Tuesday 6 March 2018

Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Although I don't own Maybelline Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, I'm aware of how popular it is, and I think that's the reason this burgundy version jumped out at me when I spotted it on the Boots website a little while back. I believe it was launched last Autumn, and given the blogosphere's love for all things burgundy at that time of year, I'm a little surprised that I haven't seen more of it on Instagram over the past few months - although, that said, who knows what treasures the algorithm is hiding from us these days! From the outset, this seemed to tick so many boxes - pretty as a picture, full of on trend, warm toned shadows and super affordable at just £11.99. I felt it was nothing less than my duty as a blogger to buy it and review it for you. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow Palette. You can thank me later.


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While not as luxe as higher end offerings, the plastic packaging is lightweight and practical and still sturdy enough to hold everything together in transit, with a nice secure closure. It comes with a dual ended applicator which has a sponge on one end and a brush on the other. It's always handy to have these in an emergency, though I think that most people will probably prefer to use their own eyeshadow brushes. (I found that both ends of the applicator produced a bit of powdery fallout from the shadows, which wasn't the case when I used my own brushes.)


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The palette contains a beautiful combination of warm gold, copper and of course, burgundy shades. As I mentioned, a lot of people will probably love this in the Autumn, but I think these colours are very wearable all year round, and in fact I can imagine them looking really beautiful on a balmy summer evening (she says, as the snow falls steadily outside the window). The shades aren't named, but are carefully arranged so that each quad, trio and duo that sit next to each other will go together perfectly. All are shimmers, apart from the two browns at the far right hand side, which are mattes. The selection is actually quite versatile, enabling you to create everything from a simple nude look to a full on deep copper and red showstopper for a night out.


Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow Palette Review - 5

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For a drugstore palette, I think the quality of the shadows is very impressive. All of them have that pleasant, buttery soft formula that makes them easy to blend and work with, and pigmentation is great across the entire colour spectrum - the swatches in my photo are without primer underneath, so that gives you a good indication of just how strongly pigmented they are.


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In my opinion, this is an excellent budget buy. The quality is great, the shades are beautiful and the palette as a whole offers the potential to create many different looks. I have a lot of neutrals in my eyeshadow collection, so this was a great addition as it gives me something that little bit different while still being very wearable. If you're a fan of warm shadows then I think you would love this.

Do you have any favourite drugstore palettes in your collection?

Kate x

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  1. The shades in this palette looks so beautiful

    Candice | beautycandyloves.co.za

  2. I have this palette too and I love it!!! Beautiful shades and great pigmentation!


  3. This is a really gorgeous palette and a brilliant price! xx


  4. Might have been the algorithm hiding the excitement indeed, I feel kind of disconnected from Instagrams trends as they come to my attention (read: feed) approximatley a week after emerging.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

    1. It's such a shame the way Instagram has gone. It really has taken a lot of the joy out of the platform for me. x

  5. I love the look of this palette! The shades are beautiful.


  6. Those swatches are amazing. I've heard good things about these palettes, so I may have to pick one up at some point.

    1. It's made me want to try the Blushed Nudes palette, I have to say! x

  7. those shades are soo soo pretty xx


    1. They really are - such a nice selection of shades! x

  8. This is a stunning eyeshadow palette and hands down the most pigmented that I have ever swatched from the drugstore. The only reason why I didn't buy is because it's a touch too shimmery for my liking. And let's face it, I don't need another palette. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  9. I have to admit, the colours in this palette are really gorgeous and I could see myself actually using most of them. A pet peeve of mine though is when brands don't name colours, at least number them, lol. You look great!
    xo Madison of FASHION TALES

  10. Love this palette and the earthy colours are super gorgeous. Thanks for the review. xoxo Cris

  11. Love the colors so much!
    Xoxo, Josipa.


  12. the colours are really beautiful! and they look so pigmented too!


  13. I think this palette looks stunning, with such a lovely mix of colours. Love your eye look too x


  14. OH MY GOODNESS <3 THE COLOURS ARE STUNNING, and I love the pigmentation I would think this is great value for money as well, great review Kate <3

    Serene xoxo


  15. Such a pretty palette, I love the warm toned shadows, so rich and shimmery :) I definitely agree that these colours would be perfect to rock be it on a summertime night or an autumnal day. Your swatches are gorgeous and you're rocking the vibe perfectly in your photo Kate! As always loving your dreamy photography, so blissful and divine <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  16. Wow look at those swatches! *hearteyes. I love the shadows in this one!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge


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