“It was the discovery of makeup that helped me transform into the artist and person I always wanted to be. It helped me to love myself,” these words echoed the room during Lady Gaga’s speech at the Haus Laboratories Launch Party back in September. Lady Gaga is a household name in the music industry. We have all heard her music at least once in our life. And if you’re unfamiliar with her music (which I doubt!), her outrageous and provocative fashion which she has showcased in the past decade has intrigued everyone around the world. She’s always been a game-changer for both beauty and fashion; it defines her and makes her as gaga as her name.
Haus Laboratories was birthed by Lady Gaga as well as her longtime makeup artist, Sara Tanno. Along with her creative team, Haus of Gaga, they were responsible for her music videos, performances and wardrobe. With her experience in the music industry and the wild looks that she created during the past few years, its only fitting for her to pursue creating her own makeup line. Gaga talks passionately about Haus of Laboratories and the message she wants to convey along with it, the message of self-love, self-expression and spreading kindness.
With Haus Laboratories, Lady Gaga aims to change the perspective of beauty, and break down the stigma of a preconceived notion that you have to look a certain way. “Haus Labs is different because we’re not just about makeup, we’re about spreading a message around the world. We want people to love themselves and create and experiment in a way that helps them to see them for who they truly are.” Lady Gaga answered in an interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada.
Expect nothing less with Gaga’s participation in the production. From formulating pigments and shades to the product and shade names, it all came from Gaga’s wit.
In early September, Haus Laboratories came to life with three products The Glam Attack Shimmer Eyeshadow, RIP Lip Liner and Liquid Eye-Lie-Ner. As of now, they have 9 Glam Attack eyeshadows, 9 shades of the RIP Lip Liner and 2 shades for Liquid Eye-Lie-Ner. Their latest release is Haus Laboratories Cosmic Love Holiday Collection and along with it is the Glam Room No. 1 Palette: Fame. It’s fittingly named after her debut album.
Although all her products are pretty fabulous, in this post I’m reviewing the Glam Room No.1 Palette: Fame.
Lady Gaga recently released The Glam Room No. 1 Palette: Fame, alongside Sara Tanno. Lady Gaga said that the beginnings of her career inspired this palette. They wanted to create an eyeshadow palette that will be a staple in your makeup collection for everyday use. And in my humble opinion, I think they achieved exactly that!
This palette features 3 mattes, 4 duochromes (colours that can appear as two colours depending on the light,) and 3 shimmer & sparkle finishes. Housed in a sleek and straightforward black palette, it’s great for the minimalist lovers out there. This palette is also compact so you can take on the go.
The purple and earthy tones of the eyeshadow palette will remind you of a fall type of vibe. It looks like the colours of the leaves after they fall, all put into one palette. Since they released this palette for the holidays, they also wanted you to use this eyeshadow palette to spice up your look during the holidays and New Year’s. Don’t worry, this is not a limited edition and will still be on sale even after this season! Sometimes those limited editions can be so annoying!
On the top row, it consists of the more earthy colours. From L-R:
- Cake is a matte subtle light peach shade, great for the base of your eyeshadow and also for highlighting under your brow.
- Applause is pinkish with gold duo-chrome that you could use as a highlight on your cheekbones as well.
- Curtain Call is a dark corally red that will be good to layer if you’re going for a darker eyeshadow look.
- Contort is a matte reddish-brown that you can apply to deepen the eyeshadow look.
- Scotch is a dark brown with golden pearl mettalic shimmers that you can use solely for a more monotone look or for a striking smokey eye.
The bottom row has the purple shades. From L-R:
- Spotlight is a subtle burnt pink metallic that you can apply to wherever you want a little extra shine.
- Cameo is a saddle-like brown with little gold shimmers, Sara Tanno suggested as a transitioning shade.
- Shimmy is a shimmering mauve that would look beautiful paired with Slipper Room.
- Slipper Room is purple with pink pearly shimmers; this will be good to add as a subtle pop of colour.
- Top Hot is an extreme black matte shadow that is great for creating smoky eyes.
With this palette, you could easily create your traditional smoky eyeshadow look using the Top Hat, Contort and Scotch. Honestly, I expected the palette to come with an intense black because, after all, black eyes are Lady Gaga’s trademark look! What’s great about this palette is that there are options for everyone. If heavy black smokey eyes aren’t your thing then there’s still a look for you! For a more subtle everyday look, use Cake, Cameo and Applause, they look stunning together. To add a little more fun and spunk, add a touch of purple Slipper Room!
As far as pigmentation goes, the Glam Room Room No.1 Eyeshadow Palette doesn’t have the best colour payoff. It can be suitable for beginners or those who are heavy-handed. If you prefer not having an intense payoff right off the bat when you blend, this palette will work for you too. The shimmers are not so intense even when you wet the brush first. It gives more of a subtle shine on the eyelid or cheeks as opposed to an intense shimmer.
If you’re a die-hard Lady Gaga fan or a Little Monster (as she calls her fans), this will make a great collector’s item and show support to one of your idols. Also if you’re a neutral-shadows-only kind of girl, this may be right up in your alley.
However, in all honesty, for a £33 eyeshadow palette, The Glam Room No.1 doesn’t stand out much. Being as extravagant as Lady Gaga, the Glam Room No. 1 Palette: Fame has been quite underwhelming in terms of quality and uniqueness. Also, there are better palettes that you could purchase at lower prices but with far superior quality. Then again they don’t have the stamp of approval from Lady Gaga herself!
What I do love about the palette and Haus Laboratories, in general, is the positive messages behind Haus Laboratories. We all need to empower each other and spread kindness, as she campaigned. On that note, Lady Gaga did say that there will be a lot more eyeshadow palettes in the works. I guess we have to wait and see what’s in store for Haus of Laboratories in the upcoming months!
Are you a Lady Gaga fan? What do you think of Haus Laboratories by Lady Gaga and The Glam Room Palette No.1: Fame Eyeshadow Palette? Are you looking forward to their next releases? I know I am! Let me know your thoughts and questions in the comment section below!