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I used to love the bright colours and extremely rich pigmentation found in the Urban Decay eyeshadows, but lately I've become, I don't know, kinda bored with my usual routine. And I've suddenly realised that I'm now twenty eight, so yeah I'm not 'young' anymore. I guess it's sensible make-up [ahem, most of the time], twin set and pearl time...
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The colour combinations and the satiny finish to the shadows in the Miracle Velveteen compact really appealed to me as the colours are neutral and only one shade is dark, so this is something that can be used every single day, at any time of day and with any outfit. None of the shadows contain shimmer, so I decided that this was a 'sensible' palette, so I thought that I'd give it a whirl.
Miracle Velveteen contains;
4) Medium brown
5) Pale pink
8) Dark brown
The Miracle Velveteen colour combination appears to have been discontinued, but it is still in stock on Amazon. The similar colour combination 'Miracle' is still in production at time of writing, and is sold on the Boots website. I think the finish of the eyeshadows is the main difference between the two palettes; Miracle seems to contain lightly shimmering shadows, opposed to Miracle Velveteen's satin finished ones.
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The lid top on the plastic shell casing has a mirror and the square shadow pans are the perfect size and shape for fitting full sized eyeshadow brushes in, not just the brush included with this palette.
As this palette is small [barely bigger then a credit card] and very slim, I wasn't really expecting a lot of product. However, I've been using the palette regular for over two months now and have yet to reach pan on any of the shadows.
The double-ended brush is packaged separately from the palette, despite the photo on here.
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I tried taking photos of swatches on my arm, but the shades didn't show up on my skin. Not a good sign from the get-go and sure enough the pigmentation has proven to be a huge letdown for me. The shades do make my eyes look bright and alert, but all of the colours look more of less the same on my pale skin. I don't know how this has happened - the overall quality of the shadows is great, but for some reason the colours just don't show up on me with much variation between them.
The first seven shades all just morph into skin tones when applied; I'll note that the peach shade shows up a little bit more then the others, but apart from that I had to take photos straight away and make notes of which shades I was wearing at the time. The darkest shade in this palette [number eight] is the standout here for pigmentation - although this is also a bit lighter then what I'd expect. I think that this shade makes a great alternative to using an eyeliner - it's less harsh, but still helps to exaggerate the size of my eyes.
Now on to the good bits; all of the shadows are so finely grained, and apply so creamily that they seem to melt like butter on hot bread. And as you'd expect from such a rich shadow, the application, blending ability and wear is exceptional.
Some powder shadows can look chalky and flecks of the powder can fall down under my eyes, but the formula of these shadows have never caused this fallout on me, even when I try to be clever and blend three or four different shades together. I've found that the shadows easily last though my working day [over eight hours], even without using a eyeshadow primer and still look fresh at the end of the day. I work on a computer and keep rubbing at my eyes, but this has yet to result in any smudging or fallout.
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I'm on the fence with this palette - there's something here for most skintones [I'm not sure how the shades would look on darker skin, but I suspect that it would look ashy], all of the shades go with every eye colour and the blendability and wear of the shadows is very impressive.
The size of the palette is another huge plus; it's ideal for throwing into a bag when you are late for work or are going swimming and don't want to carry a bulging makeup bag around with you. As well as being compact the shell is also hard wearing, so it's fantastic for nights away and holidays too.
But, good points aside, at the end of the day everything boils down to the fact that I paid for eight shades and there are only two major differences between all eight shades - the first seven shades all look extremely similar when they're actually on my skin, with only the eighth shade standing out from the rest [and even that goes on lighter then it looks in the pan]. So I can't recommend this particular shade combination, as it offers poor value for money.
I really like the feel, fresh eyed look and the wear of the Pixi eyeshadows and these good results I've experienced with this palette are enough that I'm planning on exploring the brand in more depth. But the problems with the pigmentation is enough to make me wait until I go somewhere that has a larger Boots store that stocks Pixi cosmetics [for me that'll be the Trafford Centre branch], as you need to test the colours before you buy.
So, yes to the formula, no to this particular palette and no to buying online to save money, as the shadows need swatching before you part with your cash.
Here comes the guilt-easing math bit:
Individual eyeshadows: £10.50 [x8]
Duo eyeshadow/liner brush: £18
Pixi do not test on animals.
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£18.50 [Boots.com and in larger stores]
** I'll be posting this review on Ciao and it'll include photos, so you'll be able to see the pigmentation problems for yourselves **
Pixi Eye Beauty Kit
I bought this a few weeks ago, as I needed a compact set for holidays and I have not used the pixi brand before, but I will be now after using this product! I have the eyeshadow set in Mango which is pictured above. The set contains six eye shadows and it also contains a light and medium coloured concealer. And a small double ended eyeshadow and concealer brush.
There are six shadows and they include, a golden beige, beige, brown, sand colour, burnt orange and a deep red. They are all shimmer/sparkly which looks so nice when it catches the light. They also look nice as they have pixi printed on them.
They are really nice used or there own or they are also very pretty when the different shades are combined. For example, I like to use the golden beige colour as a base and then use the warm sand colour at the outer corners of my lid - to create a warm metallic look.
They are very easy to apply and take off, either with water or eye make up remover solutions. They are subtle but quite pigmented, especially the darker shades, such as the orange colour. They blend really easily to give a seamless sheen of shimmery metallic colour.
There are two concealers in this set, there is a light beige and a darker beige. I have pale (ish) skin so I use the lighter one. It applies really easily and it blends in to my skin tone easily too. But it only gives light/medium coverage on my dark circles and the odd blemish.
*Eyeshadow and concealer brush*
I mainly use the eyeshadow brush which is like the softest brush ever! It is also a great small size so that it can be put in a make up bag without taking up lots of room.
The brush looks nice too, it is plastic and it has pixi in the middle and it looks nice, simple and sleek. The concealer brush is also good, it is soft as well and it applies and blends the concealer well.
The set is so nice and amazingly compact and small. It is about the size of a credit card, so it is great for traveling. And it is also really thin too. And I just love the packaging, it is white with pixi on the front with silver writing. It just looks simple, sleek and it looks a bit more expensive that it was.
But the only thing I don't like about this product is that the brush does not have a section/holder in the actual case. It is just on its own so it could be easily lost or misplaced as there is no section for it in the case - unlike most compacts I have used, which is a bit annoying.
I bought mine new from an ebay shop for £6 with postage I think which is really cheap and the product is so cute and of a really high quality, which I was surprised at.
*Amazingly cute and sleek packaging
*Very compact, light weight and thin
*Perfect for traveling/holidays or festivals
*Shimmery eyeshadows that last ages and stay on my lids for ages too
*they also don't crease or fade (when used with a primer0
*Cheap - but high quality
*No place for the brush in the set - it is on its own so it could get lost or misplaced easily
Thank you for reading my review