I don’t know about you guys, but I love eyeshadow palettes, ‘drugstore’ or ‘high-end’ I can’t get enough of them. So whenever I find a new one that I really like, I get super excited to share it with you, and today, I have TWO!
Face of Australia have been coming out with a few new palettes lately and I picked these up toward the end of last year and have been using them for the past few months. They’re called the “Face of Australia – Perfect Nude Eyeshadow Palettes” and they’re available from Priceline. Each of these palettes retail for $18.95 AUD which I must say is a bit pricey, so if you’re on a budget I’d suggest getting only one of these palettes as they are quite similar. But if you’ve got the money to spend / want them because you’re a makeup hoarder like I am then I’m here to show the the subtle yet totally worth it differences these palettes have!
As shown in the picture above, there are two palettes the ‘Nude’ and ‘Naked’ now this is kind of confusing a bit because the palettes are the ‘Perfect Nude Eyeshadow Palettes’ and one of them is called ‘Nude’. It confused me for a bit when I was purchasing them and trying to figure out the differences.
Packaging: These palettes are made from some pretty heavy duty plastic. They feel like good quality without being heavy. They’re also compact enough to take travelling and offer enough shadows you won’t need to carry much more makeup. They’re sleek and black and aren’t to ‘busy’ looking. The palettes also have a pretty decent sized mirror on the inside. The mirror can be arranged to be open standing without needing support. So its good to place on a surface and use that mirror instead of taking a portable mirror with you. (happy travelling) However, because of the palettes design they’re slightly curved so if the mirror is pushed back too far it will get top heavy and rock backwards.
Each palette holds 15 shades and as you can see they’re quite similar. The left is the Naked palette and the right is the Nude. At a glance you’d think they’re the same palette, but if you look closer the ‘Naked’ palette has more of a gold neutral theme whilst the ‘Nude’ has a hint of rose shades. Both palettes have a mix of mattes, shimmer and pearl/satin finishes. The palettes also come with a double sided applicator, one side has a foam tip and the other is a small detail flat brush. I’ve used the brush side (I hate the foam things) a few times and they’re quite acceptable. I’m glad that companies are adding small brushes instead of JUST those foam applicators.
Some shades are more pigmented than others, the really glittery shades don’t have much payoff but I’m sure using some fix+ would change that. However they’re good if you’re wanting to top off your eyelid with just some glitter. I was surprised with the matte shades. Usually drugstore mattes are hard and powdery and don’t offer much pigment at all, but these mattes are creamy – a little fallout with some of the lighter shades – and have great pigmentation. The other shades have great pigment and are equally as creamy. The really glittery shades (lucky there are only a few in each palette) are the only let down. The shadows are quite easy to blend too; I was surprised at how easy it was to blend them through the crease area.
Sorry for the quality of the photo, I had to take this with my phone, I couldn’t get the right angle with my big camera (blogger problems). There was no primer or fix+ used in these swatches. MOST of them show up on my very pale skin. For me the standout shade is the black from the ‘Naked’ palette. It is so hard to get a pigmented matte black from any company, and the fact that this is a ‘drugstore’ brand is amazing. This is one of the most pigmented black shadows I’ve come across.
I’ve used these palettes for the past few months now and I think you can do a few good looks just using the one palette. They are similar so if you have the chance to get in and look at one close up, I’d suggest it. Or if you’re more a gold fan than a rose fan (or vice versa) then grab the one that appeals to you! I was regretting getting both for a short time but now that I have both and know some good looks using both I’m glad I have them. These palettes are (maybe still are) a limited edition palette so if you’re interested I’d get in to your nearest Priceline quick or order online soon!
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