Profusion Cosmetics Minimalist Eyeshadow Palette Review

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I told myself I wasn’t buying anymore massive palettes because they take so long to test out but the Profusion Cosmetics Minimalist Palette just spoke to my soul. Thanks to the tiny tyrant I share my home with (😂), I’m lucky if I get to do a full face of makeup twice in a week; hence the reason I’ve been testing this palette out for like three months. I am FINALLY finished, though, and ready to talk all about it! Let’s discuss the pros and cons.

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Pros:

  • This palette is $13.00 for 35 shades. That is a STEAL. Of the 35 shades, there are: seventeen mattes, fourteen metallics/shimmers and four pressed glitters. I love the variety of finishes.
  • As someone with warm toned fair skin and green eyes, this is my perfect neutral palette. The oranges, yellow toned neutrals, mauvy pinks and muted purples work together to enhance my natural features. This is the “big sister” palette to my favorite from 2020, the Nude Bliss. The color stories are very similar and at times, overlap. I knew that since that color story worked so well for me that this one would too. However, both palettes would be beautiful on anyone.
  • The packaging is cheap plastic but it’s sturdy.
  • I almost always love the Profusion matte formula and the mattes in this palette are no exception. They’re creamy, blend easily and create very little fallout. Of course, the deepest shades did create the most noticeable fallout but I didn’t find it to be too much of an issue. I found them to be pigmented but not overly so and I would describe them as buildable.
  • Profusion really shines when it comes to their metallics and shimmers. They’re beautiful but they can have issues, which I’ll talk about in the cons section.
  • This palette has everything I need to create looks year round. I can do super simple two shadow looks or something more in depth and bold. I love the versatility.

Cons:

  • The metallic/shimmer shades really need to be used wet for maximum color payoff and to avoid fallout.
  • The matte shades Outgoing and Flirty are basically identical. There was no need for both to be in this palette.
  • The four pressed glitters are beautiful but glitters are never eye safe. I tend to use them in my inner corner or by lightly pressing them on my lid; I NEVER pack them on. I use my finger to apply them because they adhere better to the skin when applied this way. You can use glitter glue but I’m too lazy for that. Regardless of how you use them, they should be used with caution.
  • I mentioned above that this is the big sister palette to the Nude Bliss and that they overlap. There are nine shades in this palette that are also in that palette. I’m fine with there being some duplicate shades but I feel that nine is excessive, especially since Profusion doesn’t advertise this on their website. I had no idea that any of the shades were duplicates before I received the Minimalist. These are my favorite palettes so I don’t care that much but it’s annoying. The nine duplicated shades are: Canvas, Glorious, Outgoing, Camel, Captivate, Medieval, Studio, Mystique and Cozy.

Swatches & Shade Descriptions:

These eyeshadows do have names but no shade descriptions on the website so I’ll describe them to the best of my ability. I’ll be going from left to right, top row to bottom row.

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  • Slippers- matte cream; I accidentally cut this swatch off in the picture above but it blends in with my skin.
  • Shivers- metallic cream
  • Moves- matte light peachy tan
  • Compelling- metallic rose gold
  • Clay- matte mid-toned peachy tan
  • Clarity- gold base packed with purple and silver shimmer; more on the sheer side.
  • Camel- matte yellow toned tan; very similar to Outgoing but slightly deeper with different undertones.

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  • Canvas- matte cream with a yellow undertone
  • Twinkle- champagne base with champagne and silver shimmer; more on the sheer side.
  • Top Notch- matte light mauve with brown undertones
  • Glorious- metallic bronze with gold reflects
  • Goddess- pressed glitter with gold and silver reflects
  • Outgoing- matte orange toned tan
  • Mercy- metallic orange with yellow reflects

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  • Wannabe- pink base with blue and pink shimmer; more on the sheer side.
  • Wonderland- pressed glitter with pink and silver reflects
  • Heart- metallic pinky mauve
  • Bizarre- metallic raspberry pink
  • Flirty- matte orange toned tan
  • Lovely- matte muted pink
  • Honeymoon- matte raspberry pink

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  • Russet- matte caramel brown
  • West Coast- metallic gold
  • Changes- matte brick red
  • Sunstone- metallic brick red
  • Captivate- pressed glitter with pink, gold and silver reflects
  • Brown Sugar- matte deep brick red
  • Fascinate- metallic purple with a pink undertone

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  • Medieval- matte mauve
  • Uproar- matte deep gray toned mauve
  • Intuition- pressed glitter with purple reflects
  • Studio- metallic mauve
  • Cozy- matte taupe brown
  • Mystique- metallic blackened purple
  • Witchy- matte black

Eyeshadow Looks:

I created seven looks using this palette alone. I always use an eyeshadow primer and set my primer with a cream or white colored shade, which this palette does contain. Since these eyeshadows do have names, I won’t be describing where they are in the palette or what they look like.

⭐Until now, I have always included swatches of the shades used in each look. I decided not to for these because I’m not sure if that’s actually helpful. If you liked having those swatches, please let me know and I can add them in future reviews. I did add in some close ups of the looks with flash so you can really see the shimmer.

I loved every look I made with this palette but this one is a top favorite. I love a good brick red with gold. It was so easy to do but the gold glitter in the inner corner really makes it pop.

  1. I set my primer with Slippers.
  2. I blended Russet above my natural crease.
  3. I blended Changes into my crease.
  4. I deepened my crease with Brown Sugar. I also smudged this shade on my lower lash line.
  5. I applied Sunstone on my lid.
  6. I applied West Coast on the innermost part of my lid, in my inner corner and on my water line.
  7. I applied Flirty in my inner corner on top of West Coast.
  8. I applied Twinkle on my brow bone.
  9. I lined my lower lash line with Cozy.

This is the simplest look I created but I really liked it. It’s so quick and pairs great with a bold lip.

  1. I set my primer with Slippers.
  2. I blended Top Notch into my crease and onto the outermost part of my lid.
  3. I applied Compelling all over my lid.
  4. I applied Shivers in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
  5. I lined my waterline with Clay.
  6. I smudged Uproar on my lower lash line.

I really liked this look but quite a few of the mattes I used looked basically identical on the eyes. I could have used half the shades and still got the same results.

  1. I set my primer with Canvas.
  2. I blended Clay above my natural crease.
  3. I blended Outgoing into my crease.
  4. I blended Flirty into my crease.
  5. I deepened my crease with Camel.
  6. I applied Mercy over the majority of my lid.
  7. I applied West Coast on the innermost part of my lid, blended into Mercy.
  8. I applied Clarity in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
  9. I applied Slippers in my waterline.
  10. I smudged Russet on my lower lash line.

This muted, mauvy pink look is the kind of look I love. It’s perfect for green eyes.

  1. I set my primer with Slippers.
  2. I blended Medieval into my crease.
  3. I applied Studio on my lid.
  4. I applied Heart on the innermost part of my lid and on my water line.
  5. I applied Shivers in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
  6. I applied Wonderland in my inner corner.
  7. I smudged Uproar on my lower lash line.

I did this look for Valentine’s Day and liked it much more than I thought I might. I’m not the biggest fan of pink on me but these raspberry pinks are so pretty.

  1. I set my primer with Slippers.
  2. I blended Lovely into my crease.
  3. I deepened my crease with Honeymoon.
  4. I applied Bizarre on my lid.
  5. I applied Wannabe in my inner corner.
  6. I also applied Shivers in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
  7. I lined my waterline with Witchy.
  8. I smudged Fascinate on my lower lash line.

I did this look for a date night with my husband and absolutely loved it. He also loved it😂 It was so quick and easy to do!

  1. I set my primer with Canvas.
  2. I blended Moves into my crease.
  3. I deepened my crease with Top Notch.
  4. I applied Glorious on my lid.
  5. I applied Compelling on the innermost part of my lid and in my inner corner.
  6. I applied Shivers in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
  7. I applied Captivate in my inner corner.

Last but not least is something dark and smoky. Like most smokier looks, I struggled to blend this one a little more. That wasn’t the shadows fault, however. I’m just not great at blending these kind of shades but overall, I really like it.

  1. I set my primer with Slippers.
  2. I blended Medieval above my natural crease.
  3. I blended Uproar into my crease.
  4. I deepened my crease with Cozy.
  5. I applied Mystique over most of my lid. I also smudged this shade on my lower lash line.
  6. I applied Studio on the innermost part of my lid and blended it into Mystique.
  7. I tapped Intuition on top of Mystique.
  8. I applied Compelling in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
  9. I applied Witchy on my waterline. I also used the Urban Decay Eyeliner in Perversion.

Brushes Used:

If you are curious about any of the other products on my face, you can find these looks in my recent posts on Instagram.

Final Thoughts:

This palette has a few issues, primarily the duplicate shades, but it’s everything I love in a neutral palette. There are still many looks I want to create with it and I definitely want to create some using it and the Nude Bliss together. I’d love to know what you think about this palette and the looks I created with it! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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