or fading. However, it was still a muddy mess at the end of the day. It just didn't look so great. I also experienced some slight glazing on the lightest shade in the palette which made picking up the color even more difficult. I'm assuming it was because of my brush not picking up enough power from the shadow in the first place, coming in contact with my eyelid that had primer on it and some of that primer transferring to the brush, and then from the brush to the shadow. I guess. Either way I had to start scraping off the glazed over layer each time I wanted to use that shadow.
Do you NEED this? NO! It's not worth the money. Sorry. With the inferior performance, pigmentation, and texture of the shadows combined with the repeat of the same liner color from another palette I own, I wish I had not purchased this. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that was thinking about purchasing either.
At least Spain's Balearic Islands are nice to look at.