Cheap eye shadow palettes are always a gamble. Often, you’ll get one or two okay shades and a couple of chalky colours that have almost no opacity. At $7.07 USD for five shades, I was understandably sceptical about this metallic themedCUICU Soft & Shiny Eye Shadow (NO.C3108-04) palette. However, just like theCUICU Flashing Diamond eye shadowI reviewed last week, this palette surprised me…
WHAT IS IT?
The Soft & Shiny Eye Shadow palette is another offering from the mysterious Asian brand,CUICU.
The website for this brand is defunct, making it difficult to find out more about the company.While theCUICUFlashing Diamond eye shadow was manufactured in China and had packaging written in Chinese, English and Korean, this palette was formulated in Korea and lacks any Chinese characters. So, I’m going to speculate that CUICU is a Korean brand.
The palette comes with five different shades, most of which have a metallic, shimmery finish. For a budget brand, the packaging is actually quite classy. It reminds me of some of the Kanebo KATE eye shadow palettes.
Those of you who apply their make up on the go will be pleased to find that this palette comes with two sponge applicators and a mirror for touch ups. However, the both ends of the applicators are all for eye shadow, which no thinner tips for eye liner.
HOW DID IT PERFORM?
Palettes like this often have slightly inconsistent performance. Let’s take a quick look at the individual eye shadows.
Top Left:This shade is a frosty brownish grey that almost runs olive in certain lights. Impressive pigmentation, soft texture.
Top Center: This shade looks slightly out of place in the palette, because it’s a much warmer colour. It’s a shimmery copper hue. Impressive pigmentation, some fall out.
Middle:This shade is a beautiful shimmery white. It has great colour pay off, but it’s the softest shade of all, so be sure to use a light hand was swatching it. Some fall out.
Right: This shade is a frosty medium brown that almost looks like a dull gold in certain lights. Impressive pigmentation, slightly soft texture.
Bottom Left: This shade is a light matte brown with flecks of gold glitter. Unfortunately, it has the least colour pay off of all the shades. It’s also the least soft.
(White, matte brown, medium brown with hint of gold, brown with olive undertones, copper – swatched on bare skin)
Thecolours blend easilywithout becoming muddy and apply well, albeit witha bit of fall out from the softer colours. Sadly, the lack of a black eye shadow or a less frosty white means it’s not 100% travel friendly. I don’t like to highlight with a shimmery colour as it looks kind of weird – check it out in the picture below.
When used on top of myNYXJumbo pencil in Milk, these eye shadows stay in place for upwards of eight hourswithout creasing or fading significantly.
WHERE TO BUY?
If you look the look of the CUICU Soft & Shiny Eye Shadow Palette, you can pick it up fromKKCenterHK, who kindly sent me this one to review. Use the code below for a discount, even if you’re purchasing a different product.
Fans of shimmery eye shadows (these are shimmery and not sheer at all)
People looking to expand their make-up collection cheaply (if you’re looking for a budget palette, this could be it)
People who enjoy soft textured formulas (these are super soft, with the exception of the matte brown)
Neutral fans who want to go a step bolder (these neutrals are packed full of shimmer for a bolder look)
People who live outside of Asia and don’t like to shop online
Anyone who isn’t a fan of shimmer (you really can’t escape it, lol)
CUICU SOFT & SHINY EYE SHADOW PALETTE
Another great budget pick. The colours are pleasantly soft and highly pigmented. They have an impressive lasting time and are easy to blend. If you like shimmery shadows, definitely pick these up. If not, check outCUCUI’s singles for lovely matte formulas.
RETAIL PRICE: 8/10
FINAL PRODUCT: 8/10
What’s your favourite inexpensive eye-shadow brand?