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The Estee Edit // Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye and Face Palettes

The Estee Edit // Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye and Face Palettes

Who can pass up a two'fer? When I had seen a few pics of these palettes floating around social media, I assumed they were sold separately. While browsing at Sephora the other day, I went to pick up one, and low and behold, they were packaged together. After my confusion subsided, I realized (duh) that it was a set. It's limited edition, and sold exclusively at Sephora for $58.

Both palettes are packaged in cardboard with a fun glitter-effect finish - the eyeshadows in black, the face palette in silver. The mirror inside is a nice size and the compact fits in one hand nicely. The names of the shadows are printed on the overlay and on the back, which is nice.

Eyeshadows from L to R, top to bottom: Swerve, Riff, Burn, Wavy, Mood, Trip Highlighters from L to R, top to bottom: Snowlit, 14K Glow, 1st Light, Gleam, Ray, Beachy

Eyeshadows from L to R, top to bottom: Swerve, Riff, Burn, Wavy, Mood, Trip

Highlighters from L to R, top to bottom: Snowlit, 14K Glow, 1st Light, Gleam, Ray, Beachy

The first thing I noticed was how large the pans were. Each shadow is .84g with a total of 24g. The eyeshadow palette reminds me a lot of the VB x EL palette, but brighter and more shimmery. It's like the cool, younger sister of the VB x EL palette.

After swatching these with brushes and the eyeshadows onto primer, the quality is not quite like the VB x EL palette. You can see in the picture below that there is considerable fallout with the darker shades, and they applied a little patchy. After considerable blending, it eventually became more even, but it took quite a bit of work. The colors themselves are stunning though. The Trip shade is so much more dramatic swatched than in the pan, a pleasant surprise.

From L to R: Swerve, Riff, Burn, Wavy, Mood, Trip

From L to R: Swerve, Riff, Burn, Wavy, Mood, Trip

As for the Face Palette, I love the finish of these highlighters. The packaging also mentions using these for eyes too which would be very beautiful. 

From L to R: Snowlit, 14K Glow, 1st Light, Gleam, Ray, Beachy

From L to R: Snowlit, 14K Glow, 1st Light, Gleam, Ray, Beachy

These are no subtle highlights. They have a foil-like finish which is a lot of fun. The darker shades are very warm in tone, so I can only imagine using those as a blush topper, or on the eyes. And the shades Snowlit and 1st Light are almost identical despite looking quite different in the pan.

All in all, I don't feel like this is the best palette since sliced bread. Despite that, I really adore it! I like the packaging, the 2-in-1 set, the fun holiday party vibe, and the eyeshadow shades. I think this would make the most amazing and impressive gift for any makeup lover. 

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