NABLA Cosmetics Dreamy II Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

 

Dreamy II

NABLA Cosmetics Dreamy II Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes 12 eyeshadows across an assortment of finishes–this brand might have the most finishes I’ve ever seen!–with two glitters, two sparkling mattes, three mattes, and five shimmers. Most shades were pigmented and longer-wearing, but some had light fallout during application and/or while worn.

Note: REM and Libertine both contain plastic glitter, and, in the US, it typically would come with a warning (though there are US brands who have released products with plastic glitter, such as NARS and Urban Decay, that do not come with warnings!). In this case, there doesn’t appear to be a warning, but if you really read through the ingredient list, it actually lists the shade name followed by either (Eye) or (Face), and the shades REM, New Past, Mirabilia, Dionysus, and Offline are all listed for “Face,” yet Libertine was listed for Eye.

NABLA Cosmetics Pantheon Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Pantheon Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Pantheon Matte EyeshadowNABLA Cosmetics Pantheon Matte Eyeshadow

Pantheon

Pantheon is a soft, yellowed beige with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that did not build up well, which was likely due to the more powdery texture. While it had a silky, finely-milled feel to it, the powderiness resulted in light fallout during application. It lasted decently for seven and a half hours on me before fading visibly.

 

Ingredients

talc, ptfe, zinc stearate, polyethylene, synthetic fluorphlogopite, triethoxycaprylylsilane, hdi/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, aroma / flavor, silica. +/− (may contain): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77007 (ultramarines), ci 42090 (blue 1 lake), ci 77510 (ferric ammonium ferrocyanide), ci 77742 (manganese violet), ci 19140 (yellow 5 lake).

NABLA Cosmetics REM Super Sparkle Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics REM Super Sparkle Eyeshadow

REM

REM is a medium purple with subtle, cooler undertones and cooler lavender and purple glitter throughout. It contained plastic glitter particles, though they were finer than the average pressed glitter these days, and there was some pigment from a base color, too. It had sheerer coverage and had to really be backed on or applied with a dampened brush to get to fuller coverage. It could have been more blendable and easier to pick up with a brush. There was some fallout during application as well as over the eight hours it wore decently for.

 

Ingredients

polyethylene terephthalate, squalane, glass beads, talc, hydrogenated styrene/isoprene copolymer, polyurethane-11, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, aroma / flavor, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, mica, calcium titanium borosilicate, silica. +/− (may contain / peut contenir): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 42090 (blue 1 lake), ci 77000 (aluminum powder), ci 77007 (ultramarines), ci 15850 (red 7 lake), ci 77510 (ferric ammonium ferrocyanide), ci 77742 (manganese violet), ci 19140 (yellow 5 lake), ci 77400 (bronze powder).

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NABLA Cosmetics New Past Super Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics New Past Super Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics New Past Super Matte EyeshadowNABLA Cosmetics New Past Super Matte Eyeshadow

New Past

New Past is a muted, medium-dark red-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was lightly powdery, so I had to be careful to tap off excess prior to applying to ensure little to no fallout during application. It had nearly opaque color coverage that built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer on top. The color went on evenly and blended out without issue. It wore nicely for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.

 

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.09 oz. – $88.89 Per Ounce

The brand has a few different powder eyeshadow formulations, and because they don’t just differ in finish but in price, they’re listed as individual formulas on Temptalia, but for ease, I wanted to keep the same overview available so it’s easy to get a big picture overview of their powder eyeshadows generally!

Super Matte Eyeshadows are “highly pigmented, completely opaque” with a “full, velvety” finish. The Super Mattes have a more finely-milled, velvety, and more substantial texture compared to the brand’s Soft Matte eyeshadows, and I also found that they were much more pigmented than the Soft Mattes, too. There was more fallout during application if I wasn’t careful due to the Super Matte shades being so pigmented, though. If one prefers building up coverage, the Soft Mattes would be more suitable. The eyeshadows in this finish tended to wear seven to eight hours on me.

Top Coat Wet & Dry Eyeshadows are supposed to give a “wet effect” and can be used wet or dry but are suggested to be used by “dabbing them on with your fingers” or “trying it wet.” I found that these varied–some were really soft, blendable, and extremely pigmented with more fleck-like sparkle and others were drier and firmer with a thinner texture that was stiffer to work with. Most of them did apply best with fingertips or with a dampened brush over a dry brush. This finish is more interesting than the others, but I’d pay attention to the specific shades as there was some inconsistency. The wear time ranged from six to eight hours and slight to moderate fallout.

Satin Eyeshadows are supposed to have a “gentle sheen” with “the finest pearls” that will have “excellent adhesion” and be “long-lasting.” They can also be applied wet or dry, and some shades did apply more smoothly or had better pigmentation when applied with a dampened brush, but the majority were easy to work with dry. The texture was smooth, firm but not too dense, and most shades blended out easily as the formula wasn’t stiff to work with. Most shades lasted seven to eight hours.

Soft Matte Eyeshadows are supposed to give a “soft and delicate” effect while blending “easily.” While the brand mentions “soft and delicate,” the swatches they provided of the shades in this finish were showing opaque coverage in one layer, so the expectation would be for true, full color coverage, but a lot of the shades in the finish seemed more muted (which could be interpreted as “soft and delciate”). My experience was that the pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque but most shades were buildable, and I felt like buildable, matte eyeshadows are much needed and quite versatile–there’s a huge difference in a poorly pigmented eyeshadow and one that can be pigmented, just requiring two layers–the latter gives one a lot of control over how it can appear in a look. The shades in this finish seemed to fade a little faster on me with six to seven hour wear on average.

Pearl Eyeshadows are supposed to “apply evenly, blend well” with “excellent skin adhesion” and “long-lasting” wear with high pigmentation. These are your m re typical shimmery, powdery eyeshadow formula with light creaminess, moderately dense textures, and are usually quite easy to blend out. Most of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that lasted between seven and eight hours on me. Some shades were very metallic and others were a soft frost.

 

Ingredients

talc, ptfe, zinc stearate, polyethylene, synthetic fluorphlogopite, triethoxycaprylylsilane, hdi/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, aroma / flavor, silica. +/− (may contain / peut contenir): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77007 (ultramarines), ci 42090 (blue 1 lake), ci 77510 (ferric ammonium ferrocyanide), ci 77742 (manganese violet), ci 19140 (yellow 5 lake), ci 15850 (red 7 lake).

NABLA Cosmetics Oniric Metal Foil Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Oniric Metal Foil Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Oniric Metal Foil EyeshadowNABLA Cosmetics Oniric Metal Foil Eyeshadow

Oniric

Oniric is a deep gold with moderate, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had rich color coverage in a single layer, while the texture was soft, slightly drier so there was some excess kicked up in the pan, but it remained blendable and easy to work with. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.

 

Ingredients

mica, isostearyl neopentanoate, calcium sodium borosilicate, dimethicone, butyl acrylate/hydroxypropyl dimethicone acrylate copolymer, synthetic fluorphlogopite, trimethylsiloxysilicate, talc, silica, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hydrogenated styrene/isoprene copolymer, tin oxide, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, calcium titanium borosilicate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, aluminum calcium sodium silicate, alumina. +/− (may contain / peut contenir): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77400 (bronze powder, copper powder), ci 77000 (aluminum powder), ci 77510 (ferric ammonium ferrocyanide).

NABLA Cosmetics Libertine Super Sparkle Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Libertine Super Sparkle Eyeshadow

Libertine

Libertine is a bright, medium-dark gold with soft, warm undertones and a glittering, metallic finish. This shade has plastic glitter particles, though they seemed slightly larger than what would likely be categorized as sparkle, and there was a lot of base pigment/color so it wasn’t just glitter. The product felt slightly textured from all of the glitter in it, but it was fairly smooth, and it had opaque coverage that adhered with minimal fallout during application. It lasted well for eight and a half hours but had light fallout over time.

 

Ingredients

polyethylene terephthalate, calcium titanium borosilicate, squalane, hydrogenated styrene/isoprene copolymer, polyurethane-11, silica, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, aroma / flavor, glass beads, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, talc, mica. +/− (may contain / peut contenir): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77400 (bronze powder), ci 42090 (blue 1 lake), ci 77000 (aluminum powder), ci 77007 (ultramarines), ci 77510 (ferric ammonium ferrocyanide), ci 77742 (manganese violet), ci 19140 (yellow 5 lake).

NABLA Cosmetics Lucid Dream Metal Foil Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Lucid Dream Metal Foil Eyeshadow

Lucid Dream

Lucid Dream is a pale, white gold with a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a slightly dense, more emollient texture that picked up best with a flat, synthetic brush or a fingertip, which seemed to do a better job at pressing the product onto the lid for more even coverage. There was a touch of fallout when I blended out this shade. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

 

Ingredients

mica, isostearyl neopentanoate, calcium titanium borosilicate, dimethicone, calcium sodium borosilicate, butyl acrylate/hydroxypropyl dimethicone acrylate copolymer, trimethylsiloxysilicate, talc, silica, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hydrogenated styrene/isoprene copolymer, tin oxide, synthetic fluorphlogopite, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, aluminum calcium sodium silicate, alumina. +/− (may contain / peut contenir): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77400 (bronze powder, copper powder), ci 77000 (aluminum powder), ci 77510 (ferric ammonium ferrocyanide).

NABLA Cosmetics Amarcord Metal Foil Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Amarcord Metal Foil Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Amarcord Metal Foil EyeshadowNABLA Cosmetics Amarcord Metal Foil Eyeshadow

Amarcord

Amarcord is a medium-dark, reddish-copper with warm undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer with a smooth, lightly emollient texture that felt like a cream-powder hybrid. The eyeshadow applied well to bare skin and blended out easily along the edges. This shade stayed on nicely for eight hours before creasing faintly.

 

Ingredients

calcium titanium borosilicate, isostearyl neopentanoate, dimethicone, mica, butyl acrylate/hydroxypropyl dimethicone acrylate copolymer, trimethylsiloxysilicate, talc, silica, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hydrogenated styrene/isoprene copolymer, tin oxide, synthetic fluorphlogopite, calcium sodium borosilicate, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, alumina, calcium aluminum borosilicate, aluminum calcium sodium silicate. +/− (may contain / peut contenir): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77400 (bronze powder, copper powder), ci 77000 (aluminum powder), ci 77510 (ferric ammonium ferrocyanide).

NABLA Cosmetics Mirabilia Metal Foil Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Mirabilia Metal Foil Eyeshadow

Mirabilia

Mirabilia is a light-medium purple base with flecks of gold, green, and purple sparkle throughout. The texture was like a cream-powder hybrid–emollient, smooth, but a little thin and flexible compared to a traditional powder eyeshadow. It had good color payoff that had to be built up for full coverage. It lasted nicely for eight hours with slight fallout over time.

 

Ingredients

mica, isostearyl neopentanoate, dimethicone, synthetic fluorphlogopite, butyl acrylate/hydroxypropyl dimethicone acrylate copolymer, silica, trimethylsiloxysilicate, talc, calcium sodium borosilicate, hydrogenated styrene/isoprene copolymer, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, tin oxide, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, calcium titanium borosilicate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, aluminum calcium sodium silicate, alumina. +/− (may contain / peut contenir): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77400 (bronze powder, copper powder), ci 77000 (aluminum powder), ci 77510 (ferric ammonium ferrocyanide), ci 15850 (red 7 lake), ci 42090 (blue 1 lake).

NABLA Cosmetics Dionysus Latex Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Dionysus Latex Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Dionysus Latex Matte EyeshadowNABLA Cosmetics Dionysus Latex Matte Eyeshadow

Dionysus

Dionysus is a muted, darker plum with subtle, warm undertones and flecks of sparkle over a more matte finish. The formula is very dense, more cream-powder like in feel, but it didn’t squish down like a true cream formula might have done. I find the finish has an odd feel to it initially, but it actually picked up fairly well with a brush.

I noticed that it went on sort of in small bits and grains but ended up blending out seamlessly with minor fallout. The upside was that creaminess helped it sit better on my skin, and it seemed to help the flecks bind with the base color so that they didn’t just disappear during blending. It wore well for eight and a half hours and had a smidgen of fallout over time.

 

Ingredients

calcium sodium borosilicate, talc, glass beads, octyldodecanol, hydrogenated polyisobutene, squalane, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hydrogenated styrene/isoprene copolymer, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, polymethylsilsesquioxane, c20-24 olefin, aroma / flavor, alumina, glycerin, bht, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate. +/− (may contain/ peut contenir): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 15850 (red 7 lake), ci 42090 (blue 1 lake), ci 77007 (ultramarines), ci 77510 (ferric ammonium ferrocyanide), ci 77742 (manganese violet), ci 19140 (yellow 5 lake).

NABLA Cosmetics Deja Vu Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Deja Vu Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Deja Vu Matte EyeshadowNABLA Cosmetics Deja Vu Matte Eyeshadow

Deja Vu

Deja Vu is a light brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had a smooth, velvety consistency that was soft without being too powdery nor too firmly pressed into the pan. The coverage was opaque in a single layer, which didn’t lose its intensity when blended out. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

 

Ingredients

ptfe, talc, zinc stearate, polyethylene, synthetic fluorphlogopite, triethoxycaprylylsilane, hdi/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, aroma / flavor, silica. +/− (may contain / peut contenir): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides).

NABLA Cosmetics Hidden Place Metal Foil Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Hidden Place Metal Foil Eyeshadow

Hidden Place

Hidden Place is a medium-dark, plummy taupe with subtle, warm undertones and cooler purple, magenta, and peach sparkle that shifted from plum to gold to olive. The texture was soft, dense without being heavy or thick, and lightly creamy, so it adhered well to my lid and maintained its full coverage. It lasted nicely for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly.

 

Ingredients

mica, isostearyl neopentanoate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, dimethicone, butyl acrylate/hydroxypropyl dimethicone acrylate copolymer, trimethylsiloxysilicate, talc, silica, calcium sodium borosilicate, hydrogenated styrene/isoprene copolymer, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, tin oxide, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, calcium titanium borosilicate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, aluminum calcium sodium silicate, alumina. +/− (may contain / peut contenir): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77400 (bronze powder, copper powder), ci 77000 (aluminum powder), ci 77510 (ferric ammonium ferrocyanide).

NABLA Cosmetics Offline Latex Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Offline Latex Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Offline Latex Matte EyeshadowNABLA Cosmetics Offline Latex Matte Eyeshadow

Offline

Offline is a deep plum with subtle, cool undertones and flecks of sparkle over a matte finish. It had rich color coverage, though it appeared several shades lighter than it did in the pan, which wasn’t a real surprise given how cream-like the texture felt. The product had a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was denser and more firmly-pressed into the pan (so use a moderate to heavy hand to pick up product initially).

The color blended out well, though it initially went on a bit patchily in such a manner as to notice how the formula almost balled up but then diffused and melted onto my skin as it was buffed and blended out. It wore well for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading, but it had a little bit of fallout over time.

 

Ingredients

calcium sodium borosilicate, talc, glass beads, octyldodecanol, hydrogenated polyisobutene, squalane, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hydrogenated styrene/isoprene copolymer, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, polymethylsilsesquioxane, c20-24 olefin, aroma / flavor, bht, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate. +/− (may contain / peut contenir): ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 – ci 77492 – ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 15850 (red 7 lake), ci 42090 (blue 1 lake), ci 77007 (ultramarines), ci 77510 (ferric ammonium ferrocyanide), ci 77742 (manganese violet), ci 19140 (yellow 5 lake).

 

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