L-R 'Rock This Khaki', 'Good Nude', 'Grey and Night' and 'Over Rose'
Top - 'Good Nude' Bottom - 'Overly Rose' All £7.99
Eye shadow palettes from the "drug store" I find tend to be a little hit and miss. When I first saw these Smokey Stories Palettes I immediately thought "they look pretty, are they gonna be any good?"
The NEW Smokey Stories Palettes* from Bourjois come in 8 different shades and are formulated with a cream-powder texture that feels buttery soft and well made, a far cry from some high street offerings. They also come with a bonus of a built in primer being integrated within the shadows to help intensify the colours and make them adhere longer. I think this is a genius idea, bravo Bourjois, bravo.
Each palette comes with four shadows inside. A light shade to highlight or use all over the lid, a medium shade and then a liner shade which can be used at the lash line or to further define the crease. What makes these different from other palettes out there is the addition of the "light touch" shade - a highly concentrated faceted glitter which adds a transparent veil of sparkle across the lid. If you're familiar with the Charlotte Tilbury eye shadow palettes, where you have a glittery "pop" colour, this is of the same suit, and is best used with fingertips to place the shadow in the centre of the lid to add that touch of sparkle.
My two favourite shades are 'Good Nude' and 'Over Rose'. Both are well pigmented and easily blended to create a soft natural makeup look or a full out glam look complete with the glitter "pop". The glittery shadow is quite chunky and a definite glitter as oppose to a subtle shimmer, but I think that was the idea behind them, and they're definitely best applied with fingertips to minimise the amount of fall out.
I think for the price and what you get these are a great find. There's a palette out there for everyone in an array of tones from greens to purples, to the classic greys and the soft browns . All put together to help you smoke out any eye look and add that touch of festive sparkle.
What do you think to these? Will they be gracing your dressing table this Christmas?
*Pr samples. All thoughts are of course my own.