Melt Cosmetics Impulsive 18-Pan Pressed Pigment Palette is a new palette that features 18 shades across mattes and shimmers housed in a palette that opens up like a book with each trio of eyeshadows in tiers. The palette had a lot of weight to it–more than anticipated but also much more than most palettes on the market–and the tiered nature of the trios made the palette thicker, too, so it ended up being bulky.
There are seven mattes and the rest are shimmers (and more metallic/sparkly ones at that), so it may not work for everyone’s preferences. I did find that the majority of the mattes were rather warm-toned, so I didn’t feel like I had all the shades I “wanted” to pair with some of those cooler-toned shimmers on the right side of the palette. The quality of most shades was good; pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, but there were a few where fallout was more of a concern, needed to be applied with a wet brush, or mattes that took a bit of extra effort to blend out.
Sephora doesn’t list the palette as limited edition, but when I tried to find out whether it was permanent or limited edition through Melt’s Instagram, I wasn’t seeing language in either direction, so if you’ve seen something said specifically otherwise, please let me know! I saw some people ask but didn’t see any replies by the brand. It has the look of what you’d think is more likely to be limited edition, and their larger palettes with this pan shape have been limited edition in the past.
Melt Cosmetics 2012 Eyeshadow
2012 is a bright, rich marigold with a matte finish–it felt like a true mix of yellow and orange that was closer to orange (because of depth) but was very, very warm-toned relative to more red-toned oranges (which are most of them). The consistency was soft, velvety, and denser–a bit “thicker” of a matte–and very pigmented but a little powdery. It worked better of drier textures, e.g. tacky primers could result in the product adhering too strongly in some places or darkening slightly, which I find to be true of denser/thicker mattes in general. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.
Melt Cosmetics Rule Breaker Eyeshadow
Rule Breaker is a rich copper with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The consistency was soft, a little powdery in the pan, but it remained blendable and easy to use on my eye. It lasted nicely for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading.
Melt Cosmetics Go Getter Eyeshadow
Go Getter is a bright, coral-red with warm undertones and flecks of pink and gold micro-sparkle. The texture was slightly firmer, stiffer in the pan, so it took a heavier hand to pick up product evenly with my brush. It had opaque pigmentation when pressed and patted onto my skin. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours but did not leave a stain behind, despite being the one shade listed as “not approved by the FDA and Melt Cosmetics for use on the eyes.”
Melt Cosmetics Dream Big Eyeshadow
Dream Big is a deep, coppery-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that was denser and more substantial, so a little went a long way. It applied evenly to bare skin but took a little extra effort to diffuse the edges (almost “too” pigmented in that way). It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed any fading.
Melt Cosmetics CEO Eyeshadow
CEO is a medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a lightly sparkling, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was dense and thick without being too far in either direction. This shade lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing faintly.
Melt Cosmetics Boss Lady Eyeshadow
Boss Lady is a deep burgundy with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. The texture was slightly drier to the touch with a bit of powderiness in the pan, but it adhered evenly to bare skin and had opaque pigmentation. It could have been more blendable along the edges, as it took extra effort to diffuse it upward and outward. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading visibly.
Melt Cosmetics Game Changer Pressed Pigment
Game Changer is a bright pop of chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, velvety, and blendable without being too powdery nor too firmly pressed in the pan. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that wore nicely for eight hours on me.
Melt Cosmetics Profesh Eyeshadow
Profesh is a medium green with muted, warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had rich color payoff in a single pass, which applied well to bare skin without sheering out too readily, but it did have a tendency to stick more strongly to my skin, which made it harder to diffuse out the edge for a seamless blend. It lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading visibly on me.
Melt Cosmetics Bold Eyeshadow
Bold is a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, velvety consistency that was substantial and maintained its intensity on bare skin with ease. There was slight powderiness in the pan, but I didn’t find fallout was a problem. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.
Melt Cosmetics Makeup Junkie Eyeshadow
Makeup Junkie is a muted, medium plum with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was soft to the touch, but it was drier and looser, which resulted in some fallout during application. It had good pigmentation but was best applied with a flat, synthetic brush or fingertip. It wore well for eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.
Melt Cosmetics Warehouse Party Eyeshadow
Warehouse Party is a muted, medium copper with warm, reddish undertones and flecks of gold sparkle over a metallic finish. The eyeshadow had rich color payoff that applied well to bare skin, though there was slight fallout if I wasn’t careful to tap off the excess. The texture was soft, more loosely pressed, but it was blendable and went on smoothly. It lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.
Melt Cosmetics Poppin’ Bottles Eyeshadow
Poppin’ Bottles is a light-medium gold with strong, warm orange undertones and green-to-gold shifting shimmer. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which adhered well to bare skin. The texture was smooth, soft, and blendable without being too firmly nor too softly pressed in the pan. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before showing signs of fading.
Melt Cosmetics Shots Eyeshadow
Shots is a light lavender with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin but sheered out a touch when I tried to blend and spread it out. The consistency was soft, lightly powdery, but it felt finely-milled to the touch. It wore well for eight hours on me before I noticed slight fading.
Melt Cosmetics Tipsy Eyeshadow
Tipsy is a rich, inky blue with cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had rich color coverage that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of color. The texture was creamy, dense, and thicker, but it wasn’t to the point where it became stiff, so I had no trouble picking it up with a brush and getting it to adhere to my lid. It lasted nicely for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly.
Melt Cosmetics Cross Faded Eyeshadow
Cross Faded is a bright, purplish-blue with strong, cool undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was creamy, dense, and a bit emollient, which seemed to work better with fingertips or a flat, synthetic brush over fluffier brushes due to the creamier consistency. It had rich pigmentation that stayed on nicely eight and a half hours on me before creasing a bit.
Melt Cosmetics No Regrets Eyeshadow
No Regrets is a light-medium, golden pewter with cooler, greenish tones and a glittery finish. The consistency felt glittery–not quite smooth, more textured–and had light fallout during application as a result. I’d recommend using this with a wet brush or a fingertip to maximize coverage and evenness in application while minimizing fallout. It wore well for eight hours with light fallout over time.
Melt Cosmetics Morning After Eyeshadow
Morning After is a deep plum with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had rich color payoff that adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out easily along the edges. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and dense without being too thick or too firmly pressed in the pan. It lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before it showed signs of fading.
Melt Cosmetics Drunk Text Eyeshadow
Drunk Text is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the texture was soft, smooth, and lightly creamy without being too firmly pressed in the pan. It applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.