Sunday, May 11, 2008

Avon 8-in-1 Palette

Another part of my Avon Loot is the 8-in-1 Palette, which is available in 3 color groups: Water Colors, Paradise Greens, and Neutral Tones.

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I have the Paradise Greens palette with 8 pretty neutral colors, most of which are pastels. Also, within the 8 colors, 2 are semi-pearls and 4 semi-metallics, and I'm saying semi because they aren't quite pearls or metallics. Also, these shadows are not pigmented at all with only 3 of the 8 are low intensity colors and the rest are very sheer. They will utterly disappoint you if you are looking for a tiniest hint of color. Sad, but true.

And unfortunately, as excited as I was with this palette in the beginning, I'm growing more frustrated with each use. Even though I like sheer eye shadows, these colors are way too difficult to pair up, not only because they barely show up but also because of their half-assed finishes. The only good news that's left is their soft and airy texture. So yeah, if you must try these palettes, I would recommend to stay away from Paradise Greens and pick from the other 2 color groups. That, or save your $8 altogether :D

Anyways, here are the colors, from left to right:
- White sand: very sheer, probably the second most metallic shade in the lot (second to the Pale marzipan). This goes on a very pale gray with silver metallic sheen.
- Seafoam green: matte, low intensity. Looks pretty in the pan, but I can't use it at all. I tried it on the back of my hand, and it matched perfectly the color of the blood veins from underneath my skin - not something I'd want to put on my eye lids, you know? Ick.
- Pale marzipan: metallic, very sheer, it actually goes on a metallic gold. Very pretty!
- Pastel pink: semi-metallic, very sheer, a cool pastel pink with silvery semi-metallic sheen.
- Putty: matte, very sheer, a basic highlighting color, just that it's matte. Works well as an under-brow highlighter or for inner corners of the eyes.
- Golden olive: semi-pearl, low intensity, an olive with semi-pearly gold sheen. Makes a good medium shade for a smoky eye!
- Purplish brown: semi-pearl, low intensity, a brown with semi-pearly purple sheen. Unfortunately, I can only use this color as a liner because it gives my lids this disgusting purplish bruise otherwise. Let's just say if I want to dress up as a zombie for Halloween, I would load up my eyes with this color and I will look as good as dead.
- Pale cappuccino: semi-metallic, very sheer, this color actually goes on a golden beige and is quite pretty.


(g)ezebel said...

those palettes are so pretty!! avon sure has come a long way from when they catered only to caucasian women.

D. said...

Hi Gezebel!

They are pretty! ...just that the Paradise Greens doesn't really work too well as it's way too sheer even for me. But I can't say the same for the other palettes. At least they *look* better pigmented :D

Amy said...

I almost bought these, too...I love that has reviews on most of the products, and they kind of said what you did, that it's not super pigmented. I wanted the neutrals one, but I resisted. Like I don't have 200 other neutral e/s anyway! Love your blog!

D. said...

Hi Amy,

Thanks for stopping by! :D

Yeah, I think it's too bad these 8-in-1 palettes aren't more pigmented. I was totally suckered into buying the Paradise Greens - the pastels were beautiful to look at!

LOL I love neutrals too! Plus I'm super duper lazy when it comes to makeup, so I love the colors that will allow me to be quick and sloppy, which are almost always neutrals cause they're so easy to wear :D

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