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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Gift Guides// Boots Palettes

Beauty makeup Boots Christmas Gifts Eye Shadow Palettes


More than anything I like to find makeup under my Christmas tree, and palettes are the best of the best for me – I like lipstick, and blush is cool, but nothing sets my little makeup adoring heart a flutter like an eye shadow palette. But shadow palettes are hard to gift – so many shades, finishes, brands, sizes and of course, price points – so recently, all in the name of research – I headed down to Boots to scope out three of their newer palettes. So here’s my thoughts on the palettes, and who  they’d make good gifts for, assuming of course you aren’t a greedy so and so like me, who's keeping them for herself!

Beauty makeup Boots Christmas Gifts Eye Shadow Palettes
Beauty makeup Boots Christmas Gifts Eye Shadow Palettes




Not in any way connected to the Christmas gift selection at Boots, this palette has however, launched very recently – and who doesn’t want something new and shiny to play with at Christmas? This palette contains 10 shades of wearable, neutral, pink-purple toned shadows, all housed in a dinky case that comes with a good mirror and a reasonable brush. The range of shades is pretty and exciting but the somewhat lacking formula of the four matte shades lets things down a little. Because this palette has quite specific colouring (like I said, purple tones really), I would gift this to someone whose preference for shadow shades you know – there’s no point in giving this to someone whose skin just doesn’t suit these pinks and purples. Also, with it not being the strongest all rounder, or most user friendly, I’d save this as a gift for a beauty junkie who will appreciate the newness and excitingness of the palette, and who will know more about how to apply slightly chalkier matte shades.

Beauty makeup Boots Christmas Gifts Eye Shadow Palettes
Beauty makeup Boots Christmas Gifts Eye Shadow Palettes



Have someone in your life who’d like to get into shadow but doesn’t know where to start? Or someone who only wears makeup on occasion, but still likes a variety of different looks? This palette is not only very wearable and of excellent quality – it’s very user friendly too. There’s ten shades inside (in case somehow, the name didn’t make that clear) and the best way to think about it, is there being two distinctly different quads and then two bonus deeper shades that could be mixed in with either set, to boost things into a smokey eye look. The first quad features pale, pinky toned nudes – perfect for a day, going to work kinda look. The second set of shadows is bolder, metallic hues that – while you could wear them through the day – lend themselves well to a festive party vibe. And the two deep shades – one is a matte, cool grey, and the other, a shimmery black; see? Versatility.
Stepping away from the shadows for a minute – the packaging is cardboard with a metallic closure, not my favourite, but inside there’s a decent sized mirror and a double ended brush – both sides are the same, little fluffy brush, which is a little disappointing I guess. However, packaging niggles aside this is a great palette with quality, wearable, non-threatening shades and a presentation that makes it accessible to even the most beginner shadow wearers. 

Beauty makeup Boots Christmas Gifts Eye Shadow Palettes
Beauty makeup Boots Christmas Gifts Eye Shadow Palettes

No7 Eyeshadow Palette £20


Well this palette is certainly not messing around – it’s huge! Inside it contains a mirror big enough to comfortably do a full face of makeup in, and 20 well sized shadow pans containing a mix of shimmery and matte, neutral shades. No applicator is provided with this and that, combined with the enormous size and slim packaging (not a whole lotta cushioning there) makes me think this is best sat at home on a desk somewhere, rather than gifted to someone who does their makeup in a variety of locations. The shadows themselves are of very good quality – and the palette tells me, are cherry picked as being the best, from a whole host of existing No7 quads and trios. This is great for someone like me who doesn’t really own any No7 shadows, but I wouldn’t buy this for a lover of the brand as they’re just getting more of what they probably already own.


I was really pleasantly surprised by the quality of these shadows – like the L’Oreal palette the mattes (of which there are 4, and also 2 satin finishes) lack a bit of pigmentation, but I didn’t find these to be as difficult to work with overall. The shimmery shades are beautiful and the range of colours contained within the palette really does offer something for basically every kind of neutral look you could imagine – though the layout isn’t too user friendly, so some knowledge of how to mix and match shades is probably required. Gift this to the shadow lover in your life who’ll be confident enough to get into those 20 shades and work some cool combos and who’ll have the brushes already to apply them with.

And so those are my picks for palette gifting this Christmas from the drugstore, although of course, while they may not be 'festive' or new, you really can't go wrong with giving a Sleek or Makeup Revolution palette either - especially if you're on a bit of a budget!

Have you tried out any of these palettes? What did you think? Which would you most like to get your mitts on? 

4 comments:

  1. I picked up the Loreal one, it's pretty great while it's not as cheap as Makeup Revolution or anything, it's still a good palette. Have my eye ont he Soap & Glory one next (even though it's the last thing I need)! The size of the No.7 one puts me off I think x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Yeah the No7 one is huge, it's about 50% bigger than my Vice 2 palette! I have plenty storage space at the new flat (but STILL no internet) so it's not too big a deal for me, but it is a little excessively large, especially if you're not actually planning to do a full face of makeup using the mirror in it!

      The Soap and Glory is my favourite of the three though, for sure!

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  2. I think I would really like to try the L'oreal one! I've had no7 and Soap and Glory eyeshadows before and they aren't amazing or anything so that would be the one that appeals most to me! These would all make a great gift for any beauty blogger though :) xxxx

    thechinadolldiaries.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The L'Oreal one is exciting, and like I said, so pleasantly different from a lot of whats out there!

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