Melt Cosmetics Mary Jane 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette is consistent with a lot of Melt’s eyeshadow releases–highs and lows, rarely consistent, and cool story, bro, but the execution rarely reaches the high level one would expect at this price point. I’d consider this a mix of cooler taupe and grungy olive tones overall, though it was still warmer than anticipated. The shimmers ranged from drier and more prone to fallout to soft and blendable. The mattes were more consistent, but some were more powdery or thinner, which made them less easy to use.
Mary Jane is a light-medium gold with moderate, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had medium pigmentation that had to be applied with a fingertip or a dampened brush to get smooth, even coverage that was higher than that. The texture was drier, firmer, and a little stiff to work with. It stayed on decently for seven and a half hours before having visible fallout.
Gaspar is a medium-dark olive brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, slightly powdery, but substantial and velvety enough to yield full color coverage in a single layer, which remained blendable along the edges. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.
Melt Cosmetics Sweet Lucy Eyeshadow
Sweet Lucy is a deep, olive-toned gold with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was a very dense, thick formula that was difficult to pick up with a brush without really jabbing and pushing at the surface to release product. It worked better with a fingertip, as it helped to push and move the surface to yield powder to pick up. Once I worked through the first few layers, it seemed to soften slightly (though not to top-tier performance). It had opaque coverage–ignoring the issue of texture–that lasted for seven and a half hours on me before creasing slightly.
Bamba is a deep, smoky pewter with a subtle, olive tinge to it paired with a soft, metallic finish. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, which adhered well to bare skin and blended out without difficulty, though there was light fallout as the consistency was slightly drier. It stayed on well for eight hours overall.
Sinsemilla is a deep taupe with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that could be built up to full coverage, though it wasn’t as blendable as necessary. The texture was fairly soft, not too firmly-pressed, but it seemed a touch thinner compared to the other mattes in the palette. There were signs of fading visible after eight hours of wear.
Santa Maria is a blackened taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had rich color coverage that adhered well to my lid and blended out fairly easily along the edges, though it wasn’t as seamless as ideal. The texture was soft, slightly drier but not overly prone to fallout. It lasted well for eight hours before fading a bit.
Rubia is a medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which built up easily to full coverage. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being too powdery nor too firmly-packed into the pan. The color wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.
Bo is a deep bronze with muted, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and yielding, unlike most of the shimmers in the palette, which made it easier to pick up with a dry brush and gave it better adhesion to my lid. It had opaque color payoff that stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.
Mari is a very light brown with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff paired with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that had some fallout during blending. The color lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading a bit.
Melt Cosmetics Kali Eyeshadow
Kali is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a chunky, sparkly finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a denser, thicker texture that still managed to drop larger bits of fallout as it just didn’t have the glide it needed to adhere smoothly. I’d recommend using a fingertip to apply this one more evenly to the lid. There were signs of fallout after seven hours of wear.