Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Birchbox Product Review - Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow

Hello everyone!

I'm back with a quick review of a product I received in my December Birchbox. I don't know if people like reading reviews for Birchbox products, I don't review everything obviously, just products that have caught my attention either negatively or, hopefully, positively. Anyway, if you have an opinion either way, let me know in the comments below.

 So, I received a sample size of the Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in the colour "Paris". First impressions were fairly neutral. On one hand, this looked very sparkly and festive season appropriate, but, on the other hand, I rarely bother with loose eyeshadows as I find the fallout and effort required a bit beyond my competence levels.I fully admit I'm not great with loose eyeshadows.

I was, however, very glad that Birchbox sent a neutral colour. Looking at the Birchbox shop, most of the Alima eyeshadows seem to be neutral; but there's a couple of purples and blue tones I wouldn't have really used - so smart thinking there Birchbox.

Being a lovely gold meant I wore it over the festive period, quite heavily layered and bold. I used Urban Decay eyeshadow primer and also wet the shadow a little and it really applied well. I built it up and even then there was little mess. It did crease quite quickly though which I think is just due to the size of the glitter, it kind of separates onto either side of the crease when it's applied thickly.

Now that the festive season is over, I wanted to find a more everyday way to wear it. I applied some base eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and just used a little of the Alima stuff. I'm not sure it's "everyday", but it's certainly a much more wearable look.

I didn't use a primer for this, but did apply the shadow wet - that seems to have been enough to make application easy and fallout free. The level of shimmer this eyeshadow achieves is very impressive. It's so delicate and sparkly and yet heavily pigmented at the same time - it's very noticeable you're wearing it, but in a good way, not in a "a tube of glitter has exploded in my face" way. For being a gold, it's a very sophisticated shade of gold and it really does work well with neutral eye colours to add a bit of pop.

Overall, I think this has really won me round a lot to the idea of loose eyeshadow shimmers. Not enough to use them daily - heavens no - but enough that I'll not automatically click/walk past them in future. This eyeshadow really does add another dimension to an eye look and credit needs to be given for that; it certainly more than makes up for the hassle involved in applying it.

The full size of this eyeshadow (though it isn't listed what size that actually is) can be found here for £12.50.

I don't think I'll repurchase at that price, but I think it's certainly opened my eyes (no pun intended) and I'll maybe investigate some more budget friendly/drugstore options first.

Have you tried this product? What do you think of it? What's your favourite loose eyeshadow? Any tips for ones I should try out?

Thanks for reading,

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