Monday, August 19, 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:

According to the brand's website, "NABLA is an Italian indie brand born to be sincere to its clients, going well beyond the normal market conventions and to provide high quality makeup products, highly efficient and totally safe to use." The company has mostly been catapulted into the beauty industry Indie Spotlight through their social media presence and the relentless and thorough review of smaller YouTubers who have fallen in love with the brand's mission, personal aesthetic, and overall high-quality products.

In terms of eyeshadow palettes, the brand currently offers 6 eyeshadow palettes - (2) 6 pan palettes, and (4) 12 pan palettes. The one featured in this review is the Poison Garden Eyeshadow Palette which I purchased through Beauty Bay and a reduced cost. The packaged arrived along with other items from other brands and was well packaged and in pristine condition. 

Product Payoff, Pigmentation, & Aesthetic Presentation

The packaging of the palette itself is quite innovative and creative. Personally, I am a huge fan of palettes that are slim that come in sleeves. It's just easier to maintain the palette, cuts down on waste, and it still gives the company the ability to feature a different image on the sleeve and one on the palette itself. It's just a personal thing that I particularly enjoy. It seems that most European brands are hip to this type of packaging technique, but some other U.S. Indie brands are picking up on the idea as well. 

The palette features 12 shadows, 5 shimmers and 7 mattes, which is an ideal ration for me. If you keep up with me, you know that I am a shimmer/metallic gal all the way, but of course, most believe that mattes are essential to create an eye look, but I digress.... The palette leans warm with some beautiful neutrals and a pop or two of cooler toned shades. Upon initial swatches, I found the palette's shimmer shades good, but not spectacular, however, I found the mattes outstanding. I have seen reviews were some didn't think the shimmers were that good, but once I started playing with the palette, I quickly disagreed. When applying a shimmer/metallic shade, I always wet my brush as standard practice. I found the shimmers quite stunning. I did have to apply the shade I was using more than once to build up the pigment and bring about an outstanding sheen, but once I did, my eye look came together and I was very, very pleased. Again, the mattes played together well and blended so well that I was a bit shocked. I tested this palette for two weeks, and I was not once disappointed with the looks that I created. Each one was unique, beautifully put together, and was the focus of several conversations from friends and co-workers.

Rating: 9.25/10

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