14 March 2014

Review: Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadows.

So, the CBSE is a complete flop. Since my AISSCE's will span for over two months (I'm not even kidding), I thought I might as well get into blogging spontaneously again rather than scheduling pre-written posts. These days, I'm stuck at home; unable to go anywhere, unable to buy anything, unable to do anything other than occupy my mind with some future blog projects and a rare read-through of my class XII curriculum. Sure, I understand I need to study and focus on my future and everything, but get this - when you combine an extensive exam schedule and a student with the attention span of a fly, it's nowhere near being a good idea. So, I might as well sit back and dye my hair green (for real) while I'm at it. So, in conclusion - screw you, CBSE.

Now, to a lighter topic. Inglot Cosmetics was founded over 30 years ago in a small town of Przemyƛl, Poland. However, today, it is one of the leading manufacturers in colour cosmetics. What I love most about Inglot is not just their reasonable prices and superb quality but a little thing they offer known as the Freedom System.  The famous Freedom System gives the freedom to assemble custom designed palettes to meet any beauty needs. You want an palette with only greens? No problem. You want a lip palette with only plums? Alright. You want a blush and concealer palette? Okay, whatever you say.

So, I had a chance to stop by at the Inglot at Chennai in October and I decide to make my own little palette. It's actually a quad, since it has four eyeshadows. After spending heaps of time at the store, swatching every shade, and figuring out every finish, I locked in four shades - a taupe, a brown, a navy and a moss green. And it helped that the girl there was extremely friendly and enthusiastic. Not to mention cute, hah.

So, as you can see, the whole palette is magnetic. I normally use a compass to remove the eyeshadow pans whenever needed. On the day I was 'shooting' the product, I wasn't able to find my compass (geography student problems) so I thought a divider would suffice. Boy, was I wrong! The divider was tougher to manipulate and it wound up damaging my precious eyeshadows. And then commenced a swear fest in Korean and Japanese with bits of Assamese thrown in for good measure. Swear fest aside, the palette is extremely tough and is nowhere near being a flimsy eyeshadow palette like most of the ones available these days. And of course it's tough, the palette alone costs ₹700. The eyeshadows were ₹300 each when I bought them. It's an incredible bargain. Even if you buy the eyeshadow refills alone without the palettes, you get an incredible deal - an eyeshadow of intense pigmentation and superb quality with a near-negligible price. And excuse the injured blue and brown eyeshadows in the photos. They were almost murdered... *clears throat* With a divider.

I honestly don't have anything bad to say about these eyeshadows. They're buttery, they're easy to work with, they're pigmented, they're intense, they're long-lasting and they're affordable. You might as well stop reading now and go to your nearest Inglot counter and buy a few.  If you spend enough time at the store, you'll be able to find some really good dupes for some higher-end eyeshadows. They come in a variety of finishes - from pearls to mattes. They're all categorized with a code number and an alphabet usually signifying its finish.

Shine Square 42 
This is a chocolate brown colour with gorgeous silver and copper shimmer running through it. It contains 3.2 gm/0.09 us oz of product. I quite like this colour and it looks really forgiving in the day as well as at night. It's just one of those versatile colours.

Matte square 363 
This is a taupe (or a greyish brown) eyeshadow and it has a matte finish. This is probably my most frequently used one out of the four. This is useful for filling in eyebrows (not that I need to) and to use as a crease colour or as a transitional colour. I'm talking as if I actually know what I am saying. Urgh, all I'm trying to say is that this is an awesome colour. It contains 2.3 gm/0.08 us oz of product. 

DS Square 483 
This shade of blue is what I am all for. I am a lover of all the blues and greens in the world and it's no surprise that I chose this shade of navy blue. It's got gorgeous silver and cobalt shimmer running through it. Yes, you guys. It's got cobalt shimmer particles in it. If that doesn't blow your mind, I fail to see what will. This has 2.5 gm/0.09 us oz of product in it. 

Shine Square 44 
This is a stunning moss green shade with tiny gold shimmer particles in it. I have hardly used this one because it's one of those shades that is too pretty to ruin by using it. I have used this maybe once or twice on the lower lash-line. I really need to convince myself to use it. It's got 3.2 gm/0.09 us oz of product in it.

Okay, so the highlights of this post are as follows: Inglot makes beautiful and affordable eyeshadows; you should go try them out; you need to use a professional tool to remove the eyeshadows from the pan, if ever, or a compass, you mustn't use a divider and CBSE sucks.
Should I be one of the bloggers who makes a pros and cons list and gives a big-ass rating at the end? No, haha, I'm going to make you read. Read, Homo sapien, read. Maybe I should buy a big, expensive camera and use said products on my face? No, thank you. I'm content with whatever I have. You've got to make the best of what you've got, isn't that right? Either way. Saranghae.