One of my friends was decluttering her makeup collection and she asked if I wanted her Ace Beaute Grandiose Eyeshadow Palette. I said yes (obviously) because I will never turn down free makeup and Ace Beaute was a brand that I had wanted to try for quite awhile. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re a cruelty free indie company that primarily creates eyeshadow palettes. Their palettes range in price from $24.99 to $38.99; pretty typical indie prices.
The Grandiose Palette is the most affordable option at $24.99. It contains eight shades: four mattes, three metallics and one satin. The packaging is cardboard with a magnetic closure and no mirror. Let’s get into the pros and cons!
- This is primarily just a pro for me but I love this color story! Valentine’s Day is this week and this is the perfect palette for the romantic holiday.
- Every shade in this palette is excellent. I did have to tap my brush off to prevent fallout but that’s not a con for me. They’re pigmented, easy to blend and work well together.
- The metallic shade, Myrtle, had the most fallout even after tapping off my brush. I wasn’t too bothered by this but others might be.
- It’s not really possible to create looks with a lot of depth just using this palette. The deep burgundy shade, Poppy, blends out to be pink and the brown shade, Cinnamon, just isn’t that deep.
Swatches & Shade Descriptions:
These eyeshadows do have names and shade descriptions on the website. They’ll be in order from left to right; my upper arm to my wrist.
- Jasmine– metallic champagne
- Clove– matte coral
- Myrtle– metallic bronze
- Cinnamon– matte medium brown
- Patchouli– matte light peach
- Rose– satin hot pink
- Poppy– matte burgundy
- Primerose– metallic copper
I created two looks using this palette alone. I always use the essence Colour Intensifying Primer and set my primer with a cream colored shade. When explaining the looks, I will go in the order of the swatches on my wrist; left to right and top to bottom. You can click on the pictures to see them better. Since these eyeshadows do have names, I won’t be describing where they are in the palette or what they look like.
I really love the way this look turned out but there are some things I would change if I recreated it. I would more than likely use a black on my lower lash line and some deeper burgundies in the crease to give the look more depth. I don’t like to use other shadows when I’m testing out a palette but I think this color story could benefit from some additional shades.
- I applied Clove in a semi arch from the innermost part of my eye (near my inner corner) to around the middle of my brow bone.
- I then applied Rose underneath Clove but brought it a little further out, closer to the edge of my eye and straight down from the end of my brow. I did not blend these two shades together because I wanted the colors to stay separated. I did blend out the edges of Rose that were not touching Clove, near the edge of my eye.
- I blended Poppy into my crease and up into Rose.
- I applied Primerose all over my lid.
- I applied Jasmine in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
- I lined my lower lash line with Patchouli. I then smudged Rose, Poppy and Clove (in that order) underneath Patchouli. I blended out the shades so that they would join with the shadows up above in my crease.
I LOVE this look. I’m really getting into the neutral eye with a pop of color in the inner corner. You will probably see this quite often from me in the future, lol.
- I blended Patchouli above my natural crease. This shade doesn’t show up that well on my skin tone but it’s great for creating a color gradient and blending out deeper shades.
- I blended Cinnamon into my crease.
- I applied Myrtle on the inner and outermost parts of my lid.
- I applied Jasmine in the center of my lid and on my brow bone.
- I applied Rose in my inner corner. I lightly tapped a bit of Jasmine onto Rose.
- I lined my lower lash line with Patchouli and smudged Cinnamon underneath it.
- Detail Crease Brush
- Tapered Blending Brush
- Flat Eyeshadow Brush
- Small Angled Brush
- Smudge Brush
- Eye Crease Brush
- Blending Brush, I used this brush to blend out the edges.
If you are curious about any of the other products on my face, you can find these looks in my recent posts on Instagram.
I really love this palette and I’m glad that I have it. I think it will work well with quite a few of my other palettes. However, do I think it’s worth $24.99? Not really. If this palette was $15.00 or even $20.00, I would say it was worth it but then again, I’m thrifty. Ace Beaute does have occasional sales and I recommend picking up this palette then. I’d love to know if you’ve tried this palette or one of the others from Ace Beaute! Thanks for reading and have a great day!