The latest eyeshadow palettes from Rimmel are just what we neutral-lovers-on-a-budget have been praying for. They’re so much better than we have any right to expect from their price-tag – just €9.95 will score you a compact, durable palette with a good sized mirror and eight eyeshadows in a variety of finishes. You also get a double-ended sponge applicator, which they could just have done away with, but hey-ho. Back to the shadows!
There are three colourways; this one, Keep Calm & Wear Gold, is my favourite, but the other two - Grunge Glamour and London Nudes Calling - are also gorgeous and well worth a look. Keep Calm & Wear Gold offers three mattes, three shimmers and I’d describe the two at the far left as mattes flecked with glitter particles; see the one second to the end? That’s actually my favourite of the bunch (so far).
I love a daytime smokey eye at this time of year but if I’m applying it in the morning before work, it needs to be quick and effortless with no faffing about and no fall-out; otherwise, I just won’t bother. So it really speaks volumes that I’ve been using this little palette every single day for the past couple of weeks and I have no intention of putting it aside yet.
I’ve been using that medium matte shade in the crease, and one of the mattes-plus-glitters on the lid, blended out with the darkest matte colour. Don’t be afraid of those sparkly particles: they don’t fall down and they’re really not obvious, but they just give a bit of life and lustre to the look. Then I dot a bit of shimmer into the inner corner and I’m done. You can see that the overall look I favour isn’t actually gold, or anywhere near it: there’s a lot of versatility with the palette and you can create all sorts of different looks.
Performance-wise, I’m finding the palette very easy to work with. Now, just like every other affordable eyeshadow I’ve used, the shimmers are smoother and creamier than the mattes - but they all perform decently. The darker shades can be slightly patchy when you pack on the colour but a primer helps, and I have been incredibly impressed by the lasting power of these babies. The photos just above were taken as I left work one evening just after 6pm; the makeup had lasted since 7.30 that morning. Not bad for less than a tenner, huh?
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