***Product provided free of charge. Opinion 100% mine***
There are so many eye palettes around at the moment. Lilacs and lavenders seem to be making a return - they're a nice change from all the nude brown palettes, and purple shades seem to suit Irish skin really well.
This palette is from Artistry - a brand sold at Amway. Amway is a network - (a bit like the Aloe Vera thing that everyone knows) you can set up your own commission-based business selling Amway goods, then train others to do the same. I had heard of them before but I wasn't aware that they sold cosmetics. I also wasn't aware that you can buy directly from their website, they do lots of different products.
This palette was sent to me to play with. It costs €57.70 and I'll tell you if I think it's worth it or not at the end of the post.
L-R, the shades are: Pearl (shimmer), Candlelight (shimmer), Evening Out (shimmer), Midnight (lustre), Little Black Dress (shimmer), Glamour (matte), Stiletto (lustre), Sequin (shimmer).
The brush included with the palette is actually one of the nicer ones I've seen, no awful sponges either.
Here are some swatches:
Right. When I swatched them on my arm I was disappointed. I thought they'd be much more pigmented, and would have expected buttery smooth shadows considering the price of the palette. However - they showed up much better on my eyes, as you can see (no primer). That purple is a mix of #2 and #6, with a bit of #1 and #8 near the eyebrow blended in. It lasted all day, and it came off easily with a wipe of a cotton pad & some eye makeup remover.
Overall, I do like the colours. A lot. It's nice to have a palette without a single brown in sight. Even though I love my browns, I get sick of the same colour patterns over and over again. I love the inclusion of different textures. I love that the shimmer isn't strong, and that there are no silly glittery shades (there is microglitter in the black shade but it's not overly noticeable).
But lads, the price. No. It's not worth €57.70 and there's no point in pretending it is, I swore blind I would always be honest on this blog and I'm not about to start lying now. There's no way that I would buy this myself for nearly €60 - it's the same price as the new YSL palettes.
On the other hand - is it just brand snobbery? What would make me think that a "designer" brand would be worth €60 and this wouldn't? If I was showed this palette and not told the brand, would I automatically have a different opinion? I don't know. If someone slapped a Charlotte Tilbury label on the front, would it go from "nice" to "must-have"? It's something I've been thinking a lot about lately, are we buying the product or buying the name?
The palette itself is packaged well. It's sturdy, and the brush is nice. Is it worth that price? Absolutely not. To be honest, if I'd bought this for a tenner I'd have been disappointed at the chalkiness of the swatches on my arms. It's all very well if they show up great on eyes - but who swatches on eyes before buying? Disappointing.