I must admit that eyeshadow palettes specifically designed for a smokey eye don’t appeal to me in the same way that they used to as I literally only live in warm neutral shadows these days. However, playing with makeup is one of those things that bring me so much joy and so when this offering from New CID Cosmetics landed on my desk, I was super excited to create some deep dark and sultry looks!
The palette is housed in minimalistic cardboard packaging, complete with a protective sleeve, a small plastic mirror and double ended brush. I won’t bore you with details about the brush as we all know I never use the brushes that come with a palette and after a couple of days, they are never to be seen again.
With ten shades in total; three matte and seven shimmers, there is something for everybody here. Not only is this palette suitable for a subtle, low key day time appropriate look, but it can also be built up for a more glam evening look which is fab. On closer inspection, the shade range isn’t too daunting for an eyeshadow newbie or somebody who wants to experiment with deeper shades either as there are plenty of paler shadows to play around with.
The formula is soft and buttery, though that does mean it’s also quite dusty in the pan. The shadows all blend effortlessly and do not crease, both with and without primer which is amazing! Expect a lot of fallout though and don’t be alarmed if you look as though you’ve been punched in the eye when using the deeper shades. Shadow shields or doing your eye makeup before your base are the only ways to combat this.
The drawing of an eye next to the mirror has some ‘makeup terminology’ printed on it which I think may be handy for a beginner; particularly if they are trying to follow a youtube tutorial and aren’t familiar with the words waterline, crease or brow bone. However, personally, I think this is unnecessary and that more people would benefit from a larger mirror instead.
My only other gripe is that the palette is missing a (matte) crease transition shade; something I believe is essential for creating a flawless smokey eye which is a shame. If you’d like to see me using this palette to create a look over on youtube, please let me know in the comments below.
This palette retails for £28 and is available here.