Monday, November 28, 2011

Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette


Talk about late--I've had this palette for nearly a year, and I'm now finally reviewing it. I don't love it as much as the Sweet Heart one, but it's a great palette nonetheless. After all this time of trying out a lot different brands, Sugarpill remains as one of my constant favorites. I reach for these colors whether it's for an everyday smokey eye, feeling creative, or for when I'm traveling. The Burning Heart quad has four rainbow-friendly colors that are wonderfully vibrant in their (mostly) matte application.

back of the packaging and ingredient list
front (left) and back (right) of the palette

As for the packaging, it's just like the Sweet Heart palette: a magnetic quad with a large mirror under the cover with cardboard and paper housing. It has a nice weight to it that some people might not like, whereas I prefer it for that sturdy feel. Contrary to how it may appear, the packaging is not cheap. My palette has held up very well for almost a year of traveling to and from Chicago along with other Maryland locations. Plus, the magnetic closure keeps fallout within the palette and I don't worry about dusting up other things it's packed with.

dry swatches (from left to right): Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love+, Poison Plum


  • Flamepoint - very pigmented matte orange
  • Buttercupcake - very pigmented matte yellow; a little chalky, somewhat streaky application
  • Love+ - matte red with a really subtle iridescence (that is not obvious normally, you'd have to really examine the pan and it does not transfer in application); strong pink undertone
  • Poison Plum - seemingly matte purple but has very tiny iridescent glitter throughout it (like Love+); the least pigmented of the four colors as I needed to layer for a good, comparable swatch

I get some minor fallout with the colors other than Poison Plum which applies somewhat sheer to begin with. I do want to note that, months ago on Sugarpill's facebook page, some people complained about their Poison Plums not being very pigmented (which Amy then replaced several of), so perhaps I just got a dud too. Also, I've seen more pigmented swatches of Poison Plum that leads me to believe that as well. Love+ is my favorite color from this palette, it's such a delicious red apple color and very versatile. I didn't own any red lipsticks for a long time and simply used it for matte red lips over lip balm when I wanted to. Different uses of the Sugarpill colors applies to most, if not all of them--eyeshadow, lip color, blush, highlight, contour. Blending them together is effortless, so making new colors or toning them down is very simple to achieve and fun to do. My favorite combination is using Dollipop and Afterparty to make a pretty pearl purple.

dry swatches (from left to right): Bulletproof (black), Dollipop, Afterparty, Flamepoint, Buttercupcake (top row)
Midori, Tako, Love+, Poison Plum (bottom row)
wet swatches (from left to right): Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love+, Poison Plum, Dollipop, Afterparty, Midori, Tako

All of the wet swatches you see in this post were done back in April and some of the other photos date way back to February! Just looking at these photos, I'm a bit embarrassed of them as I feel like I've improved my swatching and photography a lot since I started this blog--so this post sort of marks a personal achievement for me. ९(ेᗢ॔)७

Anyway, here are more wet swatches of all the current Sugarpill pressed eyeshadows with the exception of Bulletproof.

wet swatches (from left to right): Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love+, Poison Plum, Dollipop, Afterparty, Midori
wet swatches (from left to right): Love+, Poison Plum, Dollipop, Afterparty, Midori, Tako
stainage upon removal

I swatched the two Sugarpill quads with MAC Fix+ Lavender as I wanted to show how lovely and even more vibrant the colors become when used wet. Now in terms of staining, Love+ and Buttercupcake stain the least, whereas Poison Plum, Afterparty, and Dollipop stain the most. Tako is the only color that didn't stain. Then, after as much removal as possible, almost all of the stains were gone albeit faintly residual Poison Plum, Dollipop, and Afterparty remained.


Up until midnight (PST) tonight, you can get all in-stock items at Sugarpill for 20% off with code PINKWEEKEND. It looks like the Burning Heart palette is out of stock there, so if you're really itching to find it for yourself, you can either buy the colors individually, or get it from Shana Logic and support indie artists at the same time! The shop's also having a discount of 15% off your order of 35$ or more with code HAPPY that ends tomorrow at midnight (EST). I love both companies very much (and both have excellent customer service), so you can't go wrong either way.

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