To say that I’m eyeshadow obsessed is an understatement. Whether I’m creating something neutral or colorful, I love playing with eyeshadow formulas. As someone who loves trying new formulas, I needed to understand if the shadows from the Italian Indie brand, NABLA, were worth the hype. Keep reading for an in-depth review of the NABLA Dreamy 2 Palette.
What is NABLA all about?
NABLA Cosmetics is an Italian Indie brand with the mission to provide high-quality, innovative, and safe cosmetics to consumers who use makeup as a tool to express their individuality. NABLA emphasizes its desire to be transparent with its consumers.
The brand’s dedicated customer service channel and Me&NABLA program build customer trust. According to NABLA, the Me&NABLA program allows registered NABLA customers to share constructive feedback or potential product ideas with the brand.
Founded in Italy in 2013, the brand did not fully enter the US market until 2019. The brand’s rise to fame was originally attributed to its high-quality single shadows. In recent years, NABLA garnered attention with each new eyeshadow palette release. Read more about NABLA’s story here.
NABLA Dreamy 2 Palette Claims
According to NABLA, the Dreamy 2 Palette was born out of arcane mysteries. This palette contains 12 pigmented shades across a range of 5 finishes: Matte, Ultra Matte, Latex Matte, Metal Foil, and Super Shimmer. These 12 shades that create endless combinations of looks.
Additionally, it is worth noting that this is considered a pressed pigment palette rather than an eyeshadow palette.
The Dreamy 2 Palette comes in compact, sturdy cardboard packaging. With gemstones and terrestrial elements, the outer design conveys the mystical, astrological theme of this collection.
The Dreamy 2 Palette includes a large mirror with the name imprinted on the lower edge. The 12 shades in this palette are clearly labeled. Also, each name plays into the mystic theme of the collection.
The NABLA Dreamy 2 Palette retails for â‚¬39,90 in Europe and $35.00 in the United States. Note, although, at the time of this writing the US Dollar is approximately equal to the Euro, the US pricing is actually five dollars cheaper than the European pricing.
Also, the palette comes with approximately 8.6 grams of the product. This makes the price per gram approximately $4.00. From a price per unit perspective, this is similar to other mid-tier indie brands such as Makeup Geek.
Is NABLA Cruelty-Free?
According to the brand’s FAQ page, Nabla is 100% Cruelty-Free. As such, they do not conduct animal testing on any of their ingredients or their finished products. Additionally, they do not pay for third-party animal testing nor do they sell in countries that mandate animal testing.
Is the NABLA Dreamy 2 Palette Vegan?
As a brand, NABLA is not 100% Vegan. However, the brand offers many Vegan products. The NABLA Dreamy 2 Palette is 100% Vegan. No animal derivatives were used to create this palette.
Although not eye irritants, the Dreamy 2 Palette includes Talc and Mica. There is growing concern around the use of these ingredients in cosmetics for health and ethical reasons.
Given that the Dreamy 2 Palette is considered a Pressed Pigment Palette, this means that there are ingredients used in this palette that are not currently deemed eye-safe within the United States. I encourage potential buyers with known skin irritations to patch test the shades on their wrists before applying these to the eyelids.
NABLA Dreamy 2 Palette Swatches
As always, swatches are not a perfect indicator of quality. However, swatches provide buyers clues to a product’s pigmentation and ability to blend. The below finger swatches were done on a bare arm without any primer base.
Dreamy 2 Pigments
Except for Mirabilia, NABLA does not refer to the Metal Foils or Super Shimmers as duo-chromes or multi-chromes. However, most of the metallic or glitter reflects differ in color than the base pigment. Therefore, I consider most of these shades to be duo-chromes.
The swatches speak for themselves. Not only does the color story look visually appealing on my arm, but the shadows exceeded my expectations
Every single shade in this palette swatched like an absolute dream. Each shade felt creamy. Most of the colors were extremely vibrant. Only the lightest metallic shades in the palette required a little bit of building to reach full opacity.
The NABLA Dreamy 2 formula impressed me.
All three of the matte formulas were easy to apply to the eye and to blend using a fluffy brush. I recommend using a soft fluffy brush to buff the matte or super matte formula. The Latex Mattes should be applied with a stiffer brush or even a finger! From a formula perspective, the Latex Mattes reminded me of an even creamier version of Natasha Denona’s famous, Creamy Matte shadows.
Although I was impressed by the way the matte shadows applied, the Metal Foils and the Super Shimmers stole the show. Like HOT DAYUM. I have never seen a more mesmerizing formula than the Super Shimmers.
The Metal Foils felt wet to the touch and retained their wet-looking sheen on my eyelids. Each shade glided onto my eyelids, whether applied with a flat brush or my finger.
Of the 6 Metal Foils in the Dreamy 2 Palette, my favorite shades were Oniric, Mirabilia, and Offline. Lucid Dream and Amarcord both required more building to reach opacity. I preferred to use those shades as toppers or just within the inner corners.
Back to my new love: the Super Shimmers. If you are someone who loves the look of glittery lids, but hates the mess that glitter leaves, you will be obsessed with NABLA’s Super Shimmer formula. Without a doubt, is the most wet-looking, high-shine glitter formula that I’ve seen in a powder. In fact, only the metallics in the UOMA Beauty’s Black Magic Savage Palette compare.
REM and Libertine are my two favorite eyeshadows in the Dreamy 2 Palette. Similar to the Metal Foils, these two shadows can be applied with a flat brush or a finger. However, my preferred method of applying these shadows is to pack them onto the lid with my fingers.
The buildable pigmentation and ease in layering each of the shades blew me away. Each shade builds well on itself. Also, they play well with each other.
When worn over an eyeshadow primer, the shades in the Dreamy 2 Palette last 10 hours without fading or creasing. Also, I experienced no fallout – from the mattes, metallics, or super shimmers!
However, this formula smudges away. How can a shadow last a long-lasting but easy to smudge?
If I go about my day without rubbing my eyelids or burying my head into any pillows, these shadows will last. However, if I take a nap or rub my eyes, the shadows disappear and smudge. In fact, after taking a nap, my eye makeup complete wore off my face.
Where is the Dreamy 2 Sold?
NABLA Cosmetics ships internationally. For more details on shipping costs, please check out NABLA’s Shipping Information Page. Even though I ordered this palette from the Italian website, I received my packager quicker than many American sites!
Outside of the brand website, the NABLA Dreamy 2 Palette is sold at Beauty Bay, Morphe, and Ulta (USA)
Final Thoughts on the NABLA Dreamy 2 Palette
I don’t understand why the Dreamy 2 Palette doesn’t have more hype surrounding it?! Why are no “big-name” beauty gurus trying this brand?
The NABLA Dreamy 2 Palette might be my favorite palette in my collection. Since I started playing with this palette, I’ve seldom wanted to reach for anything else. In fact, I have sizable dips in many of the Metal Foils and both of the Super Shimmer shades.
I wholeheartedly recommend the Dreamy 2 Palette to anyone who:
- wants to support a dope, Italian indie beauty brand
- uses half neutral, half colorful palettes
- loves playing with various textures on the eyelids
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned makeup professional, the visually stunning Dreamy 2 Palette applies with ease.
Although I am not someone who likes to collect every palette that a brand releases, I can genuinely want to try every palette from NABLA. P.S. the brand’s Skin Glazing highlighters have impressed me, too!
What do you think about the Nabla Dreamy 2 Palette? Have you heard of this Italian Indie brand before? Please let me know in the comments below.0