I’ve been wanting to buy and try the Soul Blooming palette for a long time; in fact, at one point I thought I had.
When I was first learning Instagram (when it comes to technology, I’m basically your Nana), I got pulled in to one of those sketchy makeup brands that no one has ever heard of that soon disappear, only to return a month later under a different name. They were selling this pastel palette with pinks, peaches, and purples, and they were using a promo image of a pink rose on fire:
The palette itself looked a little bit basic, but this image captivated me, and the swatches looked much more vibrant and impactful than just the images of the shadows in the pans. I decided to give it a go. At that time, I hadn’t heard of Nabla, and I didn’t know that this company was selling a knockoff of the palette, which they called the Soul Blossom palette (even though they were using the Nabla images that clearly said Soul Blooming). I waited for the palette for almost a month; whenever I emailed I was given assurances that they were just running behind and the palette would ship soon. In the meantime, I was doing some searching around for something else and stumbled across the actual Nabla palette. Luckily the sketchy brand I had ordered from had been hooked up with Paypal, so I was able to get my money back but I never ended up ordering the real one. I think I was soured by the bad experience trying to get the knockoff, and it ended up on my constantly growing “makeup wish list” and kept getting edged out by new releases.
Recently, I had some Ulta points to burn through and I knew that they were carrying some Nabla products (I also picked up several shades of their glowy face powders, which I adore!) so I searched to see if they carried Soul Blooming, and they did!
These swatches were done over the ABH eye primer with a finger swatch on the left and a brush swatch on the right. The top photo is under my studio lights without a flash, and the bottom photo is the same lighting with a flash.
L to R: Honey Drip, Gea, Chamomile, Bolero
Honey Drip is a lovely light yellow golden shimmer, the sort of color I repeatedly refer to as candlelight. It’s a little chunky, but blends out smoothly and with gorgeous reflect. Gea is a bright medium peach matte. Chamomile is a buttercream matte. Bolero is a peachy pink matte, medium in tone and deeply pigmented.
This first row of swatches is when I knew, without a doubt that I was going to love this palette. This is the row that should have bored me to tears – I mean, c’mon! There’s a matte cream shade in here, the most basic of all basic eyeshadows! – but I was immediately smitten. Honey Drip was a little chunky, and it’s not unique at all, but once I got to those mattes, they were so soft and silky smooth, but not flaky or messy at all. They applied so beautifully and with such depth, and the colors were actually brighter and more interesting that I would have ever thought looking at them in the pans. The feeling is absolutely luxurious.
L to R: Middle Karma, Garden Gate, Climbing Rose, Garcon
Middle Karma is a warm-toned matte medium brown, kind of boring in terms of the color but just as intense and silky and luxurious as the mattes in the top row. Garden Gate is a pale lavender base with a blue shift. Climbing Rose is a blushing pink with peachy gold shimmer reflect. Garcon is a deep brown with coppery shimmer.
L to R: Anemone, Flowery, Philosophy, Caravaggio
Anemone is a bright royal purple shimmer. Flowery is a lavender matte, a little patchy at first, but easy to work with and very buildable. Philosophy is a gorgeous pale pink shimmer with pale green duochrome. Caravaggio is a deep brown matte, leaning a little cool-toned but still close enough to the middle that you could use it easily with any of the other shades in this palette.
I cannot believe I waited this long to add this palette to my collection! I am so inspired by these purples and pinks, and I love the little touch that the browns and the peaches give to it. There is so much gorgeousness all contained in this little palette! The powders are smooth and luxurious – there is that word again, but it really is the best way to describe my experience with these shadows! Nabla is an Italian indie brand, and I definitely get a sort of European sophistication from this palette.
This experience has taught me a couple of things. First, don’t fall in love with something in a sketchy Instagram ad, and make sure you do some research on the company first. Second, don’t let a bad experience with a knockoff sour you on the real thing! If it speaks to your soul, then let it! It took a long time for us to come together, but I’m looking forward to all of the gorgeous “blooms” just waiting to burst forth!