Because why not?

SAX - Naked Eyes Palette.

14 May 2014
I managed to score the SAX Naked Eyes Palette during Beauty Heaven's most recent Beautorium and I think it's needless to say I was pretty excited to receive it.



I don't really buy eye shadow often, I go through phases where I like to buy palettes but for the most part I can resist the urge, I also don't buy single eye shadows unless I need a specific colour for a job or if I see a good deal and only then if they can be depotted and placed in a custom palette.

When I saw the SAX Naked Eyes Palette was available I was really curious about the quality and I did want to compare it to the Naked Palette because it's obvious that they were trying to jump on the neutrals bandwagon.

The quality of the shadow isn't great but for something that retails at just under $20.00AUD I really wasn't expecting much. The palette contains 12 shadows (10 shimmers and 2 mattes) and a dual ended brush.

First let me talk quickly about the packaging; the palette is made up of a hard cardboard and has a magnetic closure, if traveling with this particular item you'll want to be careful, the cardboard can be crushed and the magnetic closure is pretty crap.



As for the shadows themselves I find the colour pay off for some of the colours to be pretty average and the formula isn't as creamy as I like my shadows to be, some of the shimmers are ok with pigment but even those don't impress me enough to tell you to run out and buy it. The shadows absolutely need a primer (concealer, foundation or a targeted eye shadow base) and they need a little work to be blended properly. The pictures you see above are the shadows swatched without a primer, I had to WORK to get that much pigment on my skin, applying layer over layer. The swatches below are the shadows with a primer (UDPP) and I had to work to get these as well except most of these are only 2 layers.



The reason why I like my shadows highly pigmented and creamy is because you need less product for a better effect and a creamy shadow not only blends better but holds other colour layers better, so if you are doing a look with 2 or more colours they will layer well and blend easily without needing to overwork the shadow and causing a muddy blah of colour.

I whacked together some quick eye looks to try to demonstrate the issues I had with the shadows

#'s 1, 3 & 5

#'s 6, 7 & 8

These looks were done with 3 shadows per eye, using a total of 6 different colours from the palette (colours are numbered left to right in the palette), and I'll be fucking damned if they don't just look like 2 different tones of brown. This happens when colours are blended too much, they become muddy and everything just looks, well... brown. And why did I keep blending? Because the seams where the colours had been applied would just not fucking budge! If you apply the shadow to bare skin you'll use half a palette trying to get any colour payoff but if you apply it to a primer and don't work at the speed of light it'll stick like gum in a little girls hair, those of you with a keen eye will see the seam issues in the second picture where I worked slower.

Bloody hell I need to pluck my brows.

The shadows that I don't mind are: #'s 6 (gold) & 8 (bronze).
The shadows that are just plain horrible are: #'s 9 (blue, so powdery!) & 11 (black).
The rest are crap but not as embarrassing as the blue and black.



The brush that comes with the palette is just no. The synthetic fiber end is small and great for getting in to the inner corner but I don't like the way it lays the colour down, the foam end I didn't even try, because, no. Seriously. No.

Pros:

  • Lets face it, it looks so pretty and I don't think any makeup junkie can resits coveting something that looks like this.


Cons:

  • The shadows aren't great.
  • Packaging also isn't great.


Conclusion:
If I saw this in store and swatched it I would walk away, even though it is inexpensive I would prefer to save the $20 and put it towards a nice Urban Decay palette or even some good quality single shadows. When you compare this to good quality shadows there is no competition. I don't consider myself a shadow snob, if a shadow cost $2 and it had good pigment and a beautiful, smooth, buttery texture I would buy a million and be singing it's praises but I can't recommend a product that is going to give crappy colour payoff and be difficult to work with. If you are still interested, go forth and swatch! Only you will know if it's a product that you will love and cherish.

Oh and just quickly before I end this post, here is a comparison of the SAX Naked Eyes Palette and the Urban Decay Naked Palette.



What do you think? Something you want to try anyway because it's so pretty to look at or turned off by sub-par shadows?


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3 comments on "SAX - Naked Eyes Palette."
  1. After that review no friggin way would i bother with it!!
    I love your honesty and your language LOL I feel like I am in good company :D

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    1. Hahaha I'm glad you enjoy my style of writing :) I feel a bit like I bashed this product but I know it's something my readers can likely afford and would happily buy so I really felt like I had to be super candid with this one. It looks right, the price point is right but the quality fails for me unfortunately.

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  2. Oh boo hoo! What a bummer hon - I have their Sultry Eyes kit and the shadows are brilliant, although there's only 4 in the box. I find quite most companies that have great single pans, duos or quads, often throw in quite a few duds when they do a big palette, but to have almost ALL crappy ones is very naughty...

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