Last year Melt Cosmetics released their line of bold lipsticks, which took the indie makeup world on Instagram by storm. The successful collection of 14 striking lip shades appears to be a hit (you can read my review of them here), since some colors are always sold out on their website. After entering the industry with such memento, I wasn’t surprised to see Melt Cosmetics expand their line to include two collections of eyeshadows: Dark Matter and Love Sick.
Melt Cosmetics Love Sick Review
The Melt Cosmetics Lovesick collection ($48) instantly caught my attention because I love the combination of the four striking and unique shades that it includes. These colors are far from average and have been fine tuned by co-founder and makeup expert, Lora Arellano. Each individual shade makes a statement on its own, but can also work in harmony together with the other colors included in the set.
Brownie points: The Melt Cosmetics eyeshadows are all cruelty-free and paraben-free. The Love Sick collection is almost completely vegan, with the exception of the color Love Sick.
The Melt Love Sick eyeshadow collection consist of 4 gorgeous shadows:
Love Sick- Ultra-matte burgundy-red eyeshadow that was inspired by their most popular lip color, 6six6. Seriously… this color gives me life! I never thought that I would love a reddish eyeshadow so much, but this color works with a variety of makeup looks. Just like Promiscuous, the color is pigmented and velvety smooth. I love to use it to create intense grungy looks, but it also works incredibly well for a natural smokey eye.
Amelie- Frosted peachy gold eyeshadow that can double as a highlighter. I personally prefer to wear it as a highlighter rather than an eyeshadow, since the iridescent particles are finely milled (which is a good thing!). If you do wear this color as a shadow, a great primer is essential and a stiff brush that allows you to pack on the color.
Fixated- Matte smokey grey eyeshadow with a blue undertone, which is inspired by their popular lip color Space Cake. This color is a bit powdery, but I would still say it applies fairly well. It’s very buildable and can be layered on to create the intensity you desire. It’s also a great color to blend out a black cut-crease with.
Promiscuous- A violet-blue metallic shade that shifts colors depending on the base that it’s applied to. This is one of my favorite colors from the stack because of its chameleon abilities and its velvety smooth application. It looks incredible when layered over black eyeliner and worn as a powerful pop of color liner.
Melt Cosmetics Love Sick Swatches
One thing is for sure; this palette of colors was carefully crafted with quality and quantity in mind. All of the colors are very pigmented and when used with a primer the shadows will stay put all day. I’ve heard of a lot of people that feel that the shadows are overpriced (the price breaks down to $12 a shade), but I couldn’t disagree more. First of all, the shadow pans are much larger than traditional pans, weighing in at 3.57g (comparable to Sugarpill eyeshadows). That’s more than double the size of a MAC shadow pan, which only weighs in at 1.5g each. Not only are these massive compared to MAC or similar brands, but also the quality is exceptionally greater in my opinion.
Now, let’s talk about something that has caught everyone’s attention since the first peak on Instagram: the packaging.
These eyeshadow are packaged in a simple black box, with calligraphy print lettering. This is also the design on the mailing box, which I love! The shadows come in a cutting-edge magnetic stacking system, complete with a mirror inside. This is actually what I was intrigued about when I first saw the eyeshadows, since I’ve never seen this packaging concept before . The design of the stack makes them easy to travel with, since you can chose to only take the colors that you need with you. But beware; it’s easy to chip your shadows with your nails when you are taking apart the stack.
Overall, I have to say that I’m pleased with the Melt Cosmetics Love Sick shadows. I’ve been experimenting with the colors and put together a look to share with you!
For more information about Melt Cosmetics, visit their website here.
Do you have the Love Sick palette? Do you love it as much as I do? Which is your favorite color?