It’s been a long time since I tried any of Primark’s makeup, I tried a couple of bits when they first started delving into beauty and I’ll admit I wasn’t particularly a fan of anything that I tried. I’ve heard a few rave reviews over the years about other products, but after not having much luck hunting them down it’s generally been an area of the store that I kept away from. However on a recent trip I spotted the Primark Leopard Luxe eyeshadow palette which had me a little intrigued.
Firstly the packaging feels quite lovely for a mere £4, it’s a high quality plastic packaging nicely designed, with a mirror inside, initially this is what captured my interest, but after a couple of swatches of some of the metallics I decided to bring the palette home and see how Primark Beauty has evolved since my last tries. The metallics in the Primark Leopard Luxe Eyeshadow Palette felt really soft and creamy, reminding me of the kind of texture that Colourpop Supershock Shadows have, so whilst I peaked with some high hopes, I did notice when I was back at my car about 25 minutes later other than a faint trace of glitter there was nothing left behind on the back of my hands.
I loved the colour scheme of the palette, it’s warm bronzey colours paired with more olivey camouflage tones seemed like a perfect autumn and winter palette. There was a nice mix of finishes from mattes, metallics and foily glitters too. Whilst I very rarely take eyeshadow palettes with me in my handbag, I think this (or other colour-ways in the same range) would make a really nice and cheap thing to carry with you without the worry that it might break as it’s very inexpensive, in this palette there’s quite a few different looks you can create with it, but the shade which drew me in was that sparkly olive shade on the bottom row called Crossfire.
Matte shades : Decoy (cream), Dawn (mid tan brown), Camouflage (olive green), Deception (chocolate brown) & Blackout (Charcoal brown)
Shimmers: Sincere (Champagne), Blaze (bronze), Gold Dust (golden bronze)
Shimmer/glitter finish : Crossfire (olive green)
You’ll see from above the swatches aren’t the most pigmented and I had to go over some of the paler shades a couple of times, however the mattes felt creamy and pigmentation built easily on the second swatch so it didn’t seem like the performance would be too bad on the eyes. I did find that they did need a good primer underneath, the fact that they seemed to fade easily on the hand was an indicator, without it they did seem to fade on the eye too, in the look below I included one eye without primer and you can see the mattes have not applied as smoothly on the outer corner. The mattes were a little difficult to blend out and found using the lighter shades first beneficial to get a smoother blend.
Despite that every time I’ve worn the Primark Leopard Luxe eyeshadow palette I’ve had a compliment on my eye look, particularly when I’ve had the sparkly green shadow on. The one shade I found a little disappointing was ‘Blaze’ in the pan it’s this stunning gorgeous foily bronze, however as it’s swatched or applied with a brush it seems to crush the creamy texture out of it a little and it becomes more of a standard shimmer/metallic, it’s still a pretty colour – but not quite as unique as I thought I’d found in such a budget palette.
Look : Cool in Camo
Shades Used : Decoy, Dawn, Deception, Blackout, Crossfire, Sincere & Camouflage.
I first but “Decoy” through the crease and then layered “Dawn” over, I then placed “Deception” in the outer corner stopping on the outer two thirds then layered “Blackout” underneath. I patted “Crossfire” on with my finger on top of a glitter glue primer and then finished the brow bone with “Sincere”. On the inner corner I used a little bit of “Sincere” to give more of a glow, and then under the bottom lashes used “Camouflage”.
Eye Look : Bronzed Belle
Shades Used : Decoy, Deception, Blackout, Goldlust, Blaze, Sincere
Method : Decoy through the crease, then I blended a little of deception through the middle of the crease and then used Blackout in the outer corner. I then used Goldlust and placed on the inner third of the lid, and then patted Blaze in the middle of the eye before lightly blending together. I smudged Blackout under the bottom lashes and then put a little bit of Sincere right on the inner corner and near the tear ducts. Apparently, I then forgot to apply mascara!
I have no idea how quickly Primark’s beauty range moves between new stock, but if it’s anything like their clothing I’d recommend if you are interested picking it up if you see it as it might not be there the next time. I think I’ll get some wear out of this through autumn, however I think I might pass this on to my Mum as these are the kind of colours she wears a lot, and she’s complimented me on the green! My latest foray into Primark’s range however is a success and it’s left me feeling a bit more reassured if I was to buy from them again that I’m getting something that’s good quality for the price.
Have you tried Primark’s makeup lately or do you have any favourites from the store that I need to try? If you’re interested in more Primark beauty you can find some reviews of the masks I’ve tried here.