Update Monday, September 12, 2011.
I did a bunch of swatches over the weekend for some upcoming posts and thought I'd throw in the dry and wet swatches for this Body Shop Shimmer Cubes Palette 12 too ^.^ Just look how much more intense the colors are when used wet!
The Sunrise Pink (the powder pink with violet sheen) and Starlight Gold colors get a foiled effect, the lilac iridescent in the Sunset Berry color becomes much more pronounced, and woowee, watch out for that black!
When use wet:- Sunrise Pink: metallic pearl, high intensity, loses its violet iridescent sheen but becomes opaque and gains a foiled effect.
- Twilight Black: shimmer, [dangerously] high intensity, the shimmer particles becomes more visible and it would make a pretty sparkling black gel liner!
- Sunset Berry: metallic pearl, high intensity, becomes almost duo-chrome as the lilac iridescent sheen gets much more pronounced.
- Starlight Gold: metallic, high intensity, somewhat looses the pearl effect and becomes more metallic, also gaining a foiled effect. Also, it turns a cooler ashy gold too and not so much champagne anymore.
Wet swatches applied with a damp brush, picture taken in natural light without flash.
Original post Saturday, March 29, 2008.
I never ever paid much attention to The Body Shop, until one night at dinner with my SIL. She was wearing this gorgeous beige-cream eye shadow that was so metallic it looked like wet foil. I kept staring at it all night when we got to her pad, she pointed to her vanity, saying, "That's the stuff I used." It turned out to be The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes Palette 10, and while I'm still unsuccessful in locating this particular palette (it has been discontinued for a while), I've since collected The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes ^.^
Anyway, I really like how these Shimmer Cubes are packaged in a clear case with lids. And then each individual shimmer cube inside are also in their own little clear case with lid, so you could literally take them out and mix and match with the other palettes! Not only that, these Shimmer Cubes are baked, and they can be used dry, for sheerer application, or wet, for more intense colors. While I don't love every single color in each palette I own, the vast majority of them are beautiful metallics and more than compensate for the others. Also, each shimmer cube is a whopping 4 grams of product jam packed in its clear case and it lasts for freakin' ever!!! Well worth the price of $19.50, I'd say.
I used Palette 12 in my 03/29 FOTN. Color descriptions are for dry swatches, clockwise from top left:
- Sunrise Pink: metallic pearl, low intensity, a cool (looks warm, I know) powder pink with violet iridescent sheen.
- Twilight Black: shimmer, high intensity, a true black, makes an awesome liner shade!
- Sunset Berry: metallic pearl, medium intensity, not a berry color but a deep plum with reddish brown undertones and lilac iridescent sheen.
- Starlight Gold: metallic pearl, low intensity, goes on a champagne color even though it looks more gold in the pan. Love this color to highlight the inner corners of eyes and brow bones.
Dry swatches, picture taken in natural light without flash.