Disclosure: PR sample
Accessorize's new range of cosmetics has had a rather shaky launch here in the UK, with Accessorize stores stocking only random pieces (as Sarah and I found out after trekking between two large shops trying to track it down), and the full range only recently emerging in Superdrug stores. Having had a play with two of the Baked Duo eyeshadows in the collection, I'm inclined to say that the products are worth the wait.
The Baked Duos are, unsurprisingly, baked eyeshadows which contain two contrasting shades. They cost a rather reasonable £4 each and are available in six shades - three of which are more neutral browns and beiges, with the remaining three being purple, teal, and black. The two shades we received for review were High Maintenance, which is a champagne/taupe, and Bad Reputation, a bone white and grey-black.
Left two shades: High Maintenance
Right two shades: Bad Reputation
Strangely, the pigmentation seems to differ a little between the two shades; High Maintenance is very well pigmented, as is the white side of Bad Reputation, but the grey-black side is a little more sheer. I'm not sure whether the difference is down to the fact that of the four colours, the black side of Bad Reputation is the strongest, or whether the black side is actually less pigmented.. but I don't really care. Whilst it may have a more medium pigmentation, it's still perfectly buildable, and given the depth of the shade, I'd much rather layer up than immediately have to blend a dense black straight off the brush.
Anyway - the texture of these shadows is very smooth, soft, and easy to blend. The high shimmer finish can result in a little bit of fallout whilst blending though, so it's worth keeping a powder brush handy to sweep away any sparkle that ends up on the cheekbones. The sparkly finish is absolutely worth the fallout - not only is it prettily, subtly shimmery, there's also a really nice reflective glow.
Overall, I'm incredibly impressed with the quality of these shadows, especially given the tiny price of £4. High Maintenance in particular has become a firm favourite in my makeup bag - the soft champagne and taupe combination is wonderfully versatile, easy to wear, and subtle without being boring. I rather think it would be well at home in every woman's makeup bag. I'll definitely be checking out more products from the range if the rest of the products are a similar mix of excellent quality and affordable price.
If you'd like to try these for yourself, you'll most likely have more luck finding them at Superdrug stores, and also online at the Accessorize website, where High Maintenance and Bad Reputation will cost just £4 each.