Avon Arctic Goddess Palette

My mum was an Avon lady (sorry, Avon representative) when I was little. I remeber being so excited by the little Colour Trend lipglosses and nail polishes I would get, in fact, Avon was probably the first brand of makeup I ever had an experience with which means it has a special place in my heart. As I grew up, tried new things and, I hate to admit it, eventually became a makeup snob, Avon fell by the wayside and I dismissed it as being a bit rubbish.

How bloody wrong I was! I am honestly kicking myself for turning my back on the brand for so many years. They have some seriously good products. Last week, I attended a rather wonderful event at the Mayfair Hotel to check out Avon’s winter collection, Arctic Goddess, and was blown away by the quality of the products I played with.

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This is the Arctic Goddess eyeshadow quad*. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t tend to wear blue on my eyes as I don’t think it suits me (and I’m still not convinced that it does), but the quality of the shadows far surpassed what I had imaginged. The outside of the compact is adorned with some nice wintery abstract graphics, and the colour inside definitely look icy cool.

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These swatches are on bare skin, so you can instantly see that the matte bright blue and deep teal are hugely pigmented. They’re also really soft and smooth, which is rare for matte eyeshadows. Even in higher end brands, it tends to be that pigmentation is traded off for a chalky texture but these are lovely. The two lighter shimmery shades aren’t much to write home about on bare skin, but over an eyeshadow primer they really come into their own as you’ll see in the EOTD below. Also swatched is the Supershock gel pencil*, an absolute steal at £6 and coveted by none other than Sam and Nic Chapman. Once again, I’m kicking myself for not having tried this before. It’s not quite as long lasting as my beloved Clarins eye kohl, but at less than a third of the price it’s absolutely outstanding. It’s seriously inky black and shows up so well on the waterline.

Anyway, the EOTD. I used all four of the eyeshadows and the Supershock liner in this look – you can see what I meant about the lighter shades faring much better over an eyeshadow primer now – along with a silver glitter liner from The Make Up Store for extra frosty arctic goodness.

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Whilst I still don’t think that blue eyeshadow suits me, trying this has given me a real need to try some of the other True Colour eyeshadow quads from Avon. If you have brown eyes, I think the Arctic Goddess palette would look amazing on you. I’m not 100% sure of the price on this yet (or the release date, but I’m assuming next month), I’ll hazard a guess that it’ll cost £8.50 like the rest of the True Colour quads.

Even though you can buy Avon products online these days, I think I’m going to have to find out if there’s any representatives in my area as I really want to recapture the magic of ordering from the catalogue! That’s pretty lame, isn’t it?

I’ll leave you with a couple of shots from the event, where I was lucky enough to meet Alesha Dixon who I have always been a big fan of (you know when you used to pretend you were in a girl band with your friends when you were a kid? Shut up, I know you did it too. My friends and I used to cover Misteeq and I was ALWAYS the MC. Just sayin’). She was absolutely lovely and made a real effort to chat to everyone, and who could ever get enough of that infectious dirty laugh? What a babe. It was also great to chat to Sam and Nic Chapman again, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a couple of times before. Also, how gorgeous does Sam look with her new fringe?

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00906778740767771153 Kumiko Mae

    im not a fan of avon makeup as they are a hit or miss, usually. and since they come for a price (sometimes) i try to avoid them. i also am not fond of how you cant try them on so … anyway, your swatches make me think twice.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01040635250189037503 Geraint

      Uh yep you can try them. Speak to your Independent Representative for a sample, or a go at a full size product, and if you buy, and still don’t like then you have 90 days to return it for a full refund… Have not come across any other brand that does that ;-) maybe that’s why AVON been around 126 years…

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Really? I had no idea they did that, what an excellent policy!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01040635250189037503 Geraint

      Not bad at all huh :))

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07518872445831636223 GlitterInfatuation Jazz

    Ahh I’ve always been so in between with avon products but those eye shadows look fab! they blend so lovely.

    Jazz x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      They really do, I was so impressed. I’ve got to admit I wasn’t expecting much, but that will teach me about being a snob! Haha x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16718808617292111069 Robyn

    I like the blues on you! The quad looks lovely and I like the graphics on the packaging.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thanks, but I’m still not sure blue really works for me! I love the graphics on the packaging too.

  • Anonymous

    Love it

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03404003222213871245 jennie

    That palette is so gorgeous! xo

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Isn’t it just?! The deep teal is my favourite :-) x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10639685984279320297 emmabovary

    The palettes are so similar in design to Chanel, I love it! I didn’t think Avon would have pigmented shadows so I am really impressed. I also love seeing full shots of you, you are such a stunner!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Ahh I know, not sure why I failed to mention the Chanel-esque design of their eyeshadow palettes but we all know it anyway! Ahh thanks so much :-):-) x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01132043338199805469 Bailey- I Know All the Words

    Those blues look amazing! I am a huge fan of the Super Shock liners, but I had given up on the quads, I have yet to have one even half as pigmented as yours. Maybe I’ll try another one though…

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      If you like blues, definitely give this one a go as it’s insanely nice to use! I’m so impressed with the Supershock liner too, definitely going to get some more colours!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11170496537830983747 Unknown

    I’ve just stumbled on your blog and spent the last hour or so back reading and just wanted to let you know how good it is!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      That’s amazing, thank you so much :-D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02809544604769858045 t

    Nice look! Those colours are great!


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thanks! I’m glad you like it :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10191561420651303114 Alix

    Leanne – if you want me to I can send you a brochure? :) then you can flip through it and *Still* order online (nostalgia + easy ordering = yay!) :D