I’m a huge fan of Barry M nail polishes (especially their Molten Metal range) but had yet to fully delve into their makeup collection, even though I’ve been seriously tempted to pick up a few of their matte lip kits and Liquid Chrome Highlighting Drops. Unfortunately, during my last visit to Superdrug, the drops all appeared to be tampered with in some way. The rubber tops were all smeared with glitter and some bottles felt half empty, same went with the Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters too. Feeling frustrated, I stumbled upon this Autumn-themed ‘Fall in Love’ eyeshadow palette (£6.49) in the hopes it would lift my spirits, sadly, I was wrong.
I really wanted my first experience of Barry M eyeshadows to be positive but this was a total let down. I understand at this price I’m not going to get Urban Decay quality eyeshadows, but this doesn’t even compare to a lot of the Makeup Revolution and MUA palettes in my collection. As with most eyeshadows, you can make Fall in Love work with a lot of building, blending and patience but it’s not a fun process, and isn’t that the point of makeup?
Fall in Love is a slim cardboard palette with a mirror that contains 10 matte eyeshadows with earthy and sunset hues. The layout reminds me a little of Subculture, I’m personally not a fan of the deep square pans; I just think they are a pain to swirl your brush in and difficult to swatch.
My main issue with the eyeshadows is the uneven distribution of pigment, this makes them very patchy and tricky to blend. The mustard yellow and red are the most pigmented and vibrant out of the ten, the white is practically invisible and the black is very poor quality. I definitely recommend using an eyeshadow base such my trusty UD Primer Potion because they will fade throughout the day without one.
The deeper shadows do apply better on the eye than they swatch, but the lighter shades are a complete letdown; there is very little colour payoff. I loved the concept of an affordable Autumn themed palette but I don’t see myself reaching for this in the future. If you’re still looking for a warm-toned drugstore alternative I’d recommend spending a few extra quid and treating yourself to the Makeup Revolution X Soph collaboration instead.
Do you have a favourite warm-toned drugstore palette?