Name: Quattro Eyeshadow
From Gosh’s website:
Four matching eye shadows put together in a beautiful color collage. Quattro Eye Shadow is produced with a new technology allowing the use of ultra fine pearl- and micro pigments. With this production procedure you get a remarkable intensity of color in the base with fine micro pearl effects.
What I liked:
– sheer to medium pigmentation
– longlasting but only if used with a primer
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– colors not as bright as I expected
– texture is not very smooth
– the packaging
Around the blogosphere, I often heard people talk about Gosh as the European (and cheaper) MAC. So, when I was in London at the beginning of last year (I know, this review is long overdue but better late than never, right?), I couldn’t help but pick up some of their products, including one of their eyeshadow quads.
I chose the quad in Toucan which features four colorful shades: yellow, apple green, light blue and lilac. I didn’t have a chance to swatch the colors as most testers in Superdrug are missing or just dirty and messy so I was disappointed to find, once home, that when swatched, the colors are nowhere as bright as they look in the pan.
Apart from the yellow shade which barely shows up on my skin and I need to apply several coats to get a nice color payoff, the other shades only require two as they are medium pigmented. The shades are all very wearable and perfect for a wash of color during the day, but personally I prefer something more intense.
To get better color payoff, it’s better to use a primer, which will make the shadows stay put all day without creasing as well. As for the texture, that’s not very smooth, but the colors are quite finely milled and easy to blend.
I’m not too fond of the circular black packaging. It’s quite sturdy, but also bulky and too plain for my tastes. The lid is see-through so you can see the shades inside and a dual-sponge applicator is also included. But as always, that’s useless.
Overall, I can’t see how Gosh eyeshadows can be compared to MAC’s since the quality is inferior. Gosh’s shadows are less pigmented and the texture less smooth. The quality is not bad at all for a drugstore brand, but then I’d rather buy a Sleek palette instead: you get 10 very pigmented and soft shades packaged in a sleeker case for just £4.50.
Overall, Gosh Quattro Eyeshadow is just average. The colors are sheer to medium pigmented and provide a nice wash of color on the eyes. However, they are not as bright as in the pan and last all day only if used with a primer. The texture isn’t very soft either.