I completely blame Joeybunny for this post and my lack of cash in my bank account. You see, she told me a while back about Inglot shadows and how wonderful they were. She even posted on her own blog, here! Then, when I went to look for a place to purchase them, I found out that in the US there are only 5 places to get them in a store. This would not do, yet it also created a huge lemming to get the shadows at any cost. You see when I'm told (via lack of stores or by an individual) that I can't have something, I end up wanting it even more and will go to great lengths to get what I cannot have. I am stubborn and lack self control. Do I need 10 new eyeshadows? Of course not. Did I need almost 5 of them to be taupe? Nope. But, did I do it anyway? DUH! Yes.
INGLOT, the company, was established over 25 years ago by Wojtek Inglot, a young chemist working at that time in R&D department in pharmaceutical company. He is still directly involved in the formulation and design process of all new Inglot products.They work with make-up artists and color consultants to bring the latest trends in color to the market. Inglot is constantly developing new products and offers a full range of cosmetics from base makeup to shadows and liners, to nail polish and makeup brushes. One could outfit their entire cosmetic kit from Inglot and not want for anything more. It's that awesome! Inglot's Freedom System, which I purchased, allows you to experiment with countless shades and color combinations, giving you the opportunity to create your own customized color palette. Which is exactly what I did!
Now you may be thinking wow 10 shadows. That's a lot. But honestly the shadows cost less the more you purchase AND the 10 pan palette which retails for $20 USD drops to just $5 USD if you purchase it with 10 eyeshadows! For example. Purchase 1 to 2 eyeshadows and you pay $7 each. Purchase 3 to 9 Shadows and you pay $5 for each. Purchase 10 or more shadows and you pay $4.50 each! Isn't that like $10 less than MAC shadows? UH-HUH It sure is.
Just because you are paying less doesn't mean you get lower quality. First of all the palette is sturdy as heck and has 4 little magnets holding the top on. The hard plastic is sleek and there is no wasted space. I found the Inglot shadows to be some of the most pigmented and most even textured shadows I have ever used. My standby favorite shadow line in Bobbi Brown is blown out of the water with the Inglot brand. Not only does Inglot offer a freedom system to customize your palettes it offers a variety of finishes and textures in the shadows. Matte, Pearl, Shine, Double Shine, AMC and AMC Shine. Now don't ask me what an AMC shadow is because the website provides NO explanation at all. I could have e-mailed customer service or Tweeted to them, but I'm too lazy. Regardless, the varying finishes and similar colors in the different finishes remind me of the Shu Uemura system...only with MORE color choice and MORE pigmented shadows.
It wasn't easy but I managed to pick out 10 shadows for my 10 pan freedom system. I knew I wanted at least 2 colorful shadows and 2 highlighting shadows. I also knew I wanted a nice even mix of warm and cool taupes. After a lot of searching Google Image, makeup blogs and other sites like Specktra and Makeup Alley, I was able to find 10 shades I thought would look their taupiest best on me. But I still found a serious lack of QUALITY photographs showing the eyeshadow swatches. I did find 4 blogs that had some excellent swatches and pictures to share, and I'm sure there are more out there, but these are the few I found helpful.
Here is what I selected
DS496 - A satin white with subtle shimmer
P420 - A cool grey taupe
M351 - A matte cream
P402 - A warm Brown Taupe
P434 - A deep metallic grey taupe
DS459 - A cool brown with silver glitter
DS460 - A plummy brown with silver glitter
P423 - A metallic copper brown
DS459 (see above)
DS483 - A true deep blue with silver and aqua glitter
P423 (see above)
AMC73 - A warm bright purple with silver glitter
Top row swatched.
Bottom row swatched.
Each shadow was smooth and soft and blended beautifully. Each shadow wore wonderfully over my Too Faced Shadow Insurance base. Each shadow can be applied sheer or heavy depending on the brush and method of application. Each shadow was a total WIN!
Do you NEED this? YES. YES. A Thousand Times YES! For less than the price of a Dior quint you can have 10 Inglot shadows and a case to hold them! (But getting a Dior quint is nice too!) Honestly I fell in love with these shadows so much that I purchased another 10 last week and I plan to purchase at least 5 more in the near future. It's like potato chips. You can't have just one...palette.
Inglot is sold in 240 retail locations worldwide. In the USA you can find them in Las Vegas, Nevada, Miami, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Newport Beach, California and on line at http://www.inglotusa.com