Yes, another warm neutral eyeshadow palette! This time it’s the Major Dimension palette from Patrick Ta. The brand’s promo pictures convinced me immediately that I would want to pick up this palette. Even though I’m not necessarily a huge fan of warm neutrals – go figure. But it is summer time, and that’s the best time for me to use warm shades since my skin tone changes a bit.
I had heard that Sephora is now allowing swatching in store again, so I stopped by to see this in person and swatch before purchasing. As always, seeing the product in person didn’t line up exactly with my expectations. It turned out to be more warm than neutral and more sparkly/glittery than I had envisioned. I hesitated a bit, but ultimately I decided to purchase this and give it a thorough review. So here we go, a review with detailed comparison swatches of Patrick Ta’s first eyeshadow palette, Major Dimension.
Close-Up Product Photos
Here’s what the pans look like. The two on the left are creams.
I know this is a LOT of pictures. I’m going to swatch the whole palette first and then go through each shade and compare it to the most similar shades that I own. If you’re really interested in the sparkly shades, but don’t want to buy the whole palette, check out Urban Decay Moondust Shadows, they’re super similar and still available.
It’s a little bit hard to tell, but Lavish and Divine are the matte shades with micro glitters in them. Legendary is the chunkiest, and I think it has a bit of pink/orange shift. Abundance and Opulence have the same sparkly texture, but they aren’t as chunky as Legendary. Exquisite has a different texture, it’s like a satin/metalic finish with very small gold/bronze micro glitters – I wouldn’t describe it as chunky/glittery at all. I really like Exquisite a lot.
Since this palette contains two creams, and I believe the shadows are meant to work together in layers, I’ve swatched the shimmer/sparkle shades over the creams to show you what that can look like.
Shade “Abundance” Comparisons
The Bobbi Brown Sparkle Silver Moon and Sparkle Pink Ballet are no longer available, but if you ever tried the Bobbi Brown Sparkle formula, then these Patrick Ta topper shades are very similar in texture. The Urban Decay Moondust eyeshadow formula is also very similar. It’s kind of flaky/sparkly rather than being a full on glitter. Urban Decay Moondust shadows come in five shades and retail for $22.00.
Shade “Divine” Comparisons
This is a matte with micro glitter. I really don’t like it. All the comparison shades are just plain matte because I didn’t have any similar matte with glitters to compare it to.
Shade “Opulence” Comparisons
I think this is my favorite shade in the palette. Space Cowyboy, a Moondust shade by Urban Decay, is a super close dupe and can be purchased for $22.00.
Shade “Transition” Comparison
It always surprises me how hard it is to dupe these “basic” nude/transition shades. Note that this is one of the warmer shades from the Tartelette In Bloom palette, but it’s one of the cooler toned shades in Major Dimension. I think that helps give you an idea of just how warm this palette is.
Shade “Lavish” and “Absolutely” Comparison
The shades Lavish and Absolutely are VERY orange on my skin tone (which I think you can clearly see below). I prefer less orange on a day to day basis. On me, these shades feel so orange that it’s a STATEMENT. I’m sure that will vary quite a bit on different skin tones.
Shade “Legendary” Comparisons
This is another flaky/sparkly shade which I guess we’re calling “toppers”. I tried to choose shades with a similar texture, but I really didn’t have perfect dupes in my collection. Out of the Urban Decay Moondust line, I think the shade Solstice would be the most similar, but I do not have that shade to swatch for you.
Shade “Mother” Comparisons
I’m not sure if there was a point to me doing this comparison for you. I don’t think the shade Mother is going to be the reason you buy this palette. It is a nice, useful shade though.
Shade “Exquisite” Comparisons
The shade exquisite (top row, 2nd column) compared to the most similar shades in my collection. The very most similar was the Metal Rose shade from the Bobbi Brown Luxe Metal Rose palette. Next most similar was the shade West from Lime Crime Venus XL2 palette. A few shades in the Venus XL2 palette give off a similar vibe, but I only swatched the most similar one in these photos.
Shade “Scandal” Comparisons
Cream Shadow Comparisons
I honestly do not have any cream shadows to compare these to. I think all the liquid and cream shadows in my collection are much lighter than these two cream shades.
Is It a Complete Palette?
Mostly. It lacks a few things that I’d really like. Liner shade for example. I did experiment using the darker cream shade as a liner. It made a nice clean line and stayed all day with no performance problems. A shade that could be used as brow bone highlight and/or inner corner highlight would have also been nice. But I don’t always use those on the daily.
The tone of the color was warmer and lighter than I would prefer for a liner though. I wish the palette went a tad bit deeper. Even on my fair skin, I often use a shade deeper than these to deepen the outer corner or use as a liner.
I also feel that the intensity of the sparkles limits how much I can use this on a daily basis. You might feel differently about that. #nevertoooldtosparkle
I also REALLY wish the two mattes with sparkle did not have that micro glitter in them. The glitter particles are very fine, smaller than when Colourpop does glitter-in-matte shades. But they’re still there, and I don’t like them.
Lavish and Absolutely are way too close in color. One of these could easily be replaced with a different shade.
I need to experiment more with the creams. They seem to be of good quality, but they also seem extremely close to shades that are already in the palette. So even though this palette only has 12 shades, there are a few instances of redundant shades. That doesn’t usually happen in a palette this small.
Compared to Other Palettes
I’d like to show you how the Patrick Ta Major Dimension palette compares to other palettes in my collection. I’ve decided to move this to it’s own post because this pose is getting really long! When that’s completed, I’ll come back and put a link here to make that easy for you to find.
If you’d like to see full blog posts on palettes mentioned in this post, you can find them here:
- Lime Crime Venus XL2 Palette Swatches and Review
- Bobbi Brown Luxe Metal Rose Palette Swatches and Review
- Bobbi Brown Nude Drama II Palette
- Urban Decay Naked Wild West Palette
- Colourpop Off Melrose Palette
The quality is fantastic. The deep shades blend nicely with no patchiness. I do not like the two mattes with shimmer in them. The tones of this palette are warmer than I thought they’d be. I thought they’d be more neutral and that the undertone of the shades would lean more red instead of orange. On my skin tone, some of these are showing up as quite orange, and I’m not sure it’s the most flattering look for me. I think if you have a deeper skin tone than I do, that won’t be an issue for you. If Patrick Ta comes out with a similar palette in neutral or rosy tones, I will definitely pick that up because I do think this formula is fantastic.
If you feel like you already have all these matte shades in your collection, but the sparkly shimmers are still drawing you in – try the Urban Decay Moon Dust shadows, they are remarkably similar. The Bobby Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow singles are also similar, so those are a good substitute if you already have them, but the brand seems to be discontinuing those since shades keep disappearing from the website. Also worth checking out are the Clionadh Stained Glass Collection Glitter Series – they have a similar flaky/sparkly texture but have more of an opaque base with more colorful and less neutral shade options.
Is it worth $68? If you don’t already have a ton of warm neutrals, then probably yes. If you have a huge eyeshadow collection, hard to say. The quality is definitely there. You gotta really love warm tones though.
Thanks for reading! I hope this helps you make a buying decision. I’ve posted even more photos of this palette on Instagram – if you can even believe that. Come follow me over there @stefsedge if you haven’t already. Bye!
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