photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet // Ciaté London

Anyone who knows me knows that I am an unapologetic feminist. I write about gender equity, I volunteer with political organizations working to elect more women, I support feminist causes, etc. Feminism is a huge piece of who I am, so it's only fair that my clothing, home decor, tech products, and more represent that.

Well, until a few days ago, there was one major product area in my house that was missing the flare of female empowerment: my makeup collection. Enter the Ciaté London I Am Woman palette.

The Ciaté London I Am Woman palette has 24 gorgeous eyeshadow shades featuring soft nudes, neutral shimmers, smooth mattes, and intense foiled metallics. The palette has a stunning color story, with pinks, purples, and nudes.

Every shade in the palette is named for "forward-thinking, powerful women across history," like Maya Angelou, Ella Fitzgerald, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Cleopatra, and more. The palette comes with a flyer that has a brief explainer about each of these iconic women.

Ciaté London sent me this palette, and I'm not joking when I say it's the most excited I've ever been to try a new eyeshadow look. I try a lot of makeup these days, but nothing has made me as giddy as receiving this palette.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

As soon as the palette arrived in the mail, I tore open the box (just kidding, I opened it gently because the packaging was beautiful) and immediately started swatching the shades. The mattes were extremely buttery and blendable, the shimmers had just the right amount of glitter, and the metallics were foiled and gorgeous. Every shade is stunning, but the standout shade in the palette is called You, a loosely packed rose-toned copper metallic shade that shines like nothing I've ever seen before.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

Although I was wowed by the "You" shade, I decided to go for a slightly softer look, dipping into some of the light browns, nudes, and light pinks. I used Sojourner Truth as my transition shade, Madam CJ Walker all over the lid, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Harriet Tubman to deepen the outer corner and crease. I dipped into Maya Angelou to add a little shimmer to the lid, and used my finger to apply Claudette Colvin as my inner corner highlight.

photo: Ileana Paules-Bronet

I was in LOVE with the final look, and I was so inspired by the empowering palette that I put on my Ambitious sweatshirt and some of my favorite feminist jewelry. I was so impressed with the palette as a whole — I don't think there are any shades that are "duds" (which is so impressive in a bigger palette). Every shade was incredibly easy to work with and it was not hard to create a cohesive look. Plus, the palette offers a good variety of light shades and deep shades, so you can go with a soft, natural look, or a full glam look.

The 24-shade palette retails for $45 and is available on Ciaté London's website.

>>Get it here

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