Review: Givenchy Acid Lights eyeshadow palette

Acid Lights sells for 65$, for nine colors. The pans are pretty tiny, though, and I seem to be running through mine fairly quickly.

The shades all have a satiny finish-certainly not matte, but not unwearably shimmery or frosty. The colors apply MUCH more pastel than they look in pan, though there’s a good amount of pigment to them. It’s certainly not the brightest eyeshadow I’ve touched, contrary to the product photos.

I wasn’t terribly happy with the wear on these. I noticed them creasing, over my standard primer potion, on days when my Urban Decay or Sugarpill eyeshadows wouldn’t budge. It’s certainly not the best eyeshadow I’ve tried.  They seemed to fade a bit too, and kick up a LOT of falloff/dust in the pan.

I doubt I’d repurchase this-the colors ARE nice, but you can get nice pastels from SO many indie brands for much cheaper, with better wear. I wanted to love this palette, and there’s many things I DO love about the color choices, the texture of the colors, and the finish. It’s just very little eyeshadow, for a lot of money. For the price I WOULD expect the products to apply closer to the way they look in-pan.  Most of them apply more vibrantly when wet, but still not as bright as they appear in pan. And the colors still fade when applied wet.


The packaging is cute—it’s a pretty sturdy plastic, with a magnetic closure. It’s easy to open the top part to expose the eyeshadow, but not so easy that it will fly open in your purse. The bottom drawer pulls out to review cute little applicators. Useless, but pretty. I always wish that eyeshadow palettes would skip the applicators, and just make the product design more streamlined. I dislike bulky packaging, and wasted space, and the included applicators are NEVER great quality, or particularly sanitary for re-use.

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another Acid Lights look

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I’ve been shooting nearly every other day, and the in between days have been occupied preparing for shoots. I’m exhausted, and haven’t had time to put on my makeup.

Wore this yesterday. Still testing the Acid Lights palette. Sadly, this look showed that Acid Lights doesn’t wear as well as it should. After 3 hours outdoors, on a summer day, it had started to crease. There was primer under it, that doesn’t crease under similar conditions with any other eyeshadows…

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acid lights rainbow

Still just testing the colors, the way they apply and blend. They are definitely paler than you would think, but it does afford a good variety to play with.

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