Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Product Review -- Strobe Cosmetics Divinity Palette

I love supporting smaller, indie makeup brands, so Strobe Cosmetics has been on my radar for a while now.

In fact, a couple of years back, I purchased their American Horror Story-inspired palettes even though I've never seen a single episode of the show -- and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.

The shadows in those palettes are richly pigmented, easy to blend, and just a dream to work with.

I'd been waiting for Strobe Cosmetics to put out other palettes, and while they introduced the Creepy Cute Palette earlier this year, I wound up passing on it because I just didn't think I'd get much use out of the neon-pastel shades in it.

So I was very excited when they came out with the Divinity Palette this fall, which had shades that were much more up my alley.

The palette comes in a sturdy orange cardboard compact. There is a good size mirror inside, but the palette doesn't stay open by itself so you'd need to prop it up against something to use it to do your makeup.

Strobe Cosmetics Divinity Palette

Inside, there are eight shadows -- and unlike the AHS palettes, which contained all shimmer or metallic shades, the majority are mattes.

The shades include: Hathor, a shimmery metallic champagne; Oshun, a matte mustard yellow; Qetesh, a metallic magenta purple; Aphrodite, a matte bright orange-red; Milda, a matte soft olive green; Bastet, a matte dark charcoal taupe; Rati, a matte buff sand; and Freya, a mate burnt umber.

Strobe Cosmetics Divinity Palette
Hator and Qetesh, the two metallic shades, perform exactly like the metallics in the AHS palettes -- which is to say, they're amazing. It's a fairly simple shade, but I've been obsessed with Hator on my lid ever since I got the palette because it's just so pretty and brightening.

But the mattes are pretty fabulous too.

They're extremely pigmented and blend easily, but they don't give a lot of kickback when you press your brush into them like a lot of mattes do.

From l. to r.: Hathor, Oshun, Qetesh, Aphrodite

From l. to r.: Milda, Bastet, Rati, Freya
Like a lot of folks, I've been obsessed with mustard yellow shadow lately, and Oshun is just stunning. Freya is another favorite, but so are Milda and Aphrodite.

The only shadow I really haven't used too much is Qetesh, but that's mainly because I lack the creativity to know how to pair it best with the other shades in the palette.

All in all, I think is a pretty exciting palette. It performs really well and features shades you don't see all the time.

It retails for $35 on the Strobe Cosmetics website.

Have you tried the Strobe Cosmetics Divinity Palette? What's your favorite indie makeup brand at the moment?

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