Are you ready for the latest collab palette between an indie brand and a small but fabulous beauty influencer? Luckily, unlike the It’s Freakin Bats palette, you won’t have to wait 7 months – the Serenity palette by Annette’s Makeup Corner x Menagerie Cosmetics is here!
To say that this palette was a no-brainer for me is an understatement: Annette is known for creating wild and colorful looks which translate perfectly to my over-the-top drag aesthetic, and Menagerie Cosmetics is reliably good quality and performance – at least when it comes to eyeshadow! When I heard that Annette was going to be doing a collab, I knew that it would be a must have item…and then the launch video dropped!
So much color! There have been a lot of comparisons to the Natasha Denona Circo Loco palette, but I think there is only a passing sort of resemblance. Yes, it’s an interesting collection of brights in both warm and cool, jeweled and neon, but that’s about as close as it gets. The Circo Loco is much more muted in general (you don’t necessarily think of it that way immediately because the brand is known for having tons of neutrals, so when you see color it seems so much brighter!) and the greens are much more blue-toned where these greens are much more balanced or yellow-leaning. This palette is like what the Circo Loco palette wants to be when it grows up.
There was also a liquid lipstick released at the same time, named Churro after Annette’s cat. I was going to pass on this, since it’s just a bright berry pink, but on impulse I bought it. I like the Menagerie formula, and I’m always looking for liquid lipsticks that perform well and give me a wide variety of color choices.
Swatches were done over the Kaleidos Tone Activator eye primer (bare skin for the lipstick) 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: Tranquil, Fluttery, Metamorphosis, Evolution
Tranquil is a sheer blue base with a shimmery blue glitter, a great shade for highlighting or using over other shadows. It’s a little bit thicker when applied with a brush, but you can easily sheer it down more by applying with a finger or using spray. Fluttery is a bright fuchsia pink matte, very blue-toned and nice opacity. Metamorphosis is a bright lilac matte, a little deeper than most pastel shades of this type and with nice pigmentation. The edges of a lot of the mattes darkened slightly with this primer, but this one had the most darkening, especially with the finger swatch. Evolution is a bright grassy green with golden metallic shimmer.
L to R: Anew, Monarch, Sunbeam, Imago
Anew is a striking bright purple matte, very vivid and opaque. Monarch is a bright golden orange metallic shimmer. Sunbeam is a bright yellow metallic shimmer. This one is more opaque with a brush, but with a finger or spray it can sheer out the base to give you a more ethereal sort of application. Imago is a bright cerulean blue matte.
L to R: Chrysalis, Morpho, Cocoon, Luna
Chrysalis is a violet purple shimmer metallic with a little bit of a golden duochrome shimmer effect. Morpho is a deep peacock blue metallic shimmer with an interesting green twist at the base of the shade. Cocoon is a bright forest green matte. Luna is a bright lime green matte. This is the one that struggled the most, but it’s still better than a lot of other lime shades. Being the worst shade in a really fantastic palette isn’t the worst title in the world to have!
As expected, I really love this palette. This has the same quality that I expect from Menagerie with a color story that makes me excited to play and experiment to see what I can create. Annette’s 10 look video was a lot of fun, and I definitely want to play around with recreating some of those. The mattes are dry but soft and silky, so there was definitely some kickup in the pan, but I haven’t had a lot of problems with fallout for these shades. These shimmers feel a little bit looser and maybe more chunky than other Menagerie palettes in my collection, but they still apply beautifully and give a great metallic shine.
Churro is a pretty pink, a little more muted than I like (I’m full on hooker pink, most of the time!) but I really do love this formula! It’s a thinner, more liquid kind of formula and it dried down quickly; this is the perfect sort of formula to apply a shadow over to get a fun metallic or multichrome lip look!
This palette reminds me why I get excited when smaller influencers collab with smaller brands: you get so much more creative, curated products than you get with the big companies. I mean, I love Chrissy Teigen on Twitter (when she’s being funny, that is!) but her collabs with Becca were the same bronze, brachy bullshit every single time! This is a fun palette with a unique color story and it makes me inspired to play and create, and that’s what I’m looking for in my makeup life!