Pretty Wonderful, Fully Baked

Good Or Nah?

So a while back I ordered a bunch of insanely cheap (suspiciously cheap?) makeup from Miss A. Some of it was laughably awful, some was kinda okay, and some was surprisingly good! I figured these results meant it was worth taking the risk again, so this time I ordered a selection of stuff from their own house brand, AOA Studio. First up, a trio of baked eyeshadows. LET’S CHECK ‘EM.

WHAT THAT IS :

AOA Studio Wonder Baked Eyeshadow ($1/3g each at shopmissa.com) (yes, really). Available in 24 shades, in a fairly wide range of colors; I ordered lilac-tinted silver “Gravel,” bright peachy “Creamsicle,” and deep charcoal “Ash.” As per the usual with “baked” formulas, these are lofty, looser than a typical pressed pan shadow, and all have a shimmery/metallic finish. Their lofty-looser formula also means they’re much easier to break, too — despite being reasonably well-packed, one of mine arrived with a couple good size chunks broken off of one side (it’s the charcoal one, as you can easily see in the photo above).

AOA Studio Wonder Baked Eyeshadow in "Gravel"
AOA Studio Wonder Baked Eyeshadow in “Gravel”
AOA Studio Wonder Baked Eyeshadow in "Creamsicle"
AOA Studio Wonder Baked Eyeshadow in “Creamsicle”
AOA Studio Wonder Baked Eyeshadow in "Ash"
AOA Studio Wonder Baked Eyeshadow in “Ash”

WHAT’RE THEY LIKE?

These are billed as wet/dry shadows, with different finishes and opacity levels achieved by different application methods. Applied straight to bare skin with a finger or brush, the lighter shades (Gravel and Creamsicle) left a beautiful sheer shimmery veil of color that was slightly buildable but never truly opaque; near-black Ash was of course harder to sheer out smoothly, but that’s the norm for something so dark. Applied over primer…that’s where you get  your “true to pan” color. And applied over bare skin with a wet brush, they’re DEFINITELY much more opaque and decidedly more metallic-looking. Swatches, from left Gravel, Creamsicle, and Ash; first in fairly neutral indoor light, very warm indoor light, and overcast indirect daylight. Each set of swatch stripes is 1) applied to bare skin with dry finger, 2) applied to bare skin with wet brush, and 3) applied with dry finger over primer.

HOW DO THEY DO THO?

They do DAMN GOOD. I haven’t given Creamsicle a full day’s wear yet (I’m still slightly intimidated by this weird orangey color on my pink face), but I’ve worn Gravel as both a sheer wash over bare skin and built up over primer (it was my above-crease base/blending shade in yesterday’s LOTRT!), and I’ve worn Ash on the lid over primer and blended up into crease and out into a wing — both performed really well. Very little detectable fading or creasing over 6 or so hours of wear, so I’m fully prepared to give these a thumbs up.

THE VERDICT : REALLY GOOD! These perform well, I like how versatile they are with the dry-vs-wet application, and the wear is surprisingly nice. The only downsides : 1) as noted, they’re relatively fragile, like many/most baked shadow formulas, which means dropping it on a hard floor is almost definitely going to shatter it — and also means it kicks up a lot more dust than the typical pressed shadow. 2) The plastic clamshell cases click closed extremely securely, which is good … but two of mine are annoyingly hard to open without risking [yet another] busted nail. And 3) they’re also a good bit wider (almost 1.75″) and taller than standard pressed-pan shadows (usually about 1″), which means that you might have trouble fitting them into your extant empty palettes if you want to shuck them out of their slightly-annoying plastic cases. But seriously, for A DOLLAR EACH? Worth it, no question.

Tried ’em? Gonna? Discuss!