Adept Cosmetics: Plain Jane & ACI Eyeshadows

Adept Cosmetics decided to end 2020 with a bang. In November, they released a brand new formula of their eyeshadows — ACI. With this new formula, they released their first premade eyeshadow palette, the Plain Jane palette, and four singles. 

But that’s not all! They also dropped a brand new empty magnetic palette with a faux leather finish. The palette is available in two colors: black and deep green. It is double-sided, with each side holding 35 standard size (26 mm) round or square eyeshadows. It also contains a full-sized mirror and the two sides of the palette close with a magnet. The magnetic closure seems to be stronger than the magnetic closures in my older marble palettes, by the way. 

Adept is the queen of combining innovative eyeshadow formulas with jaw-dropping colors. They also make, in my opinion, the best magnetic palettes. While the foldable double-sided style is no match for The Adept Palette (the namesake palette of the brand, which features a sturdy plastic case and a clear divider), again, in my opinion, Adept palettes are generally both reliable and stylish. 

About the ACI Formula

For those unfamiliar with Adept’s naming conventions, all of their shadow names follow the same formula: AC (which stands for Adept Cosmetics) + the first letter of the formula type (“D” for “Diamond,” “M” for “Matte,” “S” for “Shimmer,” and now “I” for “Iridescent”)  + a number. 

According to Adept, the ACI formula is similar to one of their existing shadows in the Diamond formula, ACD5. Most of the ACI shadows have a soft, emollient texture and a sparkly finish. Most of them also have translucent bases, hence the “iridescent” label. This post covers ACI shadows numbered 1 through 16. Knowing Adept, they will probably release more shadows in this formula, with greater numbers in their names, later.

All of the shadows in this new formula are shown together above but are also shown under the appropriate headings below. The photos above also include shots of the Faux Leather palette in Black.

About Plain Jane
Plain Jane Swatches
About the ACI Singles
ACI Singles Swatches

I thought I knew what love for an eyeshadow was before. The Adept Diamond formula is one of my favorite, most surprising, most enjoyable formulas in my collection. I didn’t think I could love a formula more than I loved the Diamond one. But the Iridescent formula showed me that I actually did not know what love was at all.

Not to be dramatic or anything…

Creating a palette full of shimmery, sparkly shadows is always a risky move. And it’s even riskier when it’s your first premade palette. But Adept took a risk and absolutely nailed it. Plain Jane is one of the most unique palettes in my collection and a perfect companion for any palette or group of singles.

The ACI singles are also amazing. ACI13 and ACI14 are perfect for any Christmas look, but they will also be great yearround. I was most surprised by ACI15. It is orange in the pan! But pink and green on my skin! Amazing.

Finally, I was also impressed by the Faux Leather palette. I don’t know if its magnetic closure is actually stronger than the closures in the older marble palettes, but it feels like it is. Overall, the palette feels sturdier than a lot of Adept’s older magnetic palettes. I love the sleek, classic look of the palette and the beautiful gold accents and trim. I highly recommend any Adept magnetic palettes but now would recommend The Adept Palette and the Faux Leather palettes as the best of the best.

To sum it all up, all of the items I received from Adept are going to be well-loved and heavily used by me in 2021. If you’re able to pick Plain Jane up on preorder, I say go for it! It’ll be worth the wait.

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