Pony x Memebox Palette Review

Happy weekend, everyone!
Over the past week I got delivery via USPS of the Pony x Memebox collaboration eyeshadow palette.   Here’s a little backstory before I get into it:
Memebox is a not-quite-subscription mystery beauty box service.  It’s run out of South Korea, and provides Korean cosmetics and skincare.  Recently Memebox has started to branch out and collaborate with popular beauty bloggers in a few different ways: collaboration projects (like this palette), blogger-directed shopping guides (www.fanserviced-b.com did one of these), Korean blogger directed Memeboxes (most recently created by CutiePieMarzia), and more.
This palette, as I said earlier, is a collaboration project between Memebox and Pony, who’s a very well-known Korean beauty blogger.  Her twitter handle is @ponymakeup, and you can watch her subbed videos on Youtube on InsiteTV’s channel.   Most recently she’s been working with Etude House regarding their Play101 pencils.

The Pony palette, as I’ll call it for short, was originally only available through Memebox Korea, so the chances of getting one here in the US was slim.  However, starting on November 10th Memebox decided to stock the palette in their US warehouse for domestic purchase.  It costs $18, plus shipping (which, if I recall correctly, was around $6.)
I’m not super into powder shadow – I tend to find something that I like and stick with it forever. (Hello, LORAC Pro palette. I still love you. Don’t worry.)  But this palette was made of nude shades in both nice matte colors and some not-too-glittery shimmers, and it looked like something that would be versatile enough that I could use it in a million different ways, if the quality was there.
I know that it’s difficult to look at a nude palette and go “Wow, I totally need that”, especially since generally the first thing we purchase when we’re first getting into makeup is a nude set from some brand or other.  So here are some swatches and color comparisons that might make it easier for you to decide whether this palette is for you.
Top of the box.

Here’s what it looked like when I got it in the mail.  It was packed pretty securely and shipped quickly.

Bottom of the box, with labeled contents. No surprises here.

The palette itself looks pretty utilitarian from the outside, which is fine by me.

I personally don’t need excessive amounts of pink in my life anyway.
The case itself is nice and sturdy, and I wouldn’t worry too much about being able to carry it in a suitcase or large makeup bag if I wanted to bring something with me.  It snaps closed, so it’s one up on the LORAC palette, which is my current favorite.
Here’s what’s inside:
The pans are a decent size, so it’s not like they’re shorting you on product or anything.  My “easy brown” pan wasn’t quite set into the palette solidly but it was easy to adjust. I’m a little particular about that.
And now, with no further ado, on to the comparison swatches.  Sorry for the pictures of my super dry hands, everyone.  It’s winter.
First up are the mattes, starting with “Easy Base”.
Easy base is a very light color – my skin is an NC20 and this is pretty white on me.   The Lancome and Chanel colors are quite a bit warmer.
I didn’t have a whole lot of colors that I could compare “Easy Brown” and “Easy Shadow” to – Lorac’s “Taupe” is a little pinker, MAC’s “Omega” is grayer.  These are both warm matte shades.  They look very similar in the pan, but are different on the skin.  The idea behind putting two shades so close together is so that people could mix them to attain a shade closer to their natural skin tone than “Easy Base” provides.  Since this palette was originally intended for a Korean audience, I guess they only felt the need to go that dark.
“Easy Charcoal” is a very dark, heavily greyed brown.  As you can tell from the swatches, I have nothing even remotely close to it. Most of my shadows are warmer.  In an attempt to get something close, I pulled out my ELF multicolor palette (you can see the listing for it here).  This was the best I could find.   In terms of quality, the Lorac is clearly softer and more pigmented than any of the other colors, but Pony’s shadow is a close second, with the ELF clearly trailing behind.
“Shine Rosegold” is a very pretty, but very sheer, shimmery pink.    Fyrinnae’s “Rapunzel Had Extensions” has more orange in it.  MAC’s “Expensive Pink” is darker.  MAC’s “Pollinator” is warmer, but only by a little, and has less shimmer.  The Style Y shade is half of their Mix & Match Pencil and Powder Shadow stick – one side is eyeshadow with a little pointy sponge applicator and the other is a matching eyeliner.   Although I like the color of “Shine Rosegold”, the fact that it is so sheer means that I’ll probably only use it when a) I want to look like I have almost no makeup on or b) I need a highlighter.  I’m sure it’ll be awesome as a highlighter though.  This is the least pigmented of all the shades.
“Shine Gold” is a nice warm mid-tone gold.  It’s got decent color payoff and enough shimmer that you can tell it’s gold rather than brown, but not so much that you look like a disco ball.  It’s a little warmer than Lorac’s “Gold”, but almost exactly the same shade as Makeup ForEver’s Aqua Cream eyeshadow in No. 12.  Obviously, the cream shadow will have better staying power than the powder shadow, especially for people with oily eyelids.
 Pony’s “Glam Espresso” is a taupey-purpley-greyish shade.  Lorac’s “Pewter” is a pretty good color match, although it’s a little grayer.   The crease color from the Wet and Wild Comfort Zone palette (which I recommend, by the way, it’s a great palette although it’s all shimmery) is much browner.
The last shade in the palette is “Glam Cocoa”. It’s a warm mid tone brown. Lorac’s “Garnet” is redder; so is MAC’s “Idyllic” Paint Pot by far.   Lancome’s “Rustique” is less shimmery.  Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick in “Cocoa” is an obvious outlier – it’s much darker (even though I sheered it out rather than showing direct application).
The shimmery shades do fall out a bit when you apply them if you aren’t careful.  I used NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, and once I finished with application and did a little cleanup under my eyes nothing dropped down for the rest of the night.  I generally recommend people use a primer under glitter or shimmer eyeshadows anyway.  The colors blended easily with each other.
The shadows in this palette, while they aren’t as easy to pick up or quite as pigmented as those in the Lorac Pro, are of good quality and are a great set of colors.  I would frankly choose to use this palette over any of the Lancome colors I own, and it’s a nice self-contained set. If you’re new to cosmetics and you need a good starting point, I think this is a great purchase – or if you want a set that will travel better than the one you have, I would look into this as well.

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