Realizing I’d been relying heavily on my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette for most of this year, I discovered that I’ve been lacking in color in the eyeshadow deptartment. In an attempt to remedy the situation, I turned to Etude House’s LuciDarling Fantastic Gradiation Eyes palette in 12 Aqua Tears Blue. Earlier I’d read that they’re designed to express LED-like color.
According to Etude House, the LuciDarling Fantastic Gradiation Eyes, “promotes LED (Light Emitting Diode) Color, Radiance and Clarity to Makeup Expression. LUCIDarling Fantastic Gradation Eye shades (base, main color, highlighter and liner) promote vivid eye expression. Cream textured eyeliner/shadow supplies vivid LED color and expression to eyes.”
Bottom Line: Vivid color.
Surprisingly, nothing about the packaging of the palette conveys a sense of LED inspiration. Instead, the palette is pink, made of plastic and features a brown pan interior and a brown bow at the closer. Inside is a rather large mirror. In your hands, it looks like this:
The eyeshadow pan sizes correspond to necessity. The base shade is the biggest pan while the contouring shade is the smallest, etc. You also get a small slot for eyeshadow sponge applicators and a mini brush that I almost always toss out because I opt for using my own brushes.
I usually have a good command of what shades work best for what areas of the eye, but for those who haven’t a clue, the diagram is a nice touch. It’s found on the back of the palette. Onto the swatches!
A - Aqua Green: The lower lash liner shade.
B - Peach: Base and/or highlighter shade.
C - Corn Silk Blue: All-over shade.
D - Dark Blue: Contouring shade.
Nothing about the color suggests LED lights or LED-grade color. I’m guessing throwing in LED is just a fancier, trendier way of saying that your eyeshadow has got big shiny sparkly pigments in it. I felt like the eyeshadows were composed more of shimmer and sparkle than actual pigment. With that said, it’s really important that you use a good eyeshadow base and remember to tap the excess shadow off your brush before applying it to your lid. This shadow is prone to a lot of fall-out otherwise.
This was one of those palettes where I felt like I had a good idea of what it would look like on only to realize that it wasn’t what I pictured. When looking at the swatches, I’d imagined the look to be more aqua green. I followed the diagram and what I got was more of a cornsilk blue gradient look. Not that that’s bad! I’m confident that I could probably get that aqua green gradient if used the A color as an all-over shade and the dark blue as the lower lash line shade.
Smooth, pearly and powdery. Beware of fallout!
The Etude House LuciDarling Fantastic Gradiation Eyes in 12 Aqua Tears Blue lasted me the entire day with a good eyeshadow base. Eyeshadow base and tapping your brush to shake off excess eyeshadow is important since the eyeshadows in this palette are prone to fallout. The pigmentation of the shadows feels average — most of the color appears to come just from glitter. I had to pack on more color than usual for it to show up. The colors may look bold in the palette but appear soft with glitter when worn. Due to the softness, I’d say this palette is safe for work and night. I really want to love Etude House’s LuciDarling Fantastic Gradiation Eyes because it’s so cute but unfortunately, this palette is just okay.
Availability: Etude House or Amazon for about $20 USD (not including shipping) if you’re lucky.
Disclaimer: Etude House LuciDarling Fantastic Gradiation Eyes was provided to me for review purposes only. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.