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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review: Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Perfect Eye Kit

When I first noticed these I was taken in by the eye shape of the shadows, but I should have known better than to actually buy one. These have been introduced by Avon before, and I know that the quality of their shadow has gone down (way down) in recent years. I used to love their singles, and duos, but when they made the switch to quads (that are packaged to look a lot like Chanel's) they were so not worth the time.

 Closed Palette

 Back of Palette


I tossed my better judgement aside, and decided to try the Smoky Eye kit. I normally would pick browns or something super practical, so I thought that this would be a change of pace. As you can see in the photos above, the palette is black, but has a semi-transparent lid so you can sort of see the eye staring up at you even when this is closed. On the back, you've got your basic info and a handy illustration showing you how to use your shadows.

 L-R: inner eye shade, lid shade, highlight shade, crease/liner shade

Inner Eye Shade: a cool glittery silver. While they don't show up in the photo, the glitter is too large in this and the shade is so sheer. The swatch is multiple passes.

Lid Shade: a glittery, gilded taupe. Again, the glitter is larger than I would have liked, but the shade does have promise.

Highlight Shade: a shimmery vanilla shade. I quite like this shade for a highlight/blending shade. This is the one shadow that I could see myself using.

Crease/ Liner Shade: black with silver glitter. Again, large glitter. This one is chalky and rather patchy to apply.

Applied as shown on palette 

As I had assumed, the quality of the shadow is not so great. Apart from the sections of the palette being on the small side, specifically the inner eye shade, the pigmentation just wasn't there. When I swatched the shadows, I had a glimmer of hope that once I applied them on my eyes, over primer, they could look pretty good. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden as my base, and that primer alone makes almost any shadow look great, but between texture issues (the black shade was the worst offender) and weak pigmentation, the overall look was lackluster. I followed the application directions on the palette, which shows a linear application and skips any crease definition. I'd like to say switching the application works wonders, but I'm no miracle worker.

While the overall look, does look not bad, it lacks any of the deep smoldering sex appeal you'd likely look for in a smoky eye, it does look okay. I's a 9-5, office safe take on smoky. All I added was mascara, but you could (and I would) defiantly add a bit of black liner to up the ante a bit.

Overall, I say pass on these. That said, have you tried them? What did you think?

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you re: the quality of Avon shadows. I always find them sheer or filled with chunky glitter, horrid. I like the liners I have from them, much better product than these I think.


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