Thursday, 25 August 2011

Review: Love & Beauty Natural and Smokey palettes by Forever 21

I have bought both the Natural Palette and the Smokey palette only a few months ago as an impulse buy. It was so hard to resist since it's only $6.90 USD per palette. Plus, I've been a loyal Forever 21 customer for over 5 years. It's definitely one of my favorite stores.

The palette consists of 10 eye shadow wells - tints and tones of brown/black - including shimmery brown/black, taupe, a variation of ochre, and golden brown.

Packaging: cute, animal print that has been spot varnished ( spots made glossy to stand out ). I was impressed that the packaging didn't fell apart after a month of using it. In fact, it's quite decent despite such low price. The palette comes with eyeliner, brush, and built-in mirror.

The quality of the eyeshadows is great - soft, blendable, and long lasting! A little bit powdery, but nicely pigmented. It also works perfectly with primer. SUPER! With the primer, the eyeshadows stayed on after my work out session - 1 hour of extreme sweating! I had to use eye makeup remover.

The ingredients include talc, petrolatum, mineral oil, and parabens... the stuff many people avoid. This is typical with drugstore and budget makeup - and hard to avoid since most major brands such as Maybelline, Revlon, NYC, WnW, Coastal Scents contain talc and parabens.

Something cool: the palettes have expiration dates on the back: mine expire in February 2014.

Overall, I am happy with this product and may end up trying other beauty products from Forever 21.

Quality: 4/5
Value: 5/5

Pigmentation: 4/5, slightly too powdery
Packaging: cute and trendy
Lasting Power: 4/5
Price: $

Overall: 4.5/5

Would I buy it again? Yes! 

Forever 21 Natural Palette, swatches in natural light

Forever 21 Natural Palette, swatches photographed with flash

Forever 21 Smokey Palette, swatches photographed with flash

Forever 21 Smokey Palette, swatches in natural light
An experimental look using Forever 21 Smokey Palette
Some of the eye shadows on ivory skin, no primer



  1. Thanks so much! I actually had no idea these existed. Will run out & get these!

  2. They remind me of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. Don't you think?

  3. They could be a cheaper alternative to the Naked Palette.

  4. yeah i think they are alternative to UD NAked palette

  5. where can i find this?

  6. i leave in greece but my aunt that leaves in Canada brought me the natural one and i love it!!

  7. well i bought this palettes in mexico same presentation and colors buy the mark is profussion and one name natural ans sultry and the other night fever.

  8. and yes another reviews compares with the naked 1 and 2 so i do my own review in FB so yes the only color to not had is "busted"

  9. Do you know the color 4th from the right side??? I LOVE LOVE LOVE this color and want it buy it separately.