REVIEW: BYS Diamond Shadow Palette / Miami Beats
...proudly presenting my first *real* make-up review. I have done very very few so far and tried to learn from other bloggers since I am very bad at taking pictures from my make-up. Would also be better if I had a lens for close-ups actually but oh well... we can't have anything.
As you maybe already know from this post I was really excited to lay my hands on the Diamond Shadow Palette from BYS since I reviewed their Animal Instincts Series. BYS eyeshadows are highly pigmented for a brand that is somewhere between drugstore and more high-class products.
What I got is the palette in the second row, called "Miami Beats". I think I'll also get the other palette before going home since I LOVE LOVE LOVE this palette so much! I swatched both palettes with my roommate on our shopping trip in Shinjuku and the colors were really similar to each other. But, if I should run out of one palette I still have the other, so I wouldn't mind :'D Main reason for getting the Miami Beats palette was that I dislike the orange in the other palette and no color in the Miami Beats palette. It's as simple as this. I expected this palette to be very pigmented since I found really vibrant make-up inspirations in April issue of Ageha. And I shouldn't be disappointed! All colors swatched in the same order like they appear in the palette:
Note: I edited all pictures in a way so that the colors look as close as possible as they did in real life!
No Flash, no primer underneath, only one wipe with my finger. THESE COLORS ARE FUCKIN' VIBRANT!! I expected this, however, I was extremely happy to see how vibrant these kind of colors are. I'm a sucker for colors, so yeah. I was super happy! Colors are: Vanilla yellow with a hint gold in it, a pink with a cool undertone, a dark plum, fuchsia which is a bit more red than pink, a medium mint green, a light turquoise, dark sea blue and purple. My favorites are the vanilla yellow, the mint green and the light turquoise, they look super awesome in real. :3 I usually don't like blue eyeshadows since I find blue eyes + blue eyeshadow super boring. I'd rather combine the blues with some other colors I guess :)
As for the name *Diamond Shadow*, these shadows are suppose to sparkle and, as you can see, they really do. Though they don't sparkle as much in real life as they do in the pictures which I like, so I can wear them also for university or work. If you like shimmer / metallics these colors are for you! I know there are a lot matte fans out there, please stay a mile away from that palette ;D I usually fall more for the sparkle than matte ones.
- Texture: Perfect balance between creamy and powdry. Gives off a lot of color without minimun fallout, I love the texture a lot. Due to it's creaminess, it is kind of hard to blend, because the colors tend to become one big color cluster. I recommend to use one or two shades as a base and use other palettes to do shadows since the risk of "overblending" is quite high. (First time I tried I had a beautiful medium turquoise shade but no real shadows on my lid)
- Colors: The colors are super vibrant, you get what you see on the display. I like the range of colors which can be combined in numerous ways if you like colorful make-up!
Only one sort of
negative *awkward* point for that palette: The shadows are perfumed. It's the first time I have eyeshadows with perfume in it? Like, real perfume, not a bit. They really do smell like a bodylotion or perfume, that disturbs me really a bit. Why did they do that? I have to say I never use perfume, I only use peach or vanilla bodylotions to add a bit of scent to my body. I dislike heavy and/or artificial scents :/ It was really disturbing when I first opened the palette! Would be interesting if every palette had a different type of scent..? (I doubt that though.) The perfume has no affection on the make-up and I only smell it when I apply the shadows but that kinda highly disturbed me for no particular reason.
I collected some pictures from the last days to show off the vibrance of these lovelies! ♥
Colors used: Mint green, light turquoise, sea blue from the Diamond Shadow palette and the darker colors from the Animal Instincts Palette in Silver.
I did this for a Italian party to support the mint dress I was wearing :3
Colors used: Pink, plum and fuchsia shade from the Diamond Shadow palette; also some copper from my favorite Maybelline eyeshadow <: Somehow it looks way more red than pink/fuchsia in my pictures :/
Colors used: Vanilla Yellow on the top and Mint Green from the BYS Diamond palette on the bottom plus a golden shade from one of my random Manhattan palettes.
..looking at these pictures I realize that I didn't wear false lashes for a long time! Def. need to change that but I remember being super tired in the morning with no energy for anything. Plus it's getting really hot in Japan so that I don't use as much make-up as I use to do the rest of the year. I'm kinda sad that I didn't catch the pink + purple colors but they just didn't suit my outfits the last two weeks :/ Think I'll def. post some looks using them soon!
To keep it short: I LOVE THIS PALETTE! And I would recommend it to everyone who likes bright make-up and shimmer eyeshadows, it's the perfect steal! It's not even that pricey (17$) considering that you get eight really different shades. Oh and I found out what the company's name BYS is supposed to mean when I read some random Japanese magazine: Be YourSelf. I like that idea. (:
I hope you liked that review, if you have any questions or doubts please feel free to contact me!
I also bought new circle lenses, The Geo Princess Mimi Sesame Grey (finally!!) and the Geo Berry Holic Aqua! I will do a review for both of these although there are thousands of reviews for the Princess Mimi Series, but I think none from people with light eyes as mine so maybe it will be helpful for a hand of people with similar eye color! Speaking of, Koreabigeyes.com has a campaign in June that lets you buy all Geo lenses for 10,99$ which is a great steal! (Main reason I bought the lenses now, lol. I'm a poor student, remember?) If you like Geo lenses and want to restock this is the right time I guess! So be prepared for that, as soon as the babies'll arrive here <: