I showed you Hello Kitty x Liberty haul from Boots last weekend. I have swatched the eyeshadows, but today I am going to review the eyeshadow compact first. In fact, I just realised while cropping the photos, that the first 2 shades in the compact could be the same as 2 of the eyeshadows from the Smoky Eye Trio - the cream and nude colours. And perhaps the charcoal colour too. *smack my head if the 3 eyeshadows in the trio have the same repeats in the compact. But anyways, the Smoky Eye Trio is supposed to be for Princess. Besides, the packaging is just to die for. No big deal if they really are repeats. As the colours are very pretty, wearable and last at least 8 hours without any hint of creasing, and may be the tiniest bit of fading without a primer. Fall out is minimal too. So if there are repeats of the colours from this compact in the form of the eyeshadow singles, I should be more than happy. It's late in the middle of the night now as I am writing this, and there is no proper lighting for me to see and make a comparison.
The compact houses 8 eyeshadows of quite decent quality in purple casing with a canvas-like material with print of Hello Kitty riding a bike. I like the design a lot. And purple is one of my favourite colours. It comes in a cardboard box in lavender colour with the words "Hello Kitty" and "Liberty Art Fabrics" printed in gold.
The label of the colours on the back of the box is quite confusing, as I don't think the shade names are in order as in the compact. But nevertheless, I think the colours would be as follows:
Top row - Cream, Nude, Light Pink, Dark Pink/Brown.
Bottom row - Olive, Turquoise, Charcoal, Purple
As you open up the compact, there is a mirror that span the whole width and length of the lid, and at the bottom right corner of the mirror, there is a Hello Kitty logo incorporated into it in gold. Very cute indeed.
Inside, there are 8 eyeshadows of mostly neutral, leaning towards cool shades. It comes with a tiny eyeshadow brush with purple handle and the words "Hello Kitty" etched on it in gold. The brush is of decent quality, but I find it too small for my to hold, and the brush head is too small to pick up enough colour to apply on my lids. It can do it, but it will take a long, long time. Perhaps it will be good to use for work on smaller area like lining, and dotting the inner corner. But for me, the brush is being put away for safekeeping now, as collection.
Now, it's the turn of the eyeshadows to take centrestage.............. Generally, almost all the eyeshadows have quite good pigmentation and colour pay-off, except Purple which is a bit sheer and chalky, but nevertheless apply smoothly and beautifully on the outer corner for a smoky look. They have mostly satin finish with slight shimmer. Overall, their texture is quite soft but almost no fall out and not powdery. The top row shadows exhibit the aforementioned qualities more than the bottom row ones.
Swatches of the top row under natural daylight (top) and direct sunlight (bottom):
L to R:
Cream (a white with iridescence);
Nude (I don't know why it is called nude, as it's not exactly nude. It's a pale brownish beige with slight shimmer, a bit taupe too);
Light Pink (a slightly warm light pink with shimmer);
Dark Pink/Brown (this colour looks brown in the pan but swatched a pinkish brown. I guess that's why it's called Dark Pink???).
Swatches of the bottom row under natural daylight (top) and overcast sunlight (bottom): (the sun decided to go into hiding for the day as I came around to photograph it)
L to R:
Olive (a dirty green-brown which swatched semi-matte. The shimmer on the pan does not translate in the swatch;
Turquoise (my favourite of all the shades in this compact. It's more of an aqua shade with satin-y finish);
Charcoal (a blackened grey with shimmer or you could call it a silvery black.);
Purple (sheer and chalky darkened violet with a hint of plum. It reminds me of MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in Weathered, except this one is a bit more pigmented. But I have used this for an eye look last weekend and it worked beautifully to give a smoky eye look.).
I wore Cream, Nude and Purple last weekend, and they lasted on my eyes for more than 8 hours with the barest hint of fading by the 8th hour, but no creasing (till the 8th hour) and that was without a primer. Fallout problem is minimal to almost none. Well done for this palette!
This compact contains 6g of product and costs GBP8 at larger Boots stores and Liberty. It's a very reasonably priced eyeshadow palette that would make a great Christmas gift for a Hello Kitty fan, or those who adore kawaii stuffs, and for beginners in makeup, and great as a stocking filler too!