Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Rimmel Glam Eyes Mono Eyeshadow
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Rimmel Glam Eyes Mono Eyeshadow
Advantages: Great consisntecy, easy to blend
Disadvantages: None really
Whilst in Boots a few months ago I was as normal browsing their vast selection of make up brands when I came across the Rimmel stand where they were having an offer on their new, exciting ranges. Rimmel products for me are a bit hit or miss but as they had a 3 for 2 offer across their range I did decide to take advantage and purchase a couple of items. Within my three items I opted for the Glam'Eyes Mono Eyeshadow as apart from the extensive shade range they had a shade which I really liked and suited my neutral collection at home rather nicely! As far as I am aware the Rimmel Glam'Eyes Mono Eyeshadow is a relatively new range but is readily available at most if not all Rimmel stockists.
So what are the Glam'Eyes Mono Eyeshadows all about? Well, according to Rimmel they have a soft and silky formula which is intended to give smooth saturated colour. Rimmel advises that the eyeshadow is both crease resistant and long lasting which of course is what every girl wants to hear in terms of the durability of an eyeshadow. They have a selection of 17 "sophisticated shades" that blend effortlessly and do not fade over time and according to Rimmel "your perfect shade lasts as long as you do". Rimmel make some pretty big claims for this eyeshadow and as I have personally had issues with some of their items in the past I was slightly dubious about it but as I got this free (as it was the cheapest in the 3 for 2) I couldn't complain that much!
The colour I opted for was "Enchantment" which is a lovely light mocha coloured eyeshadow with just a touch of a metallic hue to give it that bit of glamour (or 'Glam'!). My main reason for opting for this shade out of the range which were available (my local Boots only stock a small selection of the overall 17 shades) as it was neutral enough for wearing to work yet could be easily intensified for an evening look. There were a few other shades I did consider which was nice as normally a range has one or two neutral browns/beiges so it was nice to see there was a choice for me and I did consider buying another one or two but restrained myself as my thinking was if it wasn't great then I'd be stuck with three of them! The "Enchantment" shade would do for now as it was a versatile shade ideal for everyday and evening wear.
All of the Glam'Eyes Mono Eyeshadow come in a long rectangular case with a black base and a clear lid which clasps gently shut. On the front of the lid it features Rimmel's usual font logo and on the bottom of the base there is all the usual information one may need such as ingredients and contact info. I do like that you can see the eyeshadow initially but like with most eyeshadows the more you use them the worse they tend to look so I would have preferred a black lid - but this is purely my opinion and just being a bit picky! However, the compartment it comes in is sturdy and needs to be especially in my make up bag when it gets thrown around, dropped by a nearly 2 year old and I do find some of my eyeshadow lids have snapped off which means broken eyeshadow but this has survived well so far! The eyeshadow is rectangular in shape to fit in with its packaging and has a quilted effect complete with Rimmel's signature crown imprinted in the middle - it certainly does look quite glam but not for long!
To apply the eyeshadow you do as you would any other. It does come with a small little black foam tipped applicator which sits neatly in the case next to the eyeshadow itself - very handy. Rimmel do advise that these Glam'Eyes do blend easily which for me is useful as I tend to apply another lighter shade as a base together with a primer. The eyeshadow itself is very easy to apply and I found that you only need to sweep the applicator lightly onto the eyeshadow to get enough colour to apply a layer on the eyelid. The eyeshadow doesn't have that horrible, fine powdery texture that some have so apart from having no mess to contend with it is applied so easily but despite being the non-powdery sort it isn't heavy or thick in its consistency which is nice. I have to say though with this particular shade it is darker when applied so the first attempt I did get the black eye look but have since managed to apply it lightly to get a more subtle, natural shade!
As stated above I do use it in conjunction with a primer and a lighter shade and Rimmel claims it blends easily and effortlessly and I have to say that they are right with this. I have had no problems whatsoever blending with my primer or various other lighter eyeshadows I use. It doesn't take much to blend either, simply a sweep of the finger tip or applicator and the job is done. Some darker eyeshadows I have noticed tend to give that black eye look when they are starting to fade either that or they (mostly the brown shades) tend to go a little red in colour when wearing off but I have noticed that this shade doesn't whatsoever which is definitely a good thing. It also lives up to the claims that it doesn't fade or crease. I've had no problems whatsoever with it creasing and I do think that is down to its silky consistency.
However, my one moan would be that it doesn't last all that well. Now I don't use a lot of it admittedly when I first apply but I do find myself re-applying or I guess just touching it up after around 5 hours during a normal work day. I tend to have had my make up applied by half 7 in the morning and re-apply around 1ish so not that bad going and compared to others I have tried then it is long lasting but it would obviously be nice not to have to apply but this is only a small moan as it is great in other areas. Most eyeshadows are easy to remove and this is no different a simple wipe with a sponge/flannel or cosmetic wipe and the job is done easily and quickly. Now I can for some unknown reason react to some eyeshadows (mainly from the cheaper brands) and I can get a little dry patch on my eyelid but I am pleased to say that I haven't had any type of reaction with the Glam'Eyes Mono Eyeshadow which is obviously great as there is nothing worse than having a reaction to something especially on your face!
Overall, I really can't fault the eyeshadow for doing its job and my only minor gripe is the fact that it doesn't last all day but even though I'd have liked it to I wasn't expecting it to but I would definitely recommend it especially with a wide range of shades available ranging from the gorgeous purple hues to the more smokey blacks and greys there really are shades to suit most people. I love the fact that it doesn't have the powdery consistency and is just easily applied in a matter of seconds. I will be buying another few shades from the collection so I'm hoping Rimmel hang onto them and keep them for a long while yet as it has been a while since I have found a great eyeshadow which doesn't crease or fade easily. I give the Rimmel Glam'Eyes Mono Eyeshadow 5 whole stars simply because it does was it promises and it won't break the bank either!
~ Useful Info ~
Availability: Rimmel stockists such as pharmacies, supermarkets and online
Price: £4.49 - Boots June 2012
Shades: Various - 17 to choose from
Summary: A glamourously glam eyeshadow