Chi Chi Cosmetics – Romantic Eyeshadow Palette Review

Originally I posted this review as part of my ‘Palette Of The Month’ series where I review various palettes in my collection, this series was inspired by Kat Wilson ‘s series on her Youtube channel.

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Chi Chi Cosmetics has been one of my favourite Australian beauty brands for a very long time, and if you have followed my blog for a while then you might know this because I’m sure that I’ve mentioned it quite a few times. So I’m sure it will come as no surprise that in today’s post that I will be reviewing the Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Romantic’ Eyeshadow Palette.

I purchased this because it had similar vibes to The Urban Decay ‘Naked Cherry’ eyeshadow palette with lots of berry tones, but this one is $55 cheaper in Australia than the one from Urban Decay. While I’m not adverse to spending a bit on an eyeshadow palette but in this instance I felt like I would rather spend less and support an Australian brand.

My Thoughts On The Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Romantic’ Palette

Berry tones is certainly not new to the makeup world, however in the past we have seen more warm-toned berries and only now we are seeing more cool-toned versions being released, like this one.

The ‘Romantic’ Eyeshadow Palette has a range of shades which is great, including at least 3 transition shades and 4 deeper shades. This palette also has a nice ratio of mattes to shimmers with 5 mattes, 5 shimmers, a satin and a matte with glitter (I never get why this is a thing that needs to exist but okay.)

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Photo by Erin Applebee

The colour range in this palette like I said leans more on the cooler end of the spectrum with cool-toned browns, pinks, berries and champagnes.

The formula’s of these shadows are okay but not great, I felt like I was able to get a few looks out of them but the mattes were probably the ones I had the most trouble with. I had to really build up the darker shades and while they blended out okay, I was constantly going back and forth with blending and building up to get the desired look.

I don’t know if it was just me because for some reason lately, I’ve just been struggling with eyeshadow and winged liner, I just feel like I don’t have a lot of patients at the moment and I keep having to start over again because I’m not liking what the end result looks like.

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Swatches & photo by Erin Applebee

The hero in this palette are actually the shimmers, I think they are really nice and they pick up really well on a brush and stick okay on the eye without any help of a glitter glue or setting spray though I do think this helps add an extra pop. I really enjoyed using 4 out of the 5 shimmers in here particularly the ‘Deep Brown’ shade and ‘Light Champagne’ shade in the top row and the ‘Peachy Pink’ and ‘Rosy Pink’ in the bottom row. The other one I didn’t get as much chance to use as much as I would have liked, but its okay its more of a darker champagne than the lighter one.

Makeup Looks using the ‘Romantic’ Eyeshadow Palette

What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Caramel matte shade in the crease as a transition shade.
  2. Peach matte shade in the crease and outer corner.
  3. Berry matte shade crease and outer corner (I didn’t build this up I just wanted to deepen the Peach shade a little bit.)
  4. Peach shimmer on my lid from centre to inner corner.
  5. Light Champagne shimmer inner corner.
  6. I used number 2 and 4 on the lower lash line for a little bit of colour

I recreated variations of this look a couple of times, you will see another one if you scroll down, where I added a winged liner.

I found the lighter matte shades much easier to work with but I did create a couple of look’s focusing on using some of the deeper shades.

What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Taupe matte shade in the crease as my transition
  2. Deep brown matte in the outer corner and crease, I winged it out a bit on the outer corner of my eye.
  3. Deep brown shimmer shade on my lid.
  4. Light champagne shade on my inner corner.
  5. I used 2 & 3 on my lower lash line.

I really loved this brown smokey eye more than I thought I would, however, I do feel like the darker mattes can be harder to work with and look a bit muddy if you’re not careful.

What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Peach matte as my transition shade (though it got a bit lost in the photos.)
  2. Berry matte shade all over the lid, in the crease and outer corner.
  3. Deep brown shade to deepen up the look (It didn’t really work that great.)
  4. Berry matte with glitter just to try it out. (the glitter doesn’t show up and that’s why I get confused by these types of eyeshadow whats the point of them.)
  5. Light champagne on my inner corner.
  6. I used 2 & 3 on my lower lashline.
  7. Black gel liner to finish it off.

This look didn’t turn out that great, but it was a good representation of the darker mattes, they just don’t perform that well I found it hard to layer them to build up colour which is really disappointing. I wanted to do a gradual smokey look where I used the deeper shades along the lash line and then used the lighter shade to blend it out.

I may have just done it wrong I have since found that some of Chi Chi’s mattes work better over a sticky base rather than a set base, I really wanted to see if I could layer the shades without this method so I did do the berry shade first and then built it up which didn’t really work. I also tried blending out the edges but it would just blend out to nothing and then I would have to build up what I lost again.

What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Caramel matte shade in the crease as a transition shade.
  2. Peach matte shade in the crease and outer corner.
  3. Berry matte shade crease and outer corner.
  4. Rosey Pink shimmer on my lid from centre to inner corner.
  5. Light Champagne inner corner
  6. I used number 3 lower lash line for a little bit of colour

* picture has been edited slightly, cleaned up a bit.

I was actually really self-conscious about posting this one, I really suck at applying mascara and the NYX Vivid Brights liner that I used just got all over my lashes. I’m also really bad at applying eyeshadow under my eyes, its an area I’m trying to improve on.

These photos weren’t the best, I don’t know if It was just me or the palette I was working with but I just haven’t been liking any of the look’s I’ve been creating lately, It’s been a real struggle. This look was a slight variation on look 1 I just used the rosy pink shade and built up the berry matte a little bit for more colour.

Having deep-set/hooded eyes makes it really difficult sometimes to apply eyeshadow I often have to go further up my eyelid so that it doesn’t get lost when my eye is open. Which is why it often looks quite dramatic.

Final Thoughts

So what do I actually think about this palette, I think its okay but not great, I think the mattes leave much to be desired, the lighter shades work much better than the darker ones. The pigmentation in the darker shades is average they take a lot of work.

I think the shimmers are probably the best thing out of this palette, the formula is nice and has pretty nice pigmentation. The pink satin could be better it takes a lot to build up and its hard to pick up out of the pan.

Chi Chi is still a great affordable brand and I quite enjoy some of their products just this particular one I felt could have been better and even for the only $25 AUS I don’t know if I would personally recommend it. Will I be decluttering this out of my collection I don’t know I still enjoy the shimmers so I may dip in for those in particular but if something better comes along I may pass this on the someone else.

Have you tried this particular palette from Chi Chi Cosmetics? or What’s your favourite Chi Chi product that you have tried? let me know in the comments…

Thank you for checking out my review, I hope enjoyed it,

Until next time, I hope you have a lovely day.

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