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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review & Dupes: Melt Cosmetics Love Sick & Dark Matter Eye Shadow Stacks

The word on Melt Cosmetics eye shadow stacks is spreading far and wide across the beauty blogosphere, and I wanted to get in on the fun with a review! While the word is that these shadows are phenomenal, I have to admit that I was sucked in by the unique packaging. The shadows are housed in magnetized disks that stack together nicely, capped with a mirrored disk on top. While this definitely makes them exceptionally compact, those that do their makeup on-the-go frequently, or don't have an area to spread their products out on during application might find it a little cumbersome. Still, the magnets are strong, and stayed intact when I threw them in my purse for the day to see how they fared during travel!

While $48 a stack might seem steep for these, the pans actually contain almost 3 times the product of an average shadow. By weight, they are comparable in price to well-known affordable brand Makeup Geek!

Here are the shades in each stack:

Love Sick

  • Promiscuous: An iridescent, vibrant violet blue (couldn't find a dupe for this shade)
  • Fixated: Matte blue-grey (couldn't find a dupe for this shade)
  • Amelie: Peachy gold duo-chrome (similar to Makeup Geek's Cosmopolitan)
  • Love Sick: Matte burgundy red (couldn't find a dupe for this one)

Dark Matter

  • Blurr: Light matte brown (similar to Makeup Geek's Creme Brulee)
  • Unseen: Medium cool matte brown (similar to Makeup Geek's FrappĂ©
  • Enigma: Rusted red-brown (leans more brown than Makeup Geek's Bitten)
  • Dark Matter: The blackest black you've ever seen! (deeper, and more matte than Makeup Geek's Corrupt)
Overall, these shadows have a drier texture that I think is reflected in the swatches. But make no mistake - they wear beautifully. They are incredibly pigmented even without a primer, and despite being mostly matte textures, there isn't a chalky shadow in the bunch!

These are amazing shadows - definitely worth the fanfare they're receiving! I recommend them to those who want workhorse shadows that they can reach for all the time. 

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