Is the new Ever Bilena Uncover Eyeshadow Palette worth your P375?
Last week, I bought the new Ever Bilena Uncover Eyeshadow Palette (P375) in SM Makati. I've been wanting one since I saw the promo images online - it looked gorgeous and the price was not bad at all! I couldn't pass up the chance of owning yet another neutral eyeshadow palette. Mostly though I was curious to see how well this 12-color palette would perform considering it's only P375.
Let's discuss the packaging first. The component looks like Urban Decay's Naked palettes (2 and 3) except it comes in a nude tan shade. It has some heft; it feels solid when held. It's bigger than I thought it was going to be! There are 12 eyeshadows inside at about a gram each. It also contains a double ended brush with a sponge and flat synthetic tip - well, I'm going to throw it away but I do appreciate having that slot for a real eyeshadow brush.
The colors are lovely, with a mix of matte, satin, and sparkly metallic finishes. I don't have the Naked 3 but the Uncover palette is obviously based on Urban Decay's rose gold nudes! I've observed though that some colors are too similar to one another (more on that later). Most of them are pigmented if a bit patchy, but a good eyeshadow base should reveal their vibrancy and hold down the color all day. Expect fallout since the shadows are powdery.
Here are my swatches and color notes!
- #1 is a rich matte white that can be built up to an opaque layer. I just find it too white for my brow bone; I wish EB made a warmer-toned beige so it would match my skin tone (or at least get close enough to avoid the drag look).
- #2 and #3 are very similar sparkly warm pinks. I forgot to swatch #2, sorry, but it's just slightly lighter than #3. I like sparkly eyeshadow so I don't have any beef with this option! If you don't like shiny shadows though, you might not like it.
- #4 would have been a pretty rosy mauve transition color, but it's patchy and hard to work with. That's not to say it's impossible to work with, just that you'll need to layer it quite a bit to get it to show up and work the way it's supposed to.
- #5 and #6 are sparkly bronze shades which are, again, quite similar to one another. I'd say #6 is more bronzy in person but I would be confused if you switched 'em up.
- #7 is a gorgeous burgundy wine. This would make for a fab crease color or smoky lid wash!
- #8 and #9 are close rosy bronzes, though they are definitely more visually easy to tell apart. #8 is more of a rosy bronze while #9 is more of a cocoa bronze. If you love single eyeshadow looks, these would look gorgeous on the lids, concentrated near the lashes and diffused at the crease.
- #10 is a pretty dusky silver while #11 is a soft purple. They are totally made for each other, as you can see in my FOTD below!
- Finally, #12 is a blackish purple with sparkly bits. The sparkles result in major fall out though, and they don't stick on the skin. It's still good for smoking out the eyeshadow though, since it was surprisingly easy to blend and diffuse.
In this look, I used 10 on my lids, 11 on my crease, 4 as transition shade, 12 on my outer V, and 1 on the browbone. Not bad right? It was a bit difficult to work with the Uncover palette due to its limitations but I legit love the look I came up with! It looks sophisticated and rendered quite well in person and on camera.
While the Ever Bilena Uncover Eyeshadow Palette is not perfect, it's still not a bad buy at P375 compared to other options in the same price range. I mean, it's no MAC or Urban Decay and the repeating colors are frustrating but if all you have is P400 to spare on an eyeshadow palette then, hey, this would be a good entry-level addition to your kit.
I don't regret the purchase and I look forward to using the warmer colors next time! Try this if you want a basic palette with everyday shades you can play with. ^_^ Just remember to prime your lids - here's my current fave eyeshadow primer, and it's only P249.