Melt Cosmetics: Smoke Sessions Eye Shadow Palette

I haven’t reviewed a Melt product in a while, but I figured this palette is worth posting! I’ve never seen any palette with these types of colors so I feel like the Smoke Sessions palette brought a lot of new inspiration into my little world of makeup. It’s currently sold out (I’m so sorry!) but I’ll keep you all posted if I find out when there will be a restock, and of course I’ll try my best to find some great dupes for these shadows.

Note:   For tonight, I only provided dupes from my single shadow collection, but I’ll post more dupes on Monday, December 3rd, when I have a chance to go through my palettes.

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This palette is really fun and while it may not be an every day go-to type of palette for a lot of people, it’s great for adding a little bit of life and brightness to your makeup collection. I feel like this would be a better stand-alone type of palette if it had a neutral, transition color or two, a light highlight color, and a black in it, but most people have a million of those types of shadows already, so I’m not going to hate on this palette for lacking those. The eye shadows in the Smoke Sessions palette are on par with Melt’s other palettes and stacks and are mostly very pigmented, applying easily and evenly. I’m always so impressed with their products and I really appreciate that kind of consistency with a brand. I’ll get into the details about each shadow later on in this post, so keep scrolling down to see more photos and read the individual rundowns.

Melt is known for their creativity when it comes to colors and product themes/collections, and the Smoke Sessions collection does not disappoint! The whole collection shares a marijuana inspired theme, kind of like their past Hot Box collection, and as you can see, the palette features leaves printed on the unicarton and palette, and stamped into the shadows themselves. I know this may not be everyone’s cup of tea but in California where Melt is from, it’s legal, and let’s be real here… This is just makeup, so don’t take it too seriously! A few people have asked me if their products or this palette contain CBD to THC, and they do not contain cannabis in any form so if that’s something you’re not into, don’t worry about it.

When this palette is in stock (hopefully it will be again soon), it sells for $48 from the Melt Cosmetics website. There are eight eye shadows in the Smoke Sessions palette, which are sort of divided in half with four shadows being more golden to olive and four being more forest green to aqua. Each eye shadow contains 2.06 g / 0.0725 oz of product for a total weight of 16.470 g / .580 oz. That means these shadows are slightly bigger than the shadows you get in their Gemini or Twenty Seven palettes, but there are fewer shadows in Smoke Sessions palette. The cool thing is that this palette works well with either one of their other palettes, as well as with many of their stacks or individual shadows from those stacks, so it’s easy to mix and match within the same brand. As far as price goes, you’re paying $6 per shadow, which isn’t anything outrageous, so I would consider this palette to be a good value and pretty mid-range if you’re taking price per shadow into account.

Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty-free brand and this palette is vegan.

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Photo taken outdoors with natural, direct sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC10-NC15 skin.

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Gravity OG:   “Get lifted in this indica dominant yellow gold”… So basically, this shadow is a medium, yellow based gold that has somewhat neutral undertones and a frosted finish that will appear more metallic if you apply it with a dampened brush. It’s great as a lid color and works well with all of the other shadows in this palette. When applying this shadow, I find that it works best with a flat shader brush, either dry or damp. It also goes on incredibly smoothly if you pat it on with your finger.

This eye shadow, along with the rest of the shadows in this palette, feels SO smooth that it’s hard to believe it’s a powder formula. It applies really well without having to use much product at all. The color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, especially if you pat this onto the lid over a good primer. Coverage is fully opaque without any patchiness whether it’s applied over a primer or not. With a primer, I got 7 to 8 hours of wear time on the lid. Despite some kickback/powdery fluff in the palette, I didn’t have any issues with fallout when applying Gravity OG.

Dupes:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Metallic Eye Shadow is lighter and has much more cool, green undertones.
  • MAC’s Amber Lights Eye Shadow is darker and much, much warmer toned.
  • MAC’s Goldmine Eye Shadow is lighter and more peachy.
  • Melt’s Ganja Eye Shadow from the Haze stack is the only shadow I found that’s similar in formula, but it’s lighter and more cool toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Grand Daddy:   “A high-grade olive gold foil with an old school vibe”… This eye shadow is a medium, cool toned golden olive with a frosted to metallic finish, depending on whether or not you apply it dry or damp. I know there’s some rule for most people where they don’t use frosty or shimmery shadows in the crease but guess what, I did and it’s gorgeous when worn like that. This is also a great shadow to pop onto the lid or on the inner and outer corners of a halo/spotlight eye, or blend out below the lower lash line to create a very pretty, smoky look. You can apply this shadow with your finger as well as a brush, and a finger application actually works the same way a damp application does, making it more pigmented and metallic.

Like Gravity OG, Grand Daddy feels extremely buttery and applies like a dream. The color payoff is great and it looks almost the same on as it does in the pan. I do find that applying this over a primer will help with color payoff and coverage, even though the opacity is fully opaque without a primer. Wear time on the lid or in the crease was about 8 hours for me and I had no noticeable fallout with this eye shadow.

Dupes:   

  • ABH’s Metallic Eye Shadow is actually a very close dupe, but it’s a little bit lighter.
  • ABH’s Tiger’s Eye Eye Shadow is in the same color family, but it’s much lighter than Grand Daddy is.
  • MAC’s Sumptuous Olive Eye Shadow is darker and more of a true olive.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

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Black Widow:   “This trippy olive shimmer will leave you with a hunger for more”. Black Widow is a medium to medium-dark, cool toned olive with a frosted to truly metallic finish, depending on whether or not you use a dry or damp brush. This is a versatile shadow that you can use for a variety of looks, whether it’s a smoky eye with this all over the lid, a halo eye, or you can use this as a single, all over color.

This eye shadow is just as creamy as the others in this palette and applies easily. Color payoff with Black Widow is good, but it does tend to look a little lighter when swatched or when applied to the lid/crease than it does in the pan. Applying this shadow over a primer will help with that, though. Despite the difference in color payoff, coverage is great and fully opaque, even when using little product. Wear time was 7 hours or so and I had some very minor shimmery fallout with this shadow, but nothing that I couldn’t easily dust away with my powder brush.

Dupes:   

  • ABH’s Metallic Eye Shadow is much lighter and more gold.
  • ABH’s Moss Eye Shadow is darker, less shimmery, and more of a dirty, grayish olive.
  • MAC’s Sumptuous Olive Eye Shadow is a very, very similar dupe but it does have more of a sheen, rather than the shimmer that Black Widow has and it’s very slightly darker.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Sour Diesel:   “Potent gray olive matte with an immediate opaque payoff”. Sour Diesel is a dark, cool toned olive with a hint of brownish/gray undertones. It’s one of only two matte shadows in this palette but it’s pretty versatile. This shadow works well when worn all over the lid for a smoky eye, as a liner, or in the crease to add some drama to your look. No matter how you’re applying this shadow, I suggest using some sort of natural fiber brush, or a synthetic fiber brush as long as it’s not the type of fibers that are slippery or smooth, since those don’t hold onto matte shadows very well.

For a matte formula, this eye shadow had NO dryness to it at all! It felt buttery and perhaps even smoother than the matte shadows that I have in my eye shadow stacks from Melt Cosmetics. It applied really easily, but did have some fallout. Fortunately, you can dust it away with a light hand and a fluffy powder brush, especially if you baked or powdered under your eyes so the fallout has nothing to stick to. The color payoff when applied isn’t quite as dark as it looks in the pan but it can be finessed a bit to reach that kind of depth. Sour Diesel is a highly pigmented eye shadow with full coverage using very little product. Wear time on the lid or in the crease was between 8 and 9 hours for me before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   

  • I can’t seem to find a dupe that’s even close to Sour Diesel in my single shadows, but I’ll search through palettes tomorrow (12/3).

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

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Space Queen:   “An out of this world hunter green matte that will inspire creativity”… This eye shadow is a dark, cool toned hunter green, which means it’s a green with subtle blue undertones. It has a matte finish, so it’s great to use in the crease, as a liner, or smudged under the eye or on the inner and outer corners of the lid with a halo/spotlight look. Like Black Widow, this shadow is best applied with a brush that’s not made with a smooth or slippery type of synthetic fiber.

Although this is a matte shadow, it’s not dry at all. The texture is extremely smooth and easy to work with and blend out. It does have a bit of fallout, but you can dust it away as long as you set your under eye area with powder before applying your eye shadow. Color payoff is really nice and looks just about the same on the lid as it does in the pan. It’s incredibly pigmented so coverage is also great and fully opaque without having to use much product. I got over 8 hours of wear time both on the lid and on the crease before I noticed any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   

  •    MAC’s Plumage Eye Shadow is the closest dupe I could find and is similar, but has more of a blue-based undertone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Mean Green:   “Pungent emerald densely packed with a loud green shift”… Mean Green is a medium-dark to dark, cool toned emerald green with a sort of sage green shift and a glowing, frosted finish. Since this shadow has that type of a shift, it’s easy to intensify it by applying it damp or with a finger. This shadow works well with all of the other shadows in this palette and looks great no matter where you apply it or what kind of look you’re using it for.

The texture of Mean Green feels almost creamy, just like the rest of the shadows in this palette, so it’s really easy to apply. Color payoff is nice, but since it has a shift of sorts, the overall color doesn’t look like it does in the pan once you swatch or apply it. The coverage is also affected a bit by the whole shift thing, so it’s not entirely opaque unless you pack it on over a primer. Wear time was fantastic, though, and this shadow lasted for over 9 hours both on the lid and in the crease.

Dupes:   

  • ABH’s Emerald Eye Shadow is darker and has much more true green/grayish undertones.
  • ABH’s Peacock Eye Shadow is much darker and also has less blue/teal undertones.
  • MAC’s Humid Eye Shadow is a closer dupe than the two ABH shadows, but it’s still more true green/has less blue undertones.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

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Sweet Tooth:   “No cotton mouth, just sticky icky candy-coated jade shimmer”… Sweet Tooth is a medium to medium-dark, cool toned, minty jade type of green with a very frosted, metallic finish. I absolutely love this shadow on the center of the lid for a halo/spotlight look, or all over the lid with something like Space Queen in the crease. You can use a brush or your finger to apply this shadow, but a damp application with a flat shader brush or a finger application will give you a more pigmented, metallic payoff.

To me, Sweet Tooth felt even more buttery and creamy than the other shadows in this palette and it applied so easily with a flat shader brush. Color payoff is amazing! This shadow looks the same when swatched or applied as it does in the pan and it gives totally opaque, full coverage as well. I had a very, very small amount of fallout with this shadow but if you use a light hand with a fluffy brush, it’s easily swiped away. Wear time on the lid was just over 8 hours before I had any problems with creasing or fading.

Dupes:   

  • ABH’s Venice Eye Shadow is lighter and more blue toned.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Blue Dream:   “Euphoric concentration of crystalized mint pearl”… Blue Dream is a light, cool toned minty pearl color with a pearlized, frosty finish. It’s gorgeous as a center color with halo look, on the inner corner, or on part of the lid. I actually prefer using my finger to apply this shadow, but you can also use a flat shader brush. If you want the best pigmentation, I definitely suggest using a damp synthetic flat brush or your finger.

This eye shadow feels really creamy and smooth like the other frosted shades in this palette, but it also feel a bit, I don’t know, fragile and crumbly perhaps? The color payoff and coverage seem to reflect that, as it’s lighter when swatched or applied than it is in the pan, and also not completely opaque. The pigmentation and coverage can be improved when applying Blue Dream damp and/or on top of a good primer. There was a bit of dusty fallout with this shadow but like the others in the palette, it was easy to brush away. Wear time on the lid or inner corner was between 7 and 8 hours, which was a pleasant surprise for an eye shadow with this type of color and formula!

Dupes:   

  • ABH’s Venice Eye Shadow is darker and more blue.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

 

This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this product with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.

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