The Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten Shadow Palette ($22) is a new (or at least new to the US) 10 shade eyeshadow palette that Soap & Glory recently introduced in time for Holiday 2015. I was quite excited about the Perfect Ten Eyehadow Palette as I’m a fond fan of Soap & Glory and I’ve been seeing swatches and photos of the palette across a ton of different British Beauty Blogs so I’m happy it finally landed here in the US.
I think we’ll see a lot of these mega palettes come Spring 2016. It’s not a new idea by any means but many brands such as Lancome and even Covergirl have been venturing into the larger palette realm to compete with Urban Decay’s very popular Naked Eyeshadow Palette Collection. Maybelline also got in on the fact this past year with several larger eyeshadow palettes.
I purchased the Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten Shadow Palette at Ulta and used a $3.50 coupon so it cute a few dollars off the $22 price range. I think $22 would be a fair price if the quality was here but…mmm…since I’m not in love with the palette I find the price a little bit high but more on that in a bit.
The Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten Shadow Palette comes housed in a sturdy cardboard compact with a generously sized mirror inside and a dual sided eyeshadow brush for application. It’s a nice packaging and slim enough to store easily in your stash.
At a glance the palette looks like it might be some sort of Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow dupe but it’s actually more about the Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette as it contains a selection of warmer rose golds, cranberries, garnets, and a few mismatch shades like plum and taupe. It quite reminds me of the Maybelline The Blushed Nude Eyeshadow Palette as well.
I think it’s a brilliant presentation and I definitely got excited opening it up! I like the selection of shades but they are kinda sorta a mismatch depending how you look at it. The first half of the palette runs down from soft creams, roses, and rose gold shades and starts working into pretty shades of cranberry but as you near the end of the palette you get a pop of royal plum, a blackened navy, and taupe. Honestly, I had no lack of ideas for creating a variety of looks with these shades that’s for sure.
I’m sad to say there were a few quirks here and there with this palette. First off, I hated the brush. It’s a really small thing to rant about but I feel like they either should have included a sponge applicator or just don’t include a brush at all as this one is useless. It has very soft bristles but it is SO small! You can’t really apply eyeshadow with a brush like this and it is kinda absurd to think anyone will be using it for application.
Second rant, I hated the frostiness of some of the shades. I feel like a majority of the colors had a good deal of frost to them. There’s a mix of matte and frost finishes here which I believe the brand will label as “shimmers” but to me it’s all frostiness.
On that note I will say the mattes were quite lovely. They had a dense yet silky consistency that wasn’t dry or powdery. They applied and blended very nicely. The frosts well, mmm, they were ok and I’d say they were the equivalent to eyeshadows you could purchase from E.L.F. Cosmetics. This isn’t a bad thing at all! It’s just they aren’t great eyeshadows but merely on the borderline of being good with fair pigmentation and decent blendability. They had no fall out which was a plus and they don’t go muddy during the blending process which is great. They aren’t terribly pigmented but they aren’t that badly pigmented either. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I wouldn’t say there’s $22 worth of quality here but more along the lines of $12 or pushing at $15.
If you can get the Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten Shadow Palette (which shouldn’t be a problem with the amount of sales at Ulta) on sale it is worth having around especially if you like warmer cranberries, pinks, and rose gold shades. However, don’t pay full price for it. I think it’s a nice round up of colors with a decent formula but $22 is a little high for this quality.
The Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten Shadow Palette is available now at Ulta.com.