I've been hearing about Icing (or Claire's) palettes for quite some time now, and I've always been interested in trying them. I first heard about these palettes from Emily of Beauty Broadcast. She's known for finding some great quality products at amazing bargains. She also has a youtube channel, which her reviews are very thorough and detailed.
BRAND: Icing PRODUCT: 10-Pan Eye Shadow Palette PRICE: 10USD PROS: Price, Blends Easily, Pigmentation, Packaging, Not Overly Shimmery/Glittery CONS: Can fade w/o primer, No solid matte shade, Not widely available Would I Recommend? Yes & No
The packaging reminds me a bit of my SLEEK palettes with the matte finish, and embossing on the top of the palette. Inside you get 10 shades, two sponge-tip applicators (which are decent) and a huge mirror. I love the mirror on this! Its really big and you see everything. The shadows are a little bigger than a quarter and the palette itself is just slightly bigger than my SLEEK ones. It doesn't take too much room on my vanity and stacks nicely with the other palettes.
When you first look at the palette, the bottom row of shadows look ridiculously frosty, but it's just an over spray. What is good about this palette is that even though it contains shimmer, the shimmer in each shadow isn't overwhelming. Its like a soft metallic - right in-between matte/satin and shimmer. Which is very nice to see since most drugstore shadows are super frosty. The colors are very blendable - but do be careful! If you over blend, the colors dissipate. If you look at the swatches, the top is with the over spray and the bottom is with the over spray rubbed off. You can tell that the 5th and 6th shadows are practically identical, so its like having a repeat of shadows. These shadows are pigmented and you get nice color pay-off in one swipe. The only real complaints I have about this palette is that it doesn't contain any warm shades - all the shadows seem to be on the cool side. I would love if it contained some matte shades as well, just to give the palette some balance. I would have also loved if this palette had more colors - like blues, cranberries, etc. Also, I find that without a primer underneath, the colors can fade after a few hours - so do use a good base of some sort if you're planning to get this palette.
I'd recommend this palette for girls who are into neutral shades and beginning blenders as these shadows are more forgiving than most. If you're more of a matte shadow type of girl or if you love vibrant, in-your-face colors, then this palette is not for you.
An EOTD for you. I'm a big fan of purple eye shadow. If the purples don't look right on me, it tells me the palette sucks, lol. I like the outcome of the look, so this palette passed the test, haha. I like how it brings out the reddy tones in my eye color.
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Icing Shadow Palette (The Purples & Charcoal)
Tigi Bead Head Palette (Matte Purple & Matte Vanilla)
Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Blackberry (waterline)
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner Pen
Sassi False Lashes
*I hate applying liner when I wear falsies. My hand starts to shake, esp. if it's my left eye, aha. My left eye's my trouble eye if you haven't noticed, lmao.
DISCLAIMER: I purchased this item with my own funds. I'm not affiliated with the company and all my reviews are 100% honest and un-biased.
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