I remember when I first saw Tanya Burr's collection in Superdrug; I liked the packaging but I thought it was better suited for the younger folks. Fast forward Summer 2015, she relaunched her brand with more products and better packaging. I definitely prefer the new packaging and the Hollywood Palette caught my attention. First off, the colours are down my street as you all know I favour a warm golden eyeshadow palette. I do love palettes with bright and cool colours as well but I try to stick to warm neutrals when I am testing out a new brand. The Hollywood palette was constantly sold out in the Superdrug close to my office and home so I had to resort to placing an online order. If I make an online order of a drug store product, then you know it's a products I really want. It came pretty fast and I was really pleased with how it looked on first impressions.
I quite like the packaging as it is a simple glam design. It has a golden and pink theme going on and I think that really makes it stand out. It is made from cardboard but one of a sturdy kind so it does not feel cheap/flimsy. I am super pleased she did not bother with including a brush in this palette. 90% of all eyeshadow brushes that come in palettes are completely useless and take up so much space in the palette. There is a magnetic closure going on in there and it is a pretty secure palette. I have travelled with it a few times and I have not had any accidents at all. It also has the names of the eyeshadows in the palette which is very handy and I always like it when brands do so. There is a small heart shaped mirror which is super cute and goes with the entire theme of the palette. I am really pleased with the packaging of this palette.
Shades/Colours Inside the Palette
The Hollywood palette contains four lovely eyeshadows which are really pretty. As mentioned earlier, it is described as a really golden warm eyeshadow palette. The eyeshadows include:
Nude Delight- It is a light beige shade with a matte finish which I love for highlighting my brow bone. It would also look great as an all over lid colour for my paler skin ladies.
Gold Coin- this is a creamy beige shade with a slight golden undertone. It has a satin (almost matte but not quite) finish which makes it really easy to use. I love using this on my eyelids when I want a softer look.
Bookworm- This is a lovely brown shade which is perfect for my crease. I would like to think it has a matte finish but it feels like satin. I know that's not very helpful description but it does have a lovely finish. As you would have guessed, I love to use this in my crease as it really warms it up.
Enchantment- I think this shade was one I really wanted to try but I am slightly disappointed and I'd tell you why. It is a lovely golden shade with a metallic finish. It has some visible gold glitter or particles which did not bother me at first but after a few uses, it bothered me a lot. I use this mainly on my lids and I find it works so much better on top of a cream eyeshadow. On its own, it's a little bit difficult to adhere to my eyelids because it has a lot of fall outs of the glitter speckles.
I have to say I am pretty impressed with the pigmentation of this palette particularly on my skin tone. I find that some eyeshadows may be pigmented on paler/lighter skin tones but appear invisible on mine. I am happy to report this palette is a really good all rounder. As a woman of colour, I always favour eyeshadows with good pigmentation and I am pleased with this palette. To be honest, I think the drug store has improved with the products they have been creating. Although it is well pigmented, I always use a primer and a cream shadow base underneath the eyeshadows in this palette. I do this to help it appear better on my eyelids. I already mentioned that some of the shades have fallouts particularly Enchanted. However, I make sure I pat off any excess before applying the eyeshadows to my eyelid.
Well, I am also huge on longevity as well as pigmentation. Over time I have come to realise that good pigmentation in some eyeshadows do not necessarily equate to longevity. I would classify the Tanya Burr Hollywood palette as having a fair longevity on its own (without a primer and eyeshadow base) However, its longevity quickly increases once the eyeshadows are used with an eyeshadow primer and cream shadow base underneath. As you would imagine, I always use a primer and eyeshadow base. I only tested it without these other additions for the sole purpose of this review and I was curious.
I can't really think of anything about this palette I don't like except the fallouts from some of the eyeshadows. I guess its availability may also be an issue for some people but Feel Unique deliver worldwide I think so it's still slightly internationally available. It is sad it's not sold in Boots which have a more sensible loyalty points system. I am not sure if it is sold in the US or other countries and if it, do leave us a link below.
It is super affordable at £5.99 and I think it is an amazing palette for such a price. If you are lucky to find it when Superdrug have 3 for 2 offers, it would even be more of a bargain. I am not sure where else they sell this palette or the entire Tanya Burr range but I have only seen it in Superdrug and Feel Unique website. If you don't find it in the nearest Superdrug store to you, you can always place an order online.
I am really pleased I finally got a chance to try this lovely palette out. I have enjoyed using it and it's perfect for a very simple warm neutral look. It's also easy to travel with as a result of its cute packaging. As mentioned, using a primer would help the pigmentation and longevity of the eyeshadow palette. I love how versatile the eyeshadow palette is and I think girls, ladies and women would absolutely enjoy it. That's pretty much it!! Hope you enjoyed this review. Have you tried the Tanya Burr Hollywood Palette?
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