I know that most of the makeup I talk about on this blog is high-end and that is because I just seem to prefer high-end products. However, I do find drugstore products every now and again that really impress me and make me want to write about them and this little Collection palette is one of those!
Back in August I received this palette as part of the goodie bag from the #NottsAlzheimersMeetup and was dying to give it a try as a lot of the shades look very similar to those from the Naked Palette! The palette features 6 shimmery shades across the bronze spectrum from a light inner corner and brow bone highlight to a dark shadow that would intensify and smoke out any looks created using it! At only £3.99 these are incredibly affordable and a much cheaper alternative to the likes of Urban Decay!
Firstly, lets talk about the shades included in this little palette! Below is a picture with finger swatches for all size of the shades:
- Ivory – A creamy shimmer that is actually quite pigmented for a lighter shade. This is a perfect inner corner or brown bone highlight and blends really nicely.
- Mink – A bit of a cool-toned lighter shimmer that is a great colour for chucking all over the lid for a easy day time look.
- Ochre – My favourite colour in the entire palette and very similar to Half-Baked in the Naked 1 palette. Very highly pigmented and really easy to blend!
- Golden Brown – Does exactly what is says on the tin, a nice warm brown with golden undertones to it. Pairs nicely with Ochre for a quick two-colour smoky eye!
- Ember – Has slightly more red tones to it than the other colours and wouldn’t go amiss in the Naked 3 palette!
- Nutty – This came across as the least pigmented in the swatches and its a cool-toned dark brown shade. Would be really nice for smoking a look out or pressing along the lash line to create a subtle liner!
The packaging of this palette is cheap and cheerful. I don’t hate it and I think it’s pretty good for £3.99 but I don’t hold out much hope that it will last too long! It doesn’t include a mirror as the top is see-through so this wouldn’t be that great for travelling and it also includes one of those rubbish sponge applicators who’s only decent use is for apply shadow to the lower lash line. It is a magnetic closure lid though so it won’t open too easily in your makeup bag which is quite a nice plus!
Overall I am impressed with the pigmentation and the texture of these shadows. They have clearly been well formulated and will make a great alternative for makeup lovers who can’t afford the Naked Palette. I think this is also a great size for travelling and would make a lovely gift or stocking filler for a beauty lover this christmas! One final thing I do want to point out though is that these shadows do smell very cheap and powdery, this isn’t something that translates onto the eye but in the packaging they do smell like they cost less than £1 to make so bare that in mind! Have you tried any of the collection eye shadow palettes? What did you think of them?