Without going too in-depth right from the get-go, let’s get the elephant out of the room. The shadows look like nipples. They are nipples disguised as donuts…and if you didn’t see if before, you will be forever haunted by it. Areola of all shades.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s bring our minds back to makeup. I’ve had my eyes on this palette for awhile. It was sold out of my local Ulta (I can see why) so I had to order it online. When I first took it out of the package, my first thought was that it looked more like a blush/bronzer palette than an eyeshadow palette. Don’t get me wrong, I still think this is a multi-functional palette, but for eyeshadow choices I was skeptical.

Models Own Cheat Day Eyeshadow Palette Review

The packaging leaves me wanting more. It’s a “dime-a-dozen” white plastic palette with a clear lid. No mirror, no shade names. What you see is what you get. Model’s Own is always consistent in that aspect. It’s no thrill, but for $14.99 I can’t expecting Charlotte Tilbury. They did include a dual ended brush, so there’s that.

Each single pan consist of 2 shades. There are 16 shades total. 6 matte shades and 10 metallic shades. The color story is bronzy-neutral with pops of coral. Very summer appropriate and right on trend with today’s popular shades. As I sit here typing and analyzing it under the light of my office, the shades are dazzling. Quite spectacular. This is sentiment I didn’t feel at first glance.

Pigmentation with the shades are very mixed. Most of the matte shades, apart from the bright coral, are very sheer when swatched with a brush. They blend out perfectly even, but the high color payoff just isn’t there. Of course, not everyone wants profound pigmentation every time. I get that.

Models Own Cheat Day Eyeshadow Palette Review

The metallic shades are also a toss-up. At least 4 of them (maybe a few more) knock my socks off, especially when wet. However, the majority are a bit powdery and leave a ton of fall-out. I was left feeling underwhelmed and a bit disappointed. As said before, when I wet them the high-shine was impressive. Check out the swatches above.

Lastly, while I find the layout interesting and somewhat humorous, when you get down to the nitty-gritty, the shades are just…in the way of each other. It’s a struggle to get a decent shadow brush into one shade without bumping into the other. I found it annoying and cumbersome to work around each shade to get a look. Even when I use my fingers the problem still exists. The clever layout did this palette a disservice.

As for the Models Own Cheat Day Eyeshadow Palette, I would say buy it and try it. You may  find great value in the bright, metallic shades and the versatility. Many of these can and will work great for blush, highlight, and bronzer. It’s not a bad palette overall, it just takes a little creativity and perseverance to make it work.

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