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Review: Makeup Revolution Hot Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

19 February 2015

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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?

Review & EOTD: L’Oreal Colour Riche Quad Eau de Rose

19 March 2014

loreal eau de roseAhoy 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.loreal eau de roseThe 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.loreal eau de roseI 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

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