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Although I try not to wear much makeup during the day, I am a big fan of glamming it up at the weekends and therefore am often on the look out for new products to add to my makeup bag. I seem to go through eye shadow at quite an alarming rate, particularly pale colours, and therefore am often on the look out for new combinations of colour. On a recent trip to Boots, they were doing an offer of buy three Rimmel products for the price of two and therefore spotting a compact of four eye shadow colours I popped it into my basket.
The eye shadow compact that I picked up was this 'Glam Eyes Quad' eye shadow from Rimmel. Rimmel are a brand that I associate with quality makeup products and I have spent a small fortune on their products in the past therefore I was certain that I was in for a good thing when I picked up this product. Personally I liked the fact that you got four eye shadow colours in one compact as it gives the opportunity to create an entire look with one compact, however in my experience I often find that with compacts of more than one shade of eye shadow there is one colour that always seems to get used up more quickly than the others leaving an empty space. There were quite a variety of different colours to choose from with this compact and, had a had more time, I would probably have gone through them all quite methodically. However being that I had a limited amount of time, and a rather impatient looking husband, I picked up the 'Beauty Spells' option which includes shades of silver, mauve, plum and black.
~The product and packaging~
For information there are really quite a large choice of different colour ways that can be chosen and I guess each quad of eye shadow is designed to suit different eye colours. These range from 'Bold Behaviour' which is a bright mix of colours including gold and teal to 'Summer Bloom' which is a summery set of colours including yellow and orange to 'Smoky Purple' and 'Smoky Blue' which are a really delightful collection of pastel shades. Some sets lend themselves to certain eye colours in my opinion whilst others create a really bold statement and I like the fact that the many different options give such a diversity of looks and suit such a variety of occasions.
Once home, I was keen to begin using my new compact although, as I already had makeup on that day I did wait until the evening to try out a new look. The square eye shadow compact is a glossy black in colour with a clear plastic section on the front of the lid enabling you to see the colours inside which opens outwards via its hinged lid to expose the four eye shadow shades. The eye shadows themselves are presented in diagonal triangles of colour with each one being divided by a small strip of black plastic enabling the shades to be easily defined. On my compact the darkest black shade is on the bottom of the palette and this is imprinted with the Rimmel crown logo which I think adds a little touch of class to an otherwise quite standard looking palette. At the bottom of the palette you are given a small applicator wand with which to apply the eye shadow and this is a small black stick with a foam tip at either end. In my opinion these applicators are not really worth the space that they fill and I often find them scratchy against my eye lids however I guess they would be helpful should you be on a night out and just want to transport the small compact without the need for a separate eye shadow brush. The eye shadow colours themselves look quite lovely in the compact and I felt I really had made the right decision in my colour choice. Each shade of eye shadow looks bright and has a slightly iridescent quality which makes it sparkle in the light.
It is always important to me to see what the manufacturer has said about a product before I use it in order that I can really test its effectiveness. With this eye shadow, Rimmel claim that it contains a silky formula which gives 'smooth saturated colour'. This eye shadow is said to have a number of properties including being crease resistant, giving long wear and blending effortlessly. In addition the colours are said to give an intense colour reveal. All of these make for some big claims and I was eager to find out whether my compact was as good as it claimed.
~Application and use~
Keen to test these claims, I began by removing my daily makeup so that I had a clean base to start with before prepping my skin with the usual moisturiser and primer. I find that a primer is good over my eyelid area as it provides a smooth base with which to start working from and helps the shadow colour to sit more evenly on my skin. Happy that the foundations were good I followed my usual procedure for applying eye makeup, the method of which I learnt at quite a young age and have yet to adapt at it seems to work. I began by choosing the three colours that I wanted to use for the evening those being the lightest silver shade, the plum colour and the darkest black option. Then I liberally swept a good amount of the silver shade over my eyelids working the colour right up from the base of my eye lashes to the arch of my eyebrow. I did initially use the applicator stick for this purpose however, finding that it was irritating and scratchy on my sensitive skin I soon turned to my usual staple product the trusty eye shadow brush. In my opinion the colour transferred easily to the brush from the compact and went over my eye area quite well. The colour wasn't quite as noticeable as I assumed it would be and I did have to go over it twice before I started to use the next deepest shade, the plum colour. This shade looks a lovely medium plum in the compact and I was confident that it would bring out the green of my eyes. However, when I began to work it over my lower eye lids I found it to be quite an unassuming colour which didn't stand out against the paler silver tone. Instead it gave a hint of purple to my eyelids which although sparkly, wasn't very noticeable which I found disappointing. I finished off the look with the black eye shadow and I put a dab of this in the outer corners of my eye before blending well and carefully lining my upper and lower eyelids with the darker shade. This was where the foam applicator was useful as I found that it was much easier to make a precise line with the small stick as oppose to my eye shadow brush which is good for blending larger areas. Once the whole look was complete, my eyes looked more defined and very sparkly and so I completed the look with a couple of lashings of mascara making my eyes really pop from the rest of my face.
At the end of the night I washed this eye shadow off using my usual makeup remover. I found that all traces of eye shadow were easily removed once rinsed with warm water and that no irritating traces of colour were left around my eye lashes which I often find to be an issue with some cheaper products.
~The all important results~
I initially wore this eye shadow on a night out but have since used it for day time looks as well. In my opinion the longevity of this eye shadow is good and it certainly is still visible at the end of a working day, although perhaps not as vibrantly as it was when first applied. I find that this product is easy to apply and blend around my eyes without pressing too hard and that it does sit well on my skin without sinking in to the lines of my eyelids. However the intensity of two of the shades of colour has left a lot to be desired those being the plum and mauve shades which, despite looking lovely in the compact, are quite hard to apply in a way which is noticeable. Indeed they do not stand out that much from the silver base colour and therefore just give a further sparkly sheen which you might struggle to identify. However this may be just a result of the four colour choices which I selected and may be less of an issue with the other quad options.
Another point which I would like to make with this compact is the design of the four diagonal palettes. Although it does make for quite a funky looking design on first use, after a couple of weeks of using there are traces of darker shades in the lightest shades and the fine dustings of eye shadow have literally covered the translucent plastic lid with a mix of the four shades making it look less presentable than it was when new.
~Price and availability~
In Boots, where I purchased my compact, this product costs £6.99 which I think is quite expensive unless purchased as part of a deal. It is possible to get various colour options of this product from such online retailers as Amazon and EBay for a much reduced price and personally this is where I would buy this eye shadow in the future should I want to get another variety of shades.
~Overall opinion and recommendation~
As a result of this review, and weighing up the good and bad points of this product I would have to say that I recommend it if only as a makeup product that gets occasional use in your makeup bag. However, due to the less than intense colour results, the ever dodgy applicator brush and the slightly off putting £6.99 price tag at full price I would have to award this makeup product an average three stars out of five.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
When it comes to eyeshadows if I ever have the spare pennies I will usually opt for Max Factor or the cheaper MUA range of products but really I'm not adverse to buying different brands if I like the colours of them. Just recently I have been clearing out my make up bag of stuff I have owned for far too long or don't use and this is one I kept as I do find myself using it very often indeed.
I bought this way back from Boots and it cost me £6.99 though do Google if interested in getting these as you can find them cheaper than that online.
The quads come in a few different colour options all with 4 colours within them of course. I have found 8 varities of compacts and I went for the 'Modern Blue' quad compact which is actually the one you can see the photograph of at the top of this page. It is also available in greens, pinks and browns and the colours appear to match each other really very well indeed as do mine.
The compact is simple. Its mainly black plastic with a flip top see through plastic lid to the top of it simply telling us that it is Rimmel London than on the base of it the colour is stated along with what it is and contact details for Rimmel are clearly given. Inside the compact you get 4 triangles of pressed colours and a black and small double ended applicator which is handy though I have to confess I don't use it apart from using it to eyeline with, with the darkest of the colours provided from time to time and use my own trusty eyeshadow brush usually.
These are dry powder eyeshadows and richly pigmented with colour. In my set I have a grey shade, a purply blue shade which is slightly shimmery and quite a rich and deep colour, a light powder blue and a rich sky blue shade.
To use them is simple and like I say I use my own eyeshadow brush to which the powders do cling onto it rather well on the whole. They are not scented really and to apply them is simple and they give a very even coverage and I can of course build the colour up as much as I want to. The colours all blend well together and with other brands and colours too however with the darkest shades I do find them harder to apply as the powder does flake a little if I'm not careful.
The darker colours do smudge a bit once on if I'm not careful though I can overcome this if I really do blend them well and not too heavy handidly and once on they stay put for hours and until I choose to remove them and when I do it just takes my usual makeup removing routine.
I have never found these to agitate my sensitive eyes at all and I never get bored of the colour options I have in my compact and the looks I can create and all in all I rather like them and think that they are good value for money!
This eyeshadow came in fab vibrant colours and i was really looking forward to using them, I thought it was a brilliant idea that there were 4 colours in one tray as I love mixing and matching the different shades. there were loads of colours to choose from and i felt spoilt for choice!
However I was sadly disappointed when I found that the colours didn't blend as I had hoped, and the colours were nowhere near as vibrant as they looked in the container. In fact they were rather crumbly and didn't stay in place as well as I thought they would.
I thought that perhaps using a damp eyeshadow brush (as i had done with many other similar products) would help with the application and the vibrancy of the colours, but this wasn't the case, the damp brush only made matters worse since it produced a clumpy consistency with the eyeshadows. Not really what I look for in an eyeshadow product.
Rimmel surprisingly dates back to around 1834 but it seemed to really start taking off around the time Kate Moss took over as their model in 2001. Since then it's grown in popularity, becoming a recognisable, modern and effective brand with various cosmetic products for every occasion.
The Rimmel Glam Eyes range includes mascara, eye liner and eye shadows, the latter of which you can get as a single mono compact, triple or quad depending on how many shades you want. This review is for the mono version in particular and it's available in 11 various colours, being quite easy to come across in most chemists like Boots and Superdrug.
The mono / singular eye shadow comes in a neat plastic black case that's sleek, a little tricky to open perhaps, but it shouldn't just pop open in your make up bag which is a bonus. It comes with a double ended sponge applicator that makes smoothing this on your eye lids much easier, and you can manage how much and how precisely you want to apply it. It's also more practical if you're on the move because you needn't worry about taking a separate applicator with you.
Glam Eyes eye shadow is designed with a 'soft silky formula for smooth and saturated colour', claiming to be 'crease-resistant' and 'long-lasting'. As I've said, it comes in a range of various shades that you can mix and match and 'blend effortlessly' if you wish, but the most recent one I bought was 'plum romance'. The powder looks almost sparkly, a middle range purple that's feminine yet sophisticated. I knew I wanted something a bit girly to lighten my eyes but didn't want to cake make up on, especially as I don't wear it that much or as often any more.
Applying this with the sponge applicator is very easy and I like how precise it allows you to be in comparison to, for example, a loose powder eyes shadow with a brush. Only lightly brushing it across the powder will give you a subtle hint of purple, whilst adding more will create a deeper shade almost, making it more noticeable. I still don't find this to be particularly 'shocking'; even after putting a fair amount of it on the applicator, it wasn't too heavy or too gaudy a colour, so it does depend on the type of effect you want as to how you'd find this.
I would agree that the eyeshade is smooth and blends well with other colours, having a silky consistency on my eyelids that was easier to apply. I can't say that this lasted throughout the day, but it definitely lasted longer than I've known some eye shadows to. It didn't seem to fade too much or clump anywhere on the crease of my eyelid, which was a good thing, but when the colour was initially quite light it did need re-application a few hours later to be recognisable again. Like I said, it depends what effect you're wanting. For me, this was suitable for the purpose, which was a gentle colour that was quick and easy to use, that would last a while, and that blended softly, so all in all I've been pleased with this. I guess the only potential 'downside' would be that it is quite a hard powder, so whilst it's silky to smooth on, it doesn't come out on the applicator a dark shade until you rub it across several times.
At its usual selling price of just under £5, I'd say this is quite pricey so I wouldn't necessarily rush out to buy it. Having said that, if you can find it on offer like I did (at the bargain price of £1 I might add!) then I would definitely recommend giving it a try.
Selling for £4.49 Boots (but check out Poundland as I've spotted a limited selection of colours in there!)