Thursday, 30 December 2010

Review: Pink Makeup Set by Red Herring at Debenhams

Palette once open

This is a gorgeous find at such a ridiculously low price! It is a makeup set available in both pink and black leather-like covers, and is shaped like a small diary. You can buy it from Debenhams usually for £5, but in their Christmas sale it is now only £3.75! I bought mine with 10% off so I think it was £4.50, which I think is still a low price for the amount of product available in the book.

Front of palette

It has 28 eyeshadows of various colours and pigmentation and 20 lip colours of which I don't think any are lipsticks, only glosses.In the set you also receive 2 double ended brushes, one of which has a sponge applicator and an eyeshadow brush and the other has a lip brush and an eyeshadow brush. Unfortunately the brushes are absolutely rubbish in my opinion, the hairs are constantly falling off, every time I've tried to swatch them on my hands at least, and they aren't very soft. This is all aside from the sponge applicator because it is a standard sponge applicator. However, I wouldn't expect to receive fantastic, high quality brushes due to the price of the kit.

Eyeshadows and Brushes

The shades of the lipglosses and eyeshadows are very varied; for the eyeshadows, they range from dark blackish colours, to browns, to blues, greens, pinks and purples and a single deep pink eyeshadow is also available. Some of the colours are very sheer which becomes annoying as you have to keep layering them on. The shadows are quite soft and for the pigmented shades the colour looks very opaque and pretty. There are shimmery shades, matte shades and I think a few frosted shades too. The colours which really stand out are the darker colours in this palette and my favourite ones are the deep black/grey and lilac on the top row, the gold/brown one in the 3rd row and the blue based grey shimmery one on the 4th row. They all come out very opaque and clear without a primer!

Lipglosses and Mirror

For the lipglosses, a spectrum of different shades again is available, there are sheer glittery glosses, deep opaque matte colours and shimmery opaque glosses. However on the lips none of the shades wear opaque but the colour difference is certainly noticeable. It also comes with a little mirror at the top of the glosses side which is a handy addition to the palette. There is also an "oily" - for want of a better word, smell to the glosses which I don't particularly like.

I think this palette will allow you to recreate a lot of looks for a very little price, but you'll need to experiment and swatch the different shades before placing them on your lips or eyes as part of a look.

The things I love about this palette are, the handy design, very small, so can fit into your purse, it has a fastener, so the shades do not cause a mess and the various shades available to create the looks. Shades present in the palette will allow you to create summer, winter, daytime and evening looks.

Overall I give this palette a 7/10 because of the value of products given in this palette, and I would recommend it as a small stocking filler (for next year obviously!) Or as a tiny gift to a young teenager as they would probably like to play around with the colours. I think it would also be nice if you are looking for something cheap that you can travel with and create quick looks.

Thank you for reading!

Back of palette

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