You might have spotted the brand Freedom on a few blogs and online shopping websites recently. Its a UK based brand created by the same team that is behind Makeup Revolution and they have some lovely affordable products. I was very intrigued by their huge range of palettes and the brand kindly sent me their Stunning Smokes Palette and the Pro Eye Primer to test out. I’ve been wearing this neutral palette and primer these past few days and here’s my review.
Freedom Pro Eye Primer – Review (Rs 600)
The primer comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator. It has a fluid consistency and a slight beige tint that almost disappears when you blend it out. It has a slightly tacky finish that helps eye shadows adhere better to the skin. I think this is a fairly good primer that helps sheerer eye shadows appear a little more pigmented and helps extend their wear time by an hour or two. Its not however as high performing as some of the higher end primers I’ve tried like the NARS eye shadow base and MAC paint pots. I think the price point is good and you can find this at a discount often at Nykaa.com. It doesn’t do a phenomenal job on oily lids like mine but does help weaker eye shadows (especially mattes) perform a little bit better! You can see how it works with the eye shadows in the Freedom palette shown above at the end of this post.
Rating : 3/5
Stunning Smokes Pro 12 Eye shadow palette – Review (Rs 1200)
The palette comes in a simple packaging with a clear lid. The shadows housed in rectangular pans and each pan contains 1g of product. The surface design reminds of the NARS Dual Intensity eye shadows and gives the palette a nice look. I was immediately drawn to this palette because of the great balance of colors and finishes. It contains 6 pearly shades, 1 shimmer shade and 5 mattes. There is a good balance between warm and cool tones as well with the warmer plummy tones to the left of the palette and the cooler taupe tones towards the right. The matte colors are excellent basic shades that work with almost any look! Full points for the great color selection. What I was slightly disappointed by was the color pay off of the matte colors. You need a primer underneath to make those matte browns pop otherwise they almost disappear when you blend them out. In terms of texture though, they are quite smooth and soft. The shimmer shades are fantastic – soft and blendable with great color pay off! In terms of wear time, these stay for around 5 hours without a primer on my oily lids so once again, a primer is recommended to boost the longevity. Overall, a lovely neutral palette that works great with Indian skin tone with the only drawback that a primer is needed underneath to get the best out of these shadows.
Rating : 3.75/5
I’ve swatched the eye shadows row-wise, left to right – both with and without primer. On the top are eye shadow applied on bare skin and on the bottom, the same shade applied over the Freedom Pro Eye Primer. You can see a real difference in the matte browns and the dark plum shade – these four colors definitely need a primer to show up well on the skin –
Freedom is available online at Nykaa.com. Let me know if you’d like me to do a tutorial using this palette.
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