Earlier this year, I predicted that pastel eyeshadows would be a trend. From what I’ve seen thus far, it looks like this is really beginning to play out. Pastel shades have been popping up here and there on my Instagram feed and in new makeup releases. One of the earlier brands to embrace this was Fenty Beauty, which included the snack-size, six-pan Pastel Frost as the eighth palette in its Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow collection.
At $25, this palette may seem pricy for its size. However, when I think of how long it takes to hit pan on any eyeshadows other than neutrals, I have to imagine this one will last a long time. It’s not everyday I’ll be wearing frosty pastels on the eyes.
I really enjoy small palettes. They’re easier to store, take up less space, and are more curated than larger palettes. The idea behind Fenty Beauty’s Snap Shadows is that each mini palette can be snapped together to create a larger one. However, I probably wouldn’t store them that way even if I bought additional numbers from the range. I like this pocket-sized palette just the way it is.
Though frosty in nature, many of these shades have a fine sparkle that’s especially apparent in sunlight. Like any shimmer eyeshadow, I find using my fingers to apply works best. The texture of this formula is very fine, and the shades appear quite sheer on the lids. They are certainly not ultra pigmented, so if that’s what you’re looking for in a palette, this probably isn’t the one for you.
At first, I was a little disappointed with the lack of pigmentation, but when I examine the look I created below, I’m really enamored with the delicate appearance of these shimmers. Perhaps they’re meant to be this way. Of course, a little setting spray spritzed onto your brush or finger after picking up the eyeshadow will give it a vibrancy that’s much more pronounced.
For this look, I tried my hand at a watercolor eye. I literally just”finter-painted” the shades randomly on the lids, without attempting any symmetry in how the colors are placed fro one lid to the other. The result is an ethereal wash of shimmer pastels.
So what are my thoughts? Overall, I’m really enjoying this palette. It’s fun to play with by itself or in tandem with other palettes. The only complaint I have is that I wish Fenty would have included a lemony pastel yellow instead of the gold shade. Don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful gold, and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of it. I just would’ve loved it if they had gone all-out pastel, and adding in a yellow would have done that.
Anyway, I hope you are all having a lovely Easter weekend. Stay safe, and thanks for stopping by!