Wednesday, 25 August 2010

New Autumn Colour Rebellion eye palette from No. 7

Disclosure - PR sample

The Colour Rebellion eyeshadow palette is part of No. 7's autumn collection, which also features some lovely matte lipsticks, a matte nail polish top coat and other nice things (of which more in due course). Autumn is probably our favourite beauty season, as it favours strong eyes and lips, pale skin and rosy cheeks. It's much easier for us to get excited about than your average summer look, which hinges around bronzer, shimmer and for some reason, frequent doses of blue eyeliner.

My first impression when opening the Colour Rebellion palette was that it strongly resembles a MAC quad. It's a sturdy black compact which features 4 bright shimmering shades in circular pans about the size of a 10 pence piece. The surface of each pan is embossed with a snakeskin pattern, echoing the packaging design of the whole collection.

I'm not a massive fan of No 7's permanent eyeshadows, which can tend towards being low on pigment and high in particle size in my experience. However, the limited collections often far exceed my expectations, and this palette is definitely a good example of that. Each colour packs a good punch and despite the strength of the colours, they all play well together, suggesting that it's been carefully thought out.

The four bold shades swatch pretty well, but it's when applied on the eyelid that they really come into their own. Even the purple, which on the wrist here is the weakest of the bunch, creates a strong look when washed over the eyelid. It's comparable to MAC's Parfait Amour, with a multi-dimensional shimmer that makes it very wearable and pretty.

Here's a quick EOTD using the four colours from the quad to show you what I mean.

If you can pick one of these quads up at your local Boots, I definitely recommend doing so. The palette, along with the rest of the autumn collection, is on sale until 5 October. I can't find it on the Boots website unfortunately, but I can tell you that it's in store now and the RRP is a very reasonable £13.

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