I am almost completely obsessed with lipstick, but I actually wear eye shadow every day. Let’s be honest, eye shadow is still makeup. I am completely obsessed with all makeup products so it’s safe to say that I own a fair amount of eyeshadow too.
In my experience, finding a good budget eye shadow palette is not the easiest thing to do as a compromise has to be made in terms of either colour payoff or longevity. However, there are some really good examples of budget makeup ranges on the high street and I really recommend:
- Make Up Revolution – found in Superdrug
- Ps… By Primark – see my review on the PS range here.
These are ranges that I have tested and used quite a lot myself. I’ve heard really good things about the makeup range at New Look, but have yet to try it. It’s on my to-do list, along with many others! Makeup is my hobby.
As I’m such a fan of bright lipsticks, the eyeshadows that I tend to wear on a daily basis are more often than not bronze, brown or gold tones in order to be as natural as possible and not clash with my lipstick. I also think that it is much easier for budget eyeshadows to create a good natural colour and in my experience. With the exclusion of Sleek whose pigmentation is excellent. Brighter budget eyeshadows tend to be quite sheer and need to be built up quite a lot. This is then a false economy as they hit pan sooner. Though honestly – has anyone ever finished an eyeshadow?? I’m digressing… The first palette in my mini-series is:
Fortune Favours The Brave – Makeup Revolution
This palette was a collaboration between Make Up Revolution and Jane at British Beauty Blogger and as an avid reader of her blog I was really excited to try this when it was released last year. I have other Makeup Revolution palettes, and whilst they are not bad at all, Fortune Favours The Brave is just a cut above. It has a range of 30 different eye shadows and I think that all of them are wearable and usable. There are no filler shades here.
The first thing I that I will say that I love about this palette is the packaging. The trouble with a lot of budget ranges is that they tend to try to be targeting teenage girls with limited resources and their packaging reflects this. However, we busy mums also have an eye out for a bargain too, as paying for nappies, swimming lessons and replacement school cardigans adds up.
Fortune Favours the Brave is contained in nice simple plain gold packaging with a huge mirror. (I need this, it’s one of the few that my kids haven’t managed to get their sticky fingerprints all over.) It also comes with a small brush, which whilst it isn’t as bad as sponge applicators, it is still a bit scratchy and I only used it once before deciding to stick to my usual brushes.
If you are not a beauty addict and only have a few eyeshadows, this would be a good all round palette to have. The range of colours and finishes mean that you would be able to create both day and night looks easily. The shadows are of a good quality and most of them have a creamy buttery feel. One downside is that they are also quite small in size so if it’s your only palette, it might get used up quickly.
Even without an eye primer underneath the eyeshadows last a while without creasing or fading. I am a primer obsessive so I nearly always wear these with primer. The eyeshadows are quite pigmented so they look true to colour when applied ok the eyes.
The marbled colours look so pretty in the pan and this is the same on the eyes too. The shadows in the first row of the palette are quite powdery. I found that I needed to put quite a bit more on to build up the colour but then I am darker skinned. On lighter skin, it would probably show up more easily.
Overall, I love this palette and use it at least once a week, for me this is almost unheard of! The shimmer colours are so buttery and wearable for work and at only £9.99, it’s an utter bargain.
Fortune Favours The Brave can be found here.