My heart stopped beating when TrendMood first teased images of the Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Collection. I was immediately drawn in by the vibrant and curated color story of Melt’s stunning holiday collection. For weeks, I stalked this collection online.
When Melt Cosmetics leaked an early pre-release on its site, I flew across the room with my laptop in hand to make my purchase ASAP. I purchased the Muerte Palette, Illuminación Highlighter, and two of the new gel liners. But does the collection live up to the hype?
Keep reading for an in-depth review of the Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Collection.
What is the Inspiration Behind the Amor Eterno Collection?
The Amor Eterno Collection is one of the most unique and well-thought-out holiday collections that has been released in years. It is strongly inspired by co-founder, Lora Arellano’s Mexican heritage and culture. Watch RawBeautyKristi’s review video to hear Lora’s heartfelt PR letter that describes the inspiration behind the collection.
The theme of the collection is inspired by the Mexican holiday, Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. During Dia De Los Muertos, family and friends will gather together to remember and pray for their loved ones who have passed away. Rather than viewing this day in somber sorrow, people celebrate life.
Translated into English, ‘Amor Eterno’ means ‘Eternal Love.’ The Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Collection is meant to celebrate the joy of life and the eternal love that we experience with those in our lives.
Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Claims
I had to show restraint when purchasing products from the Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Collection. With the exception of the liquid lipsticks, everything in the collection looked and sounded appealing. Please keep reading for the claims on Sephora for the products that I purchased.
Muerte Palette: The Muerte palette is all you need for a memorable elegant eye—a divine assortment of rich wines, deep blues, and compelling greens that mix and match exquisitely. Vivid jewel tones and rich velvety hues inspired by the depths of the twinkling night sky.
Fortuna & Santos Gel Liners: Ultra-pigmented, stay-all-day gel liners that make it easy to create clean graphic lines or can be blended out like a cream shadow. The chic custom Melt jars will keep your creamy, ultra-pigmented gel liners just as creamy as the day you opened them.
Illuminación Highlighter: A lustrous, skin-perfecting highlighter with 12-hour wear that reflects a warm, opalescent pink glow. This unique, revolutionary, hybrid formula enhances and illuminates skin—no filters needed. With a second-skin finish, the digital dust formula allows you to easily blend and build from a soft, dewy sheen to a striking glow without appearing powdery or intensifying the look of unwanted texture.
Product Packaging & Price
Without a doubt, the Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Collection is one of the most exquisitely designed collections with unparalleled attention to detail. As previously mentioned, this collection is heavily inspired by Dia De Los Muertos. As such, the collection’s packaging full of vivid colors inspired by the holiday and Mexican culture. In particular, Sugar Skulls are the central design element seen throughout the collection.
Unique to this collection, Melt Cosmetics used Spanish language names for each product in the line. Also, the brand used Spanish and English captions and product descriptions on the brand’s website and social channels for each product in the line.
Amor Eterno Muerte Palette, Illuminacion Highlighter, Fortuna Gel Liner, Santos Gel Liner
Muerte Palette | $58.00 USD
The Muerte Palette is one of two 10-pan palettes that was released within the Amor Eterno Collection. Translated as the ‘Death’ Palette, the palette features a dark, edgy Sugar Skull design created inspired by the colors of the night sky.
The palette, itself, is made out of sturdy, weighted cardboard material. Inside the palette, there are 10 shadows in a mix of matte and metallic finishes. Each shadow is clearly labeled. Also, there is a small mirror inside the palette.
The Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Muerte Palette retails for $58.00 USD. Breaking the cost down further, the unit cost is approximately $3.27 USD per gram.
Fortuna & Santos Gel Liners | $19.00 USD, each
The boxes of the Amor Eterno Gel Liners are inspired by the vividly colorful ‘papel picado‘ or perforated paper that is used as decor on Mexican holidays such as Dia De Los Muertos. Papel Picado is a craft paper that is used to create banners or to decorate altars.
The Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Gel Liners come in glass pots with colorful, metallic tops that reflect the color inside. The shade Santos (‘Saint’) is a buildable metallic blue, while Fortuna is opaque, matte emerald green.
Each potted liner retails for $19.00 USD. This breaks down to $7.60 USD per gram of liner.
Illuminación Highlighter | $39.00 USD, each
The Illuminación (‘Illumination’) highlighter comes in a black box with a stunning white Papel Picado uni-carton featuring a sugar skull design. The highlighter compact itself is Melt’s standard weighted black plastic compact with a mirror.
All of Melt Cosmetics’ Digital Dust Highlighters feature an intricate raised design. The standard highlighters have the Melt Cosmetics name imprinted in a raised cursive script. However, the inside of the Illuminación highlighter features a raised, intricately designed Sugar Skull.
The Illuminación highlighter retails for $39.00 USD and comes with 7 grams of highlighter. This breaks down to approximately $5.57 USD per gram.
Ingredients, Cruelty-Free, and Vegan Status
Melt Cosmetics is a Cruelty-Free Indie beauty brand that sells some Vegan products.
Muerte Palette: The Muerte Palette is free of Talc, Parabens, and Gluten.
Fortuna & Santos Gel Liners: The Amor Eterno Gel Liners are free of Talc, Parabens, Gluten, and animal by-products. Therefore, the liners are 100% Vegan.
Illuminación Highlighter: The Illuminación Highlighter is free of Talc, Parabens, Gluten, and animal by-products. The highlighter is 100% Vegan.
Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Collection Swatches
Swatches are not a perfect indicator of quality. However, swatches can provide clues as to how a product may perform in terms of pigmentation and the ability to blend. As always, I’ve swatched the Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Collection on a bare arm with my finger.
Muerte Palette Swatches
At a high level, I was impressed by swatches of the Muerte Palette. Although the shadows felt dry, they were vibrant. I experienced little fallout and no patchiness. Each shadow glided across my arm with ease. The shimmer and matte formulas both felt stiff.
These shadows stained my bare arm. It took a lot of makeup remover and several rounds of scrubbing to fully remove the stains.
Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Muerte Palette Swatches
Fortuna & Santos Gel Liner Swatches
There is an obvious difference in texture between Fortuna and Santos. Fortuna, the opaque matte green has a thick, creamy texture that is pigmented with just one swipe. This color dries down quickly. In comparison, Santos has a much thinner formula that takes two swipes to reach full pigmentation.
Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Muerte Palette and Santos & Fortuna Gel Liner Swatches
Illuminación Highlighter Swatches
Illuminación is an opalescent pink highlighter that works as an icy pink highlighter on most skin tones. On fair skin, this highlighter may work best as a blush or blush topper. Unlike the deeply pigmented swatch photos shown online, the Illuminación highlighter swatches were much lighter on my arm.
The Muerte Palette is an artfully curated palette that performs like a dream. The matte shadows are extremely pigmented, so they take some time to blend evenly on the eyes. The matte shadows layer on each other and work well with each other and with the shimmers in the palette.
From an application standpoint, I recommend using a fluffy blending brush to buff a light wash of color in the crease. For detailed blending, a stiffer brush will be better for more precise blending. Beginners may have trouble blending these colors or may need to bring in additional shadows to buff out the crease.
The shimmer shadows did not apply to the eyes as pigmented as they did when shopping. However, this is fairly consistent with most of Melt’s shimmer shadows. The shimmer formula within the Muerte palette is much stiffer than the shimmer formula used in the Blueprint stack or the Smoke Sessions Palette. For the best application use your finger or wet your brush and pack the shadows onto the eyelids.
I was blown away with how Fortuna and Santos wore on my eyes. Both liners stayed in place all day whether worn like a traditional liner or worn as a colorful base. The liners reached full opacity without skipping over the powder shadows underneath.
As with all Melt Cosmetics Digital Dust Highlighters, the Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Illuminación Highlighter takes several layers to create an impactful, blinding glow. As you work past the first layer of the powder, the highlighter applies easier. For best application, apply with a fluffy highlighting brush. Despite being pink-toned, the color is still ‘wearable’ for the everyday makeup wearer.
Where is the Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Collection sold?
Note:US consumers can still place orders through Beauty Bay.
Amor Eterno Muerte Palette, Illuminacion Highlighter, Fortuna Gel Liner, Santos Gel Liner
Final Thoughts on the Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Collection
If it wasn’t apparent by my initial thoughts, I am in LOVE with the Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Collection. With the launch of the highly anticipated Amor Eterno Collection, founders Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar created one of the most well-executed and well-thought releases of the year. Not only is the packaging exquisitely designed, but the products inside perform perfectly.
Without a doubt, the Muerte Palette is the star product in the Amor Eterno Collection. More specifically, the matte shadows in the palette are the clear standouts. The highlighter provides a beautiful pink-toned glow, while the gel liners add a colorful accent to any look.
Do I recommend this collection? I wholeheartedly recommend this collection. If you are only able to grab one product, I recommend buying the Muerte Palette and waiting until Melt, Sephora, or Beauty Bay has a sale on the gel liners or highlighter.
Will I eventually grab the Vida Palette? Only time will tell. However, I have a sneaky suspicion that this palette will eventually make its way onto a birthday list or future Christmas list.