Hello again everyone! Hope you’re doing well.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a right eyeshadow junkie. I mean, I love all makeup, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something about smearing colour around my eyes that I seem to find rather therapeutic. I think that’s one of the main reasons I was so excited when I discovered that Seventeen were going to send me a couple of products to try out; one of which being an eyeshadow palette!
It’s in the shade The Big Smoke and it has some interesting colours so I thought I’d swatch it and share my opinions.
The first thing I truly enjoy about the palette is the packaging. It’s sleek and simple, and it also happens to be black which is a colour that I think everyone finds themselves wearing rather often! It’s a very sturdy compact (no flimsiness here folks) and has a lovely satisfying *click* shut which is always a bonus. There’s a big mirror which is likely to come in handy on the go, and it also comes with a double ended eye brush.
The palette itself costs £7.99 and I believe that there are a couple of different shades.
The colours are definitely different to what I’m used to, but I have to say that they sort of fascinated me. I’m lacking in any colour when it comes to my eyeshadow stash and the pops of blue and purple in this palette are truly a breath of fresh air!
There are a couple of matte colours (Warm Ivory & Cloudy Lilac) but the others all have a satin or shimmer finish. I have to say that I do think the palette is lacking in a transition shade, a matte brown would be ideal, to buff into the crease. I had to dabble in another palette for that shade, which makes the travel-friendly idea initially not sound so convenient.
My favourite shades are probably Twilight Blue which is gorgeous for under the lower lashline, and I also like Wild Khaki and Cocoa Brown (which is definitely more burgundy…). Warm Ivory is the perfect shade for all over the lid too.
Here are swatches of the eleven shadows included within the palette. Overall I would have to say that the formulation of the powders is good, but they definitely do take a little while to build up successfully. I created an eye look using Wild Khaki all over the lid and wanted to buff a little of Cocoa Brown into the crease, but I gave up eventually because I wasn’t seeing any colour payoff at all. The mattes have a nice pigment to them but again take a while to deliver a good amount of actual colour.
I think it’s great that Seventeen have decided to include some cream eyeshadows within this palette because I can’t recall another brand that’s done that before. They have a strong pigment and are easy to blend but crease really badly when worn along and because of their metallic finish I personally wouldn’t like to layer any shadow on top to set them into place. I used Cool Aluminium as an inner corner highlighter and liked, but didn’t love, it. The formula is just slightly too slippery and doesn’t adhere well to the lids.
I also think it’s brilliant that an eye primer is included. I decided to use primer on one eye and none on the other eye, and I will definitely say that you need to use the primer if you’re going to create an eye look with only the shades from this palette. Without it, the colours took longer to build, looked patchy and wore off quickly and unevenly. I wasn’t impressed with the longevity at all!
Overall I’m not overly keen on this palette, and I don’t think I’ll be reaching for it very often, which is a big shame 😦 I am going to look into some of the single eyeshadows from the brand or maybe the Birthday Suit palette which is really popular.
Have you tried anything from Seventeen?
*This post features PR samples, but all opinions are my own.