BECCA Balearic Love Collection Eye Palette – Swatches, Pics, Review

BECCA Balearic Love Palette
The BECCA Balearic Love Palette from their Winter 2011 Balearic Love Collection contains 3 powder eye shadows designed to give you the perfect smoky eye. The description from the BECCA Australia site is as follows:

Create richly shaded, sensuous eyes in jewelled tones of bronzed plum and violet with this limited edition eye palette.
A combination of velvet matte and soft shimmer textures, shades Atlas, Romal and Marcella blend effortlessly for an on-trend festive look.

When I read that description I knew I needed to have this palette. Bronzed plum and violet?! Umm YES PLEASE. Here is the promo picture for the palette:
BECCA Balearic Love Palette Stock Photo from BECCA Australia
Now I think you can already see where my issue lies. The palette is not at all what I was expecting. That shade on the far right. You can see the the plum tones in the promo pic above. My pictures. Not there. Not there at all. I see nothing indicative of the jewel tones implied in their product description. The far right shade (Marcella) in my palette is a bronze shade with mostly copper shimmer and subtle plum tones. It is a gorgeous shade but not as overtly plum as I was expecting. Marcella is somewhat sheer so it definitely works best layered over the darker shade Romal. The other two shades also appear much more cool toned in the promo pic. The first shade (Atlas) appears in the promo pic to be a light almost pink taupe. Atlas in actuality is a warm, matte tan shade. It is similar to Naked in the Urban Decay Naked Palette. This is a nice crease shade for me. Too dark and warm to serve as a highlight shade on my fair, cool skin. Overall a really lovely palette but not in line with the promotional material in my eyes.
BECCA Balearic Love Palette
This is a very well put together palette. The shades work wonderfully to create a smoky eye that can be intensified depending on your application. I do find however that to get the more plum/violet nuances to the smoky eye look the Cabrera eye liner that was released with this collection is essential. I will show you some looks I created with all the items together as soon as I’ve completed my reviews.

BECCA Balearic Love Palette
Now one weird thing about my palette, both the back of the compact and the box, all three shades are labelled as Demi Matt. This is my first experience with BECCA eye shadows so I’m not sure what their demi matt formula is usually like but the first two shades in this palette are absolutely matte. They are a wonderful formula though that blends very nicely. The third shade is not matte. It is definitely a subtle shimmer shade although the base seems to be somewhat matte.

Here is a quick eye look I did last night using all my new BECCA Balearic Love items. Sorry these were taken in poor lighting with flash but it’ll give you an idea of how nicely these shades apply together. You can see the plum tones near the lash line achieved mostly through the use of the eye liner. I found Atlas too warm in my crease. I have done another look today that I will feature in the full FOTD post where I omitted Atlas. I find using a cooler shade to blend out the crease works best with my colouring.
It appears that this collection may not be released in North America. Fret not though because I picked the items up online at Zuneta who ships internationally.


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  • Maggie S.
    February 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Wow, those promo pictures are misleading as heck. I do believe I’ve seen that complaint from another blogger as well, though I can’t recall where at the moment.

  • Tina
    February 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Wow, to think I was about to order this… I’d be very disappointed if I did, the actual colours are so far from the promo pics!!!
    Now tempted to recreate the look with what I’ve got, since the actual products won’t help…
    At least the lip tint looks pretty!


  • Modesty Brown
    February 18, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Oh wow, I was stunned when I saw your picture as it wasn’t what I had expected all all from the promo pictures. I felt better about my eyeshadow ban until I saw your beautiful eye look ;). I imagine there will be a few folks surprised when their palettes arrive.

  • Mercedes
    February 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    OHHHHH pretty eyeball lady!!

  • PerilouslyPale
    February 19, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    I won’t deny I am quite disappointed. I thought I was buying sometime thing and ended up getting something I could have duped with items already in my collection. I still want the palette in that promo pic!!

    • PerilouslyPale
      February 19, 2012 at 12:49 AM

      Wow typo. “thought I was buying one thing” not sometime thing!

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections
    February 19, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Well, hmmm. That’s no where’s close to plummy. Maybe plummy brown means something else to them? “P
    Although-your EOTD with it is FREAKIN Gorgeous. I am in love with your eye! 🙂

  • Nadia
    February 19, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    In the past everything I have purchased from Becca Cosmetics(always online, since I do not have a counter near me)I have loved, but this is the first time I am quite disappointed with them 🙁 I bought this palette too & was not pleased with it. I even purchased the lip color in Valentina which was described as a ‘nude pink color’, in my opinion it’s a very loud, bright pink! I have hard time believing the model in the promo pic is using that exact color on her lips! I wish I could return these 2 items, but I know Zuneta does not allow returns on open packages. The only good thing from this Balearic Love collection I got was the Smokey Eye set. The eye tint in Romanticism is gorgeous! Look forward to your review on the eye pencil. I was surprised I liked it & the mascara was good too. Thanks for your lovely review & photos 😉

  • Replica
    February 19, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    I really like the eye look you have done 🙂 There have been a few issues with promo pictures for their palettes in the past that have not matched the real thing, I don’t get why they do it really and thats why I try and wait for blog posts first before I order, just so I know what I am getting. I can see that there would be no way that Atlas would work for my coloring now, so your post has been very helpful. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the rest of the items you got x

  • Gauri
    February 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    These colors look great on you!

  • nikki
    February 19, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    GORGEOUS!!! I need an eye make up lesson from you!

  • Musing on Beauty
    February 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Thanks a lot for this review, my lemming is now killed – I was interested in the deep plum and obviously it’s absolutely not what I hoped for. No need to order that!

  • Strawberry Blonde
    February 19, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Disappointing that it wasn’t what you expected, but omg this looks amazing on you! I’m so tempted to get it myself!

    Nic x

  • Makeup Magpie
    February 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    These colors look great on you! This looks like a lovely, basic palette. I love the Becca brand. Thanks for posting! 🙂

  • MarciaF (Beauty Info Zone)
    February 20, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    I agree with everyone. Not what you bargained for but it looks gorgeous on you. I like all but Atlas which I don’t think I’d like on me.
    I have the last palette that Becca came out with and at first I didn’t like it, now though I realize it’s actually quite nice. Maybe this one will grow on you.

  • Zuzu*s Petals
    February 20, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    I could have sworn I posted a comment. Oh, well, at least now I can say what I wanted to say. The becca promo pictures never ever ever look like the real thing. I don’t know where they do their photographing, but their pics are always cooled than the real deal.

    Demi-matte is their satin formula. I thought it was pure matte, too, but after you have had it on a while, did your eye get a little gleamy? That’s the effect I get. Looks like they mislabeled anyway because one of those colors looks like a straight-up shimmer.

    Anyway, despite your disappointment, the result is absolutely stunning. That final eye shot is knock-your-socks off beautiful. If you swap or sell it, you’re a dookiehead. ♡

  • PerilouslyPale
    February 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Dookiehead huh LOL

    I do like the palette. Just not what I was expecting. Certainly nothing wrong with it. Just misleading promo info. 😉

  • Jules
    February 22, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Even though the palette doesn’t quite live up to the promo pics, the colors look gorgeous on you! And I’m such a sucker for a neutral palette…


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