Budget findsI love my Chanel and Guerlain bizniz… but nothing excites me more than a budget beauty find. And since I’ve recently been fixated on eyeshadows, they’ve been my main focus when I approach a beauty counter. I went inside Tony Moly in search of my favorite hand cream only to find out it’s already been phased out (I hate when they do that!). I’m glad I stayed and looked around else I wouldn’t have discovered these babies. These single eyeshadows come in refillable pans sans the casing. Now if I had been my regular self, this wouldn’t have appealed to me at all because packaging is important to the magpie that I am attracted to shiny things and all. I went ahead and swatched one anyway…. and the rest goes down again in Misty Mom history. I never gave Tony Moly eyeshadows a second look before this encounter. They used to sell Crystal Mono eyeshadows that seemed too frosty and glittery for my liking. These Delight Mono ones are fairly new, having launched just last June (correct me if I’m wrong Tony Moly peeps/fans).
So is it really cheap?A single shadow is 1.4 g or 0.04 oz and costs Php178 ($4) — now, let’s compare for fun, shall we? a Chanel baked quad contains 0.04 oz for 4 shadows and costs Php3,250 ($59) a Guerlain quad contains 0.25 oz and costs Php3,000 ($59) a Dior quint contains 0.21 oz and costs Php3,450 ($60) an Urban Decay Naked palette contains 0.60 oz and costs Php2,800 ($50) a NARS six-piece palette contains 0.42 oz and costs Php2,250 ($43) a Tony Moly six-piece palette contains 0.24 oz and costs Php1,068 ($25) plus the case which is Php350 so around Php1,400
So it’s not really cheap — it costs almosts as much as the UD Naked palettes if you get 12pcs of the Tony Moly single eyeshadows. But it’s definitely way cheaper than the luxury brands’ outrageous prices (Chanel’s baked quads only contain 0.04 freaking oz!!! Call the cops cos I feel robbed!!) for the same amount of product.
The upside, though, is you get to choose the shades you want and build a palette where all the colors will be (hopefully) used and abused. Want it all mattes? Go ahead! Just satins? Why not! Shimmering splendid with a mix of the first two? Go all out, baby! Which is why I took quite a long time in that Tony Moly counter what with my swatch marathon and all. Poor Enzo waiting for me outside thinking I was only in there to buy my hand cream. Anyway, since the palette could fit six eyeshadows (you can also fit in three shadows and one blush) — the OCD in me just had to fill up the whole thing. No way can my mind rest knowing I have a half-empty palette with a metal base showing *cringe*.
I ended up choosing 4 shimmer and 2 matte shadows to fill in the slightly-tacky-but-i-can-live-with-it palette. It was a challenge matching the testers to the sealed products because there aren’t any names to distinguish them — only the last 2-digits in their barcodes.
I also ended up with quite neutral colors which is typical Misty Mom style (shying away from the more out-there shades).
What about the quality?But of course, the main reason I was drawn to these in the first place! Love at first swatch — you can call it that. Buttery smooth and heavily pigmented = without any primer whatsoever. In short, what I expected from the NARS eyeshadows. Granted, there were also Tony Moly singles that were gritty and patchy which you just have to weed through. The shimmer shades have excellent color pay-off. The matte shades aren’t as pigmented but are really smooth and non-powdery. Definitely better than the NARS mattes I’ve encountered.
But the downside!Well, it’s not as perfect as I wished it would be. The shimmers did have some fall out, which isn’t a deal breaker but I’m iffy with that. I hate having shimmer all over my face when I apply eyeshadow (especially with my n00b skills). Of course, nothing a primer (a really good one!) couldn’t solve.
I would go on and describe the colors but I’ll leave you instead with swatches – one in direct sunlight and one under the shade. I’ll do some looks and share them soon!