I was recently on an olive green eyeshadow kick. I sated my desire for the rich golden-green hues of a good olive shadow by picking up a few items. The BECCA Ultimate Eye Colour Quad in Eclipsed is one of those items that helped quell the desire for olive green.
Before I talk about the quad itself. Allow me to explain one thing. I have yet to find an olive green shadow that speaks to me as much as any taupe shadow does, but if taupe was not a color visible in our spectrum, the world would be an awful place, but it wouldn't be all that unpleasant because olive green would replace my love of taupe. But here is the problem. I go through phases with LOVE IT or HATE IT with olive green. I wish I was more consistent. So while I'm now in a HATE IT phase while I write this review, keep in mind that I was in a LOVE IT when I purchased this palette and wore it. Long story, short; I'm crazy AND fickle.
The BECCA Ultimate Eye Colour Quad in Eclipsed is a small eyeshadow palette, about the size of a MAC blush with Metallic Silver, Metallic Champagne, what BECCA claims is "Metallic Khaki" But I call it a matte tan, and Metallic Moss. I was happy to have the metallic finishes of the BECCA eyeshadows as I find them to be the softest and easiest to blend. I'm just not a fan of matte eyeshadow. So sue me. (No. don't sue me. I owe a lot of money to the tax man this year)
Anyhoo...when my palette arrived I was greeted by the ubiquitous matte brown packaging that all BECCA cosmetics come in. Once I removed my palette I was greeted by the endearing "flying saucer" packaging that most of the pan based cosmetics are housed. True they are a pain to stack, but they look so cute I can't resist the packaging!
But the real treat was when I opened the palette. A chorus of olive green angels began to harmonize and the dulcet tones wrapped around my body like a warm olive green quilt. I was also recovering from the flu at the time so I may have been hallucinating from the fever.
The shadows in the Eclipsed palette are medium hard. They are harder than the old skool BECCA shadows but not terrible. The color payoff from all shadows was excellent. As you can see in the swatch, the colors were all distinctive and worked well in multiple combinations.
Speaking of combinations. What is it about eyeshadow palettes with four or five colors that make us want to use every color on our eyes at the SAME TIME. Dude! Step away from the eyeshadow. There is NO NEED to use every color presented to you in the palette. Try two or three or one. But all four? Not necessary. Do-able, but not necessary.
BECCA claims you can go from day to night with this palette, and they are right. You can crate a lovely and serene daytime look with the lighter shades or a light shade with a darker crease and then go all smoky eye with the darker shades. It's pretty versatile.
As far as quality goes, the shadows last a decent amount of time on the eye (with a primer) without fading or creasing. There was little to no powder fall out when applying the shadows and they all blended nicely, even the mate shadow.
Here are a few eye looks I created with this palette. Please excuse the small size of the photos. my camera settings had been changed my a mischievous 6 year old boy that thought he was "helping" by playing with my camera.
|Metallic Grey with Metallic Champagne
Do you NEED this? I will have to say YES!. At $40 for a 0.28 oz palette it may seem expensive, but each shadow is 0.07 oz which is close to average. Also, the combination of shades is nice and it's a color combination I don't see too often. You can purchase the BECCA Ultimate Eye Colour Quad in Eclipsed and in 4 other color combinations at beccacosmetics.com, sephora.com, and zuneta.com