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I was recently given a chance to review the Avon 12-in-1 Shimmering Eye Palette. Now I know what you're thinking:
"But Elvira, You hate palettes with more than 5 colors in them, how are you going to be objective?" And to that I say:
"Shut it. I can be objective when I want to."
Most of the time I get overwhelmed by palettes with more than a few eye shadows, but this time it's different. It's different because:
A) I realize I get overwhelmed and gave myself a stern talking to and told myself that I don't need to wear every color in the palette on one eye.
B) There was no taupe, not multiple of taupe in this palette so I didn't have to worry about building an eye looks around the taupe color and then feel guilty for leaving out the other colors.
C) I realize that you, the reader, actually like these big palettes and want to hear good things about them when I can tell you good things.
Let's start at the beginning.
The packaging. You know what a packaging hoor I am. You know how I'm like a toddler when something shiny comes along I get distracted and have to have it. This, my dear readers, is not the case. Actually the case is what I have an issue with. The case is cheap and almost flimsy. Clear plastic cover and black plastic base added in 2 double ended useless sponge applicators and well. It just feels like Avon has given up on clever packaging. Granted, I'm sure this keeps the costs down, but I like to feel like I'm holding something special in my hands. This just feels like dollar store makeup to me.
OK. Let's get to the colors.
12 shades in total ranging from ivory to black shimmer. Some of the shades are super, but forgive me if I am repulsed by the chalky baby blue eye shadow. Being a child of the 70's and 80's I am as horrified of blue eyeshadow as I am of plaid polyester pants and grandma shoes. It's something I am working on in Therapy, but it's going to take some work to get over it.
So starting from the left and moving to the right we have:
A Gold Shimmer White, an Ivory Shimmer, a Beige/Champagne Shimmer, a Burnt Sienna/Baby Poop Matte Brown, a Matte Pastel Pink, a Frosty Mauve, a Matte Dusty Rose, a Shimmery Deep Wine, that Matte Baby Blue, a Chalky Shimmery Grey/Purple, a Gold Shimmer Olive Green and a Shimmery Black.
Of the entire palette the shades I liked the best are the Ivory Shimmer, Beige Champagne Shimmer, Frosty Mauve, Deep Wine Shimmer,Gold Shimmer Olive Green and the Shimmery Black.
That's only 6 shades. I could possibly use 3 more of the shades (Gold Shimmer White, Pastel Pink, and Dusty Rose) but there are at least 3 big losers in this palette. The Baby Poop Brown. Having it a matte shade makes it even more unappealing and it just looks awful...however, it might be a good brow color. The Pastel Baby Blue is...well you know I have issues. Lastly, the Shimmery Grey/Purple is a total pigment and formula FAIL.
Which brings me to my last point. The quality.
|Click to see larger image. Shadows applied over Urban Decay Primer Potion.|
The quality and formula are hit or miss on this palette. For the most part the shadows apply well and have decent pigmentation. However the majority of them are fairly hard and produce a lot of powder fall out when being applied. Plus if I wasn't using a primer the shadows hardly adhered to my lid at all! The times I used shadows from the palette I was impressed that the shadows didn't crease or fade much by the end of the day. (I wore my Trusty Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye shadow primer underneath) I liked how they blended well and liked that the overall look was not too over the top for the office, but could be glammed (not a word) up for the evening. But when the shadow formula failed it failed hard. The Shimmery Grey Purple had potential but honestly, If I couldn't get it to apply evenly with a sponge applicator it's not going to do much better with a brush. And it didn't. It's not very pigmented which makes the color in the pan deceivingly darker than what actually shows up on your eye. Bleh
Do you NEED this? I'll say.....maybe? It's on the high side for an Avon product at $20. But Avon is known for having sales all the time so it might be a good buy if you can snatch it up for less. Even at $20 that works out to $1.66 a shadow, but considering that at least 3 of the shadows are pure crap that leaves you with 9 shadows you might actually use and that gets to be around $2.22 per shadow. Still not a bad deal I suppose...but the total net weight of the product is only .56 oz...so you do the math...yeah. not that great of a deal after all. Would I buy this? No. It's not for me. I would rather have a palette where ALL the shades were quality and ALL of the shades worked for me.