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Rimmel Rush Quad Eyeshadow, I have used a few of these sets and cant get enough of Rimmels eyeshadow, I love it! They are a great price at £1.99 each and although they do come with spomge applicator, I find using brushes so much easier to use.
I currently have a couple of these on the go at moment, I love blending the different colours from each palette together. I have Smokey Brun, which a cream shade and three different shades of brown, Sun Safari, which again has a lighter cream shade and three other brown shades and Sweet Smoulder, which has a beautiful bright pink (my daughter uses that one!) a light silver/blue, a charcoal and tan shade. I wear brown eye shadow a lot and love the choice of all the brown shades, the shadow itself is very soft and smooth and goes onto the eye very easily, it doesn't drop powder that often but does blend with other colours very well. The colours are strong and vibrant and you can have different look depending on how thick you brush the powder on. Make up remover, removes this eye shadow with no trouble at all.
My mother went on a shopping trip recently and came back with a little gift for me. She knows how much I like to wear make up, and although I am fussy about eye shadows, I was still pleased to be given the Colour Rush Quad by Rimmel for a gift.
What does the product do?
Rimmel claim that this product makes make up more fun and that its silky formula will glides onto the eyelids easily and effortlessly. It claims that it will leave beautiful colour, that won't crease or fade and that will stick around for up to 8 hours. It can used either wet or dry to give a different result.
It comes in a variety of shades and each pot has four different colours in the pot which complement each other. They each have cute names such as Bold Behaviour, Sweet Smoulder and Smokey Purple. The one which my mother chose for me was Smokey Browns as this is the shade that I normally wear. It consists of dark brown, medium brown, light brown and cream.
How do you use the product?
You can use the shadows with a dry brush to get a subtle colour or you can use a damp sponge applicator to get a more intense and darker colour so it is versatile. For the night time, I will use the cream on my eyelid up to my eyebrow as it opens up my eyes, then I sweep the medium brown across the whole of my eyelid, using the light brown at the inner corner and the dark brown at the outer corner.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a compact which has a transparent lid and you can see the product inside. The powder shadows are set in a black plastic background and they are in a square shape. The compact is fairly sturdy although I don't know how long it would last in my handbag as I would worry that it could crack but it's fine in my make up bag. The product costs around £6 and it can be bought from department stores such as Boots, large supermarkets and also a variety of online websites.
Application and Performance
The shadows are easy to apply and there isn't a powdery fall out beneath the eye which makes you look tired. The finish is fairly matte and the consistency is very powdery although some of the shades have an ever so slight shimmer to them which I love but then I am a glitteraholic. Despite this, it does manage to glide onto the eyelid easily without pulling or dragging the eyelid. It feels comfortable and doesn't irritate my skin at all. The shadows are not massively pigmented and they don't leave as much colour on my lids as my faithful L'oreal shadows but the colour is good enough for the daytime.
The colours blend well together so they are easy to work with and you can achieve slightly different looks. I wouldn't however wear this product in the night time as it isn't dramatic or intense enough, even when applied with a wet brush. The shadows don't crease as promised and they don't fade away. They do last the stated time and when it comes to the time for it to be removed, it is easily removed using my usual eye make up remover.
This shadows are adaptable and long lasting, and they also remain crease free. I don't think the colour is intense enough to be worn in the evening but I like the shadows for daytime wear. I probably wouldn't buy this again once it was gone but I will continue to use it and I don't anticipate it running out any time soon.
Nice and neutral
I was in need of some nice neutral shades to add to my rather extensive eyeshadow collection - I seemed to have lots of bright shades but a lack of some really good, co-ordinating neutrals. Doing a search online I spotted this Rimmel quad for about £2 - not bad for four shades I thought! And if they failed to deliver, I wouldn't be too out of pocket. If you look around online these go up to £6, so make sure you shop around as they are readily available for very little. Since buying the set of four beige/brown shades, I have since purchased a set of silvers and greys, so I will give details of both sets here.
The packaging of this product is pretty uninspiring, and it does look and feel pretty cheap. It is a simple black compact with a see-through lid - I imagine a small knock would probably break this so handle with care! Inside are four small palettes of co-ordinating shades of eyeshadow with a double-ended sponge brush. When I received this I wasn't exactly desperate to crack it open and try it out as it does look so boring and lightweight - and a bit dated if I'm honest. Looking online though, there are more modern versions of this product out there so it's possible I've picked up an older version of the compact.
On to the colours. In the brown palette, Smokey Brun, there is a dark chocolatey brown, a pale beige, a slightly darker golden-beige and a mid-brown. As with the packaging, the colours aren't massively exciting - but actually this is what I was after as I really wanted some nice, simple neutrals. As the four shades go the selection is pretty good - it would be nice to have something a little more exciting in here I guess, but for my needs I was quite happy.
Good for the price
Despite the low price and the cheap packaging, the eyeshadows are of a pretty good quality. They are very fine and smooth to apply, and are as good as any other eyeshadows I've used. The colours are also quite true to their appearance in the compact so there are no surprises here.
I often use two - or even three - of these shades together. I tend to use the dark chocolate shade across my upper lashline and a little smudged onto the outer corners of my eyes. You can also smudge a little below your lower lashline. It's a good shade as it isn't too dark and dramatic, but it is dark enough to help create a nice smoky look to the eyes. I then use one of the paler shades over the rest of my eyelid and use my fingers to blend the two shades together. Occasionally I may use a third shade (often the mid brown) in the centre of my eyelids but to be honest I don't think this is really necessary - it just makes me feel artistic!
These shades blend really well together and I am always pleased with how this looks on my eyes. It is a great daytime look and is perfect for work. It makes the eyes stand out just enough without being too dramatic. I always use a primer before application and, as a result, the eye colours last all day on my lids. I must also add that the golden-beige works really well on it's own for a very simple daytime look when you can't be bothered to spend too much time on your make-up!
Onto the greys. The shades in this compact, called Smokey Noir, are are a very dark charcoal grey, two silvery shades and a mid-grey. Again, the shades co-ordinate well and are perfect for blending. I also really like to use the charcoal grey under my lower lashline - much quicker and easier than using an eyeliner and is a simple way to create a quite dramatic look to the eyes, making them standout but without too severe a line underneath. The pale silver shade is also nice as it is very bright and shimmery, but again without being too full-on or metallic. The other two shades are also useful to create a nice gradated, blended look but are, I think a bit too similar to really make an impact. In fact I think I would be happy with the dark charcoal and any of the other three shades so a duo would do me in this instance! Again I find the quality of the shades is really good - they blend well and give a more dramatic, smoky eyed finish. So if the brown set of shades is for daytime, this is a great one for evenings out!
One too many?
Overall, for the price, I really like these eyeshadows. Yes, the packaging is boring, cheap and underwhelming, but it's what's inside that counts! The colours co-ordinate nicely and also blend really well and I like the looks I can create with these sets. However I do think that each of these compacts has one too many colours - there isn't enough difference in the shades to really need four of them. Not a big problem of course - and better to have too many than too few - but it is worth checking out the Rimmel duo or trio shadow sets as well.