Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Product Review -- Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol. 1

I've really been enjoying my subscription to Boxycharm because it's gotten me to try a lot of products that I wouldn't have otherwise but have wound up really liking.

The most recent case?

The Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol. 1.

Alamar Cosmetics is a new brand, but while I'm always up for trying new brands, the color scheme of the Reina Del Caribe Vol. 1 Palette isn't one that I would necessarily gravitate towards on my own.

But much to my surprise, since I've gotten the palette in Boxycharm box a couple of months ago, I've put together a bunch of looks with it that I really love -- it's probably one of my most reached for palettes over the past two months, actually.

The palette comes in fun deep yellow packaging that's made of sturdy cardboard. The inside of the packaging features a cool tropical floral and palm frond pattern, which makes sense since the palette is supposed to be inspired by Cuba and its rich culture.

Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol. 1
There are eight eyeshadows in the palette: La Costa, a shimmery pink champagne; El Malecon, a metallic gold with green undertones; Varadero, a metallic ocean blue; Celia, a shimmery turquoise with gold reflects; Coco-Taxi, a matte orange with yellow undertones; Tropico, a matte burnt orange; Guantanamera, a matte burgundy with brown undertones; and Cafecito, a matte dark brown.

Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol. 1

The formula for these eyeshadows is seriously impressive -- the shimmer and metallic shades are so richly pigmented and have a smooth, creamy texture that makes them easy to apply and blend.

The matte shades do feel a little dry when you do finger swatches, but they are still extremely pigmented and blend very easily without much effort at all.

From l. to r.: La Costa, El Malecon, Varadero, Celia, Coco-Taxi, Tropico, Guantanamera, Cafecito
A few palettes have come out recently with this type of color scheme -- a bunch of warm tones and a couple of blue/green pops -- and it's not something I'd normally think of myself as liking, but it's such a pretty look. I haven't been brave enough to do too many looks that feature one of the blue/turquoise shades all over the lid, but I love them beneath my lower lashlines, as a liner for the upper lashes, and even a little bit in the outer corner.

For me, though, the standout shade of the palette is El Malecon -- I'm not usually a fan of gold shadows, but this one has enough olive green undertones to make it extremely wearable. I love it across the entire lid or on the outer half with La Costa in the inner corner. So pretty!

All in all, I really do love this palette. It retails for $28 and is available on the Alamar website, though it's currently sold out at the moment. The website does say it should be back in stock shortly, though.

Have you tried the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol. 1? What are your favorite shades?

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