It really takes a lot for a drugstore product to impress me, and the list of those that have remains pretty short- especially drugstore brand products! Let’s take a look at this special palette from London Drugs…
The makeup palette looks almost like a DVD in size and shape, it even has the Vol II on the spine, as if you were storing it in a DVD case which I think is pretty cute, especially if you own any of the other ones (p.s. it also comes in Vol I Smoky and Vol III Plum)! The magnetic closure works really well, it’s got quite a bit of resistance to it and the mirror on the inside cover is massive- amazing for doing your entire face makeup, let alone touch-ups on the go. The palette is quite large in size, so its not exactly purse friendly (well, maybe for some of you that love massive handbags, haha)!
I’m not a fan of mixing powders with creams in palettes…it usually just ends in mess. However, because the eyeshadows are frosty and not really shimmery/flaky, I don’t find theres a lot of fall out and even after using this palette several times, my lip glosses and lip color still remain powder-free, so that’s good!
The palette contains three eyeshadows, all bronzy-neutral shades that go together really well, whether you want a simple daytime wash of color or an evening smoky bronze look. I wish that the lightest shade would have been a matte or satin shade, as I’m always a little disappointed to see all shimmer colours in a palette, as I’m not a fan of the disco-ball-total-shimmer eye look. The eyeshadows don’t have names, so I’ll simply describe each one by their appearance:
- Cream: The lightest shade is a frosty buttercream shade, great for all over the lid to brighten the eye, or as a brow bone highlight.
- Bronze: A mid tone, frosty bronze shade, great for crease work or even all over the lid
- Taupe: A midtone, frosty bronzy-purple shade, also great for crease work. Probably not the best as a lid shade, as the purple in it can look a little like a bruise if over-used.
The Lip Color
The palette includes one lip color, which I’m actually pretty darn impressed with! It’s a nude pink, in-between a light and mid tone shade…something that will still look nude, but not concealer-lips nude. I also find it makes my lips look A LOT fuller when I wear it! It works as a great base for the lip glosses. It has decent pigmentation, it’s smooth and overall my favorite lip product in the palette.
The Lip Glosses
The lip glosses are thick, as typical of those found in palette form. As well, there are no names to the products, but it includes a peachy-pink shade and a deep rose shade, both of which have a golden shimmer to them. They are smooth, not sticky and have a sheer (yet noticeable) color payoff. Check out my video review where I put them on my own lips.
The blush is probably the most disappointing product in this palette, simply because even though the color looks stunning in the pan, it has next to no color payoff. It’s such a light peachy shade that even on my NC20 skin, it hardly shows up. It’s a satin blush, with no visible shimmer when worn but does give a little light reflection, so I like layering it on top of my regular blush for a little highlight.
The palette does have a slight ‘makeup’ smell…you know, the kind when products are unscented and unmasked by strong perfumes? Honestly, I prefer it to overly sweet cover-up scents, because its still very mild compared to some drugstore makeup products I’ve smelled.
I’d say this product is mainly suitable for light to medium skin tones, because of the lip color & glosses, but if you like the concept then check out the other palettes in the line (I haven’t seen them, but I’d love to)! At $14.99 CDN, I think its an awesome deal for my fellow Canadian beauties!
- Price: $14.99 CDN
- Availability: London Drugs
- Overall: An amazing palette for a drugstore brand- the quality of the eyeshadows and lip products are fantastic, I just wish the blush was a little more pigmented so the entire palette could be a complete look on its own.
- Rating: A-