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Review & Swatches: Rimmel Glam’Eyes HD Eye Shadow Palettes

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March 23, 2015

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.

Review & Swatches: Rimmel Glam'Eyes HD Eye Shadow Palettes | Slashed Beauty

Currently in 4 options, the Glam’Eyes HD palettes each contain 5 shadows that have good color payoff and texture.

Review & Swatches: Rimmel Glam'Eyes HD Eye Shadow Palettes | Slashed Beauty

Royal Rose is very pink-toned with a vibrant white for contrast.

Purple Crown offers smokey purple shades accented with black, white and taupe.

Review & Swatches: Rimmel Glam'Eyes HD Eye Shadow Palettes | Slashed Beauty

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!).

Whats your favorite drugstore eyeshadow palette?

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27 Responses

  1. Jessica Cox Valade
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    That always seems to be the thing that drugstore palettes lack – no matte transition/crease color! It’s so convenient when all the colors you need are in one place, but at least I own a million crease colors so it’s an easy color to add. Thanks for the post, I’m going to keep my eye for these!

    • Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com
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      I totally agree with you Jessica! I’ve got enough crease shades but love when I can just reach for one palette and have everything in front of me. Thanks for reading!

  2. Betzy Carmona
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    I deff enjoy Rimmel as a whole, and take advantages of their sales

  3. BTBAshley
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    I have a RImmel coupon and I might snatch these at CVS because they are BOGO. =)

  4. Sheila Arkee
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    These are pretty! I wouldn’t expect this great quality from Rimmel. And I agree – wish there was a matte option for the crease.

  5. Mina Slater
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    Okay I have to go try to find these! Hopefully I can find them all but I definitely want Royal Rose and Purple Crown.

  6. Nidia Doherty
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    I liked the Union Jack design of their palettes before – only for looks. It was so hard to get precise with the shadow, though. These are just as pretty, and look so much easier to use! I agree – Rimmel needs one matte shade in there to really make it a perfect palette.

  7. Lisa Marie Heath
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    You are so right about drugstores stepping up their game! I didn’t use to be a Rimmel fan but that changed a couple years ago

  8. mynewestaddiction
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    I am torn. I like the colors but I also like more opaque shades.

  9. Allison @neversaydiebeauty
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    Pretty and so affordable!

  10. Justina
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    These are so pretty!

  11. PrimeBeauty
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    How is the pigmentation on these?

    • Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com
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      You tell me! I guess that’s subjective but if you look at the swatches I think it’s decent for drugstore.

  12. Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries
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    I think the purple shades are pretty.

  13. Norah Salazar
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    For drugstore, they are pretty decent and not bad color payoff.

  14. Miki Nyckel
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    And ironically these are already in every store here in CA! LOL. Usually we’re the ones who have to wait.

    • Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com
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      Yes, here in LA we usually get everything first but most of the stores only carry the Glam Eyes 4-pan palettes!

  15. Miki Nyckel
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    I have three of those. I love the colors. Just love them. But I find the color payoff is rather low. I’m trying to figure out ways to make the colors pop more. Currently I’m adding water to my brush, or using my make lock seal stuff from ELF. And primer for me is automatic lol, I have oily lids.

  16. Honeygirlk
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    I haven’t seen these in my stores yet, even Walmart and I bet by the time I get them… they’ll be all gunked up with a mess. I am all about matte shades. It tends to work best with my wrinkled eye lids… though I love shimmer too… matte is my go to.

  17. beautybymissl
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    These look great. I also prefer some matte shades in my eyeshadow palettes.

  18. Erika
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    I also like having matte options. I own a lot of mate shadows but it’s nice to have one in the palette.

  19. Destany
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    Brick Lane is where it’s at! My kinda palette.

  20. Phyrra
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    I’m like you, I like having a matte crease option

  21. loveforlacquer
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    Ooh I haven’t seen these yet! They look great!

  22. jamie @makeuplifelove
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    I am loving Brick Lane. I dont know about all the shimmer but it sure is gorgeous looking!

  23. Cosmetics Aficionado
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    Love the burgundy shades the most. I prefer a bit more pigmentation though.

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