A few weeks ago, I set myself the challenge, of buying at least one product from a cosmetics brand that I have never used before, during a trip to Meadowhall, and as a result, I quite happily settled on this eyeshadow palette from BeautyUK.
BeautyUK are a UK-based brand that have been big talk across beauty blogs over the past few months. With regards to their brand message of:
Nevertheless, I think that BeautyUK could be a brand to watch, as they are very affordable and we should all be supporting small UK companies at times like these ;)
Price: The first thing to hit me about these palettes, was the price: £3.99 for ten shades is a very good deal, in my opinion, especially when you consider that brands like Urban Decay charge over £20 for six or seven shades, in a palette!
Packaging: The packaging of these palettes really is not a big selling point for me. They're quite uninspiring, unoriginal and look cheap. They actually remind me of the cheap eyeshadows that I used to buy in my early teens from the local market. Ultimately, they feel a bit dated.
Nevertheless, does the packaging really matter when it comes to a budget line of make up? Are you paying for the packaging, or the quality of the product? And we all know that if you want to save money on any cosmetic, you can not expect both the packaging and the product to be top notch, because something has to give, otherwise the company wouldn't make a profit. And I know, we hate the idea of a company making any kind of profit, but if they didn't make one, you wouldn't get your beauty products. Fact.
But, the colours in the other palettes were a little too neutral for my tastes.
The only colour that I was skeptical about was the pink in the top left corner, which I thought would be a bit too bold my my complexion.
Swatches: I've never done swatches on my blog before, of eyeshadows, but I've noticed from reading other blogs, that people seem to really like them, so I decided to do a couple for you:
|Top Row of Colours|
|Bottom Row of Colours|
1. The yellow (bottom row, middle) over the eye lid, and the orange (top row, second from the left) just below the brow bone. When I started doing this look, I imagined that I was going to end up looking ridiculous, but I actually liked how subtle the two colours are, especially beside each other, and luckily they didn't need too much blending to work.
2. The bright purple (bottom row, first on the left) and the bright pink (top row, first on the left) and this is another that I really expected to look stupid, because I can't normally wear a bright pink. However, the pink was a lot more subtle than another bright pink that I own, and paired with the purple, it worked really well. Unlike the yellow and orange, however, it did need to be quite blended to work well.
From these two experiences, I seem to have come to the conclusion that this palette works well, if I use the bottom row over the entire lid, and then use a colour from the top row beneath the brow bone. So far, this method has worked extremely well, but only time will tell if that will remain the case.
Long Lasting...? One tip I will offer to anyone considering buying this palette, is to make sure that you wear them with an eyeshadow primer. I know that this is pretty much an unwritten given for most people, but to emphasise how much it is needed with these colours, when I was swatching them, I was actually taking photos of a wide range of products, and ten minutes (if that), after doing these swatches, I looked down at my hand, and they'd all gone. I hadn't washed my hands, and I hadn't rubbed them, so I am guessing that without a good primer, these shadows are not going to be sticking around on your eyelids for very long.
Overall: For a cheap little palette, this one ticks all the fundamental boxes. It doesn't matter that the packaging looks cheap, because that's not what you're paying for. If you want nice packaging, you'll have to spend more cash for it.
The colours are absolutely fab, and I really loved them. Just remember to use a priming base on your lids before applying them.
If you wanted to see what you can do with this palette, the amazing Lauren Luke recently did a great YouTube video about it :)