Hailing from Amsterdam, XIP is fairly new to the UK, but definitely worth taking a second look at. The actual product quality is really good – smooth, buttery shades that lay down plenty of pigment and blend beautifully – and the clean presentation in a white palette is gorgeous. However, the problem is that the palette is cardboard. I genuinely don’t mind a cardboard casing – this one is very sturdy – but white card I do have a bit of problem with because keeping it clean is a nightmare. Mine is still all shiny and new but I know that a few hours in my makeup bag and it would be a whole other story!
I think if you’re naturally careful with your products, and don’t mind a quick wipe-down after use, then it’s all good, but if you’re like me and tend to keep it all in a bit of a jumble, then it’s not going to stay this pretty for long. I love a white palette – it showcases colours so much better than traditional black and looks so much more stylish, but if you’re going to do it, you need to make it so that it can stay that way.
The pigment is so smooth – this is, as usual, one swipe of a sponge applicator and not one shade needed another swipe, the lay down was so perfect. There are some amazing smoky eye looks in this palette (I love the dark grey shade). So, you might forgive whatever casing it comes in for the quality! I think XIP is one to watch, and I bet they change their packaging somewhere down the line! The XIP Platinum Passion Eyeshadow Palette is £37 HERE.
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