Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: Borghese Eclissare Eyeshadow Palettes

*Disclosure* I very kindly received these products for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own, like always :)

Hello everyone! I'm so sorry for the long absence on the blog. The week of Christmas for me was really busy at work, and now that I have a day off, I have alot of catching up to do! At the end of November, I posted a review of the Borghese Eclissare lip glosses and I mentioned that I would post about the eyeshadow palettes I also received separately. Again, I'm sorry this review is up so late, December is a busy retail worker's month!

I was sent the three eyeshadow palettes in the Eclissare collection. There is the Eclissare Color Eclipse Shadow And Light Luminous Eye Palette, the 5 Shades of Sultry and the 5 Shades of Torrid Palettes. First, I'll talk about the larger palette, the Shadow and Light Luminous Eye Palette.

Here is a description of the product taken from the Borghese website:

Neutrals have never looked so good.  Stop and stare dazzling color.  A rich combination of crèmes, soft shimmers and high impact glitters that create a perfect range of neutrals that can take your look from day to night.  Long-lasting, crease-free shadows that are velvet in texture and blend seamlessly.  Everything you need to create multiple looks - light and natural to dramatic and glamorous.

-12 new neutral eye shadows that range from light to dark  
-Signature Borghese compact with mirror 
-Dual-ended blending and precision brush for flawless application

I absolutely love how the packaging looks! It's really sleek and fancy looking, to me at least. When I feel the packaging and open it up is when I feel it loses that fanciness. In all honestly, the feel is kinda cheap. On the inside where the mirror is, the black casing is peeling off. The actual product inside though is what's important, though!

The descriptions of the colors are also taken from the website, since I'm bad at describing colors:
Bask - a light, warm-toned creamy-beige with a satin-matte finish. 
Afterglow - a warm-toned medium-beige with a highly metallized.
Pulse - a warm-toned, soft-peach, highly metallized.

Veil - a cool neutral soft-brown with a satin-matte finish.
Muse - a burnished gold with brown undertones, highly metallized.
Ascend - a light, soft-tan with yellow undertones, satin-matte finish.

Wane - a rich medium brown with warm undertones, satin-matte finish.
Impact - a medium rose-copper, highly metallized.
Downfall - a dark brown with depth, matte finish.

Out There - a medium pewter, highly metalized.
Shroud - a deep charcoal-grey with blue undertones, highly metallized.
Immortal - a deep charcoal-black with subtle silver glitter

Swatches from top to bottom: Bask, Afterglow, Pulse, Veil
Muse, Ascend, Wane, Impact
Downfall, Out There, Shroud, Immortal
These are some of the best eyeshadows I think I've tried, ever! Seriously, these are incredibly pigmented, they blend really well, and look gorgeous on the eyes. I know the lighter colors are hard to see, but I think it's because I'm so fair. The darker colors are so beautiful for a smoky eye, and the lighter ones are great for everyday use. This palette does cost $55, which makes the shadows worth it, but the packaging can use some work, that's for sure! I also should mention, it does say that this is made in Italy, but I don't know if that means the shadows are made there, or everything is, including the palette itself. Either way, these shadows are pretty darn awesome! I also have not used the brush it comes with, but it's a double-ended brush that has a flat shader type end and fluffier blender type end. I'm usually not a huge fan of double-ended brushes that come in palettes, but this one is soft and seems like it would serve a purpose.

The smaller palettes, the 5 Shades of Sultry and 5 Shades of Torrid are made of the same packaging as the larger palette. These ones seems alot more sturdy and less cheap feeling. They also come with a mirror on the inside just like the larger one, and they each retail for $29. 

First, here is the Torrid palette:

Wisp - a light, matte-finish ivory.
Kindle- a soft champagne taupe, satin-pearl finish.
Stoke- a medium brown, warm undertones, matte-finish.
Sear- a deep brown, matte-finish.
Torch- a medium champagne, pink overtones, highly metallized

This is another great palette for everyday use, but you can use the last couple shades to make it darker and smokier. These shadows are just as pigmented and blendable as the large palette is as well.

Here is the Sultry palette:

Lit- a light white-silver metallic pearl.
Vapor- a medium grey, blue overtones, metallic pearl.
Smolder- a dark smoky charcoal, high frost finish.
Fume- true black, matte finish.
Scorch- medium, glitter-laden graphite-grey.

Talk about deep and dark! Sultry is the perfect name for this palette as you can tell. I think this palette is great if you love a good dark, smoky eye. I also think this would be great for New Years. Out of the two smaller palettes, I have to say Torrid is my favorite. Since I am so fair, the super dark shades in this Sultry palette can look really harsh on me, but I can work with it as long I take my time and use a lighter hand. Again, these shadows are amazingly pigmented and really easy to use.  

I also have some fantastic news! Borghese was kind enough to send me duplicates of these products, including the glosses I reviewed, so I'll be doing a giveaway! I probably won't have it posted until next week when my schedule calms down a bit more. I am thinking of having two winners though, so I'll be giving away a small eyeshadow palette along with 4 glosses to each person. Or I'll do both the small palettes and glosses for one person. I'm still figuring out the details so bare with me on this! Definitely keep an eye out for the giveaway though. 

What do you think of these palettes? Have you tried anything from the Eclissare line?

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