Do you ever make random purchases? Silly question, of course you do!
Having the ASOS app on my phone is not a good thing. The number of times I have made 2am purchases, simply because I can’t sleep and there is a coupon code burning the figurative hole in my pocket, is shameful.
My only redemption is when such purchase ends up becoming an indispensable part of my routine. . . . and I wonder why I didn’t buy it any sooner. But my strike rate isn’t that good and I’m an incurable risk taker.
|TEXTURE/FINISH||2 x matte, 2 x shimmer metallic|
|LONGEVITY||7h without primer|
|COLOUR PAYOFF/ COVERAGE||Excellent
Can be used wet or dry
|PACKAGING||Mirrored plastic quad|
|RANGE||3 available in range:|
|Beyond Sunset; Scandal At Midnight; Sheer Beauty|
I bought this in shade Beyond Sunset.
How I came upon this quad is still a sleepy, fuzzy mystery because I can’t say Daniel Sandler is a well-known brand to me. The most I knew of it was the Watercolour Blusher which many a blogger has been wowed by. So why I went for a palette that I knew nothing of is extraordinary. Blame it on the insomnia; but it was a gamble that paid off.
The quad is housed in a square plastic palette that, while has an inexpensive feel to it, it designed rather elegantly in black and gold with a simple click-shut mechanism. One of the shadows is embossed with the Daniel Sandler initials. I love the size of the mirror inside which ticks the box for travel-friendliness.
The amount of product is decent (~2.25g each) and more than what your average singles/ monos contain, never mind palette sizing. I’m glad they didn’t bother with those silly sponge tip applicators which I end up piffing anyway.
Onto the colours. As an olive-complexioned girl, the sunset themed shades were a complete drawcard. When all else fails, I know I can’t go wrong with neutrals in the vicinity of brown and muted grey. I cannot say how happy I am that the two shades I most use (Cocoa and Sand) are matte which happens to be my favourite finish at the moment, possibly indefinitely. This makes for a very wearable daily duo.
Cocoa is so much like cocoa-powder: creamy, buttery and a delight to apply and blend. It’s a matte, rich chocolatey brown that has virtually no red in it. For this, I am grateful as red tones can warm up the look unnecessarily: an especially annoying thing if you’re after a clean and classic day time look. Cocoa has no such problems and always looks neat. It is deep enough to take you to a night look. I love pairing it with MAC Teddy.
Sand is also matte and very finely milled, making it a dream to blend: a beige-y taupe with a suitable amount of pink in it to keep from bringing out any under-eye shadows. It is very subtle but provides enough colour to make your eyes pop. When I am running late, I simply swipe this on as an all over wash, blend into the crease and that’s it. It won’t compete with anything else on your face so you can pair it with a strong lip or classic winged eyeliner without taking away any of its sophistication.
The metallic shades are not ones I reach for but this is for two reasons:
- Call me crazy but I don’t wear gold eyeshadow to work. To put this into context, I work in an office environment which is rather formal (no casual Fridays).
- Grey tends to not sit well on me in general. I find it exacerbates shadows on the face and can make me look rather sickly. So I tend to stay away from it in general.
Nonetheless, I do find Stone more forgiving than most owing to the fine silver shimmer which ‘lifts’ it from what could potentially have been a rather ‘flat’ and ashy shade. It isn’t as creamy as the matte shades but is still easy to apply and blend. I didn’t experience any fallout. I tend to wear this colour with a black cateye but I’m wanting to try it without any liner to see if this softens the look overall.
Amber would have to be my least favourite of the four. It is a lovely warm gold with more radiant gold shimmer through it. The shimmer tends to sit on top of the colour when applied and does not like to stay put. In my opinion, this colour would have been better without the shimmer particles. But then again, you’re probably mumbling: what kind of gold would that be? Hey, I can live with a shimmer-free gold. This one is easier to apply than blend and looks rather beautiful on (especially on darker skin, yay!). I like to wear it in the inner corners of the eye.
The eye shadows can be applied wet and dry. The idea is that the shades intensify when used wet. Other than Amber, I found that using them wet made the colours more prone to creasing. Which is a shame because they wear so incredibly well without any help. I actually found that using primer reduced their wear time! I do think I need a better eye shadow primer though . . . . Anyway, these colours are so good, I wear them dry without primer and don’t see any creasing or fading for about 7 hours.
It’s a no-brainer really that this palette has found itself a secure spot on my dresser and is indispensable when it comes to travel makeup. I love it and I am so glad I got it.
So glad in fact, that I bought the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush. Review coming soon.
Bottom line: buy this, you won’t regret it.
Here is what it looks like on me on different days, in different natural light. I’m also wearing it here.
And to show you how well it wore on a 9 hour day, below are a couple of pictures. Note, there is some uneven fading, but it still looked pretty good.
What’s your favourite go-to palette?
Have you tried any of the Daniel Sandler palettes yet?