“ Brand: Boots / Type: Eyeshadow / Suitable for: Eye „
I received a £5 voucher to spend on Boots' own brand No7 by spending over £5 on anything in Boots, just over a year ago. They often do this promotion around a few times a year and are actually running it at the moment.
I always go to spend the vouchers straight away when I get them as they usually expire within a few weeks, and if I don't use them there and then I will forget about it. There is a set date for when all vouchers expire so if you get one on the last day of the promotion when the voucher is going to end, they will usually advise you to spend it straight away. I usually opt for the No7 make-up remover wipes as they were £6.50 (more recently have gone up to £7) and I would stock up on these and they would last me some time. However, I thought I would treat myself to something different and noticed the Extravagant Lashes mascara (which was new out at the time). If I bought this I would also receive this free 'define and shimmer eye palette'.
The mascara at the time was £12 and so I got it for £7 with a free eye shadow palette. There was two palettes to choose from, both containing four different colour eye shadows each. One was the colours you can see in the picture, and the other shades of purple. As purple is my favourite colour I got the latter.
It does not state what each of the shades are called, so I am not sure if these colours were specifically designed for the palette or if you can buy each of these shades individually at the No7 counter. The colours are dark purple, a light purple, a light brown and a very light pinky white colour. I like of all these colours and use of all them, so I was very pleased with my free gift!
I like to use the light purple for during the day and the purple for a night time. The other two more natural shades I like to wear for work as they are not as noticeable and are more subtle. The lightest shade I like to use slightly underneath my eyes too as I usually have massive bags under my eyes and this shade brightens them up and hides them a little. This is great for when I don't have time to apply all of the usual make-up I would use to cover up my bags! The eye shadows also last all day, I apply them in the morning before work and when I get in the colour is still very visible on my eyes. For a night out I do like to top them up however as I like a more darker shade then.
Included in the palette is a double ended applicator brush to apply the eye shadows. One of them is your usual shaped eye shadow brush and the other has a more pointy tip, which is what I use when applying the lighter shade underneath my eye as it does not glide on too thick. You also get a mirror in the palette. I like to use a big mirror when applying my make-up but this little mirror has came in handy when I have stayed over at my friends and everyone is trying to use the mirror at the same time!
All four shades are very shimmery and glittery which I like. The glitter does transfer onto the mirror very easily and so will need wiping clean a lot if you do tend to use the mirror, but this happens with most make-up products when you get a mirror included so it is to be expected!
This is a lovely free gift I received from No7, as with many of their gifts I do not get round to using them much but I use this eye shadow palette everyday as there is a colour in it for every occasion. I have had this for around a year and a half and I am almost running out of only one of the shades now, so it does last a long time.
You cannot buy this specific eye palette anymore but I have seem them occasionally on eBay. No7 sell alternative eye palettes and so when this runs out, I might consider buying one with another £5 voucher I get. I do think that No7 in general is slightly overpriced so when I do want something from that brand I will wait until the promotion is on again.
I have worked with No 7 products so am quite lucky to get so many discounted rate - so if you see a lot of reviews around this area that's why!
I decided to give this define and shimmer eye palette a go because of the quality I have received in No 7 products before. I find they last for hours, and the colours have been specially chosen to offer something different for customers.
This particular product gives 4 eye shadows, often quite separate colours, and allows you to explore with them, as well as not limiting you to one look. The brush is lovely, it holds the colour well and is not too big so you can define and apply colour to your eyes the way you want. I find that washing them in warm shampoo and water keeps them fresh so they dont get clumpy. However, generally No 7 brushes feel like the best ones around.
The textures of the eye shadows is soft, you can pick up the colour really quickly and lightly. Therefore you don't tend to waste any. It has a handy mirror so you can apply on the move too, and it isn't too small, the case itself is around 8 cm by 3.
No 7 are constantly offering new collections so I know most of these are limited edition. They sometimes come in conjunction with another product, and then available with vouchers and sometimes 3 for 2. They retail for about £10, but can increase/decrease with how popular they are. However, these products don't usually stop around for long, so if you want to get one it's worth the money for the quality you receive in my opinion.
Ever since my grandmother introduced me to make-up during my mid teens I have always kept a full make-up bag where I apply a mousse foundation, concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara and some lipstick. Many people would deem my collection to be rather boring, particularly as the majority belongs to Boots No. 7, as I always make my purchases when I manage to obtain a £5 money off voucher, the 3 for 2 offers or best of all, free gifts. A good few months before Christmas I purchased their newly introduced Extreme Definition mascara with the main reason for my purchase being that whilst I needed new mascara I also needed a replacement eye shadow and as a free eye shadow pallet was accompanying all purchases, it was too good an offer to miss. I have used No. 7 eye shadows for the past seven years or so, as I am not really one for experimenting with new make up brands and this review discusses my experience with using No 7 Define and Shimmer Eye Pallet.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
I always think that No 7 make up products always look somewhat superior in their stylish black packaging, which clearly defines the golden No 7 logo. There is no clutter whatsoever, so it is always easy to form an opinion when browsing through the array of products on the cosmetic counter. The pallet is very compact and measures 9½ cm in length and 5 cm in width and I was surprised to see that I had been presented with a 4.7g pallet, which is a full size version as opposed to a small sample size.
When I initially received the eye shadows they were protected with a transparent plastic sleeve, which needed to be removed to enable me to open the pallet. A real grumble of mine with some brands of eye shadows is that the containers do not securely close or the hinges break after just a few uses, which has resulted in eye shadow powder scattering all over the other items within my make up bag. Fortunately, the pallet has a large groove on the front where you simply place the edge of your finger whilst lifting the lid. The rear of the lid is hinged on either side and in my experience of using these eye shadows for the past six months or so there is no sign of wear and tear, as my pallet continues to click tightly shut.
On the inside of the lid is a fairly large mirror, which provides you with a perfect reflection, which in my opinion is a real added bonus, particularly as all other pallets I have used do not offer this. I say a "perfect" reflection because when I have been supplied with mirrors in the past with other branded products they are very often difficult to use, as the reflection is somewhat blurred. As well as four eye shadows each measuring 2½ cm in diameter we are provided with a 9 cm long double-ended brush applicator, which I find extremely easy to use. This was initially a bit of an experiment for me, particularly as I have used sponge applicators for as long as I can possibly remember.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE EYE PALLET
Boots market the colours provided in the palette as autumn shades, as we are presented with a cream/golden colour, sage, brown and a dark purple shade. I think Dooyoo's image must be mirrored, as all of my colours are around the opposite way with the lightest positioned on the left hand side of the palette. I cannot say that I am particularly expert in blending several colours, particularly when I sweep them up to my brow line, but as they say, practice makes perfect and at the age of 43 I am still practising! As my eyes are green/hazel these shades are simply perfect and compliment their colour, particularly when I use a black eye liner and a little mascara to complete the look.
The reason I have been wearing Boots No 7 for so long is that I tend to suffer with oily eye lids and many brands of eye shadow simply wear off within a couple of hours and leave an unsightly line in the socket area. However, I have been using Boots No 7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation since its' introduction a good few years ago and I simply apply a light coat to my eye lid prior to the application of my eye shadow and it stays perfectly in place until I am ready to remove it, so this is a long lasting product. I tend to use this pallet for both day and evening use where I apply a light application for work and a heavier application for a more intense and dramatic evening look.
The eye shadows are powder, which is a preference of mine, as I am not a fan of creams, particularly due to the problem with my oily eyelids. They are easily removed from the pallet when I gently sweep the brush over their surface and whilst you could choose to remove with your fingertip this is not something I do, particularly as it does not allow me to apply an even application to my eyelid. Another point that I favour with Boots No 7 is that the product stays on the brush whilst I am applying to the eye and does not disperse all over my cheeks! What I love about this product is that it is small enough to fit into my make-up bag and despite me using this nearly every day for the past 6 months I don't seem to have made much of a dent in any of the colours. Another real positive, which I would like to point out is that the remaining product does not crumble away from the pallet, which is a problem I have experienced with many other brands.
There is an extremely lengthy list of ingredients provided on the reverse of the pallet, which for obvious reasons I do not intend copying into this review. However, I can advise that I have never suffered any adverse reactions when using this product, which is something I can honestly say about the entire No 7 range. The pallet is manufactured from plastic so it is recyclable once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
As my palette was a free gift I have checked the Boots website for a price and was surprised to see that it cannot be bought on its' own, as it seems that it is only available as a free gift. Boots are currently offering a palette of purple shades, but unfortunately, I cannot locate which product this accompanies. As a No 7 single eye shadow will cost you around £9 and the trios cost £10 this is excellent value for money, particularly as I received it with a mascara that cost me around £10. In my experience with Boots No 7 this palette will once again be offered as a free gift and my advice is to grab one while you can, as it's a high quality product and judging by my palette, will last for a long period of time. My only hope is that they eventually consider selling this product on its' home.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Back to trusted old No7 I do love their range and quality of make up, now and then they have special offers like three for two and free gifts when purchasing a No7 item. This review is about the free gift I received when I purchased the Boots No 7 Exceptional Definition Mascara; which so far I think has been there best give away yet.
Boots No7 Define and Shimmer Eye Palette:
'Define and sculpt your eyes with this stunning selection of shimmering eye shadows'
I do love free gift's especially ones as good as this one; within this palette you get four colours which are all colours I use. It all comes in one compact when you open your met with the four eye shadows (compressed powder style), a mirror which is the full length of the compact and a double ended brush. The brush personally I'm not too fond with, which is just down to personal preference and I prefer to have a sponge end.
The colours within the set are plum, chocolate, gold and beige which all give you a shimmer finish once applied to the eyes. I always like to test what an eye shadow is like so at first I apply without an eye primer, and in this case they all had great staying power. The gold and chocolate seem to fade during the day a little sooner than the beige and plum but still great.
They have a smooth cream like feel to touch and glide on with ease either way if you're using your finger or a brush. Another thing I like about these eye shadows is that they blend in well with other colours, for my natural looking days I smooth the beige onto my eyes from eyelash to eyebrow. Then I use the chocolate at the bottom for just half the eye lid. I only use a small amount of chocolate then blend up which gives off a light chocolate brown shimmer.
Like I do with most of my eye shadows if I want a deeper effect I apply using a moist brush which intensifies the colour, and this doesn't alter the quality or damage the eye shadow in anyway. You can use this with out an eye primer and you will still have a good longevity, but if you're off on a night out clubbing where you may become hot I would recommend a primer to give it some extra protection.
My favourite colour from the set is plum and it looks truly gorgeous on and really brings out the green in my eyes, I love how the colour shimmers within the light; for a free gift the results are amazing! If you want your colour dark/deeper don't keep adding more of the product as this causes creases on your eyes from the eye shadow (talking from experience) just use a moist brush!
To remove the eye shadow from your eyes like with most eye shadows a simple wipe will do, however the golden colour sometime leaves little golden bits so an extra wipe is needed just to remove the remainder.
As the compact is not very big, if you do need a top up for whatever reason it will easily fit within your bag. Plus the mirror and brush already comes within the set so its great to travel with.
Price and Availability:
As this is a Boots No7 Product it can only be purchased from the Boots store or from their online store. If ordering online remember delivery costs apply.
Right now there is a new offer if you buy there new No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara for £13.00 you will receive the eye palette for free! Normally price alone is around £11.00. As they promoting this as a free gift at the moment is unavailable for purchase, but perfect freebie if looking for a new mascara. However when this promotion is over it will be back on sale as normal again.
Almost five month on and I'm still using this set all the colours have large dents now due to a lot of use but have stayed compact. The colours stay bright and last on your eyes well during the day, bonus for me as it was a free gift but when this one runs one I would certainly purchase one at full asking price no questions asked.
If you do like the colours within the set then I recommend you give this palette a try, I promise it will not let you down.
Five out of five stars from me.
Thanks for reading :o)
I wear make up every day in some form or other but the norm for me is to have full make up on as I just find I feel a little better about myself when I do this and for someone with little self confidence every little helps, right? For Christmas one of my friends bought me the No 7 define and shimmer eye palette as she knows I often make my eyes the main feature of my face when I do my make up.
The No 7 range is one from the high street chemist Boots and is their more expensive premium brand in comparison to their 17 range which is much lower in price. No 7 is a quality brand but due to the quite high price tags I tend to only purchase items when I am in possession of a promotional five pounds off voucher which do seem to be handed out at the tills quite regularly with your purchases so they are worth looking out for!
The define and shimmer eye palette comes in a small rectangular box. The box is black and shiny and features a gold "No 7" on the front. The design is in keeping with the rest of the No 7 range and looks sleek, stylish and classy.
When you open up the palette you are presented with four separate eye shadows which are all around the size of a ten pence piece. The palette also has a mirror which is the full size of the lid and a brush to apply the colours so this set would be perfect for you to take on the move.
Now as I mentioned the palette contains four separate eye colours which are what would be described as autumnal. You have a sandy, almost golden colour, a moss coloured green, a deep chestnut brown and a plum colour too. I have to say that when I opened this palette up I thought the only colour I would use would be the deep brown colour as the others just didn't appeal to me at all. However, I have since found that blending some of the plum or green colour over the brown can make quite a nice change to the colour, which is subtle but something I like.
The brush that comes with the palette is double ended and features a soft rounded end and a slightly angled end so that you can achieve the finish you require. The brush feels of good quality and is easy to handle too so again the kit is great for when you are on the move. I love that the mirror in the palette is the full size of the lid and is a "proper" mirror rather than one of those plastic things that you can't see yourself in anyway! The mirror is clear and so it is very easy to see yourself in it and touch up your eye make up during the day if you choose to.
I have found that the eye shadows are very easy to apply using an eye make up brush. The colour stands out well on the eye lids and they blend well in to each other as well as being complimentary to each other. I find that whilst I do not need to reapply the eye shadow during a long day at work (13 hours!) I would certainly reapply if I had the energy to go out after work as it does begin to look quite tired and faded by the end of the day so I would freshen up the look by reapplying. The eye shadow is easily removed at the end of the day with a make up wipe or such like.
Whilst I didn't think I would make much use of this kit initially I have found that I am wearing it most days at the moment thus saving my much loved urban decay palette in the process! The make up is of a very good quality and lasts well. If this is something that you may be interested in you can pick it up in Boots for £9.50 which is a decent price for the kit in my opinion.
Thank you for reading my review!