I reviewed the second Pony X Memebox palette collab here a couple of weeks ago because it was a brand new item at the time, but that doesn't mean I've forgotten about the first palette! Herein you'll find swatches, comparisons, and my personal observations about the Pony X Memebox Eyeshadow Palette, the original. The classic. Whoosh!
Memebox X Pony Palette #1 features eight neutral shades: Four mattes and four satiny/shimmery shades. Here's the outer case (pictured on the left) next to Pony Palette #2 for size reference:
Each pan contains 1.8g of product. This palette sells for $18 on it's own, though Memebox also has it available in a couple of value sets at the moment. Ingredients:
The case contains an amply-sized mirror and plastic overlay telling you which shades are which. It's not attached to the palette, so it's quite easy to remove if you wish to.
The palette comes with two dual-ended applicators. I wouldn't bother with these—the brush ends don't really pick much up, and the sponge ends are just normal sponges. So I guess if you like sponges, sponge it up. But the brushes are a definite pass.
The shades are as follows:
- Easy Base: A matte off-white. I found this shade extremely difficult to work with, and it pretty much disappears on my pale skin.
- Easy Shadow: A light matte brown. Average pigmentation.
- Easy Charcoal: A dark, almost black, matte brown. Good pigmentation.
- Easy Brown: It's... brown! Also a matte. Good pigmentation.
- Shine Rosegold: A very pretty, shimmery rose gold with a hint of sparkle. Not quite as pigmented as the other shimmery/shiny shades, but still decent.
- Shine Gold: A shiny coppery color with a hint of sparkle. Good pigmentation.
- Glam Espresso: A satiny taupe. Very pretty! Good pigmentation.
- Glam Cocoa: A satiny, chocolatey brown. Good pigmentation.
Arm swatches (all done over basic nude eyeshadow primer):
Are you ready for your close-up, arm?
In my post about Memebox X Pony Palette #2 I noted that some of the shades in the two palettes looked similar to each other in the pan, so I thought I'd do a side-by-side comparison of those as well.
The pinkish shades are Shine Rosegold and Shine Peach in palettes #1 and #2 respectively, and the coppery ones are Shine Gold and Glam Bronze. Good news: They do look fairly different on my skin! Here are swatches—the shades from palette #2 are on the left and the shades from palette #1 are on the right.
Shine Peach vs. Shine Rosegold: Shine Peach is lighter, less pigmented, and more sparkly. The formula is also more crumbly.
Glam Bronze vs. Shine Gold: Glam Bronze is cooler-toned and much more sparkly. Both are nice though!
I think Pony X Memebox Eyeshadow Palette #1 is a decent neutral palette. The lighter of the two matte shades are a little patchy, but the quality of the rest of them kind of makes up for it. Much like the second Pony palette, I really think you need to use a primer to get the most out of these shadows and keep them from creasing, so keep that in mind. Of the two I personally like palette #2 better because there's a more diverse selection of colors, but I think this palette is probably more versatile for everyday looks because it's not a nonstop sparklefest. It's also a better value per gram, if you're the sort of person who actually uses up every last speck of their eyeshadow palettes. (Do people like that exist?)
Overall I'd recommend this palette for everyday looks, or for folks who don't want to get overly glittery. Yeah! It's back in stock again, so grab it now if you like what you see.
- Pony X Memebox Eyeshadow Palette #1 (USA shipping)
- Pony X Memebox Eyeshadow Palette #1 (Global shipping)
- Value sets and whatnot (Both USA and global)
Coupon code 35HBV9 will get you $3 off any Memebox order over $30 until January 31st, 2015. And don't forget to check my Memebox Sales & Coupons page for any other deals that might apply!
What do you think of the original Pony X Memebox Eyeshadow Palette? Which of the two palettes appeals to you more?
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