The Rimmel Glam’Eyes HD eyeshadow palette in English Rose is a beautiful rosy-plummy palette. As I stated in a previous article about the English Oak palette from the same line, the eyeshadow itself is great, but the packaging makes it really frustrating to use, unless you’re okay with using very small brushes to apply eyeshadow.
The problem is that the pans are so tiny. The main pink color – the cross shaped one with the cross embossed in the middle – is about the width of my forefinger, to give you an idea how tiny the other ones are. Even the applicator Rimmel provides doesn’t fit into the smallest pans, as you can probably visualize from the picture below, which shows the applicator clearly:
Another issue with this palette which will bother some but not others is that you get a lot more of some shades than you get of others. If you always plan on using the main color – the light pink – as your main lid color, the amounts would work out. But if you occasionally just use the other three for your looks, you’ll get through them pretty quickly. Or at least you’d get to where you couldn’t get anymore of those colors out on your tiny brush!
If you can get past the packaging, the formula itself is excellent: creamy and rich with pigmentation, it glides on like velvet, popping loads of color where you want it and blending out as gently or completely as you like. Like Wet N Wild at its best, or even Urban Decay, this is a formula you can barely touch with your brush and sometimes come away with more than enough color for both eyes. This palette doesn’t have any glitter, so there’s absolutely no fallout (and the glitter fallout on English Oak is minimal, and with a sticky base or even just tapping off the excess before you apply, it goes down to almost nothing).
I’m describing the colors from left to right. The first is the one in the cross, then the taupey one in the larger triangles, then the one in the crossbars or X and finally the dark one in the smaller triangles.
Color 1 is a pearlescent light-medium pink that works well as a lid color of a highlight. Color 2 is a shimmery taupe that works beautifully as a lid color but can also be the deeper color in a very light look. Color 3 is a shimmery muted pink-beige. Color 4 is a deep shimmery plum.
The packaging really ruins these for me, and that’s saying a lot because the quality of the shadows is terrific, especially for $6 (I’ve been told they’re more like $15 in some countries – I’d still consider that a bargain if the packaging wasn’t so difficult). In this quad, Colors 3 and 4 are my favorites, and they just happen to be the toughest ones to get out onto a brush without picking up some of another color. I feel like these have to compete against Wet N Wild’s trios, and those give you three great shades for $3 in pans that are totally comfortable to work with.
I have actually considered depotting these, but they’re not in metal pans, so I think I would have to dig out the shadow and press it into pans. I may try this someday, but I’m not sure it’s worth it. I hope Rimmel repackages this formula one of these days, because it’s awesome and I would absolutely recommend it if it weren’t for the tiny pans!