Melt Cosmetics Brunet 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette includes five matte eyeshadows and three shimmer eyeshadows. I had higher expectations for this, as it did have quite a few matte shades, which Melt tends to do better than their shimmers, but there was inconsistency across the board that made it an underwhelming, under-performing palette containing shades we have seen many times over (so why release something subpar?). I was surprised to see so many light shades in the palette, as Melt doesn’t usually have so many of those very washed out hues, so I imagine this palette will be less workable on darker skin tones as a result.
Suede is a very light beige with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium pigmentation with a thinner, moderately powdery texture that was prone to fallout. It stayed on nicely for seven hours before fading visibly.
Buff is a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It looked yellower applied than it did in the pan, where it looked like a true peach (so some orange). The texture was somewhat powdery, thinner, and had some fallout during application. It had mostly opaque coverage that lasted decently for seven hours before fading noticeably.
Cork is a light, golden brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a moderately powdery texture that was prone to sheering out and had some fallout during the initial application. It wore well for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading.
Musk is a light-medium, coppery brown with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The eyeshadow was firmer in the pan, though it picked up well with a dry brush and ended up looking very smooth and even when applied to my eyelid. It had opaque pigmentation that stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.
Tan is a muted, medium taupe-brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out without difficulty. The texture was soft, slightly thin, but it wasn’t hard to use. It lasted well for eight hours before fading a bit.
Bourbon is a deep gold with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The texture was moderately dense, somewhat stiff initially, but it seemed to become a little more yielding after a few uses. It had opaque pigmentation with moderate fallout as I blended it out, which was somewhat the result of that stiffer texture. It wore decently for eight hours before fading visibly.
Stout is a dark, olive gold with muted, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a moderately dense, somewhat stiff texture that I had to dig into in order to get product to pick up on a dry brush. It was easier to work with using fingertips or a dampened brush, especially as those methods also countered the light fallout during application. This shade showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.
Brunet is a medium-dark brown with muted, almost warm olive undertones, paired with a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was soft, silky, and blendable. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.