Welcome to day four of my MR Salvation Series – 7 palettes in 7 days. If you haven’t read the other blogs in this series then go check them out after you have had a read here 🙂
DAY 4: Hard Day
I like the concept of the ‘Hard Day’ palette.’ It seems to cover the makeup wearer on those hard days where you need to transition from work to evening events and have to touch up your makeup accordingly. The left side of the palette provides some very pretty, neutral taupe colours while the right side presents more smokey purples and greys and offers up some black glitter shades into the mix.
Like all the Salvation palettes ‘Hard Day’ is amazing quality. It offers a great range of eyeshadow formulas including shimmer, satin, matte and glitter shades. While the range of formulas is fantastic, I think the range of colours is a little lacking. Let me explain.
The “day” side of the palette is very neutral and pretty. There are lots of taupe colours here, and that is part of the problem. As you can see in the swatches ‘Had such a hard day’, ‘Eyes can’t find us’ and ‘Without you’ are VERY similar shades (swatches 3, 4, & 5). While these three shades are certainly lovely, on the eye these three colours are almost indistinguishable which is a bit of a bummer.
The “night” side of the palette is smokey and dramatic. The purple and mauve shades here are delicious. I also love the matte shades here. The darkest shade called “Never bring you down” is a dark grey and blends really nicely without the harshness of a straight black. Now the two colours that I am not in love with here are the two glitter shades called “Not one for playing games” which has gold glitter, and “What will it take?” which has silver glitter (swatch 1 and 6). Firstly, my bias here lies in the fact that 1) I don’t really love black eyeshadow and 2) I don’t really love glitter eyeshadow. When those two powers combine a palette that offers two glitter shadows with a black, matte base probably isn’t going to be winning in my personal preference. I must be clear though, my dislike for these shades is based on my personal preference so if you do like that kind of glitter shade I am sure you will love these 🙂
So, to wrap this one up, ‘Hard Day’ has some really lovely shades. In fact, I wore a combination of the very similar taupe shades out to lunch today and got complemented a number of times on my eye look, so even though the palette lacks in variety a little, it does perform well. If you like glitter shades you have a selection here, but for me, those two shades are ones that I just won’t wear.
Overall, this isn’t my favourite Salvation palette but the quality is definitely there and even with four shades that aren’t amazing (two that I won’t wear and two that are a double-up), this is still fantastic value when you consider that there are 8 shimmers and 6 mattes that I really do love.
Have a fantastic day!