Thursday, May 15, 2014

Saucebox Temptation Palette Review

Saucebox Cosmetics is a company that was started in 2010 by a mother and daughter team. They primarily produce eyeshadows that are both paraben and talc free. I first heard of the brand when Samantha from Batalash Beauty posted some truly gorgeous looks with some of their palettes.

The Tempations palette is one of the two 'color' palettes that they have. It has four shadows in very bright colors - this is probably the brightest palette I own!

The palette is made of cardboard, and has the cutest design on the front. The inside of the palette has a good-sized mirror. It will travel well, but you don't want to drop it or treat it harshly - it's not going to withstand rough treatment. I think this will also get scuffed easily, and will fall prey to regular wear and tear.

As mentioned, there are four shadows in this palette. Each pan is huge! I think the pan size would be 30mm? To explain just how much shadow you're getting, it's roughly about three times the amount you would get in an Urban Decay single eyeshadow. So, heck yeah!

The shades are:
Orange Sun - a vibrant, bold shimmery orange-red with gold glitter.
Aquarama - a pigmented matte ocean blue. This was on the powdery side and didn't swatch well, but was easy to use on the eyes.
Mermaid - a bright shimmery aquamarine blue with tiny silver glitter.
Yell-Oh! - a cheerful, vibrant shimmery yellow with gold glitter. This was the problem shade in the palette - it was quite powdery, rather chalky when swatching but was marginally better when used on the eyes.

The shadows are all very pigmented, despite the differences in quality. A little goes a long, long way. Orange Sun, Aquarama and Mermaid will stain the skin if you don't use a primer/base (I learnt this the hard way!).
They last all day (a good 8 hours) on me with a primer, without fading, and there is fading seen at the 10th hour or so. These are definitely long-lasting shadows. Aquarama and Yell-Oh! gave some problems while swatching, but they performed well on the eyes, and applied and blended well. There is a minor amount of fallout from these shades, because they are on the powdery side. Nothing unmanageable, though!

If you're a fan of bright colors, and shadows that have amazing pigmentation, this is the palette for you. Saucebox also make two neutral palettes - Creme De La Creme is a neutral palette with a mix of finishes, while the Etude palette is a neutral, all-matte palette. So if brights aren't for you, you have other options to choose from!

BGMM Rating: B+


  1. Reminds me a bit of the Sugarpill palettes, but woah, those are bright! :o

    1. They are bright! Quality-wise I'd say Sugarpill is better - my Cold Chemistry palette doesn't have as much a powder texture as these ones do. Pigmentation would be about the same, though!

  2. I agree with Shlaya..they do remind of the sugarpill ones and look at the pigmentation!

    1. Yup! Pigmentation is similar to Sugarpill, but quality-wise I feel Sugarpill is better!

  3. AnonymousMay 17, 2014

    Love the glowy blue of Aquarama! :-D