I can’t remember which lovely lady asked me to swatch my Ben Nye Lumiere palette, but I thought today would be a great day to oblige her :) Hope this is helpful for those of you curious about Ben Nye’s eyeshadows and other fabulous perks.

I purchased this palette over a year ago, have used it quite a bit (though you can’t tell) and I still have so much product to go thru before I even remotely hit pan! The actual eyeshadow pans are wide and deep and full of beautifully pigmented, buttery smooth colors for the bold and daring. You can find these palettes online anywhere between $54 and $65 (for 12 shadows) and between $31-35 (for 6 shadows), which if you take things into consideration, is an awesome deal. The eyeshadow refills can cost you between $9 and $12 a piece…so you do the math ;)

Ben Nye is known in the makeup world for providing some of the best concealers, color correctors, eyeshadows and more. They specialize in stage and clown makeup, so lots of their products are made to withstand harsh conditions such as running, jumping, performing, sweating buckets and crying — all that. Word on the street is that they also make incredible matte shadows too.

Check out the Lumiere palette below with swatches!

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour Palette

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour Palette

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour Palette — the back

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour Palette — the color labels are inside down the middle

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Ice, Aztec Gold

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Silver, Azalea

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Cosmic Blue, Sun Yellow

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Iced Gold, Tangerine

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Chartreuse, Jade

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Amethyst, Cosmic Violet

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour Palette

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour Palette

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
this is how the pans are being held in place, they snap into the bottom like a button

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Cosmic Violet — a great dupe for MAC’s Stars & Rockets eyeshadow

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Ben Nye Lumiere swatches l-r: Ice, Aztec Gold, Silver, Azalea, Cosmic Blue, Sun Yellow
(taken without flash)

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Ben Nye Lumiere swatches l-r: Ice, Aztec Gold, Silver, Azalea, Cosmic Blue, Sun Yellow
(taken with flash)

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Ben Nye Lumiere swatches l-r: Iced Gold, Tangerine, Chartreuse, Jade, Amethyst, Cosmic Violet
(taken without flash)

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
Ben Nye Lumiere swatches l-r: Iced Gold, Tangerine, Chartreuse, Jade, Amethyst, Cosmic Violet
(taken without flash)

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
a US quarter fits inside the Ben Nye eyeshadow pan

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
a MAC eyeshadow pan also fits into a Ben Nye eyeshadow pan

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette

Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Colour Palette
MAC vs. Ben Nye (in height)

OVERALL

I absolutely love and adore this palette. The colors are bright and beautiful, you can create a ton of looks, and if you’re ever feeling artsy or creative these shadows can give you what you need. I’m inclined to believe that the word “Lumiere” is stamped on the packaging due to the light reflecting, finely iridescent finishes on all of the colors — but I could be wrong. Some glow more than others, but they’re all beautiful and again — they feel like butter. They aren’t super crumbly and powdery at all. In fact, you can tell by the quality that they’re very finely pressed too. You wouldn’t expect it, but they don’t produce much fall-out either. For example, an Urban Decay eyeshadow will give you way more fall-out than any of these Ben Nye shadows. Blending is a breeze with these colors, you can tell they were made to work together, to give you that airbrushed fantasy face (or simple eyeshadow look). What I really love about these eyeshadows is that despite their richness, they can be sheered out if you needed them to be.

I have had this palette for a while now and the texture of the shadows hasn’t changed at all. When you order, they arrive to you an artsy watercolor-style tin palette, with grooves for each eyeshadow pan to snap into, and an artists brush (which isn’t that fabulous, so I didn’t wanna focus on it).

Even if you’re not interested in this particular palette, don’t sleep on Ben Nye’s makeup because it’s some of the best quality in the market.

RATING

Availability: Bubba Sikes (lowest price), Stage Makeup Online, Party with This

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