So after the recent concealer fest…nothing wrong with that, concealer and base products are my thing…but I just wanted to bring you something a little different! Something a little different being another of my favourite topics ha ha…a new eyeshadow palette!
Today’s post’s all about US cruelty free brand (who are responsible for one of my absolute favourite eyeshadow formulas of all time!) Coloured Raine’s new offering…the Cheers To The Beauty Palette*! Yeah a bit of a spoiler alert in there, but I am a massive fan of Coloured Raine eyeshadows and have spoken about them before…you can read more about their Queen Of Hearts Palette here I’m obsessed! When it comes to palettes though, I like to reserve judgement until I’ve had a proper play even if it’s from a brand I’m otherwise really in to…sometimes palettes can be so hit and miss!
Have a look anyway…it’s a thing of beauty!
The most obviously noticeable thing about the Cheers To The Beauty palette compared to the QOH is the fact that not only is there 12 eyeshadow pans, there’s also a larger (twice the size to be exact) highlight shade in there too. Similar size wise to the Coloured Raine QOH and Kat Von D Beauty Metal Matte palettes, the CTTB palette’s not one you’re really going to want to travel with (it’s big!) but it has plenty to offer! Apart from the highlight shade the CTTB Palette is a pretty even mixture of warm and cool shadows…5 mattes, 2 foils and 5 shimmer pearls. FYI one of the mattes isn’t completely matte (I know!)…but more about that later. Let’s see more about the shades and their swatches!
* Shades/ textures according to the Coloured Raine web site
➕ Boutineer – matte light rose
➕ Powder Room – matte pink nude
➕ Rose – shimmering gold
➕ Iconic – shimmering grey/ brown taupe
➕ Diamond Jubilee – shimmering silver
➕ Opulence – glittering royal blue
➕ Raise A Glass – matte deep mauve
➕ Vintage Feels – shimmering red orange (* this one is counted as one of the matte shades)
➕ Debonair – matte red (* this one contains carmine as a colour additive…not Vegan)
➕ Nightingale – shimmering rusty gold
➕ Grandeur – dark shimmering green
➕ Black Butterfly – shimmering black with purple undertones
➕ Luxurious Bling – champagne highlighter (larger pan)
Coloured Raine doesn’t specify which are the 2 foiled shadows, after swatching/ playing I’m thinking Diamond Jubilee and Nightingale? They do recommend that Diamond Jubilee should be applied with your finger for the best application which makes me think definitely that one anyway! Foiled or shimmer, either way they’re all super metallic and highly pigmented. For more intensity with any of the metallics, patting them on with your finger or applying them wet will work a treat!
I touched on it earlier, but included in the ‘5 mattes’ claim is Vintage Feels…It’s a beautiful rich rust orange shade with a matte base yes, but it does contain tiny shimmer flecks. That being said it doesn’t really look shimmery or glittery once it’s blended on to your eye, it just looks more of a satin finish in my opinion (slightly textured but mainly matte if that makes sense?).
Luxurious Bling (the highlighter)…I wouldn’t describe it as a true champagne, it’s more of a neutral transparent (still creamy) base but with a pink/ peach shift. It’s really pretty and blends smoothy on the skin with no obvious glitter. I feel like, because of the more neutral base, it would compliment most skin tones which is obviously a good thing!
Here’s the look I did when I had my first play with the palette…obviously it’s more of a grungy one, you know me! I really like actually that although at first sight it’s all about colour, you can grunge it up nicely especially over a deep base which is what I did here.
I used black liner on the waterline/ to smoke lower lash line and all over the lid and buffed out as a base first. Then I built up my crease/ transition area using the matte shades, lighter Boutineer and Powder Room shades first and gradually building the intensity with Vintage Feels (orange) and Debonair (red – which I also then used all over the lid). To create the super quick and easy ‘spotlight’ effect, I just patted on a bit of the beautiful metallic almost green gold Nightingale on to the centre of my lid with my finger (great shortcut!).
I did the exact same build up of colour along my lower lash line as I did up top and added a pair of KoKo Lashes in Queen B (Kindy sent to me by falseeyelashes.co.uk)…they’re of course cruelty free and are full without being too dramatic! To finish up I highlighted my inner corner with Luxurious Bling…love how it adds that bit of light and warmth and tied everything together perfectly.
So there it is…another really great palette from Coloured Raine! The Cheers To The Beauty Palette with it’s inclusion of so many cooler tones, is out of my comfort zone it’s safe to say…but not so far out that it isn’t a welcome addition to my palette collection. In a sea of warm neutral palettes (I’m obsessed with those too!), the CTTB covers all bases and is actually a nice change and something different to adorn your eyeballs with. I do like the way there are a few neutral, warm and mattes in there though…it makes it so much easier to create a cohesive look using the one palette!
The main thing that attracted me to this palette in the first place is the fact that it’s Coloured Raine. All of their shadows that have tried have seriously impressed. Highly pigmented, smooth and blendable…so affordable and for such amazing quality too! The second reason was that red, Debonair…I needed a CR red!! I have a major thing for red eyeshadows in case you haven’t noticed, ha ha. One of my all time favourite reds is Sugar Pill Love +* such a beautiful pure red and I love how Debonair from this palette is a similar tone, but just a touch darker…yes!! While we’re taking about Debonair (the red)…that was the only shade in the palette and felt a bit different to the rest, almost grainy? Fear set in but fortunately (and i have no idea why) it blends on to your eyes perfectly, so no real problem!
It’s a gorgeous palette with a great mix of wearable, neutral, warm, cool and unusual. There’s something for everyone and if you’re looking for something a little different to add to your shadow collection, this would be the perfect option. Amazing Coloured Raine quality I’ve come to expect is there and I can’t wait to play some more! * Keep an eye on my Insta for more looks!
What are some of your go to/ favourite eyeshadow formulas??