Name: Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette in Smokey Purple
From Astor’s website:
Long lasting velvet-touch formula with high concentration of pigments that brightens the color of all eyes. Ultra soft and easy to blend textures that offer high color intensity and up to 10 hours of wear. Can be applied wet or dry to add dimension to your eye look.
What I liked:
– good colour payoff
– the texture is easy to blend, neither powdery nor chalky
– no fallout
– last all day with a primer
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– if you have oily lids, you’ll need a primer to make them stay put
– packaging is not very practical
After my awful experience with Astor Pure Color Eye Shadow in 130 Cocoa Rose, an eyeshadow duo that looks stunning in the pan but completely lacks pigmentation, I wasn’t really looking forward to trying any more of the brand’s eyeshadows. So, although I was also given the Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette in Smokey Purple, a pretty palette featuring five pink and purple shades, I simply stored it away in a drawer and let it languish there for months.
I had totally forgotten all about it until last week, when I stumbled on it by accident. I was rummaging through my very messy eyeshadow drawer looking for another palette (I really need a new storage system; I can’t find anything in there), when I saw this one lying at the bottom and thought, “mmm maybe I should give you a try, just so that I can review you for the blog. It’s been a while since I’ve written a negative review.”
Now, I don’t particularly enjoy writing negative reviews, but they help add some variety to the blog. After all, not everything can be good, can’t it? So, I started to apply the colours, expecting the usual shortcomings of poor drugstore eyeshadows – lack of pigmentation, chalkiness and some fallout -, but it didn’t have any. Well, the palette’s not perfect, but, as it turns out, it is very impressive and I love the colours. The palette contains five shades – white, soft pink, soft lilac, bright purple and dark, blue-based purple – with a shimmering finish.
Far from being over-the-top, the shimmers give the eyes a radiant appearance that makes them look more awake. Colour payoff is good too. While they only provide a subtle wash of colour when used on bare lids, the pigmentation greatly improves if applied on top of a primer. Even with a primer, the colours remain soft and delicate (you’ll need to apply them wet if you want them to really pop), but I like the overall look. It’s feminine, romantic and easily wearable. Unless you work in a super conservative environment, you could easily wear them at the office too.
The texture is not very soft, but not too hard either. More importantly, it’s neither chalky nor powdery and all the shades applied and blended easily, without any fallout whatsoever. Once applied, the shades last about 6 hours on my somewhat oily lids before they start to fade, but not to crease. But when I use a base underneath, they stay put from morning till night.
I wish the packaging was bigger though. I really like the wave design of the palette, but it makes it difficult to pick up the shades, especially the two darker purples. You’ll have to be really careful or you’ll risk applying two colours at the same time without meaning to, which can result in a messy look. Packaging aside, I’m really impressed with this palette and I would gladly purchase it in a different colour combination (there are fifteen to choose from).
Available at: European drugstores
Astor Eye Artist Eye Shadow Palette in Smokey Purple features five pink and purple shades with good colour payoff and a radiant shimmering finish. The soft, non-powdery texture, is easy to blend and, once applied over a primer, the shades stay put for the whole day. However, the packaging isn’t practical.