I couldn’t remember what exactly the Pippa Palette was, but I do know that I made a note to myself to buy it, because it came up on my phone as an alert.
As soon as Googled it though, I realised why it caught my eye, not only would I wear all 6 eye shadows – which is unusual, because there’s always at least one dud in a palette, but 5 of the shades are matte.
This is important for older women when we’re considering eye make up. I’m one of the many thousands who bought Urban Decay’s iconic Naked Palette without properly researching it.
Those undeniably gorgeous, sparkly shades make my eyelids looks crepey if I apply them past my eyelid, edging towards the crease line, or too close to the inner corners of my eyes.
A shimmery shadow looks beautiful if kept within the lid area. A couple of years down the line and I’ve only used a dab of each shadow. Matte is where it’s at.
Having said that, the (limited edition) Pippa Palette is extremely popular with younger women and there are some rather excellent tutorials on You Tube.
The clever shades of the three light to mid tone neutrals work to create a very natural, day time eye make up; the more intense darker shadows are perfect for the ultimate smoky eye.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPPA PALETTE?
All the shades are named after important people (or animals), in Pippa’s life, which is a lovely, personal touch.
A highly pigmented matte carbon black shade. Can be worn alone or layered for a smouldering smokey eye. Use as an accent colour on the outer V of the eye or use damp as eyeliner.
A rich dark chocolate-brown colour with a hint of red undertone, perfect for intensifying a smokey eye. Very versatile also as a transitional colour or as an accent colour at the outer V of the eye. Use to smoke your bottom lash line with.
Great for all eye colours. Can be great as a brow filler for some. Looks amazing when paired with Ollie as a crease colour, Tobi as a transition shade, DoDo on the outer V and LuLu in the inner tear duct.
A very versatile shade, great as a subtle liner, brow filler for some, crease color, blender shade and even a face contour shade for some skin tones.
A warm soft brown shade, perfect transition shade or on it’s own as a crease colour. Extremely versatile shade.
A subtle warm toned nude-beige eye contouring shade, ideal for the crease. It’s suede like texture makes it easy to blend.
A beautiful smooth muted ivory-vanilla shade, ideal for a base colour or inner corner/brow bone matte highlight with a tiny hint of reflective shimmer. Brighten up any eye look with Lily.
A gorgeous, highly pigmented champagne highlighter just in time for the latest strobing trend. Perfect for highlighting the cheekbone/browbone or inner tear duct. Great on every skin tone and for any age. Gives a beautiful youthful glow to the skin. Its finely milled pressed formula is superb for catching the light indoors or outdoors.
This looks lovely – glam, but subtle.
How come highlighter is suddenly back in vogue? Anyone who lived through 80s will know that your make up wasn’t complete without a wide slick of iridescent white highlighter. The modern version seems to be more of a shimmery gold hue and from the swatches I’ve seen, ‘Lulu’ appears to be spot on with this trend.
A light coral-pink youthful blush shade. Gives a subtle flushed look that’s beautiful on it’s own or buildable for intensity. Its buttery texture is perfect for blending.
A matte warm brown bronzer. A buildable, universal shade that blends easily. A little goes a long way with this product.
The Pippa Palette £25.84 from Blank Canvas
The palette arrived! The eye shadows look strongly pigmented in the palette. However, I can’t even begin to describe the utter gorgeousness of the light golden highlighter Lulu. I’ll try to take a photo good enough to do it justice.
5th October 2015
UPDATE: 16th October 2015
I’ve not actually used the palette yet, I’m taking it away with me on holiday tomorrow. I thought though, that you might get a rough idea of what the shades look like in the pan.
I took a million photos, but this one looks closest to the real thing, it’s not a bad match at all and I think it’s as accurate as you can possibly get.
The palette is (inexplicably, I think, because this isn’t a budget product), cased in heavy-duty cardboard, albeit with strong magnets for closure – this isn’t going to fall open in your make up bag any time soon.
I can see how at first, not everyone will think it’s the best value for money. There’s not a huge amount of eye shadow product in the pans, they look quite narrow. As highly pigmented and glorious as the eyeshadows are, you’re not getting a lot of them!
That said, I paid £38 for the Urban Decay palette and I use it rarely, and I paid £23.00 for the Naked Basics Palette (below) which I can’t live without and use daily.
Ah, the Naked Palette, look familiar? I haven’t done side by side swatches, but Susu and Ollie look like Naked 2 and Faint’s long-lost cousins – but the others don’t, and I think this is why it’s worth the money and £25.00 is more than reasonable.
Think of the Pippa Palette as the next step up from Naked Basics. Wearable, pigment packed, but much warmer toned neutrals, with the added bonus of highlighter, blush and contour powders.
No mere photograph can do justice to the beauty that is the shimmering gold highlighter called Lulu, named after Pippa’s late mum. What a fitting tribute, it’s THE most gorgeous, cool toned, gold highlighter.
The texture is velvety and it can work as a whisper of delicate shimmer on the brow bone or layered on the top of cheeks for full on glam mode. I wonder if Blank Canvas will wise up and produce Lulu as a standalone highlighter, it’s certainly very special.
I look forward to taking this palette away with me. More updates to follow.
16th October 2015
UPDATED 24th November 2015
Utterly, utterly gorgeous! This is now my everyday eyeshadow palette, no duds.
I did have a couple of reservations about the packaging because it’s cardboard, but it’s proved to be robust and because of the smooth finish, hasn’t got at all dirty.
The eyeshadows are highly pigmented, but fairly powdery when you’re loading up your brush, however, there’s no fallout when you come to apply them. I did think the darkest shade K.D. would cause problems as I use it as an eyeliner, but no, it stays put.
They blend well, but you can still see the definition i.e. they don’t blend so well that you can’t differentiate between the colours. I’ve had eyeshadows that merge into one another when I blend them, and they turn into one murky shade.
Lily is THE shade you want to dot on your tear duct to open up your eyes, barely any shimmer at all, it sits there nicely without being screamingly obvious.
I wasn’t crazy about this shade in the palette, I felt it was too pink for me, but it’s a lovely warm toned pink, that looks very natural. Use sparingly though.
This was a tricky one as my favourite contour is of course NYX Taupe, and Amour is a very different shade. You have to be very careful here, one stroke packs a lot of colour and to my horror, I hadn’t blended it out and when I checked my make up at work, I had a very obvious diagonal stripe across my cheek. Blend, blend, blend.
The best use I’ve found for this though, is a gentle sweep along my jaw line and a light dab under the jowls to put them back in place.
I’ve saved the best for last. It’s like that old Savage Garden song, I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You. I loved Lulu on the website and in the palette. This flattering champagne shade is so versatile, mainly because it packs just enough shimmer.
I use it as an upper and lower eyeliner, brow bone highlighter, and on very the top of my cheekbones. One dot, softly blended, emphasises a cheekbone that you didn’t know you had.
There are quite a few make up tutorials on You Tube using this palette. The looks really vary from natural to smokey, which nicely illustrates how versatile this palette is. The one thing that is consistent though, is how pigmented the shades are.
A great find!
UPDATE 4th October 2016
It’s nearly a year since I bought the Pippa and I use this palette every day, I absolutely love it! The only shade I don’t really use is the blusher Pipsy, it’s still just a little too pink for me.
Because the shades are so pigmented, I’ve barely made a dent in them, although the area around the contour colour ‘Amour’ is very grubby, although that could be because I use a bigger brush to pick up the powder.
The sublime highlighter Lulu, continues to be the star turn – perfection.
If there is a negative, it’s that the price has risen to £30.54, nearly a fiver. I must make a note to check out the price next year.
MASTER SERIES PALETTE ONE
After reading and writing about this new palette also from Blank Canvas, I was more than keen to buy it. It was out of stock for a long time due, I sure, to the success of the Pippa Palette, but when it came back in, I saw that the price had risen from £24.60 to £27.90. I emailed Blank Canvas and they said the original price was an administrative error. However, I see it’s risen again to £30.94. Hmm…That’s a hefty hike.
I still wanted to buy it though, but I had a closer look at the reviews, just to make sure it was worth the money and lived up to the hype.
A lot of these palettes were given to Irish beauty bloggers to review and I know how hard it is for them to be objective, but I found two reviews – one positive and one negative, that have helped me decide NOT to purchase the palette for two good reasons.
The first is from an Irish blog called Lovely Girlie Bits which has to be the best blog name ever! I’ve just subscribed to it because, credit where it’s due, the blog is a brilliant read.
It’s a good review and I love the Goddess shimmer shade on the first eye example, but in the swatch photos, the ‘warm’ shades are leaning too much towards orange.
The second review I read and the one which sealed it for me, is from another Irish blog called Blather and the Beauty (another great name). Leanne describes the shades as very powdery.
Now, I’ve said myself that the shades in the Pippa Palette are powdery, but that the pigment is strong and fallout is minimal, it’s obvious here from the photos that the eyeshadows in the Master Series are much softer and fallout is horrendous. The photo swatches also show the shades looking very orange toned.
For now, I’m passing on buying this and I’m going to wait and see what Master Palette TWO looks like when (or if) it’s launched.