Okay, so these are actually one of the first local brand products that I will be featuring in this blog, at least after I reviewed my Sansan CYO eyeshadows that I loved so much, but they got discontinued; I WAS VERY FUCKING SAD (a little bit angry too, since I didn’t get to stock up) WHEN I HEARD…
So, this is not really the first time that I’ve used Ever Bilena eyeshadows, the very first palette I ever owned was from this particular brand and I really loved it at the time. But then I forgot about it when I tried some better eyeshadows.
And as you can see here… I banged that palette up quite badly…
Now they released two new,small palettes,both containing 6 pans of eyeshadow. One is called Pink, the other is called Brown. The first one I got was the Brown one, because hey, it is the cool toned one; no fucking surprise. It is also the one that has the most amount of mattes in it, and it is the easiest to work with between the two. But in the end I got the Pink one too the very next day.
So, let’s talk about the Brown one first. It cost Php150.00 (Usd3.23) in the Watsons that is located inside of SM Calamba. But I think the price will vary depending on where you get it. The packaging is a simple box with a cutout to show the shades inside the palette, it just a plain hole, no plastic that acts as a barrier between the palette and the outside world.
The box also have the ingredients at the back of it. I really don’t know why the 2nd and third shades look white in the Photo, but the 2nd one is a very light pink and the 3rd one is a little grayish.
Now for the palette packaging itself. I gotta say, this packaging reminds me so much of a discontinued NYX palette line that existed years ago. They have minor differences, but still looks the same packaging-wise. It is made of plastic, but still feels sturdy, durable and heavy. It has a small but still usable mirror inside of it and it came with a double ended sponge tip applicator.
As I said the shades inside are very cool toned. My Favorite.
swatches: Left-Finger swatches (No primer or base), right-swatched with brushes, synthetic brushes for the shimmers and natural hair brushes for the mattes (still, no primer or base).
This palette has two matte shades, two satin shades and two shimmer shades. These are very pigmented too, and they blend nicely, the first shade which is a white, has a shimmer finish, good for inner corner highlight or even as a lid shade, you can use it on the brow bone too, but use a very light hand. The second shade is a matte cool toned pale pink, that is a nice transition shade, the next one is a matte grayish brown shade that I like for crease. The next shade is a satin champagne shade that is good for subtly highlighting the inner corner and the brow bone, you can even use it as a lid color if you want. The next one is a satin dark, grey with a little hint of purple, great for the outer corner, or the crease if you’re doing a cut crease. The last one is a black with gold shimmers, not really glitter; but very fine micro-shimmer, I use it to line my bottom lash line and I use it for the outer corner as well, and it will look stunning if you put it on top of a black base for a smokey eye.
This is actually a pretty good palette, it exceeded my expectations… but the only problem I have with it is that for a “Brown” palette, it does not have a true brown shade… what the flying fuck. But it’s still good nonetheless.
I used only the brown palette to create this eye look.
Now for the Pink one. It cost the same as the Brown one since I got them from the same place.
Packaging-wise, the Pink one is not very different from the Brown palette. The only difference is the name and the color of the font, nothing major.
It is also the same case for the palette itself.
This palette is very warm compared to the other one.
Left: Finger swatches, right: swatched with brushes, the only problem with those two pictures is bad lighting, but I think you can still see how pigmented they are despite the stupid lighting.
Now, the shade range in here is very different from the Brown palette. This have one satin shade and five metallic shades. The first shade is a satin white, at first I thought it was matte, then I applied it and it had a very slight sheen to it, I use this shade to highlight. The next one is a metallic light pink, which is a fucking good inner corner highlight, can be used on the lid too. The next one is a nice metallic rose gold shade, I like it as a lid color. The next one is a metallic copper shade and it is fucking beautiful, good for the lid too. The next one is the generic bronze shade that you can see in every neutral palette ever, good for the lid too. and the last one is very dark metallic brown shade with bronze glitter, it is very beautiful, very nice for the lower lashline and outer corner.
Honestly, I find it hard to make a full look by just using this palette, because it does not have a matte shade, it does not have a matte that I can use on my crease, but it is a great companion palette though. And the middle four shades are great for cheek highlighting if you want intense highlighting.
I used only the pink palette for the eye look I created here.
middle four shades used as highlighters, I applied them using my fingers, that’s why they look so intense, but you can tone it down by using a brush. The first one is good for pale skin, the second one is good for light to medium skin, the third one is for dark skin, but medium can still pull it off if used lightly, the fourth is for medium skin tone.
Both Palettes weigh 6.8 grams; each pan weighs 1.13 grams, which is not a bad deal considering that a single mac eyeshadow is 1.5 grams.It is like paying only Php25.00 for each shade. The shades feels very smooth too, they are also very buttery and a little soft especially with the metallic shades, the shadows do not feel cheap at all. They feel expensive and good quality; I was actually impressed when I swatched them.
They can also last nicely, especially when used with bases, and you do not need a lot to get the full color from each shade. I also see them as great companion palettes for each other, both balance each other out. These two might actually have been a single palette, because both makes a lot more possible looks together. And both only cost Php300.00 (Usd6.47) which is not a bad price for a 12 pan palette with this quality and shade range.
Both palettes were used in this eye look, except for the inner corner in which I used my highlighter.
Now, since these palettes are so good together; can you still get one without the other? Yes you can, because if you are not that much of a fan of cooler eyeshadows you can skip the Brown one and if you are not a fan of warm tones you can skip the Pink one, also if you hate metallic shades then the pink one won’t work for you. To me the more cohesive of the two is the Brown one, since it has three finishes in it. But if you really like metallics and warm shades then you’ll love the Pink one; just get one matte brown shade as a companion for that and you’re all set.
In my opinion this two palettes are a pretty good alternative to more expensive palettes, I recommend for you to just get these rather than buy fake makeup or SG Authentic. They’re even way better than all of the fake palettes (UD Naked 2-Php350.00, The Balm Nude Dude-Php300.00, Kat Von D Shade N Light-Php350.00) I’ve used which cost me about the same as the two Ever Bilena Palettes.
I’ll rate the brown one an 8.3 and the pink one an 8.1. If this is one single palette I’d rate this higher.
Brown: Price-9.0, Packaging-8.0, shade range-8.0, pigmentation-8.5, versatility-8.0. Overall=8.3
Pink: Price-9.0, Packaging-8.0, Shade range-7.5, Pigmentation-9.0, Versatility-7.0. Overall=8.1
(if it was a single palette that cost Php300.00 with the same type of packaging: Price-9.0, packaging-8.0, shade range-9.5, pigmentation-9.0, versatility-9.0. Overall=8.9)
These palettes are really fucking great for the price and I really love them. These palettes’ quality came a long way from the first Ever Bilena palette I ever bought.
So that’s all for now folks and see you all later! 😉