This palette is straight up a ‘YouTube made me buy it’ product. I’ve been curious about the brand since I first saw them, so much so they made it on to my ‘New brands to try in 2019’ list. The Hasina 2 is all cool-toned and provides a selection of purple, green and blue in both matte and shimmer formulas. And it is certainly beautiful.
Blush Tribe is a UK based indie brand and they are growing quickly. Their palettes are cruelty free and the company is a one-woman show. Their palettes all have beautiful packaging art and I appreciate the sturdy cardboard design. There is no mirror included if that matters to you. There are fifteen shadows here with 8 mattes and 7 shimmers.
Before we start the review, let’s start with my thoughts on working with really colourful palettes from my limited experience. Working with bright colours can be challenging because you can’t work with them in exactly the same way you would with colours that blend more naturally into your skin tone. My advice is to place and pack the colour down where you want it first then use a clean brush to blend them out by feathering the edges. If you try to blend out your crease with just a big fluffy brush like you might with a light neutral matte, these colours may be a bit patchy.
In relation to building up mattes for a look, I have most success when I lay colours beside each other rather than layering up OVER each other. Things can get real muddy real quick if you layer bright colours over each other. Having some knowledge of colour theory helps a lot. For example, I keep the murky green called ‘Manni’ right away from the blues and purples as it will just be a muddy mess – you will lose the integrity of the individual colours completely and it will all start to look like a grey/brown.
In relation to the formula, these are smooth mattes to the touch but they will kick up a lot in the pan. These mattes are NOT playing. They are very pigmented and my best advice is go slow. I recommend really tapping off your brush and doing your eyes first to avoid fall out. Like I said above, you will need to take your time to blend but I think that is true with lots of colourful matte formulas.
The shimmers are very firmly pressed so if you use synthetic brushes like I do, you need to really dig a bit in the pan to pick up the product. Don’t get me wrong, they are pretty enough and you can use your finger to build more shine or wet your brush (which I ALWAYS do with these). These aren’t super “metallic” shadows though so don’t expect really high shine finishes without some extra work.
I was so excited by this palette when I saw it online but once I had it in front of me I have found I’m not super inspired by the selection of shades offered here. I can’t quite put my finger on why that is, but I just think I wanted to see something a bit more interesting particularly in relation to the diversity in finishes and colours.
- The purple shimmer colours in particular are too similar and really blend together on the eye. I would have loved to see a very pale lilac duochrome or an icy lavender colour to mix it up here rather than three very mid-toned shades with only slight tone variation.
- The same issue applies to the green mattes which can look very similar once on the eye. A true light lime could have been good or a lighter mustard-toned green perhaps or even a light minty shade – just something more varied.
- I have also found that some of the matte shades are almost identical in tone to a shimmer shade in the palette so on the eye it all just blends into one. Some people may love that as you can do a totally monochromatic look but for me I’d rather have each shadow offer something new to the richness of the palette’s colour story rather than having a blue matte that totally matches a blue shimmer. In my opinion Anika and Myna, Mohan and Grainne and Manni and Shay, are just too similar.
Overall, this isn’t my favourite palette. These shades are pigmented and bright and they last well on the eyes and I have loved the looks I’ve created with this palette but when I open it I don’t feel inspired to use it. Each time I’ve really needed to think about a plan of attack and each time I’ve ended up pulling in something from another palette just to round out the look completely. I see myself using this as a companion palette as some of the colourful mattes are unique in my collection.
I know lots of people have loved this palette so if you want other reviews I recommend you check out YouTube and watch it in action. If these colours speak to you I don’t think you will be disappointed but it’s not one that I’m singing the praises of just because there are too many similar shades for my personal taste and the shimmer formula isn’t my favourite.
If you really want to use this palette and end up with a truely spectacular look I think you need to pair it with one of the duo or multichrome Titanium Dusts that Blush Tribe also sells. They are unique, interesting and stunningly beautiful and some pair really nicely with the Hasina 2 colour story. I have some Titanium Dusts from Blush Tribe that I really do enjoy so watch for that review coming soon.
Have a great day!