Drugstore makeup brands have been stepping up their game when it comes to eyeshadow palettes recently. I think they’re becoming savvy to the fact that we want diversity in our looks, and convenient palettes to help us achieve them! I first got my hands on (and originally reviewed) the Rimmel Glam’Eyes HD Eye Shadow palettes last fall, but it looks like they’re finally becoming more widely available this season. So I thought I’d update this review, since many of you are now just stumbling into them and may want a closer look.
Currently in 4 options, the Glam’Eyes HD palettes each contain 5 shadows that have good color payoff and texture.
Royal Rose is very pink-toned with a vibrant white for contrast.
Purple Crown offers smokey purple shades accented with black, white and taupe.
Brick Lane consists of neutral shades, with rich browns, bronzes and a shimmery champagne highlight.
Burgundy Palace mixes shades of cranberry, pink and brown for an eye look that’s perfect for fall
What sets these palettes apart from many other drugstore eyeshadow palettes is the variety in shade tones. You can easily figure out a complete look by working with the colors from lightest to darkest. I’m also glad that Rimmel refreshed the packaging of their eyeshadow palettes, which used to look like mosaics with triangular pans of product and were super hard to work your brush into.
The only downside that I find with them is that almost all of the shades have a shimmer or satin finish (the black in Purple Crown has a spray-over shimmer, so it eventually becomes matte). You all know that I like having more matte options for the crease. The satin finish shades have a very smooth texture, the shimmery ones feel more stiff and need a bit of blending to get just right. All of them have decent color payoff (Royal Rose and Purple Crown being the best in terms of pigmentation) with shades that are both buildable and blendable. I was most impressed with the whites and champagne shades, which showed up strong against my medium skin. With primer, I experienced very minimal creasing and fading throughout the day, which is a huge plus in my book.
These new palettes had been hard for me to hunt down previously, but they’re finally at ULTA, where they are available for around $5 (but they’re on sale for $3.99 right now!).