I missed out on getting this at the first release as it never made it to Blighty but people who did get one liked it so much that Coloured Raine made the Queen of Hearts palette a permanent fixture.
Isn’t she a beauty? I’ve been playing with her for a little while now so I thought I would tell you lovely lot all about it.
The Queen of Hearts
The palette contains twelve shadows, six mattes and six foils with a royal themed name. It is made in the USA and is cruelty free. According to the Coloured Raine website the shade ‘Ladyship’ contains carmine for those who choose to avoid it.
The palette itself is a fairly plain looking slim hard cardboard affair with a mirror inside, there’s a more ornate looking exterior sleeve which if you keep it you have to fiddle to take off every time . I would have preferred to have seen the gold design on the actual palette rather than a fiddly sleeve that will end up ratty or in the bin!
In the UK this palette costs £45 which works out at £3.75 per 1.5g shadow.
Swatched on bare skin with no primer applied. Click on the image (or any image in this post) to enlarge it.
- Crown – Pearlescent white with gold undertone.
- Royal Highness – Metallic purple-toned taupe.
- Your Majesty – Rich metallic copper with gold reflect.
- Princess – Matte blushed pink.
- Empress – Vibrant matte orange.
- Queen Mother – Metallic plum with lavender hues.
- Heir – Matte peach.
- Noblewoman – Metallic burgundy with purple undertones.
- Royal Prerogative – Terracotta.
- Ladyship – Matte vivid purple.
- Duchess – Matte milk chocolate brown.
- Dethrone – Sparkling espresso with gold reflect.
The matte shades all have quite a dry texture to them but are not overly powdery. They are very easy to blend and work with even without primer and can be built up or used more sheer depending on your brush choice. Brush choice is one reason why I think so many people struggle with eye shadows – let me know if you’d like a detailed post on shadow brushes.
For me the worst performing shadow of the palette is the berry-purple shade ‘Ladyship’. Matte purples are always so hard to get right though and this one is still perfectly workable, it just required a little more building than the other shades for me. By comparison to some shadows out there, it’s still very good.
The foils feel incredibly soft, almost wet even. As if someone made a cream shadow press-able. They all give full coverage with a flat brush almost as well as they do with a finger swatch, no primer or brush wetting needed!
If you’re in the UK or don’t keep up with YouTube and Instagram you might not be familiar with Black-owned indie brand Coloured Raine.
Coloured Raine was founded in 2013 by Loraine (Raine) who wanted to create a cosmetics line that “encouraged self-expression and diversity” . The brand quickly became known for it’s inclusive range of liquid lipsticks that suit women of all skin tones.
I can absolutely see why this palette got such rave reviews the first time around. The shade choices were right ahead of the curve too, just look at the new Huda ‘Desert Dusk’ palette and the Natasha Denona ‘Lila’ palette that just dropped.
It does seem expensive at first but when you break it down to the per pan cost it’s much cheaper than buying 12 singles. This palette is also less expensive than either the Huda or Natasha Denona palettes if price were a deciding factor. I do have the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk on my dressing table at the moment being tried out so look out for a review in the coming weeks.
Let me know in the comments, what do you think of the Queen of Hearts palette and what is your favourite from the warm purple toned trend at the moment?