This week I used the nine pan The Trend Edit Palette from Ciate London as my eyeshadow palette. I have to say there is the strong possibility that this may become my everyday go-to palette.
But let’s look at the palette first.
As I mentioned above it has nine pans. The color names are listed on the back. The palette comes in a hard plastic case. While the catch on mine is a little stiff, otherwise it is a nice case that is sturdy enough to travel well. It is also small enough that it could easily be used for travel. The palette itself usually retails for $24.
When I looked up the link for the palette to find the price, I found that currently Ciate is having a sale and this particular palette is now on sale for $14.40. Most everything on the site is actually 40% off at the moment. I don’t know how long the sale will last. But if you like Ciate products, now may be the time to stop by the site.
All of the shadows have names on the back, however it is on a very shiny silver back and no picture I took came out able to be read so I will put the colors with the swatches.
Of the shadows four are mattes and five are shimmers, which is a pretty good mix. Of the mattes, Burnt (top left hand corner) is my absolute favorite. I found I could dip into the pan once, lightly tap off the brush and use it as a one and done shade. It went on smoothly and blended really well. It is my number one in this entire palette and there were several days where I just used it and called my makeup look done.
The other mattes are all varying shades of neutrals. Some matched my skin tone and worked well as a base for a more glam look. I think which matt you end up using the most really is going to depend on your skin tone.
Nude almost exactly matched my skin tone and therefore disappeared, but made a nice base. Caramel is a little too cool toned for me and I barely touched it this week as cool tones aren’t what I am usually drawn to, while Desert made a slightly lighter and more subtle one and done look than Burnt. All four are simply varying brownish neutral tones for different skin tones.
The mattes are mostly either for a simple look or as a backdrop to the stunning shimmers in this palette. While Blushed and Baby can be applied with a dry brush for a slight pop of shine over a neutral look Love Heart, Mink and Champagne are a bit brighter. Blushed especially adds a very subtle shine to an everyday look and wouldn’t be out of place in an office environment. Baby is a little more cool toned and pairs really well with Caramel (matte).
All of the shimmers are more muted when applied with a dry brush. They are slightly stronger when applied with a finger but really pop when applied with a wet brush. I spray my setting spray onto the brush to damp it down and then apply to the lid. The setting spray helps ensure the shimmer stays where it is supposed to instead of transferring.
In general I had no issues with either transferring or fall out where this palette is concerned. I dipped in and tapped off and had no issues fall out on my under eyes. With Burnt I only needed to dip into the pan once to create an everyday look. I could dip in more to deepen it, which I did when using a shimmer like Love Heart with it.
The shadows stayed in place all day for me and quite frankly I was thrilled with this palette. It is mostly neutral with some pink tones, which is sort of my natural habitat, but the selection is nice. It can easily go from a work day look to a more night out look and it is small enough to fit well into a purse so a trip to the bathroom to punch up the color before leaving the office is easily achieved. I like the versatility as well as the balance of colors.
Over all it was well thought out by whoever it was at Ciate who put this palette together. It isn’t super elaborate, but it can create a variety of looks and has both warm and cool tones making it surprisingly versatile for a variety of skin tones. Not bad for a small nine pan palette. For me, the trick is going to be remembering to reach for other palettes instead of just automatically picking up this one.