I have been playing around with them for a little while, trying to get a feel for whether they were as good as the ads make them out to be and I thought it was time to do a bit of a review for you all!
Both the trios and quads are priced at €7.95 and are available from all the usual outlets; Penneys, Boots, Unicare, Magner's Pharmacy, McCauley's etc.
First up is the packaging; a sleek black compact with a clear front and an unobtrusive Rimmel logo. Nice, right? Each compact comes with a sponge tip applicator (Yuck!) and, on the back you'll find picture guides as to where to place the different shades to achieve different looks.
The trio that I have is Orion (621) which is effectively a neutral eye palette. There's a slightly shimmery mid-tone brown, a matte dark brown and a cream coloured highlight shade. This, in the packaging, looks the most appealing to me of the three I have.
However, payoff isn't spectacular. You really need to use your fingers or, gulp, the sponge tip applicator to get any real pigmentation on the skin as a brush just doesn't cut it. The swatch you see above is with three layers of each shade and, the only decently pigmented one is the matte brown at the top.
The first quad that I have is Urban Flower (016) and its another neutral palette though, this time, with a springtime-esque pop of lime green. The other colours are a shimmery tan, a shimmery bronze and a shimmery pink-cream.
Again, I had problems with the pigmentation of this one. All four shades were quite sheer, even when using my finger and building them up. However, the colour combination this quad gives you, one which I myself would never think of, is really lovely especially for spring and summer. When Dee and I were at the Rimmel event last week, MUA Ken Boylan used this quad to create a daytime look on the model and it was really subtle and lovely.
The second quad is Bold Behaviour (014) and it really is just that- bold. The colours are a matte magenta, a slightly shimmery purple-navy, a shimmery turquoise and a shimmery gold. These colours are not at all in my comfort zone but, of the three quads, this is the one I like the most with regards to pigmentation and payoff.
I really wanted to love these palettes, especially since Ken Boylan said they were just as good if not better than high end eyeshadows. However, I really have to disagree with that statement as they just don't give you the payoff or blendability that higher end shadows do. I tried looks with all three palettes and the colours just mushed together when I tried to blend them. Similarly, fallout is pretty bad with all three palettes as the shimmery shades are quite chalky. I think foiling is the only way to achieve a highly pigmented, not-so-messy look.
However, and it's a big however, I will still be using these palettes but, in conjunction with my other eyeshadows. The shades are lovely, it is just when used together that they don't work for me. I think that these are extremely worthwhile for someone who is just starting out their MU collection and wants a wide variety of shades for a good price.
Have you tried any of these trios or quads? What do you think?