I have a suspicion that the matte everything trend is shifting to shimmer and glitter beyond your highlighter. This palette will help push you into the deep-end.
Pony Effect is dominating the artistic makeup scene in Korea. After the first ‘meh’ reviews on Pony’s lipstick line I just ignored it as another Youtube beauty line that was trying to market off of hype alone and not a quality product. That seems to have changed from the initial launch luckily; I’ve been curious to purchase my first Pony product. Since my makeup collection is almost all matte, I decided to go with something Korean eyeshadows do well, shimmer and glitter bombs. Pony X Memebox put out a palette that is nothing but glitter so when it went on sale for ~15USD at my local beauty store it was a no brainer. If you haven’t purchased Korean eyeshadows before, they are usually lightly pigmented, glittery, but smooth (very different from Western counterparts). This is because the average makeup style is a soft gradient wash all over the lid with a quick dark tight-line.
Pony X Memebox Shine Easy Glam 2 comes in a space adorned box (that I wish was on the palette itself) with the names in English and product info in Korean on the back. Apparently, that wasn’t the first ‘Easy Glam 2’ palette. It seems there was a previous version of this particular palette that was terrible (if you search you’ll see a similar looking palette with awful reviews) but that means the update had to clean up the previous’s reputation. Meme box describes this as:
Why you’ll love Shine Easy Glam 2.0:
1. 8 Highly Pigmented Multicolor Palette – Each shade features an upgraded formula that delivers bold colors in just one swatch.
2. Skin-fit System – The eyeshadows contain silicone powder oil which lets every shade easy to blend. It hugs the eyelids better in order to give a smooth, vivid finish.
3. High-Gloss Effect – Having pearl powder as one of its main ingredients, each eyeshadow has a pearl shine finish that looks gorgeous under any type of light.
4. Double Coating Powder – Its advanced double coating technology keeps the color and shimmers intact with minimal fallouts.
5. Jewelry Complex – The shimmer shades (Shine Rosegold, Shine Gold, Glam Cocoa, Glam Espresso) are improved with premium jewel extracts such as Ruby, Pearl and Amethyst which add to each shade’s ravishing finish.
6. Rosehip Oil – Each shade in the palette is enriched and fortified with natural rosehip oil which makes the eyeshadows go on buttery smooth.
Well, those are a lot of pretty sounding words. Jewel extracts? Silicon powder oil? Maybe I’m just a cynical person, but that is a bit much for marketing buzz. The palette is currently listed at $30 USD for 15 grams of product. Not bad! Compared to UD Naked palette at $54 for ~17 grams. The palette comes in sturdy & functional packaging. No extra designs or unusual shapes means they focused on the product and keeping the cost low. Looking at the ingredients list it does back up their jeweled claims with ruby powder, amethyst and so on; but does that actually make a better eyeshadow?
Ingredients: Glass, Talc, Mica (CI 77019), Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Nylon-12, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Diisostearyl Malate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Magnesium Myristate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ruby Powder, Amethyst Powder, Pearl Powder, Tourmaline, Magnesium Stearate, Polybutene, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone, Methicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Water, Butylene Glycol, Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)
Top row: Shine Dew, Shine Beige, Glam Bronze, Glam Mocha
Bottom row: Shine Peach, Shine Rose, Glam Violet, Clam Choco
The colors are warmer toned and either have a shine finish(shimmer) or glam finish(glitter). The textures are very soft and velvety. I actually didn’t experience much fallout for such a glittery product. Pigmentation varies. Shine dew, shine beige and shine peach are all pretty weak on pigmentation which is disappointing but is probably due to how Korean consumers would use them (as a highlight or light wash). The other colors have nice pigmentation and are buildable for more intensity. One of the things I was impressed with was how the shadows still had a nice glitter effect without strong lighting (ex. indoors). When in direct light or outdoors the glitter effect is gorgeous and lets me live my disco fantasy.
Left to Right: Shine Dew, Shine Beige, Glam Bronze, Glam Mocha, Shine Peach, Shine Rose, Glam Violet, Glam Choco
Above I swatched the shadows on Too Faced Shadow insurance with 2 finger swipes. As you can see, they apply quite nicely. If they replaced some of the lighter shades for other colors I would say you must get this palette! However, as is, if it suits your needs you won’t be dissappointed.
Available for purchase on Memebox