Guess I’m just a downtown girl

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What it is: Quo‘s Minerals Matter eyeshadow quad, in Downtown Brown. Just as a heads-up, keep in mind that the shadows on the SDM/Quo site are way off.

The shadows: Soft and pigmented, just as they should be! I actually picked this out with a friend in Quebec so I could do a couple neutral looks on her (and some of our other friends,) and told her that if she didn’t want to take it home at the end, I would. I no longer have this, so I guess that says something, right? :PIn comparison to the rest of the drugstore neutrals that we swatched, these shadows are stellar. A lot of people love the Maybelline quads, so I swatched their neutral to compare this one to — in short, the Quo palette blew the Maybelline one right out of the water! No, they don’t swatch very true to colour, but they do swatch very nicely.A good way to describe the shadows may be this: they’re better than most drugstore shadows, and on par with some mid-range ones, but not quite the calibre of high-end ones. And, I mean, the quad is priced accordingly, so I can’t complain!

Macro shots of the shadows. These correspond to the swatches later on in the post.

Ingredients:

Mica, ethylhexyl palmate, zinc stearate, kaolin, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate. May contain mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, CI 75470, CI 77288, CI 77007, CI 77742, CI77510.

The shades:

Hey, do we find these swatch boxes helpful? It’s the same image as below, but… in boxes.

A touch warmer/more bronze than I wanted them to be, but overall it’s a great daytime neutrals quad. Starting in the top left and moving clockwise, there’s a nice hilight colour (it’s like an apricot-champage,) a bronzey medium brown, a darker brown with reddish undertones, and another (more sheer) medium brown.The verdict? If you’re looking for a neturals quad, you’re in Canada, and you’re happy with netural-warm shadows, this is a great buy at $16 per quad (if I remember correctly.) Quo goes on sale often, too! You can’t create anything super-dramatic with this, obviously, but it’s gorgeous and definitely suitable for office wear.

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