Review & Swatches | XO Memebox/Soothing Sista #EYELOVE SF Eyeshadow Quad | Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog

02 March, 2015

Review & Swatches | XO Memebox/Soothing Sista #EYELOVE SF Eyeshadow Quad

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Happy March! What better way to kick off the month than with an eyeshadow quad filled with lovely, rose-colored neutrals? (Spring is almost here. I can taste it. Through the snow, of course.) The palette du jour is Memebox's collaboration with YouTuber Stephanie Villa (AKA SoothingSista): The #EYELOVE SF Eyeshadow Quad.

 XO Memebox X Soothing Sista #EYELOVE SF Eyeshadow Quad

Pricing:
$17 for 4.0g/0.141oz of product (use code SOOTHING3 for $3 off!)

The net weight of this palette is about 4g, making the price per gram about $4.25. This is significantly more expensive than the Memebox X Pony palettes (check out my reviews of palette #1 and palette #2), which are priced at about $1.25 and $2.04 per gram respectively. In this case I think a slightly higher price is merited because the quality of the shadows is a bit nicer, but I suppose it's something to keep in mind if you want the most bang for your eyeshadow buck.


Memebox shop description:
 
"Stephanie Villa AKA SOOTHINGSISTA has created 4 rosy brown shades to be worn day or night for irresistible eyes! Each shade has a smooth finish with double-coated pigment technology for long lasting color. Paraben free. Cruelty free."

Double-coated pigmented technology, eh? Sounds fancy. The quad is housed in a very basic but sturdy compact, pictured here with a bobby pin for scale:


Ingredients/package info:

 XO Memebox X Soothing Sista #EYELOVE SF Eyeshadow Quad ingredients list

The net weight of this palette is about 4g, making the price per gram about $4.25. This is significantly more expensive than the Memebox X Pony palettes (check out my reviews of palette #1 and palette #2), which are priced at approximately $1.25 and $2.04 per gram respectively. In this case I think a slightly higher price is merited because the quality of the shadows is a bit nicer, but I suppose it's something to keep in mind if you want the most bang for your eyeshadow buck.


There's a decent-sized mirror inside. And a sponge applicator. I honestly didn't even bother with the applicator because I have other brushes that I like, but it's there if you need one in a pinch.

The shadows:

 XO Memebox X Soothing Sista #EYELOVE SF Eyeshadow Quad Sutro Valencia Candy Rain Bae Area

  1. SUTRO: A light brown-ish dusty rose color. Matte. Good pigmentation.
  2. VALENCIA: A medium pinkish-brown matte color. Heavier on the pink than the brown. Good pigmentation.
  3. CANDY RAIN: A slightly more purple-y shimmery rose color with microglitters. Good pigmentation, and nice and sparkly without being a total glitterbomb.
  4. BAE AREA: A VERY sparkly irridescent light, rosy pink. Surprisingly pigmented (at least as compared to some of the other glittery shades I've tried in Memebox palettes), but still a bit more crumbly than the other three shades.

Swatches (over basic nude primer, natural light):

 XO Memebox X Soothing Sista #EYELOVE SF Eyeshadow Quad Sutro Valencia Candy Rain Bae Area swatch swatches

Swatches (over basic nude primer, indoor light):


Overall impressions:
I was pleasantly surprised by the #EYELOVE quad. I was sort of on the fence about it first because I was worried that the shades would be too similar to the ones in the Memebox X Pony palettes, but they are all distinct (and very pretty). And personally I'd be more inclined to reach for rosy browns on a regular basis than the straight-up brown and beige colors found in those other palettes, so this quad is right up my alley.


The quality of the shadows in this quad also exceeded my expectations. The two matte shades (Sutro and Valencia) have decent pigmentation and don't go on patchy, Candy Rain is just plain beautiful, and I was amazed at how sparkly Bae Area applies without the use of a foiling medium. That said, if you don't use a sticky base you will get glitter fallout from Bae Area on your cheeks at the end of the day. It's also much softer and more crumbly than the other three, so it takes a bit more care to apply without making a mess (think pat pat pat instead of draaaaaaaaaaag).

Overall, I recommend this palette without hesitation. Unless you hate glitter. But if you really hate glitter, maybe you've stopped reading by now?


You can purchase the XO Memebox/Soothing Sista #EYELOVE SF Eyeshadow Quad here for $17. For a limited time Memebox is also offering FREE SHIPPING on this palette, plus $3 off with code SOOTHING3. Alternatively, you can use code SOOTHING10 to get 10% off any order containing the quad (useful if you're spending more than $30!)


What do you think of the Memebox/Soothing Sista #EYELOVE quad? Do you like rosy browns?


Disclosure: The eyeshadow quad featured above was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.
 

13 comments:

  1. The rosy shades are really pretty and I think the tiny shadow palette is a nice idea, too. Still sad, that MeMeBox doesn't ship internationally atm.

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  2. Gorgeous, I cant seem to get enough of shades like this lately.

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  3. Wow I LOVE this palette. Its so gorgeous. Kinda reminds me of some colors in that Naked 3 but more brownish/rose.

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  4. Wow, that eyeshadow quad is beautiful! All shades needed for a natural look :D

    http://toomanybiases.blogspot.pt/

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  5. I know. I think international folks were able to order this palette before Memebox shut down shipping outside the US, but at that point it was new so there weren't any reviews yet. :(

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  6. I agree! The rosy shades are the most appealing part of Naked 3 to me, so I'm really digging this selection of colors.

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  7. Agreed! Very natural but still sort of special and pretty. :)

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  8. delicatelyfierceMarch 4, 2015 at 5:13 AM

    love this palette! just reviewed it as well

    ephemeralfox.blogspot.com

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  9. This quad is so pretty! These rosey shades are very on trend right now!

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  10. They definitely are! This is one of those trends I totally get though, because rosy shades are so pretty and really do work on a lot of skin tones.

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  11. I know, right? I didn't expect it it be ugly or anything, but daaang that's pretty.

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