Well I suppose we’d best kick things off and start talking about some makeup? So if there is anything else you should know about me, right off the bat is that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. Like, massive. So when I saw the Wizardry and Witchcraft Eyeshadow Palette from Storybook Cosmetics, I was like… Accio!
Of course, I don’t have magical powers, so I had to wait for christmas to get my hands on this little beauty. On Christmas Day, I pulled this out along with a few other select make-up items I had asked for, and I was so excited! I am so happy to have a husband that indulges me in my weirdness, and accepts me for who I am. Anyway, that’s the gushy stuff out of the way…
About the Brand
Storybook Cosmetics is an independent make-up brand, owned by identical triplets Erin, Mandy and Missy Maynard. The company went viral when they released a series of magic wand make-up brushes (which yes, I do want to get at some point, because reasons). Since then, they have dedicated themselves to crafting whimsical and wonderful cosmetics products, that tap into our love and admiration of all things fairytale and beyond.
Their line-up has also seen them produce an eyeshadow palette based off of Willy Wonka, and another one inspired by the hit movie ‘Mean Girls’ (again, I hope to own these at some point too!). This is a brand that’s doing things a little bit different, and I’m intrigued to see what they come up with in 2018, considering the booming success they have had in 2017.
Wizardry and Witchcraft Eyeshadow Palette
The Wizardry and Witchcraft Eyeshadow Palette is simply beautiful to behold. It looks like an old leather style book; it clearly wouldn’t look out of place on the shelves of the Hogwarts school library. It arrives packaged in a gorgeous suede style bag that helps give this palette a real air of mystery and luxury. As you slip off the outer slip case, the edges of the palette look like pages, enhancing the ‘storybook’ style.
Inside the palette, you will find 12 shades in a range of mattes, metallic and pearl finishes. The palette overall feels very warm-toned, which I think is why it appeals to me very highly. One of my favourite eyeshadow palettes of all time is the Naked Heat palette by Urban Decay, so there were a few shades here that I imagined would pair quite well with the Heat palette. There are a few cooler toned shades as well (the gorgeous metallic shade Merlin).
The shades inside the palette are very pigmented, and they do have a slightly creamy consistency. They offer a good amount of coverage and blend into each other very well. Most of the metallic shades seem to work well straight off the brush (I know for some metallic shadows, you might need to use some setting spray on the brush, or a glitter glue). Betwitched is a particular favourite colour of mine; this high-shine rose gold colour is creamy, and is the perfect shade for the lid. Jinx is a silver, that’s not as creamy as Bewitched (and is a little patchy) BUT it works really well as an inner corner highlight shade, or underneath the lower lash line for a bit of ‘BLAM!’.
Broomstick and Spellbook are gorgeous matte shades (with the former being a more chocolate brown, and the latter a slightly more red-ish brown) that are perfect for the crease, the inner corner or even all over the lid for a bold, smoky look. So far, I’ve not really experimented with the shades Merlin or Potions; purely because they are colours that don’t really go well with my skin tone, but also, as I’m still quite new to make-up, truthfully they are colours that scare me, and I’ve yet to build up the courage to try out a look with them. But they are both creamy shimmery shades.
There is a little bit of kickback on most of the pans (Bewitched does seem to be a particularly fussy one) but nothing too extreme. You get approximately 1.234g of product in each pan (which, from what I’ve seen so far, seems fairly reasonable). The mirror inside the palette is a really good size, although truthfully, the palette isn’t really travel friendly as it is quite bulky. Although personally, that’s not an issue for me, as I don’t usually tend to travel around with make-up.
Creating a Look
I do believe you can create a full look with the palette, and I attempted to create a look for this review. Please bare in mind that I am not a full on make-up artist, and I am still learning, so please do not let my amatuerish attempt at putting make-up on, dissuade you from trying a product! I do think it’s lovely.
Starting off by priming my skin, I used the Urban Decay Quick Fix Complexion spray, followed by the Urban Defense Primer gel (I love this one, as it’s softer on my slightly drier skin). For foundation, I went in with the controversial Shape Tape Foundation (look, I paid for it, I might as well use it but I’m not reviewing it) in shade Light Neutral, followed by the Shape Tape Concealer (also in shade Light Neutral). I set the concealer using the Cover FX Perfect setting powder, and then primed the eyes using the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion in the shade ‘Original’.
Once the eyelids are primed, I took a fluffy blending brush and dipped into the shade ‘Spellbook’ and worked this above the crease, and up to the brow. I kind of wanted to create a dark, bold base. After that was blended, I took a smaller blending brush and dipped into the shade ‘Sorcerer’ which is a rusty red colour with a slight pearl sheen to it. I then worked this into the crease, and blended it into the shade ‘Spellbook’.
Once blended, we moved onto the shade ‘Cauldron’ which is a dark slate colour (not quite black, but still quite dark) and we focused that just on the outer corner and just up into the outer part of the crease (for depth). Then we popped into the shade ‘Brookstick’ and focused that on the outer half of the lid. Then, using a flat brush, we dipped into the shade ‘Bewitched’ and focused that on the inner part of the lid, creating a sort of gradient from the matte brown into the glittery gold shimmer.
For a little extra sparkle, we took the shade ‘Jinx’ and focused that just on the inner corner. Then, we applied a little bit of the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Eyeliner in shade Midnight Cowboy over the top to enhance the shine. We then (using a finger) patted some of the glitter into the space between the lid and the brow (because, you know.. glitter).
To finish the eyes, we took the shade ‘Broomstick’ close to our lash line and then smoked it out slightly. We then took the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in shade ‘Mildew’ and then gently placed that right on the lower lash line and into the water line (being careful as my eyes are prone to watering!). We then used a little ‘Perversion’ mascara on the lashes.
Once the eyes are done, we moved onto highlight, using the Beauty Beam Palette from the Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne collection. For Bronzer, we used the Urban Decay Beached Bronzer, and the Morphe 9B blush palette for the cheeks.
For lips, we used the Vice Liquid Lipstick in shade ‘1993’, followed by a light coating of the Lip Effects in shade ‘3rd Degree’. We then set everything using the ‘All Nighter’ setting spray, and then dusted the whole face with the Velvetizer for that air brushed finish.
This eyeshadow palette is adorable. There is a nice mix of colours, and they blend like a dream. The shadows last without creasing or wrinkling, and upon removal, there has been no staining of the eye lids. Will this be a palette I reach for on the regular? I think so. I may not necessarily use the palette to create a whole look, but I do think there are some colours in here that will compliment the colour stories of some of my other favourite eyeshadow palettes. I think there is plenty to work with here, and if you are a sucker for something thats cute, kitsch but also high-quality, the I can definitely recommend the Wizardry and Witchcraft Eyeshadow palette. I am just now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Wizardry and Witchcraft Lipstick Collection (and you know as soon as we receive, we’ll have a review).
Where to Buy
If you are in the United States, you can order directly from Storybook Cosmetics. If you are in the UK/Europe, you can now pick up this palette from Beauty Bay.