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      13.05.2013 00:47
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      There great eyeshadows, but at £9 I feel they are expensive hense 4/5

      No7 Stay Perfect Shadow Palette

      Boots have three ranges in their own brand make up, the no 7, which is the top brand, no 17, which is mid branded price range, and last but not least the Naturals collection.

      =My No 7 Palette=
      This sounds so posh for a set of 3 eye shadows, the set I mainly use is no5 colourway "fired earth", which is shades of brown, although I like the lilac ones and the blues which are ok. There are a wide range of colour ways available.

      =Packaging=
      The eye shadow is in minimal packaging, the case is a black plastic, which clicks shut, the lid has an half clear plastic so you can see the shades of the eye shadow, and the logo of No 7, on the underside of the case is an information label about the eye shadows.

      =The Eye shadows=
      When you open the eye shadow you see the three eye shadows they are almost crested shaped, they have good seperation from the next colour, and there is a double ended applicator included.


      =Long Lasting=
      I find this eye shadow is long lasting, and it doesn't crease up or fade on my eyelids. I find the colours blend easily, and the range of colours you can get a good mix.

      =Easy to remove=
      I find these eye shadows are easy to use, I generally try to use wipes for when I am travelling or at home, I will use a eye make up remover, and both remove the eye shadow equally perfectly.

      =Price=
      This eye shadow trio is priced at £9.00, although it is always worth keeping an eye out for till vouchers, as these offer £3 off no 7 make up.

      =Would I recommend=
      I would highly recommend this eye shadow, and it is one of my favourites, although I feel at £9 it is slightly over priced.

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      10.05.2013 17:12
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      Recommended

      I'm not a big make-up wearer, preferring to look natural where possible and enhance this with the basics such as foundation and concealer. I do, however, like to make the effort for nights out and special occasions, and for these times I have a set routine of products which I rarely change.

      One of these die hard favourites is this eye shadow palette from the Boots No 7 range. I bought this a while ago when I had a £5 voucher towards the No 7 brand, which brought the cost down from £9.50 to a much more purse friendly £4.50. I trust the No 7 brand, and so when I find myself looking for new make-up or wanting to experiment with new things, I often turn to this brand, especially with the £5 voucher incentive.

      The palette contains three colours which are designed to complement with each other and blend together to give pleasing results. When I was having my wedding make-up done last year, my make-up lady told me that browns, in particular shimmery browns, are the best colour for bringing out blue eyes. With this in mind, I opted for the colour trio called Good Earth, which contains three shades of brown. There are, however, ten different colours available, so there should be something to suit every skin and eye colour.

      The palette looks quite classy being black and very simple in design, and the fastening is secure and can withstand being carried in a handbag or cosmetics bag. It comes with a foam applicator, but as I use a brush to apply eye make-up, this has gone unused in my palette. There is no mirror, as the lid is transparent apart from the No 7 logo, but this is not an issue for me because I never apply make-up on the go, preferring to apply at home and hope for the best!

      Whichever trio of colours you opt for, the idea is the same for each. The lightest shade should be applied all over the lid and up to the brow, the middle shade should be applied to the eyelid, and the darkest shade can be used either for defining the lash line, or blending round the edges to give a smoky effect. I personally only use the two lighter shades during the day, as the darkest shade is a bit dramatic for me. I use the darkest shade for nights out when I'm feeling a bit braver. The great thing about having three shades is that you can go as dark or natural as you like.

      The finish from this trio is more pleasing than any eye shadow I've tried in the past. It gives an almost shimmery finish, but without looking childish or glittery. I find this does make my eyes sparkle, and helps to bring out the blue of my eyes. I have used shimmery eye shadows before, and find that they tend to crease along the socket line, but this one doesn't crease in the slightest. It also has excellent staying power, and as long as I remember not to rub my eye (I sometimes forget I'm wearing it as I don't wear it very often), it stays put for an entire day or evening, even if I'm at an occasion where the room is hot...not that you find me in nightclubs or anything these days, but if I did, I'd be confident that this eye shadow would last all night. I have quite sensitive skin, but these eye shadows don't irritate or sting my eyes like some products can.

      I find this eye shadow trio very flattering, and I should probably experiment with some different colours to give myself a new look and not be so boring! But they're not cheap, so for now I'm happy with the colours I'm using.

      (Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)

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        09.05.2013 21:44
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        Lovely

        My Mam bought me this eye shadow set a couple of years ago knowing that I love brown shades for my eye shadow, being part of the No 7 range it is only available to buy from Boots either in the stores or online, the set costs £9.50 currently.

        The eye shadows come in a black slightly off circle shaped case, the top of the case has No 7 on it, on the back of the case you are told the name of the set and the fact that the product is hypoallergenic. The lid of the case has a little window on it to see through and then the case flips open at the front with a gentle push upwards and then it reveals 3 different shades of brown.

        Inside the case you have 2 straight stripes of colour in dark brown and medium brown and then there is a third section of a paler brown which has slightly more product in than the other 2 colours but I think that is down to the shape of the casing than it being to intentionally give you more of that colour.

        In the case you are also given an applicator to put the eye shadow on, it applicator is double ended and very soft, the plastic of the applicator is curved to allow it to fit inside the case but the curving doesn't make a difference and it is easy to handle and apply the eye shadow.

        I really like the dark brown colour although it looks darker in the case than it actually is once it is on your eye lids, the dark brown has a little bit of sparkle to it and I feel it can be worn through the day or on a night out. I occasionally wear the medium brown but have barely touched the really light colour as this is more for people who really know what they are doing with make up and shading for different effects.

        The eye shadow is very easy to remove and comes off with a simple cleansing wipe or with eye make up remover, even though it is so easy to take off it actually doesn't wear off as you go through the day which is great.

        The eye shadows are lovely to wear and don't irritate my skin at all, you barely use any of the eye shadow so it lasts really well and the colours are great for nice strong eyes or for neutral make up. I would give this set 5 stars from 5 as it is a decent brand at a decent price and is gentle on the skin whilst looking great.

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        29.04.2013 15:52
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        A disappointing eyeshadow from No7

        I first tried this No7 trio eye shadow when I received one as a gift. The one I use is called Good Earth and contains a pink and 2 shades of brown, there are a wide range of shades available.

        Packaging
        This eyeshadow comes in fairly basic plastic packaging. It clicks shut and is easy to flip open whilst remaining firmly shut whilst in my make up bag. The lid is clear allowing you to see the eyeshadow through it and there is an information label on the bottom. When opened there are 3 eyeshadows separated by a plastic divider and a small double ended applicator.

        Using the Eyeshadow
        The applicator that comes with this eyeshadow is very small and fiddly to use however it is useful if using this eyeshadow away from home. I prefer to apply this eyeshadow using one of my make up brushes and it is easy to sweep the product across my eyelids. The 3 colours blend together well allowing me to achieve added definition to the colour above my eyelashes, but the plastic dividing the colours makes it harder to load your brush with a combination of colours.

        Long lasting?
        I find that this eyeshadow fades quite quickly but the biggest disappointment is how it gathers in the crease around my eye socket. I haven't had this problem with other eyeshadows so I don't think my eye lids are to blame.
        By the time I remove my make up at bedtime the only product that is left to remove is that in the creases, this does however clean off easily.

        Price and availability
        As this is a Boots own product it is only available in Boots stores or at Boots.com. It currently costs £9 and is part of a buy one get one half price promotion. Boots also have their No7 voucher promotion on at the moment which gives you £3 off, this makes the price more reasonable. I feel £9 is over priced for the quality of this eyeshadow compared to other brands.

        Would I recommend?
        No, although I like the colours in this trio there are other better quality eyeshadows available in the same price range.

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          26.11.2012 21:13
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          A good eye shadow but the brush is useless!

          Rather than wearing one block of colour on my lids, I like to blend different colours together, so when I spotted the Eye Shadow Trio from No 7, I decided to give it a go.

          The eye shadow retails for £10.50 which I now find a little expensive for 3 small eye shadows, especially now that I have discovered MUA, when I buy No 7, I tend to always do so when they are on 3 for 2 offer or if I have a £5 off voucher (both promotions run quite frequently). At the time of writing, this is currently half price at £5.25 (it looks like they are re-designing the brand logo as loads of their products are currently half price and when I went into Boots yesterday, it said something along the lines of 'exciting new range coming soon'). As part of the No 7 range, it is exclusive to Boots, in store and online but also available on places like EBay.

          There are a variety of colours available, as they come in a trio, they are all matched so that they blend and compliment each other. The trio comes in a little shallow disc which measures around 6cm, there is a clear disc to the top so you can see what colours you are purchasing. Inside with a small (around 4 cm long), foam padded applicator brush which is slightly curved.

          To apply, using the brush provided is an absolute nightmare, I am not a fan of foam brushes anyway but the fact that this is smaller than my 4 year olds little finger makes it impossible to use. I find that it doesn't blend easily and it is hard to manipulate into the corners. I find the brush useless and after the first time of trying to use, I have never used again. I now use a larger bristles brush which makes application is really easy. I apply the lightest colour all over my eye up to your eyebrow, the middle shade over the bottom of my lid (up to the crease) and then the darkest against my lashes as if is was a eyeliner. I found this way gives the best results, especially when I am using the Twilight Trio (consists of black/silver/grey) but also works really well for Cappuccino (browns). Although they are powder eye shadows, they aren't too 'powdery' by this I mean that I don't end up with eyelashes coated in powder when I am applying.

          What I like most about the eye shadows is that they have staying power, if I apply before work, by the end of the day, the colouring is still present, it hasn't melted away or creased.

          As with most No 7 products, the eye shadows are hypo-allergenic and I have never experienced any problems or reactions when using them.

          Overall, I do like the eye shadow trios, I have two now, for day wear and for when I go out and like to have smoky eyes but because of the brush provided and the RRP, I would give 4 out of 5 stars.

          Thanks for reading.

          Some product specifics taken from www.Boots.com

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          17.11.2011 14:46
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          A quality trio of eyeshadows to suit all eye shades

          I am a makeup junkie; that is I am constantly testing out and buying new products and brands but nonetheless will continue to stay faithful to my favourites. Now there are often a number of offers at Boots for the No7 range, and it was upon receiving a No7 '£5 off' gift voucher recently that I though I would treat myself and buy something new from their range. I like experimenting with my eyes and therefore thought that this trio eye shadow would allow me a good amount of flexibility.

          The Product ~

          The Boots No7 Stay Perfect Trio Eyeshadow is a trio of eyeshadow colours the colours of which are combined together for maximum impact around the eye area. Every colour option within the range is hypoallergenic meaning that they suit even the most sensitive of skin types and a large range of colour options are available for every eye colour, a list of which is shown:

          * Greens - Eden 10 and Good Earth 20
          * Terracotta and Reds - Pretty Posey and Renaissance
          * Greys and Blacks - Smoky Mint and Twilight 60
          * Purples - Organza 45 and Romantic 40
          * Blues - Beside the Sea 35
          * Browns - Cappuccino 30

          Every trio of eyeshadow comes packaged in an oval black plastic compact which contains a small double ended foam wand applicator. The compact has a flip open lid which has a transparent section to allow you to view the colours inside and is stamped with the gold No7 lettering.

          Upon trying out the eyeshadow it is true that it feels similar to any other eyeshadow being of quite a thick powder. However, whilst giving colour to the eye area this eyeshadow also has a dusting of light reflective particles in the powder to give a shine to the eye area.

          The Price ~

          A palette of this eyeshadow currently costs £10.50 from Boots and comes with 40 advantage points. However, as Boots are often doing vouchers it is possible to buy with £5 off as I did making this trio of colours a bargain at £5.50 given that there are three colour options.

          To Apply ~

          Boots advise that this product is applied in three stages. The initial stage being the lightest shade of colour which gives a base coat spread liberally around the eye socket. Secondly the middle colour should be used by dusting and blending it in to the upper eyelid. Finally the darkest colour can be used to intensify the look either by applying to the outer corners of the eye and smudging or by applying as a liner around the eye and smudging.

          Of course the beauty of this trio is that you can opt for a more natural look when you think that the trio of colour is too dramatic.

          The Results ~

          I bought my eye shadow in the cappuccino option. I have green eyes and therefore thought that the brown would intensify my natural colouring and provide a variety of contrasting looks. The eyeshadow was very easy to apply however the quality of the small double ended applicator left a lot to be desired and I have since 'lost' it replacing it with a larger foam tipped brush. The eyeshadow goes on well and leaves a colour which does last for a good few hours. I normally find that it will go for a good 5-6 hours before the whole effect needs topping up. The quality of the eyeshadow does mean that it blends well and the packaging of three colours means that you can rest assured that the colours will go well together.

          I would recommend it to a friend and would therefore score it 4 stars out of 5.

          Thanks for taking the time to read my review.

          This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.

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            06.06.2010 21:26
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            Would be 5 stars if the RRP was lower

            I bought one of No7's eyeshadow palettes when I had a money off voucher and was in need of eyeshadow to create a smokey look. I bought the 'Twilight' version (way before the film) which has a black, mid grey and light grey shadow in it.

            As you can see from the product photo, the eyeshadow comes as a trio inside a small plastic flip 'pot' and contains a small double ended applicator. Although it's small, the applicator does work quite well - I use it when I'm away from home and don't have my proper makeup brushes with me.

            There are a variety of colour options including the one stated above that I own, this means that there is lots of choice and some of the colours have a little shimmer to them (as is the case with the mid grey in my palette). The only thing you won't really find in this range is bright, 'unnatural' colours.

            Now for the important part... the eyeshadow is very soft to touch and easily transfers from the palette, to brush and then to the skin. The colours are true to those in the palette - not losing their depth once applied. A major plus (particularly considering it is a trio) is that the colours are very easy to blend into each other to create a seamless look, which is great if you're going for smokey eyes or something similar.

            Once applied the colour lasts for hours without coming off - it's the longest lasting of all the eyeshadows I've ever tried. This means it's great for an all day/all night look without having to worry abouot reapplying.

            Price wise this eyeshadow collection is a little on the expensive side coming in at just under £10. This makes it alot more expensive than some of its competitors, but generally speaking, this shows in its quality. That said, as I have very little money, this is not something that I could justify paying full price for, but as mentioned at the beginning of my review there are often vouchers to be had! Boots regularly give out money off vouchers for their No7 products at the tills, these are often £5 so theoretically you could grab this for under £5 which makes it very good value indeed.

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              27.09.2009 22:58
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              Stay perfect eye palettes

              Ma he's making eyes at me! Go the words from an old song, but ladies now make their eyes do the talking rather than fingers do the walking with expertly made up eyes. From ancient times ladies have adorned their eyes, and attractively made up eyes can make a plain woman look stunning, overdo it and you can look like a clown!

              I am no beauty expert and as I wear glasses find applying eye shadow quite difficult but Boots make life easy with their great little palettes. Easy to fit into a handbag or makeup bag and with a choice of 13 different sets you can find one to match your clothes. I have two different palettes one is called Beside the Sea and has a grey, turquoise blue and deeper blue, the other is called Eden and therefore is garden related! The colours are a pale creamy gold, pale green and darker green. I may be persuaded to buy more but these two colour palettes work well with my colouring and clothes.

              The palette is made of black plastic, with a slightly domed top which has a clear plastic top so you can see which colour is inside. It fits neatly in my hand which gives you an idea of size. The top of the oval shape is the highlighter colour which is a half moon shape, and can be applied all over the lid. There is more in this section than the other two colours which are straight strips, in the bottom half moon section is a lovely little boomerang shaped double ended sponge applicator. Boots suggest the middle range of colour can be applied on the lower part of the lid from lash line to crease of eye and the darkest colour can be applied at the lash line like a liner or just in the corner of the eye. They are all in pretty shimmering colours which blend easily.

              I find it lasts well, is easy to apply and doesn't dry the delicate eye area. Lastly it is easily removed with Boots eye remover. The shaped applicator takes a little getting used to but does in fact work well.

              Cost is £9.50, not cheap but often available on offer eg 3 for the price of 2, or I have used a £5 off voucher which you often get at Boots.

              One I would recommend especially for holidays when you are limited on space when packing, another great item in the Stay perfect No & range by Boots.

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                02.12.2008 12:01
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                A lovely range with gorgeous colour combinations

                I have been using the trio and mono eyeshadow palettes, from No7 at Boots, for years and they have never let me down.

                Today I am reviewing the 'Storm' trio palette which consists of three shades
                1.The highlighter shade is white and slightly pearlised 2. The all over shade is light blue/grey and slightly pearlised and 3. The eyeliner/corner of eye shade is navy and has more of a matt finish.

                This combination of colour works really well for my colouring -I am blonde and quite pale skinned - though I will say that I only tend to use the trio of colours all together to create an 'evening look' as the navy can look a little heavy during the day. However I use the lighter shades contained within this set practically everyday.

                What I like about the design of this product is that the palette allows you to use these shades alone or to blend them all together to create a bolder look.
                You can therefore be as daring or safe as you want with these colours because if you do apply too much of the darkest shade, for example, you have two lesser shades to tone your look down with.

                The palette comes with a little applicator which sits neatly at the bottom and is double sided to give you two for the price of one, which is handy for keeping one separate just for darker shade use.
                What I also like is that the lid of the palette is transparent so you don't have to waste time taking off tops of eyeshadows to see if you have the right one, as the colours are staring you right in the face.

                The eyeshadow itself is long lasting and very easy to apply and to blend and does clean off easily with cleansing or eye- make up removal products.
                The palette is handbag size and the packaging is plain, simple but classic looking - very typical of a Boots product.

                At 9.50 it may seem a little expensive but don't forget you are getting three eyeshadows in that price and the colours/tones are all matched for you, saving you the trouble of having to work that out yourself.

                I shall no doubt be using this range and this particualr product for many years to come.

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                  22.10.2008 17:20
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                  Classy eyeshadows

                  Continuing my no7 makeup product reviews today I have tried out their stay perfect eyeshadow palette.

                  I noticed I had two of these in a makeup bag today and they were both the same colours. They contain 3 powder eyeshadow colours and this particular pallete is called "15 cappuccino". Basically they are autumnal brown colours.

                  The first colour is a peachy cream, the second is a dark brown with a hint of purple I think and the third colour is a shiny bronzey brown.

                  The pallete is in a black 6cm length oval shaped plastic container with a semicircular "window" on the front so you can see the three colours inside. You can see that there is more of the lightest colour than the other two. The lighter colour is in a semicircular shape at the top of the palette which is 1.5cm wide while the other two are underneath in lines of 5cm accross and 1cm wide. Underneath the eyeshadows is a double ended applicator with white foam ends to it. To open you simply lift the flap at the end of the palette and it lifts up, it then clicks back into plate when you close it.

                  Boots suggest that you use the 1st colour as a highlighter over the whole eye, the 2nd over the eye lid and the 3rd as a eye liner. This is not quite the same as I use them, I do use the lighter colour as a base over the whole eye, then I use the dark brown in a arch under my brow bone as I read this helps to give the eye a more open look. Then I use the bronzey colour at the outer corner of my eye.

                  I think these colours suit my brown eyes well and they blend well together to create a subtle look that is fine for wearing in the day without looking too made up. Ive tried them on today just to test how they stay on and they have not rubbed off at all by its self. Although it is easy to remove some colour with your finger if you touch it but this is the case with all powder eyeshadows i think.The colour comes off easily with eye makeup remover or just with water when you wash your face.

                  There are also 11 other eyeshadow palettes with a a range of complimentary colours which seem to be mainly blues, browns and pinks.

                  The palette will cost you 9.50 in boots, which isnt cheap I know but these are good quality eyeshadows and definately the best product ive reviewed in the no7 range, certainly better than the stay perfect lipstick.

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                    04.01.2008 03:35
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                    A fabulous product that makes keeping beautiful easier!

                    I'm a very big fan of Boots No 7 eyeshadows, so much so I own a couple of palettes, a couple of mono colours, a wallet type thing with some in and a blusher and highlighter, a mascara and a lippie and then I have a huge box full of em with other bits and pieces inside which I bought for £50.00! That's how much of a fan I am!

                    The Eyeshadows Themselves....

                    What can I say? I mean its obvious that I love em as I own so many!

                    Texture wise they are really soft and velvety to the touch. They are soft, so when you put an applicator or brush on them they do go a bit powdery. I've never found this to be a problem though even when applying darker colours or ones with glitter in them as they do sweep off easily and if your at all worried about this a little loose powder applied under the eye till you done helps and wipe over with a little powder after to make sure you have a clean look to the eyes helps. They, by no means look cheap or chalky like some can just really airy if that makes any sense to you!

                    The colours last until you take them off. They don't disappear over time or when night clubbing or anything.They never go all bitty or gunky on the eye.

                    They are easy to remove with cleanser and toner or wipes. Being hypo -allergenic and fragrance free they don't upset my over sensitive eyes one bit.

                    I love the range of colours and do recommend if your thinking of purchasing, to buy a trio as the colours No7 put together really do compliment each-other.

                    I find all the colours suit me. I can buy anything and lightly dust an area of the eye I want coloured or if I prefer I can really create depth to the colour by adding more. There are no colours I own I don't use for any reason, just depends what mood I am in lol

                    No7 Stay Perfect (Mono) - Eyeshadow £7.00 (2g)

                    One single Eyeshadow In Colours....

                    Emerald
                    Innocence
                    Island Sea
                    Khaki
                    Lilac Sky
                    Midnight Blue
                    Mink
                    Silver Lining
                    Tender
                    True Gold
                    Truffle
                    Vivid Violet
                    Wheatsheaf
                    Comet

                    Comes in a black plastic recyclable oval shaped container with a little see through plastic window on the front so you can see your chosen colour and in small gold writing says No7. On the back tells you the colour and that it is hypo allergenic and fragrance free. With one small sponge applicator.

                    No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Palette - £9.50 Size (2g)

                    Contains Three Colours....

                    Space Odyssey
                    Eden
                    Rainforest
                    Good Earth
                    Renaissance
                    Cappuccino
                    Beside The Sea
                    Romantic
                    Organza
                    Storm
                    Pastel Shimmer
                    Twilight

                    Comes in the same style packaging as the mono but with a double sided applicator.

                    So....

                    As a Beauty Therapist I would really recommend these to a woman of any age. It doesn't show up imperfections on the eyes or dry out or crease and it really does 'stay perfect'. After wearing it my eyes don't feel dried out or sore. My friend wears glasses and feels her most confident best wearing these!

                    Another added benefit is the packaging is really nice and classy and the one thing I really do hate is packaging that either changes all the time and then makes mine look dated or packaging that scratches easily or is delicate. This isn't and wears well. Whats more is cos its a good quality make up not only is it long lasting on the skin its long lasting in it's case!

                    Yes the prices can seem steep with so much competition but it's a very decent brand and one you can trust. It is Boot's after all lol

                    Prices as listed but to do look out for offers and do don't be scared to ask for help from Boots staff, mine, Jayne is wonderful!

                    Please note I've wrote about both the mono and trio as there is no difference in product just that one has one in and one has three other than that they are all one product lol

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                    Eyeshadow Trios which are nicely made and packaged, but with some strange shades mixed in

                    I happened along these classy-looking, little black boxes with see-through covers which held a trio of eyeshadows while I was roaming the Boots in Oxford’s high street. If I compare the prices of eyeshadows available here in Israel to those that are sold under the No. 7 label, then I’m already ahead of the game. Our local equivalent to Boots (called SuperPharm) used to carry these products, but at several times the price I’d pay for them in the UK. This is extremely evident when I saw these trios being sold for £7 each (which equals about 49 Shekels, and the cheapest ones I can find here start at about 100 Shekels). So, first of all, for me at least, the price was right.

                    The Boots web site for these (http://tinyurl.com/18r) now says that these are "high impact colours that blend effortlessly and last for hours" which seems a good promo. However, the site used to say that these were: “... velvety soft, easy to apply and; crease resistant shadows in a trio of shades combining subtle tones with vibrant colours to help you make the most of your eyes”. Well, I certainly must agree with them on almost all points, and here’s why.

                    § “Velvety soft” - this, I believe, refers to the texture of the eyeshadows. Of the combination that I purchased, which is called ‘Goodearth’, two of the three colours are very velvety soft. However, I noticed that one of the colours - the middle toned shade, to be exact - seemed a bit hard when I tried it in the shop. I was hoping that this was because too many fingers had fiddled with this, but the same texture appeared when I used the product I purchased. I have to admit that this happens to me quite often. I find a duo or trio or even quartet of colours and one of them seems to have a slightly waxy quality to it, making it difficult to get enough of the product on the applicator to put on my eyes. The other two colours I received didn’t have this, and are truly what one would describe as velvety.

                    § “Easy to apply” - except for that one shade, yes, these are easy to apply. And I have to admit that after using that middle shade a bit, I seem to have mostly by-passed that waxy bit and its now much easier to apply then when I first started using it.

                    § “Crease resistant” - now for me, this really is a test of an eyeshadow. I cannot tell you how many shadows I’ve binned because after a couple of hours they all end up in the creases of my eyelids. You see, I have what’s referred to as ‘hooded eyes’, which means that when I open my lids, they seem to fold under a flap (or hood) of skin. Even in cooler weather, this can mean that the shadows on my eyes can easily be pulled under that hood and end up as a dark line of colour that can be seen when I blink and is really not very attractive. Since I’m not in the habit of checking my make-up several times a day, I usually only notice this when I go to remove it all at night. So far, this product has come up aces with none of the shadow ending up in the creases of my eyelids. Bravo!

                    § “Combining subtle tones with vibrant colours” - I’m not so sure what they mean by vibrant, but that’s possibly because the tones I chose are mostly muted. I’m not one for bright, shocking colours myself, and I really had a difficult time choosing which trio to buy. Except for knowing that the black-gray-pearly white combination (called Graphite) wasn’t for me, I could easily have been pleased with all the other groupings that were on offer. In fact, I’m seriously thinking of getting the Aubergine Dusk (purple-pink-aubergine) trio the next time I’m in a Boots.

                    § “Help you make the most of your eyes” - I’ve had nothing but positive comments since I started wearing this trio. So, either my friends and family have all gone completely blind (a possibility that is quite likely, but I’m preferring to ignore) or this trio really has helped me make the most of my eyes (and I am most quick to give credit to some outside force for making me look good).

                    What really impressed me with the colours they had available here was that all of them - bar none - had some level of shimmer to them. I really don’t like matt colours and this is probably what made me attracted to them in the first place. One thing about some of these combinations that manufacturers give you that drives me nuts is when they mix matt and glittery shades together. I really find that they don’t look as effective on your eyes. Boots No. 7 didn’t let me down at all here by giving me only shiny colours to choose from. Well done!

                    The original colour combinations available in this trio when I first bought them were (the names of the colours I mention here are mine, not theirs):

                    ¤ Minerals - gold-silver-dark silver - subtle version of Graphite
                    ¤ Marine - turquoise-pearl-sea blue - very ocean like shades
                    ¤ Graphite - black-gray-white - your classic with good shimmer
                    ¤ Goodearth - brown-cream-tan - natural shades with great glitter
                    ¤ Goldenglobe - copper-pale yellow-bronze - a jazzy Goodearth
                    ¤ Aubergine Dusk - purple-pink-aubergine - lovely iced mauves

                    Some of you may know that I wear contact lenses. And us contact lens wearers can have very sensitive eyes. Therefore, those of us who wear eyeshadow find it totally imperative to find a product that isn’t going to flake off into our eyes or make us want to rub them from irritation. Although these particular Boots No. 7 products do not tout themselves as being hypo-allergenic or safe for contact lens wearers or even made for sensitive eyes, I’m pleased to inform you that I’ve had absolutely no adverse reactions whatsoever. They go on very smoothly and don’t end up flicking little bits of colour all over my face (something that invariably will end up with a tad in my eye), nor do they make me want to rub my eyes.

                    They also don’t say that this product is fragrance free, but I haven’t detected any scent to this product, and I have been known to have had allergic reactions to those products that do.

                    Another nice thing about this product is that this trio comes with a double-ended sponge applicator. This means that there are four sides of sponge available to use, so that you don’t end up using the same side for two different colours. I’ve had trios come with a single sided applicator and I’ll end up mixing two of the darker colours on one side of the applicator - thereby defeating the idea of getting three different colours. Although these applicators are a tad on the small side in length, they seem to be relatively large in the sponge area. Of course, if you have really big hands, you might find this applicator to be hard to handle (so a warning to all you drag queens out there - you will probably need to buy professional size applicators if you want to use these trios).

                    In conclusion, I have to say that this was a very successful purchase. The product did what it says it would do, and I’m very pleased with the results. Now, if only I could get a sexy body to go with my sexy eyes, life would indeed be perfect!

                    Thanks for reading.

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                    UPDATE
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                    As promised in my original op above, as soon as I could after landing in London, I made my way to a Boots to buy another trio. Well, the Aubergine didn't look as exciting the second time around, but there was something else that struck my fancy - Gun Powder! This was a silvery white, a very shiny pink and a pearly black combination. When I turned the little box over I noticed that it had application instructions on the bottom - and very simple ones at that. "Well, that's new!", I thought. Might as well give it a try.

                    The results: since I got home and started using this new trio I've had more complements on my appearance than I have had in years. Now, either the instructions are fool-proof (is anything really fool-proof?), or my vaction was more restful than I thought it was, or this trio was the eyeshadow set I've been looking for all my life. You decide.

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                    NEW UPDATE
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                    On my husband's last visit to the UK, he went to get me more of these trios. They had just changed their packaging - nothing drastic, mind you. Its only that now the colours are lined up horozontally instead of vertically.

                    Furthermore, there are two colours with more product than the third one. Apparently, the two bigger ones are for using as a duo and the smaller one is just for accent just along the lash line.

                    Also, I think they changed their formula, because I haven't come across any waxy hard spots on any of the new ones I've gotten.

                    Finally, they've changed some of their range, and they have many more new combinations, while still keeping the big sellers. When I went last time to the UK myself, I found that the Aubergine was really nice (prettier than I thought a year before), and so I got that one of those. But oops! they're now more expensive!

                    Hope this update is helpful!
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                    Final Update:
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                    These are now called "No7 Stay Perfect Shadow Palette" and according to the website "This product is recommended if you previously bought No7 Colour Perfect Shadow Trios" which is what I originally wrote this review under, on Ciao.

                    The latest list of colour pallettes (and my estimation of the shades included) they now have are:

                    60 Twilight (white, pink and black)
                    55 Eden (beige, lime green and kelly green)
                    50 Storm (cream, lilac and black)
                    45 Beside The Sea (pearl, turquoise and sea blue-green)
                    40 Romantic (pink, rose and burgandy)
                    35 Organza (pink, lilac and purple)
                    30 Paris (beige, pink and brown)
                    25 Pastel Shimmers (cream, rose and pale pink)
                    20 Radiant Bronze (yellow bronze, red bronze and orange bronze)
                    15 Cappuccino (gold, coffee and light brown)
                    10 Renaissance (gold, red bronze and orange bronze)
                    05 Good Earth (tan, coffee and medium brown)

                    Special - these are presently (as of posting) on 3 for 2 offer from the web page!
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                    Technical Stuff:

                    Hang the ingredients! You really don’t want to make me read that fine print, do you? Well, screw that, I ain’t doing it. You want ingredients, read a poorly written food review! So there.

                    Boots’ website can be found at http://www.boots.com and just in case you didn't know, this product is presently available for £8.50 (but that's a whole £1.50 more today than when I first bought them).
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                      30.03.2005 15:33

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                      Not a happy camper - Advantages: none - Disadvantages: too expensive for my liking

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                      31.12.2002 02:27

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                      great shadow - Advantages: vivid colours, staying power, velvet texture - Disadvantages: not enough matt shades

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                    Colour Perfect's velvety soft textures are exceptionally easy to apply and the crease–resistant formula will keep the colour true and looking good for hours /