The one piece of makeup that I seem to have an awful lot of is eyeshadow. And as I’ve browsed through my palettes, they all seem to have something in common. They all share a very similar colour story. I’m a warm kinda guy; so there are certain palettes that will always appeal to me (even if I have every shade already).
My first eye shadow palettes were from Urban Decay. I think I mentioned in my last palette review, that the Naked Heat palette is probably my ride-or-die palette. If I could only use ONE palette from here on after, that would be it. But not everyone can afford Urban Decay prices. I mean, even I can’t afford it a lot of the time. So I decided to look at some more affordable options.
As I browsed all the drugstore brands in Superdrug, there was one display that caught my eye; Makeup Revolution. Everything on the display looked like it was decent quality… but the prices. They were so cheap. Now, we all know that cheap doesn’t always mean good; but after playing around with a few palettes, and covering my arms with swatches; I spotted the New-Trals vs Neutrals palette and I knew it was coming home with me. It was also £6.99. Yes, that’s right. Less than £7!!! For 16 shadows… and a brush… oh it all seemed too good to be true… but in my basket it went.
OK yeah, I didn’t get it either, but according to the description of the palette on the website:
New-Trals are the NEW Neutrals. Upgrade your new natural eye looks with the new generation of natural shades.
So NEW NATURAL becomes NEW-TRAL… yeah I still don’t get it either. So what’s in the palette? Well, you get 16 shades in a combination of matte and shimmer shades. Each pan has around 1g of product – so for £6.99, you get 16g of product. The Naked Heat palette has 12 shades with 1.3g for a total of 15.6g and retails for £39.50. So you get more product for one fifth of the price. That’s an absolute bargain if you ask me. Now, the colours are not the exact same as the Naked Heat (and i’m not saying this is a dupe); but I do feel that the colour story is very similar in some respects; so if you’ve been curious as to whether the colours might work for you, then this could be an affordable place the start.
Blend, Blend, Blend…
The Naked Palettes are known for their smooth creamy texture and supreme blendability. I was anxious to see how this would compare. The matte shades are a little on the powdery side; so when dipping in with a brush, there is quite a bit of kick back. But they swatched smoothly and once on the eyelid, they do blend out almost effortlessly. There is a decent amount of pigmentation, so you can go light for a very simple day look; or layer it up for a slightly more glam night look.
Not all shades are created equal, I have to say. The two darkest shades in the palette (‘Custom’ and ‘Strong’) are slightly more patchy; so they do require a little more work, but with patience, they do blend out. The metallic shades are a little hit and miss. They are quite chunky, and they were the first pans to look messy after just one use. There is a little fallout on the cheek when laying the metallic shades; so powder under the eyes would probably be worth doing here. Once on the lid though, they do blend and they don’t look or feel chunky.
I’ve used the palette several times; and you can do a very simple ‘neutral’ look using some of the lighter shades. The bolder corals, pinks and plums are the better pigmented shadows, and they are the ones I have the most fun using. Once applied, the shadows do seem to stay in place well, and when used on top of a primer (I switch between the Urban Decay Eye Potion or the Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot), I do not notice any creasing or fading. They bolder colours remain vivid throughout the day. I only wish the metallic shades were a bit brighter, and a little easier to apply. But you know, for £6.99, I really can’t be too harsh. It’s decent quality, blendable and most of the shadows are beautifully pigmented. I am actually really excited to try out some more from this affordable brand.
Creating a simple look…
So as I mentioned, the corals and pinks are my favourite shades from this palette, so these are my go-to’s when using this. To start, I took the shade ‘New-Tral’ and worked that as my transition shade, focusing it towards the brow and above the crease. Next, on a smaller blending brush, I took the shade ‘Tone’ and buffed that into the crease, focussing on the outer corner and then sweeping it through.
On a smaller brush, I took the shade ‘Custom’ and just used that to darken the outer corner a bit more, to just add a little more dimension. Then, I used the brush I used to lay down the transition to just buff away any harsh lines. I then laid the shade ‘Partial’ over the lid, with a bit of setting spray on the brush to help it apply better. On the lower lash line, I took a pencil brush and smoked out a mixture of ‘New-Tral’ and ‘Tone’. I then took the Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in the shade ‘Deep End’ in the waterline.
I have to admit, that I was quite skeptical as to whether this palette would be any good, and it did surprise me. The colours apply easily and they remove nicely as well; i’ve had no issues with any staining or stubbornness. The formulas do contain Dimethicone, so if you have a silicone allergy, you may wish to avoid.
With plenty of change from a tenner, I actually do highly rate the New-Trals vs Neutrals eyeshadow palette. Is it the best quality in the world? No. But it’s absolutely not the worst. It’s blendable, pigmented, comes with a good sized mirror inside the palette as well AND has 16 shades, all for just £6.99. OH! And don’t forget it comes with a double-ended brush too (which, for full disclosure, I did not use; only because I have my brushes that I love and feel comfortable using). But also, I did lose it. I’m SORRY!!! They are also cruelty-free and (mostly) vegan (this palette is vegan). For an affordable brand, I do really like this palette, and I cannot wait to try out some more!