I ordered the Lunatick Labs Hocus Pocus palette almost without thinking. I mean, look at this packaging. It’s so spookily awesome:
And the colors appeared to be perfect for me– a good mix of Halloween brights I could use to break out of my normal shade range. AND A BAT MIRROR, YOU GUYS.
I’d heard good things about Lunatick’s lipstick shades from bloggers I trust, and so I took the plunge on this palette, which is named after one of my favorite movies of all time, Hocus Pocus. Here are the shades:
Unfortunately, the packaging was, by far, the best thing about this total dud of a palette. I haven’t been this let down by a product in a long time. I would go as far as to say that the performance of these colors was so abysmal, I would consider the site swatches to be very near to false advertising.
Here are the colors, swatched with an Urban Decay shadow brush over bare skin, carefully layering the color several times to see how many it’d take to get something decent looking:
And here’s the same over primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance), again, very carefully building the color with multiple passes:
You could probably go to the dollar store, get some sidewalk chalk, grind it up and press it, and probably still have better luck than what you get with this palette, which cost $35 + shipping.
The formula is so powdery it does not adhere to the skin properly. Here’s how much dust it kicked up after two swatches of each shade:
Overall, this palette is pretty frankly unacceptable. I can’t imagine why a brand would want to release such a sub-par product under their name– a product that is practically unusable.
According to Lunatick’s site, they take returns within a week of receipt. I got mine on the 1st, so I should be good to go. I rarely ever return makeup. Even when I end up with a perfect dupe, I think, “well, there’s nothing wrong with the product, so I’d feel bad returning.” I think I’ve returned two products in as many years, both because they were defective. This? This I’m returning. I feel bad because it’s an indie brand and not, say, Ulta or Sephora, but tbh, Lunatick should not have put out a palette this poor in the first place.