Being a makeup obsessive and makeup artist, I have curated an Instagram feed of (nearly all) creative makeup pages that I can flick through and get inspired by. When it comes to Instagram and when you think of stunning colours, perfect placement and yes, the concealer cut-crease, the first name that comes to mind for most is Stacey Marie MUA. Many of my other favourite makeup artists and beauty gurus have sited her as inspiration for some of their looks. Boasting 272k followers (while I type this), it seemed only a matter of time before a makeup company reached out to Stacey for a collaboration.
Step in BPerfect Cosmetics, a Belfast-based brand that was started in 2013 by Brendan McDowell. In the grand scheme of things, they are a relatively small brand but the pairing of BPerfect and Stacey has put their name on everybody’s lips. I had definitely seen the logo before but had very little knowledge of the brand before I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch of the BPerfect x Stacey Marie Carnival Palette in McCabes Pharmacy, Dundrum last month.
Having taken a hiatus from blogging and recently having had a baby which made me feel like I took a hiatus from normal life in general, I decided to push myself to go. I was dying to see Stacey do her thing in person and knew it would do me good to get out of the house. At the event, I was delighted to finally meet the gorgeous Lauren Malone in person – if you are contemplating doing a makeup course, you have to look her up! Lauren also introduced me to Sally from the Irish Beauty Fairy whose skin care posts I have been thoroughly enjoying ever since.
Stacey demoed her palette on the gorgeous MrsMakeup.ie (award winning, Irish makeup artist Michelle Regazzoli-Stone) and answered questions from the audience, led by one of my favourite drag artists, Paul Ryder. Through that, we learned of Stacey’s heavy involvement in the creation of the palette, how most of the names weren’t inspired by anything in particular but rather chosen because there weren’t many shadows by other brands sharing those same names, and how Stacey’s favourite Instagrammers are Mmmmitchell, Elliee Kellyy and Jamie Genevieve (a personal favourite of mine!)
I adore watching other makeup artists in action so the event was a dream for me and afterwards, I even managed to bag a photo with Stacey herself, as well as being gifted a Carnival palette as a PR sample.
I have had the palette for about a month now so today I want to break it down and share my opinion with you. Bear with me, you know how I have a tendency to go into tedious detail so this is going to be a long one. This is your grab-a-snack warning.
The BPerfect x Stacey Marie Carnival Palette is described as “an explosion of highly pigmented colours and shimmers that will unlock your inner creativity for face and eyes“. It contains 17 vibrant matte eyeshadows, 7 high pigment shimmers, 2 highlighters and a mirror.
On first glance, I was so inspired by these eyeshadows. I can’t remember the last time I saw a palette and instantly spotted so many colours I wanted to use at once. While it could be a little overwhelming to see so much colour, during the launch Stacey said that she would call it a neutral palette with some bright colours. For a complete newbie, it would be easy to pop a neutral in the crease and a colour on the lid or else just a little of something bright on the lower lash line. For me, I wanted to get experimental. I can’t tell you how many times I have spotted a stunning colour explosion look on my Instagram timeline and realised it was created using this palette.
As usual I am going to break down the shades to talk about each in depth. As there are twenty four shadows and two highlighters altogether, I have split them into groups of two. As I keep mentioning in my posts, I hate eyeshadow swatches because I feel that they are no real reflection on how a shadow will perform on the eye. However, I include them so people get a better idea of the shades themselves. I swatch on the left with one swipe of a brush and on the right with one swipe of my finger. I do not use a base or primer. I usually list the brand’s description of each shade and then how I would describe the colour myself but I couldn’t find a description of each of the colours by BPerfect so these are my own interpretations of the shades.
Shuffle is a true matte mustard.
Guilty is a matte pink-toned red.
Shuffle is a stunning colour. I adore a mustard shadow, particularly for a grungier look to buff out the edges of darker colours and this one performs beautifully.
Guilty is quite an unusual one – which is something coming from the girl with a hundred red-toned eyeshadow palettes. The fact that this leans more pink makes it unique and I love that it means it can be used in conjunction with the other pinks in the palette as well as as a stand alone red.
Hustle is a cool, green-toned gold shimmer.
Naked is a cool-toned matte greige.
Hustle is an absolutely beautiful colour. Does that swatch not make you feel funny on the inside? It looks like liquid metal! While green-toned golds don’t usually work well on my skin tone, this isn’t too green and may work while I’m rocking slightly darker summer foundations. This just screams summery golden goddess to me.
Naked is a perfect staple for the palette. It is easy to chuck in the crease by itself for slight definition or to buff out the edge of pretty much any other shadow. It could also be used as a contour shade for fair skin tones.
Basic is a warm matte caramel.
Rowdy is a dark matte chocolate.
Basic is the most beautiful warm neutral. If I’m chucking on a quick neutral shadow look with this palette, this is the shade I go to first. It is so flattering and would work on almost any skin tone.
Rowdy is another staple. Paired with Basic, you have a simple warm brown smokey eye or it can be used to darken and define almost any other colour in the palette.
Funki is a matte hot pink.
Pink Me is a white to light pink duochrome shimmer.
Funki was actually one of the first colours that called to me when I opened the palette. It is an almost neon hot pink that really stands out. It is very bold and pigmented but it can stain your eyelid a little!
Pink Me is a very unusual colour that looks white in the pan but has a really strong pink shift that was difficult to capture in a photograph. It makes for a stunning inner corner highlight, particularly paired with the other pinks.
Keen is a true matte yellow.
Lit is a medium matte orange.
Keen is a really bright pop of yellow. These bold bright colours in the palette are what really made me want to sit down and start experimenting.
Lit is another pop of colour which works beautifully with Keen if you like bold looks but would equally work to blend out Rowdy for a warm neutral look. I adore an orange eyeshadow so this was always going to do it for me!
Wifey is a medium matte pink.
Hush is a copper shimmer.
Wifey is another great pink in this palette. It has a red tone to it so it works with the red Guilty or can be used to deepen and define the bright pink Funki. Although looking at it next to Hush, you can see how they could be paired. That is what I love about this palette so much – the seemingly endless possibilities!
Hush is such a stunning colour. I have had some issues working with it though. It applies best with a flat synthetic brush and I like to layer it up with my finger as well. It takes some layering to get it as intense as it looks in the swatch but it is definitely worth the extra work for that beautiful metallic finish.
Foolish is a light matte coral.
Wasted is a warm matte purple.
Foolish is another unique shade. Nothing in my vast collection stands out as being particularly similar to it. This is another shade that works as a more unusual transition colour or it can be paired with something like Wasted as in the picture for a fun colourful look.
Wasted is a beautiful purple that immediately called to me when I first saw the palette, however, it was probably the most disappointing shadow performance-wise. No matter how much I built it up, I couldn’t get the intensity that I wanted. It seemed to come out patchy, uneven and then blend away. That being said, a lot of brands have trouble creating purples so this isn’t an unheard of issue.
Queeny is a warm orange-gold shimmer.
Mint is a true matte mint green.
Queeny is another gorgeous metallic that looks almost liquid. Like Hush, it needs a bit of building or to be applied damp but is definitely worth the extra effort for such a stunning payoff.
Mint is a gorgeous pastel that is quite unusual. You don’t see too many mint greens from other brands but this works well with the darker green Envy if you want to keep it tonal.
Recharge is a medium ocean blue shimmer.
Sky is a light matte sky-blue.
Recharge is a beautifully pigmented shimmer that is really eye-catching on the skin. While blue eyeshadows have a tendency to scare people, the metallic finish makes this more modern and less 80’s throwback.
Sky is a lovely light blue that applies well and works great with the other blues in the palette, or the yellow or orange, if you’re feeling brave.
Liquor is a rich matte aubergine.
Chant is a dark matte lavender.
Liquor is probably the darkest shade in the palette. If I’m not getting the intensity I want from Rowdy, I use this to darken and define the outer corner. While it looks like a deep plum, you can blend it in to any look to give the definition you require but without turning the entire look purple.
Chant is a gorgeously unique colour that I can’t think of a dupe for. Paired next to Liquor, you can see how fab they look together. I also think it would look great with a black winged liner for a grungey-goth look.
Envy is a medium matte forest-green.
Breezy is a turquoise-blue shimmer.
Envy is such a fabulously rich green shade. Much like Recharge, it is a more modern take on a green shadow and could make a gorgeous smokey eye.
Breezy is unreal. Have you ever seen a colour like it? And it is so bold and pigmented. It makes my mouth water just looking at it.
Moony is a white to gold duochrome shimmer.
Mood is a matte navy.
Moony is an absolutely stunning white to gold shift that looks incredible when the light hits it. The pearlescence to this is so bold that it makes for an amazing inner corner highlight, or used lightly, as a cheek highlight.
Mood is the other shadow in the palette that disappointed me in terms of payoff. I found I had to keep packing it on to get some intensity and every time I looked back, it had dusted off and gone patchy again. As with purples, blues are another pigment that are hard to get right.
Sinner is a gold shimmer.
Saint is a light champagne shimmer.
Sinner looks a lot bolder in the pan than it does on the skin. I immediately thought it would be far too deep for my complexion but I add it to the apples of my cheeks for a soft shimmery blush instead. On deeper skins, this would obviously make a stunning highlighter.
Saint is an incredible highlighter. It has quite a bold, intense payoff but without the chunky glitter.
Here are some looks I created with the palette. As I mentioned, this palette really inspired me so I have done far more than I usually do for a blog post. I have listed the colours used below each look but full product details are over on my Instagram.
Keen, Sky, Recharge, Mood and Moony with Saint (highlighter) on cheeks
Funki, Wifey, Wasted, Chant, Liquor and Pink Me with Saint and Sinner (highlighters) on cheeks. Sinner as a blush.
Naked, Basic, Rowdy, Liquor, Hush and Saint (highlighter) on inner corner and cheeks
Keen, Shuffle, Foolish, Lit and Guilty on one eye
Mint, Envy, Sky, Mood and Wasted on other eye
Funki, Wifey, Pink Me, Breezy, Recharge and Mood
Overall, in case you haven’t gathered from my constant posting on social media, I have fallen deep for this palette. If Stacey Marie doesn’t inspire you, this palette will. Every time I look at the shadows, I get a new idea and I am certain that this won’t be the last you will see of it on my pages.
For me, the quality is good. Some of the formulas don’t completely blow me away and I mentioned how Moody and Wasted were lacking (although I still managed to use them in two looks each!) but for me it is the unique colours and combinations that really have me head over heels.
I always say that I like my eyeshadow palettes to include a base shade, a matte neutral for the crease and a black so that I can travel with just the one palette. However, for probably the first time ever, this palette lacks a base shade and black but I don’t miss them. At the event, Stacey herself claimed she purposely excluded a black because everybody has a ton of blacks at home and everyone has their favourite brands. I find that with all of the fun colours in this palette, minus a black, I am pushing myself to do different looks as opposed to falling back into my tried and true black outer corner/lash line. With twenty four shadows, I haven’t noticed a single colour I felt was missing.
Realistically, if you are the type who wears neutrals every day and won’t experiment with colour, this palette isn’t for you. If, however, you are an eyeshadow aficionado but fed up of the same warm toned palettes being churned out by every brand, then this is definitely one to get the juices flowing.
In Ireland and the UK, the Carnival Palette is available from Cloud 10 Beauty for €44.95 /£40.20 with free Irish shipping or £2.50 shipping to the UK, or from Beauty Bay for €45 / £40 with €3.50 /£2.95 shipping (or free if you spend over €25/£15).
It is also available from McCabes, Meaghers, Molloys and Sam Maccauley’s Pharmacies.
It is also available directly from the BPerfect Cosmetics website, which ships worldwide, for €45/£39.99 with €3.95/£3.50 shipping (Around $51 with $9 shipping).
BPerfect Cosmetics are cruelty-free.
The palette was a PR sample. This is not a sponsored post and I was under no obligation to write this review. No affiliate links were used.