Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Spectral Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Spectral

Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Spectral 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a visually stunning palette with a mix of almost richer pastel hues paired with some deeper grounding shades (like the plum and blue). It’s just too bad that so many of the shades were disappointing–from issues with pigmentation to difficult in application, it was just a rough palette to work with. After I tried using it twice with abysmal results, I backed away from it out of frustration, and when I returned, it was still poor, even when I tried it over eyeshadow primer.

There were some shades that were decent to good, which kept the palette in the C range, but the spectacular failures were all I could remember–especially as Occult is the deepest shade and needed to add contrast when working with the other shades. With eight shades, there’s just no room for two Fs.

Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Dim Eyeshadow
Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Dim Eyeshadow
Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Dim Eyeshadow
Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Dim Eyeshadow
Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Dim Eyeshadow

Dim

Dim is a medium coral with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly to bare skin. The texture was smooth, almost cream-like as it was so finely-milled, and blendable. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before creasing faintly.

Faint

Faint is a light, lime green with subtle, warmer undertones and cooler, fine shimmer. It had good pigmentation in one layer, while the texture felt soft, lightly dusty to the touch but blended out well on my skin. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

Eerie

Eerie is a medium-dark lavender with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a drier, thinner texture that made it difficult to work with, as it did not build up well, applied unevenly, and was pretty difficult to work with, even over primer. It showed signs of fading after six hours on me, though I’ll admit it was hard to judge since it was so patchy to begin with.

Abstract

Abstract is a bright, light blue with strong, cool undertones and a sparkling fiish. It had a drier consistency that resulted in semi-opaque pigmentation and some fallout during application. I’d recommend using this with a wet brush to ensure smoother application and greater intensity (with less fallout). This shade stayed on well for seven hours on me and had some fallout over time.

Illusion

Illusion is a bright silver with micro-glitter over a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied to bare skin, as the color seemed to move and sheer out a bit due to the more emollient texture. It was denser, almost thick, in the pan, but it felt a little drier when applied and blended out on my lid. It had a touch of fallout during application, and then there was a touch more during the eight hours it lasted but it was quite minor relative to how much sparkle was in it.

Occult

Occult is a medium-dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It felt smooth to the touch but was drier, thin, and almost chalky, which resulted in fallout and a tendency to sheer out. It had semi-opaque pigmentation at best, which was uneven and patchy, and the more I fussed with it, the worst it looked. There was noticeable fading after six hours of wear.

Phantom

Phantom is a rich, aqua-teal with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that adhered well to bare skin and blended out nicely along the edges. The texture was smooth, drier to the touch, but it didn’t impede the application. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly, but this shade stained my lid into the next day.

Unknown

Unknown is a bright, medium-dark pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had nearly opaque color coverage in one pass, which adhered well to my lid and blended out without difficulty. The texture was soft, silky, and smooth to the touch but wasn’t prone to fallout. It stayed on nicely for eight hours on me before fading visibly, though it left a stain into the next day.



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