Monday, June 22, 2015

Memebox x SoothingSista Eyeshadow Quad Review + Coupons

As you know, Memebox has really branched out in the makeup realm. They've been working with popular Korean YouTubers and models and US bloggers. While I remain skeptical about some of their house makeup ( the I'm Memebox stuff), I actually love the SoothingSista palette and have been using it regularly. The Memebox x Pony Pink Bloom Quad came out a little while ago and I got the Pink Bloom version. I love that one, too.

Obviously, I have a color bias. My skintone is cool with pink undertones and I always tend to lean toward pinks and purples with some browns and creams tucked in. While blues might look fabulous, they're a little too outrageous for my neutral loving self. No Nylon palette for me.

The SoothingSista quad has actually become one of my go-to quads for the days I just want to do something quick. It's easy to use and, don't laugh, the colors aren't so pigmented that I have to worry about making sure everything is smudged perfectly or exactly even. Hey, I never said I was a pro. I'm a regular person, I don't spend ages on my makeup, I don't try to make a statement with my eyeshadow or lipstick.

The four colors in this quad are Sutro, Valencia, Candy Rain and Bae Area. All are rosy toned neutrals and blend really well. Here's a stock photo from Memebox:
The case is about the size of my palm and is made of black plastic. It snaps closed but it's easy to open. I wish it was magnetically closing like the Pony x Memebox palettes but this is definitely secure. It comes with a useless foam eyeshadow applicator but the mirror is nice and large.

Sutro and Valencia are both matte and both VERY similar in color when applied. Valencia is juuuust slightly darker than Sutro. I tend to use Sutro first all over on the lid and then go over it with Valencia everywhere except the inner eye corner and just under the arch of my eyebrow. Both of these shadows blend very well and are easy to work with.

Here are swatches under cool lighting:
Neither Sutro nor Valencia have issues with fallout. That issue belongs to the other two shadows in the quad.

Candy Rain is GORGEOUS! It has great pigmentation and a subtle micro shimmer that is so pretty. I use Candy Rain for the outer third of my eyelid and in the crease. I think this is my favorite shadow in the quad and it works so well with Sutro and Valencia. The one drawback is that it does have a minor amount of fall out.

Bae Area is the glitter bomb. If you don't use primer, this stuff will end up all over your face, your clothes and your hands. I'm not joking. If you do use primer, it's still gonna glitter all over but not as terribly. I use this very, very sparingly when I choose to use it and it only goes as a highlight under my browbone because it has very little pigmentation. Basically, if you're going to a rave, this is the shadow to use. Otherwise... beware.

The same swatches under warm lighting:
The photos aren't perfect but they do give a pretty good idea of the pigmentation and true color of the shadows. They are not as vibrant as you might think based on the Memebox website photos but that works for me. I like subtle.

If you would like to purchase this SoothingSista x Memebox palette, you can get it right here. It's $17 which I think is a little steep but you can get 15% off with codes: FANCY or COMEBACK or WELCOME. You can also try LOVEYOURSKIN.

You can also get the #eyelove SoothingSista quad with an I'm Memebox brush set: SoothingSista Palette and I'm Memebox Eyeshadow Brush.

Do you own this palette? What do you think of it? Was your experience with Bae Area similar to mine?

Side Note:
If you spend at least $30, your shipping is free and if you love eyeshadow, I really do love my Memebox x Pony Pink Bloom Quad. Not only is the palette gorgeous with a magnetic clasp but the colors are beautiful and don't have the issues that the SoothingSista quad does. I need to review that one, too.

*affiliate links were used in this post. This product was provided to me for review purposes (although I already had purchased it so I'm not sure how much that counts but there you have it).


  1. I love the shades in this palette, especially Bae Area...but maybe not so much after reading your review! I don't need glitter everywhere, lol.

    1. Even my dog had glitter on him. I am not joking. It's pretty, definitely but it should be categorized as a body glitter not an eyeshadow :D

  2. Yes, a glitter BOMB like a lot of the UD shadows are. I'm using Too Faced eye primer for glitter shadows under my pinks and it's working very well. It's this one:

    Works like a charm on all the chunky glitter in UD palettes and is a dream with this micro-glitter shadow from SoothingSista. :)
    It looks pricey at first glance, but a teeny amount is all that's needed to hold the giltterest glitter that ever glitter bombed. :)

    1. I need that stuff then because none of the regular primers I have help at all with the big glitters. *runs to toofaced*

  3. I don't think I've ever touched Bae Area after my review post what, almost 4 months ago? It kind of scares me. The primers I have are absolutely no help at all and it's so easy to get the glitter in the wrong place and then you have to start all over again :( More hassle than it's worth. But I do like Valencia; it's my favorite from this quad!

  4. Weirdly enough, I haven't had too much of an issue with Bae Area! It seems like a lot of people have, though! I use it on the inner half of my lower lid just to brighten the look up a bit, but I use a skin-toned creamy eye pencil first. Then I take the small brush and pick up just a bit of the shadow and almost press it on top of the pencil. It seems to work well that way but I can't imagine using it all over the lid or in excess! My major complaint about this palette is that there is no highlight shade/ lighter shade to blend with. I like a cream-colored shadow to use on my brow bone and/or to blend any harsh lines out, so I have to pull from another palette to complete a look when I use this which is a bummer. I do loooove the shades in this palette though, just wish they would have taken out Bae Area and put in a light shimmery peach rather than glittery!

    1. You are totally right. A lighter, not so glittery color would be been perfect. I also use something else as a highlight shade which means I have to drag something else out. I also wish Valencia (or Sutro) was much darker. They're too similar. But it works for me when I don't feel like putting much time into it. What is this eye pencil you are using?

  5. Sarah, about the skin toned eye pencil. Several K- beauty companies make them as " concealer sticks". I'm familiar with Holika Holika's " concealer pencil" which is skin toned. ( I use the lightest shade- #01). It is creamy enough but still enough like a pencil to be a muit-tasking product. I got mine in a Beauteque BB bag. This is a link to it but it's sold out in the lightest color. I probably have both colors.

    There are probably skinnier versions but I don't own them. Hope this helps.

  6. This set of pink- hued shades works very well with some of the SoothingSista colors.
    I like the lightest and darkest shades better than ALL that pink in the SS compact: