BPerfect x Stacey Marie Carnival IV The Antidote palette review with swatches and photos

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  • Manufacturer: BPerfect Cosmetics
  • Availability: part of their Carnival collaboration-line with MUA Stacey Marie
  • Description: 48 eyeshadows
  • Cost/Amount: USD$55.95
  • Would you purchase again: yes
BPerfect x Stacey Marie Carnival IV The Antidote palette

In mid-2020 I bought the Carnival III palette and enjoyed it very much. Then I looked at Stacey Marie’s Carnival and Carnival II palettes, and noticed that they were a bit…similar. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good rainbow palette. It just seems odd that, when collaborating with a certain makeup artist, all of a brand’s palettes with that artist look so much the same.

Carnival IV, “The Antidote,” is not a(nother) rainbow palette. Instead of a variation on six shades, it has a warm side (many oranges, a handful of reds and a few yellows) and a cool side (almost entirely greens, with a few green-leaning golds), and a central column of creams, browns, pinks, and other “typical neutral” shades. I love this for several reasons: first, it’s not another rainbow palette in a line of rainbow palettes; and second, it seems that orange- or murky-green-centric palettes aren’t released nearly as often as reds, purples, jeweltone greens, even blues.

And I look so damn good wearing orange eyeshadow.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

The entire 45-shade palette. There are nine columns with five eyeshadows in each column: The left three columns are warm colors, the middle three columns are neutral shades, and the right three columns are primarily greens. Left third, four eyeshadows, swatched: October, Pretty Peachy, Brass, and Spiced Coral. Left third, four eyeshadows, swatched: Aubergine, Fawn, Sugar Maple, and Cinnamon. Left third, four eyeshadows, swatched: Honey, Fall, Pin-up, and Zest. Left third, three eyeshadows, swatched: Pecan, Sweet Cheeks, and Fuego. Middle third, four eyeshadows, swatched: Buff, Dwindle, Pampas, and Bon Bon. Middle third, four eyeshadows, swatched: Oyster, Dove, Elixir, and Dusty Rose. Middle third, four eyeshadows, swatched: Cutie-Pie, Chestnut, Simmer, and Dusk. Middle third, three eyeshadows, swatched: Lotta-Latte, Siren, and Stone. Right third, four eyeshadows, swatched: Suede, Graphite, Moss, and Nectar. Right third, four eyeshadows, swatched: Clover, Ash, Dusty, and Venom. Right third, four eyeshadows, swatched: Antidote, Mystic, Glisten, and Sable. Right third, three eyeshadows, swatched: Silvery, Buttercup, and Grunge.

The shadows are arranged in associated groups. Draw a square around any nine colors, and all the colors in that sub-grid coordinate well with each other. This doesn't mean that colors from opposite sides of this extra-wide palette can't be used together - wherever you personally see a color combination, use it! This specific arrangement just provides a quick "key" for people who tend to get overwhelmed with these larger palettes.

Most of the warm-side colors are fairly saturated. There are warm and cool oranges and reds. While there are several shimmers, most of these colors have a matte finish. I specifically love the range of olive- and brown-toned greens! All of the colors are smooth and well-pigmented, and apply quite nicely. I don't get a lot of kick-up from these shadows, not even the mattes. I wish that the metallic colors were a bit better-behaved. They don't always apply smoothly. The product tends to clump up or flake away.

This kit contained:

The warms/oranges

  • October, Pretty Peachy, Brass, Spiced Coral, and Aubergine
  • Fawn, Sugar Maple, Cinnamon, Honey, and Fall
  • Pin-up, Zest, Pecan, Sweet Cheeks, and Fuego

The neutrals

  • Buff, Dwindle, Pampas, Bon Bon, and Oyster
  • Dove, Elixir, Dusty Rose, Cutie-Pie, and Chestnut
  • Simmer, Dusk, Lotta-Latte, Siren, and Stone

The greens/cools

  • Suede, Graphite, Moss, Nectar, Clover
  • Ash, Dusty, Venom, Antidote, Mystic
  • Glisten, Sable, Silvery, Buttercup, Grunge

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