I was in Boots the other day, picking up some essentials, and something compelled me to take a stroll down the Christmas gift aisle. I wasn’t actually looking for anything (smug so-and-so that I am, all my shopping was done by mid-November) but there I was. And look what found its way into my basket…
Front Cover Cosmetics hasn’t ever really been on my radar before now. I’ve seen their packs on the shelves in Boots before but always just written them off as cheap and uninteresting. I’ve never really been one for all-in-one kits, preferring to buy a number of different items to create a look. Well, how wrong I was. This palette is actually rather lovely indeed., although I’m not entirely convinced that I want my eyes to be popping…
Let’s take a closer look. The palette is quite small, a really good size to take away for a weekend. It’s quite heavy but it is made of chunky plastic. The top flips up to reveal 12 nicely sized shadows, and a generous mirror, and the bottom drawer slides out to show six more shadows and two brushes. This reminds me of a Bobbi Brown shimmer palette actually.
All the shadows are baked minerals. The colours are intense and true, with very little fall-out, but they are all super shimmery. If I had one wish to improve this palette, it would be that there were a couple of matte shades included, and perhaps a dark brown, or a black for a contrast shade. I’d also prefer it to have the colours presented in separate pans, or at least inside a grid separated by dividers as I find it intensely annoying when a shadow crumbles into another one, mixing the colours up.
Like I said, these are really shimmery shadows. Not something your elderly relative would want to find in their stocking, perhaps, but for someone with smooth lids, some really lovely colour combinations can be had here. I really love the blues and purples, and some of the lighter shades make for really nice basics and highlighters. I think this would be an ideal palette to take on holiday and use over a suntan.
Here are some swatches of the shades for you. Which ones do you like the best?
I like the different shades here and I can see myself reaching for this on a regular basis, whenever I either can’t decide which shadow to wear from my trusty Nars collection, or if I fancy a smooth wash of shimmery mineral goodness. Like I said, I really think it would be ideal to take on holiday.
If you’re tempted, this retails at £18.00, but is on a Boots 3-for-2 deal at the moment so you can pick up some other gift sets (to treat yourself with…) while you’re at it!