I did not want to miss the launch of the Tiny Marvels palette by Mel Thompson and Sydney Grace, I had my alarm set, I was ready and so excited for Mel! Then, on the exact day of the launch I received the palette as PR by Mel!! It was a huge surprise so thank you so much Mel and Sydney Grace!! I am very touched and extremely grateful! 🙂
Mel and I have been chatting for a little while, we had even planned to meet but then covid happened, shaking all our lives and plans, we didn’t manage to meet yet but it will happen as soon as travelling safely is possible again.
I was eager to share my thoughts about this palette when it launched but I wanted to use it first and it took me a hell of a time. We were all fighting an annoying repeating cold at home affecting our eyes and ears, I could not even apply make-up around my eyes at all, nor could I invite friends home… but since a couple of weeks we are better and I could finally use the palette, many many times!
I knew that the quality of the shadows was going to be excellent, I have been using Sydney Grace shadows, since May 2019 to be precise, on myself, on others and also for blog swatches when I was testing or reviewing brushes.
I am more familiar with the matte shadows in their range, not so much with the shimmers. Sydney Grace shimmers are known to be opaque and pigmented but I personally prefer to use shimmers that work with more transparency on my eyes. I am excited that I can now try some more of their shadows and I am so happy that this Sydney Grace palette was done in collaboration with Mel!
The combination of shades in this Tiny Marvels palette is very unusual, when I opened the palette I gasped, this palette had the word *FUN* in blinking caps all over it! My first thoughts: this will be an interesting palette for sure!!! Then, I noticed that it had quite a lot of colors that I don’t like to use on me. Bright greens, a strong yellow gold, peach and coral shades… I could definitely envision the fun, but I wasn’t sure how I could make them work for me, I mean, on a daily appropriate basis!
This last thought reminds me of a conversation I had with Troy Surratt in Japan. He mentioned that one of the talents of a make-up artist is to be able to work with whatever the artist has at his disposal, whatever the shades or tones, yet still make the products work beautifully. We were talking about foundations mainly but I believe this applies to anything. I loved that.
So, there I was, staring at an eyeshadow palette filled with beautiful colors but that are completely outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to make them work for me, make them look appropriate for my age and for my lifestyle and not only for a special occasion, I want to be able to use this palette on a daily basis!
The pigmentation is really heavy, the shimmer shades are truly bold and reflective, the matte shades are highly pigmented, opaque in one swipe, they blend easily, they are effortless to use whatever the brushes you have, synthetic or natural brushes will work well with these.
So, yes, these are very much outside of my comfort zone, well, for the most part, but I found a technique that works for me and that delivers gorgeous looks that are totally wearable on a daily basis.
My favorite way of applying the shadows is to apply a matte shade on the mobile lid and then layer a shimmer on top, either only in the center or on the entire mobile lid. It’s very simple and straightforward but the result is beautiful! The shimmer becomes more subtle when layered on a matte shadow and therefore more wearable and flattering on my ageing lids.
There is no question that this palette will work for you if you love the color story, bold looks and strong metallics, but if you are like me, if your lids are not so smooth and you love more subtle looks still with an interesting twist, this is absolutely something that can also work for daily use!
These are my top favorite combinations:
- Jewel Bee with Meadowhawk
- Flutterby with Scarab
- Luv Bug with Marvel
- Mantis with Fire Butts
- Treehopper with Scarab
Her tattoo artist made the design that you see on the cover of the palette, he used the colors of the pans to showcase her love for bugs, it’s brilliant. The color story is fun and I am actually very surprised that this is something safe for me for everyday, I used it a lot already and will continue to do so.
I so thrilled and so happy for Mel, Mel is a person that I got to know during these past couple of years, once we started to chat it escalated very quickly and even though we are and look very different, we share a few exciting things in common, we both ride a motorbike and love tattoos, although I don’t have as many as she does 😀
The palette is available on Sydney Grace website -when not out of stock, it costs 52$, I hope Mel and Sydney Grace will keep bringing it back in stock!