ONLY TEN DOLLARS FOR AN EYESHADOW PALETTE!
Phew that got your full attention didn’t it? Because this palette sure got mine.
As I was doing my usual stroll around the beauty section in Priceline and a familiar product caught my eye. Priceline’s selling the NAKED2 palette now?! I did a double-take, looked more closely at the packaging and realised I was duped by a dupe.
There was three available palettes (Nude, Party Glam and Day to Night), the tin containers looked so similar to the Urban Decay NAKED2 palette. The Model’s Prefer brand eyeshadow palette had similar colour schemes, had the same double ended eyeshadow and blending brushes and basically anything except the name on the front of the tin.
As I already have the NAKED2 palette I didn’t really want to get another eyeshadow palette especially since I’m not too experimental with my eye area but my curiosity about them skyrocketed through the roof due to two reasons.
- For $10 it is very cheap for such an eyeshadow palette with that many colours
- The case and eyeshadow compartments looked exactly like the NAKED2 which I already own and love
If you add those two reasons together you’ll get a very curious mind. I HAD TO FIND OUT!
I found that both the Nude and Day to Night palette had a great mixture of neutral shade along with some edgier dark colours. The Nude palette was more on the pink, brown and neutral colours that weren’t dark while the Day to Night palette hit both the light/ neutral and dark levels of the spectrum.
Most of the colours in both palettes were frosted with the exception of maybe 2 to 4 matte colours which were matte. The matte colours would work nicely as bases or transition shades for the frosted shadows but didn’t offer anything special to the table individually.
Clearly the frosted shadows are the favourite child and the matte colours are the middle child in these palettes.
I personally found that the colours scheme offered by the Day to Night palette were more similar to those in NAKED2 than the Nude palette.
This was due to the fact that it only had light and brown colours with no darker options. I bet if I morphed some of the brown shades from the Nude palette with the gritty grey and black colours from the Day to Night palette, it would make a pretty good dupe of the NAKED2 palette.
If I had to liken the Nude palette (as is) to a NAKED palette, it would be closest to the NAKED3 palette as it has a pretty selection of romantic pink and neutral colours.
What I found particularly interesting about these palettes was some of the funny names given to the shades. Unlike Urban Decay’s colours like Foxy and Bootycall, Priceline gives us the mundane Voicemail and Co Worker. I’d hardly think that’s very sexy or alluring but alas it fit the “Day to Night” theme. Copy Machine or Water Cooler anyone?
As an additional nod to the NAKED2 palette, the Model’s Prefer palettes also provided a double ended shadow brush with flat shading end and fluffy blending end. The bristles on the blending brush, in particular, were noticeably weaker than the brushes they were trying to dupe. But as a part of a cheap palette, I can’t expect too much from them as they did the job pretty well. I recommend that you even ditch the brush and opt for some tools of your own because the proper tools will make a difference when getting the most out of these shadows.
If I should also mention, as this is a cheap palette, the mirror in the Priceline palettes were slightly warped which means it’s not a proper glass mirror.
You can see from the swatches from both palettes, many of the light to neutral shades almost blend into my medium olive skin tone while the dark brown and black shades give a great pop of colour. The pigmentation of these shadows are impressive as I remind myself how much I paid for each of them. I would have loved it if the black shadow was more opaque but unfortunately it is simply a faint wash of grey-black.
I did find the eyeshadow powder to be a slightly grittier texture if I swiped off too much product but as this allowed the colour to build up to a more intense and true-to-colour shade, this was no biggie at all for me.
All in all, the eyeshadow range from Priceline’s Model Prefer brand is significantly cheaper (at a measly $10) that we’d normally pay for the same quality of product in another brand. I think they both offer a nice selection of colours which are a great budget alternative to higher end palettes.
Colours 8/10 – Great selection of neutral, brown and dark shades. Gives a nice variety of colours to create looks with although the matte to frosted ratio was a bit disappointing.
Product Quality 7/10 – The individual shadows vary in quality. Some colours are much more pigmented and smooth than others which was especially the case for the brown and dark shadows. The light cream shadows were quite chalky in comparison, coming off very gritty and not showing up on the skin very well.
Packaging & Accessories 9/10 – The palette was housed in a sturdy tin case which is pretty high quality for the price but the included mirror was not up to par. The brush was pretty flimsy but you could always throw that out and use your own for a better effect.
In my eyes, the best thing about this palette is the fact that you won’t feel bad if you cracked one of these babies by accidentally dropping it on the floor. Not…that I’ve ever done that to any expensive eyeshadow palette I own. Cue nervous laugh.
Unfortunately I think these were special edition products brought in by Priceline for Christmas 2014 and have since sold out for a second time after they re-released them due to their popularity. You could probably check on their website periodically if you want to grab one but my prediction would be that they may come back during Christmas time again to be sold as a stocking stuffer.
IMPORTANT UPDATE! THEY’RE BACK!
The original 3 eyeshadow palettes from Models Prefer are back in same just in time for Christmas just like I predicted! And this time they listened to me and added a fourth palette with ONLY matte nude colours. My predictions are on point for these palettes!
Get in quick before they disappear for another year! They’re great value for only $10!
If you’d like to read up on the palette that Priceline is trying to mimic with their Nude and Day to Night palettes, check out my previous blog post on the Urban Decay NAKED2 eyeshadow palette.
Have you been looking for this palette or have you tried it yet? How did you like it?
Leave a comment below if you have any questions or comments about these two gorgeous dupe palettes and I’ll make sure to get back to you on them!