I had a couple of "Freedom Palettes" that I had put together in-store (I find shopping on their site absolutely impossible, unless I am re-purchasing. There are no descriptions, and all items are numbered, rather than named. A big minus for me).
I hadn't used the palettes for awhile, and recently rediscovered them. It was like getting a present. I had forgotten how terrific the textures and colors really are. For the most part they blend beautifully, and the colors are really wonderful. They have a formulation with matte base and a tiny bit of sparkle. Perfect on more mature faces that need a bit of glow without shimmer. Lovely. I would buy more, but there isn't a store near me, and as I stated before, the website is not one I choose to navigate. Too daunting. I didn't take a lippie off though, because the actual products are awesome.
I had a bad experience ordering from the USA site. I placed my order for 4 shadow's and an empty quad. I was sooo excited I even saved swatch photos from google to my phone of the shades I chose just to look at them until I recieved my package. I thought they looked so gorgeous. Well the status of my order didn't change for 2 weeks and they didn't reply to my emails or answer the phone. I opened a Paypal dispute and finally they told me they were short staffed and could not fullfill the order right now, they couldn't even tell me when they expected to be able to ship my order. So I just asked to be refunded and they did that. I'm not the type to yell or complain but I was left sad honestly, I'm just writing this review to warn other USA buyers, you may want to just visit a store instead of buying online. Who wants to order something and then wait to see if it will ever show up, I wanted my shadow's but was uncomfortable not knowing. I gave 3 stars cause they did refund me.
I went into the Las Vegas store this weekend and got exactly what I wanted, a palette of neutral matte shades. I have both Nakeds, some Too Faced, and what I end up using up first every time is the neutral matte shades, particularly for highlighting. It's really hard to find a neutral palette and this is exactly what I wanted. The packaging is chic, easy to use, and I like that replacement shades are five bucks. The eyeshadow is a little chalkier than I'm used to, but certainly has decent staying power and a huge range of color choices.
The Las Vegas salesrep said I could call the store directly to order refills or any other products, so if you are having trouble ordering online, no worries, just call the store and they will assist you gladly.
Edited to add: I still like the freedom system, being able to choose colors, and love that I put together a matte palette, BUT the eyeshadows aren't as good as UD or TF. The mattes in my other palettes are creamier and easier to apply, I find the Inglots a bit chalky and even with primer not very vibrant or as well pigmented. Still, for the price and finally getting the shades and finish I want, it's still a decent buy and good makeup.
Help, I've become Inglotoxicated!
I used to be a strictly single eyeshadows woman, and was quite happy that way. But, after hearing the raves about Inglot, I decided to try their shadows, and the Freedom System palette seemed to be the best way to go.
So far, I have a three-pan palette, filled with browns, and a four-pan filled with greys. Plums are next! ;)
When you buy the shadows as palette "refills," they're about $5.00 each, and the palettes start at a little under $10.00, and increase in price, proportional to size. The shadows are shipped in little plastic "shells," from which you can remove them and pop them into your palette. One of the beauties of this set-up is the fact that it's relatively easy to move your shadows around, within the same palette or to a different palette. The best way to do this is with a magnet; the shadow pans will stick to the magnet, and you can easily pull them out, without damaging the shadow.
The palettes themselves are beautifully streamlined, simple, sturdy, and elegant. They're also VERY magnetic; I've had to pry my eyelash curler off my Inglot palette more than once!
I find no fault with this system, except possibly that it's highly addictive. Inglot offers a mind-blowing selection of shades, and it's diabolically fun to keep ordering and filling up those nifty palettes! Also, unlike certain Estee Lauder brands- cough, cough - Inglot doesn't test on animals.
Order from inglotusa.com, if you're in the U.S. Otherwise, go to inglotcosmetics.com to find out how to order.
I received my first freedom eye palette today, and all I can say is, girls, run don't walk to this lot for quality and value! Having retired from my career in the Arts, I'm toying with the idea of inflicting a bit of makeup art on some unsuspecting souls in my local community...and I'm so besotted with these lovely colours, beautiful textures, very professional palettes, and humungous range! I adore my Nars, enjoy Mac but wonder about the quality for price, long ago gave up on the 'prestige' brands like Dior. You have probably seen other Aussies whingeing about the cost of cosmetics down here, but I got ten superb huge shadows for AU$110 - about the cost of one special ed Chanel quad. (We suffer huge luxury tax, - well considering we are the lucky country - maybe we deserve it - but conversely the stores and brands have mysteriously NOT dropped their prices since our dollar has soared, surprise LOL! )
I chose mainly neutrals in matte, taupe-y, brown-y, grey-y tones, with a few pearls in the russet range. Both these finishes are excellent, and for myself, despite being fairly fortunate in not getting tragically crepey and lined around the eyes, I find that these pearls are subtle enough for nighttime. Youngsters could wear them to work.
I had a serendipitous mistake, the shipper threw in a wrong number which was a light bright aqua; it looks amazing as a counterpoint amongst the neutrals...but now I have to order a set in the greens and silvers to match it.
No doubt I won't be stopping until I have them all....
There is a lot of hype going on with Inglot shadows and the Freedom System palettes in general. Rightfully so, I should add. I'll do my best to add to what hasn't been said in previous reviews.
I love the design of the palettes. It isn't gorgeous, but it's not tacky or cheap either. It's simple but practical. I have a 10-pan and 20-pan palette and both are portable, IMO. One word of caution, though. The magnets on these are STRONG, and it hurts like HELL if you shut the palette on your fingers. To prevent this, slide the lid off the palette. Do NOT try to pry it open. Also, removing the eyeshadow pans can be a challenge. So far, I've found that using a small metal nail file instead of a knife works much better, although you still need to be super duper careful. Others have mentioned using a stronger magnet to pull the pans out & this would seem much easier.
Of course, the value of the eyeshadow is phenomenal. They run for $5 each (update: $6), which is the similar to the price point of Ulta, NYX, and various drugstore eyeshadow singles. I mean this when I say that the quality of these shadows run laps around the other brands. They are highly pigmented, smooth, and only the slightest bit powdery (but with no fall out, if that makes sense). I can hardly compare these to MAC shadows only because I only own a couple shades from them. Who cares? Inglot's eyeshadow quality is just superb!
I'm a big fan of neutrals, and I am glad that Inglot offers a wide range of them. The range of brights is even larger, which could be very overwhelming. Finding swatches of the eyeshadows is a pretty daunting task. There are a few sites that I recommend, but I'm not sure if I am allowed to include it in my review (PM me if you'd like to know, I'm not affiliated with ANY of the sites). Google Images and YouTube videos were also extremely helpful. It was a trial-and-error process for me, as I ended up purchasing shades that looked like they would flatter me but ended up not. Thankfully, I now have a 20-pan palette that I am thoroughly satisfied with :)
Unfortunately, Inglot's website (at least the US version) is not very user friendly, although this is not something that is going to affect my overall review. I really wish they would have a shade sorter like MAC's where you could view certain finishes, color families, etc. Also, I think it would help IMMENSELY if Inglot had shade descriptions for each shadow. For now, Ctrl + F (or, Command + F if you're using a Mac computer) and a list of eyeshadow shades will be your friends when it comes to placing an order.
I can honestly say that I will not be purchasing any eyeshadow from any other brands, at least for a very very long time. I am forever indebted to the makeup gods for Inglot :p
After I read many positive reviews and saw a lot of pictures I decided to try these eyeshadows.I bought two brown colors-one matte and one shimmery.I am very disappointed withthe quality.No matter if I wear a base or not the color gradually fades and disappears after an hour or two.The price is too high for what you get.
These shadows are great if you are looking for a mid-end brand for everyday use! I originally bought 5 shades including a bright red to use as blusher (blended out, obviously) but I went back to the store the next day to get 5 more colors! :) So basically I ended up with 8 neutrals shades and 2 shades that I was going to use as blushers. The other blusher shade was bright orange, for anyone who wants to know. These shadows are pigmented, nicely formulated (they do not break or crumble), which makes them comparable, if not better than MAC. Also, the quantity/price ratio provided by Inglot compared to MAC is a total steal! I bought three finishes of the shadows, Double Sparkle (DS), Pearl (P), and Matte (M). The DS ones left to be desired because I thought the sparkles would show up more, but in daylight they just look like pigmented matte shades. The sparkles were also more like shimmer bits that were not the same color as the shadow itself, which would've been really interesting if only they were visible. I love the finish of the Pearls and I wish I had more of them. They were the creamiest and a little touch on my brush is all I need for intense payoff. They were also extremely easy to blend, which made it a dream to put on makeup in the morning. The Matte shades that I bought were extremely creamy feeling, they weren't cakey or sheer in the least, and they blended very well! I was very surprised at the quality of those ones because as we all know matte is the hardest finish to get right. Clearly Inglot is not comparable to the palettes from Dior, Guerlain or even Chanel, but it would be the perfect palette for someone who is just getting into makeup. I don't think that they have all the shades right because a lot of them look similar to each other and they lack the superiour pigment coordinations that make up the more expensive palettes (for example, you'll never find a pale pink champagne with gold shimmer shot through), but I definitely recommend Inglot for the best mid-end range of shadows. The palette are really hard to manage as we all know, I tried the trick with the cover's magnet and thought it was useless. However, using the needle trick, I was finally able to get my shadows out without breaking them. I would definitely repurchase them because I think that Inglot is a worthwhile brand and it is something that I can just throw in my bag and go, unlike a Dior quint.
Recently I have begun to get more into eye shadow after being a longtime eyeliner adherent. I have just started clearing out some of my old eye make-up and realising that I have a couple of eye shadow palettes that I don't use, and out of the ones I do use, I use only a few colours...so off to inglot.
I think there are two things to bear in mind
1) Go knowing what colours you want in your palette. I knew I wanted berry/pink/chocolate shades. The last time I went to inglot I was so overwhelmed by the colours once the MA turned her back I put down the colours and ran out otherwise I would have ended up with a massive palette filled with colours I won't use/dupes of stuff I have.
2) Get a good MA or bring a friend. After I told the MA what I wanted she was great and helped me with colours I wasn't too sure about, don't hesitate to ask them to try it on you. My MA did and the colour lasted 6 hours without primer before showing the tiniest of creasing. Impressive!
I purchased the following colours: AMC30, AMC 29, M 337, AMC 37 and P450
The only downside is the price. The first time I went a palette of 5 colours was around £20 and a palette of 3 was about £11. What a difference a recession makes! A 5 palette is now £28.50.
The packaging is interesting, if not entirely practical since the whole lid has to be removed to get access to the all the colours. Will definitely buy again if I'm in the US where the prices are cheaper or if I hit pan on any of my awesome colours.
I really like these shadows in general, I have the 10 palette.
They are buttery and pigmented. The only problem I had is that when I took the lid off one of my shadows crumbled and broke, it's not in the worst condition and still usable but I've never had a shadow break on me and I wasn't being rough with it at all.