To start I have some news for you. We’re going to have to drop back to one post a week again unfortunately as I’m hating the quality of posts at the moment. Far too little time to write these days.
Another palette from the Forever Flawless set, the Hydra Dolphin palette is available from the Makeup Revolution website (see here) as well as Beauty Bay (here). This retails for £12 and is cruelty free and vegan. You get free UK delivery on orders over £25 with Beauty Bay and on orders over £30 with Makeup Revolution. Orders from both sites are usually delivered in a few days though delays can happen during busier periods.
The packaging is the same as the other Forever Flawless palettes. There’s an outer sleeve of plastic that shows the colour story on the front but no other information so you can bin it. The palette itself has a tin case decorated with an underwater image that I love. It really catches your eye. All product information including the ingredients can be found on the back under the sticker. The lid clasps tightly closed to secure it in place and there’s a mirror on the inside. Everything feels well made and the palette is a good size and weight to hold comfortably.
This is an 18 pan palette that contains 9 mattes, 6 metallics, 2 shimmers and a duo-chrome. Inspired by the ocean, this colour story is focused on pink, blue and nude tones. I love this shade range. It’s what caught my eye when I scrolling through the Beauty Bay site. The pans are a decent size for the price and all the shade names are perfect for the theme.
When doing the swatches, most felt quite soft with the exception of Dolphin and Kelp. They were a little more hard pressed and weren’t as easy to work with as the others. Some of the mattes seemed a little chalky but all swiped easily with reasonable pigment. The metallics felt buttery and swiped evenly with high pigment and shine. The shade that surprised me the most was Sail with it’s pink to gold shift.
On the eye, the shadows perform reasonably well. They’re not the most amazing on the planet but they can be worked with. The mattes have good pigment that can be built up for richer colour which is great as some intensity is lost during the blending process. The metallics and shimmers look absolutely stunning on the eye with high pigment and shine. Although they applied smooth and even, a few shimmers are best applied with a finger for maximum intensity. All of the shadows, including the shimmers are pretty easy to blend.
So far my biggest issue with this palette is that some of the nude shades are almost the same when applied on the eye. Not the worst thing in the world as it is the lighter shades but still annoying. The shimmers last for hours on the lid before creasing which is fabulous. There’s some kickback in the pan for the majority of shades but fallout only occurred with the shimmers. One of the pink shimmers did slightly stain my skin but it was minimal and gone in a day.
Overall, despite the issue with the shades, I’m quite happy with the Forever Flawless Hydra Dolphin palette from Makeup Revolution. The packaging is well made and protective of the shadows without being too big and heavy. The colour story is perfect for the theme and some of the shades look stunning. Although not the most pigmented, the shadows are easy to blend and can be layered up to create rich colour. The shimmers are gorgeous with good pigment and shine and last for hours beore tey start to crease.
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