Melt Cosmetics won’t probably come as anything to you, US makeup enthusiasts, but to us Europeans, it was a huge source of excitement when Beauty Bay announced they were going to carry the Melt stacks. I got my hands on the Gun Metal Stack right away because I knew it would sell out in hours, and it did. Sixth sense.
Price point, packaging and quantity
Packaging: The Gun Metal Stack comes in a small silver unicarton box. All four pans are magnetised to each other and there’s one last mirror pan to top it all off.
Quantity: each pan is 2.60g. Price per gram: €4.32 (pretty much the same price range as Anastasia Beverly Hills — see my Sultry palette review here).
Melt eyeshadows are made in the USA and are cruelty free and vegan.
Talc, Mica, Triethylhexanoin, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Carbonate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acrylates Copolymer, PTFE, Phenoxyethanol.
Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Black 2 (CI 77266), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).
Review and swatches
There are four shadows: one ultra matte (Assimilate), a deep taupe shade, which will be your transition colour; and three glitters/metallics: Harsh Stone White, Industrial, and Gun Metal.
Texture: the glitters are *very* softly pressed and are therefore very fragile. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty obvious looking at the pictures that the Gun Metal shade is broken. I didn’t smash it on the floor, it just slipped off my fingers. On the first day I had it.
Application: the ultra matte taupe, Assimilate, is amazing, I could wear it every day just as a wash of colour on the lid. It blends like a dream, on its own or with the other shades.
The pressed glitters/metallics have a lot of fall out during and after application. I would really recommend using a glitter glue on top of your usual eye primer and fixing your makeup with the best spray that you have (Urban Decay All Nighter, if you ask me).
Pigmentation: it’s insane. They’re the best metallics that I own and I’m in love with the matte shade (haven’t I said that before?)
Staying power: apart from the fallout, they don’t move AT ALL. You’ll be looking banging all night.
Would I recommend the The Gun Metal Stack?
I would, especially because those colours are nowhere to be seen in other neutral/warm/cool palettes. Even the other Melt stacks are pretty dull compared to this one (ok, maybe not the Radioactive one). I’m really glad that I specifically picked the Gun Metal stack because those are shades that I know I won’t find anywhere else.
Back to my love story with Assimilate, it has made me want to try some of their matte stacks, which I initially found meh. If they all work as well as Assimilate, I’ll probably end up buying more (and more, and more).
I’ve seen and heard some people complain about the fact that the stacks aren’t the most storage-friendly, but I personally don’t mind. Once I put them back into their cute little unicarton, they’re nothing compared to all the other palettes I’m not using.