“ Brand: Boots 17 / Type: Eye shadow / Suitable for: Eye „
After seeing the pastels version of this gorgeous compact featured in a magazine, I decided I just had to check it out. Then, on the Boots website I discovered the compact came in two different versions - Perfect Pastels and Metallic Nudes - and that there was a 3 for 2 offer currently running on 17 cosmetics. So what's a girl to do? Well, buy both of course (and use some strange logic to justify it as it means you get something else for free....). So I will describe the shades in both versions in this review. The compacts are £5.49 and are a limited edition.
Firstly the packaging. These little compacts are about two inches square and come in pale blue (the Perfect Pastels version) and pale pink (the Metallic Nudes version). The compacts have the same illustration on them in gold of flowers and a bird. They have a lovely vintage feel and are very pretty compacts.
Open up the compacts and, inside the lid, is a mirror, and there is also a double-ended brush too. The mirror is great as it covers the whole of the inside of the lid so is a really good size, and a lot more useful than some of the tiny mirrors you get inside compacts.
The eyeshadows themselves are beautifully laid out inside the compact, as you can see in the image above. There are six shades in total and they are very prettily arranged so there are different amounts of each shade making a little pattern inside. The colours all complement each other and it's all as pretty as a picture!
Inside the Perfect Pastels compact we have the following shades:
* Dark blue
* Pale lilac
* A silvery lilac
* Light pink
* Pale green
* A light shimmery beige
I wouldn't say that you can mix and match all the shades in this compact as some of them wouldn't go together - although some of them make a good match. For example, the dark blue can add a lot of drama to the pale green and lilac shades, and can be used to smudge on the lashlines too. The beige is very neutral and, although it is quite shimmery you can definitely get away with it for daytime wear. You could also mix two of the colours together for a very individual look - the pale green and pink together for example.
Inside the Metallic Nudes compact the shades are
* A light shimmery beige (the same as that described above)
* A goldy bronze
* A peachy-gold
* A dark bronze
* Dark brown
Other than the two darker shades, these are all quite shimmery and have a slight metallic sheen to them. These shades complement each other more than the pastels compact, and you can use the darker shades alongside any of the lighter shades to add a bit of drama to your eyes. However, some of the shades are a bit too similar to each other I think, and although the colours are a little more wearable, and probably will suit more people, this isn't as pretty or unique as the pastels compact. If I were to buy one set again, I would definitely opt for the pastels version.
The quality of these eyeshadows is pretty good and, using the sponge applicator, they do glide onto the eyelids easily. Most of the colours are very bright and shimmery and, with both these compacts, you have a great array of colours for a range of different looks - I could definitely take these two away with me on holiday and have everything I need from day to night.
One complaint I do have is that find the staying power isn't great and these tended to crease within a few hours, so I would recommend a primer (Urban Decay of course, if you have read my recent review) - or a bit of reapplication!
All in all these compacts are very pretty - they have a gorgeous girlie, vintage feel to them and are really stylish. The colours are very pretty and the two compacts are totally different so I would say there is something for everyone (although of course you can buy both ... ). However, I think the metallics one isn't as pretty or interesting as the pastels version.
For the price - about £1 a colour - you do get what you pay for though and I do think these lack staying power, so they lose a star for this. But the overall look and feel, and range of pretty shades, makes up for this so it's four stars from me.
Eye shadow palettes in two shades / Pretty Pastels or Metallic Nudes