Sunday, 6 January 2013

My Inglot Square Eyeshadow Palette collection- review and swatches (pic heavy)

Hello all!

As you may be aware, I am absolutely obsessed with Inglot eyeshadows. They are probably THE find of 2012 for me. I picked up my first palette in September and I have been hooked since. I mean seriously addicted! In terms of quality, blendability, value, pigmentation, lasting power- they are seriously colourful little squares of buttery-soft amazingness.

The Inglot Freedom system basically allows you to fill up and organise your own square or circular pan palettes with eyeshadows (square only- circular eyeshadow pans have been discontinued), lipsticks or concealers (circular only). When you call into an Inglot store, you can swatch to your heart's contentment and arrange your selected shadows on a little blackboard so you can easily put together palettes if you have certain looks in mind. I love the Freedom system for many reasons but mostly because I love the fact that I can organise eyeshadow palettes into colour combinations that suit me. So far I have christened the six of my palettes and I refer to them as Black and White, Autumnal, Colours, Rainbow, Neutrals 1 and Neutrals 2.  I have not yet been able to make a palette of random colours that I just love, my palettes have to have a theme, but I personally wouldn't have it any other way. :) Like Hamlet, there has to be method to my madness.

The packaging is super sturdy- four super strong magnets in each corner for putting the transparent lid on the shadows or for stacking up the palettes together (ideal for travelling MUAs I would imagine!). I love the simplistic black palettes and transparent lids, it makes it so easy to spot what palette is which, and they feel so sturdy and tough that I would have no qualms about transporting these babies anywhere. The palettes come in a variety of different sizes, from single shadows to 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 20 and even 40 pans! 

Before I dig into unveiling the colours and palettes that I have, for those of you who may not be overly familiar with Inglot, there are several different types of eyeshadows that come in the square pans, and the finish can differ depending on the type. The 'Matte' eyeshadows are seriously pigmented matte shades with absolutely no shimmer and no sheen and can be a little powdery but nothing a tap of the brush on the side of the palette can't fix. The Double Sparkle (D.S.) shades are more semi-matte, semi-shimmer shadows with a satin finish, and the 'AMC' eyeshadows are quite similar to the D.S. shades but with a little less sparkle. The 'Pearl' shadows have a fine shimmer and a silky, pearly sheen and the 'AMC Shine' shadows are most metallic and frosty and are extremely sheeny. I adore the Matte, AMC Shine and Pearl finishes especially. I will refer also the the type of eyeshadow in the pictures below.

So finally onto my colour selection and what has floated my boat so far! 

(L-R DS496,  DS501, AMC SHINE 36, AMC SHINE 47,  PEARL 451)


(L-R: PEARL 606, PEARL 421, PEARL 605, PEARL 607)


(L-RMATTE 354, MATTE 342, MATTE 328, MATTE 358, MATTE 357, PEARL 397, DS 461, AMC SHINE 31, DS 465, DS 460)

(L-R122R, 125R, 123R, 124R, 130R )

As you can probably tell from the pics, I am obsessed with their neutrals- I use these pretty much every day and I haven't even hit pan yet (though a few are looking slightly dented!) I mentioned already but it is worth mentioning again that the payoff is unreal and I cannot fault the lasting power in the slightest. I usually pair these over a MAC Paint Pot and my eye makeup would easily last upwards of 10 hours. I love MAC eyeshadows, again especially my neutrals palettes, but Inglot is a worthy rival. In terms of comparison- a single MAC pro pan eyeshadow refill is €12.50, a single Inglot eyeshadow is €6. Inglot square pan eyeshadows contain twice as much product as MAC eyeshadows. In terms of pigmentation, I think they are equal if not better than MAC (those darned lustre eyeshadows!) The only con with Inglot eyeshadows is that they are not named- this bugs me to the core because I feel like it makes them a little less user-friendly and I have a morbid fear of picking up the same eyeshadow twice. 

I have my MAC favourites, but I can honestly say now if I am in the market for eyeshadows, I would call to Inglot first. Though my collection is only beginning, I will continue to grow it- I have 15/20 pan full in a round pan eyeshadow palette (can't find the round pan eyeshadows anymore since they have been discontinued which means I have a 3/4 full palette- annoying!) and I have a couple single eyeshadows, lipsticks, lip pencils, blushes, brushes, powders, lip glosses and the like. I hope to get around to reviewing all of them in due course!

I would love to hear any Inglot recommendations you have, and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to drop them below and I will try to get back to them as soon as I can!

Thanks for reading! xx


  1. OMG your collection is amazing, pretty jealous haha! Everytime I'm in in Blanch I keep forgetting to buy myself the pan coz mine are still loose. I still remember you at the Inglot event going mad buying lol! xx

    1. Aw stop, I am weeeeak for Inglot, I was so obsessed with the eyeshadows that I barely tried anything else so that was the method behind my madness at that event! Definitely one of my new fave brands- can't believe we didn't find each other until September. We have alot of making up to do! :) You should defo pick up a pan for them- the magnetic pans are half the fun! :) x

  2. Droooooooooooool, those are some amazing palettes! Great choices. I have one ten pan palette and I use it every time I want to do a fun look :D

    1. I'd love to be more adventurous in my colour selection but I am a bit of a chicken when it comes to eyeshadows. I have a million different shades of neutral and I barely veer away from that! Some of the colours they have out though are amazing, maybe someday I will pluck up the courage!! :) x

  3. Serioiusly jealous of your collection!!!! Have yet to try Inglot products, this is definitely pushing me in their direction!!

    1. Oh trust me, you won't look back when you pick up your first palette! :) x Seriously addictive!

  4. Adore all these, I'm dying to buy a palette! Was in Inglot in Jervis St swatching like crazy last week but they were missing a lot of shades so I decided to hang on! Adore all the browns you have!

    1. Aw thank you! :) I agree- I think the Jervis Inglot is probably the worst stocked out of them all in terms of variety, I think it might be because it's so little! If you can at all, try to get out to Blanch, but be prepared to swatch til you drop! :) x

  5. Your Inglot collection looks amazing and is definitely lust-worthy. :)

    XoXo Chris

  6. lovee inglot shadows price is great for the amount of product you get . there gel eye-liners are fab,great staying power on them. xx


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