Thursday, March 20, 2014

Aerin Kaleidolight Palette for Eyes and Cheeks: Swatches and Review

Disclaimer: Product featured was provided for review.
Happy Thursday everyone! Today I have a gorgeous eye and face palette from Aerin Beauty's Spring 2014 Collection to share with you! Created by Aerin Lauder, Aerin Beauty is a sister line of Estée Lauder, featuring a selection of luxurious and modern makeup products.
The Kaleidolight Palette ($70) is described as a versatile light enhancing palette with five shades of brown, beige, lavender, and pink powders that work well for both the cheeks and the eyes. To see some swatches, my review, and the look I created with it, click.......

The Kaleidolight Palette is a versatile face and eye palette featuring five natural shades that can be swirled together or used separately to achieve a subtle glow.

The powders are housed in a simple but luxurious square gold compact with crosshatching on the lid and a large mirror on the inside. The compact measure about 9x9x1cm so it is perfect for beauty on the go.
Gold compact with crosshatching design on the lid.
There is a large mirror inside the compact.
There are a total of five different pastel, spring appropriate colors in the palette:
1&4. Light matte beige.
2. Lavender with very subtle shimmer, the shimmer is not noticeable when swatched
3. Soft matte brown.
5. Taupe-y brown with subtle shimmer.
6. Matte dusty mauve-y rose.

*Apologies for the weird numbering, I did not realize that 1 & 4 are the same color until after I swatched and photographed them.
Note: 1 & 4 are the same color.
Pigmentation & Application:
The majority of the colors in the palette are mattes. Even the ones with a subtle shimmer looked matte when swatched. All the colors are very soft and well pigmented despite how light they are, no primer was needed!

Even without a primer, the colors stayed very well on both the eyes and the cheeks with minimal fading, I was pleasantly surprised.
Swatched with no primer, click on image to enlarge. (Note: 1&4 are the same color)
Here is a simple look I did with it, I like that the colors in the palette can be used as eyeshadow, blush, or bronzer.
Wearing 1, 5, & 6 on lids and 5 & 6 on cheeks.
Close up of the eye makeup, the shadows were applied over bare lids and I experienced no creasing or noticeable fading!
Wearing 5 all over lid, with 6 on outer corner and 1 as inner and blending color. 
-Colors are perfect for spring
-Beautiful packaging
-Great pigmentation for matte shades
-Very versatile, works as eyeshadows, blush, and bronzer

-The palette lacked a lighter highlighting shade, one of the two beige duplicates could very well have been a highlight color that could be used on the top of the cheeks or on the brow bone and inner corner.

Despite being not very fond of matte colors, I was very in love with this palette. This is one of those products I know I will use quite a lot because how simple and versatile it is. I can simply dab on the darker colors on my lids using my fingers and then apply the warmer shades on the cheeks with a brush and I would be ready to go. The price is a bit high ($70) but I think you would definitely get what you pay for!

The palette is available online at Aerin and in stores at Neiman Marcus and other selected department stores.