“ Brand: Bobbypin / Type: Eyeshadows / Suitable for: Eye „
I had never heard anything about Bobbypin or read any reviews, but, in the Boots sale after Christmas I was sucked in by the pretty packaging. The packaging was modern and funky, and very artistic, in my opinion it was benefit meets soap and glory. I just hoped that the make up lived up to the expectations set!
I bought the eyeshadow with some brushes, some nail files and some nail varnish. It was £15 for all of that, whcih in my opinion actually made the eyeshadow quite cheap and affordable. The eyeshadow set by itself does not contain any brushes, just beware if you are expecting it too. The eyshadow is packaged in a very slim box which has a flip on and off lid, whcih is magnetic. It is neat and easy to keep hold of and to take places. It takes up hardly any room. It has a clear plastic front which you can see some of the colours through. To stop this getting dusted up and messy I kept a spare piece of plastic over this. Eyeshadows can really dust up if you let them!
The eye shaodw colours were very pretty and covered quite a range. Lilac, brown, green and earthy neutrals. I personally never end up using all the colours as they just wouldn't suit me, but I used a good half of them, and then passed the other half I didn't use over to someone else. All in all good value for money.
The eyeshadows themselves had reasonble staying power, but were not amazing or striking in anyway. They were very powdery and muted so to get a distinct look you would have to build up lots of layers. This is not unusual in eyeshadow application, especially around this price range.
The eyeshadows are suitable for sensitive eyes, they didn't make my eyes itchy or dry out my skin as some eyeshadows seem to.
All in all these were pretty, easy to use generic eyeshadows, which were well worth the price I paid for them. If I came across them again I would definitely buy them, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to seek them out.
I'd never actually heard of BobbyPin the brand but I am a make up junkie and have hoards of eyeshadows all in different shades so when I saw this set in the christmas sale at Boots this year I just couldn't turn it down and ordered one.
The pallette is roughly half the size of an A4 piece of paper. In a delicate gold colour with a window so you can see the eyeshadows before lifting the lid. This is a good thing but if your a bit sloppy in looking after your make up it may appear a little messy. The pallette has 12 different eyeshadows (all powder) in shades of grey, brown, blue etc.
If your not used to wearing powder eyeshadow then starting with a primer or concealer is a good idea. by doing this it holds your eyeshadow and prevents creases. The good thing about the shades in this pallette is that they are subtle and so can be built up by applying extra layers to create real intense looks or applied lightly to create a demure day time look. Also as there is different shades that can be combined to create looks you can add shade and highlight and really change the appearance of your eyes.
I also found the pallette brilliant for a recent holiday as with it being thin and flat it fit in perfectly in the side of my suitcase and didn't take up much room and also meant I could wear different make up dependent on my outfit. It also stays really well as with some eyeshadows when its warm your make up moves and this didn't happen with the BobbyPin set, I look forward to this years sale to buy some more goodies :)
When it comes to eye make up I really do find it something very easy to purchase. I'm lucky really that many colours seem to suit me and at 34 I think I'm now able contour and highlight and basically blend anything into looking good on my eyes really. I have a massive collection of colours and formulas but I admit that I prefer powder eye-shadows in the main and find them on the hole easier to apply and get less creasing and smudging and stuff than with wet or wet to dry wet and/or creamy eye-shadows and stuff like that.
When I say I own loads I do mean that and look at it this way with this one set alone I purchased 12 eye-shadows at once! This is one set (I own more lol) and that's without any single, twin and trio things that I buy too lol.
Now this set as I said contains 12 colours. All different and you can mix and match them etc to suit yourself. There isn't a 'theme' to them at all. Such as they are not all glittery or a shimmery or anything you just get a selection and as far as I'm aware when I bought these (in Boots costing £8.00) there is only one set of colours available which of course this is them lol So the review photograph you can see on the top of this page is completely what I own in the way of packaging and the colours you can see (though you can't of course see them all).
Well the eye-shadows come in a pale gold box which is oblong but quite wide and is made of cardboard. On the front there is a see through plastic 'window' of which you can see 8 and a bit of the eye-shadows as there is a picture cut into the window of a woman sitting in some sort of tree scribbled on. On the right hand corner of the box Bobbypin Jf is scribbled on in black writing like a signature. On the back again the signature is at the top and I'm told it's an eye collection. I'm then told what it contains which is 12 single eye-shadows (total of 34g) and 2 single foam applicators. I'm then given a list of ingredients, told the product is made in China and that the product is exclusive to Boots and contact details for Boots are given of course and finally there is a recycle symbol and a bar-code on there. It's nice enough packaging and is a slim size though quite large and bulky to store and when you do store it you do need to be careful as this is really only made of cardboard and other things near it can scuff and mark the otherwise attractive packaging, so it's best not store in a make up bag with all your other items if you want it to stay looking as good as new!
Well when you open the eye collection up you are met with the selection of colours and integrated into the light gold tray that they sit in is an indentation on the left hand and right side of the tray where two single sponge applicators are provided. They are quite long, slim and shiny black plastic with a white sponge tip on each. The sponges are quite small and I don't like them as they feel quite flimsy to use but not only that you have only two sponges for 12 colours. I'm not keen on them but they are usable but me, well I prefer to use my own brushes anyway so I leave them untouched lol.
So colour-wise.... Well you have a lightish pink and a darker pink, a lilac, a white, a light and dark green, a beigy/orangy colour, a dark brick red, and a bronzy brown and a light steel grey and a dark charcoal and finally a dark navy colour. Now the way they appear is very well thought out in my opinion. Although lined up in 2 rows of 6 what you have is 4 trio compacts in one collection type of thing.
So for example your have the pinks (with the lilac), the white of course can be used to highlight with anything but in this case seems to be put with the green and then the beigy colour goes with the red and bronze and finally the greys with the blue. Of course you can mix and match and with this set you have so many combinations you'd never get bored of trying out new looks lol! The only negative of course is that most people will have colours in here they would never dream of using lol.
It is however a great kit for a young person starting out with make up or for those of us who want to play with new looks and at £8.00 in my opinion it's a great value product to look at. I personally don't dislike any of the colours and as I said earlier I feel I'm quite a dab hand at changing colours to suit me anyway. I just simply really like the choice with this.
Incredibly smooth to the touch the powder is very fine indeed but doesn't fly everywhere when applying it. Whether you choose to use the applicators provided or your own I find whatever I use picks up the powder brilliantly and when I'm applying them that they are fuss free to use, spreading no flecks where they shouldn't go etc.
All the colours are quite shimmery (have no glitter). Even with the darkest shades such as the brick red and navy you can use them lightly and get quite a sheer look (as they don't go on stodgy even though they are dark) or you can take your time and build the colour up. Of course you don't want want to fill up a brush with the darker colours and not expect to make a mess so you just use your brain and have some patience. If you do make a mistake (I never have) it wipes off easily with pressed/loose powder anyway.
It glides over foundation and make up bases etc. It goes on smooth and feels very nice on the eyes. Once applied I never have smudged it or anything like that. It really just is simple and fuss free to use them. Once it's on it stays on looking perfect and as fresh as when you first applied it for about 5-6 hours. After that I notice I don't get creasing or a clogged up look but I do get a bit of colour fade and due to the size of this I wouldn't dream of taking it out and about with me.
Do I like It?....
Yes I do. I feel confident to use any of the colours and have done on several occasions. I like the nice sized oblong colour block of each colour and I like having sensible colours mixed with colours that before buying this maybe I wouldn't have tried out. The consistency of them is good and there's plenty of colour so this really isn't use them a few times and your to the silver bases in quick smart time or anything, they do last ages. They don't irritate my sensitive eyes, are simple to remove (all you need to use is your usual make up removing routine) and that's that really! Simple!
These are a perfect gift for a make up addict or something to bring you up to date. Recommended from me I really like them and shall be looking out for more 'Bobbypin' stuff turning up in my Boots (mine does stock a few of this lines things).
12 Eyeshadows with 2 applicators /