Wow! or Waste? Melt Cosmetics Blueprint Stack

Hey everyone! Welcome back to Wow! or Waste? Whether a whole collection has been launched, or just a new product, I’m going to evaluate whether each product is either a Wow! buy or a Waste? of money, in terms of the price and the amount of product you get.

This time around we are evaluating the new Blueprint eyeshadow stack from Melt Cosmetics. This eyeshadow set and the whole Blueprint collection (including three liquid lipsticks) all release on January 18, 2019 at 12 PM PST on the Melt Cosmetics website.

Melt is definitely a brand that I have been semi-interested in over the last year. After seeing the success of their Gemini palette, I’m definitely watching out for interesting releases of theirs. Because of this, I am curious to see what the value of their products is like, given the very expensive price tags attached!

So let’s find out, is this stack a Wow! or a Waste?




Skylight: A celestial baby blue shimmer. The chunky pearl in this shade will brighten any room.

King Stud: This brilliant sapphire metallic shade is the framework to constructing a dazzling blue smoky eye.

Hot Wire: Spark up a statement eye in this scorching orange copper.

Hammered: We hit the nail on the head with this matte mahogany, it’s a banger for sure!

Deadbolt: Sparkling cerulean flecks of pearl in this shade will have any look on-lock.

Dim-out: There isn’t a power outage, this midnight blue matte is just so pigmented it can block out any light.

Beaming: Perfectly structure a strong glowing look with this bright gold shifting baby pink.

Nailed: Secure a foolproof warm, gleaming eye in this bronzed gold shimmer.

Price and Quantity

This eyeshadow stack is priced at $64 CAD ($48 USD) and has 0.42 oz of product. This is their first stack with split pans, but the amount of product doesn’t differ too much from their original stacks, which have 0.44 oz.

When it comes to comparing this eyeshadow set to other similar products on the market, I didn’t actually find that many other high-end options with this colour scheme. Which is surprising to me! Doesn’t it feel like we have non-stop seen palettes with blues and bronzes? But when it came down to it, most of the available palettes that had more than one blue and some bronzes were more affordable. Usually for price comparisons I try to stay within that particular brand’s price range, compare high end to high end, because otherwise it’s just not fair. But because there really weren’t that many other high end products to compare to, this is what we are left with.

Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:

Rank Product Cost
($ CAD)
Quantity (oz) Number of Shades Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 Juvia’s Place The Saharan II $28 1.14 9 $25/oz
2 Colourpop Mar Pressed Powder Shadow Palette $16 0.36 9 $44/oz
3 Colourpop Dream St. $22 0.36 12 $61/oz
4 Melt Cosmetics Blueprint Stack $64 0.42 8 $152/oz
5 Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette $49 0.32 8 $153/oz

Wow! or Waste?

Given that we already knew going into this that most eyeshadow sets or palettes with this colour scheme currently available are from more affordable brands, it’s no surprise that this eyeshadow stack doesn’t rank so well. In this comparison, this eyeshadow set is a Waste? compared to the other drugstore/affordable options that you can take advantage of. The shades definitely vary by palette, but they all have more than one blue shadow along with some beautiful bronzes.

However, when we just look at the high end counterparts, I was surprised to see that this Melt stack was basically on par with the Urban Decay Beached palette! Melt products always seem so expensive to me, and they are, but it’s good at least that you are getting a decent amount of product. Or maybe what this tells us is that the Beached palette is just terrible value. Either way, if you are a high end makeup lover, love the look of this specific colour scheme, this could be a good purchase for you! BUT there are more affordable options out there, and I do absolutely recommend all of the above listed affordable options. I own them all, and they are all great quality!

Final Thoughts

When thinking about the brands I might like to try out this year, Melt has definitely been one of them and I do think that this is a nice release. I have seen some complaints that this “blue stack” is literally only half blue, giving you just as many neutrals as usual, but I still think the composition is nice. This stack is a great way to get neutral lovers to experiment with blues.

One thing that turns me off of Melt though is their extremely limited releases. It’s so frustrating how brands these days release such small batches of their products so that they run out immediately. This is made even more frustrating by making the products limited edition, which they seem to do often. Especially Melt. After seeing a palette of theirs like the Gemini be so beloved, I would love to try their brand, but everything is LE and sold out… And it doesn’t look like Gemini is ever coming back so that all kind of puts a bad taste in my mouth.

Overall, I don’t think that this stack will be my first purchase from Melt because I am more interested in typical eyeshadow palette packaging, but I will be watching out for their future releases. Their products are so expensive though, so I want to be sure they are worth the hype!

Have you tried Melt Cosmetics products before? How do their eyeshadows perform? Do you think you might get this stack?

sign off 2019

7 thoughts on “Wow! or Waste? Melt Cosmetics Blueprint Stack

  1. I am so curious to try this brand but again, very expensive and like you said, their products are constantly sold out or limited edition. I really wanted to buy their Gemini palette, it’s gorgeous, but well! I’ll just pray, they’ll bring it back :p

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    1. They would be idiots to not bring Gemini back and make it permanent. Having demand is good, but when there’s so much demand it’s bordering on discontent with the brand itself, they should make the move to make products more affordable. Here’s hoping!

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  2. I swatched one of the older Melt stacks a couple years ago and was not impressed. They didn’t seem very pigmented. Maybe they’ve changed the formula since, but I have no interest in this new one.

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