When I saw the Melt Gemini palette…I knew it was a palette I had to add to my collection! Just looking at the color story in the palette — it was screaming my name! I love warm browns, mustards, oranges, and hunter greens. I got a lot of requests to share my review with you all…so here we are today! I’ve got a lot of great information for you, so let’s get right into it!
Melt Cosmetics Gemini Palette
What to Expect with this Palette
The Gemini palette has 10 bold and pigmented eyeshadows in different textures — 8 of them are matte and 2 of them are metallic. The palette has a gorgeous mix of soft warm neutrals and cool olive tones. 9 out of the 10 shades are vegan — Bonnie is the only shade that is not vegan.
The Gemini palette is limited edition and at the time of writing this review it is sold out. If you are interested in trying to snag this palette, I definitely recommend submitting your email address in to be notified if it becomes available again.
Amount of Product
They don’t include this information on the palette itself, but the Gemini palette weighs 18.80g / 0.66oz. For comparison, the original LORAC PRO palette has 0.32 oz of product and the Too Faced Chocolate Gold palette has 0.54 oz of product. So you are getting a decent amount of product for the high price tag of this palette.
The packaging is absolutely beautiful! The art work on the palette is very dark and grungy, but it still keeps to the color theme inside the palette. The palette itself is a nice, sturdy cardboard with a strong magnetic closure. I, personally, love everything about the packaging: the artwork is gorgeous, it’s very sleek, and feels sturdy. In fact, I’ve already tested the durability of this palette — I dropped it by accident the other day and it didn’t pop open and none of the shadows broke. Whew!
The mattes on the left side of the palette (all the warm neutral shades) blend beautifully, I really have nothing bad to say — Mochi (on the far right) also. They are very pigmented, build up on the eyes smoothly, and blend easily. Once you hit the black shade Bonnie, things get a little more tricky to work with. Not that the black is a bad formula — it’s just very intense and if you go in with a heavy hand you can have racoon eyes in no time.
Leo and Fire OG are really the only two shades that I would say are a bit tricky to work with — and it probably has a lot to do with the fact that they’re this hunter green. I feel like all hunter greens I’ve ever used can be tricky — not really sure why, maybe because they’re such a dusty color. But either way, I find that using a packing technique on the eyelid and just blending the edges very softly works best. If I start blending either of these shades too much with a big fluffy brush…things can start looking patchy.
As for the metallic shades in the palette — Gemini and Goalz — they’re both really pretty, but Gemini must have either concealer, glitter glue, be spritzed with Fix+, or at least applied with a finger in order to live up to it’s full potential. Goalz is gorgeous all on it’s own, no special treatment needed!
Swatches, Tutorial + Dupes!
The swatch picture above is all the shades built up on my arm, if you want to see them swatched only a few times definitely watch the video below. There is a lot of information packed into this video, so please grab a snack and enjoy! I show both arm and eye swatches, a green-themed eye tutorial, plus I swatched this palette against any similar palettes and singles in my collection to see if I could find any dupes for this Melt Gemini palette.
The wear time on these shadows is very nice — I did see some creasing/fading on my hooded eye at the end of a 14 hour day, so not the longest wearing eyeshadow formula I’ve ever tried, but it’ll get you through the majority of your day before seeing any signs of wear.
Also, if you pack on the matte shadows too thick, you can experience some fall out on your cheeks throughout the day. Same goes for the Gemini shade; if you don’t use some type of glitter glue you’ll see some flaking. But I found out that if I just took care to blend the mattes out properly and used a glitter glue for the shimmer, I didn’t experience any fall out. Problem solved!
My Overall Thoughts
To sum it all up, this Melt Gemini palette isn’t perfection/flawless — it has it’s quirks — but it isn’t impossible to work with. So in my eyes, as someone who loves these shades, this palette is absolutely beautiful and amazing and I would recommend it. But if you are someone who doesn’t have time to work with a shadow…then you might not enjoy this palette. Though in saying that, the only shadows that you “have to work with” are the two greens. All the browns, mustards, and oranges I thought blended easily and with no issues.
As a comparison, I found this palette easier to work with than the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette. The browns and greens are definitely blend and are a lot easier to work with than the ones in the ABH palette! So yeah, I know I am pointing out all the flaws of the Gemini palette in this review — that’s the point of a review — but I really do love this palette and recommend it if you were like me and wanting a palette with this color story in your life!
Let me know if you picked up the Melt Gemini palette, and if not…did this review help you decide if it’s a worthwhile investment for you?
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