Thursday, 12 September 2013

REVIEW | Barry M Shadow & Blush Palettes with Swatches*

When the pr photographs of these palettes popped in to my inbox I was very excited. I was just about to post a sneak peak of them when a box arrived at my door containing the actual products!! I have been using them for a few days now and was going to burst if I didn't get this post up today so I could share them with you, so here they are for your viewing pleasure.

There are 3 palettes in the collection at £6.49 each, Natural Glow, Smokin' Hot and Glamour Puss, which is limited edition.  All the palettes contain 6 eyeshadows and a blush. The colour diversity is great across each palette. meaning that there are roughly 3 lighter more natural shades and 3 darker more vibrant eyeshadow options.  I think this is a great ratio and works very well to move you from a day look to an evening eye with just 1 palette.

The packaging is lovely, exciting and well made. A good sized mirror sits in the lid of each palette allowing for touch ups on the go. The magnet in the lid means a secure closure and no nasty spills in your bag.  This is definitely a great start.

Barry M Natural Glow Shadow and Blush Palette

This is the most natural of the 3 palettes, I would even say it is a slight dupe of the Urban Decay Naked palette. You could easily purchase this palette as your only eyeshadows and be able to create very natural day looks as well as dark and sultry evening eyes.  The colours are lovely and perfect for autumn, as well as summer. The metallics are particularly beautiful.

The blush in this palette is probably the most disappointing out of the 3 palettes, although nicely pigmented with a slight shimmer, it it just very pale pink.

Barry M Smokin' Hot Shadow and Blush Palette

This is probably my favourite palette. The blush is a great colour for me, I have no doubt I will use it a lot to add a lovely flush to the cheeks. It is very pigmented, you only need a small amount for a good colour and it is buildable.  The least pigmented of the eye shadows in this palette is the plain black which is farthest right in the swatches next to the blush, it is really the only one I can complain about. The rest are lovely and shimmery.  This is going to be a great palette to use over Christmas and the party season.

Barry M Glamour Puss Shadow and Blush Palette

This is the limited edition palette and the one with the most unique colours, meaning that they may not appear suitable for an everyday wear. However, I actually think there is enough diversity of colours in this palette to suit most. The blush is very bright but with a light stroke can look quite beautiful.

In conclusion I would say that these palettes are great for the price. Most of the eye shadows are well pigmented, have good staying power and feel lovely and silky. Although the very pale colours are every so slightly powdery.

The metallic shades are particularly lovely as are the darker shimmer colours. These palettes would make amazing gifts or great additions to your own makeup collection.

The only thing is that most of the eyeshadows are shimmery or metallic so if you are looking for matte shades I would think these probably wouldn't be right for you.

Available in Superdrug 25th September 2013 

What do you think lovelies? Will you be picking up any of these?

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  1. I love the Glamour Puss... Gorgeous colors!


  2. These are gorgeous Ashly, I love the colors and how they have such beautiful depth... <3

  3. I've been thinking about getting a naked palette for ages, think I might need to get this instead much cheaper!


  4. I love glamour puss, color contained in that palette looks so pretty and pigmented <3

  5. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt13 September 2013 at 09:07

    The natural palette is amazing! Xx

  6. They do have beautiful depth, what a great description!

  7. very true! definitely worth the price lovie x

  8. I think this will be the most popular one :-)

  9. I'm so excited about the new Barry M launches, the palettes in particular! I think I'll definitely be picking up all three of these, will get so much use out of them :) Great review!

    Claire from Stylingo xxx

  10. definitely worth it. If boots do a 3 for 2 would be fab!

  11. Oh god yes, that would be amazing! Will have to keep our fingers crossed :)

    Claire from Stylingo xxx

  12. Boots seem to do them now and again so hopefully!!

  13. Wow, these look amazing! I've always had my eyes on the Urban Decay Naked palette but never bought it due to the cost. As you said, the Natural Glow palette is a nice dupe at a much lower price! Love the packaging as well, makes it look rather luxurious ;)

    Olivia x

  14. Hi Olivia, I would definitely recommend the natural glow palette. It really is lovely x

  15. Hi Ashly, I just picked up two of these palettes today and can't wait to try them! I'll be posting my review of them soon would love you to check it out and support a fellow beauty lover! x


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