Melt Cosmetics Muerte 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.66 oz.) is a new, seemingly permanent palette that features an assortment of hues from aqua to navy blue to burgundy across shimmers and mattes. This palette officially launches on November 29th!
Two of the shimmers were total disappointments, while one was decent, but it’s hard for me to understand how the other two shimmer formulas made it through testing; like I have no idea what the benefit/reasoning would be behind having such a firmly-packed shimmer that it had to be scratched and jabbed at just to get product to loosen from it to have anything to pick up.
Sometimes firmer presses minimize fallout or work better for creamier formulas, which often ensure shimmer and powder bind together as one, but Angelito was a head-scratcher. Because the palette itself is so deep, that being down two of the lightest shades made it hard to test, so I ended up trying the mattes paired with better-performing shimmer formulas so I could get a better sense of how the matte shades performed.
The mattes varied, and for the richness and depths of the hues, they weren’t bad, but they’ll take more time and effort. The key was to apply deeper shades before lighter ones, as when I tried working light to dark (which is how I typically work), it was harder to blend out and keep shades from looking drier on my skin. Most of the mattes included in the palette aren’t ones we see often, and even rarer to see as permanent/in single form, so if you’re looking for dupes, you’re more likely going to have to think about duping the “vibe” rather than specific shades exactly.
Melt Cosmetics Angelito Eyeshadow Melt Cosmetics Angelito Eyeshadow
Angelito is a medium-dark, aqua-teal with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had an incredibly dense, drier texture; it felt a bit gravelly in a way, because the shimmer and pigment were more clumped up rather than well-blended/well-mixed.
The texture seemed to soften after repeated use but was still a firmer, stiffer, and drier product to work with that had to really pushed and dragged onto the lid. I did not feel fingertips improved the application as most product stuck to my fingertip and nothing deposited to my lid. A dampened brush was decent but still posed a challenge for even application.
Gently pushing and jabbing at the surface, I could get enough product to pick up using my brush and then apply that to my lid with decent coverage. It lasted for eight hours before fading visibly.
Melt Cosmetics Lagrimas Eyeshadow
Lagrimas is a bright, medium-dark aqua with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow was richly pigmented with a soft, lightly powdery texture, which was fairly blendable, but it was still drier and a bit chalky, so sometimes it caught on skin texture and had light-to-moderate fallout during application. It was easiest applied over deeper shades rather than initially. The color wore nicely for eight and a half hours before I noticed signs of fading.
Melt Cosmetics Duelo Eyeshadow
Duelo is a deep, slightly muted, bluish-teal with a mostly matte finish. It had that barely-there kind of micro-shimmer that wasn’t enough to change the finish but seemed to help blending. The pigmentation was intense where a little went a very long way, while the texture was smooth, velvety, and substantial with minimal fallout. It blended out nicely along the edges, which was nice to see. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.
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Melt Cosmetics Panteon Eyeshadow
Panteon is a muted, darker gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer or if applied over an eyeshadow primer. The texture was soft, blendable, and moderately powdery, so there was some fallout during application. This shade lasted well for eight hours before fading a bit.
Melt Cosmetics Noche Eterna Eyeshadow
Noche Eterna is a deep blue with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which was easily built up to full coverage with less than a second layer. The texture was fairly soft, substantial without being too thick, and it applied evenly to bare skin and blended out without too much effort, though I’d recommend using less than you think initially. It wore well for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading.
Melt Cosmetics Catrina Eyeshadow
Catrina is a blackened navy blue base with flecks of medium and navy blue shimmer and micro-sparkle. It had opaque pigmentation in with a denser, more emollient texture that felt like a cream-powder hybrid. I was able to pick up with my flat shader brush without much effort, and the product transferred to my lid easily, though the edges were hard to really soften and diffuse (I’d cheat with one of the matte shades in the palette instead). It stayed on nicely for eight hours before creasing slightly.
Melt Cosmetics Velorio Eyeshadow
Velorio is a deep burgundy with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, lightly powdery texture that had light fallout during application. It felt slightly drier, but it was blendable along the edges without losing its intensity, though it did not play as well with other shades in the palette and could emphasize my skin’s natural texture (due to the dryness). The color started to show signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear.
Melt Cosmetics Sangre Eyeshadow
Sangre is a medium-dark burgundy with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had rich color payoff that adhered fairly well to bare skin and blended out without too much effort–for the intensity and depth of shade, not bad at all, but there was still room for improvement. The texture was slightly drier, but it wasn’t thin nor so powdery that it lost its intensity; if anything, it tended to deepen slightly once applied and blended out. It wore nicely for nine hours before fading visibly.
Melt Cosmetics Corazon Eyeshadow
Corazon is a medium-dark red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was slightly drier and was thinner with less substance compared to the other mattes, though it was easier to control and build up (if desired). It could have been a bit more blendable but wasn’t too difficult to work with. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading a bit.
Melt Cosmetics Calaca Eyeshadow
Calaca is a soft, peachy gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was very loosely-pressed and had a cakey texture; the powder felt creamy but came away in clumps, which resulted in tons of fallout, uneven application, and made it rather difficult to work with. It was worse wet as it was even more uneven.
It had opaque pigmentation when really pressed and pushed into my skin, but it was so much effort to get there that it looked visibly thick on my lid area. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.
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