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Is it Worth the Hype? NABLA Cosmetics Poison Garden and Secret Palette Review

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NABLA a few months ago came to Ulta, meaning the brand’s products are more accessible now in the United States. I had heard good things about the brand but never tried their products since it required international shipping. Initially when the brand launched in Ulta, they sold out on both the Poison Garden and Secret palettes almost immediately. So, I didn’t manage to get these until it was restocked. That time I decided not to skip out as the palettes look gorgeous and something I can totally see myself vibing with on a regular basis.

Overview of Palettes

Both palettes contain 15 shadows with a combination of super matte, metallic (fluid metal as they call it), satin, crystal, and duo-chrome finishes. The Poison Garden palette has 0.48 oz or 13.5 g net weight, while the Secret Palette has 0.46 oz or 13.1 g net weight of product. Making each pan roughly under 0.9 g of product. Each palette comes in a sturdy cardboard packaging with a beautiful garden inspired, textured artwork on the cover. It has embossed flowers that just give it a more luxurious feel. Plus they contain a good size mirror on the inside. Both palettes are $39 at Ulta, which I think is pretty fair price for these palettes. Though having watched the Shane Dawson x Jeffree Star series on YouTube, I wonder how much it actually cost them to make this.

Secret Palette

There is a new formula in this palette called Diamond which are more like eyeshadow toppers as they transform a look but aren’t very pigmented. I had no issue blending out any of the shadows or with pigmentation. Plus there was little to no kick back or fall out with any of the shades, so that’s a major plus. Are the metallics and duo-chromes the best I’ve ever tried? No, but they are still gorgeous and I quite enjoy using the palette.

Shade Descriptions:

  • Aesthetic (hazel-taupe – satin)
  • Contigo (mid tone rosy-beige – super matte)
  • Big Experience (crimson red w/ duo-chrome fuchsia and orange electric shimmer – fluid metal)
  • Giulietta (mid tone pastel pink – super matte)
  • Romeo (brown w/ pink undertone and copper-red shimmer – satin)
  • Play Hard (aqua green duo-chrome w/ lime and jade reflects – crystal)
  • Rosemary (forest green w/ duo-chrome emerald and teal shimmer – fluid metal)
  • Addiction (deep sea green – super matte)
  • Fantasize (denim w/ duo-chrome warm gold and scarlet red reflects – diamond)
  • Mea Culpa (deep warm brown – super matte)
  • I Promise (light pink champagne – satin)
  • Hypersensual (trio-chrome w/ apricot, amber, orchid reflects – diamond)
  • Ghibli (salted caramel – super matte)
  • Creation Crown (deep baroque gold – fluid metal)
  • Nablack (deep black – velvet)

Poison Garden Palette

This is probably my current favorite of the two palettes, maybe just because it’s fall and I’m living for a wine and bronze color combination at the moment. Every time I’ve used the palette, I’ve had no issue with blending out the shadows or getting the color built up on my lids. Like the Secret Palette, I don’t think the duo-chromes are the best thing out there, but I do enjoy the shadows overall. The reason I say that is if they weren’t stated to be a duo-chrome for most of these I would never guess they were supposed to be. And that might just have more to do with how similar the flip is in these shades.

Shade Descriptions:

  • Zodiac (deep midnight blue – super matte)
  • Fabric (light sandy champagne – fluid metal)
  • Adoration (wet effect top coat w/ cobalt, indigo and magenta reflects – crystal)
  • Berry Bite (bright berry – super matte)
  • Adagio (dark brown – super matte)
  • Zen (medium-light rosy nude – super matte)
  • Craving (duo-chrome amethyst w/ fuchsia and peach reflects – fluid metal)
  • Honey (bright honey – super matte)
  • Subliminal (vibrant rose-copper duo-chrome w/ red and gold reflects – crystal)
  • Archetype (burnt bronze duo-chrome w/ rose and gold reflects – fluid metal)
  • Rosita (metallic dusty rose – fluid metal)
  • Majorelle (majorelle blue – super matte)
  • Narrative (warm beige – super matte)
  • Opera (wine-red – super matte)
  • Canvas (light custard – super matte)

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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF NABLA COSMETICS EYESHADOW PALETTES?

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Mae Polzine

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