A shimmery eyeshadow came in the mail on Tuesday morning… alongside a sash and a tiara to celebrate. Mecca, if you’re wanting to capture my attention (and my heart) – you got it!
The latest addition to Mecca’s exclusive Mecca Max brand is their Beauty Queen palette – 15 shimmery shades with a $38 pricetag. These shades can be used as eyeshadow or face powder – so my curiosity was piqued! All of the shades are exclusive to this palette. It’s limited edition and launched Wednesday (yesterday) and from what I hear is selling super fast!
I had a bunch of questions and review requests when I shared this on Instagram stories so I made sure to get this out for you all ASAP! This is a very rough first impressions review – I have only used this the one time yesterday so far – but my first impressions usually don’t change of a product. I’ll be sure to update you though if I do change my mind.
Firstly – the packaging is basic but sturdy. It somehow slipped out of my hands, bounced onto my desk, hit the side of my bin and landed on my carpet – and somehow we had zero breakages! That’s a win for me. There is a giant mirror that takes up the other side of the palette – and I LOVE it. It was all I needed to do my makeup for the day.
The Mecca website describes this palette as “The prettiest palette you ever did see – fit for a Beauty Queen! 15 shimmering pigments for eye and face for a spotlight-savvy glow.”
I swatched one shade whilst opening the package for the first time and was instantly impressed – I very lightly touched my finger (didn’t want to ruin the pretty marbled pattern!) and got a really decent amount of colour palette.
This is each of the shades swatched in L-R and row order – as you can see if you compare to the photo up further in the post the shades don’t always swatch as they appear in the pan – and I love that! Each of the shades is shimmery and unique.
I am a shimmer eyeshadow lover – my easy go-to look is a warm brown as a crease/transition shade with a shimmer on the lid – and another in the inner corner if I’ve got enough time. So to try this out I used a brown from another palette that I’m using and one of the pink shades on the lid. Two layers was enough to build a pretty pigmented layer – but to add a little foiled effect I did another layer with some setting spray on my brush.
I also used the pinky-coral shade as a blush and one of the lighter shades as a highlight. The blush shade I loved – it was really easy to build and blend on the skin. You guys know by now that I love blush shades that are lighter in pigment so that I can build them up, so this was made for me! The highlighter shade pulled a bit of a golden-yellow tone on my skin under the light, which is a bit of a stretch out of my usual comfort zone I’ll admit. It was so beautifully easy to build, didn’t appear chunky or glittery on the skin and didn’t appear to emphasise any texture underneath. Unless you were staring at it in the right angle you couldn’t really tell quite how yellow it looked – if I stared in the mirror and just tilted my cheekbone I saw the glow of the highlight but not the undertone, which is how I prefer it. (And yes, I definitely was doing it the entire time I typed this sentence!)
I applied my makeup around 10am and gave this a 10-hour wear test – I tend to wear makeup for no less than 8 hours when I am wearing it so this was ‘fair’ to me. I also used my regular products underneath.
The eyeshadow I found faded ever so slightly throughout the day – this could be attributed to me likely absentmindedly rubbing my eyes but it’s worth a mention. The funny thing I noticed is that the pigment didn’t seem quite as intense through my glasses lens but it was noticeably better without them on! (And that was with someone else confirming it, not my bad vision!)
The highlight and blush shade I used had a similar result – they faded ever so slightly but were still definitely there and noticeable. All products tend to fade somewhat throughout the day and this wasn’t any ‘worse’ than most of my other products. The golden undertone of the highlight shade I used definitely still stayed!
One thing I’ll definitely say for the formula – it is GOOD. It’s slightly lighter on the pigment side than some palettes I’ve tried – which works for it because you don’t want to go too crazy with pigment in cheek products. It is very finely milled for a shimmer palette – the shimmer appears almost as a sheen and doesn’t have any obvious chunks or flakes of glitter which would make it work so easily for many different skin types/tones.
Overall, my first impression of this palette is really positive – in case you can’t tell! It is a really beautiful and unique palette with some really versatile shimmer shades – and the beautiful marble ‘baked’ appearance to the shades is equally as impressive! I cannot wait to keep playing around with this palette in weeks to come.
If you’re interested in testing out this palette, it retails for $38 and is exclusive to Mecca Maxima stores and online – it also currently has free shipping so if you’re not near a store this is a fantastic steal!