Whether you use complementary or contrasting colours, eyeshadow is wonderful for bringing out the natural beauty of your eye colour. When I began my Younique makeup business, I was sent a makeup kit for new Presenters. Inside it is a huge array of samples and full sized products including the amazing 3D Fiber Lashes which Younique are best known for. But another product which I’m a big fan of which is included in the New Presenters Kit is the Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette. If you’re a fan of the Naked Palette by Urban Decay, you will love this…
Younique is still a very new and relatively unknown makeup brand. Many people have heard of the brand but have never actually tried any of the products for themselves. Those who have heard of it usually think of the 3D Fiber Lashes but they also offer a comprehensive collection of high quality makeup and cosmetics, of which it’s possible to build an entire makeup kit. Younique currently offer five different Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palettes, each containing seven matte and shimmer colours. Palette 1 contains warm, neutral tones of bronze and gold, Palette 2 contains cool tones with black and silver shades, Palette 3 contains cool tones with fresh pink and purple shades and Palette 4 contains earthy browns and blues. The special, one of a kind Palette 5 offers reflective high shine metallic and prismatic colour shifting hues and is different to any other palette I have seen. The palette which I am reviewing today is Palette 1.
As I’ve come to expect with Younique products, the packaging for the Addiction Shadow Palette is lovely. It comes in a high quality box with a magnetic closing lid that contains a large mirror. Like the 3D Fiber Lashes, this product would make a beautiful gift. There are seven different shades, all with fun ‘mood’ names like ‘Elated’, ‘Chipper’ and ‘Zealous’. The shadows are pressed and contain a large amount of product. Due to the amount of product the palette contains and the large mirror, the palette is slightly larger than some other palettes I have come across but is still small enough to be able to store comfortably in a makeup bag or drawer.
The colours in this palette are warm, neutral tones which would compliment any eye colour. Younique themselves say that the colours in all the palettes are inspired by the desert sky. The colours in Palettes 1-4 are matte, semi-matte, pearly satin and metallic so there are colours suitable for both day and evening wear. Palette 5 contains reflective metallic high shine and transforming, prismatic jewel tones which change colour (and is definitely worthy of a stand alone review which I will bring to you in the near future).
All of the different colours coordinate and compliment each other really well so you can have fun and experiment with different looks. I have very light blue eyes and I love the way darker tones of chocolate and taupe contrast with them. There are lighter highlighting and transition colours and darker colours to create a beautiful smokey eye look. Whether you use a brush or an eyeshadow applicator, the shadows go on to your eyelids velvety smooth and are really easy to blend.
Some cheaper, lower quality pressed eyeshadows that I have tried have a tendency to drop flakes down your cheek as you apply them but that certainly isn’t the case with the shadows in this palette. The colours are buildable so ideal for wearing both during the day when you want a lighter colour and for a more intense, evening look. The colours can be applied dry for highlighting and shading or you can add a drop of water to make them more intense for outlining and contouring eyes. If you really want to intensify the colours and achieve optimum results, it can be paired with an eye primer.
I applied eyeshadow from this palette first thing in the morning along with my other makeup. I usually apply some translucent face powder to my eyelids before applying eyeshadow to prevent creasing but for the purposes of this review, I left them bare. Although the shadows are solid and can be built and shaded as such, they go on with a creamy smooth texture, almost like a cream shadow. Twelve hours later, the colour hadn’t creased or faded at all and still looked as fresh as when I first put it on. In actual fact, I fell asleep wearing it and it still looked good the next morning! So it’s really long-wearing!
You can even use the colours in Palette 1 for highlighting and contouring, on your eyebrows to add some colour or even on your lips! Like all Younique products, the shadows are hypoallergenic and made from natural, mineral ingredients that are gluten, paraben and carcinogen free. Younique products are also cruelty free.
Here is something different you can also do with Palette 1… Three coats of nail polish – on the third coat, paint all the nails on one hand then immediately take an eyeshadow brush (that you don’t use on your eyes lol) and while the polish is still wet/tacky, tap the eyeshadow on the tip of each nail (don’t brush it on or the nail polish will get messed up). Repeat for the other hand. Then do a clear coat and apply more eyeshadow before it dries, one hand at a time. When you tap the shadow on, it dusts onto the bottom half of the nail giving it a blended ombre look. Once that dries, apply a final coat of clear polish and that smooths out any brush marks from applying the eyeshadow!
This palette is a luxurious, premium product and is not a cheap purchase. However, as a makeup investment it is definitely worth it. The packaging is gorgeous, the colours are beautiful, highly pigmented and long wearing and there is a good amount of product so it will last you a long time. Versatile and stunning, there are colours for blondes, brunettes and redheads.
It’s covered by a 14 day money back guarantee and definitely worth seeing how it stands up to your current brand. Younique are an online only brand available from authorised Younique Presenters only. If you would like to treat yourself (or a friend) to this beautiful palette, please click here (currency can be changed in the top right corner).
Until next time, stay beautiful x