NABLA Midnight Cutie Palette Review & Swatches


Midnight

NABLA Cosmetics Midnight Cutie Palette ($24.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a new, blue-leaning collection of shades that ranged from matte to intense sparkle. The palette included interesting finishes, but they were not the easiest to work with, especially for anyone who tends to use dry brushes.

Ingredients

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Blue Hour

Blue Hour is a slightly muted, deep cobalt blue with strong, cool undertones–almost leaning purple–paired with a matte finish. The eyeshadow was nearly opaque in a single layer, and it was easy to build it up to full coverage with less than half of a layer more. The texture was soft, thinner, and a little drier to the touch, but I didn’t have any issues during application as the product blended out well. It wore nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.09 oz. – $88.89 Per Ounce

The brand has a few different powder eyeshadow formulations, and because they don’t just differ in finish but in price, they’re listed as individual formulas on Temptalia, but for ease, I wanted to keep the same overview available so it’s easy to get a big picture overview of their powder eyeshadows generally!

Super Matte Eyeshadows are “highly pigmented, completely opaque” with a “full, velvety” finish. The Super Mattes have a more finely-milled, velvety, and more substantial texture compared to the brand’s Soft Matte eyeshadows, and I also found that they were much more pigmented than the Soft Mattes, too. There was more fallout during application if I wasn’t careful due to the Super Matte shades being so pigmented, though. If one prefers building up coverage, the Soft Mattes would be more suitable. The eyeshadows in this finish tended to wear seven to eight hours on me.

Top Coat Wet & Dry Eyeshadows are supposed to give a “wet effect” and can be used wet or dry but are suggested to be used by “dabbing them on with your fingers” or “trying it wet.” I found that these varied–some were really soft, blendable, and extremely pigmented with more fleck-like sparkle and others were drier and firmer with a thinner texture that was stiffer to work with. Most of them did apply best with fingertips or with a dampened brush over a dry brush. This finish is more interesting than the others, but I’d pay attention to the specific shades as there was some inconsistency. The wear time ranged from six to eight hours and slight to moderate fallout.

Satin Eyeshadows are supposed to have a “gentle sheen” with “the finest pearls” that will have “excellent adhesion” and be “long-lasting.” They can also be applied wet or dry, and some shades did apply more smoothly or had better pigmentation when applied with a dampened brush, but the majority were easy to work with dry. The texture was smooth, firm but not too dense, and most shades blended out easily as the formula wasn’t stiff to work with. Most shades lasted seven to eight hours.

Soft Matte Eyeshadows are supposed to give a “soft and delicate” effect while blending “easily.” While the brand mentions “soft and delicate,” the swatches they provided of the shades in this finish were showing opaque coverage in one layer, so the expectation would be for true, full color coverage, but a lot of the shades in the finish seemed more muted (which could be interpreted as “soft and delciate”). My experience was that the pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque but most shades were buildable, and I felt like buildable, matte eyeshadows are much needed and quite versatile–there’s a huge difference in a poorly pigmented eyeshadow and one that can be pigmented, just requiring two layers–the latter gives one a lot of control over how it can appear in a look. The shades in this finish seemed to fade a little faster on me with six to seven hour wear on average.

Pearl Eyeshadows are supposed to “apply evenly, blend well” with “excellent skin adhesion” and “long-lasting” wear with high pigmentation. These are your m re typical shimmery, powdery eyeshadow formula with light creaminess, moderately dense textures, and are usually quite easy to blend out. Most of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that lasted between seven and eight hours on me. Some shades were very metallic and others were a soft frost.

Browse all of our NABLA Cosmetics Super Matte Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

PTFE, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Polyethylene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate. May Contain: CI 77491 – CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Blue Hour

PiPPermanent in Palette. $8.00.

Air

Air is a pale, sky blue with strong, cool undertones and a satin finish. The texture was thicker and a little drier, which gave it a chalky, powdery effect applied to my skin, despite it having a slightly creamier feel to the touch (in the pan). It had semi-opaque color coverage that did not blend out readily with a brush, though it was more malleable using my fingertip. It lasted for eight hours before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Lauryl Dimethicone, C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone, Stearyl Dimethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77007 (Ultramarines).

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at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Air

PiPPermanent in Palette.

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Marseille

Marseille is a light, golden bronze with strong, warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. The texture was moderately dense, almost cream-like as it had some slip and substance to it, but picked up readily with a dry brush. It had rich pigmentation that stayed on well for eight and a half hours before showing signs of wear.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Alumina, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, C10-18 Triglycerides, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-4, Tin Oxide. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 – CI 77492 – CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

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at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Sapphire

Sapphire is a vivid, medium-dark blue with strong, cool undertones and a sparkling sheen. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, but the texture was denser and thicker, which made it harder to pick up product evenly. I also had issues with fallout due to the thickness, as the product did not want to transfer and adhere as well to bare skin. It worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush to avoid fallout. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Mica, Squalane, Octyldodecanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Tin Oxide, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide).

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at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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NABLA Cosmetics Alma Fluid Metal Eyeshadow
NABLA Cosmetics Alma Fluid Metal Eyeshadow
NABLA Cosmetics Alma Fluid Metal Eyeshadow
NABLA Cosmetics Alma Fluid Metal Eyeshadow
NABLA Cosmetics Alma Fluid Metal Eyeshadow
NABLA Cosmetics Alma Fluid Metal Eyeshadow

Alma

Alma is a pale, bluish-white with an iridescent pearl throughout. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out without difficulty. The texture was smooth to the touch, moderately dense but picked up well with a dry brush. It lasted nicely for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Alumina, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, C10-18 Triglycerides, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, Laureth-4. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Alma

PiPPermanent in Palette.

Quiet Storm

Quiet Storm has a blackened, navy blue base with flecks of lighter blue and teal sparkle throughout. The texture was more emollient and felt almost wet to the touch, which helped the larger flecks of sparkle adhere to the lid and not immediately result in fallout. It had a more translucent base, so it tended to look better in motion (in person) than in a still photo (where the base looked a little patchy); it was described as a “top coat” by the brand. I would recommend applying this shade with a fingertip, though, to get the smoothest and most even application. There were signs of light fallout after eight hours of wear.

Ingredients

Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Cellulose Acetate, C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone, Stearyl Dimethicone, Lauryl Dimethicone, Silica, Talc, Mica, Sorbitan Isostearate, Triacetin, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Zinc Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 – CI 77492 – CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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