Melt Cosmetics Gemini II Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Gemini II

Melt Cosmetics Gemini II 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a mix of coral and red-toned shades with pops of olive green. The palette included eight matte shades and two shimmers, and surprise! the quality was there! The mattes were soft, blendable, albeit a little powdery, but they weren’t too thin. The shimmers were definitely denser and a bit firmer than the average brand but picked up without issue using my typical shader brushes. I do think that the first four shades are a little redundant and how much so will depend on your skin tone.

Gemini II

PPermanent. $58.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Melt Cosmetics Bela Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Bela Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Bela Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Bela Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Bela Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Bela Eyeshadow

Bela

Bela is a brighter, peachy coral with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had medium to semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a moderately powdery–though finely-milled–texture. There was some fallout when I worked with this shade as a result. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.

Ingredients

Zinc Stearate, Mica, Silica, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Kaolin, Dimethiconol, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide(Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Bela

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B
B
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
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Melt Cosmetics Lady Like Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Lady Like Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Lady Like Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Lady Like Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Lady Like Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Lady Like Eyeshadow

Lady Like

Lady Like is a soft, medium coral-orange with strongh, warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade was nearly opaque in its opacity from one layer, while the texture was soft, lightly powdery but not prone to sheering out. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

Ingredients

Silica, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Kaolin, Dimethiconol, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Ultramarines (Ci 77007).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Lady Like

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Melt Cosmetics Sweetheart Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Sweetheart Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Sweetheart Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Sweetheart Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Sweetheart Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Sweetheart Eyeshadow

Sweetheart

Sweetheart is a dusty, medium-dark pinkish-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow was smooth, finely-milled, and blendable with a hint of powderiness that was mostly confined to the pan. It had nearly opaque color payoff that lasted well for eight hours before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Zinc Stearate, Mica, Silica, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Kaolin, Dimethiconol, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain:, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Sweetheart

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Melt Cosmetics Gemelas Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Gemelas Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Gemelas Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Gemelas Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Gemelas Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Gemelas Eyeshadow

Gemelas

Gemelas is a darker, muted copper with rosy undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and blendable without being too powdery. It had rich pigmentation that stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.

Ingredients

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Boron Nitride, Kaolin, Dimethiconol, Lauroyl Lysine, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Ultramarines (Ci 77007).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Gemelas

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Melt Cosmetics Love Sick Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Love Sick Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Love Sick Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Love Sick Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Love Sick Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Love Sick Eyeshadow

Love Sick

Love Sick is a deep red with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color coverage paired with a smooth, lightly powdery texture that was blendable without being too thin or too firmly-pressed into the pan. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably but did leave a slight stain behind.

Ingredients

Silica, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Kaolin, Dimethiconol, Disodium Carboxyethyl Siliconate, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride. May Contain: Carmine Red (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Red 40 (Ci 16035), Ultramarines (Ci 77007).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Love Sick

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Melt Cosmetics Shmood Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Shmood Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Shmood Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Shmood Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Shmood Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Shmood Eyeshadow

Shmood

Shmood is a rich, deeper brown with warm, reddish-copper undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was slightly denser and more firmly-pressed into the pan with more thickness than is typical of shimmers these days, but it was easier to work with than most of the brand’s past shimmers–it picked up just fine with a regular, dry brush. This shade showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.

Ingredients

Zinc Stearate, Mica, Silica, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Dimethiconol, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Black 2 Nano (Ci 77266).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Shmood

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Melt Cosmetics LX Queen Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics LX Queen Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics LX Queen Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics LX Queen Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics LX Queen Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics LX Queen Eyeshadow

LX Queen

LX Queen is a deep burgundy-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It felt slightly drier compared to other shades in the palette, but I did not find it impeded application as it was pigmented, blendable, and not prone to fallout. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Carboxyethyl Siliconate, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Kaolin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Carmine Red (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

LX Queen

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Melt Cosmetics Matheo Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Matheo Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Matheo Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Matheo Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Matheo Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Matheo Eyeshadow

Matheo

Matheo is a dark olive green with more of a blackened base and contrasting, gold-leaning shimmer that gave it a metallic finish. It had a denser, slightly thicker consistency than the typical shimmer, though not as firm or as dry as past shimmers from the brand. The eyeshadow had opaque pigmentation that wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

Ingredients

Mica, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Kaolin, Silica, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethiconol, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Black 2 (Ci 77266).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Matheo

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Melt Cosmetics Boy Mum Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Boy Mum Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Boy Mum Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Boy Mum Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Boy Mum Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Boy Mum Eyeshadow

Boy Mum

Boy Mum is a deep, olive-toned brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage that adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out without difficulty as it was smooth, not too soft nor too firmly-pressed into the pan. It lasted nicely for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Ingredients

Silica, Zinc Stearate, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Dimethiconol, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Chromium Oxide Green (Ci 77288), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Boy Mum

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Melt Cosmetics Almond Eyes Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Almond Eyes Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Almond Eyes Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Almond Eyes Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Almond Eyes Eyeshadow
Melt Cosmetics Almond Eyes Eyeshadow

Almond Eyes

Almond Eyes is a darker olive green with muted, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that did seem to darken slightly when applied to bare skin. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.

Ingredients

Silica, Zinc Stearate, Talc, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Dimethiconol, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you're purchasing, or the brand or retailer's website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Almond Eyes

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Deborah S. Avatar

This is a really nice looking palette. Still have my mindset against Melt but nice to see it perform for those who love this brand. I just can’t get past the whole pot vibe from the company and regret their close association with the drug. I know , I know but hey, I am 68 and a Registered Nurse. Our lungs were not intended to inhale any hot smokey chemicals. The color story is not particularly unique either. There is tremendous depth in each shade, however, which is nice. Melt has always had really good pigmentation.

Mariella Avatar

You’re not alone, Deborah. I’m a year older than you but I think age is neither here nor there. Doesn’t take a genius to recognize the social and health costs of drug use (and Melt isn’t alone in this – UD sort of made its ‘name’ with drug-related names). I live in a country where marijuana use is now legal but even so, I don’t think there’s anything glamorous about drug or violence related names for cosmetics.

As for this palette, there are may 3 or 4 colours that would work for me so this is an easy one to skip.

peach Avatar

Too bad I can’t purchase the greens separately. I’m holding out for Beauty Bay’s Earthy (the big one) since I’m not too keen on MELT.

Wednesday Avatar

It’s been awhile for a good Melt e/s palette and I want this and want to support the brand even though they are all over the map quality wise.. I love the looks of their campaigns and the cohesion they create with e/s palettes which contain super saturated colour (unlike the more chaotic style of ABH). However, I have no need for it and I do not care for the redundancy of the lighter side of the palette either. Torn.

Z Avatar

Putting aside my dislike for pinks, the redundancy of the first four shades in a SIXTY DOLLAR, TEN PAN eyeshadow palette is….a bit rich. If you ignore those four then it’s ten dollars a shade for the rest and you’d better be in to them. I am, but I just can’t buy any more palettes with so many similar shades – especially ones I hate.

Love the packaging, love all but the pink shades, love that it’s got good quality. I’m still kind of bummed that it’s not a color story for me AND they ignored 420 this year. I actually (though I’ve noticed it’s not a popular opinion, especially among the demographic that’s been hit the hardest with government propaganda about “drug use” growing up) look forward to their weed-themed releases. It’s just another holiday for companies to cater to so why not?

Ezgi Avatar

I think this should have been an 8-pan palette. The first two-three coral/pink shades really bug me, like, they feel so out of context. But I’m so surprised that the palette scored this well! I was prepared for the worst. I think I’m going to grab this, it will be a nice compliment to the original Gemini palette, which I already have.

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