Hello my dolls!
I miss blogging consistently, I feel like I’ve let you guys down somehow by being absent out of nowhere. Thanks to those of you who left sweet, kind comments and were genuinely concerned about us in my March BuJo post. All is well! ❤
Anyway, I’m so excited about today because I’m finally reviewing this palette, I received it back in my November Boxycharm, so yes, it has taken me this long to try it, don’t drag me. I’ve had so much fun creating many looks for you guys last month, a lot of you really enjoyed seeing each and every one. Let’s get started, it’s a long one! 🙂
You can watch my short video review, I do swatches in there too!
Product Description from Ace Beaute:
The Grandiose Palette features 8 colors. Each color has been carefully milled and pressed to provide the easiest application and the most excellent color pay.
Price: $24.99 USD
The packaging of this palette has this beautiful gold design on the front, the back is only black. The palette did come in a sleeve that looked exactly the same. Unfortunately the product details are not on the palette itself, and I no longer have the sleeve to check if they’re listed on it. It’s too bad because not even the website has the pan size.
Anyway, I thought the entire cover/design would be embossed, but it’s only the letters that are like that. The palette is the standard cardboard with magnetic closure, it’s small, thin, lightweight, and perfect for travel in my opinion if these are your kind of shades.
When you open the palette, the design is pretty much the same. It does not include a mirror sadly, but I can live without it. The shades have their name right under neath which is nice, so you can become familiar with the shades.
Formula & Application
This palette comes with four shimmer and four bold matte shades. I agree that they are pigmented and easy to blend, and that stays consistent throughout. You can also feel how finely milled they are when you swatch them.
In my opinion, these shades are a DREAM! They are buttery smooth and super pigmented even with barely any product on your brush. Even though there is some kick back from the matte shades, I thought the formula was amazing! They are very easy to blend, they can be built up, and don’t have much fall out, except for the shimmers of course which I don’t mind since I always do my eyes before my base.
I’m shocked to say that the shimmers are my favorite because I love matte formulas and the mattes in this palette are bomb too. The shimmers were amazing in every aspect—they are creamy, reflective, and easy to work with! They applied easily; I didn’t struggle with application, they can be applied with a light hand for a subtle wash of color, or packed on for an intense pigment.
So the palette has a pink/berry and kind of neutral theme going on. When I first opened the palette, I thought the colors looked beautiful but I was* surprised by the neutral shades. I wasn’t sure how they would wear with the pink/berry tones, but I was very excited to find out and play with it!
I usually fuss about gold or bronze shades because it feels like every palette has them, but with these I didn’t mind because the color story is different than most neutral palettes, though calling this palette neutral would not be correct.
The brand made a great choice of putting these colors together; you get peachy ones, pink/berry, browns and golds. It’s the perfect romantic, everyday, night-out, bold palette. I think the shades are great together—every single shade compliments each other so well, and you can create an array of looks with only eight shades.
The reason why I think this palette is amazing is because the brand really thought it through on what shade to add. You have a light shade to set, two that can be used as transition shades, a dark one for a smokey effect, and four different shimmers that range in color, so you don’t feel like you’re creating the same look twice.
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Jasmine; shimmer champagne — I love it and it’s great for highlighting the inner corner and brow bone.
Clove; matte peach — This one is very pigmented, easy to blend, and perfect as a transition shade. I used it a lot to diffuse Cinnamon.
Myrtle; shimmer copper — I actually dig this shade. It has gold micro glitter, but it retains its copper color. I’ve come to find that some shades are overtaken by their gold undertones, and that’s one of the reasons copper shades aren’t my favorite.
Cinnamon; matte terracota — What a beautiful shade! I like to use a light hand for a light wash of color, but I love that I can pack it on for more intensity.
Patchouli; matte cream — This one is so buttery smooth, I love it! It’s great for setting eye primer, and I also found it to be great for blending the darker shades. It adds a softness/blur to the look when I use it to diffuse harsh lines.
Rose; bold shimmer fuchsia — This shade is GORGEOUS! I can use it subtly or pack it on for more intensity. It does have pink micro glitter and it also has more fall out than others. I don’t think I’ve come across a pink shade that has been made well until this one.
Poppy; matte dark raspberry — This is my favorite shade! It looks a bit powdery when swatched, and you do get some kickback when you dip your brush, but it applies and blends AMAZINGLY! I love it!
Primerose; shimmer gold — I have too many gold shades but this one is my favorite in pigment and formula. It was so well made and I almost prefer this one to any other ones I have in other palettes.
Seeing all the shades swatched together allowed me to visualize how well the shades go with one another and swatching them was what inspired me to create in the first place.
Pros & Cons:
- Small and lightweight
- Amazing quality
- Easy application & blending
- Buttery smooth formula
- Insane pigmentation
- Formula consistent throughout
- Shades compliment each other
- Mattes are bold / Shimmers are creamy and reflective
- All shades can be built up for intensity
- Shade names under pan
- Perfect for creating an array of looks — never create the same look twice!
- Great for travel
- No mirror (no big deal to me, but might be for some!)
- Some kick back and fall out (but that’s every palette, I can look past this due to the amazing formula)
I was inspired by this palette since the first time I swatched it. It sparked my creativity and I took the ball and ran with it. As most of you know, I created six looks throughout February, and I’m very proud of every single look. Also, my makeup skills have improved so that’s always a bonus.
The first shade I knew I needed to try was Poppy, and oh my gosh! The shade was super gorgeous on the eyes! The rest of the shades I used really complimented it. For this look I went with a half cut-crease with the wet application technique and I really loved the way the look turned out.
For this look I went back to my usual technique and tried to create a semi-dramatic halo, but I think I went overboard with it. More than I meant to, at least. Still, the golden shade on the lid, Primerose, looks so appealing with the shade Poppy.
I used my usual technique for this look again because I wanted to create something a bit more subtle. I still wanted the look to have those raspberry tones, so I used Poppy on the crease. I like how pigmented the shades are regardless of which technique is used.
This one was meant to be a recreation of Cinnamon Rose but with less use of Poppy, and it turned into a very neutral, subtle look. So interesting how less of one shade can make the look appear almost entirely different.
This is the softest look out of all six, and I really love how wearable it is! It’s one of my favorite looks using this palette.
I liked creating looks with the wet application technique so I did that for this look too. I know I did a half cut-crease for Rose Petal and Peach Clove (kind of), I just want to keep practicing to get better. Anyway, I love how it turned out and the pop of pink gives it romantic vibes.
I thought this palette was amazing and I would love to see more from this brand! I haven’t been wowed by a palette since the Alamar Cosmetics RDC Vol. 1. I cannot wait to see what else Boxycharm surprises us with this year!
I want to know:
Which was your favorite makeup look?
Who else owns this palette? Have you tried it? Did you like it?
Let me know in the comments. I hope you have a lovely rest of your day! ❤
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Disclosure: this review is a personal opinion and is honest. I do not receive compensation for my reviews. Product(s) was/were purchased by me, unless noted otherwise.