Ever since I saw the Real Techniques Modern & Natural Palette, I knew it would be perfect for my colouring. And, it is. Four velvety textured shades of brown, with a dark brown gel liner, a pop of pale peach for cheeks and a highlighter – AND two very dinky sized glosses, all sitting neatly into the golden brown, warm toned sector.
The glosses are the merest hint of colour; they’re pretty and pared back but they’re quite strongly scented. If you love vanilla, you’ll be extatic but if not, then it might be a little too sweet.
One has a golden hue and the other has peach tones; exactly right for the nude lip look that goes so well with a smoky eye. They are super-small – never mind pop in your pocket – you could tuck one in your bra and nobody would notice! I love little things – these are straight into my travel bag to leave more room for sun-cream.
So the colours swatch up really beautfully – they’re all textured in a blendable way – I’ve used the bronze and the deep brown shade (now I think about it, with my Wayne Goss brush, so it’s a real YouTube Guru event!) and they’re completely smooth in application. Actually, the deep brown shade is completely different on the skin than it looks in the pan (it’s the third shade along) as is much darker on that it appears.
The blush is powder – a quiet kind of peachy shade, and the highlighter is a creme formula. All in all as a set for a brown smoky eye, everything is spot on. The only slight niggle I have is the packaging; the window to the colours has a plastic sheet stuck on the inside and that’s all the protection the make-up has – it’s too flimsy really. I can see why it’s there, so that you can actually see the inside of the palette, but it seems to just need a thicker bit to protect the colours more.
There are tutorials HERE and you can buy the palette (£14.79) HERE. The products come from the US but postage is the same as it would be in the UK (less, probably) at around £3. From what I’ve seen across the internet, products arrive quickly.
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Love the swatches, not too sure about the glosses though x
I love Sam and Nic and this palette does look pretty good, but Im not a fan of multiple products in one palette.
It’s a lovely palette, but the colors are fairly dark and I would probably call them smokey rather than natural… :o) Xx
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Thanks for this in-depth review. I only had one question with regards to postage? I’m aware its £3 flat but did you pay any taxes on it? As it happened with me with another US cosmetic co. the postie left a card states “please pay the customs tax £13 first at PO. I was horrified for just 5 individual eyeshadow pans. Sorry for long message 🙂
Good question.. mine came via London so I will find out for you – I know several people have ordered from US and received and there is no mention of tax at all so I don’t think you have to pay it. But I’ll check x
I ordered from the US for delivery to Scotland. I didn’t pay any extra charges & the speed of the postage was excellent. I was really impressed with the price & the service!
This looks lovely, didn’t know Real Techniques were doing make up now!
I really like this palette but it is too bad that it has to come from the US. The other palette from RT (forgat the name) also look lovely.
These look amazing, i’m defo going to have to have a gander at these!
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looks fab! perfect for traveling…
I receive this yesterday and love it, aside from the slightly dodgy packaging. The pewter colour is amazing on my brown eyes. No sales tax at all – arrived via Yodel so I imagine there is some shipping deal going on 🙂
What a fab post! I’d been waiting to see swatches of this! It’s good that the quality is up to standard, I’d want the packaging to match the brushes in some way. The packaging of the brushes is so lovely!
Do you by any chance know the ingredients to this palette? I can’t find them listed anywhere. I try to stay away from parabens and sulfates and other toxic ingredients.
so sorry… I don’t actually have this palette any more .. it’s quite an old post x