Recently the lovely Rachael sold me her Burning Heart palette and I was salivating to play with it as soon as it came through my door. I was really interested to play with this palette as I’ve heard some mixed things about the pressed shadows.
Lid, Sugarpill Buttercupcake. Lower lashline, Sugarpill Poison Plum and Collection2000 Glam Crystals in Shake it up!
Lid: Sugarpill Poison Plum.
L-R over bare skin on the top and NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk on the bottom: Poison Plum, Buttercupcake, Flamepoint, Love+.
Overall, I think this palette does deserve it’s reputation. It’s bright and pigmented, the colours are huge and good value – I didn’t pay full price, but I would. I think I’m going to get Sweetheart.
I do have a couple of small gripes, however. I find Poison Plum very difficult to work with. It’s slightly patchy to apply, and it’s a little difficult to blend. It’s not the worst shadow I’ve tried certainly, but the colour is totally beautiful and amazing and I wish that it was easier to work with. If there is a let down in the palette, it’s this one – and not to blow my shadow trumpet, but I’ve never had a problem with matte eyeshadows before. You can see from the swatch above that it’s not as smooth looking as the others, even over a base.
Buttercupcake is also a tad chalky compared to the other colours, but yellow is a very, very difficult colour. I’ve never tried a yellow that doesn’t have the problem, or one that doesn’t look slightly muddy when you blend it. You can sort of see that the on edges of the swatch and my look with it it’s brighter in the middle. I’m really nit-picking with Buttercupcake, it’s a yellow thing rather than quality of the shadow from my experience, but I still think it’s worth mentioning. Flamepoint and Love+ however, I have no problems with at all, and I am head over heels with. They’re perfect – bright, opaque, they apply well and blend nicely. It’s worth pointing out that mattes are always better over a sticky base like the NYX pencils, and if you’re using a white one with Love+, you might find it goes a little pink at the edges, or
Personally, I’d be more inclined to buy the pressed powders from Sugarpill over the loose. I love the loose colours from Sugarpill I have and the quality is nice, but they’re not any better or worse than other loose pigments I’ve tried. With the exception of Posion Plum I think theses are all utterly fabulous.