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Rimmel Traffic Stopping Eyeshadow Trio
Rimmel Traffic Stopping Eyeshadow Trio
Member Name: Graygirl
Rimmel Traffic Stopping Eyeshadow Trio
Date: 07/05/12, updated on 06/08/13 (122 review reads)
Advantages: A lovely selection of coordinating eyeshadow trios in a number of colourways
Disadvantages: Small, and colour payoff not as good as I had expected. A bit expensive for what you get.
There are four colour options available, and I think the shades are beautifully coordinated. They are: Over the Limit (brown), Sharp Turn (grey), Speeding (green), and No Parking (purple). I would describe the Over the Limit shades as dark brown, gold/bronze and cream. Sharp Turn has indigo/navy, light grey and pinky/cream. Speeding has a deep, olive/khaki shade, pale green and creamy/gold. No Parking has deep purple, bright purple and creamy/gold.
The RRP for each palette is £6.49, and in spite of my best efforts, I was unable to find the colours I wanted (the green palette) anywhere cheaper. (At the time of writing this review - 7th May - I have seen No Parking on eBay for £2.95 plus 95p for postage). Because most of my cosmetics and skincare purchases are made online, my next step was to find a retailer that offered free delivery, and I then placed my order with ASOS. Even though I opted for the free delivery service, my eyeshadows arrived within a couple of days. Unfortunately, when I opened the parcel, my palette was damaged, with the cream shadow having sheared loose from its base and consequently spread itself all over the packaging. I was very pleased with the way ASOS handled this, and I go into more detail about that later in the review.
Once I received a set in perfect condition, I realized that I was quite disappointed in the size of the palette - it is small, and feels a bit flimsy - as if it might break quite easily if it was accidentally dropped. I also think that I had perhaps been seduced by the photographs in the glossy magazine into thinking that the globes of eyeshadow were larger!
The palette is designed to resemble a set of traffic lights, and it opens from the left-hand side. The three small globes of eyeshadow are protected by a piece of shaped plastic, and this stores the small, two-headed sponge applicator. I don't normally bother with these applicators, as I find them too fiddly, but for this product I have actually found it quite useful when applying the shadow wet.
There are instructions on the base of the palette, with a diagram that shows you where to apply each colour - a highlighter, on the eyelid, and at the outer corner of the eye.
When I began to apply the highlighter, I quickly realized that it was shedding little bits of sparkly star dust all down my cheeks, so a bit of care needs to be taken with this
According to Rimmel's own website, these eyeshadows are apparently Rimmel's 'first ultra-high payoff maximum colour impact'. Well, I'm afraid I don't agree with that statement. In fact I would say that for maximum impact you either need to apply at least three coats, or you need to apply the shadow wet. I found the colours to be very sheer, and after first applying the shadow with a brush, I then decided I would get a better result using the tip of my ring finger to press the shadow to my lid. I found this difficult in the contour line, and so - for the first time ever - I bravely ventured into applying eyeshadow wet, using the small sponge applicator to apply both the paler shade, and to work the darker green shadow into the contour line. I was pleased with the result, and felt that this gave the colour the extra 'oomph' I had been looking for.
The silky powder formula blends quite well and lasts reasonably well - as long as I have primed my lids with some pressed powder. If I apply it directly to my 'naked' skin it doesn't last half so well.
Once you get to grips with the small palette and small globes of shadow - and also with your favoured technique for application - this isn't a bad product. It's certainly nice for me to have found two green shades that work so well together, plus a highlighter, in one handy (for handy, read actually quite small) package.
After some use, I have found that the palette can become a bit messy, as bits of powder flake off, and I'm glad I kept the little piece of protective plastic, because this helps keep things a bit tidier.
It's available from Boots, ASOS and other outlets, but don't rely on the Boots website to show you the colours - their swatches are absolutely tiny. Take a look instead at Rimmel's own website, or the ASOS website, which give a much better representation of the colours. If you're buying in store and there is a tester available, it's definitely worth trying the shadows on the back of your hand so that you can gauge the density of the colours.
A brief aside here about the service from ASOS. When my parcel arrived, I opened it to find the little palette wrapped in a plastic bag and protected within the box by large plastic 'bubbles'. However, when I opened the bag I was very disappointed to find that the creamy highlighter shade had broken away from its base, resulting in a lovely, sparkly mess everywhere. I later saw from one of the reviews on Boots' product page that I am not alone in finding the highlighter had broken apart. You wouldn't have this problem if you were buying in store and could actually see what you're getting, but it may be a problem if you're buying online, as I did.
I emailed ASOS about the problem, and was pleased to hear back from them quite quickly (their promise is that their Customer Service Team will respond within four hours). I was told that a replacement would be delivered the next day, and indeed it was. In fact I even had an email the following morning to tell me that my parcel would arrive between 9.45am and 10.45am - the doorbell rang at 10am. I did not need to return the damaged item, and I was requested to dispose of it as I desired, but to recycle if at all possible. I was impressed with this level of service. When my second palette arrived, it came in a little black presentation box, and was in perfect condition.
I have been a bit unsure about how many stars to give this product. I am certainly happy (eventually) with the colours I chose, and think they look nice with my hazel eyes. However, I think £6.49 is a bit pricey for the three little globes of eyeshadow, especially as it takes some effort to get the colour payoff that I require. My Make Up Academy trio from Superdrug has the same size shadows, is of a similar quality, and cost me only £2.50. Another comparison I would make is the Barry M Trio Eyeshadow, which comes in eight colourways, provides a much better quality of eye shadow and costs £5.99. I have this trio in Golden Goddess, which I bought after reading an excellent review of this product by dawnymarie.
So, after some thought, I'm only giving Rimmel's Traffic Stopping Eyeshadow Trio three stars, because I think the negative points outweigh the positives. Although the green shades are what I was looking for, applying the colours dry gives a poor covering. The packaging is a bit flimsy, and I don't think this palette is very good value for money - you can buy better quality for a similar price, or similar quality for a better price.
This product is made in China, can be used for up to 30 months after opening, and the palette is recyclable after use.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
Summary: A trio of coordinating eyeshadows, which can be applied either dry or wet for more intense colour