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A few months ago during a visit to Primark I picked up one of their eyeshadow palettes to try out, as it was far too cute to pass up. I have been using it on and off since I got it and feel like I’m ready to review it for you!
Jumping straight into the review, today we’ll be looking at the following product:
- ‘PS… Matte Eyeshadow’ Palette – £2.50
Yes, you read that right, this palette was only £2.50!
The palette itself is very small, it fits comfortably in the palm of my hand, and the pans themselves are slightly smaller than a 1p coin. The packaging is made of black plastic with a clear window in the top allowing you to see the colours inside, and has a magnetic closure so it snaps shut. The palette comes with 9 different matte shades ranging from purples, to pinks, to browns, and creams, and includes both a white and a black.
Firstly, let’s address how this palette looks EXACTLY like the MAC 9 shadow palettes which cost £25 each. This one specifically looks like an all matte version of the MAC ‘Burgundy Times Nine’ Palette (you can view that palette here). The only differences that I can note from the packaging is that the MAC palettes seem thicker, and the writing on the outside of the MAC palettes is white, whereas the writing on the Primark one is gold, but they’re pretty minor differences. Additionally, despite being £22.50 cheaper, the Primark palette seems to contain more product than the MAC one, as it states on the back of the Primark palette that it contains 9 x 1g shadows, whereas the MAC ‘Burgundy Times Nine’ palette is shown online as each shadow containing 0.8g.
Shades and Swatches
I found these shadows to be surprisingly creamy to the touch, certainly softer than I assumed they would be for just £2.50. They are the slightest bit chunky, and when swatched with my finger some of the shades did collect in certain areas (you can see this slightly on the swatch of the centre colour on the second row).
During the swatching, I found that the shadows performed better than I first anticipated, for £2.50 I didn’t expect much but they are surprisingly pigmented. However, I do think that the darker colours all swatched very similarly.
Furthermore, some of the colours in the pan are not true to the colour that comes off in swatches and on brushes. For example the first purple colour looks a lot darker swatched than it does in the pan.
I have used this palette a few times, laying down my usual base of the Urban Decay ‘Original’ ‘Primer Potion’, before setting it with a light shade, then going in to begin creating my eye look. Throughout my time using the palette, I have noticed that the darker colours tend to merge into one when blended on top of each other, however I found that the lighter colours (specifically the centre colour on the top row) apply and blend better than the darker ones. The colours do require layering in order to get the best colour payoff but for £2.50 they can’t be expected to be the most incredible of eyeshadows. Despite the exterior of the palette looking like the MAC 9 Eyeshadow palettes, I don’t think that the quality of the shadows is comparable, but that is understandable due to the price difference. I do believe that the quality of the shadows for £2.50 is good, but it isn’t the greatest eyeshadow palette I have ever used and since purchasing the £10 Soph x Makeup Revolution palette (review here) I have hardly reached for this palette.
Overall, whilst the quality of the eyeshadows isn’t incredible, I do think that for some people and purposes it is worth spending the £2.50 on (I would say that £2.50 is pretty affordable for an eyeshadow palette). If you are new to makeup, or are looking for buildable shadows, then I’d definitely recommend this palette if you like and would use the colours. Additionally, I think this palette would be good for those not wanting to spend a lot of money for shadows to be used for SFX/Halloween purposes, I personally have used both the black and white shades for that purpose. However, if you already own a lot of eyeshadow palettes that contain similar colours, then I don’t think that this palette would of benefit to you as the quality does not rival higher end palettes. I really think that how much use you would get out of this palette depends on what expectations you have of the shadows, and what you want to use them for.
So this brings us to the end of this review, I hope you enjoyed it! If you did enjoy it then please give it a quick like! Have you tried this palette, or any other eye products from Primark? Primark have recently launched ‘PS… Custom Eyes’ palettes in both 9 pan, and 4 pan, forms. This new launch is an empty magnetic palette that can be built using the individual (60p) shadows that Primark launched alongside the palettes. When I went to Primark earlier this week I built my own palette using these 60p eyeshadows, and the 9 pan ‘PS… Custom Eyes’ palette. I will be reviewing this in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to subscribe to my blog so you know when that post goes live!
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