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Friday, 9 April 2010

Review: Beauty UK Eyes & Lips Palette

Hi all.

Hope everyone is doing well and misbehaving themselves :) I'm doing good. Been getting some good news lately so can't complain!

So I've had this product sitting in my make up storage since November and I've been meaning to test and review it since then but never got round to it. I know, I'm terrible!
I planned to review it but I kept getting sidetracked and then I started neglecting my blog and blah blah blah. Well, seeing as I'm now on the ball with my blog and keeping up with posts I figured that I would post a review of the product and let you know my 2 cents worth.

What is it?
A handy kit by Beauty UK that contains 2 eyeshadows, a sponge tip applicator, a mascara and a lipgloss. The kit that I was sent is in No. 2 Browns - There may be more colours but I have no idea!

The ingredients:

What it looks like inside:

Ok, now for the reviews!

The mascara:

When I first had a play around with this product back in November, I was so unimpressed. To be honest, I didn't even want to put it on my lashes but because I wanted to give the whole product a go - I did. I regret it. There was just not umph in it. As nice as the brush looks (I'll get on to that in a bit), the actual product was so blah. The formula smelt like old potatoes and didn't have a very nice consistency either. I couldn't even bring myself to take a photo of the mascara on my lashes because it was so gloopy.
The brush, on the other hand, was quite nice to use. The swirly wirly bristles meant that each lash got a good seeing to and even coat. I've been using this brush in other mascaras because I like the finish it gives. Shame about the formula of the product though. It could have been something special.

The lipgloss:

Another failure. The colour = Not my tone. The consistency = Sticky. I know there are some of you that actually like a sticky lipgloss and there may be some instances were I can be persuaded to buy one but I probably wouldn't buy this lipgloss. The copper toned gloss looked like something out of a crap Christmas cracker. There wasn't a distinct smell to it like the mascara but the light brownish copperish bronze-ish tone with gold flecks through it is not my cup of tea. When I first saw it in the packaging I thought that it may be slightly peach toned. Boy, I was wrong! It has a sponge tipped applicator that isn't half bad but then it stops there. The rest of the product is definetly not for me.

The eyeshadows:

First thoughts on the eyeshadows were "Yayyy. More neutral tones to play with" and I was right.

The top swatch in each photo is without a primer underneath and the second swatch is paired with UD Primer Potion.
After seeing the shadows in the packaging before I swatched them, I was excited because the creamy shimmery colour looked perfect for an all over lid colour or a highlight and the chocolatey brown shade looked great for crease work. Something simple that can go from day to night.
I'll start off with the good stuff... The shadows are lovely. They're soft and very pigmented! The lighter shade takes a little bit more layering because it's not as pigmented as the brown shade but both colours are soft and easy to blend. I only swiped my finger through the colours once before swatching them on my hand so they could easily be built up.
However, they might be a tad too soft. I didn't press very hard on the shadows to pick up colour but a lot of it comes off which makes it look a touch powdery. Having used Beauty UK eyeshadows before (I actually own all of their eyeshadow palettes and love them!) I know that they're very good quality especially for the price. So these two badboys kind of disappointed me.
The colour payoff is great but maybe not at the expense of looking chalky.

This is what I mean:
This is before I swatched the shades across the back of my hand so you can see how thick the actual shadow is. I've worn them on a night out and had to apply them very lightly with a brush because there is a fair bit of fallout on the cheek. In terms of staying power, you'll be sorted for about 5-6 hours without fading which is definetly a good thing because I expected them to fade quicker due to the fallout.
I can't really comment on the creasing because I always use UD Primer Potion or Two Faced Shadow Insurance so my shadows stay put. I've never had trouble with either of them so my eye makeup always looks polished, even at 4am!
I probably wouldn't purchase this product or recommend it. As much as I like the concept of having a kit with everything, I feel like there's not a single element of the kit that I wish came in it's own container. The mascara was gloopy, the lipgloss was borderline superglue and the shadows were pretty but too soft. I guess Beauty UK may have missed the mark on this one.

If you do want to purchase it then it's readily available at Superdrugs across the UK and retails at £4.99 (Well it was when I was sent it. Not sure about now!)

That's all for tonight folks. I'm tired and have an early start tomorrow!

Take care and remember to

Walk tall with a swivel in your hips whenever you're wearing your


SMALL PRINT: This product was sent to me for review purposes only. As always, my opinions are completely and somewhat brutally honest. I am not affiliated with this company in any way.

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2 stiletto lovers had something to say::

  1. great review, i love beauty UK. the shadows are really good, not too sure on the mascara tho i had the volume one and it didnt do jack... but for £1.99 u really cant expect too much eh?

    give my love to jim =P x

  2. Just thought I would drop by and say Hi, I am a new "beauty" blogger and have recently found yours :)



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