“ Brand: Boots / Type: Eyeshadows / Suitable for: Eye „
I am always forgetting my eye shadows, I do not know what I do with them but I loose them or forget them and often end up wanting a new one. I have loads of the singles of this product so I decided to try out the duo's.
The Product ....
The product is a small plastic container that has two different eye shadow colours inside.
The Packing ....
These eye shadows come in a small circle plastic pot that has a clear plastic twist cap. The eye shadows are inside the circle in two half circles. Across the centre of the lid is the natural collection text and daisy logo.
I am not a fan of the lids to these eye shadows, they sometimes do not twist on well and I have had them open inside my bag, I also have lost some, I prefer a cap that stays fastened. Because they are clear I just seem to put them down and loose them.
What do I think? ....
I find the shadows spread on fairly evenly, the pigment is not the best but they do last a good few hours without creasing.
The only real problem I have found with these is that for some reason if I carry the duos in my handbag they start shattering after a while. I am not sure if its something to do with the packing.
These are really good value at £1.99 for a pot.
A decent eye shadow, not the longest lasting or the strongest pigment but a good range of colours and does stay on for a few hours without creasing or wearing off. Certainly worth it for the cost.
This is a duo eye-shadow from Natural Collection. There are a variety of shades available for this product but in this review I will be discussing the shade "Mocha/Latte". Whilst on the hunt for some waterproof mascara a couple of weeks ago I spotted this product, I'd been longing to try using eye-shadow as a brow definer and felt the brown colour in this duo was perfect, I also liked the light cream shade and felt the two would also work well for a smoky look.
The packaging is basic but actually quite pretty. The lid is see through plastic with the natural collection logo on the front and you can clearly see the two eye-shadows on one half is the dark brown of mocha and on the other is the light shade of latte. On the back of the packaging it says "duo eye-shadow fragrance free". It also has manufacturer details and tells us there is 5g of product. To open the packaging you simply twist the lid.
You can currently purchase this item for £1.99 in Boots.
I shall discuss this product in the two variants for which I've been using it. Firstly I will talk about it's performance as a brow definer. I've been using an angle brush in the mocha shade and then gently applying small brush strokes to the brow to create a more natural eyebrow as opposed to a more harsh pencil line. In this sense I feel the eye shadow has performed very well, the product is pigmented on the brows and stays put all day when I have a full face of make up. I have only felt the need to touch it up when going from a day to night look.
In terms of the products performance on the eye lid I have mixed opinions. The latte shade I have really liked, it works well as a highlighter for the brow bone and also as a base colour when using other products. The latte shade doesn't appear to crease or fade (perhaps because it is the lighter colour) and it has good staying power with very easy application. The mocha shade however I have found fades quite quickly on the eyelid and has sometimes sank into creases. This is unfortunate because I've been using the latte shade a lot on and around the lids but haven't been able to use the mocha much here however for the price and considering I find the mocha shade very good for a brow definer I am still very pleased with this product and will be buying it again!
I would only suggest buying this product if you feel you can use it for multiple uses as my experience of the darker shades on the lid is not a good one. If you are only going to use the product on your eye lids then I would perhaps suggest selecting a light shaded duo. I have to remove one star because of the mocha's performance on the lid but other than that it's a cracking product!
==Boots Natural Collection Duo Eye Shadow==
Seeing as I am having a good clear out of a lot of my make up from the rather large collection stored in a drawer in my bedroom I can honestly say that I do by a lot of rubbish and no wonder I am poor! This Boots natural Collection Duo Eye Shadow is one such item that makes me wonder what I am on when I go on one of my spending sprees in Boots.
Okay so the price is pretty cheap and this isn't a range which is going to set me back a ton of money but the £1.99 pence price tag that this product has was obviously a wasted £2 because this product has clearly been used only a handful of times before spending the rest of its life tucked away in my drawer and I cant' see myself using it again and time soon.
So because it is a Natural Collection product which is a range specifically done by Boots stores it is only possible to buy this from Boots itself either online or via their internet site. The current price, as I believe it has been for a good while, it £1.99 which would seem like a really fair price considering you get two different shades of eye shadow in the one little pot.
Unfortunately I seemed to have picked up a really random type of shade for myself and although it doesn't appear this duo shade is currently available (thank goodness) there is a similar one that Boots still sell. MY one has the name Apple Frost. From this you can probably gauge that one of the colours is an apple green and the other is like a white frost colour. These shades are not particularly subtle and I am not sure what I was thinking when I purchased it. On the Boots website there seems to be five different colour options to choose from when buying from this duo range and I would have been much better choosing a brown and beige one.
The packaging of this product is very simple and consists of a basic little pot which has a clear screw lid and a white coloured bottom section. Housed tightly inside this pot there are the two shades of eye shadow and there isn't any sort of application brush which is probably what keeps the price of the product down. There is very limited product information on the label on the bottom of the eye shadow but it does say that there is a generous 5 grams of the product and of course the name of the shade.
I probably picked up this item because I tend to mainly choose shades of eye shadow which don't have any glitter or shimmer in for daytime use. I find that not only do these have a far more natural look about them when applied (usually) but there isn't any glittery particles that will collect in the creases of my eye lids which is one thing I really can't stand with overly shimmery eye shadow products.
Out of the two shades that are in little pot I seem to have used the white colour much more than the apple green one. I can say that this is because the apple green colour was way too green for my liking and didn't' seem to blend at all naturally in with the white shade. The green shade seemed to be more like an alien green than any apple i have ever eaten! The white however wasn't too bad and this makes me contemplate whether I should throw it out (like I had planned to do after reviewing it). The white has a slightly reflective look about it although how this is possible when there doesn't seem to be any actual glitter speckles in it is quite good. When applied the white colouring is far more light and translucent than it would first appear to be and it is just a shame that the green shade isn't the same.
The longevity of the product however was pretty poor and I remember using it thinking that most of the white colouring would disappear but leave the far uglier green colour looking greener than ever. Typical that the nicer of the two shades would be the one with the least staying power!
Although the product is fairly easy to apply and it doesn't feel harsh going on to the skin of the eye lid the down side for me is that I don't like one of the shades and that the lasting ability of the eye shadow is not that good. I suppose for the price you are getting what you are paying for and the colour is of course more my fault with picking it as opposed to a fault on the side of the product itself.
I think even though the price was relatively cheap compared to most brands this is not a duo eye shadow set that I would be buying again even in a different shade option. The fact that it doesn't' last long on the eyes makes the price irrelevant because really I am searching for a product which has the ability to last through the entire day without wearing off, which unfortunately this product does do.
It has to be a score of 2 out of 5 stars for this product from Boots natural Collection. It is not one I will be buying again and I certainly wouldn't' recommend it.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Boots natural collection was a brand I first started using when I was much younger as the prices were so cheap and it suited my small pocket money allowance at the time, I have since moved onto higher and better brands. However I once was in need of an eye shadow for an after school event and went to the Natural Collection Stand in Boots as I know it would be cheap. I chose the white and blue combination and it was only £1.99! They are often on offer for 3 for £5 too.
The packaging is extremely plain and simple, the top is clear and screws off to reveal the two colours in tiny little trays in a white pot. These small trays can fall out very easily if you are not careful too as they are not fixed in very well. There is no brush supplied but I am fine with using my fingers. I used the white all over my eye lid and used a small bit of blue in the outer corners of my eye.
First of all the white barely showed up, giving an a barely there subtle shimmer to my eye lid which I;m pretty sure no one would be able to notice at all without me pointing it out. The blue was barely noticeable either, giving a very slight hint of blue but not standing out as my lids are very blue/purple due to veins anyway. Trying to build up colour was useless too as the eye shadows were just too thin and had no staying power whatsoever.
I was very disappointed with this product, I knew it was cheap but being a Boots product I expected better quality than what I got. I love subtle make up for daywear but these colours were so subtle you could barely see them at all so it was like I had spent my money on nothing.
The only good thing I can think of to say about this product is that it could be bought as a way of introducing young girls into makeup who are interested in it as it's so cheap they can mess around with it instead of nicking their older sisters or mums.
When I purchased the Natural Collection single eyeshadow I also got one of the duo eyeshadow at the same time. After using the single pots I was very disappointed as the lack of colour and depth to the shades and were so bad I had thrown them away, so assumed that the Duo collection would be the same. It wasn't till the other week when having a clear out I re-discovered the duo eyeshadow pot.
I had purchased the Mocha/Latte duo, which was as the name states, Mocha and Latte shades. There are a total of 6 shades which are:-
Each duo costs £1.99 and as it is the Natural Collection can only be bought at Boots stores. Boots say to used the "Duo Eyeshadows as a base colour and highlighter". I applied the lighter shade all over my lid and added the dark shade to the outer corner of my lid and crease. This is the normal look I go for when using my favourite eyeshadow (No 17 from Boots). Again as with the single pots the duo's look nice colours when they are in their pots, but when applied they are still to light. They only seem to offer a hint of colour which may be nice for daytime wear but I don't feel it's enough. The eyeshadow also rubs off and smudges during the day, and when I applied in the morning before work, when I got home in the evening the little bid of colour that was left had creased and looked horrible, with just a flaky line of colour on the crease of my eye and nowhere else.
For £1.99 they are very cheap, but I don't think they are worth paying that for! With such lovely Boot's eye shadow collections from both No 7 and 17, the Natural Collection eyeshadow range lets them down.
I've tried out quite a few items of make-up from the 'Boots Natural Collection' range of cosmetics, and have found some of them are really good quality products whilst others are slightly more below-par, destined never to be purchased by myself again.
One item that sits firmly in between these two categories as far as I am concerned, is the "Natural Collection Duo Eyeshadow" which is a rather basic 'double colour' eyeshadow product from the range. There is no doubt that the product offers a fantastic budget price as it costs only £1.99.
Available in a variety of 'double' colour combinations, I personally own two different colour options and there are actually six to choose from. It's probably not necessary to list them all in this review, but there is sure to be a colour option to suit most (if not all tastes), as they range from blue and lilac tones to more neutral shades like brown and cream, which is the "Mocha/Latte" shade, and the option I am reviewing here.
The packaging for this product is pretty basic it has to be said. Completely devoid of any sort of "frills" or tools to assist in the application of the product, the 5g circular pot of eyeshadow is of course without a built-in mirror, applicator or mini-brush, and the overall feel to the packaging is that it is slightly flimsy and quite cheap. In actual fact the plastic (twist-off) lid that covers the eyeshadow powder shatters quite easily in my opinion, as I found out when I accidentally dropped it. Such details are mere observations on my part, as for the (extremely) low price paid, I'm prepared to forgive the flimsy 'basic' look to the product.
The eyeshadow itself is easy to apply thanks to its consistency; I don't find that it 'flakes' whilst it is being applied, and I find that a pointed foam-tipped applicator rubbed into the chosen colour once or twice is enough to 'gather' a sufficient amount of eyeshadow for my eyelid. When applying, I find that the colour 'takes hold' onto my eyelid with ease and I don't need to keep re-applying to correct the tone of the colour. I also find that the Boots eyeshadow is not overly thin in its consistency which is beneficial, as I find that very thin, powdery products can 'flake' from the eyelid during the application process which causes a huge mess, particularly when deeper or dark colours are being used.
In terms of longevity, I find that the Boots Natural Collection Duo Eyeshadow fares ok-ish, but that's probably as good as it gets. To explain further, I have found that if I am using one of the paler shades of this particular eyeshadow then it seems to fare quite well in terms of it lasting throughout the day, I would say that it is on a par with *most* other similar products that I have bought in recent times. I find that the pale colour is evident for most of the day and this is absolutely fine for me and my own requirements for a general, basic, 'day-to-day' type of product.
When it comes to choosing a product for night-time wear, or for a special occasion (or any other time that I would choose to wear a deeper, more intense colour on my eyelids) then I have to be honest and say that the Boots Natural Collection Duo Eyeshadow is a product that I would bypass altogether, in favour of more 'robust' products that have much better 'staying-power' qualities. I find that the deeper shades of the Boots Natural Collection Eyeshadow just don't last as well - or as long - as other products that I own. Whilst the colour is attractive when first applied, I find that I am lucky to get an afternoon's wear out of it, thanks to the rather unsightly (and unforgivable!) creasing that becomes evident after a couple of hours' wear due to the pigment in the eyeshadow wearing off far quicker and easier than I'd hoped. If you are attending a 'quicker' appointment such as a lunch date, interview or something similar, then you probably won't be too disappointed, but if you're looking for your eyeshadow to last throughout the day without needing to reapply it, then this most definitely isn't the product for you.
Other plus points for this particular eyeshadow are plentiful - it is fragrance free, which is my personal preference with products like this one as I find they are more pleasant to wear, and are often more gentle to apply to my sensitive skin.
There is also the bargain budget price-tag to consider, which I think offers really affordable value to a nice little product that is of a decent quality.. So much so, that I can almost forgive the lack of staying-power.. But only a little!
Lastly, I believe that the Boots Natural Collection range of products is not tested on animals, although there is nothing on the product to state this, and there seems to be some suspicion from some other consumers as to the truth behind these claims.
All in all, I would recommend the Boots Natural Collection eyeshadow and will continue to use it myself. It's not fair to say that it's the best product I've ever used, but I don't think I expected it to be for the extremely low price paid.
The Boots Natural Collection range can be bought in store within larger branches of Boots nationwide. You can also order this Eyeshadow Duo online at www.boots.com, where it will cost you £1.99 plus postage costs.
Boots Natural Collection make-up products are one of the most affordable cosmetic ranges available, with no product retailing over £2 (not applicable to body care range of the same name), and frequent 3 items for £5 promotions.
I have been pleased with some of the items under the brand, including blusher, lip-gloss, powder, nail varnish and even mascara, and somewhat disappointed with other products; their lipsticks aren't fantastic, and the eye-pencils rather too smudgy at times.
I purchased the Duo Eyeshadow, at an affordable £1.99, in the Plum/Blossom variety, which provides an equal amount of pale, delicate pink eyeshadow, and a pleasant purple - very much a plum shade, in fact, rather than lilac or violet. I bought it quite a while ago, and the compact then had a small indented channel between the eyeshadows, with an applicator provided. This has now been removed, owing to a slight packaging redesign. Although applicators provided with eyeshadows aren't the best, and they often need replacing after a while, I find it useful to have a little area within the packaging to keep an applicator; I don't always use make-up brushes; just little foam applicators are usually enough for my purposes.
I was very pleasantly surprised when I used the eyeshadow.
Both shades proved easy to apply to my eyelids. The Blossom shade was a very subtle light pink and didn't look at all jarring, and the Plum shade was excellent to use in the eyelid crease, or towards the outer edges of the eyelids, providing a very flattering look. The powder felt very soft and smooth. The colours seem to suit me very well, and I feel that they'd flatter anyone. The result was unobtrusive and fairly natural. I applied it over a grey, brown or black pencil eyeliner and then added black liquid eyeliner to the upper lid, and mascara, afterwards.
I decided to try the eyeshadows in other colours, and bought the Frost/Aqua Shimmer duo. This had a sparkly quality to it, but was similarly good quality. The attributes of make-up can vary by shade, with texture differing along with different coloured ingredients, but the shades I have tried seem fairly consistent. I also tried the Rosemary/Thyme duo a few years back, but felt that the colour was a bit too bright-green for me.
The packaging is very simple and neat; it has a white casing, and a transparent flip-hinged lid. The product seems quite durable, with none of the eyeshadows becoming unseated, and a generous amount of eyeshadow is provided. The staying power of the eyeshadow is good, certainly for the matte shades; there's no creasing, and it remains on the eyelid for around eight hours, I would estimate.
I actually found this product a lot better than a No.7 eyeshadow compact, despite that being Boots' premium brand, and a few times more expensive; although this may vary by shade, I'm reluctant to buy another No.7 eyeshadow knowing that it may be a pricey disappointment. The Natural Collection Duo outranks the No.7 one I tried in terms of pigmentation and the transference of enough colour to one's skin.
I would like to see a bigger range of Duo Eyeshadows in the Natural Collection line; there is no blue option, for example, and the choice is a bit limited. However, it's a really great find for a very reasonable price. It's certainly worth a try. I've also posted this review on Ciao.
As a fan of natural collection products this duo eye shadow is part of my make up bag. I started using it months ago and I have never used any other brands of eye shadow since. I always tend to buy the duo eye shadow most which costs £1.99 for 5g so great value but they also do single pots as well which cost £1.69.
Two of my favourite colours of duo pots are mink/sable which is a cream and brown duo which I tend to use as day wear and also starlight/midnight which is a silver and black duo which I normally use if I am going out at night to a party or for a drink. The eye shadow is pressed and is very easy to apply by using a small make up brush. They are great for blending into one another and stay on for hours without having to be re-applied like some other brands do.
As with all natural collection products this eye shadow is fragrance free and dermatological tested. The packing is very simple and plain with all the pots being white with a clear lid with the natural collection logo on the top. The lid is a screw top and is easy to open and close hassle free.
Another great product from a fantastic range. 10 out of 10.
I am not big on my eyeshadows, and when I do wear them I usually stick to neutral shades such as browns and golds. Whilst in Boots one day, I was picking up a couple of products from the Natural Collection range, and as it was 3 for £5, I thought that I might as well pick something else up, so I decided to try out their eyeshadows in a different shade, and therefore if it did not suit me, I would not have wasted much money.
There are single eye shadows as well, but I opted for the duo eyeshadow because you get two different shades for your money. They come in fairly cheap, simple packaging with the brand name across the front. You get a decent amount of product for what you pay, although you do not get as much eye shadow as the depth of the packaging it comes in, so be warned with that. In the duo range, there are a few different colours to experiment with, and they come in pairs which compliment one another. The colours are as follows:
- Frost Shimmer/Aqua (White and baby blue)
- Rosemary/Thyme (Light green and dark green)
- Starlight/Midnight (Bronze purple and gold)
- Plum/Blossom (Deep purple and baby pink)
- Mocha/Latte (Brown and cream)
- Blackcurrant/Violet (Lilac and mid purple)
As you can see there are a range to choose from, and in store I am sure I have seen some newer shades, therefore there is something for everyone.
I was not particularly expecting much out of these as they retail at £1.99 however when swatching some eye shadow with my finger, I did notice that they are quite pigmented for the price, and also meant it made application a lot easier. Regardless of whether you are using your finger or an eye brush, this eye shadow is easy to apply and you do get a considerable amount of eye shadow with each swipe.
Because there are two shades in each pot, it does mean that the colours really compliment one another, and it is best to experiment with the two to create new looks. Boots say that one colour should be used as a base colour and the other as a highlighter, and this would look excellent with all of the shades.
Once applied, I found that the eye shadow did last a lot longer than I expected, although after a few hours, it did start to crease a little and look quite messy, meaning I did have to reapply it. Because there is a little bit of glitter within the one I own, I also noticed that this had brushed down on to my cheekbone, showing that they did not really stay in place. The staying power of these eye shadows is not very good at all.
However, these eye shadows are fragrance free, as well as being dermatologically tested, and considering they only cost £1.99 they do the job for a few hours. Once applied, they do look excellent, however it will wear away quickly. I did not apply an eye primer before use, so if you apply one of those beforehand these eye shadows may well last a little longer.
A problem I have faced with this product as well as a number of others with Natural Collection is that if dropped or kept in a bag rolling around, they do break, therefore the whole product is wasted easily, so do be careful for that.
Overall, a fair three stars because the colours are pretty and look great once applied to the eyes, but they are just not of a good quality and wear off really easy. Thanks for reading.
I have two Natural Collection duo eye shadows in both purple and grey shades. Natural Collection, as always, provides cheap, surprisingly good quality options for those who like to keep up with make up trends with minimum expense.
The benefit of having two shades in one compact is that you automatically have shades that match perfectly when creating a blended, or smoky eyed look. The lighter shade is suitable for brushing lightly over the eyelid (and up to the brow if that is your preference), and the darker shade should be used more sparingly, on the lash line both above and below the eye. This product comes in a number of versatile colours.
The product is best applied with a thin eye shadow brush rather than the cotton applicators that often come with eye shadows. These are not the best way to apply eye shadow. However, cotton buds are a great way to soften harsher colours by blending. The product blends well, is easy to apply, and looks natural. In terms of how long it lasts, I'd say it does a pretty good job for the price.
Oh dear- duo eyeshadow's gone wrong...
I am not very impressed with this due eyeshadow set and I will tell all fellow DooYoo's why and of course warn you off.
So, I bought this because I wanted something of the same colour (see blue eyeshadow in the picture) to go with a summer outfit- did I get round to wearing it- NO!
This comes in small round pot with either pallets opposite. I had the light and darker blue selection as I have mentioned and I really liked these colours. The pots are quite small and last minimal lengths of time.
These come in various shades and they can be used as a highlighter or a base colour. I tend to two tone both colours but sometimes it is up to what is in fashion at the time.
Price and Place
This is boots own Natural Collection product and I bought this a few months ago at around £1.79 which was great. I loved the fact that a range of make up in Boots is so cheap and high quality (well some of it)
You are probably wondering why I didn't wear this, this is because it didn't even stay on my eyes. I even tried to put lots on and it was not having it! It also broke up within a few weeks, i took it back and got another then that one did it too!
This product is going to be rated a poor 2/5 from me. For the simple fact that I could have made a better concoction with the eyeshadow's I already had- at least this would stay on! I liked the fact that this product was very cheap but it definitely did not make me cheerful! I have now given up with this and I'm currently on the hunt for something cheap too but will actually stay on my eyelids and match me outfit!
Having had success with the Natural Collection Blusher, and finding I needed to buy a new eyeshadow, I decided to try the Natural Collection Duo Eyeshadow.
I only just noticed that the eyeshadow I had been using is Natural Collection! But they have changed the packaging. Previously, it was in a larger, flat container, and the lid flipped open. It also contained a small eyeshadow applicator.
There are currently 6 different duos available at Boots.
The pot is the same as the Natural Collection Blusher pot. It is a white plastic pot, with a clear plastic screw top lid. It fits neatly in the palm of your hand (and I have quite small hands!). The only detailing on the packaging is the Natural Collection logo on the lid. I like how you can see the product through the lid. The only downfall with the packaging is that it feels quite cheap, and that it would smash to pieces if you dropped it onto a hard floor!
The label on the bottom of the pot states the name of the product 'Duo Eyeshadow', the colours of the eyeshadow 'starlight/midnight', and the weight '5g'. There is no ingredients list which I think should be included in case customers need to avoid a certain ingredient.
I chose the colours 'starlight/midnight' as I like to go for the smoky-eyed look. The colours are a light grey, and a very dark grey. The eyeshadows are in two separate little tins, they aren't just next to each other like in other eyeshadow duos. The product is in powder form and is very fine and silky. It feels like very good quality eyeshadow. It is easy to apply; not too much comes off onto your finger or applicator brush. I tend to use a brush as I prefer it.
The eyeshadow gives good coverage and the colours are really good and flattering. The only problem is that it doesn't last very well. It lasts a good half a day if you don't touch your eyes though!
On www.boots.com this product currently costs £1.95, which is only 35p more than a solo eyeshadow! I think this is an extremely good price for the product. I have been using it for about 3 weeks now and it still looks like it's barely been touched.
My only problem is that I prefer the old packaging as I had to buy a applicator brush to use with the new packaging, and I have to find somewhere to put the brush and the screw top lid. With the old packaging it contained a brush and the lid flipped open making it easy to use.
However, I will still continue to buy this eyeshadow in it's new packaging as I think it is a great price for the quality of the product.
I have the Plum/Blossom version of this eyeshadow duo, which is a palish pink with a darker pinky purple. The darker shade turned out to be a bit more like burgundy once it was actually on, which wasn't quite what I wanted. This eyeshadow is just over £2 cheaper than the 17 Trio eyeshadows, and there doesn't seem to be much less powder for your money. While this product isn't rubbish, there is a noticeable difference in quality when it is compared with a similar product from the 17 range. The texture of the powder is a little grainy, which means that it doesn't go on very smoothly. The colour is even when applied, but you need to use quite a lot for it to show up. The colours could blend together a little more smoothly, but the shades do go well together. Once on, it tends to fade quite quickly. It does, however, just disappear, rather than leaving those awful crease lines.
This is more of a daytime eyeshadow than a "going out" one, due to the subtle effect and the length of time it lasts. If a subtle daytime colour is what you're looking for, this is great for the price, but if you want vivid colour to last all night, spend the extra couple of quid to get 17 instead.
Natural Collection is made by Boots and is one of their threee make-up ranges. I think this is their most basic range, less expensive than the 17 range and a significant step down from their No.7 range. As the name suggests this range concentrates on natural looking products i.e. keeping in line with skin colours. This range's USP is that every item is priced £2 or under and they quite often run a 3 for £5 offer so this is probably the cheapest range to go to were you wanting to buy a complete face of makeup as it were. It also makes this range very teenage friendly for young ones just starting to use cosmetics or for those who are sticking to a tight budget. I also think that as the range is so cheap it is an excellent way to try out a new product to see if it works for you. I wanted to experiment with different eyeshadow colours not so long ago and decided to pick from the Natural Collection because they were the cheapest shadows in Boots by £1. I decided to buy a few to try out different colours and see what worked for me and if I liked them that was great and if I didn't then I wouldn't feel as though I had wasted a lot of money and get the guilts and could happily go and buy a higher quality shadow from a better brand safe in the knowledge that I would be happy with the colour.
Now Natural Collection does three types of shadows - single, double and triple. They all look the same. They are unsurprisingly cheap looking. There is a little plastic white circular base with the tray of colour inside and then a see-through plastic screw-on lid. Though it looks cheap it does enable you to immediately grab the right shade without having to remove the lid to check. There is no brush supplied which to me is a positive aspect as I find brushes included with products are always cheap and nasty and find it more effective simply to get a proper shadow brush. Moreover were they to include a brush the price would increase. The duos are simply divided down the middle of the pot with a different colour on either side.
When you pick a pot the colours in it are complementary so you have a light green on one side and then a darker almost turquoise on the other. You can use one colour all over or alternatively use the lighter colour on the browbone and the darker on the lid. I think the colours are easy enough to blend into one another but my major gripe with this is its consistency. It is very chalky. Now I am not surprised by this as often the main ingredient of cheap shadows is chalk. As such it is rather dry and flaky and means the staying power is lacking. I always use a dab of foundation and then loose powder on the eyebrows to ensure shadows have something to stick to as it were but even with this this shadow had disappeared by the time I got back from work, it simply wore off. I found the pigments vary according to which pot I chose, some showed up straight away and others needed repeated applications before it could be seen. Some of them especially the lighter shades had quite a pearlescent appearance.
There are currently five different duos to choose from:
- Frost shimmer / Aqua
- Rosemary / Thyme
- Blackcurrant / Viole
- Plum / Blossom
- Starlight / Midnight
They are £1.95 each so you could say that each colour only costs you 97.5p each and that, well it's a pretty good deal...
I tend to buy a lot of cheap cosmetics, mainly to play around with, but also with the hope that I might find a miracle product for less than £5 in the process! I bought a natural collection eyeshadow duo because I wanted to try a smokey eye effect, but didn't want to spend a fortune on products in case it ended up looking rubbish on me.
~About the product~
This is basically two eye shadow colours in one pot. The natural collection eye shadow duos come in a range of colours. I'm not entirely sure how many are available all together, but there are five shown on the Boots website currently. The one I have is called starlight/midnight and is a light grey and a dark grey (almost black) colour.
The shadows come in a white plastic pot with a clear screw top lid featuring the natural collection logo. There are equal amounts of each eye shadow. No applicator is included, however I don't necessarily think that this is a bad thing because the free applicators you get with eye shadows are not usually all that good.
The powder is very easy to apply - I find that it stays on the brush rather than falling all over your cheeks which is good. You do need to apply quite a lot of powder to build up the colour, even with the darker shade.
I have also been using the dark shade as eyeliner by dipping a damp eyeliner brush into the darker shade, and drawing a line along the base of my lashes.
The two colours worked well together to create a soft smoky effect. As I said you need to apply quite a bit of powder to build up the colour, as the colour is a lot more muted when it goes on, than it looks in the tub.
Despite the fact you need to use a lot of powder, it still gives a soft powdery look, rather than looking heavy or caked on. I have also used the darker colour as an eyeliner, by dipping a damp eye liner brush into the powder and drawing a line with it, which not only gives a nice, soft line, but also intensifies the colour a bit.
As for staying power, this is OK, but I did find that it creased within a couple of hours, and needed to be re-applied, which is a bit of an annoyance.
These cost just £1.99 and are only available from Boots.
These are OK, once applied they give a nice look, and they are really cheap, so great if you want to play around experimenting with colours. The main downsides are that you need a lot of powder to build up the colour, and also that they don't last too long, but mainly I would say that for the price, they are fairly good.
Easy to blend duo eye shadows / Use as base colour and highlighter / Available in a variety of colour sets /