While reading Nouveau Cheap (an awesome drugstore beauty blog!) recently, I learned that Black Radiance had released three 8-pan eyeshadow palettes at Walgreens stores. This wasn’t too surprising seeing that Black Radiance is owned by Markwins Beauty, the same company that owns Wet ‘n Wild, who released 8-pan eyeshadow palettes last year, but my interest was certainly piqued! I’ve written about the awesomeness of WnW’s eyeshadows in the past (here and here), and Black Radiance has some really awesome products too. I get misty eyed thinking about the blushes they discontinued last year. They were fabulous! So I was down to try one of these babies out!
The Eye Appeal palettes come in 3 versions, Posh Plums (purples), Urban Jungle (greens) and Downtown Browns, which I got but doesn’t really contain any browns. I’m a neutral girl when it comes to my eyeshadows, so I was disappointed to find it’s made up of shades of purple, burgundy, bronze and gold. But I had a Walgreens Rewards certificate to use so I grabbed it and gave it a whirl!
The Downtown Browns palette is a combo of metallic and glitter shades, and I wish there were at least 1 or 2 matte shades to balance everything out.Â As with the WnW shadows, these were very richly pigmented (seriously, the only eyeshadow I’d wear from the drugstore) and some were even creamy in their application. I must note that the left eyelid shade (third from left) is very soft – at least mine was – and crumbled in the palette, so be gentle and avoid dropping this palette. My guess is it wouldn’t be pretty! The right crease (third from right) shade felt very gritty to me so I don’t see me wearing it, so that’s a knock against it in my book. Other than this, I liked this palette and would recommend it.
Now, let me take a moment to give Markwins a side eye regarding the price of this item*pauses for actual side eye*. The Black Radiance palette retails for $6.99 while the same exact Wet ‘n Wild palette costs $4.99…riiiight. Granted, it IS only a $2 difference, but it’s the principle, people! Why is the brown girl brand marked up in price for what is an identical product? Not cool! Ok, I’ll end my mini-rant, lol. At any rate, if you’re in the market for quality eyeshadows and don’t want to spend a small fortune, you should definitely check these out at your neighborhood Walgreens.