As you may be aware from my billion Barry M posts today (hopefully you don't mind too much?) that there is quite the array of new products launching later this month (23rd in Superdrug, 3rd of October in Boots) and the new face palettes seem to be causing the most intrigue. Today I played around with various shades from each of the palettes to gain a feel for each. I do want to state from the offset that I have only worn tested a few shades from each palette and this is by no means the most in-depth review - hopefully the swatches will do most of the talking.
So yes three new palettes - a neutral scheme, a smoky lay out and one packed with slightly more bolder and brighter shades. Each contains six eyeshadows and blush which have carefully coordinated so you have all in one look so to speak.
I think the best seller will be the Natural Glow version as it is a good budget neutral palette and I guess to some extent a close enough dupe version of the original Urban Decay palette. Natural Glow contains two matte shadows and four shimmer shades as well as a satin (not quite matte but with a slight shimmer finish) blush. I truly have no complaints what so ever about the eyeshadows in this line up - each is wonderfully pigmented with a soft texture that is not prone to product fall out and easily blended out. The blush however is a little stark and is perhaps better suited to being a highlighter than its intended use.
A few have commented in the past week or so stating that the Barry M Glamour Puss palette reminds them of another Urban Decay palette - Smoked. I can't fully comment as I don't own such kit but having researched online I can completely see where the comparisons are coming from. Glamour Puss contains six shimmer based eyeshadows with another satin formulated blush. This was my least favourite palette but only because I don't typically go for this type of eyeshadow or shade range but again the eyeshadows were really well formulated and despite the blush being a rather bright pink it is again well made - almost matte with great pigmentation.
Last but not least we have the Smokin' Hot palette which is pretty much all you need to create a full on, dramatic smoky eye. Again this contains a satin type blush but and one matte eyeshadow with the others being glitter or shimmer based. It is probably no surprise by now that the eyeshadows were the stand out feature but I'm not really sure why there is any need for three almost identical black hues. This palette featured the best blush of the bunch - a more wearable coral that had such subtle shimmer particles that they can't be detected on the face.
As mentioned from the get go I have not fully wear tested the palettes but the eyeshadows (mainly the neutral palette) wore for around 8 hours on my oily lids with a primer. The blush from the Smokin' Hot palette was around the 7 hour mark before it began to fade - again with a primer and contending with my oily skin. For £6.49 a palette I've got to say these aren't half bad!
- Post contains PR samples.