The Enlighten Palette by IBY: A Review

The IBY Enlighten Palette

I have to start off by saying I am not a pastels sort of person.  In most things, I tend to prefer my colors saturated.  I know that sounds strange because I often lean into neutrals where eyeshadows are concerned, but I also favor bold lips so I try to balance.

For me pastels always remind me of Easter and the annual fight with my mother over the Easter church dress. She insisted it feature pastel colors, I protested.  She insisted it was one day out of the year, I wore it to church and refused to put it on again ever after. Luckily, she had a friend who owned a consignment shop so I was dressed for church, told to behave and then as soon as we returned from church the dress was removed, laundered and taken over to Annie.

It was a system that persisted for years.  

In the end, I accepted the once a year pastels and my mom delighted in the fact that one day out of the year she got to choose my outfit. I should point out, she is a big pastel loving person.

Swatches from the top two rows, moving left to right

While I am no longer as adamantly anti-pastel as I once was, yes I even have a light pink sweat shirt in my closet (gasp), they still aren’t something I gravitate towards. So I can’t say I was thrilled when this IBY palette appeared in my IPSY box this April.  Still, it was Easter, the time even I have to admit pastels dominate. I can’t recall trying any IBY shadows before so I was interested in doing so and that was what got me to try the palette in the first place.

Swatches from the bottom two rows left to right and starting with the interior row

I have to say I do like the formula of the shadows, it is soft and buttery and while I did have to tap off the brush after dipping into the pan (which is why some of the swatches look a little powdery), there was surprisingly little fall out once it was applied.  The colors are in general on the lighter side of things (um, pastels, right?) but they are fairly buildable considering pastels will only get to a certain color density in general. 

The only one I had problems with was the green glittery shade called Wealth.  It is in the far left hand corner of the palette, the names are written in dark silver on a lighter silver background so they can be a little hard to read.

Wealth did not want to stay in place.  I’m not certain if that is meant to be a social commentary, but it is the truth of the shadow at least. 

It applied well but even a few hours later I noticed my cheeks and nose were starting to sparkle. It was the only shade where I had issues with migration.  It is also the only real glitter shade.  Almost all of the shadows are shimmers.  The white and two browns in the top row (Moonstone, Mud Bath and Vortex) are matte shades.  I think the very pink shade at the bottom right (Dragon Fruit) is supposed to be matte, but I found it had a little bit of a shimmer to it when applied. 

While it was fun to play with, I generally found I wanted some more colored mattes to pair with them. I ended up using this palette in conjunction with the Cargo Tokyo in Bloom Palette.  It is my one spring like palette and I found their mattes really worked well with the IBY shimmers. I’m not sure if the Cargo palette is still available, but I’m betting you could pair these shimmers with any neutrally mattes and they would work well, they just need a background against which to shine.

The mattes from the Cargo Tokyo in Bloom palette really worked well with the IBY Enlighten

In general I found I enjoyed this palette far more than I thought I would.  There is enough variation in the shades to create different looks, the formula is soft and buttery and with one notable exception, the shadows stay put where you place them and they last all day. 

I didn’t have a problem with patchiness at all.  In the end it was fun to be forced out of my comfort zone and it is nice to have something bright in a non-festival kind of way, in my collection.  While it may not end up being an everyday palette for me, I will certainly be using it for the spring and then possibly using it to brighten some of my darker looks throughout the summer. I suspect it is going to be a palette I keep around specifically to supplement other palettes. 

Or if I end up needing to wear a pastel Easter dress again.

e.l.f. cosmetics

Palette of the Week Wanderess Rush

This week’s palette was Wanderess Rush by Wander Beauty. while I adore many of their skin care and face products, (the Glow Ahead Illuminating Face oil, being one of my absolute favorites) I am not always drawn to their eyeshadow palettes.

I don’t know why but a lot of their color combinations don’t draw me in. I always feel slightly sad because if I know I won’t use it I pass it on and the quality of the shadows is always very good. My mother actually has a standing request that all of the Wander eyeshadows that I don’t think I’ll use go directly to her.

These shadows are quite pigmented. For orientation Hustle is the shadow at the bottom of the image.

This one will not be among them. The colors are definitely more me and I will be keeping it. It is small enough for travel and the selection of shadows means that the six have enough of an array that I wouldn’t get bored. While the shimery shades look very glittery in the pan, they are not too over the top on the eye. In the image I used an extra few touches of Blitz to see how bright it would be on it’s own. The result was not too much for a day time look. I would probably keep Avenue and Hustle for more afterwork, but the pink of blitz works well in a more toned down office look.

There is a little glitter, but not too much for a daytime look

Actually since I have somewhat hooded eyes, I can get away with putting more brightness on my lids since most of it isn’t going to show unless I stand around with my eyes closed. I try not to do that in public, but I will still hold Avenue until after office hours.

My one caution with this palette is with Swift. While it is a great chocolatey brown, it can be a little powdery so you have to be a little extra careful with it if you have already done your face. If you start with the eyes, then work on your face products, then just be aware you will be dusting off a little of Swift. I really enjoyed this palette and I am really glad I pulled it out of the drawer to use this week. I think it is one I need to remember more often for use and not just grab when I need something small enough to travel. It is a good palette and clearly deserves more use.

Wander Beauty

Palette of the Week: Need it Nude

Last week when I reached into my drawer of palettes I pulled out the ELF Need it nude palette. It has a slim case design and a nice long mirror. It takes up very little of the space on my dressing table.

The interior of the Need It Nude Palette

The Need it Nude Palette (incidentally while this palette normally retails for $10, on the site when I linked it the palette was offered for sale for $4, just in case you were looking.) was an interesting palette to work with this week. Given the shade range, there is very little variation in the looks. My crease was a varying shade of brown that could be lightened or darkened and my inner eye accents ranged from golden to a barely there shimmer. Every shadow worked with every other shadow and this is an ideal palette for a quick morning look as you run out the door. It is super easy to work with.

I will say the shades are not very pigmented. This tends to help a little with the darker shades as there is almost no fall out and they blend easily. You just may have to apply more than once to darken the look up to the color you want. With the lighter shades, always use a wet brush or a wet finger. Otherwise they will not show up.

If you are looking for something simple that is suitable for office wear, this is a great palette to have around. I keep it for more conservative looks, but it is not one I reach for every day. It is a lottle on the boring side to be honest. Different looks are more a variation of tone rather than of color. Like I said it is very good for office wear, especially in a more conservative office environment. I have worked in places where this would have been an everyday palette for me. However I have to say I was glad when my Boxy Charm box arrived and I had a single shadow in a reddish tone to add to the mix.

I know it is a Nude Palette and I don’t want to change that, but as two of the browns are almost identical when applied and only slightly different in the pan, perhaps having a deeper bronze wouldn’t go amiss. It would still be in the nude territory, but it would give the palette a little more pop.

Even if this palette lacks a little bit of flare, it is a good palette and sold at a very reasonable price. I am very glad to keep it in my collection for now as I think it is good to have this sort of palette around as a base if nothing else. I think next time I use it though, unless I’m going for a conservative look, I may pair it with my single shadows. Not only will it add that little zing, but it will remind me to use the single shadows.

While I normally just reach in and grab the palette for the next week, going with the element of surprise, this coming week I will be using the Too Faced Palm Springs Palette that came in my Boxy Charm this month. The colors are irresistible and I think after two very neutral palettes, it is time for something a little more vibrant.

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