I purchased the new It Cosmetics The Romantics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette ($39) as soon as it popped up on QVC. I mean who could resist the It Cosmetics The Romantics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette right? It’s stunning! 14 gorgeous silky, matte shades of shadow and one transforming pearl shade plus a doubled ended brush for application make this eyeshadow palette a truly great value.
The It Cosmetics The Romantics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette is actually the third matte eyeshadow palette the brand has done with others that include the original Naturally Pretty Eyeshadow Palette and the Celebration Naturally Pretty Eyeshadow Palette.
Let’s take a look!
The It Cosmetics The Romantics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette comes housed in a lilac velvet compact with a full size mirror inside and 14 total matte eyeshadows and one transforming pearl shade that softens colors, sheers them, and offers them a pearl-like finish. It Cosmetics also includes a full size Heavenly Luxe No Tug Dual-Ended Shadow Brush for application.
One of the more debatable topics concerning the Romantics Palette is the fact that it looks a lot like the other two palettes that It Cosmetics has already introduced. Personally I thought this palette had a few cooler plums, pinks, and purples compared to the original warmer Naturally Pretty Palette. That’s really the main difference in my opinion. I heard a lot of users complain that the original palette was too warm for their liking and if you’re one of those people you might just love the Romantics vs the original Naturally Pretty Palette. Personally the original is my favorite palette out of the three. I wouldn’t say there are exact dupes in this palette however, many shades are variations of ones you’d find in both previous palettes.
Here are swatches of the original It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Eyeshadow Palette:
Soulful, Mocha, Violet
Sheer Joy, Soft Light, Warmth
Midnight, Noir, Love
Sunrise, Sunset, All Heart
Java and Iconic
Here are swatches from the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Celebration Palette:
It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Celebration Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Hot Cocoa, Miracle, Peace, Wonderland)
It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Celebration Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Sugar Plum, Gingerbread, Toasty, Spice)
It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Celebration Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (snow Angel, Champagne, Cozy, Warm Wishes)
It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Celebration Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Starry Night and Coal)
Here are swatches of the It Cosmetics The Romantics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette:
It Cosmetics The Romantics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette Swatches (Mystery, Devotion, Fate, Embrace)
It Cosmetics The Romantics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette Swatches (Adore, Tranquility, Desire, Romance)
It Cosmetics The Romantics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette Swatches (Trust, Poetic, Transforming Pearl)
It Cosmetics The Romantics Naturally Pretty Matte Palette Swatches (Peaceful, Hope, Sweetness, Enchanting)
As you can see some of the shades are similar but as I said I think there are varying degrees of lightness and darkness to shades so they aren’t completely duplicated but every so slightly different. The one true unique shade here would be Tranquility which is a light pea green that does not make an appearance in any of the two prior palettes. As far as I know it’s also the first green I’ve seen in any of the palettes!
As always, It Cosmetics was nice enough to include one of their legendary Heavenly Luxe brushes with this palette. This is a full size brush that has an eyeshadow brush on one side and a liner on the other. The bristles are super soft and the brush is of excellent quality. If you’ve ready some of my past reviews you know how much I love It Cosmetics makeup brushes! 🙂
If you’re strongly averse to mattes this is a palette that will quickly change your mind. The texture of the shadows is really quite great. Smooth, silky, buttery, easy to blend, slightly powdery but not dry or chalky! The eyeshadows practically blend themselves! It’s really a joy to use mattes like this as they apply easily, have no fall out, and looks smooth and almost airbrushed on my lids. Mattes can be challenging but It Cosmetics successfully created a formula that’s super silky and game changing in my opinion.
I wanted to go soft with my look so I used Peaceful as a base and on the inner lid, with Adore blended towards the middle, and Embrace at the outer corner!
The palette is a little mismatched in terms of color. You have pinks and plums on one hand and soft browns and beiges on the other plus darker more pigmented purples, browns, and navy shades. I kinda sorta wish they didn’t include such darker shades of matte. These, for me, act more as liner shades as I can’t see myself applying a dark navy blue all over my eyes. I wish all the shades were either lighter or of medium pigmentation versus the truly rich, pigmented shades they did include. On the upside these shades can be softened and sheered out using the transforming pearl color. The other shades run sheerer with very light pigmentation that is buildable.
The Transforming Pearl Eyeshadow is a soft shimmery beige white pearl that be used under over shades to add a touch of pearl or the lighten up or sheer out some of the more darker shades.
If you’re looking for cooler shades than was available in the original palette I think you’ll get on nicely with the It Cosmetics The Romantics Palette just fine.
This one is available now at QVC.com.