Sunday, 5 September 2010

Boots No.7 Colour Rebellion Eye Palette Review & Swatches

Here are photos and swatches of the new No.7 Colour Rebellion Eye palette, part of the limited edition Autumn Collection created by makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, available from Boots. The palette costs £10.50 and consists of 4 vivid eyeshadows, all with a slight shimmer to them. The outside of the palette is faux snakeskin with a gold No.7 embossed on the centre. The colours are described as:

Indigo Blue
Purple haze
Red lead
Chrome Green

No.7 Limited Edition Colour Rebellion Eye Quad
Each of the four eyeshadows has the same snakeskin embossed detail as the outside of the palette which is a nice touch. But now for the colours:

They look incredibly vivid at first sight and although many might think they are pretty jewel tones, their brightness could put some people off. However, when I applied them for swatches, they were less pigmented than they appear. In this instance I would say it is a bonus because if you are feeling timid, it is easy to be more restrained in application and get a pretty wash of colour. Then, when you want to vamp it up a bit you can make the colours more intense. The first swatches are of the colours applied dry but the second is of the colours applied wet. You should be able to see the difference in intensity.

Applied dry

Applied Wet

All 4 colours are stunning and I think would look great used wet as eyeliners if you aren't keen to use them all over the eye. My favourites are the purple and the bronze as I have green eyes and I know that these shades really make my eye colour come to life.

Both the hues of the azure blue and the bronze applied wet reminded me of couple of the Estee Lauder Liquid Eyeshadows from the Summer Bronze Goddess Collection, so if you missed out on those, this could be a cheaper option, albeit without the phenomenal EL staying power.

Compared to some of the more muted smokey colours released this season by brands such as Dior and Chanel, this palette stands out as something original (and less than a third of the price!) and is well worth a place in anyone's makeup bag.

If you want more inspiration on how to use the colours together, Lisa Eldridge wore the bronze on the lid and the lilac just under the eye, paired with a nude lip, in a giveaway video on her website It is well worth a look as she looks stunning and is a testament to the versatility of the palette.

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