“ Brand: F&F / Type: Eyeshadows / Suitable for: Eye „
Until fairly recently I only wore eyeshadow for nights out and special occasions and, as I quite like the dark smoky eye effect, I only owned silvers, greys and blacks. I have now taken to wearing more neutral shades for everyday wear though and this led me to needing new eyeshadows. It was whilst I was browsing the make-up section of my local Tesco store that I came across these particular eyeshadow trios.
F&F is Tesco's clothing brand which has evidentially turned to make-up now too. The F&F make-up selection consists of the basics such as foundation, eyeliner, lipstick and eyeshadows. These trio eyeshadows cost £6 each and are obviously only available through Tesco. To be honest I wouldn't normally spend £6 on eyeshadow from a brand I'd never heard of before, particularly a supermarket own brand but at the time of purchasing all F&F make-up items were buy one get one free and there were actually two of these eyeshadows I quite liked the look of so I decided to give them a try, £6 for six different coloured eyeshadows isn't, after all, particularly bad value (providing they were of decent quality of course).
There are only four colour combinations to choose from which are as follows:
Soho Nights - White, dark grey and black.
Winter Ice - White, brown with an orange undertone and a khaki green.
Boulevard - A very pale, almost white, shade of pink, a medium rosy shade of pink and plum.
Gangster - Pale brown, a yellowy shade of green and black.
I opted for Boulevard and Winter Ice as both offer quite neutral tones which go really well together so I could still create that smoky eye effect but in a more subtle way. Soho Nights is the type of thing my make-up bag is already littered with and Gangster, frankly, is awful in my opinion. The colours don't seem to go together at all and the green shade just reminds me of baby poo!
The eyeshadows are pretty basic looking but not completely cheap looking. They are housed in a square piece of plastic, the bottom being black and the top being clear so you can see the different shades contained. On the top is the F&F logo along with 'eyes' written in bold italics. On the back is the name and shade of the product along with the weight which is 4.2g. The plastic top simply lifts open to access these eyeshadows and clicks firmly back into place upon closing making the casing robust and protective.
Inside you get three rectangles of eyeshadow with the lightest shade at the top and darkest shade at the bottom. These don't come with an applicator but then I think most people tend to use their own eyeshadow brushes anyway and I can't imagine any application brush that would come with these being any good personally!
I've worn both of these eyeshadows on a quite a few occasions now and, whilst they are not perfect, I do find them to be pretty decent and they have definitely exceeded my expectations.
Boulevard offers matte shades of eyeshadow whilst the shades in Winter Ice are quite metallic something I wasn't expecting as they both look very matte underneath their plastic case. Regardless, both still look quite nice once applied and I'm not dead against metallic shades so I don't find this to be much of a problem although I assume some would!
The eyeshadows, particularly the paler shades, do require a few coats before they become visible as you don't get much transferring from the brush to the eyelid at one time and the shades are not very pigmented. Providing you have the time and patience to spend around ten minutes applying eyeshadow though it's still perfectly possible to achieve a nice look using these. One coat of the palest shades allow me to go right up to brow bone without looking caked in make-up, overdone or obvious but still adding a subtle bit of colour which I do quite like and is an advantage to the lack of pigmentation in my opinion.
I usually go up to brow bone with the palest shade, do my lid with the 'middle' shade and just add definition to the outer part of my lid using the darkest shade and this does give an appealing result which I have been complimented on a few times. The metallic shades in Winter Ice don't look overly glam but do add a nice shimmer and the darkest green shade matches the colour of the coat I'm currently practically living in perfectly so I do get a fair bit of use out of that one! Boulevard is very subtle and natural looking and is perfect for just going to work or shopping, it's become a bit of staple item in my make-up bag actually.
The lasting power isn't amazing but it's still decent. I can get around six hours out of these and they never crease. They do, however, tend to fade and blend into a greyish colour after this time which isn't the best look but at the same time doesn't leave me looking horrified after catching a glimpse at myself in the mirror. I was expecting these to just disappear after a couple of hours if I'm completely honest so I was quite impressed at the staying power offered and particularly pleased that they don't crease.
Taking the eyeshadow off is easily done using make-up remover and I've experience no difficulty in that department. I've been pretty surprised and quite pleased with these eyeshadows and, should more shades ever be produced which I like the look of, I do think I'd purchase again. The lack of shades currently available is a little disappointing though and I dare say there would be a few people out there who didn't like the look of any of them. I also don't think I'd pay the full £6 for one either as I do feel there are better eyeshadows on the market for that price.
In total, if you can get them on offer and just want some simple day wear then I would recommend these eyeshadows. Should be looking for a top of the range fancy type of product though these will probably leave you disappointed.