NABLA Cosmetics Dreamy II Eyeshadow Palette 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
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.
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.
NABLA Cosmetics New Past Super Matte Eyeshadow
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.
NABLA Cosmetics Oniric Metal Foil Eyeshadow
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.
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.
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.
NABLA Cosmetics Amarcord Metal Foil Eyeshadow
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.
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.
NABLA Cosmetics Dionysus Latex Matte Eyeshadow
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.
NABLA Cosmetics Deja Vu Matte Eyeshadow
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.
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.
NABLA Cosmetics Offline Latex Matte Eyeshadow
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.