Like, every eyeshadow palette ever comes with a black shadow. Most do, anyway. And as crazy as this sounds, all of mine are different. All of my black shadows are different formulas, feels, and finishes and I’ve decided to go ahead and swatch them all and talk about them!
These are the only palette I own with a black eyeshadow in it! I say only as if having five palettes to talk about is nothing. I admit, I have a lot of eyeshadow. It’s totally my weakness.
Above: Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveller palette (seriously, that’s a mouthful), Lorac Resort palette (!!my first palette!!), Make Up For Ever Artist Palette 1, my lil’ Z-Palette with Prestige’s Black Magic, and Lime Crime’s Venus 2.
Black magic and LC Venus’ Boot are both glitter blacks and the rest are matte.
I’ll start there. The Prestige shadow is great. Typically, when I’m using a black on my lid, I’ll apply it with a glitter glue or a black base (like NYX’s Black Bean). I also will use my finger to get the most pigmentation for this. With these glitter shades, I usually will only use them for the lid, rather than to smoke up my crease, that’s more of a matte shadow job.
The Lime Crime one, however, is my least favorite ever. The rest of the palette is fine, but for some reason, this shade only is the most dry and chalky shadow ever.
You can see above how sheer and chalky Boot is! (Second shade from the bottom, Prestige’s Black magic is the first from the bottom.) I was so disappointed because the glitter in this shadow is lovely! It’s still workable with a black base under the shadow, but if you’re not trying to put in that kind of effort, I’d pass. So disappointing.
Next are the mattes! From the picture above, right above Boot, is Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Noir, Lorac’s Resort Palette black, and lastly, Make Up For Ever’s S-102, from the Artist 1 Palette.
My two favorites here that get the most use are the MUFE and ABH shadows. The MUFE is a little bit more intense, so I usually use that for total darkness, while I may use the ABH one to smoke things up a little without a complete blackout. They both blend out nice and play well with others. The Lorac one is okay, but why settle for okay when there’s better surrounding it. Also, black shadow is a scary place to use just an ‘okay’ shadow, there’s not much room for error with black!
There you have it! My black eyeshadows. I have my browns, pinks, and a few other colors swatched out and ready to review, just let me know if this is something you’d be a fan of!
Thanks for reading along!