From the same firm that makes Makeup Revolution and Makeup Academy products in the UK comes Freedom Pro Decadence. I bought three of the palettes last Autumn - one for myself; one for Mum's birthday, and one for my sis.
Scroll down for reviews and swatches of the Freedom Pro Decadence Eyeshadow Palettes.
Packaging of the Freedom Pro Decadence Eyeshadow PalettesThese palettes come in basic black plastic packaging. Obviously, you get what you pay for. The palettes are inserted into colourful slip-cases - see below:
You get a sponge applicator with these, which I ignore. I bought Rock & Roll Queen for myself, Magic for my Mum, and Today's Tonight for my sister. My Mum complains that the shades are "too pigmented" and she has to use a smidgen of what she usually uses. I haven't gifted Today's Tonight yet (after all these months) - I actually think I'll keep it for myself. Why not?
The palettes themselves are all packaged alike:
Freedom Pro Decadence Eyeshadow Palette in Today's Tonight:
Freedom Pro Decadence Eyeshadow Palette in Magic:
Those two seem similar, but Today's Tonight is a smokier neutral palette while Magic has just the two shades that can deepen it up a bit.
Freedom Pro Decadence Eyeshadow Palette in Rock & Roll Queen:
I don't have anything bad to say about the formula. Fabulous pigmentation and staying power. Zilch creasing or fading. Yes, there is a little fallout - as is the case with pretty much all powder shadow palettes out there. ONE shade among the 20 was a tad dry and chunky (the antique bronze that is fifth from the left on the first row). The rest came out nicely. And the pigmentation of the matte shadows is equally brilliant.
Dry swatches on bare skin, no primer:Direct sunlight (evening):
Eye makeup lookHere's an eye makeup look with the lighter teal green (second shade from the right; bottom row).
I had about half a dozen different looks including the purple one, a couple of burgundies, and the antique bronze, but they've all vanished into the caverns measureless to man, also known as my laptop. Will show you the other looks once I dig out the photos from the infernal chasm.
Verdict and where to buyFreedom Pro Decadence Eyeshadow Palettes cost £6 each. Who formulates these things? I want to send their phone number to a dozen high-end makeup brands, whose recent palettes have made me shake my head in disbelief. They have a large selection of palettes, from electric and neon eyeshadows to the subtlest of neutrals, including warm and cool choices.
For me, Rock & Roll Queen is the perfect travel palette. Enough shades for a week or so. It has brown and rose-based neutrals, a pop of blues, maroons and the most luverly duo of teal green eyeshadows. Now, if only I could find the time for a vacation, I would pack this, Armani Maestro Foundation, and about four lipsticks, and disappear for a week.
Nitpicking? STOP with those sponge applicators already. Give us an eyeliner instead. Or, even better, a good brush. Or nothing at all but the eyeshadows.
Another gripe? Packaging. Some colour would be nice instead of the funereally drab, black cases. Not that you can expect mahogany, ivory, silk and porcelain, and gold-plating for £6.
So, should you buy? Duh. The thing costs six quid. You cannot get lunch for that amount these days. Or even a decent hair brush.
Buy directly from their website because these are cheapest when you buy here. Discounts available for pros, MUAs, and those working in fashion editorial departments or related fields. They ship worldwide tracked, so stack up your shopping cart and hit checkout before they realise that these shadows can be priced higher.