Cold Chemistry Review

Disclosure: products sent by PR for review. All opinions expressed are my own.Cold Chemistry 018

Hi Guys and Dolls!

After a year+ of teasing us, Sugarpill has FINALLY launched the Cold Chemistry collection. The collection is comprised of 4 cool-tones eyeshadows perfect for creating a steely-eye look, smoky eyes, or mixing and matching with the rest of your makeup collection to come up with something new! As with their other palettes, Sugarpill offers a palette of 4 shades for $34 or each color individually for $12, which I think is a great idea, because it gives us customers options. I personally love the palette- the packaging is beautiful, and I love the new shape! I hope Sugarpill will start doing all their palettes like this!


  • You can buy the Cold Chemistry Palette with all 4 colors for $34 or buy each color individually for $12 each.
  • In the palette or as a single, each shadow contains 3.5 grams of product.
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  • Fabulous color pay-off
  • Intense pearl/shine
  • Glitter transfers well to the eye.
  • Colors work harmoniously together


  • I’ve been sitting here trying to think of some, and I just really love these so it’s hard. I guess they are soft-pressed, so when you touch them a lot of product comes off- but they aren’t AS fall-out happy as similar powder shadows (see my tutorial using this palette. Yes there is fall out but not as much as you’d think.

How I feel about it: These eyeshadows are bananas- Crazy color pay off, smooth yet shimmery finishes, and are a little different from your typical Sugarpill offering.  I also love that you have the option to buy them as singles or as a palette, though my fave is the palette because the colors work together harmoniously.

If you were my Best Friend: I’d say GET IT! It’s a great palette for fall!

The Palette

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Swatched all together

SUBTERRANEAN, Elemental Chaos, Diamond Eyes, and Soot & Stars

I accidentally put them in  the wrong order! Here I have them swatched over Lorac eyeshadow primer, but other wise, swatched dry, and with only 1-2 swipes (to make them smooth/uniform)


Soot & Stars is a richly pigmented gunmetal grey-black loaded with shimmer. It’s hard to tell if it’s actually multi-colored shimmer or just silver reflecting colors. In any case it’s amazing, and i’m impressed with how well the glitter sticks around on the eye. On a personal note, Soot & Stars is one of my favorite Smashing Pumpkins songs, and the Smashing Pumpkins are one of my favorite bands! I’d like to think the eyeshadow was named after the song ^_^.


When someone says “Icy Frosted White” I don’t really get excited. But having good basics is just as important as having those unique snowflake colors. This is one of the best Shimmery white eyeshadows I own. In the video I described is as having a almost pink tone to it, but it really shows up on the skin silver-ghost white. I really didn’t expect to like this as much as I do, but boy, I really like this one!

Elemental Chaos








Elemental Chaos is a great shimmering violet eyeshadow. It’s super pigmented, smooth and has lots of shine. I know everyone will be comparing it to Poison Plum, and the two colors are really different. Let’s be honest, Poison Plum is the best purple eyeshadow of all time: Matte with the teeniest shimmer particles that help it blend, bright as Eff, richly pigmented, and perfectly balanced between warm and cool. Elemental Chaos is Shimmery, wich teeny glitter bits that help is sparkle, not quite muted, but not bright as eff, and leans on the cooler side. I love it!


DAT GREEN!  Subterranean is a frosted forest green with sparkles and a slight navy undertone. And this one is INSANELY pigmented, just watch my tutorial above. WHAT THE WHAT! This is definitely one of my favorite green eyeshadows of all time!

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  1. August 23, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    I own all of these except Subterranean. I definitely love them! Great swatches and review! <3

  2. Nikki
    August 23, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    AMAZING!!!!! buying these today! thanks for the awesome tutorial on these.. made me want them really bad!

  3. August 24, 2013 / 3:58 am

    Wow, these are so pretty. But I don’t suit purple so being able just to buy the other three is so great. Not stuck with a palette I’m not using all the colours of.

  4. August 24, 2013 / 4:37 am

    The green looks fabulous! I love colorful makeup but haven’t really worn anything daring or fun since getting my glasses. I feel like they would just make a lot of eye makeup look silly, and any technique would be lost. Any suggestions or tips? Or do you have a “with glasses” tutorial?

  5. August 24, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    Awesome review Cora!! I love these shadows so hard!

  6. Safyre
    August 24, 2013 / 9:13 pm

    Ooh ooh I have a con. I just got the palette in and agree with everything Cora has said and love it BUT I wish it had a matte highlight color in it. I say this because while, yes, you can definitely mix and match with your makeup collection, I like when a palette is able to stand on its own. Gah but I cannot get over how pretty the colors are, so worth the wait!

  7. August 25, 2013 / 11:52 am

    Gorgeous! I love that the black is not actually a true black. I own way too many palettes with a black eye shadow

  8. August 25, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    I love your swatches, I actually did my review on this palette on Friday, it’s up on my Blog if you want to take a look, I compared this palette to some Mac pigments and you won’t believe how similar the colors are to Dark Soul, Teal, Pearl and Entramauve Pigments.

  9. August 26, 2013 / 8:41 am

    Great review! I can’t wait to get my hands on this palette.

  10. sinnerotica
    September 8, 2013 / 9:43 pm

    Diamond eyes is also a Deftones song. So cool to have musical influences in makeup.

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