Today I’ve got a review for you on a palette that I got my eyes on for such a long time. I’m talking about the Nabla Soul Blooming eyeshadow palette. Nabla has been making a name for their selves lately and I wanted to know what this gorgeous palette was all about!
First of all: THAT PACKAGING!!! I love love love this design. It screams spring to me! And how convenient that today, while writing this, the sun is shining and I was actually able to go outside in my summer jacket instead of the warm fluffy winter jacket!
The palette has a shade selection with browns, pinks, purples and blues. I especially love the combination of the pink and purple, it’s so dreamy and spring themed.
It can be because of the camera of my phone but I do see it a little bit when I’m looking at the palette myself: some of the shades look a little gray/pale… That was the first point of disappointment that I experienced when receiving this palette. But, you never know how the shades are going to perform when swatches and used on the eyes!
All the shades swatch very nice. Both the mattes and shimmers are creamy and pigmented well. I am pleasantly surprised with the coverage and pigmentation of the mattes. Only the darkest shade (Caravaggio) is a tiny bit chalky but in general the mattes are of one of the best matte quality I’ve tried before.
Even though the shimmers are creamy as well and pigmented alright, the swatches don’t do much for me. Honey Drip is mostly glitters with fall out, Philosophy is way less pink than it looks like in the pan and Garden Gate is modest. It’s a shade that I would’ve made very bright and gorgeous bit a lovely duochrome.
When applying the shades on my eyes, I am content with the mattes. Blending and building them up is very easy. I have to go in light handed to prevent adding to much pigmentation at once.
On the eye lids I applied Climbing Rose in the outer corner, Garden Gate in the middle of the eye lid and Honey Drip in the inner corners. It’s all nice but I really miss that oomphf with the shimmers. The shimmers are not bright, not that shimmery and they don’t make my eyes brighter. And you all know how much I want shimmers that make my eyes bright!
In the picture on the left I did get a bright inner corner but unfortunately the brightness faded in under an hour.
For this look I used Gea in the crease, a little bit of Flowery in the outer part of the crease, Anemone all over the lid (it had A LOT of fall out so I had to use it with a wet brush (wetted with Mac Fix+), that was also necessary to get the shimmer a bit bright). When the shade dried down though, the brightness and shimmer seemed to fade already so I applied Garden Gate on top of it. That helped to brighten it all up a bit, but it’s still not what I’m looking for in shimmer shades. In the inner corners I applied Philosophy (with a wet brush as well). That actually is a shimmer shade that stays bright and shimmery.
To conclude this blog: I love the design of the Nabla Soul Blooming palette so much and I think the shade selection is original, but the quality of the shadows overall is not fantastic. The mattes are great and easy to work with, but the shimmers disappoint me because they don’t stay bright and shimmer very long. I know that there are brands that make shimmery shades that are of way better quality and might even be less expensive!