Every once in a while things just come together! Give Me Glow is one of my favorite indie brands for gorgeous shimmer eyeshadows. I love love rainbow palettes. I love pastels. Well, all of these loves came together in the release of the Pastel Dreams palette from Give Me Glow Cosmetics!
My understanding is that this palette was inspired by a theme box that they did with a collection of rainbow pastel shadows. The box was super popular and so many people were asking for the shades to return or for something like it that they decided to create a palette based on that collection. The shades are not exactly the same, but it’s the same idea: a 12-shade collection that has the 6 main colors of the rainbow (Indigo never gets any love!) in pastel shades, with each color getting a matte and a shimmer shadow. I’ll include a video below from YouTuber Katie Marie that has more information, shows off the original bundle, and has some pastel looks.
I love Give Me Glow’s shimmer formula and so this was a definite need for me just based on those shades. I love the matte shades as well, though I’ve had problems with some of my matte singles from the brand cracking while being stored in my magnetic palettes, or arriving broken. I haven’t had any problems with mattes in palettes, though, so I was hoping that would continue with these.
Looking at Katie Marie’s video, I think that the mattes in the palette are lighter and brighter than the original mattes. The shimmers look similar but lighter and perhaps with more base pigment. I’m a little sad that I missed out on the pastel bundle because those shades look amazing, but these are pretty gorgeous as well!
For swatches, I did them over the Kaleidos Makeup Tone Activator eye primer with a finger swatch on the left and a brush swatch on the right. The top photo is under my studio lighting without a flash, and the bottom photo is under the same lighting with a flash.
L to R: Lavender Sky, Lala Land, Peek A Blue, Queen of the Clouds
Lavender Sky is a pale lilac purple with golden shimmer. Lala Land is a lilac purple matte. These pastel mattes are very pigmented, and there is a lot of white in the base to really make the colors pop. That means that these shades will work on a variety of skintones, but it means they can be a little bit stiff to blend out, but these were not at all chalky or patchy, and the color just practically lit up! Peek A Blue is a light blue with silvery reflect, very metallic and gorgeous. Queen of the Clouds is a bright baby blue matte.
L to R: Twinkle Twinkle, Peach For The Stars, Pink Rain, Daydream
Twinkle Twinkle is a gorgeous creamsicle peach matte, very bright and vibrant. Peach For The Stars is a peach metallic shimmer with silvery reflect. I would have loved to see this base color with a golden sheen, but this color is very pretty. Pink Rain is a light bubblegum pink matte – this one just glows! Daydream is a pale pink metallic with a silver shimmer.
L to R: Too High For This, Magic Mint, Rise And Shine, It’s So Fluffy
Too High For This is a pale spring green with a strong golden shift. This one disappointed me a little bit; it’s a lovely shade, but we know that I love greens, and this one probably has the softest base pigment of any of the shimmers, so the more you blend it out, the more you lose the green and just get that intense yellow gold shimmer. The finger swatch is much more green, and if you want to keep that sort of mint look, you’ll probably want to go heavy, and focus on packing more than blending. Magic Mint is a bright yellow-leaning pastel green matte. Rise And Shine is a bright yellow metallic shimmer. It’s So Fluffy is such a gorgeous matte yellow! This one is really good! Usually with matte yellows, if they have any depth at all they end up leaning a bit more mustard/brown, but this one has a lot of opacity but remains a bright butter yellow.
These pastel shades are really gorgeous, and I can’t wait to play with them more! It’s hard to make a true comparison, since I haven’t seen the bundle shades in person, but I think I prefer the mattes in this palette to the ones in the bundle, since they seem to have more opacity and the brightness is truly amazing, but I think I would have liked the shimmers in the bundle more. These shimmers are lovely, but the bundle shimmers have more shades with a sort of golden reflect rather than silver and the colors are really bright and have a bit more depth. I’m not sure if any of those shades will ever come back, but I wouldn’t mind adding them to my collection if they do!
Speaking of my collection, I also ordered one of the Give Me Glow XXL palettes to hold my singles – and it’s HUGE! I knew that they were big, but I never saw any photos that really gave a good perspective, so it still surprised me when the package arrived and I opened it up to find this! I put the full size bottle of the Huda foundation next to it to give some perspective on how large this palette really is. I guess I missed the part of the description where it said that these hold 63 pans of the GMG singles – they do the large 37mm pans, so that should have been a clue! I’m super excited to have this pastel rainbow beast in my collection, and I can’t wait to get more GMG singles to help fill it up! I’m definitely glad I didn’t order two!
BONUS REVIEW: Juicy Olive Palette
This one is a little bit older, but when I placed my order I also picked up the Juicy Olive palette. I’ve been lusting after this green dream for a while, but it was always sold out when I was placing an order.
The swatches on this were done the same way as described above, over the Kaleidos Makeup Tone Activator primer.
L to R: Dry Martini, Cocktails, Shaken Not Stirred
Dry martini is a nice midt-tone pickle green matte. This reminds me of my favorite Vlasic Kosher Dill Spears! What can I say, I’m a pickle queen! This is a lovely color, but it did react against the primer a bit and darkened around the edge of the swatch. Cocktails is a very deep army green matte. This is a lovely option for darkening a look with a shade that is so deep it almost looks black, but has just a hint of color to it. This is such a pretty, opaque matte. Shaken Not Stirred is a dirty swampy green shimmer with bright golden reflects.
L to R: Garnish, Dirty Martini, Vodkatini
Garnish is a bright lime green metallic shimmer with golden reflect. Dirty Martini is a bright olive green matte. This one also darkened around the edges with the primer. Vodkatini is a green-infused khaki matte, and this one had probably the worst darkening around the edges. For these mattes, I would suggest planning for the edges to be a little bit darkened, or use a dry primer or set the primer with powder before applying. The Ton Activator primer isn’t a super tacky primer, but it doesn’t completely dry, so that may be what is affecting these matte shades.
I am loving this green, and it makes me want to create a smoky green look and stand with a dirty martini in a velvet gown. I won’t drink it though – I hate olives and I don’t like martinis. I’m a fruity frou-frou drink kinda bitch! But this makes me want the visual, you know?!
I really do love the Give Me Glow formula, and I love that they brought us this gorgeous pastel palette. Hit me up on my socials if you’d like to see me do a Makeup Thunderdome video where I rank my growing collection of Give Me Glow palettes – that would be a hard one to do since all of the shades perform so well!