I’m a huge fan of Gosh. I rate the Gosh Velvet Touch primer and I regularly drool over their vibrant lip glosses and eye colours at the Gosh counter at my local Superdrug.
So when I got the opportunity to be one of the lucky few to try Gosh’s new Smokey Eye Palette before it hit the stores, I jumped at the chance.
Now, I’m not a huge fan of the full-on dark smokey eye. Being blessed with large eyes and slightly heavy eyelids means that dark eye makeup can make my eyes look deep set, or at worst, bruised.
However, Gosh has cottoned on to this issue, which is why its eye palette comes in three shades – classic grey, brown and plum. I opted for the plum, figuring this would be the most flattering tone for me.
The palette itself is incredibly functional. Slim and neat, it can fit into any clutch bag, and the four shades also come with an idiot’s guide diagram showing you where exactly to apply each colour. Pretty foolproof, eh?
One criticism I’d have of the design is that the palette doesn’t have a ‘snap-shut’ function, which means that the lid doesn’t quite close properly. This made me wonder whether it may come loose in my makeup bag, but it hasn’t so far! On the plus side, the eyeshadows are well-set so are unlikely to crumble even if it fell open in my bag.
The Palette does not include a brush. But to be fair, often many eyeshadow palette’s provide a crappy sponge applicator which isn’t worth using anyway, and I end up using my own brushes. The lack of brush therefore, isn’t a huge deal-breaker for me.
See below how the shades swatch:
|Gosh Smokey Eye Palette in plum – swatched!
One thing you’ll note is that – apart from the darkest colour, the other three shades are pretty light. In fact the two in the centre pretty much disappear on my skin. This translates the same onto my eyes, which makes it a much lighter version of the smokey eye, or at least that’s how it looks on my skin.
To create the above look, I used my Eco Tools shading brush, and Cosmopolitan Blending brush. My rubbish camera (I promise you I’m buying a new camera soon!) doesn’t seem to do the eye makeup justice. It actually does look a little more plum-y in person, however the colour is still very subtle and could even pass for a brown shade. This isn’t a huge criticism as the shade actually kind of works for me, but if you’re looking for a very deep plum colour, this palette won’t provide that.
My sister also tried this palette to demonstrate how it would look on a lighter skin tone.
You can see that plum tone is more noticeable, but the colour is still incredibly subtle, and more matte than sheen.
So overall, I would say that Gosh’s Smokey Eye Palette is nice for day or office wear, or could be worn in the evening matched up with bright lips. This look is all about subtlety, so if you’re looking for eye drama, this perhaps isn’t for you. But if you want a matte smudgy tone instead of a full on smokey eye, it’s worth a look.
Gosh’s Smokey Eye Palette is available exclusively at Supedrug from April, and costs £7.99.