As you can probably tell from recent posts I’m on a bit of a budget. So excuse some repetitiveness with brands as I grabbed some value boxes.
Unfortunately, I can’t find this palette anywhere to buy alone however it is available as part of a value makeup goody bag from the Barry M website. The Pretty Natural Essentials Bag (see here) retails for £18 but has a value of £50. There is currently a buy one get one free offer on the goody bags at the moment though I’m not sure how long it will last. You qualify for free UK shipping on orders over £25 and it will be with you in a few days.
The packaging is really cute although not quite up to the usual fully recycleable hype. This one actually contains a mirror and had a magnetic closure to keep it closed. The front has a matte floral design with the company and palette name in metallic gold text. All other product information including the ingredients can be found on the back. There some slight dimpling around the pans but other than that the palette is well made. It feels sturdy and is a good size and weight for holding. Two sponge applicators are included also but I highly doubt I’ll be using them.
This is an 8 pan palette containing 3 mattes and 6 shimmer shades. In fact I think it’s 2 mattes but the darkest brown has minimal shimmer particles so I don’t think it really counts as a shimmer. Not going to lie, I do wish there were one or two more matte shades as there’s no versatility with those shades. At least the shimmer shades do offer a little more variety. The pans are a little on the small side but again for a palette in a budget bag I’ve no complaints.
When doing the swatches, the shadows felt soft and really smooth. The lighter shades did need two layers to really show up but all of them look quite pigmented. The shades are definitely on the cooler side with no warm mattes in there. The shimmers look reasonably pigmented too and they swatched evenly. They do look quite subtle in shine though that doesn’t bother me in a natural palette.
On the eye, the shadows perform well. The matte shades are quite pigmented but the only one that can really be seen is the not quite matte dark brown. The two lighter matte shades are definitely transition shades rather than crease shades. The shimmers are what give you some versatility with this palette. They are fairly pigmented with good differentiation between the shades. They colour story works well together and all shadows are easy to blend. I particularly love the darkest shimmer shade as it’s got an almost purple tinge to the reflects.
The shadows last for a couple of hours before creasing on the lid which isn’t bad. There was kickback in the pan for all of the shadows but only the shimmers produced fallout under the eye. I’ve had no issues when using this palette. If you are experiencing any problems please seek medical advice.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this palette from Barry M. When considering it’s from an £18 goodie bag containing 5/6 other items it’s great for day wear. The packaging is cute and sturdy though not fully recyclable like other Barry M palettes. I’m not blown away by the shade range but for a basic day wear palette you’ve got what you need. The shadows have decent pigment while being easy to blend. The shimmers are on the subtle side but they wear well and add some versatility.
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