Monday, September 21, 2009
What is it: basically, an 88 palette. They come from Asia and they come in the thousands! I picked this one up at the Hair Show for about $18CDN. I know you can get them for something ridiculous like $12 if you really hunt them down, but let’s face it: pretty much no one ships to Canada, and those who do charge ridiculous fees.Ingredients below. Click to enlarge! Looks liek they used a standard label for all their products, so check out the first “paragraph”.Did I love it? To be quite frank, not at all. I was disappointed in the pigmentation and the shadows’ ability to blend — some of them wouldn’t swatch at all. Enlarge the picture below if you’re interested to see “the pathetics,” those that I wouldn’t even bother trying to use after the initial swatch attempt. (They’re the ones with the tiny black liquid liner dots).However, a few of the shades were alright. For someone who normally uses drugstore shadows, this would probably actually not seem all that bad — but I’m a pigment freak, and (I admit it) a bit of a shadow snob. Yes, I love my drugstore items, but they better be bloody packed with pigment.
Swatches below of four random shadows pictured above (a shimmery brown and a matte brown; a shimmery blue and a matte blue). I’m not 100% sure, but I’m fairly certain what you’ll see is a wet swatch, a swatch over UDPP, a dry swatch, and finally, a swatch over a black cream base. Most of the shadows swatched like this, though very few were better and quite a number were worse.
The verdict? Disappointment. I haven’t used this at all — I’m still not sure what I’ll do with it! Even after reading so many bad reviews for this, I still wanted to try it, and it failed to amaze me, unfortunately. I’m actually kind of wondering if they pulled a bait-and-switch, as the display palette seemed to swatch a lot better.
If anyone’s still wanting to try it, name your price. I’d love to get this off my hands! The only thing between me and a giveaway right now are the ridiculous Canada Post rates.