Saturday, July 18, 2015

Freedom Makeup London Mono Eyeshadows

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Freedom Makeup London has a huge array of shadows to choose from, in different finishes. They're super cheap ($1.56 each) but the downside? They're not that great. Read on to find out what I think about them!

I picked up two, a matte bright purple and a shimmery light pink. They have a dome-shaped lid, which doesn't make storage all that easy:
The packaging reminds me of the essence eyeshadows, which I love, but they don't store nicely with my other shadows that have flat packaging!

This purple is called Brights 228 (they don't have names, just numbers, similar to INGLOT's system:
It's not completely matte - I would call it more of a satin finish.
It swatches pretty nicely, so I figured it was going to be pretty nice. However, when you try to apply these with a brush, they are powdery and hardly anything gets applied to your eye. The consistency reminds me a lot of the old, old Wet n' Wild or Jane shadows that didn't work worth crap lol.

The shimmery pink is called Gilded 216.

Again, really pretty color that swatches great with my finger, but is a fallout-y, powdery mess with no pigmentation when you use a brush.

I've tried using a sticky shadow base and that helps a bit, but it's honestly not worth the work. They don't blend nicely with other shadows, they want to just blend right off into nothing, and they're such a pain to work with that I would just rather not. Sure they're cheap, but you're really getting what you pay for with these.

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