Hi everyone! Under the same makeup collection launch as the Matte Lip Liquids and the Cushion Foundation, TBS had also launched eye shadow quads. After all no makeup launch is complete without something for the eyes. 🙂 I picked up the Brown variant, as it is a neutral eye shadow palette and had a decent mix of shades that I could wear about anytime.
This eyeshadow palette has been waiting for a review for quite some time now. I wanted to do a look using these and few other recently reviewed products, but somehow that kept pending and hence the delay.
Product Description :
Our Down to Earth Eyeshadow Quad Brown features 4 neutral eyshadow shades, inspired by nature:
• Oregon Sunstone
• Peru Clay
• Sienna Dust
• Idaho Jasper
• The individul shades all click in and out of the palette casing, so you can switch shades between palettes and quads.
• Shades come in three different finishes: true mattes, iridescent shimmers and eye-catching sparkles.
The eye shadow quad is available for INR 1995 online and in TBS stores.
My Overview of the Product :
The Body Shop Down To Earth Eyeshadow Quad comes in a square jet black palette, that looks quite glossy and hence prone to finger smudges. Aw bad. 🙁 As much as I adore the glossy packaging, I hate when it gets those smudges, which also means I tend to clean it up as soon as I use it. 😀 Otherwise the packaging is quite sturdy and sleek. The palette comes in a cardboard box mimicking the actual shades inside the palette. This way it becomes easy for you to know the shade of the palette just by looking at it. 🙂
The flap of the palette has a mirror on its reverse surface like the cushion foundation from the same range. The mirror makes this palette quite handy while you apply your makeup, and convenient to carry about in your travel bags or for makeup on the go! I quite like the mirror in this palette and find it really useful while doing my eyes using shades from this palette. 🙂 The colors themselves come in removable casings so you can remove them for placing in a different palette if you choose to. I for one, find no need for that and don’t wish to disturb its peace. 😛
There’s also a “Create Your Look” on the cardboard box which includes three different looks that you can create from this palette. This is pretty useful when you want a guide to sail you through. 🙂 Everything about the packaging is great except for two factors :
- The glossy black finish easily attracts a finger smudge every time you use it
- The mirror tends to accumulate powders and shimmers from the palette shades, and one needs to clean it time and again if she needs to use the mirror.
The texture of these shadows are ah-mazing. They are very finely milled and not at all chalky. These feel so smooth and silky and apply like a dream. Only and a big con is that, most of the colors hardly show up on my lids. 😐 However, since I tend to look at brighter sides of things, there’s no chance you can go overboard with these colors. 😀 And again you can build these up by layering, so these are nothing that can’t be made to work. The texture is so smooth that any amount of layering will give only a nice, satiny finish.
Even the glitter shades in this do not not feel chunky. The glitters are fine-grained and uniformly infused in the colors. So there is no unevenness in their application. 🙂 However, I did face a little fallout with the darkest shade of this palette. 😐
I have tried applying these on their own as well as with a cream shadow as a base. With the base, they tend to show up a little better and the staying power is also enhanced. I used colors from the MAC Glamourize Me Eyeshadow Palette with these shadows. As I said, I am planning to put up a look using these products and hope to do it sometime soon. 🙂
The Shades in the Body Shop Down To Earth Eye shadow Quad Brown :
- Oregon Sunstone – The lightest shade in the palette, moderately pigmented. Recommended for use all over lid. On my lashes, this shade on its own shows up as a shimmery-something. It gives a subtle hint of shade with some layering, more like a faint glow with the shimmers reflecting lights. Perfect for a summer day, when you are too wary of wearing a heavy eye makeup yet want that little shine on your lids. This shade is so subtle that you can even wear it to your office, or even for a no-makeup makeup look! 🙂
- Peru Clay – Just as the name suggests, this is an earthy color, a taupe brown of a lighter hue. This shade is a matte one and is meant for the crease. It is also moderately pigmented however this one needs more efforts than the others to show up on my lids.
- Sienna Dust – A pretty golden shimmery shade, best used as a highlighter. This shade has more visible shimmer than the other two shimmery shades. I quite like this decently pigmented color. 🙂
- Idaho Jasper – The darkest hue of the palette, a true dark brown with glimmers. You can try a subtle smoky eye with this, but then you’ll need quite some effort to achieve the effect. This has a decent pigmentation and shows up on the lids better than the others, which is obvious given it is the darkest in the quad.
These shades work better with gentle strokes and careful blending. The complete look that you get is totally dependent on the pressure of your hands and the brush that you use. I find most of the colors in the Brown palette apt for day wear, even on an everyday basis, and for times when you may not be in the mood to sport a heavy eye makeup.
My Final Thoughts on The Body Shop Down To Earth Eye shadow Palette Brown :
The Body Shop Down To Earth Eye shadow Palette in Brown could have been an ace with its choice of colors and the amazing texture. I had high expectations from this product. If you follow my blog, you will know how I love TBS products. However, I have mixed feelings for this one. The Brown variant is only best suited for soft eye makeups, you cannot achieve an intense eye look with the shades. But again, the texture of these colors is highly commendable. They have an excellent texture. All the four shades are very finely milled and buttery. The colors have densely packed pigments too, but only show up on my lids with some effort. These apply beautifully nevertheless.
Most of the shades in this quad are apt for an everyday basis. The staying power is decent as well. The shades give better results when applied over cream shadows. But with most points in its court, this eyeshadow palette just loses out in terms of color payoff. Try working it out by dabbing the color on your lids, and blending less with a lighter hand. That way you can get a better payoff.
The Body Shop Down To Earth Eye shadow Palette Brown is also a little on the pricier side given its performance. However I won’t rate it bad because of its fine, silky texture that I’m in love with. 🙂 I also appreciate TBS products for being 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Makeup products designed in harmony with Mother Nature are laudable. I only wish these shades fared better in the payoff category! But this is a palette you can always play safe with, without risking going overboard. 🙂
My Rating : 4/5
Have you tried the Down To Earth Eyeshadow Quad from TBS? What is your opinion about it?