Hello out there!!
Happy Hump Day to you! Or as Hoda & Kathie Lee would say, it's Winesday Wednesday! I'm still burning that Harvest Coffee candle from B&BW and it just smells DIVINE. In a cute mason jar. Go get one! :) Anyway, today's topic is the eyeshadow duos from Boots No7. I have never heard anyone talk about these, but after having a really good experience with the brand's Beautifully Matte foundation, I decided to explore some more products. These were around $7 at Target (click here to see them on Target's website). Something I noticed right away was that so many of these trios and some other duos were BROKEN in the display. Have you noticed that? At first I just figured customers were getting careless and tossing around makeup, but as I'll explain in this post- the really frosty shades are actually quite fragile! So here's what I have...
Boots No7 Eyeshadow Trio in Faithful
Are you loving the mint!? So pretty! I'm actually loving the way all of these shades come together. I swatched them here without a primer, and as you can see, none of the shades in this kit are super frosty. The lighter shades popped even more in person, but you're getting a slightly pearly mint color, a satiny, iridescent pink, and a deep matte plummy brown. I found these to be soft, super blendable, and performed so well on top of an eyeshadow primer- as you'll see in this look...
I was wearing the Faithful trio in my Try This, Not That: Eyeliner video and figured I'd be blogging about the shadow, so I snapped a pic! I used the mint on the lid (which actually appears almost matte on the lids), and I layered the plummy brown on the outer part of the lid-- I LOVE the way it looks when those shades overlap. I also blended the plummy brown in the crease, and when you sheer it out, even more of the red tones come through. I used the pink under the brow. Overall- two thumbs up for this trio!
Boots No7 Eyeshadow Trio in Cappuccino
Like the other trio, this one is pigmented and I wasn't able to quite capture how pretty it is in the swatch picture! But in this grouping, the shades quite a bit more shimmery. You get a pearly white, a shimmery dusty-lilac color, and a metallic bronzy-brown. That bronze is FRAGILE. OMG. This trio needs a "handle with care" label on it. There was a teeny crack in the top of that shade when I bought it, but I was able to just press it down a bit with my finger and thought I had no problem. Well, when I was talking about this on Beauty Broadcast Live, I simply put the product in my "Face of the Day" basket and a substantial chunk came out and shadow went everywhere! Now- get this... I just now opened the compact and there's now another crack on the right side! What?! I think just snapping the compact closed is enough to fracture this shade. I can't imagine what this would do tossed in a travel bag and taken on a plane. I've tried some soft shadows in my day, but that bronze is way too soft. And thinking back to all the broken shadows in the display... there are other shimmery shades doing the same thing.
Anyway, this was the trio I was wearing on Beauty Broadcast Live last Thursday, and in my YouTube Made Me Buy It Tag video. I forgot to take a still picture, but you can still get a sense of how natural this trio is. You're not going to get any heavy contouring because the bronzy-brown (while pigmented) just isn't super dark. I used the pearly shade on the inner corner and under the brow, the dusty lilac on the lid, and the bronze in the crease. The shadows were pretty and easy to work with, but again, why so fragile? I give this one thumb up.
Have you tried any of the Boots No7 eyeshadows? What has your experience been like? Any favorites or duds? Let me know! :)
- I have been a tutorial-shooting machine for my upcoming series!! Don't forget- my starter kit video which includes a big giveaway will go up later today! :)
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