The title of this blog post may slightly be a tad misleading in that if you’re single and looking for a hot guy (or gal) to date please don’t go to Pennys/Primark as you will be sorely disappointed. However if you’re looking for a MAC Cosmetics dupe to their single eyeshadow refillable pan palette system that they are famous for than by all means go, because Primark has just hit genius status in my book.
I was honestly shocked when I was browsing the makeup stalls in Pennys and spotted these Custom Eyes palettes. Now when it comes to these you have two options. You can fill a nine pan palette which retails for 3 euros or you can fill a four pan palette which retails for 2 euros. Yes, just like MAC you do have to pay for an empty palette which you then fill with single eyeshadows.
I personally went for the 9 pan palette because I knew I would be putting together this review and wanted to try out as many of the eyeshadows and the quality of them as possible. Each single eyeshadow retails for 1 euro so a total of 9 euros was spent on the eyeshadows plus the palette brings everything to 12 euros. Bargain right, looks much nicer than the 49 euros one has to spend to get a MAC one.
As with all Primark/Pennys makeup some of these eyeshadows are a bit hit or miss and like everything in makeup I do have my favorites and ones I wish I had passed on to be honest. The pans are relatively the exact same size as the MAC ones though I think these might be just a smidge bigger but not by much.
The first shade that I have is probably one of the ones I could do without. It’s a good eyeshadow don’t get me wrong, it has amazing pigmentation, the shimmer is intense and it applies on the eyes like butter. To be honest they all do bar one shade which I will get to. This is the shade Gold Digger and much like the names states it’s a nice sharp gold, which unfortunately is available in almost any versatile eyeshadow palette so its nothing special.
This next shade is hands down my favorite of the 9 eyeshadows, mostly because it can be doubled up and used as a highlighter if you love your highlight to be shining to space like I do. This eyeshadow is called Opal and is an intense shimmery lilac shade that looks so soft and angelic on the eyelids. Personally I love wearing this all over the lid on it’s own with some fluttery lashes and calling it a day.
Above I mentioned that there was one eyeshadow that just did not do as well as the others with regards to quality. This eyeshadow is the most powdery and chunky out of all the ones that I picked up. Yes, it has some nice pigmentation but it’s simply not worth using it with the amount of mess it creates with all the fallout it has.
This dark purple shade is called Royal and I really wanted to love it because purple is my favourite colour but unfortunately this just did not cut it at all. Definitely one I wish I had passed on.
Blue eyeshadow is not a colour most people like to wear but lately I’ve been noticing that there are some brave souls popping it on and looking amazing in it. I definitely want to be one of those brave souls so when I saw this shade I had to add it to my selection.
Definitely a satin finish eyeshadow, this is the shade Tidal and it is the perfect jean denim blue. It packs some pigment when it’s applied but blends beautifully. I even find it dark enough that people with blue eyes don’t have to worry about washing out their eye colour by wearing this.
I think this next shade is one of the more popular shades from the choices that were available, probably because it’s the shade that everyone will feel the most comfortable in.
I have to say though this looks like your typical shimmery brown that you can get in most neutral palettes, I don’t actually have any palettes that have a colour quite like this. It’s a very unique brown in that it is very intense and almost has a blackened undertone to it. The shade is called Hot Coco and it really does give the effect of molten chocolate on the eyes.
The next shade I have in my palette is another one that I really wish I had passed on because it’s simply not that unique and can be found in most versatile eyeshadow palettes.
This is the shade Cranberry and just like it’s name, it’s a satin finish cranberry eyeshadow. I find this very comparable to the Cranberry single eyeshadow from Clarins and MAC’s single eyeshadow Cranberry too. So if you have either of those you don’t need this.
For the first slot in the last row of the palette, I went for the only matte shade that spark my interest. Surprisingly I found the texture of this matte shadow to be very soft and smooth. It applied just as well as the others on the eyes and there was no powdery dust floating everywhere when I dipped my brush into it.
Colour wise this is what I would call an aquamarine green and is great for popping on the lower lash line when you want to add a pop of colour to you’re makeup look. The shade is called Sea-foam.
Keeping in the green family, this is a gorgeous shimmery khaki eyeshadow that goes by the name Basil. Real basil (the herb) is a bit brighter in colour so I don’t know why they named it Basil.
This eyeshadow does have a slight shift to it, giving off a slight reflect of gold shimmer depending on how the light hits the eyes. I personally love how unique this eyeshadow is and highly recommend it to anyone looking to fill a palette themselves.
Last eyeshadow in my palette is probably the most used shade out of all of them. This is a simple browbone highlight shade called Stripped which I use to…you guessed it, highlight my browbone.
Though it looks super intense in the swatch below, with a light hand it’s very natural and just gives a subtle glow to the arch of your brow area. I love this eyeshadow so much and it even looks nice all over the lid with a classic winged liner and mascara.
So those are my nine eyeshadow picks that I got to fill my 9-Pan palette from Pennys/Primark. I absolutely love that they’ve brought in this system and hope they introduce more shades to the line as the seasons change and new trends appear in the makeup world.
Do let me know in the comments below which shade is you’re favourite of the nine. Also if you have one of these filled please leave any recommendations for shades that I don’t have 🙂
-Talk Soon xx