I feel like recently the quality and choices of make up products available within the UK high street has become unmissable. Gone are the days of sub par formulations and dated shades selections, rather some of the products could rival that of a high end counter. One brand that really upped their game is Seventeen, especially in the palette front with both new eyeshadow and lip sets on offer. If like myself you enjoy neutral and warm toned washes of colour for the eye area, you need to give the new Seventeen Easy on the Eye Birthday Suit Palette a whirl.
I'm not sure if it is intentional or not but the Seventeen Easy on the Eye Birthday Suit Palette packaging and lay out of shades reminds me a lot of the Sleek Eyeshadow palettes? A slim and excuse the pun, sleek, black plastic casing that contains not only 8 powder eyeshadows but also cream eyeshadows,a primer and a mirror too. I do feel that Seventeen should be commended for forgoing the typical foam eyeshadow applicator and replacing with a dual ended brush. Is it the best brush out there? No but it sure is a start.
As mentioned above the Seventeen Easy on the Eye Birthday Suit Palette is a neutral palette, it contains 8 power eyeshadows varying in fairly light, pink tinged bronze and brown eyeshadows. I'm not saying it is an outright dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette because it's not but if on a budget it is a great alternative. Rather annoyingly the shades within the Birthday Suit are not individually named so I have had to result to old school tactics for a full break down, I apologise in advance.
From left to right, top to bottom:
Shade 1 - a light, metallic soft peach, fairly pigmented and best for a light wash of colour.
Shade 2 - a cool toned, mid- peach come pink that again is metallic based and offers average pigmentation.
Shade 3 - a warm, slightly ruddy toned matte light brown that is soft in texture and well pigmented.
Shade 4 - a metallic pink tinged bronze, really pigmented.
Shade 5 - a light, pink tinged bronze cream eyeshadow that can double up as a highlighter.
Shade 6 - a light peach cream eyeshadow that can double up as a highlighter.
Shade 7 - a flat, stark matte ivory. A little chalky if I am entirely honest.
Shade 8 - a somewhat glittery, bright golden toned copper - a little dry in texture.
Shade 9 - a cool toned, almost glitter based shimmering, light taupe - again, a little dry in texture but it does offer great colour pay off.
Shade 10 - a deep, red tinged metallic purple that is well formulated and pigmented.
Shade 11 - a neutral, mid toned bronze cream eyeshadow that can double up as a highlighter or bronzer.
Shade 12 - not a shade but an eyeshadow primer.
Now from the get go, I do want to stress that I do like the Seventeen Easy on the Eye Birthday Suit Palette but I do have a few gripes. For instance the quality of the eyeshadow does vary per shade, some are a little dry but on the whole the textures are easy to work with, blend and wear fairly well with a primer. The primer in the palette in my opinion is not worth using, it is sticky, greasy and does nothing to enhance the pigment of the eyeshadow, nor staying power. My other grumble is that by containing both cream and powder eyeshadow textures in one palette, you will find that sooner or later any powder fall out will gather into the cream products. Speaking of the cream eyeshadows they are a little greasy and prone to creasing.
You may be reading the above and coming to the conclusion that I am not a fan of the Seventeen Easy on the Eye Birthday Suit Palette? I can assure you that I do like not only the shades within the palette but do think that when the powder eyeshadows are good, they are great. My main criticism is that I don't think cream and powder products do well in one palette when there is no sort of permanent shield. Overall it is a lovely, budget friendly, warm toned array of eyeshadows that are great for travel and everyday use.
Seventeen Easy on the Eye Birthday Suit Palette £7.99 via Boots - link.