Yesterday I shared the newly launched Seventeen Easy on the Eye Birthday Suit Palette, which is a great everyday palette. Understandably not everyone will enjoy nor have a need for more neutral shades and as such Seventeen have created, a cooler, smoky toned offering in Seventeen Easy on the Eye The Big Smoke Palette.
As I said in my previous post, the packaging of the Seventeen Easy on the Eye Palettes remind me of the Sleek Make Up Eyeshadow Palettes. The share a similar lay out and of course an almost identical style of packaging: black, plastic, slim with small pans of eyeshadow and of course a large mirror. Simple, robust and easy to transport around. Rather impressively the Seventeen Easy on the Eye Palettes contain a dual ended eyeshadow brush in place of a foam applicator, admittedly it is a little firm and dry but it sure is a step away from the norm.
If you have been looking for an affordable alternative to Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, Seventeen Easy on the Eye The Big Smoke Palette may just be what you been waiting for. Much like the Urban Decay offering this palette contains various cool toned eyeshadows in an array of plum, purple, grey and general smoky eye ready shades. I see the Seventeen Birthday Suit palette as the day ready launch, where as Seventeen Easy on the Eye The Big Smoke Palette is ideal for the evenings - wouldn't you agree?
From left to right, top to bottom:
Twilight Blue - a satin formulated mid toned blue, a little dry in texture but beautifully pigmented.
Onyx Black - a deep, slightly glitter based plum, again a little dry but no issues with colour pay off.
Cocoa Brown - a light, blue tinged grey, a little dry but well pigmented.
Slate Grey - a metallic, cool toned taupe, soft with great levels of colour pay off.
Smoky Marble - a light, metallic, silver cream eyeshadow that can double up as a highlighter.
Cloudy Lilac - a bright, copper cream eyeshadow that can double up as a highlighter or bronzer.
Wild Khaki - a matte, cool toned dusky plum, a little chalky.
Warm Ivory - a light matte taupe that has a strong grey undertone, again a little chalky.
Cool Aluminium - a soft, mid toned lilac, oddly softer in texture and therefore easier to blend.
Pink Flush - a creamy, yellow toned ivory, similar in texture to the other matte eyeshadows.
Illuminating Bronze - a light, pink, metallic cream eyeshadow that can double up as a highlighter.
Eye Primer - not a shade but an eyeshadow primer.
In all honesty this palette didn't quite blow me away, overall the eyeshadows are generally a little dry and chalky which can make for tricky application. Now don't get me wrong the shades are beautiful and offer a great assortment of finishes but sadly the formulations are sub par. Much like the Birthday Suit Palette I do not rate the primer - sticky, greasy and does not prolong the wear of any eyeshadow applied on top. I also found the cream eyeshadows to be a little oily and prone to creasing. Further adding to my issue with the cream textures, is the fact that any fall out from the powder eyeshadows will gather into the cream products and somewhat ruin them.
I want to like Seventeen Easy on the Eye The Big Smoke Palette but truthfully there are better, budget friendly smoky eyeshadows palettes out there. It's a skip from me.
Seventeen Easy on the Eye The Big Smoke Palette £7.99 -link.