[ Review ] Icon Pro Sahara Sunset Palette by Absolute New York

Happy Tuesday Sunshines! Hope you had a great start of the week and lovely weekend. I have been playing around with this palette a few weeks now, so it’s time for a review. I couldn’t really find much about the brand other than that they have a wide variety of products, all very affordable. So before I ramble on any further, let’s get into it.


Icon Pro Sahara Sunset Palette by Absolute New York

 

Size /  Price : 

35 Shades, 2 types of palettes  – US$29.99 on the Absolute New York Website /  GBP 14.95 on Amazon /  HK$195 on Absolute New York Website or Watsons

 

Claims:

-       Buttery matte eyeshadows
-       Silky satin eyeshadows
-       Bold metallic eyeshadows
-       Stunning shummer eyeshadows


SIZE and price

 
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For the number of shades you get in here, this palette is very affordable. Each shadow would cost less than a dollar and last 24 months before expiration date, so a great deal.

 

PACKAGING

The palette comes nicely wrapped in bubble wrap and a paper box. The palette itself is made out of a light plastic (weight 1.77 oz/50.44g), a transparent front with no mirror. Nothing fancy and packaged with the bare minimum, so you can tell you’re not paying for a fancy type of packaging.

 
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Colour and shadow finish variation

The palette promotes four different types of finishes – Mattes, shimmer, metallic and satin. Though I really feel like there isn’t much difference in real life between the shimmers and metallic. Even some of the satin shadows can be hard to distinguish as I feel that so many shadows are very similar in colour and texture.

Really only the lighter colours have a lot of shimmer particles in them, darker ones have more of a sheen and the orange/warm toned colours are more metallic.

I wish that this palette did have a bit more shade variation though. A lot of the shades are nearly identical but overall I like the neutral shades with a few pops of warm toned colours. 

 
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texture, pigmentation, blend ability, fall out

I’m very impressed with the colour payoff that you get from these shadows. The matte shades blend beautifully and some do feel really buttery. A couple of the darker matte shadows do feel a bit patchy when swatching. They don’t blend as well as a higher end eye shadows but a lot better than some of the drugstore options.

The lighter matte shades aren’t as pigmented but I do prefer this so I can build up slowly.  

The shimmer and metallic shades are very pigmented but the finish will last you only about 4 hours. You could use a high quality primer to give it those few extra hours, but don’t expect the finish to last you a whole working day. Though the colour will remain on your lids the whole day, in all finishes.  

Some of the eye shadows, especially the shimmers and metallic, do have some fall out, so for a dramatic smokey eye, I would recommend doing the eyeshadow first. But other than that, it is isn’t anything major and you could do your base first for any other type of look. 

 

 

 

 
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FORMULA

Paraben free, Phthlate free, sulfate free, fragrance free, cruelty free

Ingredients

Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Kaolin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Jojoba Esters, Tapioca Starch, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Coco-Caprylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Centipeda Cunninghamii (Cehami) Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate

 

SUITABLE FOR ...

Those wanting to explore with mainly neutral eye shadows and are on a budget. 

 

THE CONCLUDING PROS AND CONS

Cons

-      Packaging
-      Staying power of metallic and shimmer shadows finish
-      Some darker eye shadows are patchy
-      Many similar colours

Pros

-       Affordable  
-       Pigmented
-       Colour will last
-       Easy to blend (for drugstore quality)

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MY OVERALL THOUGHTS

I think this palette is absolutely worth it for its price. Do they beat higher end shadows? No, but this is a great drugstore eye shadow palette out there in terms of colour pay off and blend ability.

If you’re new to eyeshadows, want to play a bit more with colour and don’t want to break the bank with more expensive palettes than I do recommend this one. 

 

 Cheers, Sam