What it Claims:
"HiP high intensity pigments™ Concentrated Shadow Duos contain micro-pulverized pigments for ultra-smooth contours and layering. Color that’s purer than pure. Truer than true.
And, like all HiP high intensity pigment™ products, these coordinated shades pack more pigment—for a look that is always captivating. Never fleeting"
Claims - True or False?
1) Ultra-smooth contours and layering: False. While not chalky, it's not nearly as smooth as some of their other duos or other eye shadows in general.
2) Pigmented: False. Worn alone, it will not provide adequate pigmentation, although when worn over a primer, pigmentation is moderate and buildable.
While not amazing, I do not dislike the packaging. Has a clear lid, which I do love as it makes it easy to see which duo I am using without having to open it up. Has a small mirror on its underside, which can be beneficial if using on the run for touch ups and if you are unable to access a mirror. I've read some general reviews that state that this is useless or cannot be easily used, but I've had no problem using this mirror while also using the eye shadows on the other side; simply place the colour onto your brush, flip the packaging around, and apply the shadow while using the mirror. If you need more eye shadow, then repeat the process. Older packaging used to list the ingredients as well, which I do wish they'd add again, as it's important for anyone who must stay away from specific ingredients. The sponge brush applicator is an immediate throw-away. Please, do NOT use this to apply your makeup, regardless of how new to makeup you are.
Soft, decently smooth, shimmery but not glittery. The plum is very work/school friendly, while the fuchsia might be best kept for night looks for those who shy away from colour with their makeup. I find that these colours can create a little bit more fallout than others, but nothing excessive. For best application, I like to swirl the colour into the bristles, tap excess off, and then pat onto the lid. When worn over my usual UDPP, I get at least 8+ hours of wear without creasing and/or fading. This is less time than with other shadows, but only occurs from one of the sides from this duo (I believe the plum). The plum does tend to fade a little, but the application throughout the day still looks fresh and newly applied, as with all of my other shadows, d-s or high end.
I have uploaded pictures of swatches for this duo. All swatches were applied with a thin, dense eye shadow brush, and not with fingers or the sponge that comes with the product.
Ease of Use:
Compared to a few of my others, this one is a little trickier to use as it is not as creamy as some. That being said, it's not too difficult to achieve a smooth, blended and even application. They can be a little more pesky at blending out the harsh edges though, but blending it with another colour isn't an issue.
Bang for your Buck:
Prices will vary, but I'd guess that the average price would be about $8.00USD. For me, this is a fabulous price, as I do not use the same eye shadow colours on a daily basis. I still have a few of these duos from a few years ago that are only half used up, so for me I'd say these are a good price. I'd also say that it's a fairly inexpensive way for newbies, or even experienced makeup wearers, to venture into the world of colourful eye makeup. If you dislike the fuchsia on its own, you can always softly blend it over the plum or use it as a liner.
After skimming through some of these reviews, I find that many are quite unfair. I mean, if you dislike the colour, then WHY BUY IT? Just because you dislike the colour(s), doesn't mean everyone else will. Even if you dislike the colour(s), the review should be reviewing the QUALITY of the product, and not solely how you liked the colour(s). Now that I've gotten that out of my system. I'd say that this is a decent duo, but not my favourite. I do adore the colours, especially when combined over one another and used with greens or blues/teals. Neither colour is truly chalky, but I do find that the darker plum is a little less smooth. Does require a little more layering to get a desired coverage, but not much more than my other shadows (d-s and high end). I find that one of the colours, although I do not remember which, can cause some creasing sooner than with other shadows, and it does tend to fade ever so slightly. While I do like the shades, the quality just isn't high enough for me to want to repurchase.
Overall Rating: 3/5
Packaging Quality: 3/5
Would you buy this product again: No.