Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Rating is out 10 out of 10, with a full point given for each of the ten sections listed above. Points per section may be issued in the following denominations: 0,.0 .25, .50, 1.0. For further clarification, the sections listed are worth a total of 1.0 point and are:
  1. Company Profile & Personality: (available information about the company, cruelty-free status information, philanthropic efforts, unnecessary controversy, indie company vs mainstream)
  2. Price: (product cost, availability of product, shipping cost, available coupons)
  3. Purchase Process: (order time vs receipt of product turn around, availability of product, email notifications including shipping & tracking number, email notification for delivery)
  4. Packaging: (was the item securely package, decorative packaging efforts including information card about the product, upcoming sales, or the company itself)
  5. Pigmentation: (via swatches)
  6. Color Payoff: (via application to the area applicable)
  7. Product Application: (ease of application of the product, for example for eyeshadow, is there fall out, creasing, etc.
  8. Performance: (longevity of wear)
  9. Product Value: (price to product amount ratio, i.e. price per gram + product quality + consumer response (popularity of the product and consumer response) + repurchase option)
  10. Overall Product Presentation: shade variation (if eyeshadow), women of color friendly, pale people friendly, universally applicable to many skin tones, desire for repeated use, would you repurchase the item again, is this product associated with a particular trend or is does it market the companies individuality, does the product set a new & innovative trend, is the product effective (does it do what it’s designed to do), does the product have potential multiple application opportunities (i.e. can the product be used as a blush & lipstick), is the product limited edition or a permanent product, is the product part of a collection, is the product consistent (from shade to shade, if an eyeshadow palette) from color to color in a part of a collection and does it function and operate the same each time applied.

Product Information, Purchase Process & Presentation

Melt Cosmetics is an Indie brand that is making a name for itself amongst the big boys in the beauty industry, recently debuting several palettes on Sephora's website. Melt initial gain traction for their innovative and revolutionary "stack" palettes, featuring 4 - 6 shadows shaped similarly to hockey pucks and magnetized to stack one on top of the other. "The story of Melt is not just another story about two young women who created a business that quickly outgrew their homes. It is about being unafraid to take the risks involved in pursuing your dreams, and the willingness to put customers at the center of it all." This quote is directly from the Melt Cosmetics website and attests to the perseverance of two women who wanted to make a dramatic impact on the beauty industry through unheard packaging technology, rich and deep pigmentation, and different, out of the box themes and color stories that consumers are digging and have been looking for from other companies from the mainstream sect of the beauty industry.

I purchased this palette directly from Sephora Online, along with several other items and everything arrived in amazing condition and was well packaged. 

Product Payoff, Pigmentation, & Aesthetic Presentation

When this palette initially hit the scene, it was met with mixed reactions. Let's start with the first source of contention and the obvious semi - offender - the name if the palette. The palette obviously is coyly, or maybe not so coyly, referring to the recreational use of Marijuana. With Marijuana leaves embossed on the shadows themselves, as well as the packaging, unless you live under a rock, it's quite apparent the inspiration behind the palette. I do not condone the recreational use of Marijuana nor do I support the government's underwhelming regulation of the use of THC/Marijuana for medicinal purposes. I believe that THC/Marijuana does have many healing and medicinal purposes, however, I am not satisfied with the lack of regulations implemented for those who truly need it for such purposes. The argument/debate about the use of THC/Marijuana is heated on both sides, and I can appreciate both sides, however, beyond the aesthetic value of the palette, I was intrigued by the color story and quality of the brand.

The second issue at hand is that both the initial and secondary releases left many consumers conflicted. While many enjoyed the color story and even the shadows, to an extent, many also complained about the shadow pans being overfilled and "puffy" with product coming out of the pan. Many spoke of the shadows, the metallics, in particular, being loosely pressed, which made application difficult. 

After the palette made its way to Sephora, I decided to pick it up because I figured that these issues had been remedied, and they absolutely were! The palette is monochromatic, but it's absolutely amazing. The metallic shades are unbelievable and the pans are pressed just the right amount, allowing for easier application for both mattes & metallic shades. There are only 2 matte shades in the palette, one very cool toned brown and a very cool toned dark green. This palette is for a very specific, editorial look, and you won't find a classic transition shade in this palette. The palette invites you to use your creativity and imagination to create a myriad of looks that are still monochromatic and lean heavily olive, dark green, and gold. This palette is outstanding and I am very pleased to own it. As my first introduction to Melt Cosmetics, I am surprisingly pleased and thoroughly happy.

Palette Schematics: 

8 individually cultivated dank shades in matte and metallic textures. inspired by our love for cannabis and the anatomy of the plant, from the lush stems and leaves to the dimensional buds and trichomes.
Gravity OG - Get lifted in this indica dominant yellow gold.
Grand Daddy - A high-grade olive gold foil with an old school vibe.
Black Widow - This trippy olive shimmer will leave you with a hunger for more.
Sour Diesel - Potent gray olive matte with an immediate opaque payoff.
Space Queen - An out of this world hunter green matte that will inspire creativity.
Mean Green - Pungent emerald densely packed with a loud green shift.
Sweet Tooth - No cotton mouth, just sticky icky candy-coated jade shimmer.
Blue Dream - Euphoric concentration of crystalized mint pearl.
16.470g/.580oz 2.08g per shadow

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Isopropyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, PTFE, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid, Perfluorooctyl Triethoxysilane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tin Oxide 


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