The Gun Metal Stack by Melt (review and swatches)

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Melt the gun metal stack review and swatches

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

Melt the gun metal stack review and swatches

Price: €45 on Beauty Bay, €42.40 on the official Melt website (but customs and shipping fees apply). 

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. 

Melt the gun metal stack review and swatches

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.

May contain:

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.

Melt the gun metal stack review and swatches
Gun Metal
Melt the gun metal stack review and swatches
Melt the gun metal stack review and swatches
Harsh Stone White
Melt the gun metal stack review and swatches

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. 

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  1. December 9, 2018 / 1:02 am

    I love these shades. They would make a glamorous smokey eye for a night out. Perfect for this time of year with all the festive holiday parties.

    Tamie ~

  2. December 3, 2018 / 11:47 pm

    I love the way the Gun Metal color looks with eye shadows. I never thought I could pull it off, but I have been using it on the lids and it doesn’t look bad!

    • Kate
      December 5, 2018 / 11:53 am

      They are more wearable than they might seem at first!

  3. December 3, 2018 / 7:48 am

    Ooh pretty! Gun Metal and Industrial look lovely 🙂 shame Gun Metal broke 🙁

    • Kate
      December 3, 2018 / 11:26 am

      My fault, I’m too clumsy :/

  4. December 3, 2018 / 5:59 am

    These shades are soo festive! I think they’re really good holiday shades. I want to see some eye looks you come up with using these.


  5. December 3, 2018 / 3:32 am

    I’m in love with that ‘harsh stone white’ wow that even looks like it could be a highlight shade? obsessed – killing it as always

    • Kate
      December 3, 2018 / 11:26 am

      Yeah it could be used as a highlighter but the pigmentation is insane!

  6. December 2, 2018 / 11:45 pm

    I love a metallic shade as much as the next gal, and these look GORGEOUS. I love a deep, bold eye with a pop of silver this time of year – and I really hadn’t seen these before. Which tells me a lot about how much catching up I have to do with what’s going on in the beauty world. But gorgeous, gorgeous eyeshadows, and I quite like that they come in a stack.

    Cordelia ||

    • Kate
      December 3, 2018 / 12:07 am

      Beauty Bay, Cordelia, Beauty Bay.
      This is totally your cup of tea!

  7. December 2, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    These are such cool shades! I really love the Harsh Stone White, that is such a gorgeous colour. Metallic shades would look amazing over the festive season with glittery outfits! This post makes me want to get all dressed up and go PARTY! Thanks for sharing Kate, awesome post! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • Kate
      December 2, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Thanks, Bexa. The Harsh Stone White is a shade that would totally suit you and your personality: super luminous and joyful!

  8. December 2, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    I have this stack too and I’m obsessed! The colors are so unique compared to the other silvers and grays in my collection.

    They fit really well in some of the larger Beauty Boxes too! So I actually have my stack in with all my singles.

    • Kate
      December 2, 2018 / 8:19 pm

      Did you depot them?

      • December 2, 2018 / 9:19 pm

        I didn’t! I have them stacked together still, but my beauty box (large acrylic makeup holder where I keep most of my makeup) has deep enough drawers to store the stack compactly.

        • Kate
          December 3, 2018 / 12:08 am

          Sorry I misunderstood you lol

          I’ve been toying with the idea of depotting some of my shadows to gain storage but I’m not too confident yet 🙂

  9. December 2, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    Very very bold colors. Not sure I could pull that off but I like that they are highly pigmented!

    • Kate
      December 2, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      They’re definitely not easy to wear in every situation lol

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