Although I’m always sceptical of a celebrity-make-up-collaboration, there is nothing I love more than a neutral palette and I’ve been hearing some really good things about Collection and Little Mix’s All About the Eyes Palette so, for £3.19, I thought I’d give it a go!
The palette has 6 neutral, shimmery shades from cream to black; Feather, Sunkissed, Golden Sand, Dazzling Brown, Cocoa Dream and Blackbird. It’s a really versatile selection, that can go from a minimal, daytime look to smokey, night look. I’ve been using Feather, Golden Sand and Dazzling Brown mostly, as I find Cocoa Dream and Blackbird too dark for the daytime, and Sunkissed is a bit too far on the orange side for me.
The packaging is a good travel-size, which makes it super easy to pop into your make-up bag and take out everyday – or even on holiday. Although its made out of cardboard, I’ve been carrying it around and it seems to be quite strong and sturdy to me – including the magnetic clasp, so I’m not worried about it breaking on me – despite what I’ve heard. The transparent panel in the middle shows off the pretty shades, and you don’t have to open it up to see what’s inside (which is always good!)
The shadows themselves are easy to apply, and although not overly pigmented, they’re a lot better than I was expecting (for the price!). I think, with this palette, that their pigmentation works out in their favour, as its a day to night palette and I’m not a fan of an intense eyeshadow look during the day. Because they’re easily build-able, you can work up the intensity of the colour to one that you’re satisfied with, which would work better for the night. They’re easily blendable and there’s minimal fall-out on the cheeks when you apply them. The lasting power of these shadows is also really impressive for the price: they don’t crease on my lids, even without primer, and last all day. Here’s a swatch of the colours on my arm (about 2 layers so they photographed clearer):
Some people dislike the lack of matte shades, but I think it’s nice to have a small, specialised palette. The glitter in the shadows looks quite strong, but its gorgeously subtle and beautifully shimmery on the lids. However, it is less noticeable in the darker shades; but again, I think it’s better for it as too much shimmer in a dark shadow can look a bit over-done for me.
This palette is everything that I could want in an easy, everyday set of shadows. It’s not quite at the standard of Urban Decay’s Naked Palette (my absolute favourite at the moment) but at 10% of the price, its far better than I was expecting! It definitely looks more expensive than it is, and really is worth the purchase.
For £3.19, why wouldn’t you?!?
Have you already checked it out? What did you think? Let me know!
Panda Eyes xx