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Friday, 23 January 2015

Save or Splurge: Cruelty Free Eye-shadow Palettes



 I've only recently embraced eye-shadows, but once you do there's no going back. In this post I want to do a quick low down for you all on a few cruelty free palettes which have earned themselves a permanent place in my make-up bag. Whether you want to save or splurge on your eye wear, check these out...



SAVE: BARRY M NATURAL GLOW AND STARRY EYED PALETTES at £6.49 each






These Barry M palettes are pretty neat. Each set comes with six different shades including both shimmery and matte colours. I also love that both palettes include a complimentary blush colour for the cheeks; a pale pink in the Naturals palette and a bright pop of coral in the Starry Eyed. The Natural Glow Palette is a gorgeous collection of subtle 'barely there' shades that enhance your eyes without screaming 'I'm wearing makeup' and are perfect for daytime wear. Starry Eyed is pretty much Natural Glow's evil alter ego, featuring intense, highly pigmented and colourful shades it literally dazzles in glittering blues, reds and golds that you can use to create striking evening looks. To see a subtle look I created using both of these palettes click here. One thing I would say is that the shimmery shades in both these palettes are quite subtle, don't expect a full on glitter overload as unfortunately that's not the case - but they are still great for a sultry shimmer.

The packaging is really lovely and looks cute in your make-up bag whilst the mirror on the inside is a god-send when you're re-touching out and about! Personally I'm not a massive fan of the sponge wands that are included in these palettes and prefer to use my own eye brushes - but for the price you can't complain! All in all, I think these palettes are excellent value for money and perform like a high end brand. The colours are all gorgeous and wearable and bought together, these palettes are a killer duo.





SPLURGE: URBAN DECAY ORIGINAL NAKED PALETTE at £37.00





When it comes to eye-shadow, Urban Decay has to be one of the biggest names going and to be honest it's hard to find a blogger that hasn't blogged about at least one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes for eyes. Having received one as a gift for Christmas this year, I have now finally found out what all the hype is about. Quite simply, these eye-shadows are really really (really) good. It's not just the beautiful packaging, the incredibly effective two-ended brush or the fact that you get four samples of their famous Eye primer potion (although this all helps of course), it's that no-one can deny the perfect combination of shades that Urban Decay has created in this palette.

You get twelve shades in the palette ranging from neutral pinks and champagnes through to smouldering golds and bronzes into velvety purples, blues and inky blacks. Trust me - you'll use all of these! My particular favourites at the moment - and I do love a shimmer - are the shades 'Sin', 'Virgin' and 'Half-Baked'. Half-Baked, I have to say is probably the ultimate of all pale gold shadows, I never thought I would obsess over an eye-shadow but this one really hits the mark for me. It's subtle enough for daytime on it's own, but pair it with 'Smog' or 'Toasted' and you immediately have the ingredients for a killer evening look. 'Sin' meanwhile, is the holy grail of all inner corner shadows, it's a pearl coloured shimmery shade with a hint of pink that reflects the light beautifully, recently I haven't left the house without using this to highlight under my brows and the inner corner of my eyes for a wide-awake look.


Now, on to that brush I mentioned. At £37 I think you'd be pretty peed off if the palette didn't come with some sort of tool but with this set you will not be disappointed. The one included with the palette is a double-ended crease and shadow brush, one end sports the traditional flat tightly packed bristles for applying colour evenly over the lid and the other end (my favourite) features a fluffy head that makes blending and applying colour to the crease of your lid a breeze! Overall, this palette is a gorgeous and classic piece to add to any make-up collection but at £37 I'd suggest trying out some cheaper palettes until you're sure you're a fan of wearing shadow!










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So there we are! Two lots of cruelty free eye-shadow palettes... one at the bargain end of the scale and one at the blow out but whichever one you plump for, I think they're both lovely! Out of the two, however, I would have to go for the Urban Decay Palette simply because I think it combines all the selling points of the Barry M palettes in one beautiful set with the bonus of an excellent brush. Don't forget to comment below if you enjoyed the post, have any tips or thoughts you'd like to share, or have tried any of these palettes and would like to have your say! :)

14 comments:

  1. I love nude colors of Urban Decay. It's a good and ethic brand!

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    1. They're so perfect!!! And absolutely! In 2012 they pulled out on plans to market in China purely because they did not want to compromise their animal testing ethos :)

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  2. Sadly Urban decay has been brought out by L'oreal but non the less I enjoyed reading this review :)

    Spiked Black Tee: A cruelty free blog

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    1. Unfortunately this is true! I'm sure many readers will make their own decisions concerning parent companies however personally I continue to support both The Body Shop and Urban Decay despite their parent company as TBS carries out significant campaigns against animal testing that are very much in the public eye and I feel this is very important, furthermore both lcompanies are still certified by the Leaping Bunny as cruelty free and this is one of my main CF sources. Additionally I respect Urban Decays 2012 decision to pull out of China specifically due to the animal testing laws in that country. Also in correspondence I have had with both companies I have been assured that consumers will not be funding any tests that would potentially be carried out by their parent company! However as I said before I entirely respect those who feel they cannot support these brands anymore and personally these are the only brands with a testing parent company that I support - all others I feel are compromised. But I am so glad you enjoyed reading this post and hope you will enjoy future ones that perhaps don't feature these brands :) :) !!! Xxxxx ( sorry for the essay I just like to make my own reasons clear for everyone :))

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  3. What do you think about follow each other via bloglovin? If you want, just follow me there and I'll follow you back! http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/anna-alina-3947784

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    1. Thanks Anna Alina, your blog looks lovely, I have followed! :) Hope you liked the post too! :)

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  4. Great post! I've been looking at the Barry M websites online lately, but was yet to read a review of them so this post was really useful for me! Oh gosh though... you've once again tempted me into buying a Naked palette! I'm trying to be good this year and not spend too much on make-up, but I've never tried any Urban Decay products before and the Naked palettes are so beautiful!

    Great post :)
    Charlotte xx
    dobeautywithcharlotte.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! I'd really recommend the Barry M palettes they are great! Plus there's a shade in the Starry Eyed palette almost identical to Urban Decay's 'Smog' :)! I've been trying to budget too but everything is so tempting haha! If you love eyeshadow I don't think you can go wrong with taking the plunge and going for Urban Decay they are deservedly famous! Your blog looks awesome I can't wait to check it out fully :) :)

      Annie xx

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  5. I love my Naked 2 palette! I agree with your above comment too, totally respect Urban Decay for pulling out of the China thang. The Barry M palettes look super nice! Might have to give one a try :) great post!
    amber love

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  6. They're brilliant aren't they! Just having the one is tempting me to try out all three! So glad you liked the post :)! For everyday wear I'd definitely recommend the Barry M palettes they wear really well, look gorgeous and I don't feel as guilty when I notice certain colours running out super fast (as I do with the pricey Urban Decay palettes!) I loveee your blog! I can't wait for some free time when I can catch up with all my favourites :)!!

    Annie xx

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  7. I love my Urban Decay Naked palette, don't think i would ever be without it now!... i tried the Barry M natural glow palette but it wasn't as pigmented as i would have wanted it to be... xxx

    KirstyLeigh // Bloglovin

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    1. I feel the same! I think after comparing the Barry M shadows with the Urban Decay ones you definitely miss the pigmentation that you get with the UD! Thanks for commenting :) xxx

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  8. I have both of these Barry M palettes and I love them! :)

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