Review: Harry Potter Eyeshadow Palettes (Part 2)

The closed eyeshadow palettes, showing the house artwork on the front. Slytherin has a metallic green snake and Hufflepuff a metallic gold badgerHaving got the Gryffindor and Ravenclaw palettes (you can see the review for them here), I had to get the Slytherin and Hufflepuff eyeshadow palettes that Boots released and complete the Harry Potter set. I wasn’t sure what to expect with these two as the other two seem to work quite differently to each other. Hufflepuff definitely looked the more wearable for me everyday but as I’m a Slytherin I had to get that one too. All four palettes cost £12.50 each and are in the three for two Christmas gifts offer, along with the rest of the Harry Potter range.

Each palette has six eyeshadows, with the Slytherin one being the only one with a true matte shade, though there is one in Hufflepuff that actually looks more matte than shimmery. Each palette has four colours that are linked to the house colours and two that would be considered more everyday colours so you can do either an all out house colours look or a more neutral look with a pop of colour.

The two palettes opened to show the six eyeshadows in each, Slytherin is on the left and Hufflepuff on the right. Slytherin is mainly greens and cool tones and Hufflepuff mainly yellow.The palettes have a card packaging, which does mean they have the sort of hinge that won’t stand up on its own and, being white, they do get a bit messy quite quickly but I’ll forgive that as I just love how they look. They’re obviously Harry Potter but it still seems a more grown up take on the houses than some products go for. I like the solid block of the house colours with the house animal coming out of it in a metallic silhouette.

I also like the touch of adding three characteristics under each mirror. Unfortunately the mirror is a disappointment, there’s something with it that makes my eyes go funny, like if you close one eye the image moves rather than staying still so it’s hard to focus on and actually makes me feel a bit seasick! I won’t be using this as the only mirror when travelling which is a bit annoying as otherwise I think these would be a nice palette to take colour combination wise if you plan your looks.

I have to say that the eyeshadows in these palettes are actually an improvement on the two I reviewed last time. There’s still a weaker colour in each but overall the formulas are nice. Again, the weaker eyeshadows in swatches aren’t as bad actually on the eye as they apply more evenly even if they are still more shear than the other colours.

The Slytherin eyeshadows, with and without a primer baseIn the Slytherin palette it says on the back that colours 1 to 5 are the same formula with only shadow 6 being different, which makes sense given that it’s the only matte in there. I’m surprised the others are all the same though as there are two, or possibly three, obviously different formulas.

Shadows 1, 4 and 5 are amazingly creamy, very pigmented and apply so well that they can even work without a primer. They’re opaque in one layer and blend out well, the green is especially pretty and I love how it looks when it reflects the light as it has an almost golden duochrome look to it. The others look almost like a foil finish when applying them.

Colour 3 is the pale pink in both of the palettes I reviewed before, though it somehow seems to be slightly softer and actually looks more pigmented. I will say, though, that this one doesn’t really belong in the palette to me colour wise. It’s a pink in amongst cooler colours and the pale champagne colour would be enough for a neutral shimmer.

Eyeshadow 2 is definitely the weakest if you’re looking for pigmentation , it is pretty sheer and the swatch is four goes with it so it doesn’t even really build up. However, it does look amazing as a sheer wash of green and golden/orange shimmer particles and I found myself really liking how it looks if you use it on top of the matte black shadow. This blends pretty well as it just spreads the shimmer around and it stays as well as the rest of them once it’s on there.

There was one time when so many palettes had a matte black in them and very few did them well at all. The last shadow in this palette is actually a good matte black. It applies evenly and sticks when on a primer base. It also blends out nicely and can work well as a liner if you want to smoke it out a bit.

The Hufflepuff eyeshadows, with and without a primer baseThe Hufflepuff palette actually has more orange and yellow in it than I thought it did when I saw the photo online, it looked like bronzes and golds and a bit samey to a lot of palettes. It was a nice surprise to see the yellow and orange in shades 1 and 2. According to the back the first four shades are the same and the last two have the same formula, which I actually find quite surprising as I’d growled them differently to that.

Shades 1 and 4 seem to have pretty much the same formula, one being yellow and the other orange. They have a slightly sheer look with lots of shimmer and do make a nice wash of colour when you apply them. The only thing is they need primer to show up at all, without it they yellow is almost invisible on my skin. They blend out pretty well and I love the look of these over a matte colour, they really pop on top of a white base like NYX jumbo pencil in milk. These are definitely the ones I’d call the most shimmery in all of the Harry Potter collection as it’s so eye catching.

Shadows 2, 3 and 5 I’d put together as they have that really soft, pigmented, easy to use formula that the best shadows have in this collection. It’s as pigmented as any eyeshadow I have and has that feeling of being almost too creamy and creating a bit of extra shadow coming off on the brush but if you tap it off it’s so easy to use.

Number 6 is definitely the weakest colour in this palette. It applies like a matte base with some shimmer in it, though it’s hard to see when on the eye. It’s just one of those that needs a primer to show up and with it it just sort of sticks in one place so it’s hard to blend. If you want a liner then this works or if you blend this onto another colour and it’s not directly on the base, then it’s a nice enough eyeshadow. It’s just the sort of quality you’d expect in a novelty eyeshadow palette rather than the quality of some of these, especially at £12.50 for the six.

After reviewing all four of these eyeshadows I would say that these two are actually my favourites. I love the red and some of the colours in the Gryffindor but these two are unusual and have different finishes. They may have a couple of them that are more sheer but when you know how they’ll act I really like the pops of greens and the yellow and orange in the Hufflepuff are different to anything I own.

All sixteen eyeshadow side by side, there are some areas that look like glass where the weaker shadows are and some have two swatches next to each other for the duplicates.

This shows which ones need the primers! The palettes in order (L – R): Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Slytherin and Hufflepuff.

The main down side to owning all four is the amount of duplicates in there. Or they may not be total duplicates but, having swatched them on my arm, they’re so close that they are hard to tell apart. In the two in this post I think the only duplicate is the champagne colour, 4 in Slytherin and 3 in Hufflepuff, and this same colour is in Gryffindor. The light pink that’s in Slytherin can also be found in Ravenclaw and Gryffindor and the bronze in the top row in Hufflepuff is also in Gryffindor and Ravenclaw. The middle brown in the bottom row on Hufflepuff is also in Gryffindor and the silvery colour in Slytherin can be found in the Ravenclaw palette too. That means that out of 24 individual shadows there are 16 individual colours. I wish they had made all 24 different, it’s not that hard or that big a number and there are plenty of neutral shades out there that could have been used.

The back of the Slytherin and Hufflepuff Palettes, it shows the ingredients for the different shadowsAt the end of the day these do have nice eyeshadows in but the Slytherin and Ravenclaw ones are probably mainly colours I have in palettes by Sleek where they’re done as well or better, they’ve got 12 shadows and they cost less. You’re paying for the Harry Potter branding and, although I like these, I wouldn’t have bought them if it wasn’t Christmas, they were in the three for two and I had a lot of Boots points. They make nice gifts, for yourself or someone else, and I love the formulas in a lot of the shadows so on one hand they’re good palettes, on the other there’s the amount of duplicates and the fact that one or two (or three in Ravenclaw) just aren’t as good as the others and in a palette with so few shadows that’s a bigger percentage than in something with 30 shadows in it.

Overall I do like these palettes, the Hufflepuff and Slytherin ones are good, and Gryffindor could be worth a look if you can find it and those are the colours you want. If these pop up in the sale at half price, like Boots gifts often do, then if you like Harry Potter go for it. At £6 they’d be worth it, at the full price of £12.50 then, unless you want to collect them like me, I’d say stick to one or two and don’t get Ravenclaw.

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