I’ve recently developed a massive girl crush on Samantha of Batalash and have been watching her YouTube videos pretty much non stop! So of course, I had to purchase their eyeshadow palette collaboration with Saucebox.
I’ll be honest, if this palette hadn’t been curated by Batalash, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second look. It seemed to be a mix of colours I already own similar of or, to someone who wears pretty neutral shades most of the time, colours that are a little on the adventurous side! But it’s good to step out of your comfort zone, right?
So I took the plunge and bought the palette direct from Saucebox for $60. It’s currently out of stock on the site, but is available elsewhere (other UK people, it’s just been restocked on Cocktail Cosmetics, priced at £39.95).
This is the first product I’ve tried from Saucebox. Before I talk about the palette itself, a little about the brand – a Mother/Daughter company started in 2010, Saucebox is a cruelty free company. Neither they, nor their manufacturers or third party raw material supplier, participate in animal testing. Their products however are not vegan.
I also want to mention how quick the international shipping from Saucebox was – my purchase arrived in less than a week! It was carefully packaged and arrived intact – always a concern with eyeshadows and mirrors. I found the $15 international shipping cost to be very reasonable.
Onto the palette itself – it’s a sturdy cardboard palette with a large mirror inside the lid, and contains eight eyeshadows (four neutral mattes and four more colourful pearl finishes). It’s cute packaging, quite similar to Sugarpill (and the same size so you can easily pop the shadows out and mix and match).
Vanilla – Off white, perfect as a base shadow or for highlighting.
Winter Brown – A light olive, great as a transition shade. I’ve seen some people say this one’s also good for contouring, but I’m yet to try that!
Cinnamon – A dark brick red. Very Samantha. And not a shade I would have tried until I started watching the YouTube videos!
Lace Noir – Matte black. This is so creamy and blendable, just perfect. Very pigmented.
Enigma – A coppery orange. A little scary in the pan, but this looks so good on, it especially makes blue eyes pop! Try it on a black base, it pulls out some beautiful darker orangey flecks.
Electro – A yellowy lime chartreuse. Super scary in the pan, haha! It’s surprisingly good as a highlight. It appears greener in real life than when photographed.
Popper – A deep aqua blue. I’m always drawn to colours like this – it’s just so beautiful. It needs a bit of building up as it’s sheerer than the other shadows in the palette, but it’s not too much of a problem. Another one that looks beautiful on a black base.
Nova – A plummy burgundy. Really pigmented and creamy. I think I’d prefer Nova to be a bit more of a true purple, but that’s just if I’m being picky.
I really love this palette. I’m surprised how wearable the brighter shades actually are, and how well all of the shadows actually go together – you can pretty much combine any of them to create so many different looks. It’s so versatile. The intention with the colour selection was for the palette to contain all the shadows you’d need if you wanted to just take one palette away with you. I think that’s been achieved!
At $60/£39.95 this isn’t a cheap palette. But I’m so impressed with the quality, and the size of the pans is generous, way bigger than most palettes at 4g per shadow!
Now, I’m no make up artist, so I won’t try to create any looks using this palette myself, but I will point you in the direction of the pro’s – the beautiful Samantha herself and one of her video tutorials;
I hope you’ve enjoyed my first beauty post, I’d love any feedback!
All photos my own.