If you follow any Irish beauty bloggers on Snapchat, you will have seen the buzz around the Pippa palette and Master Series, Palette One last year, so I had huge expectations when they both landed on my desk.. but, do they live up to the hype?
This Blank Canvas Cosmetics palette is a collaboration with Irish blogger and model Pippa O’Connor. As soon as I saw the swatches, it immediately caught my eye and I knew why.. Not only is this perfect for downsizing my travel makeup bag, but are all the shadows matte and I would wear all 6 of them! This is unusual for me, as there is always at least one dud in most palettes, but these all looked gorgeous!
Inside the palette there are 6 eyeshadows, a blusher, highlighter and contour powder. The shadows have great pigmentation, but I think it’s worth noting that the pans are tiny, and I don’t feel like they’re very deep either, making this pretty pricey for around the £24 mark.
The clever shade arrangement of the three light to mid tone neutral shadows works well to create a very natural, daytime eye makeup look, and the more intense darker shadows are perfect for the ultimate glam smoky eye.
While I love the idea of this palette, unfortunately I think it was designed with pale complexions in mind. The blush, highlight and contour shades are all very subtle and don’t have great colour payoff; I would say that they have medium pigmentation.
The contour, although being the perfect colour for creating a naturally contoured look, barely shows up on my skin tone, and the gold highlight is also cool toned, which again, doesn’t work for me unfortunately. The blush is a gorgeous peachy pink shade that gives cheeks the tiniest hint of colour after trying to scrape as much product out as possible.
Ah so disappointing!
This is every neutral-warm eyeshadow lovers’ dream and it certainly didn’t disappoint!
The palette is made up of 12 beautiful neutral shades which are perfect for creating a variety of looks from a soft daytime look to a glam smokey eye. It contains 10 matte warm brown shades ranging from a pale beige; Core, to the deep dark brown shade; Corruption. Lily is a pink toned vanilla shade, mostly matte with delicate sparkle and the only shimmer shade in the palette; Goddess, is a gold/champagne shimmery shade.
It also comes with a double-ended E40/41 tapered crease blender/smudger brush. The flat shader end (E40) is quite stiff and can be used to pack colour onto the lid, though I would be more inclined to use it for concealer. It isn’t my favourite shadow brush, however, the fluffy blending brush end (E41) is brilliant! Most blending brushes I own are lot denser than this, so at first I thought it may be difficult to use and leave a messy finish, however it blends seamlessly and I actually use it!
Considering the brushes that come in palettes are generally rubbish quality and never get used, I was very impressed as this is one of the best brushes I have ever received, and I would happily buy them individually.
Moving on to the actual palette! The shadows have decent pigmentation and a soft buttery texture. They are quite dusty in the palette and I’ve noticed a tiny bit of fallout when I pack on the colour for a bolder look, however it’s nothing major. They don’t crease, with and without a primer and blend beautifully.
As the palette is called ‘Palette One’, I am also intrigued to see what is yet to come in the rest of the series..
I’m not a huge fan of cardboard packaging in general, as it can make products feel quite cheap, however both of these palettes feel quite robust and include a mirror which is always a nice touch.
For me, the Palette One is the clear winner. It’s the perfect everyday palette as I live in neutral warm shades and so I love the shade offering.
Do you have any Blank Canvas Cosmetics palette or brushes recommendations?