Hi friends! Happy Friday! Hope you are starting off your weekend right. I finally have my thoughts on the Dominique Cosmetics Lemonade palette. If you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw that I hauled this during the Sephora VIB Sale.
Dominique Cosmetics is the brain child of Christen Dominique who is a beauty influencer on YouTube. While I don’t watch her videos as much as others, I like to support influencers who are branching out and starting their own brands, I can only imagine how hard that is.
The Lemonade palette is not her first palette, she initially launched her brand with the Latte palette, which has nothing but amazing reviews. I didn’t pick up the Latte palette because the color story didn’t grab my attention and I felt like I already had shades like that in my collection.
The Lemonade palette on the other hand looked incredible and when the brand launched at Sephora I felt like now was my time to swoop it up!
The palette comes with 10 shades, 4 are matte and 6 are shimmer. The pan sizes are larger than most eyeshadow palettes but the palette itself if not overly large. I think the Too Faced 20th Anniversary palette is still hands down the largest palette I own now.
What drew me to this palette was the color story. I’ve been trying to be better about picking up palettes that fill a hole in my collection, not just “oh, new palette must buy it!” This palette for me helped fill holes, I don’t own any yellow shadows especially a matte yellow and I don’t have too many pinks either.
While I’ve mentioned before that I’m tired of warm browns and warm transition shades, there was something about Sweet Tea and Chai Tea (although they are warm) were unlike anything I had in my collection.
When I received my Sephora haul in the mail I could not wait to open it and see this palette. It was so hard to not dig my fingers in right away. So lets get to the swatches!
Top row, left to right: Lemon Soda, Pink Lemonade, Nude Tea, Peach, & Cucumber. Out of these Nude Tea is the only matte shade, the rest are shimmers.
Bottom row, let to right: Mango, Sweet Tea, Chai Tea, Strawberry, & Blueberry Fizz. Mango, Sweet Tea, and Chai Tea are all matte, the last two are shimmers.
I will say that I am slightly disappointed in the palette. I’m not going to return it, but I do think there are 1 or 2 shades that don’t perform as well as I would like. Originally when this palette was released the company ended up sending out replacements because most of the shimmer shades had been pressed too hard and were unusable.
Some watches I’ve seen of the new palettes (mine is a new one) show some inconsistencies. I’ve heard people talk about the mattes being patchy, mine are not. But the 1 or 2 shimmers I don’t like swatch beautifully for others. So overall I believe there may be some inconsistencies in either the formula or the pressing of the shadows. If you want to see a great comparison of the old and new palettes check out Mel Thompson’s video and she does side-by-side swatches.
I created two looks with this palette using all the shades.
For the look above I started with Chai Tea and really blended that all in my crease and used fluffy blending brush to diffuse it at the edge. I then used my finger to apply Blueberry Fizz on my lid. I used a combo of Strawberry and Pink Lemonade on my lower lash line and used just a bit of Chai Tea to blend the edge. I used Cucumber as an inner corner highlight.
How could I not do a yellow look with this palette?! I started with Nude Tea as a base and set everything down. Then used Mango in my crease and blended that everywhere. I used my finger to pat on Lemon Soda all over my lid and blended Sweet Tea on my lower lash line. I used Peach as an inner corner highlight.
This is a really beautiful palette and I like it a lot, there are just a couple of issues I have. Overall I love the matte formula, I think its beautiful. The mattes are creamy and not patchy and I haven’t had any issues with them at all. Most of the shimmers work for me. I only have an issue with Peach and Cucumber. I need to work with Cucumber a bit more on its own but so far its much more sheer than its counterparts, which I’m really sad about because it is one of the colors that got my attention.
To me Strawberry and Pink Lemonade look very similar. I prefer the Pink Lemonade shade over Strawberry and if I could change one thing I would make Strawberry a pink matte shade instead. I think that would have been really interesting to pair with Lemon Soda, Pink Lemonade or Blueberry Fizz.
While this palette has a couple issues, I still really like it. I’m excited to see what Dominique Cosmetics comes out with in the future, because I think the formula is good, its just this palette had some problems. From what I’ve heard too is that with the initial launch issues Dominique Cosmetics had outstanding customer service and that speaks volumes.
I would say swatch this palette in store before you pick it up. I will definitely keep using it because it is beautiful and I really am enjoying it.
Have a great weekend!