Product Review: Pupa Angel & Co Small No.5 Palette

by Gio

Name: Angel & Co Small No.5 Palette
Brand: Pupa
Size: 4,8g
Price: €14,90

From Pupa’s website:
Tiny and graceful angels, absolutely tender and cute.
A sweet thought for your friends and for yourself, too.

What I liked:
– if you like subtle, natural and shiny looks, this palette is for you
– the texture of the eyeshadows is soft, non-powdery and easy to blend
– the lipglosses are very shiny and longlasting
– adorable packaging, comes with a mirror
– parents-approved
– inexpensive

What I didn’t like:
– some people may find the shades too sheer
– eyeshadows need a primer to last all day
– the lipglosses are sticky

If I had to sum up Pupa Angel & Co Small No.5 Palette in two words, I’d simply say it’s “adorably sheer”. Just look at it. The small, travel-friendly, blue palette is shaped like an angel, complete with shiny silver wings (which unfortunately attract fingerprints like crazy). How cute is that (the angel, not the fingerprints)?

Despite its small size, the two-tiered palette contains 3 eyeshadows, 4 glosses, a mirror and even a cute, but useless, sponge applicator. Where is it? Well, do you see that cute little white ball that resembles a pearl on the top tier? That’s the handle of the brush. Unpractical, but adorable. But all cuteness aside, how does it perform?

Let’s start with the eyeshadows. There are three of them: a pearly icy blue, a glittering medium grey and a glittering white. The grey shade is the only one that has good colour payoff on its own. The other two are very sheer, but while the white hue is supposed to be as it is a highlighting shade, the performance of the icy blue (which is also the smallest shade and thus the hardest to pick up with a brush) is quite disappointing.

Applying it on top of a primer will improve its colour payoff, but still it will look more like an off-white than a light blue shade on the lid. The texture of all the shades is soft (even the glittering ones aren’t gritty at all) and easy to blend. Fallout was minimal.

The five lipglosses are very sheer too. The icy pink, icy lilac and purple shades only provide the tiniest hint of colour, while the white and silver hues apply clear, which is not really a bad thing. I don’t think I would like to wear an opaque white gloss, you know? And they can always be layered on top of lipstick to add some shine to your look. All the shades are very shiny and infused with multi-coloured shimmers that will make your lips sparkle beautifully.

They are also sticky, which I know many people dislike, but at least that means that they are quite longlasting. On me, they stay put for almost three hours, which is impressing, considering that most glosses don’t even last half that time. And although they can’t withstand a full meal, they survive a snack and a glass of water quite well.

The overall look is airy, ethereal and icy. The palette will make you look like a snow princess. The sheerness of the shades will undoubtedly put a lot of people off, but I can’t say I am too disappointed about that. I’ve been using Pupa palettes for years so I know they don’t have the best colour payoff. If you want something pigmented, you’ll have to turn to the products in their permanent line, which are of course quite pricey.

Besides, this is clearly aimed at teenagers who have just started wearing makeup and need a palette with several shades that won’t break the bank. The sheerness of the shades means that any mistakes you make won’t be very obvious, which is a good thing when you’re still learning how to blend eyeshadows, and will also reassure parents. I don’t think many will object to their teenage daughters wearing such subtle and shiny shades that will enhance their natural beauty rather than covering it up.

Available at: Pupa counters

Pupa Angel & Co Small No.5 Palette is an adorable angel-shaped palette that contains three eyeshadows, five lipglosses, a mirror and an applicator. All the shades, bar the grey eyeshadow, are very subtle and sheer. The eyeshadows are soft and easy to blend, but need a primer to improve their colour payoff and lasting power. The glosses instead, due to their stickiness, are quite longlasting. Overall, this is a lovely palette for teenagers who are just starting using makeup. But if you like your makeup shades pigmented instead, you won’t like this palette much.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Jenn January 15, 2013 - 1:36 am

What a cute little palette! And I like that they manage to include so many items in that little packaging! 😀 It’s a shame that the shadows are sheer though! But then again this palette is targeted at teenagers so I believe it will sell quite well! 😀

beautifulwithbrains January 15, 2013 - 7:13 am

Jenn, yes, Pupa palettes sell well despite their sheerness. I believe this is what lot of teenagers are looking for: a cheap and cute palette with quite a few shades that are sheer so they can experiment with makeup. And then, when they’re a little more confident, they can move onto something more pigmented.

Janessa January 15, 2013 - 3:04 am

Well, I’ll be darned. This is SO adorable! I thought it was a perfume bottle despite seeing ‘no5 palette’ on the title. 😀 Opaque, white lipgloss= sunblock on the lips haha.

beautifulwithbrains January 15, 2013 - 7:14 am

Janessa, it’s adorable indeed. And now that you mention it, it does look a lot like a perfume bottle. 😉

Viv January 15, 2013 - 10:19 pm

Very sweet – definitely a good palette for someone just starting out with make-up.

beautifulwithbrains January 16, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Viv, it’s adorable, isn’t it? I think newbies will really like it.


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