Hey everyone! Today, I’m going to be testing and swatching Chosungah 22’s Dong Gong Minn Jello Kit 2. I already have a foundation and highlight/primer from Chosungah 22 which I abuse on the regular, so I decided to give this palette a whirl in spite of the mixed reviews from Kit 1. The Dong Gong Minn Kit promises natural, blendable shades which don’t crease. Let’s see if it fares!
I adore the graphic, slightly pop art style packaging of this palette! Even the area between the shadows has a bold, graphic print. The palette itself is a lightweight metal tin. I was surprised at first by how large it was! It is 7.5 in. ( 19 cm.) long. The hinge connecting the lid can feel a bit shaky, otherwise the quality is good. The interior lid has a good mirror. Since I purchased my version from Sephora, all of the packaging is in English including the obscenely long ingredients list.
The stand-apart factor of these shadows is their texture. They feel similar to Colourpop’s Supershock Shadows, but have a unique bounce to them. The domed shape in the palette helps show this off. The directions advise that you apply them with your fingers. I tried both my fingers and brushes. Fingers work best, but you can get a more subtle wash of color and better precision by using a firm brush.
Kit 2 comes with six different shades that have a precious gems theme. Five of the shades are shimmers and the remaining one is matte. Neutral but shimmery looks are definitely the aim of this palette. The browns, beige, pink, and ruby red all coordinate perfectly! All of the colors also apply nicely. They are smooth and moisturizing. Pigment may be an iffy factor for some people. These shadows are designed for a more subtle color payoff, since that is the popular style in Korea. They apply sheer, but can be built up for more opacity. I was pleasantly surprised by how well and easily they blended using my fingers.
I tried several eye looks using this palette. The colors applied to the lid nicely. They didn’t become muddy or lose much saturation as I blended them. Unfortunately, the shadows started to crease within 1-2 hours of wear 🙁 . Super disappointing! The only thing which helped was applying a translucent setting powder over them. I got about 6 hours before noticeable creasing this way. However, the amount of setting powder needed dulled the shimmer slightly and made the colors muddy. For the record, I do have a thin layer of perma-oil on my lids. Even with that considered, creasing that quickly without powder even for a cream shadow is BAD! Here are some pictures for reference:
To add some context to the muddy-ness issue, I am wearing all of the colors in both sets of pictures. In the set with powder however, the color Ruby which I blended into the outer crease with Onyx is undetectable. It was visible before the powder application, but with the powder it just went *poof* gone.
I’m personally on the fence about this palette. I love the colors, packaging, and application! The longevity sans setting powder is just so lacking though and the effect of the powder changes the feel of the final look. You can incorporate these shadows with other products well to help with avoiding the crease area, but the palette doesn’t really stand alone as a result. And at $39, I feel like it should. I’m going to keep it to continue tinkering around with it and because, I’m lacking in neutral shades. I can’t really recommend it based on my personal experience though.
How has your experience with cream type shadows been? Do you have any specific ways that you set yours? Shout out in the comments. Thanks for reading (don’t forget to share and subscribe) and until next time bisous!