Thursday, 12 July 2018

XOXO from Revolution's Soph x eyeshadow palette...

Looking at Revolution's site and on the Superdrug site, the brand's best-selling eyeshadow palette [at the time] was the Soph x one, and it also has hundreds of 5-star customer reviews. Whenever something is hotly hyped and highly reviewed in the beauty community, I tend to get suspicious, especially when it is a collaboration with someone who already has a fanbase who will big them up, regardless of how the actual product performs. So me being me, instantly decided to order it, to find out if it really is as good as they all say it is... 
Just to clarify; I'd never seen a Sophdoesnails tutorial until after I'd bought one of the palettes (to see what looks she did with it) - heck I'd never even heard of her, so having a particular name attached to it won't effect my overall opinion of it one way nor the other.

Penguin [white matte], Pancakes [light nude matte], Fairy Lights [champagne shimmer], Pink Champagne [ice pink shimmer, Iced Coffee [taupe matte], Cuppa Tea [light tan matte]

Grow Old [old gold shimmer], Sparks Fly [bronze shimmer], Smokey Bronze [dirty bronze shimmer], Mixed Berries [violet shimmer], Tiramisu [light brown matte], Peaches [muted peach matte]

Cloudberry [peach matte], Pumpkin [burnt orange matte], Pine Tree[forest green shimmer], Petrol [smoky grey with teal shimmer], Pug [fawn matte], Danger [dusty red matte]

Strawberry Sweets [mid pink matte], Festive Flame [red/brown with gold shimmer], Copper Coin [copper shimmer], Mug Cake [chocolate brown matte], Rosewood [bark brown matte], Nightmare [black matte]

The biggest plus for this palette is that it can be used for a variety of complete eye looks, covering every occasion, season & major celebration; I look at the palette and instantly see shades that scream Christmas,  Halloween, Valentine's Day, Easter, down to a summer BBQ. There are attractive shade combinations for work, dates, weekend shopping trips with mates and parties/special occasions. I see it all here...

 I have liked the majority of looks I've done to date. The blendability is mostly good - though like with some other mass-market eyeshadows, I've noticed that layering a matte shadow over a shimmer one when shadowing the edges of the eye can be iffy to blend out. There isn't much fallout. To get a good idea about the wearability of the shadows, I haven't been using eyeshadow primer with this palette and found that for the most part the pigmentation is nice for the price-point and there is minimal colour fading.

On the downside; quite a few of the light and mid-tone neutrals end up looking pretty much the same after they've been applied and blended - I'd have much preferred it if all of the top row [they're the most poorly pigmented shades in the palette & all need layering] and some of the other close-matching neutral shades hadn't been included and either have the remaining pans bigger, or have included some more pops of colour to replace them (maybe expanding on the purple, pink and green shades, or introducing a blue shade?). Strawberry Sweets is the biggest let-down for me in terms of quality; it was the shade that first drew me towards this palette, but it is dry and I need to layer it over another matte to make it pop. Petrol was the other let-down; I don't usually foil shadows for reviews/demos, but I had to with Petrol, as it wouldn't apply to my lids when dry - either with brushes or finger.

 Also; the shade names of the products are printed on a clear plastic shadow shield that slips and slides everywhere so I'll inevitably lose it, rather than on the actual palette. This niggle doesn't effect the actual products in any way so I don't mean to make a big deal about it, but it's something that winds me up because - as I know I've repeated a few times now - I like to know exactly what I'm wearing, and if I find a tutorial somewhere and want to copy it, then it'd be easier if the shades were on the palette - I'm rather surprised that a beauty-based YouTuber didn't consider this when she collaborated on a eyeshadow palette.

[Yep; I  know that I misspelled Pumpkin]

I don't outright regret buying this palette, as it is a [mostly] decent quality for the price and the shade range is impressive. I'll keep the palette for now, but I have realized that I hardly reach for it anymore; I tend to reach for the new Soph x palette (guess what I'll be reviewing soon?) over this, as I prefer the shades in it. Heck; to be blunt I reach for one of my other palettes over this when I know what kind of shades/finishes I'm looking for and I know that this palette contains them = this is just sitting around unloved most of the time now. I don't know why, maybe because I zoom in on the bits I'm not keen on?

I do think that this would make a nice starter palette for those new to using colourful shades of eyeshadow, as you still have plenty of neutrals and can just incorporate the odd 'pop' when you want. So yeah; Soph x is an excellent experimental palette in that instance; you can dip your toes in to the world of colourful eyeshadows, without spending much money.  However if you're someone like me and already have a nice choice of eyeshadow palettes on hand, then there's not anything here that makes Soph x stand out from the crowd. If your new to eyeshadow in general then I don't recommend starting with Soph x, since some of the shades are tricky to work with.

The Soph X eyehadow palette can be bought from the Revolution site or Superdrug [site & stores] for £10.


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