It’s been a while since I wrote a review about a single eyeshadow, so it was about time. Because Nabla does some amazing eyeshadow and I already reviewed the shade Selfish. That is a stunning purple duochrome, but when I spotted this, I knew I had to have it. Let’s have a closer look at the single shadow in Alchemy.
Nabla Alchemy eyeshadow
Nabla eyeshadows can be bought in two different formats. The first one is a refill pan. Those are much cheaper than the panned version which I have. The refills retail around €6.50 each. With those you do need a separate palette though, so I opted for the packaged version. Those I can no longer find online, but if I remember correctly these are around the €10 mark. For a pretty duochrome like this, you will pay a bit more though: €12.50.
The packaging of these eyeshadows is very simple, which is fine by me. The eyeshadow comes packaged in a clear plastic case. The shadow is houses in a plastic, lightweight compact. No space is taken up by anything but product. There is no mirror, but a clear lid which makes it easy to find this shadow in your stash.
Just look at that! How stunning is this eyeshadow. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like this. This shadow has a reddish brown base with a blue/ purple shimmery shift to it. The reflect on this is incredibly strong and I was glad to see that this is not an overspray. It is like MAC’s Blue/ Brown pigment, only with different colors. It truly is a chameleon type shade.
The swatch of this does not disappoint. There is quite a bit of backpigment to this shadow and a very nice shine that really translates well when the light hits it. Nabla eyeshadow stays put well, but I always use an eyeshadow primer with all of my shadows. I do find that layering a paintpot or other shadow underneath it will bring out the shade even better. I have a Colourpop Supershock shadow in BAE and that pairs very well with it.
This is the Nabla shade layered over the Colourpop eyeshadow. I love how this shade shifts in the light. It looks more vibrant when the light hits is, but it is also shimmery when the light does not hit it directly. I love how the Colourpop shadow strengthens the color, while not interfering with the duochrome aspects of the shadow.
If you are in the market for some unique, stunning eyeshadows, I would highly suggest you look into Nabla. Alchemy is a stunning duochrome shade that applies well, goes on smoothly and is a great workable shadow. I love it even more paired over a similar colored base, but it has enough impact on its own. You may need a Z-palette type palette to house them by now, but sometimes singles are a great way of expanding your eyeshadow collection with some more unique shades. This is definitely one.
What do you think of Nabla’s Alchemy eyeshadow?