Hello everyone! After a month full of nails, I am so so ready to get back to makeup! Because of the type of work I was doing for all of July and August, I just wasn’t wearing makeup. I was lucky if I had a chance to wear makeup once a week, therefore, I wasn’t really inspired to blog about it, since I wasn’t trying new products, let alone wearing products at all! But now we are back to regularly scheduled content. I am so happy that I am back to wearing makeup daily. It’s crazy how much more myself I feel when I am wearing makeup, and I love the routine of putting it on in the morning. The relief of being back to normal life…
So for today I want to share with you my thoughts on the very Fall appropriate Melt Gemini eyeshadow palette. This of course is not a new palette, but Melt only just became available through Sephora in May. For a company that is pretty raved about, and is definitely expensive, this was enough for me to bite the bullet and try out one of their palettes! I do think it is surprising that Gemini did end up coming to Sephora, since when it was released last year it was supposedly limited edition and they vowed it would never come back. But I’m glad it did!
Packaging and First Impressions
This palette is an elongate black cardboard palette with beautiful airbrush-like rose designs on the front. I find the shape of this palette kind of annoying. I don’t love it when palettes have extreme proportions like this, skinny and long, but obviously it wasn’t enough to stop me from purchasing it. Surprisingly, the palette is quite heavy, so it is probably weighted to give it a more luxurious feel. Inside you have a mirror with 10 shades, ranging from mustards to browns to greens. The majority of this palette are mattes, with two very creamy metallics. The shadows in this palette don’t appear to have any scent.
“10 bold pigmented shades in matte and metallic textures. Soft warm neutrals to cool olive tones, to satisfy every attitude. Change comes easy depending on your mood. Get the best of both worlds with the Gemini palette.”
Luna: This honey beige hue is the lightest shade in the palette. Perfect for softening and blending away any harsh edges. All it’s missing are the corn chip scented paws.
Gemini: A mutable vermilion duo chrome shadow with a brilliant gold shift. Gemini is versatile, not two-faced, and can be used as a striking accent shade or even a vivid blush or highlight!
Lorelei: A classic mustard hue that’s as adventurous and memorable as your first nickname. This shade can be used as a transition shade or a bright and easy to wear wash of color all over the lid.
Polkadot: A warm tawny brown color in our Ultra Matte formula that is as soft as your eldest schnauzer baby’s fur. This shadow can be used in the crease as a transition shade or to add depth to natural makeup look.
Cupcake: A true brown Ultra Matte eye shadow. This shade is the deepest brown in the palette and can be used to create a chocolatey smoke or for added depth.
Mochi: This olive mustard, Yorkie fur hue is full of sass and the perfect blending color for a vibrant olive-green eye look.
Fire OG: Puff, Puff, Pass… The fave strain and now, the perfect olive-green eyeshadow we’ve all been waiting for. In our signature Ultra Matte formula.
Goalz: This Golden Lime metallic shade with dimensional glitter flecks will effortlessly capture light and attention, just like you and your best friend on a night out, making more friends during your bathroom chronicles, because… GOALZ!!!
Leo: A bundle of joy in the form of an army green Ultra Matte eye shadow. A lion hearted little one and deepest green in this palette, pack it on the lid for a bold deep green smoke, blend it in to the crease or use it in the inner and outer corners of the eye to add dimension for a cool halo eye effect.
Bonnie: Our blackest eyeshadow yet, darker than your worst black out with a color payoff blunter than your Jet-Black Bettie Bangs. Use this shadow to add dramatic, blown out smoke to the under eye and outer corner or for added intensity and depth.
Price and Quantity
This eyeshadow palette is priced at $77 CAD ($58 USD) and has 0.73 oz of product. It’s definitely a pricey palette, especially for only ten shades.
To compare the value of this palette to others on the market I chose high end palettes (with Juvias’ Place as an exception since it is more affordable) that seemed to include a similar colour range. However, I would say that this colour range is mostly unique because there weren’t a lot of similar palettes. This is surprising since the shades in this palette aren’t too diverse! Just olives, mustards and browns.
Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:
|Rank||Product||Cost ($ CAD)||Quantity (oz)||Number of Shades||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
|1||Juvias’ Place Tribe||$27||1.14||9||$24/oz|
|2||Huda Beauty Obessions Emerald||$36||0.45||9||$80/oz|
|4||Melt Smoke Sessions||$68||0.58||8||$117/oz|
|5||Smashbox Covershot: Desert||$38||0.21||8||$181/oz|
Surprisingly, this palette actually doesn’t have that bad of a value! You do get a ton of product. The typical amount of product in a palette is usually around 0.5 oz, so that is nice if you are especially loving a few of the shades in here. You aren’t nearly as likely to hit pan! I suppose the large amount of product also may explain the price, but I would personally prefer a smaller palette for a smaller price!
Pigmentation and Performance
Overall, I think this is a very nice palette. I enjoy the colour range and that you get multiple varying shades in the same tones. I do think that the colour story might limit the number of looks you can create, however.
The pigmentation and formulation of all the shades is very good and mostly consistent.
I especially enjoy the matte formula. It is pigmented and the shades themselves are buildable. All of the matte shades have blended well for me, but when it comes to layering the deeper shades on top of the lighter shades, the pigmentation is less than I would expect. Therefore, it seems that this formula isn’t great for layering, but you can easily use a tacky base to get full pigmentation if you are going for that. Another thing that I noticed was that the greens in this palette seem to really highlight the texture on my lids for whatever reason, but I don’t think that is the shadow’s fault, and it didn’t look bad in person at all. I also have not tried using the black in this palette (the only shade I haven’t tried).
The two shimmers in this palette are nice, but they are a very emollient or oily formula. Perhaps the oiliest I have ever used. This means that if you aren’t careful, they can be kind of crumbly and/or chunky. For example, it is incredibly easy to pick up way too much on your finger, getting chunks of shadow on there. This chunkiness actually adds more dimension to the shade and makes it looks really stunning on the eye, but it can be a little annoying to work with. Regardless, once on the lid the shimmers look STUNNING. They also adhere to the lid really nicely!
So let’s get into the eye looks and I will let you know all the shades used and my thoughts on each shade as we go through. Each look was created on a set concealer base, although I always apply metallics on top of unset concealer.
Mochi: Crease/transition and lower lash line. This is such an interesting yellow green/chartreuse matte. Not something I’ve ever been interested in before now, but it is really quite cool and applied well to the eye!
Fire OG: Crease and outer lower lash line. This is a really lovely olive matte that has good depth to it. I think it would be especially incredible on a tacky base.
Leo: Outer corner. This is more of a forest green, which I think is a nice addition to this palette. Allows you to build depth but also to make things a little less yellow-leaning if you want.
Goalz: Lid. This metallic is so so so stunning! The shade is somewhere between an olive and leaf green. It is very bright, and easily my favourite shade in the palette, just for its mere impact. But like I mentioned, it is quite oily and perhaps a little crumbly.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Perversion” is on the waterline.
Luna: Crease/transition and lower lash line. This is a very light yellow beige matte that hardly shows up on the eye. However, it is a good lighter lid shade.
Lorelei: Crease and outer lower lash line. This is the mustard matte of the palette and I quite enjoy it. It’s a really nice grungy shade.
Polkadot: Crease. This is your typical warm brown that has some yellow in it. When placed over the more yellow shades, I don’t think this shade has full impact, but on a tacky base it would probably show full pigmentation.
Cupcake: Outer corner.This is a classic cool dark brown matte. I have similar thoughts to Polkadot. It does add some depth, but doesn’t build quite as well as I would like.
Gemini: Lid. Here is the other oily metallic. It is a pretty orange with a gold shift, but again, crumbly if you aren’t careful.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Lucky” is on the waterline.
Mochi: Crease/transition and inner lid on top of concealer.
Fire OG: Crease and outer lower lash line.
Leo: Outer corner and outer lid.
Lorelei: Outer lower lash line.
Gemini: Inner lower lash line.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Lucky” is on the waterline.
Overall, I enjoy this palette and the shades it includes, but I’m not sure it is worth the really high price tag. The formulas are good, but aren’t my favourite. Both the mattes and shimmers have some slight issues, but none of them are major. The colour selection is fun though. Definitely a great selection for Fall, although I’m not sure you can create more than perhaps four looks with this palette? I think those of you who are considering purchasing this palette definitely have a lot to consider. If I were to buy it again, I’m not sure I would, but only because it is so expensive.
Have you tried this palette or anything from Melt before? What are your thoughts?