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A limited-edition multi-piece kit inspired by the traits of each Divergent faction from the worldwide bestseller, Divergent, now a major motion picture. Divergent—what makes you different makes you dangerous. This enormous multi-piece kit allows you to be brave, selfless, intelligent, honest, and kind all at once. Each of the three Eye Shadow Palettes contains four coordinating High Pigment Eye Shadows plus one High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadow to draw immediate attention to the eyes. The High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadows impart a shimmery, diamond-like reflection that is transparent when applied dry, and translucent when applied wet. Mix and match the shades to achieve a unique look every time. The kit also includes a cheek palette with two Long-Wear Blushes, a Shimmering Bronzer, and a Radiant Glow Illuminator. Four High Shine Lip Glosses round out each faction’s look. Use the double-ended eye and cheek brush and the included Get-the-look cards to choose and proclaim your faction.
This kit comes in a very large box that folds open and contains 3 eye shadow palettes, 1 cheek palette, 4 glosses, a double-ended brush, and instructional cards with 3 suggested looks on them. The box depicts a ferris wheel.
The glosses are housed in flat, pill-shaped tubes made of plastic and have small doe-foot applicators. The eye shadow come in flat, rectangular palettes that close via a magnet and contain mirrors in the lids. You’re supposed to be able to break apart these palettes so that you can mix and match the left-most eye shadows to any other palette, but I wasn’t able to detach mine. The cheeks colors come in the same palettes, without the detachable feature. The brush has an angled powder brush on one end and a blending eye brush on the other. The bristles are synthetic.
Each eye shadow palette has 1 High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadow shade and 4 additional eye shadows. The High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadow shades, when applied dry, consist mostly of high-impact shimmer. When applied wet, these shades have more opaque underlying color, and a diamond-like frosty finish.
The rest of the eye shadows from these palettes, overall, have a great, smooth formula and good pigmentation. The one exception is Erudite Sapphire, which is in the Dauntless palette. This color was more stiff and uneven in finish, and didn’t have the same pigmentation as what you see in the pan.
The cheek palette is probably my favorite part of this kit. Obscure Coral is intensely pigmented, Misty Rose has a beautifully natural finish, Gleaming Pearl has a unique gold duo-chrome to its luminizing cream base, and Intelligent Bronze is a pigmented golden bronzer. All of the shades in this palette give great color to the cheeks, though Misty Rose has a drier formula and needs 2-3 layers. The other shades need only a single layer.
The glosses are my least favorite part of the palette. They all have a peppermint-scented formula that definitely makes the lips tingle. The shades are all translucent, and the colors aren’t very exciting. The two nude shades–Natural Virtue and Supreme Ritual–are milky and emphasize the lip lines. Because the doe-footed applicators are so small, I also have to go back into the tube 4-5 times to get out enough product. The formula isn’t sticky but also isn’t long-wearing.
The double-ended brush is decent quality, though not as refined as higher-quality brushes. The synthetic bristles are soft.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
The eye shadows and cheek shades, for the most part, have a formula that blends nicely while imparting good color. The lip glosses are a hassle to use because you have to go back into the tube several times to get enough product out.
$60 is a very decent price for receiving 4 palettes, 4 glosses, and a dual-ended brush. I think this would be a much better deal, though, if the lip gloss color selection were more interesting and came in better packaging. I also think the eye shadow palettes should be easier to take apart.