Monday, 18 November 2013

Riri Loves MAC but what about Aisling? #3- Her Cocoa Eyeshadow Palette- Review and Swatches


My final piece from the Riri Loves MAC limited edition collection was the 'Her Cocoa' eyeshadow palette. There were two exclusive eyeshadow palettes in this collection- Her Cocoa (the collection of neutrals) and 'Smoked Cocoa' or a so-called smoky eye in a palette. Being the neutral eyeshadow freak obsessive that I am, I could not resist picking up this palette, particularly when I first clapped eyes on the rose gold packaging. The palette is the exact same size as any normal 4 pan palette that you can get from MAC and I believe it cost somewhere in the region of €42.


The palette contains four exclusive shades though I believe that there are definitely some duplicates for other MAC eyeshadows that I have, From the top left hand corner- shade 1 is a Lustre finish and is a bronsey/gold/coppery colour. I find this colour looks different on your eyelids depending on what you pair is with- another copper, a brown etc etc. I normally do not rate lustre eyeshadows (I am still fuming that I ever paid money over for Honey Lust- probably the worst pigmented MAC eyeshadow I have ever bought). The pigmentation of this lustre offering was better than Honey Lust but I still don't believe that you could wash this colour all over your lid and use it as a standalone colour. 

The next shadow in the top right corner is a soft peach/pink/nude colour with very subtle gold shimmer and a satin finish. Whilst this colour may not float the boats of many, I really like to wash this all over my lid and put a mid tone matte brown in my crease for simplistic day time looks. Buildable and soft, this shadow was easy to work with, and given that it is not frosty, it is probably universally appealing.

The shadow on the bottom left reminds me immensely of MAC Woodwinked when swatched- an almost antique brown- but where Woodwinked would have more of a gold undertone, this Riri shade seems to be more brown based. Still, I don't believe there is much of a difference so if you missed out on the Riri palette and owned Woodwinked, you would not be missing out on much. That said, it is a gorgeous colour and definitely my favourite pick of the bunch. It was the most blendable and lasted the longest out of the bunch. It's a versatile colour, it would suit a multitude of skin tones and eye colours- definitely a winner.

Lastly, the shade in the bottom right hand corner is a warm chocolately brown with red/copper undertones and it reminds me of MAC Mulch which is one of my favourite brown eyeshadows ever. It's slightly frosty in finish IMO- though only very slightly frosty, and it lasts for hours and hours over a base (I used MAC Paint Pots in Painterly, Groundwork and Constructivist when I was wearing these eyeshadows and it lasted well in top of those. What I liked about this is that it's not a cold dark brown but it's not overly warm either. There was also minimal fallout with this when I applied it to my eyelids. 


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