I did have my doubts about whether the shades in the Romantics palette would be too pale for me to pull off. I also wondered if the formula was the same - so many great brands have changed their eyeshadow formula for the worse.
And all those doubts have been laid to rest.
Scroll down for my review and swatches of the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics Eye Palette.
Packaging of the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics Eye PaletteLike Vol. 1, this features a velour case with magnetic closure, and a mirror inside. But I prefer the vibrant colour of the Romantics palette; the original was flesh-coloured. And, the inside lining is silver, while the original was gold.
Formula and pigmentation of the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics Eye PaletteLoved the original? Go buy Romantics. You will come back and thank me. This has the same, beautiful formula. Soft, buttery, smooth eyeshadows that are a delight to swatch and apply. The same colour payoff. I had trouble with Trust - a navy blue - alone, but I think that shade is supposed to be sheer anyway, like Soft Light in Vol. 1.
Some of the soft shadows did kick up a bit of powder but only while swatching - as was the case with Volume 1; I had no problems while applying to the eyes, and I got a full day's wear out of these without problems (I always wear primer).
As is the norm for IT Cosmetics palettes, these eyeshadows also contain a host of anti-ageing ingredients such as acai berry, green tea and Vitamins A, C and E. The shades can be used wet or dry.
Shades of the of the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics Eye PaletteMy first thought was that the shades were too pale and pastel. And, I am not a pastel person. MUA's Pretty Pastels palette is something I had to give away because olive skin + pastels = readymade clown.
Thankfully, I can find a use for every shade in this palette. These are soft brights and neutrals, and not proper pastels. There is dusty lilac, dusty coral and also pale taupe, dusty beige and so on. Definitely far deeper than MUA Pretty Pastels.
Peaceful, Hope and Sweetness - the first three shades in the top row - are highlighter shades for me.
My favourite shade is Enchanting, a dusty pinky-purple, followed by Desire, a pinky coral.
Tranquility - a lime-ish mint - is the only shade I need to work on. I can just about pull it off on my eyelids (I think), though it needs to be set off with smokier greens so it gives a pop right above the lashline. Watch out for a look once I get over my Fear of What People Might Think.
I agree, there are some similar shades at first glance, but on the whole, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are different. This is what Volume 1 looks like.
Swatches of IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics Eye PaletteOn bare skin, swatched dry; no primer, natural light on cloudy day.
From left, row 1: Peaceful, Hope, Sweetness, Enchanting, Devotion, Fate, Embrace
Row 2: Transforming Pearl, Adore, Tranquility, Desire, Romance, Trust, Poetic, Mystery
Comparison with IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Volume 1
EOTDs with IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Vol. 2 Romantics Eye PaletteI did an FOTD the other day using Enchanting, Devotion and Hope - you can see the full post here. This is the eye makeup alone. Indoors.
This is another look I did, with Poetic, Fate and Hope. In direct sunlight.
VerdictThe Romantics palette is one of my two favourite Fall 2015 palettes (The other palette is for another day). If you want to go beyond regular beige, brown and taupe neutrals, but vibrant brights and bolds are not your thing, this is the perfect in-between palette, with soft brights and neutrals.
Formula is top-notch and you have the option of transforming the shades into a pearly finish if mattes are not your thing, though Transforming Pearl lightens the shades a bit.
That said, I don't think this is a Fall palette per se. With the kind of shades, the packaging and the name "Romantics", wasn't this a better fit for Spring? Ah well.
At $42 for 15 shades, this palette is definitely worth a September/October treat for yourself. You can buy it from the IT Cosmetics website here.