Back in November, I created my own Buxom Eyeshadow palette at Sephora’s VIB sale. I had quite a few other palette options on my list that day but I ended up going with Buxom because loved the fact that I was able to pick exactly the shades I wanted. I’ve been using this consistently since I bought it and I thought it was time to do a full review on it.
First up, the packaging is made out of a hard black plastic with an alligator print embossed in it. There’s a tray that slides out where you can “load” and “unload” your shadows by clicking them in and out of the tray. Once you’ve got your preferred line up, you just slide the tray back into place and you’re ready to go (Sorry, I should have taken a picture of this! 🙁 ) Overall I appreciate how sturdy the packaging is and I’d feel very comfortable traveling with this.
Inside, there’s a mirror that runs the full width and height of the palette. There is space for 6, 0.05 oz individual eyeshadows which, as mentioned above, pop out and click into place with ease. One of (many) things I love about this palette is the fact that I can purchase additional individual shadows and swap them in and out whenever I feel like it!
The one thing I’m slightly disappointed in is the included brush. It’s small and I feel that they should have (and easily could have) included a full size brush here. However, I will say that although this brush may be small, it works really well. The pointed end is fantastic for highlighting the brow bone and inner corner, while the fluffier end is great for packing shadow on the lid. So that makes up for its size a bit.
Buxom offers 40 different shades in their collection; the six shadows I included in my palette were:
As you can see I went for lots of pink-toned shadows and I did 50/50 split of matte and shimmery shades.
Every shadow here is super smooth, buttery and highly blendable. Because they are so smooth and soft, they do tend to kick up some powder, and there is a bit of fallout as a result. No more than any other palette I own though. I’m also very happy with the lasting power of these shadows; I pair them with Too Faced Shadow Insurance, which is my go-to eyeshadow primer, and they last all day and never crease.
In terms of pigmentation, I find that Feather Boa and Lingerie Lover aren’t as pigmented as I would like. Although I tend to do softer looks anyway so it’s probably not such a bad thing that they aren’t super intense. I also find that Lingerie Lover and Spoiled Sexy (I cringed as I typed this – I despise this name. It takes me back to the Sean from The Bachelor’s wedding where his now-wife (Catherine I think?) kept referring to her wedding theme as grown sexy. What does that even mean???? …moving on!) are very similar shades so it can be hard to distinguish them once they are on the lid. I probably did not need both of them and I don’t know why I didn’t notice that when I was creating my palette. Ultimately I like and use them both though so it’s not the end of the world.
In fact, one of my favourite looks to make with this palette is to use Feather Boa all over, Spoiled Sexy blended into the crease, Lingerie Lover on the lid and Silk Sheets on the brow bone and inner corner. And sometimes I’ll pull my Chocolate Bar palette in and use Cherry Cordial to deepen the crease and I LOVE how that looks. I wish Buxom made a shadow in a similar shade because I’d snatch it up in a second.
I’ll be honest – I haven’t used Haute Couture or Wild Nights much. I threw Haute Couture in there because I didn’t have a dark brown metalic/shimmery shadow in my collection that I liked at the time and while it is highly pigmented, I feel like classifying it as a Metallic may be a bit of a stretch. I personally find the shimmer is quite faint once blended and comes across more matte. And I LOVE Wild Nights but its an intense shadow so I limit it’s use to weekends and/or special occasions. I don’t regret adding it to my palette though, it’s gorgeous!
In terms of cost, I paid $50 CAD for my palette – which included the actual empty palette and 6, 0.05 oz individual shadow pans. In terms of a value for the money, this runs more expensive when you compare it to the some of the more popular eyeshadow palettes (Naked, Tartlette, etc.) where you receive 12 shades for slightly more ($54/55 CAD). So, unfortunately customization comes at a price! I personally feel that the extra cost is worth it as you end up with final product that is specific to you and your preferences AND one that can be switched up whenever you feel like it.
Overall I’m really happy with my purchase! The ability to customize my own eyeshadow palette is what drew me in, but the quality of the shadows is what has kept me happy and reaching for this palette consistently. I see myself purchasing more Buxom shadows in the future for sure.
Have you tried any of Buxom’s eyeshadows? Let me know below!
Thanks for reading!