As you all know, I am a massive fan of Storybook Cosmetics products, having previously told you all about the Gunmetal Wand Eye Brush Set and the Shakespeare Rose Face Brush Set. They are releasing so many new products at the moment with 3 eyeshadow palettes, an eyeliner and Black Rose Brushes for Halloween. I have been lusting over all of these, but sadly I can’t afford everything and just got myself the Witchcraft and Wizardry Palette. I ordered while there was a flash sale and got 10% off, as well as sharing the order with a friend so we could split the delivery cost, meaning that the total was just over £41.
The palette took 3 weeks from the day I ordered to the day it was delivered. Considering it was from the US to the UK, 3 weeks isn’t too bad, especially as the company said to expect up to 2 weeks before any items were shipped due to the high demand from the sale. Another bonus of this delivery is that I also haven’t needed to pay customs charges on any of the orders I have received from them which I had worried about, especially on the palette order as it was a much bigger order than the previous two.
The parcel arrived as the pale greenish blue Storybook Cosmetics delivery box and inside the two palettes (one for me and one for my friend, as we ordered the same) were each wrapped separately in bubble wrap and the Storybook Cosmetics branded tissue paper. This seems to have protected the palettes very well as they were in perfect condition. Opening these layers, the palette – as with the wand brushes – was wrapped in a velvet drawstring bag. This one is brown with Gold branding on the front. I really love these bags; however, I won’t be using it to store the palette as it does add unnecessary bulk. Instead I like to use this to take my makeup brushes with me when I go away. As it’s bigger than the one that came with the wand brushes, I’m able to store all brushes that I need, including bigger face brushes which I just couldn’t fit in the other bag.
The palette itself is wrapped inside a sleeve matching the front of the palette. Removing this, the palette itself is very chunky. It’s about an inch thick which is much larger than any other palette I own. I think it is designed like this to mimic the look of a book, especially with three sides being decorated to look like pages, however I think the same effect would have been possible without the excess packaging. With the thickness of the packaging, I don’t think this is a good palette to travel with, but it would look beautiful on a dressing table, especially next to the wand brushes, maybe with them sat in a cauldron mug? I seriously can’t wait to have a dressing table one day just for this… Anyway, the packaging is a sturdy cardboard with a satin finish which, while I prefer metal packaging, does help it look more like a book.
Opening the lid on the palette, there is a massive mirror on the inside cover which fills up to a centimetre from the edges and beneath it is the quote;
“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
On the other side of the palette are the 12 eyeshadow pans. These are round pans surrounded by a mottled green border with the shade names written in gold under each pan. The shades are all the same size which is a decent quantity at just over 1.2g. The borders around the shades are very large which again suggests that the packaging could have been smaller but was increased for the illusion of the palette looking like a book.
The shades themselves are beautiful. There is a good mix of neutral wearable shades which could be used for both daytime and evening looks as well as some truly spectacular bright shades. There are 3 matte shades, 5 metallic, 3 pearl and 1 frost which is a good mixture, especially as there is a range of warm and cool shades to suit all skin tones for a range of occasions.
The matte shades are;
Broomstick – Warm, reddish brown.
Cloak – Cool grey with taupe/brown tones.
Charms – Warm, orange toned beige.
These all have decent pigmentation, although the other shades in the palette are better for this, which blend nicely on the eyelid and don’t have a chalky texture.
The pearl shades are;
Prophecy – Warm toned cream/white shade with a hint of silvery shimmer through it. I like using this for a base for other shades (usually golden toned) to blend into or as a subtle inner corner highlighter.
Salem – Brown tone with a subtle warm and golden shimmer.
Spell Book – Deeper warm brown with purple/red undertones and purple shimmer.
These shades are very soft, softer than the mattes and very blend-able with high pigmentation.
The frost shade is;
Cauldron – Cool toned blueish black with deep silvery blue shimmer (kind of like a raven wing shade).
This is well pigmented, soft and blends easily. I can’t say much more than this because I haven’t tried it on my eyelid yet.
The metallic shades are;
Sorcerer – Bright red metallic with orange undertones.
Potions – Bright cool-toned green with golden shimmer.
Merlin – Deep, metallic royal blue with slight purple undertones.
Bewitched – True light golden metallic with golden glitter.
Jinx – Cool-toned oat shade with gold and silver glitter.
These are the standout, showstopper shades of the palette. They are the most pigmented and buttery soft shades with beautiful shimmers and glitters. Bewitched and Jinx are the most spectacular shades for me, they are very glittery and reasonably similar except Bewitched is warm toned and Jinx is a slightly lighter cool toned shade.
Overall, I’m very glad I purchased this palette as it’s different to others I own. I do have warm-toned golden palettes; however, my collection was missing the bright shades and the cool-toned shades which this palette offers me. It may seem expensive at £41, but for me it’s worth it. I feel like I will get a lot of use from it and have already started to. I highly recommend this palette to anyone considering it. I can’t wait to try other palettes from Storybook cosmetics, when I can afford them!
Let me know in the comments what you think of the palette and whether it’s something you would like to try!
Thanks for reading,