I probably should have listened to my intuition about this palette – I wasn’t completely sold on the concept but I really wanted to try Becca eye shadows since the quality looked stellar (and with Ingrid whispering in my ear).
I bought this in January – I was torn between the Ombre Rouge or the Ombre Nude (varying shades of brown), but in the end I went with the Rouge since the makeup artist recommended it over the Nude. The palette cost $48 CAD for 5 shades, with 1.6g of product each for a total of 8g for this palette – it is made in the US.
The palette is quite compact, and includes a good quality mirror:
It doesn’t have a lot wasted space: it measures 14.8 cm x 5cm x 1.3 cm. The casing is plastic made to look like a bronzed metal – it’s really sleek looking but it does tend to attract smudges.
In theory, this is a good basic warm matte palette that can be used on its own to create a complete eye look, or it can be used to supplement shimmery shadows. In reality, this palette is so boring! I forced myself to use this for a whole week and my resentment for this palette grew by the day.
There aren’t even any shade names, just numbers 1 through 5. But I’ve taken the liberty of naming them for you:
1 = vanilla yawn
2 = rose doze
3 = beige blah
4 = sienna snooze
5 = drab brown
😛 And here they are swatched:
Don’t get me wrong, the eye shadow quality is fine – the eye shadows are buttery smooth and the colours blend nicely, if not a little too easily away to nothingness. The pigmentation is light to medium and doesn’t build too much beyond medium (the swatches were 3 passes over the skin). I did find that the formula does last very well on the lids over primer (10+ hours) without creasing or fading. I also noticed that these aren’t the mattest mattes, the shades #2 and 3 have what I’d call a satin finish.
But I’m bewildered as to how I can use all 5 shades from this palette on my lids, and come out with a boring monotone eye look that looks like I used just one colour. 😕 I tried to create various placements of the colours for different looks but they all ended up looking the same: a gradated warm eye look… even the included guide didn’t help.
On the Becca site, the tagline for this palette is:
Five highly pigmented & blendable matte rouge shades designed for your eyes, but capable of so much more.
With the following photo:
Um, how about a No? That shade #4 is way too orange as a face contour! (It is a nice crease colour) And #2 or 3 as blush? Hmmm, ok, if I’m going for a “I just smeared dirt on my cheeks” look. I did try using #3 as a blush and it was just ok – it clung too much to my skin in patches and the colour did look muddy (sometimes products formulated to be eye shadows just don’t work well as blushes and vice versa). And I’m not falling for the “use this eye shadow wet” trick again!
Overall, it just lacks a wow factor for me. Everything is so middle of the road which is unusual for a brand like Becca. There isn’t even a stand-out shade in this palette – sometimes a weak palette is saved by one amazing shade. If you force me to choose my favourite shade, then I suppose I’d go with the middle shade, #3 aka Beige Blah (even my choice is so boring, I know!) I guess it comes down to expectation – I thought I’d be so impressed by the eye shadow quality and usefulness of this palette, but I just wasn’t.
As far as the value of the palette, at $48 for 5 colours ($9.60 per shade), I think you could do better than this. To me, even the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics ($36 for 6 shades) or Too Faced Natural Matte ($45 for 9 shades) would be better matte neutral palette options at comparable price points (although, I’ve not actually tried those palettes, they seem generally well reviewed). I’m scratching my head as to how I’d improve this palette, colour-wise… maybe something like this:
I kept #1, got rid of #2, moved #3 over and changed the rest… this reads more of “Ombre Rouge” to me… no? Here’s the original again:
• Smooth texture and blends easily
• Long wearing
• Complete eye look using just this palette
• Good packaging
• Medium pigmentation (not high pigment as claimed)
• Powdery – prone to fall out
• Expensive for what you get
• Boring! Zzzzz
Stash Worthiness: 4/10
I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from buying this, but just know its limitations. Do you have this palette or are planning on getting it?