The Pixi Pretty Eye Perfection palette is a limited edition palette containing 12 colors in shades of brown to purple (and a dark blue). I ordered it on Hautelook a while back and unfortunately it got lost in my backlog. That’s too bad, because it’s a shockingly good palette, especially for what it costs. You can still get it occasionally on Hautelook, and also on Amazon for $10-12 with shipping.
By the way, the speckles of powder around the darker colors on the left – it was that way when I got it. I thought it might mean the pigments were really soft and powdery, but it actually turns out they’re very creamy on the whole – there is a tendency for the powder to separate a little because it’s on the soft side, but once you get it on your brush, it glides on like silk. And the color payoff in this set is almost frightening. What you see in the pan is precisely what you’ll get on your lid unless you choose to sheer it out. These shadows wear very well – I’ll get more specific when I go over each color.
The palette is divided into three sections with four shadows in each. The first trio (from the left) is dark, the middle is more medium, and the third is more light. The finishes are matte, metallic, and shimmer.
Swatches and color descriptions
- Color 1 is a very deep army green with golden-brown undertones and a slightly metallic finish. It’s creamy with excellent color payoff and great pigmentation. It blends easily, but doesn’t have that annoying tendency to sheer out easily that some darker shadows have.
- Color 2 is a deep warm brown metallic. It goes on like butter and also blends easily without sheering out. This one is particularly suited to use as a liner because it’s so creamy that it won’t fall out from being packed on.
- Color 3 is a rather unique navy blue with gold shimmer. In the swatch, the shimmer looks uneven, but it’s not – it just depends whether the light picks up the shimmer from a particular angle. That gives it almost a duochrome effect, where it can look different when you turn your head and the light changes. This one goes on creamy and wears very well without creasing or fading – which is a real feat for a blue, because the pigments are more difficult to work with and blue shades tend to be a little more prone to performance problems.
- Color 4 is a deep gold metallic. The texture is creamy, and the payoff is excellent. This is another rather unique color, because it’s significantly darker than a lot of gold eyeshadows (like Baked by Urban Decay, for example).
- Color 5 is a pale pearlescent beige with neutral, almost cool, undertones. It’s a tad more dry and powdery than some of the others, but still quite creamy with strong payoff and pigmentation.
- Color 6 is a deep cool brown metallic that’s about the same depth as Color 2. This one is buttery and blends without sheering out unexpectedly.
- Color 7 is a medium lavender with a satin finish. This one is is a little more dry and sheer compared to the rest, with color payoff that’s very good rather than excellent – so not bad at all! It can tend to sheer out a little more than expected during blending.
- Color 8 is a matte medium brown with reddish undertones. It’s warmer than Espresso by Mac, for example. This one goes on like butter and really holds its own during the blending process.
- Color 9 is a metallic medium brown with strong golden-orange undertones. It generally looks more brown on the skin, but if orange-toned shadows can make you look like you’re ill or have been crying, keep this on in the crease area (away from the eye) and it’ll work fine. This one is very creamy and goes on like a dream.
- Color 10 is a light pearlescent peach that’s super creamy with terrific color payoff. This one just glides on and wears very well.
- Color 11 is a medium periwinkle with gold shimmer. Unlike Color 3, however, the gold shimmer doesn’t apply evenly on this one. Also, without primer I have gotten some minor creasing with this one. With primer, it’s fine. Unfortunately, nothing I tried made the gold shimmer apply evenly. This color was the only disappointment in the palette.
- Color 12 is a medium champagne metallic. It’s very creamy and pigmented, going on easily and staying on all day.
This palette has an excellent formula that’s creamy, long wearing, highly pigmented and very blendable. There was only one disappointing shadow in the palette. The colors are all in the brown, purple, blue or green family, making it more or less an earth tone palette.