The thing with budget eyeshadow palettes is that it's quite difficult to find a good one that doesn't have a couple of dud colours. I'm almost skeptical now before I even try any new eyeshadow palettes out. Last weekend however, I made the conscious (and some would say brave!) decision to bring just one eyeshadow palette away with me for an long weekend break in Belfast, and this MeMeMe Cosmetics Ultimate Eye Palette was the one that made the cut. I first clapped my eyes on this back at the Cork Meetup in July, and it was love at first sight. This palette landed in my hands about three weeks ago (thanks Joan!) and with work being crazy, a stomach bug, terrible skin reaction and crick in my neck, I just didn't get around to devoting any attention to this. And I am REALLY glad that I did bring just this palette to Belfast because I used every single colour over the course of my stay and tried out various combinations for day and night appropriate looks. I have to admit, this is one seriously impressive little palette.
As you can see from the swatches above, this is one remarkably well pigmented palette. 8 neutral colours (you KNOW how I feel about brown eyeshadows), this palette seems to have a little bit of everything, and I feel about it the way I feel about the original Urban Decay Naked palette- a great all rounder. You have your highlighting shade, your matte crease transition colour, plenty of lid wash options, but you also grey and black at the end to smoke out your day time looks to make them more night time appropriate. All of the shadows are soft, totally blendable, apply well with minimal fallout, and lasted at least 10 hours on me when I applied them over a cream eyeshadow base (recently been using the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige).
I love the usual black Grecian style packaging of the MeMeMe Cosmetics product line and this palette is no exception. It's sleek, compact and I think it looks more expensive than the mere €12 it costs. The case is made out of cardboard so it is perfectly light and portable for transportation. The palette also has a decent mirror (not one of those ones that makes you look like you've stepped into the Twilight Zone).
And I usually do not rate makeup brushes that come with palettes AT ALL, in fact I usually fling them out straight away and resent the gap in the packaging thereafter- BUT the brush in the Ultimate Eye palette is very nice indeed, very soft, not plastic- one side for blending and one side for packing on colour. As far as brushes in palettes go, this is pretty decent!
So if you cannot already tell, I am really enjoying using this palette and I definitely recommend it as a sneaky gift to self, or even pick one up for the perfect stocking filler. I just cannot believe this palette was only €12- it feels almost like a crime. If you are looking for your nearest stockist of MeMeMe, head over to their Facebook page. I have also seen on the MeMeMe Ireland page that there is a new PLUM version of this available now too so I am going to raid all the Dublin city stockists in my search for one and when I find one, I will of course report back.
Have you seen this palette in shops yet? Does it look like something that would make your heart flutter?