In October while I was in New York, I stumbled across a Winky Lux pop-up store in Soho. I had seen a few positive reviews of their eyeshadow palettes on YouTube and I decided to hop in and see if there was anything interesting. I ended up walking away with the Winky Lux Cashmere Kitten Eyeshadow palette and I included it in my Monthly Makeup Focus project for November. Today, I’ve got a review of it for you!
From the Winky Lux website:
“PURRRFECTION IN A PALETTE. Highly-pigmented and oh so plushy, our Cashmere Kitten Palette shadows feel as soft as our fave furry friends. Universally flattering, it features 4 finishes with a velvet touch: Holographic, Matte, Satin and Shimmer”
$25.00 USD / $33 CAD (dependant on exchange rate) for 15.3 g (9 x 1.7 g) / .53 oz
TALC, MICA, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, KAOLIN, SILICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, POLYETHYLENE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, DIMETHICONE, SQUALANE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, RED IRON OXIDE (CI 77491), YELLOW IRON OXIDE (CI 77492), BLACK IRON OXIDE (CI 77499), RED 6 (CI 15850), YELLOW 5 (CI 19140).
This palette is made out of standard cardboard packaging; it’s lightweight and compact and good for travel, for the most part. The kitten pattern on it is adorable (even if I am more of a dog person 😉 ) and to be honest, Winky Lux’s packaging is what really drew me to them in the first place. One thing to note that there is no mirror included in this palette – this doesn’t bother me personally but I know it does to some. My biggest gripe with it is how quickly the gold lettering on the front rubbed off. I used this for all of a week and this is what the front of the palette looked like:
It’s not the biggest deal but it irked me that this was the result after very light use.
I was also mildly annoyed when I opened up my palette after I purchased it and noticed there was a weird grease/oil stain around the Holographic Biscuits shadow pan, as you can see in the pic below:
This doesn’t seem to have affected the shadow quality at all so it’s not a big deal – just a small detail that was missed in quality control.
No noticeable scent.
FORMULAS & PERFORMANCE
This palette consists of 3 mattes, 2 satins, 3 shimmers and 1 “iridescent” shadow(s). The shadows are described as follows from the Winky Lux website:
holographic biscuits: iridescent pink
breading: matte, mauve pink
meow down: shimmering icy silver with a hint of lavender
caturday: matte, gray-plum*
penelope: satin, dusty rose**
prowl: satin, smokey plum**
instafamous: shimmering, golden amber
grumpy: matte, camel brown
frisky: shimmering golden brown
*I would classify this more of a lavender, at least on my skin tone
The formulas on all of these shadows are impressive; they are smooth and buttery and very easy to apply and blend. They are pigmented but not too pigmented which I love – I’ve stated this many times but I’m not the biggest fan of super pigmented shadows because I usually end up with muddiness on my lids, especially with the mattes. These are buildable so you can build up the colour with blending and layering.
I do really enjoy the shades in this palette – there’s a mix of warm, cool and neutral and I’ve really enjoyed every look I’ve created with it.
I find these fall a little short performance-wise; I notice some noticeable fading and creasing around the five-hour mark which disappointed me a little. I did pair this with my usual Too Faced Shadow Insurance and typically I don’t see any fading until at least the 8-hour mark (with my favourite shadows) and it’s important to note that I do have extremely oily eyelids – I cannot wear eyeshadow without a primer.
Even though the performance disappointed me a bit, I still like this palette. I think the colour story in it is pretty, the packaging is super cute (even if it can’t withstand much wear) and the shadows are easy to work with and fall within my neutral-preference. I do find the price tag (when converted to Canadian) a little steep – I think I’d be more inclined to purchase more palettes from them if they fell within the $20 CAD price range.
Have you tried any products from Winky Lux?