With my wedding 9 days away and still no flowers ordered and music still not chosen, I did what any self-respecting bride-to-be would do and rummaged through my drawers (saucy) to see if there was anything new I could waste even more time playing with. The Makeup Revolution Hot Smoked palette is by no means new, and I don’t remember buying it but it was calling out to be used.
For £4, you get a very generous 12 shades in a mixture of matte and shimmer finishes – perfect for the thrifty among us or if you’re experiencing a personal credit crunch and happen to be desperate for new eyeshadows. I’m absolutely pants at determining whether something is cool toned or warm toned, but despite its ‘hot smoked’ moniker I’d say it leans more towards the cooler end of the spectrum. There’s no mirror in this one which is inconvenient but for £4 you can’t afford to be a fusspot.
You can see from the photos that these eyeshadows swatch quite nicely. My expectations of the matte shades were low but I was pleasantly surprised. The darker shades were especially good. The texture is smooth and pretty much what we have come to expect from ol’ Makey Rev. I wouldn’t go as far as saying these are the most buttery I’ve ever tried but for the price I don’t think you can find much better.
I did a quick look using a few of the shades to get a better idea of how they’re like to work with and that’s when things went a bit wrong for me.
Here’s the thing, I have very dry skin and all the oil that’s in my face is annoyingly confined to my eyelids. As you can imagine, this conundrum makes eyeshadow tricky at the best of times and eyeball-poppingly frustrating at the worst of times. I didn’t use any primer as I wanted to get a true picture of the Hot Smoked’s performance. Also, I couldn’t be bothered. I found the eyeshadows applied a little patchily on my lids and it was difficult to get an even colour. I wouldn’t say pigmentation is an issue with these, I just couldn’t get an even wash of colour. Blending out the edges with a fluffy brush was relatively drama free which is a bonus.
I tried very hard not to get mascara on my eyelid but alas, my rubbish hand-eye co-ordination failed me. The finished look isn’t too bad but you can certainly see where the shadows didn’t apply properly in the centre of the lid (maybe I should’ve gone for the primer first). Colour wise, I don’t think it massively suits me, it all looks a bit cool and grey, so I think this is would suit blue or green-eyed ladies a lot better. On the plus side, I didn’t get much creasing and it stayed pretty decent for most of the work day. All in all, decent quality for the insane price but it’s not really for me so I’m out.
Has anyone else tried this? I want to try another one that suits me better – any recommendations?
I don’t know about you but I was never one of these people who was particularly bothered about using eyeshadow sticks on the ‘mobile lid’. But these Gosh Forever Eyeshadow Sticks hurled themselves into my life and my mobile lids and I haven’t looked back. These sticks of shimmery joy are extremely creamy, extremely pigmented and extremely wearable. And my love for them is extreme.
I picked up the shades ‘Light Copper’ (which is clearly more of a goldy-bronze shade) and the unimaginatively-named ‘Brown’ which is so much more than a bog standard brown. Swatched, they look much more shimmery than they translate on the eyes which is good news if you like to keep it subtle. In the photos, I did blend mine out but if you layer it on you can get a much bolder look.
I do find that as the day goes on, these Gosh Forever shadow sticks don’t crease too badly at all, but the shimmer does wear off. Just try to avoid touching your eyes when you pop these on.
I like to use these as both eyeshadows and eye liners – the lighter colour gives an intense inner corner highlight, and the darker one is fab smudged into the lower lash line. They can also be used as eyeshadow bases but this is something I’m yet to try.
Good news for the more slack-minded – these have a wind-up mechanism so don’t need sharpening. Fine if you plan on using these as eyeshadows but sad if you use them as eyeliners, although a brush could be used. Potentially laborious though.
Gosh Forever Eyeshadow Sticks come in an array of beautiful, wearable colours and I for one, can’t wait to get my paws on them
Available from Superdrug at £5.99 each.
Ahoy there! Today is going to be a quick review as I’m moving flat in a few days and have done no packing whatsoever and the panic is starting to worm its way into my general wellbeing.
From what I remember, L’Oreal Color Riche eyeshadow quad in Eau de Rose is my first foray into L’Oreal eyeshadows. I find that hard to believe, but alas it’s true. This little guy caught my eye as I was looking for a purpley-nudey palette and thought this would do the job. Plus, it’s got one of those handy paint-by-numbers diagrams on the back (which I foolishly forgot to include a photo of) so it’s perfect for those of you who are a bit cack-handed when it comes to smokey eyes.The texture of these shadows is quite soft although I found that as per normal with drugstore brands, the lighter the colour, the more chalky the formula. The lightest colour in this palette isn’t as chalky as certain high-street offenders but it certainly wasn’t as buttery-smooth as the darkest colour. And apart from the dark, rich purple, I found the glitter particles in all the eyeshadows slightly too chunky which resulted in a more glittery, rather than shimmery finish. Nonetheless, the palette was easy enough to work with and although I don’t love it, I have been using the darkest colour a hell of a lot. It works really well on the outer corners as well as along the lower lashline and makes a nice alternative to black, if you’re feeling a bit experimental.I will say that on the eyelids, these shadows weren’t as pigmented as I was expecting (but still more so than most drugstore brands) BUT I have seen other reviews where the colour is simply intense. Bear in mind that in my photos, I used no primers or bases so maybe that was my own fault? I apologise for my laziness.
All in all, nothing life-changing but it’s handy to have in your handbag as a day-to-night palette. You won’t get a full day’s wear out of these but they should last an evening out. Be warned of the glitter fall out from the lighter shades too, things might get a little messy.
L’Oreal Color Riche Quad in Eau de Rose is available at Boots for £7.99
Believe it or not, this is my first serious foray into the ‘chubby stick’ scene. You won’t catch me splashing the limited cash I do have on the original Clinique versions in these dire times. Is it just me or was anyone really unsure about how you’re supposed to use these little guys?
After umming and ahhing for ages about the best way to use these shadow sticks, I did the opposite and used Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bulletbroof beige as a kind of eyeliner. Having used this on the lids, I wasn’t bowled over by the patchy finish. I must have missed the bit in the instructions where it says to work at the literal speed of light if you want any chance of this blending out smoothly. This seems to work better on other people so maybe I’ve got some mutation with my eyelids. But this stuff sets FAST and doesn’t budge.
However, the texture is TO DIE FOR. Creamy, pigmented and just stunning to look at when swatched heavily on the hand.
WITH FLASHHowever, much like a kind of makeup bloodhound, I try to sniff out other ways to use things that may have otherwise gone horribly wrong (we won’t talk about the time I used black kohl eyeliner as an eyebrow pencil). So I used this as an eyeliner on the lower lash line and in the inner corners to give my face a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed appearance. And by heck, I’m loving it. Again, I’ve napped with this on, gone running, sweated like a pig and rubbed my eyes with chilli fingers and this stuff was still pretty much perfect.
WITHOUT FLASHYou can see how it looks with and without flash (it looks amazing in bright light but is subtle enough for the office). Please excuse the weird lines in my pupils, I look like Coco the bleedin’ clown.
WITH FLASHFor under £5, these Rimmel Scandaleyes shadow sticks are pretty handy to have in your stash and I heavily suggest you get yourself down to Boots. And, if unlike me, your eyelids are of the normal variety then you’ll get even more use out of them but be warned about the quick setting!