I slept on the Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Palette the first time, and because my bestie got it and liked it, I knew I wanted it if it ever came back. When CR announced its return in the summertime, I tried to get my hands on it only to have it sell out.
I think we all know how I feel about hard-to-get makeup at this point. (I don’t like it.) I’m a little more forgiving when it comes to indie brands, and I of course have a soft spot in my heart for Black-owned brands like Coloured Raine. I think the whole thing was poorly-handled, but ultimately they did the right thing making Queen of Hearts a permanent palette in their lineup.
The palette itself retails for $50 USD (currently $65-ish CAD). When you factor in shipping and duty to Canada, I ended up paying $82 CAD for the palette. I think that’s a lot for an indie brand, and if I had to do it all over again, I’m not sure I would. It’s a nice palette to have, and I’ve created some nice looks with it, but it’s not an absolute must-have/go-to, the way that my Melt Rust Stack is.
Unlike the Melt Rust Stack, you get a whole bunch of shades in a variety of finishes. Of the 12 shades in question: 6 mattes, 1 satin, and 5 metallics. I’d classify this as a colourful palette for neutral lovers like me, because it’s full of oranges, purples, and reds in addition to some basic neutrals. I wish there were a deeper matte brown and/or a black, because as it stands, I often reach for one of those to deepen up looks and give them more dimension.
The mattes are a smidge dry, but they blend surprisingly nicely. The one dud of the palette is the matte purple, Ladyship, which is patchy and tough to blend. The metallics and the satin are gorgeous and perform beautifully. Some of my favourite shades are Empress, Princess, and Prerogative as transitions; Your Majesty, Noblewoman, and Dethrone on the lid; and Crown mixed with Your Majesty to highlight the brow bone and inner corner.
On eyes: Princess to set primer, Empress and Duchess as transition, Noblewoman all over the lid, Your Majesty in the center for pop.
When it comes to wear, they’re just average, and begin to crease on me in about 5 hours when primed with my holy grail, Nars Smudge Proof. I’d put them on-par with Urban Decay’s original formula in this department – not quite as long-wearying as the Naked Heat formula, but still decent.
One thing I don’t love about it is the packaging. For a $50 palette (in the US), I expect a little better than a matte black cardboard palette. The pretty design comes on the sleeve, but personally, I throw sleeves out and don’t find them useful at all. I wish they’d print the design right on the palette itself. In terms of quality, the palette does seem durable, but the matte black exterior scratches fairly easily.
Overall, it’s a nice palette to have and I like it a lot, but because of the price and the wear time/creasing, I wouldn’t call it an absolute essential.