Product Type: Accessorize makeup
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I won't be merging in a hurry!
Accessorize Merged Eyeshadow
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Accessorize Merged Eyeshadow
Advantages: Being baked it produces less waste
Disadvantages: Shade colour isn't noticeable enough, hard to apply
Superdrug is one of those stores that I don't seem to shop in often but when I do venture in I always end up coming out with a decent selection of make up as my local store has an extensive brand collection so it is easy to add a few new items. One of my recent purchases was the Accessorize Merged Eyeshadow. I knew Accessorize had a range of make up as I had one of their nail polishes but I wouldn't have gone out my way to try another product but whilst in Superdrug I decided to try the eyeshadow.
Accessorize is the brand associated with the stores filled with gorgeous accessories ranging from handbags, purses to wonderful collections of jewellery. Their make-up range is fairly recent and a new addition both in store and to their website (their website doesn't feature the full collection). Their items all seem very reasonably priced without being ridiculous making them easily purchased by most should you want to try on of their products. As far as I am aware their make-up range is only available in Superdrug.
== The Eyeshadow ==
The Accessorize Merged Eyeshadow is quite simply an eyeshadow which has been created using several shades giving a marble effect which from a visual point of view does make it look quite appealing. The eyeshadow formula has been baked instead of pressed and has been specifically made to give you two types of application. One being a dry application to give a "softer shimmery finish" and the second, a wet application for "a more dramatic intense colour".
Regardless of the application used Accessorize to claim that this merged eyeshadow will give a rich, colourful application which is long lasting.
== Packaging ==
The merged eyeshadow comes in a plastic gold case which has a clear domed lid which features two gold butterflies. Butterflies are the Accessorize theme and is generally used on all of their products. The bottom of the case features the product information, contact information for Accessorize as well as the shade name. It is worth mentioning that you don't get an applicator with this eyeshadow so you will need your own.
== In Use ==
I bought the shade "Golden Caramel" which is a mixture of a very pale beige (or very light gold) with swirls of caramel coloured eyeshadow all finished off with a lovely metallic hue. I opted purely for this shade as I thought it would be ideal for everyday wear, especially at work. There are quite a few other shades in the collection ranging from the pinks to the blues but this is one of the most neutral.
I generally use this as a 'dry' application as I find it much easier to apply. I think my main problem with this eyeshadow for me personally is that it is a baked product rather than a pressed product as it is a lot harder in texture compared to other eyeshadows I use regularly and I found it hard to get enough colour on my applicator to cover the eyelid. I found that I had to apply it several times to build up a noticeable colour but again my shade of choice isn't the brightest so I knew the colour wouldn't be noticeable straight away.
The only plus side to it being baked is that you don't get any excess waste like you get with others, you know the powdery finish which can go everywhere including on the apples of your cheeks when you apply. Accessorize claim that these are "highly pigmented shadows that instantly bring colour & eyes to life". Now I had to disagree simply because of the shade I own, compared to others it is pale and doesn't really stand out when applied but this statement may be true with the brighter, more vivid shades.
The finish it gives has quite a shimmer to it thanks to the metallic hues which is nice but again it isn't overly noticeable unless you look closely. As for its lasting power, I am quite disappointed simply due to it not lasting as long as I would have liked. It does need re-applying which for me was a bit of a hassle giving that you need to apply it several times to build up the colour so for me now I hardly use it.
I have though tried it using the 'wet' application where I just dampen the applicator foam tip and I do get the colour easier rather than applying several layers which is good and the colour is definitely a lot more noticeable although still a nice, decent neutral shade and by using the 'wet' application is does seem to last longer which is obviously better.
== Overall ==
A lovely eyeshadow to look at but to use can be a bit fiddly. I probably chose the wrong shade for the 'dry' application but when using the 'wet' application it works a lot better. However, due to not being able to use it properly with the 'dry' application this is one that I don't really use all that often which is a shame.
Would I recommend? Well yes and no. I like the idea that you can use this eyeshadow two ways but I would definitely recommend that you get a more noticeable colour as although the Golden Caramel shade to look at is a lovely neutral colour it doesn't work so well when applied (unless of course you use the 'wet' application every time). Only 3 stars from me unfortunately.
== Product Information ==
Summary: An eyeshadow which is simply pretty to look at