Remember when every YouTuber proclaimed that color correcting was the new thing that you absolutely needed to do? It was pretty convenient that most companies were already planning on coming out with a color correcting palette in the months following their claims. 🤑
The good news? If you were curious or already into color correcting, you now had so. many. options. Previously, if you wanted a mixed palette you either had the option of a dried up creme palette in-stores or you had to venture online and risk that those colors might not work for you. Now, there are some better options for both pale and darker skin tones and a variety of finishes. Want to give it a try? If you have a pretty even skin tone you won’t find it that helpful but for people with more ‘colorful’ skin it’s a great choice. Instead of layers upon layers of foundation, you can color correct alone or follow up with a sheer foundation for a less ‘cakey’ look.
I’d say I color correct about 50% of the time; usually with a salmon concealer, green primer, or all over with my Graftobian color corrector creme palette. My skin is pretty translucent so on some days I can have discolorations of red, purple, blue, and yellow on my face! In the recent influx of color correctors, I was especially curious about Pony Effects Color Correcting Master Palette. Each color has a dewy finish and can be mixed with a moist balm for an extra hydrated look.
This palette is very similar to all other Pony palettes. It’s a gold metal case, this time with an ivory top, that magnetically closes. If your hands have leftover moisturizer on, you’ll have trouble getting these palettes open so make sure you have dry hands. There is a full glass mirror inside and the lid stays open easily and most angles. When you first receive it, there will be a clear cover with all the color names and a peel-off cover on the mirror.
The ingredients are very heavy on moisturizers and emollients, giving a very hydrated and smooth formula. The ingredients vary by color, the CosDNA listing is for the peach shade. For acne issues: Squalane(1) and Cocos Nucifera Oil(4) are marked (technically, Red 30(3) however it may only be a pigment for the peach shade). For safety: Phenoxyethanol(4), Red 30(5). Cocos Nucifera Oil is another name for coconut oil, a common pore-clogging comedogenic, so definitely avoid if you have issues.
Ingredients : (varies by color, for peach) Squalane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Diisostearyl Malate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyethylene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Diglyceryl Sebacate/Isopalmitate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Paraffin, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Alumina, Sorbitan Isostearate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Cera Microcristallina, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 30 (CI 73360)
Note: At the time of purchase, most retailers had 2 free mini pebble blenders with purchase. By the time of publishing this post quite of few of them removed this bonus.
The palette came with 2 mini pebble blenders. Similar to a beauty blender, these increase in size when you hydrate them (shown above). The shape has a rounded end (for blending) and a pointed end (for precision). Overall I like these and they are a nice bonus with the palette. The pointed/straight edged side is nice for contouring my nose or cutting in a cheek contour. The sponges blend the color correcting colors nicely, but I prefer using my fingers for blending and instead use these sponges for my foundation.
You also receive a little guide on how to use it inside. The color names are in Korean and English but the details are all in Korean. It is mostly a visual guide and easy to understand. The colors are:
Peach: neutralizes brown-toned under eye circles on light to medium skin tones
Papaya: neutralizes dark green and blue-toned under eye circles on dark to deep skin tones
Pistachio: neutralizes redness
Salmon: nixes blue-toned under eye circles on medium to dark skin tones
Moist Balm/White: blends moisture into colors to brighten the skin tone
Lavender: brightens sallow, dull skin
The texture of these are very balm-like, almost like a thickened vaseline, because of this texture, the colors blend easily into the skin. With the exception of Papaya, the colors are all on the pastel side but they don’t appear to have any white pigments added to them. The moist balm is very soft and creamy which makes for a nice optional highlighter or mixer, however, because it is so balmy I could see this getting used up much quicker than the rest of the colors.
It’s hard to fully review this, as the colors may or may not work for your skin tone. I’d say these colors will work best for people with light-medium skin tones with yellow undertones. Papaya is a great color for under eye circles on deeper skin tones, but it’s hard to say without testing if the other colors are suitable for darker skin. Compared to my usual Graftobian color corrector, I prefer the colors in Pony Effect’s Color correcting master palette. Papaya is the only color I have an issue with, as it’s way too bright and dark for my skin tone. I wish that they had created 2 palettes: one for lighter skin, replacing Papaya with a yellow corrector and one for darker skin, replacing all colors except Papaya with deeper, more saturated versions.
Overall it’s a pretty decent palette. The hydrated finish makes it unique among its peers!
48g for $50USD
Available at Memebox
Check out how to use it in my tutorial: