Friday, 9 August 2013

Motives Pressed Eye Shadow

RRP: £12
# of shades available: 27

--What does the promo say?--
"Ultra smooth and luxurious, these eye shadows are crease-proof and deflect the light away from fine lines to help visibly reduce the signs of aging for a bright, polished look. The Motives Pressed Eye Shadows have impeccable colour retention that does not run or crease so you always look your best. They glide on ultra smooth with incredible hold, a flawless look, and a luxurious feel and finish. Take the guesswork out of looking gorgeous. The Motives Pressed Eye Shadow promises to give you the long lasting, high colour look you have always wanted. Paraben, fragrance and oil free."

A flip-top plastic container with an opaque lid that somewhat dulls the colour of the eyeshadow (the shade I was sent, Antique Gold, looked beige or taupe until I opened it). The pan seems to move around quite a bit in the plastic container, so be careful! It would also be nice to see a small brush or mirror included.

Use your fingers or an eyeshadow brush to apply the shadow to the eyelids. Blend upwards and outwards towards the brow bone with your fingers or a clean brush.

The shade I was sent, Antique Gold, gave a lovely burnished look that's perfect for summer. Would work perfectly with any of the brown shades in the range, and would look great with any skin tone too.

--Texture and consistency--
Really smooth and silky to apply, with no powderiness. No issues here.

Lasted very well even without an eyeshadow primer, staying intact after an afternoon nap, although it didn't survive a summer afternoon swim.

--Value for money--
I can understand why people might want to go for bigger brands like Cargo, Stila, Korres, Aveda and Mac, whose eyeshadows all also retail at £12. From this point of view, Motives' price point is a bit of a risk. However, it's got a wide range of beautiful colours which last well on the eyes - plus, by buying from them, you always get the pleasure of knowing you're investing in the new kid on the block.

perfect partners
Lustrafy High Definition Mascara, £14
Gel Eyeliner, £14 
False Eyelashes, £5.50
Eye Base, £12
Eyebrow Pencil, £12 

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