Hey friends! Remember me? It’s been a crazy year and I just hope that I can get back to creating and sharing content regularly with y’all. Please don’t cancel me for these unintended hiatuses. Cancel my job…and student loan debt while you’re at it. *Hint, hint, Biden.*
Anyways, today I have the pleasure of sharing photos and swatches of one of my favorite palettes of 2021 so far. I already know this will definitely be in the top 10 palettes for the year, along with those gorgeous Temptalia x Sydney Grace palettes I am anxiously awaiting. What a great year for indie makeup!
Let me stop getting off track. We’re not here to talk about all the [1.5 trillion] reasons Bernie should’ve won the Democratic Primary or how much indie makeup will bless us this year. We’re here to talk about You Beauty!, a gorgeous, multichrome-filled, colorful palette from Aussie brand Glaminatrix Cosmetics. They generously sent me this palette in PR, but I’ve also included swatches of one shadow that I bought myself in February 2020 (you’ll see why later).
Okay, enough talking, y’all know what to do. Keep scrolling for flatlay pictures, a photo of a super handy shade name definitions card, and soooo many swatches. I didn’t love the first set of swatches I did swatching the shadows in one order, so I included extra swatches in a different order. Let me know which you prefer!
You Beauty! is a twelve-pan palette featuring six mattes, four multichromes, one metallic, and one duochrome. I am not entirely sure which of the shimmers are metallic versus multichrome since Glaminatrix did not provide individual shade descriptions of these shadows. I did my best with the color descriptions, but I didn’t see a shift in Straya, or Woop Woop, or Chockers so I would consider those all to be metallics.
The palette is inspired is inspired by Australian culture, with shade names reflecting popular phrases and expressions for Aussies. Luckily for those of us who have no idea what any of these words mean, Glaminatrix thoughtfully included a card explaining the meaning of each shade name. Pictures of that card are included above!
Also thoughtfully, Glaminatrix is giving customers the options of switching out Stitch Up for a deeper brown from their catalog, Bittersweet. After launching the palette, they realized Stitch Up might not be deep enough for some of their dark skinned customers. I already owned Bittersweet, so I’ve included some swatches of those two shadows side by side at the end of this post. If you’d prefer Bittersweet, be sure to leave a note when you place your order.
Of the mattes, I found Stitch Up to be quite powdery and would recommend using a light hand with it. It is one of those shades that will come up in flakes if you use too much force to pick it up. She’ll Be Right is not powdery, but it is very ashy on my skin. Fair Dinkum is a gorgeous warm-toned blue. It is powdery, but not as much as Stitch Up. It applies smoothly but I would also recommend using a light hand to avoid excessive fallout. Budgie Smugglers is moderately powdery and impressively bright and pigmented. Struth is another very powdery shade. As with Stitch Up, Struth will be flaky if you don’t use a light hand, but it also applies extremely well for a yellow matte.
Of the shimmers, Straya is probably my favorite. It is a bright, metallic shade and just gorgeous. I also love how wet-looking Old Mate is. Woop Woop was a bit disappointing when I swatched it; it doesn’t stand out or flatter my skin. I don’t mind it as an inner corner shade, but it’s just not the type of color I love.
I know this was a picture-heavy post, but how else do you expect me to come back from a hiatus?
I was super excited when this palette was teased and so happy that all that excitement was not for naught. When I received the palette, I could not stop using it. I even took it with me as my sole palette for a weekend trip. Okay, I *technically* had a custom palette with singles (more on that later!) but that should still show you how much I love this palette.
Again, Woop Woop and She’ll Be Right were not my favorites. There is certainly no love lost here, as they just don’t flatter my skin tone. But the other mattes and shimmers more than made up for the ashiness that those two shades brought to my eyelids.