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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Free All About Nude Quad

Eyeshadow + Lipstick + awesome free All About Nude quad = happy smiley face!

I always find it really satisfying to use makeup that didn't cost me a penny which is probably one of the reasons I've really enjoyed this little All About Nude quad from 17. I got it when I picked up an eye shadow and lipstick from Boots... 17 have one of those buy-any-2-roducts-and-get-the-quad-free offers. If I’m honest I like the freebie so much I’m tempted to buy a few more things so I can get a quad for my sisters as little stocking fillers. I know Christmas is months away but you can never plan too far ahead! :)
Now that I've finally gotten my braces off (WOOHOOOOO!!!!) I'm pretty much obsessed with wearing lipsticks and glosses as I’ve kinda veered away from them for the last 18 months. Braces might be practical but they're definitely not the prettiest things ever. I'm making up for it now though and have bought about, oooh, 20 lipsticks in the last 10 days, with these little 17 ones getting a very respectable 8.5 outta 10 for their all-round superbness. My most recent purchase is called Bon Bon (swatched below - left) it’s a lovely rich nude shade that isn’t much darker than my natural lip colour; perfect for making me look finished but not too made up
This iridescent shimmery taupe (swatched below - right) eye shadow looks a bit bland in the pot but looks a million times nicer when it's actually applied. I've been using it as my all-over-lid shade for about a week now and have just been topping it off with a darker shade in the crease. It's one of those shadows that has reminded me just how good some of the lower priced drugstore products can be as there are plenty of light shimmery taupe shadows in my collection that cost 10 times as much but aren’t nearly as gorgeous
As for the quad…
The gold shade in the palette is really pigmented and looks lovely on, I’ve been using a teensy pencil brush to apply it just under my lower lash line as it really widens my eyes and is a nice change from the browns and blacks I normally opt for. At first I thought the cheek colour was just a plain powder but it’s actually a beautiful pink cream with a subtle hint of gold sparkle through it

I hadn't even intended to use the little lipstick square it but it's rather nice on! I generally find these little lipstick and lipgloss squares a bit useless as the colour payoff is rubbish and they're just annoying to apply thanks to being brushless and wandless but this is an exception… it's pigmented, pretty, easy to apply, long(ish) lasting and not too sticky so I don't mind smearing it on with my finger :)
The only square I'm not too keen on is the pink eyeshadow. I find any pink shadow can be a nightmare to use because it can leave me looking ill and tired. And a bit mouse like. It might be my imagination but because mice often have red eyes any sorta pink eyeshadow leaves me looking suspiciously like Brain from the Animaniacs
An interesting look but not really what I'm going for


Erica J said...

i love that pink shadow! I know alot of people, in fact most who are afraid of pink shadows. I think if you wear it correctly it could look pretty beautiful. I took pictures for a FOTD with some pink shadows that I will be posting soon if you would like to go and check it out

thanx for sharing too

Jennifae said...

Looks like a great quad! I used to stay away from pink eyeshadow, but over time I've learned how to make pink eyeshadow work for me.

Fakhra's said...

nice quad.......

Bettina @BeautySwot said...

Oh that quad looks lovely