I love make up palettes, be it shadow or face products. I spend a lot of time with You Tube on in the background when working on my degree or writing a blog post and it was impossible to miss the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture eyeshadow palette when it launched.
Having read and watched some of the problems people had with the first run of the Subculture Palette, I was hesitant to spend that much on a palette that may not be what I would want. So recently when browsing around the endless make up aisles at Boots I was delighted to stumble upon the Barry M Fall in Love eyeshadow palette.
Priced at only £6.49 and looking remarkably similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette, I quickly snapped one up. Housed in a brown and gold cardboard package it’s remarkably lightweight for travelling and inside you will find a reasonable sized mirror, certainly big enough to see both eyes in, making it the perfect desk to dancefloor accessory with the festive season just round the corner.
There are 2 rows of 5 matte shadows a lovely mix of both cool and warm tones, although mainly warm toned though. Each of the shadows is 0.7g in weight and they are very buttery to the touch, and such a joy to work with.
The top row contains;
- A creamy white shade – perfect for inner corner or under brow highlight
- A mid tone flesh shade – this is a shade deeper than my skin tone so a perfect transition/blending shade
- A cranberry red – this is a beautiful wearable red
- A terracotta orange – again a great transition shade to warm up the crease
- A cool toned dark taupe – great for deepening up the crease or outer V for an everyday smoky look
The Bottom row contains;
- A more cool toned paler pink than the top row – for most people a perfect transition/blending shade
- A cool toned pale brown – again a perfect layering transition shade to help build up a natural blended crease
- A mustard yellow – this is the shade I was most curious about as I haven’t tried this type of shade before
- A cool toned mid brown – again a great crease of all over lid shade for a one shadow quick look
- A cool toned deep grey – the darkest shade in the palette for a perfect smoky eye
I created a look using;
- 2nd shade in the top row, the fact they don’t have names does make describing them a bit tricky! In my crease to transition and set my shadow base.
- The 4th shade on the lower row to blow out the transition a little more
- The 3rd shade on the lower row to warm up the crease more
- The 3rd shade on the top row to add a little depth to the outer v
- the 4th shade on the top row all over the lid
This was a look I hadn’t tried before but when I posted it to my Facebook and Instagram I had a lot of compliments. I also had several people ask me in person what I’d used. Compliments are nice in general but when you try a new look it helps to be braver in future.
The shadows all blended beautifully into one another and if I had been given this as a blind test I would have genuinely thought this was a more expensive palette. This was my first time using Barry M shadows and it definitely wont be my last!
I cannot say this is a dupe for Subculture as I don’t own it but the colours are of a similar range and for those who don’t want to take the plunge price wise I would 100% recommend this.