If you come from a land that does not sell crazily pigmented makeup products,
or where bold, vibrant eyeshadow colors are just not seen casually on the streets,
or where people stop to stare in bewilderment at a person who dons striking eyeshadow colors,
yet secretly wish that you can wear such makeup,
then let me hold your hand and tell you that you are not alone.
I come from such a land.
I must be the 23, 675th person to vouch for the integrity and intensity of Sugarpill products. Overwhelming love from all over the world notwithstanding, my desire to declare my love for these amazing products must not be denied.
The package arrived just after a week. From US to Singapore! That’s got to be the fastest overseas shipment I have ever received. But before that, I waited for an agonizing 3 to 4 months to make my order.
You see, to obtain free delivery to ‘anywhere in the world’, total purchase must be above U$75. I’d long set my eyes on the Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette, Sweetheart Palette, and Absinthe Loose Powder (I have a thing for green eyeshadows, but they always somehow have mishaps befall them), making the total purchase to be U$80. However, the Sweetheart Palette was out of stock, and it stayed out of stock for many, many months!
One month passed, then another, and another, I could wait, but was afraid that by the time my Sweetheart arrived, Burning Heart would be gone. Then I won’t be able to hit the minimum amount, and I’d have to wait all over again! GAH!!!
Then finally! Sweetheart came back in stock! Many girls out there must have felt the same joy as I did, I bet.
I squealed in delight when I came home one night to see a white cardboard box, slightly larger than a Pizza Hut personal pan-sized pizza box, with the Sugarpill kitty logo, on my table.
For the next few days, I did nothing but look at the box and smile. Haha! Then a few days later, I mustered up courage to open the box and look at the items. But I left the box open, with the hot pink paper spilling out, and left it as that. I’d run my fingers over the box whenever I walked by though, and smile idiotically too.
I guess I was afraid that I’d be disappointed with the purchase. I’d been praying for it to come back in stock for so many months and knowing everybody who’s tried Sugarpill loves its line, I must love it too right?
But what if I didn’t?
A couple more days passed, and I finally put my finger into the pans and BAM!!!
I had such fun playing with the colors! (Why did I even bother to worry?!)
One thing I need to mention but am reluctant to show, is the handwritten note from Amy, the founder of Sugarpill. I’d be thrilled to receive a ‘Thanks, Juli!’, but no, in place of my first name was my last name. My family name. It’s like thanking my dad. That felt weird. So no picture.
Rock Chic Packaging
The Burning Heart Palette and Sweetheart Palette come in thick, sturdy, square cardboard packaging, with a strong magnetic hold that clamps the lid shut. It works much like the customizable makeup palette, Z-Palette. The ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadow in Absinthe comes in a plastic container.
I adore the picture on the lid, it is kinda Anna Sui-ish, but with a slightly different flavor. I must attempt that look soon! Can I also add that I am elated the poster girl looks Asian? =D
Everything looks tastefully designed – the white delivery box, pink paper, product box, palette lid, loose shadow lid, sticker, sample (I got Junebug). It’s like they planned for a great experience the moment you receive the package.
You get 4 huge pans of eyeshadow in each of the 2 palettes available for sale. They’re so huge I think they can last me a lifetime! They’re bigger than the MAC ones, and same in size as MUFE ones.
I don’t really care for the mirror that comes with each palette because I do my makeup in front of an A4-sized mirror and don’t do touch-ups for eye makeup during the day. But it’s good to have a mirror included; it makes the product look complete.
Playing with the 2 eyeshadow palettes these few days, I found it rather troublesome to have to open them each time I need it. And the fact that the the lid is not see-through makes Lazy Me find it a hassle to turn to the back of the box to see which palette is it. I must be spoilt rotten by the Z-palette.
That’s why I appreciate the magnetic base the pans come in, so I can relocate them to the Z-palette them effortlessly when needed.
Yay to magnets!
Bold, Vibrant Colors
Not for the faint hearted or people who love only brown and neutral looks. Unless your corporate culture is fun and bold, I dare not think of walking into a formal presentation with such glaringly bright colors.
But for bright-color lovers, like myself, these palettes serve to satisfy the rainbow aficionado in us.
Burning Heart Palette
This palette is definitely a limelight stealer with its 4 gorgeous and vibrant eyeshadow colors. There are SO MANY tropical sunset looks created with these, and they’re all about the same, only on different eye shapes and placements. I should do one too. Heh.
Flamepoint: Rich, matte orange shade with great color payoff. Tends to stain.
Buttercupcake: Bright, matte yellow.
Love+: Vibrant, scarlet red with slight shimmer. Tends to stain.
Poison Plum: Deep, shimmery purple. Tends to stain.
I have to admit that I got the Sweetheart Palette only to make the total purchase reach the minimum amount for free international shipping. But it’s actually a great complementary product to the Burning Heart Palette. The Sweetheart Palette, I guess, is the shyer twin, but equally gorgeous, nonetheless.
Dollipop – Bright, matte fuchsia. Can be used as a blush too! Tends to stain.
Afterparty – Frosty blue. Finally, a blue that is blue, and not lean towards teal.
Midori - Frosty grass green.
Tako - Matte white.
Absinthe Loose Eyeshadow
Unique green color.
I like that I don’t have to apply it wet for the color to appear. It must be because the Sugarpill loose eyeshadows contain ‘adhesive elements for long-lasting wear’.
Even without an eyeshadow primer the eyeshadow colors appear opaque. Use a primer and NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, and the colors are simply electrifying. Pigmentation is so good that some of the colors tend to stain.
Most of the eyeshadows from the Urban Decay Naked Palette are chalky and have fallout, even though I do love many of its colors. Unlike the Naked Palette, there is little fallout from the Sugarpill eyeshadows.
I have not experienced any creasing from long wear of the eyeshadows, but that’s because I always use an eyeshadow primer, like the Urban Decay Primer Potion.
(Swatched without any base)
Right: Applied wet; Left: Applied dry
These Sugarpill eyeshadows were definitely worth the wait. I’d to resist the urge to get MAC Chrome Yellow, MAC Gesso, MAC Orange, MUFE #92, and other colors that are close to the ones from Sugarpill, but I’m glad I held off. Because as many have reviewed, there is just no comparison. Quality and price-wise!
The price is scary up-front, but for U$34, you get 4 individual pressed eyeshadows, which amounts to U$8.50 each. Each costs U$12 if bought individually. Don’t forget that there’s much more product in each pan too!
It’s definitely a plus point that you get free international shipping if you purchase more than U$75 too!
When I just started playing with makeup, I’d never have imagined that I’d take to bold and vibrant colors so much. Red? Orange? Yellow? Green? Seriously?!?
Also, living in a culture where many ladies don’t even bother to apply the slightest tinge of makeup, it’s hard to feel like you blend in at all. But I’ve come to terms with my love for eyeshadow colors that make my eyes come alive and are striking enough to make people stop and stare, and have complete strangers coming up to me and tell me my eye makeup rocks.
Ever since I started creating looks with the Sugarpill eyeshadows, I’ve had compliments on how different my eye makeup looks look from most people, how striking the colors are, and how, even though they can see many colors used, look very put together.
How can anyone not love Sugarpill? =D
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In my next post, I have 3 makeup looks created with these high quality Sugarpill cosmetics products!
What do you say about Sugarpill products? Have you tried any? Do you know of any dupes for Sugarpill eyeshadows?