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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Product Review and Introduction: Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour Palette


Everytime I hear "Ben Nye" I am so tempted to sing "Bill Nye the Science Guy" does anyone remember that show from PBS? LOL. I love how it's also spelled the Canadian/French way, Colour, Grande...makes me miss writing "favourite" or "centre" when I lived in Canada haha.

I remember Ben Nye being known for theater makeup (for the sake of this entry, let's say "theatre"); as well as for face painting at carnivals. The entire Ben Nye line has grown quite a bit and I am glad they are offering so much more products that now cater to us regular gals, giving us the most vibrant colors imaginable at a much better price than let's say MAC.

I had one of their color wheels back in the day and I lost it when I moved, after seeing Lurve's take on it as well as Pursebuzz's, it made me want this even more.

Product: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 2 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Price: $45-60,, available at theater/cinema makeup places, includes all 12 colors and a brush.



Colors include: (First Row) Ice, Aztec Gold, Silver, Azalea, Cosmic Blue, Sun Yellow
(Second Row) Iced Gold, Tangerine, Chartreuse, Jade, Amethyst, and Cosmic Violet

It's a 12 color palette which is a great dupe for the C-Shock collection (in case you missed out on that), and it's available at MANY Stage/Cinema/Theatre stores, as well as online such as, a clown store oddly enough since it's that pigmented (and it's where I ended up buying mine because shipping was cheaper all in all than the other sites I looked at). Just Google, "Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour Palette" and you will have tons of listings to look at so you should have no problem finding it. It also comes with a brush.

The price is anywhere from $45-50.

Expensive? Not really. If you think about it, one MAC eyeshadow costs $14, and even if you get the PRO Pan eyeshadow refills, it's $10.50, and if you had a PRO discount on that, it would be around $6 and some change. BUT, $6 times 12 eyeshadows is already $72, and that's NOT including tax. And I even used the cheapest price you can get MAC eyeshadow refills for!

$14 times 12 eyeshadows at MAC is a whopping $168! So really, this 12 color palette is a frikkin' GOOD DEAL! Also, it's SO MUCH MORE vibrant than MAC in my opinion. And trust me, I've been using MAC for about 2 years, and I don't think it's all that it's been cracked up to be, they have good stuff, but the fun in makeup is exploring other things right??? I would classify the Ben Nye on the same level as Makeup Forever but A LOT cheaper. Makeup Forever has such vibrant colors as well, and they too cater to the industry of photographers, models, and makeup artists, which is why it's easy to see why the colors are just so rich; because you need bright, pigmented makeup for it to show on camera or in Ben Nye's case, on stage.

When I used to model, makeup artists would layer on the makeup and really take the "Smokey Eye" to a whole new level! LOL, but I remember when I worked with Katie, she explained that it's because the camera doesn't pick up any colors when you wear normal, everyday makeup, moreso if flash is involved, there is NO COLOR. So instead of packing on the makeup, the answer was to create a makeup line that takes little effort and little product and just ensuring it's loaded with pigmentation! And Ben Nye definitely did that.

PROS: Very vibrant and pigmented, I love the colors and the variety of colors they have available. A lot cheaper than most brands.

CONS: I hated the packaging! I received mine when I was in San Fran so I was excited to get it and when I opened it, "Aztec Gold" was cracked and a portion of it was shattered, even with alcohol to mend it, it just wasn't the same. :( But nonetheless it still "works". I hate the cheap plastic lids on each eyeshadow, they are hard to take off each one without having them overlap each other and you have to remove it really slowly to avoid damaging the eyeshadow, it's a pain in the ass to do each time, especially when you are working with more than one color in the palette. If anything, I recommend getting the single eyeshadow because of it's own plastic casing although the palette is cheaper....

Overall? I LOVE IT. It's a great brand for anyone who wants more pigmentation for it to show up like those with darker skintones, as well as those who just want more vibrant colors. Ben Nye has other great products as well so check them out!

The BF was excited (and retarded, haha) to test out all the colors on my face, LOL:

Swatches WITHOUT FLASH, natural light, again no base, applied DRY:

Up Close:


Anonymous said...

why did you stop modeling?

sarahPUFFY said...

I'm doing the makeup for the school play, and the dumb ass drama instructor hasn't even ordered the makeup - Ben Nye is what we're using - and ignores me when I ask for the supplies for practice. So its nice to FINALLY get an idea of what I'll be working with. Its a play based on an 80's prom too, so the brighter, the better. Thanks for this post. xx

Anonymous said...

ooooooooooh, i'm gonna have to buy some now! maybe i will buy the single eyeshadows. i, too, am not crazy about the packaging!

Ruby said...

I have this too and I love it to death!
I agree with the packaging, my chartreuse is all broken and I haven't tried the alcohol method because my alcohol isn't strong enough I think.

slvrlips said...

I love Ben Nye's shadows. I currently have most of these in the powder formula but I totally agree with you regarding the vibrancy and darker skintones. they show up wonderfully.
Thanks for sharing
Have a great weekend

Nic Nic said...

haha Lurve got me lemming over this. wow cosmic violet is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

I always apply Ben Nye's shadows when I go to Shibuya... It's really good if you want a cosplay , ganguro or yamanba look...

sarahPUFFY said...

I have quite a fondness for Thoroughly Modern Millie. Sutton Foster is purely bad ass.

And the drama teacher...ah yes, she eats her troubles away and blows off the only makeup artist that knows how to do eyeliner. She should hand me that Twix next time, if she knows what's good for her...

MeaganMonster said...

Wow that is pure awesomeness.
I haven't been able to get Ben Nye products since I moved away from the big city.

I'll spell things the lovely Canadian way for you! Colour, Favourite, Centre!! haha I'm Canadian and my Husband is from England.

Azalea and Cosmic Blue are outrageous colours! I can't wait to see you put together a look with some of these.

I just made a haul of some GOSH products (a line from Denmark) some of these Ben Nye colours are almost dupes!

And yes I totally get the Bill Nye song in my head too. LOL.

*hugs from Canada*

ilurvemakeup said...

I have been using BN almost everyday since I got it lol I too hate the plastic covering! >_< Great review!

yummy411 said...

great to hear your take! i too have some powder formulas and some of the single matte shadows. love em!

Anonymous said...

hi, nice review. i've been wanting this but not sure if there's any store online that would sell international? any idea? thanks!

you can mail me back at

Anonymous said...

I don't know why but the colors - well may be not the colors but the packaging makes me feel like I'm putting on clown makeup. I have to agree with you that the packaging totally suck. I feel like a kid walking around with a box of crayon or an ugly case of water paint. LOL.

MakeupByRenRen said...

ahhhh i've been wanting this palette foreverrrrr but i'm moving right now so i have to save my money :( maybe for my bday!

Becky said...

Wow, this looks nice, such vibrant colors. I've never heard of this brand but I definitely want to try it!Is it powder e/s or more of a creamy e/s?

Nicole said...

These look so awesome! A costume store near me sells some Ben Nye, but very very minimal and it looks questionable, so I don't plan on buying from them, lol. I remember Bill Nye The Science Guy too!!!!

Anonymous said...

hi Vanessa! you're stunningly gorgeous and funny :]
I hope to learn how to do my makeup like yours one day lol..i'm kind of retarted when it comes to beauty stuff..but I will continue to read your blog entries and learn to grasp the concepts.keep up the beautiful work!

Lani said...

uh-oh do i really need this? (of course! LOL) i gotta agree though on the packaging. i'll check out the singles. thanks vanessa! ;)

Tanya Annette said...

I have very fond memories of Ben Nye :) I was in theater in high school and during the last two years I stayed behind the scenes rather than on stage. I did makeup my junior/senior year (along with wardrobe/props/lighting/tech stuff) and Ben Nye stuff was a staple backstage. Everything I've used by BN has never let me down!

soFresh & soPink said...

I'm totally tempted to get me a palette! I can't wait to see you do a look from the BN collection.

Thanks for the always very informative review.

(g)ezebel said...

i'm so glad i got suckered, err, bought the Ben Nye palette! the colors are so gorgeous!!

i think "chartreuse" is my fave!

i haaaate how the shadows don't stay anchored too well in the palette. i'm thinking of supergluing them in. i wish they fit the MAC palettes 'cuz i have an empty one.

Bliss said...

Im so jealous, the colours are so pigmented and lovely, those are great swatches, i really like the aztec gold.

Vanessa said...

Anonymous- I stopped modeling because it just wasn't fun anymore..I wanted to venture out and do other things that were a lot more meaningful...

Connie said...

That palette looks amazing!I love the yellow. I'm still hunting for a really good yellow color.

MÜGE said...

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MÜGE said...

Hi I'm French I want this palette by Ben Nye but I don't know how to buy it, please tell me how can I buy it!

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Mae said...

hi! I recently found out about this the Ben Nye brand, but I cannot find it anywhere here in Canada. Do you mind telling me where you were able to buy yours?

please email back at

thanks ! [=

akrondesign said...

We sell Ben Nye Makeup! In case any of your readers are interested in purchasing Ben Nye Makeup, they can visit our website - Thanks for the great reviews! - Akron Design & Costume Co.

Shopper Girl said...

We sell Ben Nye Makeup. Please visit our website at We have an on-line store but not all the products are uploaded yet. If there is something specfice you want, please call or e-mail me at We can get anything Ben Nye.

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