So, like, I’m not saying that I’m one of LaToya Jackson’s psychic friends or anything, but can we just talk about the fact that I totally nailed it in my 2021 Predictions video when I said that Theresa Is Dead was going to have a collab this year?!
I haven’t decided if I’m going to do a recap on my predictions now that we’ve hit the halfway point for this year, but I feel like that prediction (that indie brands would keep doing collabs with smaller, fabulous creators) was right on the money! I’ve already reviewed the Beautbean X Shroud It’s Freakin’ Bats palette and the Annette’s Makeup Corner X Menagerie Serenity palette, but now I’m thrilled to get my hands on and play with the collab palette between German indie brand Lethal Cosmetics and my favorite garbage queen, Theresa Is Dead!
Inspired by her love of horror movies – Girl, same! – this 9-pan palette is a collection of muted, soft tones in a cool range of colors perfect for any horror fan. The palette is mostly matte, but there are a few gorgeous shimmers to give you a little sparkle as you’re creating your look.
As I’m looking at these shades, and as I’m thinking about the swatches that you’re about to see, I’m having a hard time finding the right words to describe these shadows and their quality. I think that muted has taken on a negative connotation: a lot of times people will say that something has muted colors when what they mean is that the shadows aren’t pigmented and so you get a semi-sheer, even chalky application. That’s absolutely not the case here. These colors are just less vibrant – on purpose! It reminds me a lot of how Kat Von D (yeah, I know, we hate her, but hear me out) described the shades in the Pastel Goth palette: she wanted them to be like artist pastels with lots of pigments but not necessarily bright or vivid shades. That’s what these remind me of as they have great pigmentation and opacity, they are just a little more subdued if that makes sense. But these do pack a punch! If you want to see how great they look on a darker skintone (a good test for how pigmented a pastel shade is), I would recommend checking out Audra At Home’s review as she shows off some amazing swatches.
All of my swatches are done over the Ulta Matte Eye Primer with a finger swatch on the left and a brush swatch on the right. The top photo is under my studio lighting with no flash, and the bottom photo is under the same lighting with a flash.
L to R: Straight to VHS, The Final Girl, Spellbound
Straight to VHS is a lovely pale butter yellow shimmer. This one is a little bit thick and tended to get a little chunky, but I think you can tame it down pretty easily with a little spray or a slightly less dense brush. It’s a lovely color that pairs well with the redder tones in the palette, but is cool enough to also partner well with the blues, purples, and greens. The Final Girl is a deep dusty rose pink matte. This is the one that confused me the most when I was looking at photos and other people’s reviews and I think it’s because this shade can be sheered out with a fluffier brush to look much lighter pink, or you can go heavy and use a denser brush to get a much deeper shade of rose. It’s nice and soft and blends beautifully. Spellbound is a lovely lilac metallic that has great shimmer and shine, and a bit of a subtle blueish shift.
L to R: Watery Grave, Body Snatched, Ancient Evil
Watery Grave is a light blue-toned lavender matte. This is such a cool, icy shade, this is definitely the kind of pastel blue/purple I love! Body-Snatched is a pale acid green matte. This is the one shade that was a little weaker than some of the others; it’s not bad by any means, but it is a little bit more sheer on first application and needs a little building to get full opacity. This is a great shade with the blue and green shades, and it looks amazing paired with the yellow shimmer, Straight to VHS. And even though there are gorgeous greens and cool tones, I have to say that Ancient Evil is my favorite shade in this palette: it’s a gorgeous metallic shimmer that’s golden peach with some pinkish undertones. I would almost call this a pastel duochrome with the golden tones mixed with the pinky-peach. This is a stunner!
L to R: Predator, Creature Feature, Vengeful Spirit
Predator is a gorgeous cornflower blue matte. This whole row would pair beautifully with the dark mattes in the Angelica X Kaleidos Club Nebula palette to make a gradient, but this one in particular gives me a vibe that feels similar to that palette. It’s definitely a blue on its own, but it can look a little more purple if combined with those shades, or pair it with the greens to deepen them up and have a blue edges. Really pretty! Creature Feature is my favorite matte of the palette (surprise!), a bright teal-leaning green. Venegeful Spirit is a burgundy matte, deep and very red, but the muted color allows it to pair nicely with the cooler shades as well.
Was there ever any doubt that I was going to love this palette? I have already reviewed a couple of Lethal palettes and loved them (you can check out my reviews of the After Dark and Velvet Dusk palettes HERE and HERE!), plus I like a lot of the products that Theresa recommends – the ones I can afford anyway! I am also a lover of horror, and I think this palette captures a lot of the ooky sppoky vibes of a good slasher movie or a fun horror comedy: it’s coherent, playful, and doesn’t take itself – or the “rules” – too seriously!
I did decide to skip out on the liners because I can’t do liner for shit and the green one is pretty similar to the shade I got in the Melt Beetlejuice collection (that I also suck at!), but the reviews that I’ve seen so far indicate that they are pretty good! I beleive the whole collection is currently sold out, but they have started a pre-order, so if you’re interested in this collection definitely think about getting on the list while you can!
I’m so excited to see this collab and I couldn’t be more thrilled that so many of the great creators that I watch and love are getting to create interesting collections with indie brands! I haven’t really been excited about a large brand collab in a while, but I feel like this combo of smaller indie brands with smaller influencers is really giving us some amazing, unique products and perspectives.
Now…any bets on how long until Theresa has a collab with Chantecaille?!