Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Seventeen Easy On The Eye Palette | Birthday Suit

It may come as a surprise to some of you, being the beauty fanatic that I am, that I have never really tried anything from the Boots own brand 'Seventeen'. I do own the 'Stay Time' concealer, which has quickly become an everyday staple within my makeup routine, but I hadn't ever tried anything else prior to this eye shadow palette, nor had I heard very many people raving about the brand as a whole. Whilst I was out shopping with my grandma the other day, she very kindly treated me to this Seventeen Easy On The Eye Palette in the shade 'Birthday Suit' and their Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in the shade 'Pink Bronze'. I thought that today I would do an almost first impressions style post, as I have only tried this palette out a number of times and I thought that seeing as everyone has their own opinion and they all have different things to say about it, I might as well put my views out there too!

On the front of the packaging is the brand name, which is clearly 'Seventeen' and then underneath that, it has the name of the palette, which is 'Easy On The Eye'. It feels very sleek and classy, as it's made of a very sturdy, black casing, therefore giving the impression that it's a product of a much higher quality.

When you first open the palette up, there's a little leaflet (pictured above), which is essentially demonstrating a 3 step guide, as to how you could use the shades, particularly if it's your first time or if you're feeling a little unsure on inspiration. The diagram on the left helps you to see exactly what it is that you're supposed to be creating, so that you don't get too confused when applying the eye shadows yourself. I like how there are numbers on the diagram to match each step, just to make it extra clear, especially if you're young and you're just starting out with makeup. In the image above, the two little circles on the right aren't very clear, so I'm going to tell you what they say, just in case you can't see! The top one says 'TOP TIP. The metallic eye creams can be used alone for a metallic sheen or under a lighter powder for a more intense finish.' Whereas, the other one is a 'HINT. No eye look is complete without lashings of mascara! Why not try our SUPERlash mascara for lashes that look instantly longer AND thicker!' Talking about mascara, on the other side of the leaflet, there is a voucher where you can save £2 on the masacra, which means that it would only cost you £4.99 instead of £6.99!
The voucher is valid until the 31st of August 2016, so you have plenty of time to put it to good use. You also get the typical double-sided applicator, which actually isn't all that bad! I'm not usually one to use them (I don't think many people are really..?), but on one side is a fluffier end and on the other is more of a flat end to pack the shadow on. You might as well give it a go anyway!

Onto the actual shades themselves. The part I'm sure that most of you have been waiting for this entire time. Unlike the other 'Easy On The Eye Palette', which is called 'The Big Smoke', this one is primarily neutral shades with 8 of them being of a powdery consistency, some more shimmery/pearly, whilst others are completely matte, 3 of them being a cream and then also, an eye shadow primer on the far end, along with a wide mirror at the very top.

The shades, from left to right, top to bottom, starting with the powders are:
1. Gentle Pink -  a very light, metallic pink shade, which is ideal for washing over the lid.
2. Warm Ivory - a metallic cream, which is also appropriate to dust all over the lid.
3. Sun Kissed Peach - a pearly pink, which shows up almost like a cranberry shade when swatched.
4. Radiant Gold - a shimmery copper shade, which would look stunning during the summer.
5. Cool Rose - a barely there, dusty pink shade, which is very dainty and elegant.
6. Warm Mink - a pearlescent, grey shade, which would compliment any eye colour.
7. Toasted Almond - a personal favourite of mine - a very shimmery, pigmented cranberry shade, almost a darker version of 'Sun Kissed Peach', in my opinion.
8. Baked Chestnut - a pearly chestnut brown (hence the name), which would be ideal for blending through the crease to complete a smokey eye or a darker look.

Now, onto the 3 creams, from left to right, top to bottom again:
9. Bronzed Buff - a shimmery, bronzy taupe, which offers extreme colour pay off when swatched.
10. Burnt Copper - an incredibly shiny copper, which would also compliment any eye colour, but it would look particularly pretty all over the lid, as it's that pigmented.
11. Pink Flush - a pearlescent, bronze, which would look great as a highlight along the brow bone, in the inner corners or as a neutral yet shimmery shade over the lid.
12 - an eye shadow primer, which is literally just that. It's applied underneath shadows.

All in all, I would highly recommend this palette. Some shades are more pigmented than others, so it's quite a trial and error process, but I think it's common for the lighter shades to have a little less colour pay off in comparison to those that are darker. As it's a neutral palette, there is a variety of different shades, both matte and shimmery and there are plenty for many different looks as well. All of the shades suit all different eye colours, so there really are shades for everyone! I really like how compact and sleek the whole palette is, as it also comes with a mirror and a primer, so you really can't go wrong. I don't really rate the primer all that much, as although I have dabbled with it a little bit, I do find it quite greasy, so that may not be the best option to go for, but you may have a different opinion. Whilst reading a couple of reviews before purchasing this palette myself, I came to the conclusion that the cream and powder products may not work well together, as they may mix and cause fall out, but I have yet to find any fault with that personally, so I can't really comment. For £7.99, you get 11 wearable, versatile, beautiful shades, a primer (it's still included, right?), a proper mirror, a voucher and a little leaflet with hints, tips and a diagram of a fairly decent look to recreate! It's available from all Boots stores within the UK, as far as I'm aware, so you should go and pick it up!
Thank you very much for reading this post. Have you tried this palette or the other one with more metallic shades? What do you think?
Lots of love always,
Jade xo

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