Since everyone (including myself) loved last weeks ABH Shadow Couture World Traveler Palette review, I thought I would do another. This one is also a new palette quite near and dear to me (as you may have seen in my September Favourites) for good reason of course.
Lets start with what it is. This is the Annabelle Smokey Nudes palette** which I was kindly sent for review. It’s a neutral 10 shadow palette with a double ended brush. I haven’t used the brush so I am unsure of the quality but its nice that one was included. The 10 colours range from light to dark with the top 5 being part of the cooler, grey family while the bottom 5 are warmer and part of the brown family. There is a good mix of mattes, shimmers and one glitter shade in the mix.
Each shadow has a pretty consistent formula which is soft with medium, buildable pigmentation. For the darker colours, I find this useful but for the light colours, it is a little frustrating because they are harder to see on the skin. Other than that, the colours are pretty true to what they seem in the pan.
Top row, shade 1: This very light pink shade doesn’t show up on my skin at all, so I use it to set my eye shadow primer. It is completely matte.
Top row, shade 2: This tan shade is more of a subtle sheen on the skin. I feel like some people may be able to use it as a highlight though it is a little deceiving in the pan. I prefer it as a inner corner colour.
Top row, shade 3: This sheer taupe also has a bit of a sheen to it. I love this as a light lid colour or to add some dimension to the crease.
Top row, shade 4: Here we have the true grey shade of the palette. This mixes quite well with the next colour (the matte black of the palette) and is mostly matte (perhaps a satin shade).
Top row, shade 5: As I said, this is the matte black of the palette. It is great for someone to build up their black shadow without fear of going overboard.
Bottom row, shade 1: This is a pretty intense white with some sparkle added to it. This would be an intense inner corner highlight for me.
Bottom row, shade 2: This is a camel gold colour and is my favourite colour in the palette. Again there is some shine to this and it looks amazing as an all over the lid shade.
Bottom row, shade 3: This is a beautiful bronze colour that I really like as well. I would use this all over the lid and under the waterline (perhaps to set the Annabelle Stay Sharp Metallic Eye Liner in Bronzy).
Bottom row, shade 4: This is the one eye shadow that has glitter in it which was a little deceiving online. This otherwise matte brown has some red/gold flecks of tiny glitter throughout. I love it but it isn’t what you might expect.
Bottom row, shade 5: Here is the deep and dark matte brown of the palette. Perfect in the crease or to mix with the matte black to soften the smoky eye.
On the back of the palette, it gives you three little tutorials depending on what kind of look you’re going for: a Maximum Impact, Intense Smokey or a Nude look. Let me know if you want to see these looks recreated and I will see what I can do.
Do I recommend this? Of course. As I mentioned initially, I really like this palette. I would say this is a perfect starter palette, great for the nude eye shadow lover or any eye shadow collector. I wouldn’t say the packaging was made for travel as it feels pretty easy to crack, but it is quite small and compact if you should choose to take it around with you. This is available online or at Shoppers for about $13 and I feel like it is worth every penny.
Til next time, ttfn x