I think this purchase was my reaction to all the hype about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette – it looks beautiful, sure, but I’m not ready to splash out again for another high end palette, not just after treating myself to Kat Von D. Doesn’t stop me from making it a permanent stay on my wishlist, though…
Meanwhile, student discounts were happening and I hit 400 points on my Superdrug H&B card, so I bought this palette that I’d been eyeing up for ages. The palette costs £6.99 and contains 14 pans, and is available from Superdrug or Tambeauty’s website.
The New-trals VS Neutrals palette consists of a top row that looks like it was swiped from Modern Renaissance, and a bottom row that has similar shades to that of the Naked 3, or MUR’s Iconic 3 which is the duped version.
I have to say, this is a step up from their typical palettes with sponge applicators and clear plastic lids. This palette was in a cardboard box and the palette itself has a matte lid with a big mirror on the inside, and contains a double ended brush which actually functions pretty decently. The shades are also named, and the palette comes with a piece of clear plastic with names on that I’d already lost by the time I took the photos, but it’s still a step up from no names. Maybe one day we’ll even see names printed under the pans.
(As you may have noticed, this is a ready-n-waiting post that has been sitting in my drafts for months! Hence old photos from before the new camera haha – I may update it in future.)
Gonna say it now – I bought this palette for the beautiful reddish shades on this top row, namely, Vogue, Trend, New-Tral and Tone. Aren’t they beautiful?? So appropriate for the autumn season and will work its way into the springtime, I suspect. All the shades in the palette seem to have some degree of shimmer which can make even the matte-looking shades more satin sometimes.
‘Trend’ seemed to be softer than the other shades – I got more pigment and a little more fallout when swatching that one – but Moi over at 35thofMay noted that ‘Tone’ was a shade that did the same thing, and not Trend.
This is the bottom row that seems to be identical to shades from the Naked/Iconic 3 – Here’s a link to the review that says so. The Naked 3 is the rosier edition of its original, so I think it was a good selection to include for autumn to spring. Of course, the only downside is having two of the same shades if you already have it. Luckily, I don’t.
That aside, the glittery foiled shades are absolutely gorgeous and probably the ones that benefitted the most from me swatching with my fingers. The shade ‘Strong’ (last on right) seems to have a love-hate reputation due to its pigmentation and/or choice to use purple glitter flecks in it, but I really like it and it showed up fine on my eyelids. Perhaps it is a problem with consistency between palettes.
I have to mention, I just used a one-finger swipe for all these swatches, so the colours didn’t turn out as bold as other swatches that you can find online. The colour is very easily built up on the eyelid though.
If anybody is curious about wear time, it’s similar to other MUR palettes if you’ve tried any. They wear pretty well without a primer although crease on my oily eyelids, and with a primer on, they will look great all day. The colour does fade a little throughout, but I didn’t notice until after many hours of wear.
Overall, I really like the shades and can work with all of them – I’m going to have a lot of fun playing around with the top row especially.
Thank you for reading!