Sunday, December 11, 2016

Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette


Today I have a palette to share with you all. This is from an indie company called Coloured Raine, it is the Queen of Hearts palette and it just released on Black Friday. It is a black-owned business.

So, as for reviewing ordering from Coloured Raine, it went alright. My dad actually purchased this for me as a Christmas gift. Black Friday was supposed to be 25% off but the sale did not go live at midnight EST like it was supposed to, I was afraid the things that I wanted might sell out so he put the order through anyway. The shipping label was printed next day, TAT was 5 Days (it was Black Friday so I assume TAT is usually quicker) and Shipping from Southern California to Ontario, Canada took 8 days which is SUPER fast for international mail.

Shipping to Canada was only $8 which is very reasonable. Now, before I say this next thing I have to say that there was a warning before you order that international customers are responsible for duties and taxes so they were up front that this could happen. I got a bill for $22.32 duties/customs/handling. That was a surprise because usually when you order from these smaller companies they undervalue the items, unfortunately the full price was put down. The duties weren't too bad, it was only $13.27 but the Handling fee was $9.95, so that was some bullshit. Thanks so much, customs <.<.

So, if you take into account the shit exchange rate, This palette costs $66 + $11 Shipping + $10 Handling + $13 Customs/Taxes, That equals... $100 and holy fuck I would be broke if this wasn't a gift. Thanks, dad!

So, unfortunately, I don't think I will be ordering from Coloured Raine again just because the customs fees were too much which I can't fault them for, that's Canada's fault. The ordering, TAT and shipping were great though, just be ready for that customs fee if you order international because they do not fudge that sheet.

On to the products! I also got two liquid lipsticks as well which I will review in an upcoming post which will feature a ton of liquid lipsticks.

I LOVED the design on the sleeve that the palette slides into, the foil on the inside of the palette was a bit scratched up and probably won't age well but I really couldn't give a shit about that as long as the shadows are nice and didn't cost me an arm and a leg. They will probably be depotted in the future anyway. You do not need the sleeve to hold it together, it has a magnetic closure and a mirror inside.

This is the Queen of Hearts palettes, everyone has been going nuts for these purple/pink/red palettes lately. I think it all started with ABH Modern Renaissance, however, I wasn't feeling the ABH palette. When I saw this on Instagram, I had to have it. I don't have a palette like this, I tend to buy cool toned palettes because they go well on my skin but, I loved these colors.

There are 6 mattes and 6 foils in this palette. I am not sure how deep the pans are without tearing up with packaging but, I can tell you they are 26mm pans and some of them, particularly the matte are nearly full and the foils are just a bit under filled thought they are all different, I would assume they are filled by weight.

I usually apply shadows with a damp brush to increase opacity and vibrancy, even when swatching and I can safely tell you that I used completely dry brushes both to swatch and to apply so these are very pigmented. The foils are really soft and easy to blend and apply, I didn't have to wet them or use any special primers. The mattes don't finger swatch well (especially Ladyship) and they feel chalky to the touch but I promise you I had 0 problems applying them with a brush which is why the brush swatches look much better. They picked up fine and blended well.

So, very soft, very pigmented, very blendable. I would give them an A+. I would recommend Coloured Raine to a friend, just friends in the US. I like the quality of the mattes and foils in this palette much better than my Smashbox Full Exposure palette.

Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts: $50 USD
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette L-R
Top: Crown, Royal Highness, Your Majesty, Princess, Empress, Queen Mother
Bottom: Heir, Royal Prerogative, Noblewoman, Ladyship, Duchess, Dethrone
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette
Palette in Sleeve
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette
Without Sleeve
Coloured Raine - Crown (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Royal Highness (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Your Majesty (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Princess (Matte)
Coloured Raine -Empress (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Queen Mother (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Heir (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Royal Prerogative (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Noblewoman (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Ladyship (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Duchess (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Dethrone (Foil)
L-R: Crown, Your Highness, Your Majesty, Princess, Empress, Queen Mother
L-R: Heir, Royal Prerogative, Ladyship, Duchess, Dethrone

L-R: Crown,  Royal Highness, Your Majesty, Princess, Empress, Queen Mother
L-R: Heir, Royal Prerogative, Ladyship, Duchess, Dethrone

Look:  I started out with Princess to contour the hollow of my eye and then deepened the crease with Ladyship. I used Royal Highness all over the lid. In the outer corner of the lid, I added Queen Mother. I used Empress on the lower lash line and Crown to highlight under my brow arch. I finished with tight lining my eyes with black gel liner, patting a matte black eye shadow over it and then curled my lashes and applied mascara. I filled in my brows with CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Grey Khaki.

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