Over the last week I’ve been enjoying another one of BeautyBay’s limited release palettes. This time around it’s the Wilderness color story! I picked this one up at the end of 2021, so it’s (sadly) no longer available at the time of this post…however a great alternative is the new Earthly Palette. The Wilderness palette cost me $18 USD, which is what you can expect from all of their limited releases. So, lets dive into the review!
As always with BeautyBay’s palettes, they are a slim design containing 20 shades with a large mirror; great for seeing your face in full when a hand mirror isn’t…handy. I always enjoy the packaging designs as they are lovely and give you an idea of the ‘theme’ of the color story. Each palette is wrapped in bubble wrap and tucked inside the unit carton. The carton’s are made extra wide to accommodate the padding.
Now, for the fun part! This palette features both metallic shimmers and creamy matte shades for a good mix and color range. As you can imagine, it has earth toned shades of greens, blues and brown. I think this color palette works well for a variety of skin tones. You can create neutral everyday looks AND bold daring ones too. I like versatility. This comes in handy when you are traveling and have to choose only one palette to bring along.
Here’s a break down of all the shades:
- Snow – matte ivory cream color; no shimmer.
- Sky – bright matte sky blue
- Ray – duo chrome yellow gold shimmer with green shift
- Twilight – deep matte royal blue
- Ocean – duo chrome periwinkle with green shimmers
- Forest – matte forest green shade
- Breeze – duo chrome minty green with golden shift
- Mint – light matte mint green shade
- Moss – shimmery emerald green metallic shade
- Ivy – very dark greenish-black shade
- Lime – shimmery lime green metallic shade
- Leaf – matte light olive green; no shimmer
- Eucalyptus – matte dark olive green shade
- Marigold – matte mustard yellow shade
- Fossil – champagne rose gold metallic
- Poppy – bright red orange matte shade
- Raw – matte rustic brown shade
- Heat – metallic red
- Earth – matte camel brown shade
- Sunrise – matte burnt orange shade
Colors Used: Eucalyptus, Leaf, Snow, Mint and Breeze
Colors Used: Snow, Raw, Twilight, and Fossil
Colors Used: Snow, Sky, Twilight, Ocean, and Ray
Overall I really enjoyed this palette! Blending was a dream with the smooth matte shades and pigmentation was never an issue with these shimmery metallics. However, the palette does lose one point for transition shades and usage of neutral tones. There are only two brown (or close to brown shades) and I think it really could have benefitted from a deep/dark chocolate brown (wether it be matte or shimmer). The shade Poppy and Raw look very similar on the eyes with my skin tone and it could have been avoided. Nevertheless I enjoyed using this palette and will continue to do so, with other palette shades close-by.