The palette consists of 3 eyeshadows, 2 shimmer and 1 demi matte, along with a lip & cheek creme and a lip gloss. I was pleased to see a third eyeshadow rather then the eyeliner that is often included, but the addition of the lip gloss seemed quite pointless as it is pretty much clear. I would have preferred a lipstick or highlighter. The whole palette will set you back £55 and if you set aside 1/5 of this for each product, I do not think the lip gloss is worth £11.
|BECCA Halcyon Days Palette - £55 from www.zuneta.com|
The colours are as follows:
- Chamos demi matte eye colour - light muddy bronze
- Muslin shimmer eye colour - creamy opal
- Faille shimmer eye colour - golden peach
- Bouganvillea lip & cheek colour- described as coral but I think tangerine is more appropriate
- Mai Tai lip gloss - described as peachy nude, I would say clear
|Left to right: Mai Tai, Bougainvillea, Faille, Muslin, Chamois|
|Swatches left to right: Mai Tai, Bougainvillea, Faille, Muslin, Chamois|
The lip and cheek creme is thankfully not as scary as in the pan, and again reminds me of an old Stila convertible colour. A little goes a long way and to use on the lips you really need them in perfect condition. Unfortunately, it had a tendency to resemble how I look when I've just eaten Heinz tomato soup, so I think I'd have been better using a lip liner first to get a clearer edge. With gloss added on top it was better but not the most flattering colour for me. If I hadn't been trying to just use the palette, I would have preferred to layer with a Chanel Glossimer to give a bit more dimension to the lips.
I've included a couple of face shots using all five products over a base of just Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, with the addition of Le Metier liner in Noir and Chanel Imitable Mascara in Purple. I'm not sure if you'll be able to truly see the products but it gives you an idea. This was out of my comfort zone as it is rare that I will do a whole look using warm toned makeup. It doesn't look terrible but I think it would work better with a tan or on an olive skin. Darker than that, I'm not sure if the eyeshadows would show up well enough, but the cheek creme would look good.
|BECCA Halcyon Days Palette applied|
|All 5 products from the BECCA Halcyon Days palette applied|
|Benefit Hoola has been added to the original face using the BECCA Halcyon Days Palette|
|Hopefully this picture shows the cheek colour better, although I got sick of seeing myself so pale so added some rather obvious Benefit Hoola!|
|All three eyeshadows applied, lightest all over, medium in the crease, darkest on the outer v and underneath lower lashes|
When reviewing, I always have in my mind what else could I have got for a similar amount of money. For nearly £60, I would prefer a Le Metier Kaleidoscope, be it for face or eyes. I know I always say it but their eyeshadows are the best quality and you get a large size in the kits, 0.12 oz compared to just 0.035 oz of BECCA shadows. With Le Metier, you are getting superior product and much larger size for £10 more, I know where I would rather spend my money.
|BECCA Halcyon Days Palette ingredients list|
Federer fan, am more than a little grumpy that he lost! This may have slightly affected the review, only slightly mind you!
The BECCA Halcyon Days Palette is £55 from www.zuneta.com.