Like the Hedy’s Ma.nish.ma Tahoe palette, their Santa Fe palette is highly pigmented, blendable and velvety in texture. Since Tahoe was so strikingly reminiscent of the coolest colors in Urban Decay’s Naked 2, I had thought this one might be similar to Naked. And it is, but none of the colors jump out at me as being near-dupes or exactly similar tones. That’s okay, because this is a gorgeous palette in its own right.
As with the other palette, this one is just fantastic, especially for a $3.99 drugstore palette. I probably would have passed these up, except that the packaging is a little more chic looking than I expect from that price range, and that made me take a second look:
Not that packaging matters to me anywhere near as much as performance, but this looked like some thought had been put into it, which made me wonder if thought had been put into the product. And it had.
Wear time is, again, terrific. The formula is, quite simply, comparable to high end brands. (Please read the previous palette review for more information.)
Because I use my fingers or spongetip applicators to do swatches, two of these have a bit of the neighboring color on them. I don’t have any trouble getting out each individual color with my medium shader and pencil brush – in fact, I think even a larger brush would work fine, because you only need to get the tip into the powder.
Going left from right:
Color 1 is a shimmering sunny gold. It’s understated enough to use as a highlighter or a lid color. Color 2 is a shimmery browned orange – not quite coppery, not quite bronze. Color 3 is a shimmery bronze, and it’s a little cooler than the others. The combination is pretty fantastic:
That’s Color 1 on the lid, 2 in the crease, 3 in the outer V, and a tiny bit of Urban Decay’s Virgin for highlight in the inner corner. You could definitely use Color 1 as a highlighter, but since I was using it on the lid, I felt the need for some contrast.
I just can’t believe these are $3.99. There are two additional palettes I didn’t get, and now I’m thinking about going back for them.