Review: Full Panda Gift Sets Part 1

Full Panda Sets title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the three sets in their boxes

The next few posts will be things I bought in the sales, mainly in Boots. I wasn’t sure whether to do these posts or not but I went into a few of my local Boots and every set I’m posting about was in at least one of them so I thought I would as you might be able to find them in your local store even if they’re sold out online.

I actually bought these sets just before Christmas, so now they’re half price. I’m not normally one to go for celebrity collaborations, but I dis like the look of the Claudia Winkleman Full Panda range she did with Boots. I’m hoping these will be an all year range but I have a feeling they may be Christmas only. I wanted to try everything but I got three to start with (there will be a couple more sets in a few days). I got the Add to Basket… set which has three eyeshadow sticks, All Week Long which has three lipsticks in it, and The Must Have Kit which has a bit of everything for a full face look in her style.

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First Impressions: No7 Best Face Forward Gift Set

Best Face Forward gift set title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the box of the gift set with their photo of the products inside

I’ve always loved No7 skin care, it just seems to work for my skin, but it seems so expensive to get a full sized version of the ones I want to try, so when I saw that they had their Best Face Forward Set, with eleven products in and quite a lot of them skincare, down at £39 I had to get it. As I’m writing this it’s still on offer so hopefully it’ll be available either in a store near you or online. Even if it isn’t, at the full price of £80 it’s a good deal compared to getting them individually which shows how much of a discount you get on offer.

Everything in the set is focused on your face, as the name suggests, with makeup, masks and general skin care products. They’re all full sized, though I don’t think you can buy the sheet mask individually, and a few of them are ones I know I love and had wanted to repurchase. This is basically a first impressions of the others as I know this won’t be around for long so wanted to get it up quickly but still tried everything. Also I will probably do reviews of almost everything in this box at some time, so any in particular you’re interested in please leave a comment and I’ll try to do that one early in the list.

Unfortunately, as I am writing this, the website is down ready for them to put it back up for the sale. I will add the links afterwards as I’m sure most of these, if not all, are permanent products so I’ll add the links then.

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Review: Smashbox Shooting Star Gift Set

Smashbox Shooting Star set title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the three palettes on a wooden surface

Until this time last year I hadn’t tried anything Smashbox, their Christmas gift sets are a great way to try things for yourself as the price is so good compared to their permanent range. The Covershot palettes are £24 normally, this set of three is £42, or £35.70 in the sale at the moment. In the Smashbox Shooting Star Gift Set is a limited edition eyeshadow palette called Supernova, Minimilast which is a permanent one, and a small face palette with a highlighter, blush and matte bronzer.

As with all Covershot palettes these are small, they’re a great travel sized palette or to throw in your bag, so for the price they are still expensive and it seems they can be a bit hit or miss when it comes to pigmentation, I tend to do research before getting them but as this only has one permanent product in there I risked it.

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First Impressions: Limited Edition Smashbox Cosmic Party Kit

The Smashbox Cosmic Party Kit title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the gift set unopened, showing the products in a red box with dots and star doodles on it in white

It’s November so it’s OK to talk about Christmas now right? I’ve started on the Christmas shopping and all the gifts are appearing in stores. I’m not sure if this is going to be a thing that comes out every year but last Christmas I bought a Smashbox set that’s sort of a taster set with a mix of travel sizes and full sizes of some of their best selling products and a full size Cover Shot palette. This year it’s the Cosmic Party Kit and cost £30 but contains over £90 worth of products. It says limited edition and I think it’s a limited number available rather than meaning just limited to Christmas.

I love sets like this that contain full sized products so you can tell exactly what it would be worth and you basically get some of the products for free. In this one a Cover Shot palette would cost £25 so if that’s the product you’re most interested in you get the rest for £5. The Cover Shot palette this time is the Major Metals one so it’s all metallic. The other products included are full sized Full Exposure Mascara, Always On Gel Liner in Fishnet (black) and Gloss Angeles Lip Gloss in 72 & Honey alongside a travel sized tube of their Photo Finish Primer.

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Review: Makeup Revolution Halloween Haunted House Eyeshadow Palette

Haunted House eyeshadow palette title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the palette open to show the eyeshadows in a range of browns, red and light neutrals

I love everything Halloween, especially when it comes to makeup, so when I saw this Haunted House Eyeshadow Palette on the Makeup Revolution site I had to have it. I also love the deep reds and browns that make up this palette, it seemed like the perfect one for me. It costs £10 and is cruelty free and vegan friendly so a great budget palette that isn’t tested on animals.

As with the Rainbow Palette this has eighteen eyeshadows with a mix of finishes, though mainly mattes. There are eight true mattes, one with a matte base and shimmer particles, two duochromes, two I would say are foil finishes and five shimmers with varying amounts of shimmer in them. Overall there’s a great range of colours and finishes for any look with deep reds or warm browns.

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Review: Makeup Revolution SFX Liquid Latex

Liquid Latex title image. Behind the text box is a phot of the tube open and liquid latex dripping on the table

I have always loved the idea of special effects makeup, especially when it comes to Halloween, but I’ve always found it a bit intimidating to start. I’ve seen the Liquid Latex that Makeup Revolution have done in the past and been tempted so I thought this year I’d actually get it. I have never used anything for special effects makeup before so I can’t comment on what this is like compared to other liquid latex products but I wanted to give it a try anyway.

I think that if there was no other use for liquid latex than special effects makeup I probably wouldn’t have been so tempted. However, as I’ve seen it used so much when it comes to protecting your fingers in nail art I thought this was one Halloween makeup product that I might get more use out of.

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Review: Makeup Revolution Halloween Rainbow Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Revolution Rainbow Palette title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the palette open, showing some of the eyeshadow colours inside

When I think of Halloween themed products I tend to think of creepy haunted houses or ones like the eyeball highlighters I did a review of the other day. However, Makeup Revolution also do a limited edition Halloween range that’s more unicorns and rainbows than ghosts and graveyards.

I don’t use many colourful eyeshadows but the slightly grungy look to a few of the colours in the Rainbow Shadow Palette. It’s £10 and has eighteen eyeshadows in it with a mix of duochrome, shimmers, mattes and a couple of metallics that have a foil finish. There’s a few more neutral shimmers in there but I’d say these are definitely mainly bright colours, perfect for a Halloween makeup look. As with all Makeup Revolution products this is cruelty free so hasn’t been tested on animals, this palette is also vegan.

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Review: Primark x Disney’s Lion King The Wild Side Eyeshadow Palette

The Primark Lion King eyeshadow palette title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the palette opened to show the eyeshadows.

On Wednesday I did a post on the Primark Lion King Highlight Palette, I got the Primark and Disney Lion Kind Wild Side Eyeshadow Palette at the same time. The bad thing about Primark makeup is how hard it can be to find, at least in the stores near me, so if you find these and want them get them rather than waiting for it. I made that mistake with a couple of the Lion King range so I’ve probably missed out on them.

The eyeshadow palette is fairly small, though it holds nine eyeshadows, I think eight of them are slightly smaller and there’s a large on in the middle. There is a range of finishes but the majority are definitely shimmer, a couple almost metallic, with one matte and two I’d say are satin maybe. I love the way they’ve names each of the colours to tie in with the Lion King theme and the colour range definitely fits the African savannah colours. As with the highlighter palette these eyeshadows are all cruelty free and the palette sells for £6.

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Review: Primark x Disney’s Lion King Highlighter Palette

The Primark Lion King Highlight Palette header image. Behind the text box is a photo of the front of the palette. It has a gold background with a black silhouette of a lot of the characters walking in a line

I saw the Primark Lion King range and I had to get some of it, I really wish I’d bought the chalk board and the cushion when I saw them in my local about a month ago but I haven’t seen them since. I did go to another Primark fairly near to me and found the makeup products so I had to get both the highlighting and the eyeshadow palette. The eyeshadow review will be up on Saturday and you can find it here if you want to check back to see swatches from that.

This highlighting palette has four highlighters in it in a range of shades, there’s a pink base and a golden base that are more of a glow, a deeper brown that’s great for darker skin tones, and a sort of peachy more glittery highlight. The palette costs £5 and these are decent sized pans with 4.5g in each one. It’s also cruelty free, which is great, and I love the cute packaging they’ve done for these, even if mine’s a bit damaged looking.

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Review: Smashbox Cover Shot Bold Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Cover Shot Bold eyeshadow palette title image. Behind the text box is a photo of the palette opened

Maybe it’s just me, but every summer I always plan on being a bit more adventurous with my eye makeup and trying bright colours. I also always realise that I don’t actually have one palette that has brights in, they’re sort of all over the place, and I just don’t have some colours.

I know that a lot of people wouldn’t do this, but I do end up looking on eBay for makeup if I just want to try something new when it comes to colours or looks. I found the Smashbox Cover Shot Bright Colours Palette for £3.50, pretty much like new, and actually won it. As with all Cover Shot palettes it’s a pocket sized palette with eight eyeshadows in it, six smaller ones along the bottom and two larger ones at the top. I loved the Ablaze palette I got in a set last year so wanted to see if the others in the range are as good as there seem to be mixed reviews depending on the palette.

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