The Saffron Palette is my first Suva Beauty eyeshadow palette. It is warm and and pretty and compact and I was really excited to try it.
The packaging is very pretty. It is a sturdy cardboard, which is my favourite, and contains a mirror. The names of the shades are written under each pan (also very cool) and overall I enjoy how this palette looks.
There are three mattes; two are very mid tones, a pinky red (paprika) and a red toned brown (cinnamon). The other matte, Clove, is a darker, cool, burgundy brown. I would have loved the cinnamon shade to have been a mustard yellow or pale orange to add variety as the two reddish matte shades are a bit too similar for such a small palette.
There are five shimmer shades with two distinct formulas. Coriander (champagne), Saffron (bronze) and Sarso (burgundy) are very smooth and pigmented while Tumeric (orange gold) and the brown shade with gold glitter (star anise) are more metallic and flakey. Star Anise in particular feels quite loose in the pan which may be because it contains a lot of glitter. It’s beautiful but unless you want fallout like crazy then I recommend you spray your brush with a fixing spray after you pick up the product or apply over a glitter glue.
The most disappointing shade of this palette for me is Ginger. It is a pale satin shade which is thin, lacks pigment and I just don’t really get it. I suppose you could use it to highlight your brow bone or inner corner BUT it’s such a similar tone to Coriander it just seems like a waste of a shade. I would have way preffered a red to orange duo chrome shimmer, a rich red shimmer or even a pale yellow transition shade or a deep dark chocolate brown matte. Any of those options would have added a real richness to the colour story that was lost with this shade selection. I love a nine pan palette but it needs to be really well thought out and for me, four of these nine shades are a bit too similar.
I was, however, excited to realise you can do a very cool, burgundy look with this palette which I didn’t realise at first glance, and it makes this colour scheme more versatile than it first seems.
In terms of wear, I really like the formula of these shadows. I felt like the mattes blended really well and the shimmers are beautiful. I have done a look with this palette using just shimmers and (aside from the two in the more flackery formula) they blended out well into the crease.
Overall, I really like the Suva Beauty formula and I have enjoyed this little palette. The Saffron palette retails for around $50aud or $35usd and honestly I think that is a lot. I got mine as part of a mystery bag so didn’t pay full price and I wouldn’t. If you want a nice little warm neutral palette at a more affordable price ColourPop does some great versions for significantly less and a similar level of quality in my opinion. If you want to try something from Suva though – their hydra liners are so cool! Review coming soon.
So would I recommend the Saffron palette? For its quality? Sure! For the price… no. If you do pick it up though, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Have a glorious day 🙂