“ Brand: Ruby Hammer / Type: Eyeliners „
This is a review of a gift box of eye glitter pots I bought in the sale at Debenhams. They are part of the Ruby Hammer Recommends range that Debenhams sell exclusively and the set includes 12 little pots of eye shadow and a black kohl pencil and an eye shadow brush.
I paid £7.50 for the set (price was £10) which I thought was good value as I wanted to try out all the colours.
Once opened, the packaging is throwaway. All the pots sit in a thin plastic tray for display purposes but I immediately removed them to save storage space. You can see the pots through a clear plastic front on the box. Each pot has 'Ruby recommends' printed on the sides and they feel quite chunky and plastic and a bit cheap if I'm honest.
What you get
Six of the eye shadows are 'dust' and six are cream. I am not sure how much use I will get from the cream ones but will probably use them as eyeliners (well the ones that are suitable colours at any rate). The ones I like best are the dusts which are all lovely vibrant colours. Each dust pot holds 2.5g and the cream have 5g in them. The Kohl eye liner is black and short (1g) and not the one pictured either, there is no pink band on mine at the base and mine looks very cheap like one you would get on the market! There is also an applicator in the box which I am quite annoyed about, having seen the publicity picture it has a lovely looking brush with the set. Mine is black and synthetic and square tipped and I don't like it! The one on the photo looks like a lovely soft natural brush. Huh.
The creams are a bit waxy and not easy to apply evenly. I got a clean cotton bud to dig a bit out of the pot (rather than using their nasty brush) and it was a bit lumpy when applying. Once on the colours are glossy and quite translucent and shimmery and very understated which is good on the eye area if you are trying to be subtle. There is a mauve one which I think I can get away with as a lip tint too (I wouldn't dare use it on my eyes!).
The dusts are more fun colours from a deep purple to a bright pink and greens, blues and a fabulous shimmery black. They are so sparkly you just feel you need to hit the dance floor straight away! Used dry they are sparkly but dampened down you can get a really fabulous foil effect with them.
Whilst I wasn't wild about the cream eye shadows, the dust ones make the set worth the money on their own. I immediately wanted to try out lots of new looks with them and couldn't decide which was my favourite colour!
I had to try the shimmer powders as a nail varnish colour, just using clear dabbed into the powder and they created a stunning range of colours with extra shimmeryness! One coat gives such depth of colour too. They felt a little rough on the nail but a top coat evened things out on this front and gave extra longevity to the nail colour. I got around three days of wear from my creation.
I wish the dust pots had sifters in them as you open the lid and all of the product is just there, ready to fall out on the carpet! I do love the vibrant shades though and whilst I wasn't wild about the creams, I will try to use them a few times before I completely give up on them! The brush will go straight in the bin as it is awful quality unlike the one in the picture and I will probably pass the kohl pencil on to my mum as I am unlikely to use it.