Revlon has a new offering at drugstores and Ulta – Photo Ready Eyeshadow palettes. They’re on a stand with a tester out – which is smart because the texture is surprisingly creamy and pigmented for a drugstore product, and without feeling it for yourself you’d be more likely to assume it’s just another drugstore offering that looks great in the pan but disappoints on the lid. And you’d be wrong!
Each palette is a combination of one shadow primer, three shadows for the eye and a “sparkle topcoat”. The idea is that you apply the primer shadow everywhere, put the eyeshadows on the lid, crease and browbone as pictured, and then dust the topcoat anywhere you want some sparkle. But of course, you can just use them as regular shadows, too. I’ll review the primer and topcoat shadows both for how Revlon says to use them and how they perform as plain shadows.
Pop Art is a funky green and brown combo.
The brow color is a metallic golden yellow. It has a creamy texture and applies smoothly. It’s a little soft, so it’s best to just touch your brush to it. It’s got plenty of pigment – in fact, I found I wanted to sheer it out for use on the brow bone. Which is easy to do because it applies evenly – it’s very easy to work with.
The crease color is a deep brown with gray-green undertones and small amount of very fine shimmer. This one is a little drier than the first one, but the color payoff and pigmentation are very good. This color is very blendable, but doesn’t sheer our easily – just what you need in a dark shade.
The lid color is a shimmery green that leans a little toward blue. This is the best shadow in this palette – super creamy and highly pigmented. It goes on very nicely and is very easy to blend.
The primer shadow is a white with a hint of yellow undertones and a barely shimmery finish. As a primer, it sheered out the other colors a little – it is, after all, a creamy white powder so they’re going to blend with it a little (I did try several application techniques, but it kept happening). As a regular shadow, however, it’s great – very opaque and pigmented, but it will sheer out nicely if you want to use it as a highlighter.
The topcoat color is and olive green with gold micro-glitter. It’s the sheerest of the bunch, which makes sense given that it’s supposed to be used as a topcoat. I have to rave about it because I literally dusted it over my other shadows even though putting glitter shadows over a dry surface usually leads me on a one-way trip to that lovely place known as Fallout City. But, surprise! I did get some fallout on my cheeks, but it was far less than I get from, ahem, certain high end glitter shadows that give me fallout even when I use a sticky primer, tap off my brush, pat on carefully, etc. As a regular shadow, it’s a little sheer, but if you pat it on you’ll get the color you see in the pan.
This is an especially high quality palette for its price point, but I would also rate it as a very good palette by any measure. The creaminess of the shadows, the pigmentation – it’s all there. The color combination is also great, with enough contrast and coordination between colors to get some exciting looks.
Available at Ulta and drugstores for about $8.