The Focal point of the Tortoise Shell Collection is the two eyeshadow palettes, each compact has four shades on the top layer and then a slide out drawer underneath with the four other shades. The palettes are plastic and the drawer felt more flimsy than I was expecting. It seems the Bronze option is being marketed for those who are warmer and darker toned and the Sand option for those cool and lighter toned.
I bought the Sand option (£48).
The shades are top layer to base layer working clockwise: Ivory (matte sheer white), Hot Stone (matte cool medium brown), Desert Sand (very shimmery warm golden beige), Terracotta (matte sheer peach), Antique Rose (matte sheer warm pink), Black Chocolate (matte very dark brown/black), Gold Bar ( very sheer gold sparkle) and Sandy Rose (shimmery taupe).
I’m not normally keen on BB mattes but the ones in this seem smoother and blend better. I also have a problem with BB shades turning on me, taking on a yellow or orange tone, apart from Desert Sand which goes on even warmer on my eyes, I’m glad to say that all the other colours went on as swatched. Overall this is not a pigment heavy palette and the look is warm and natural. The stand out shade for me has to be the beautiful Sandy Rose.
Swatches L-R:Ivory, Hot Stone, Desert Sand, Terracotta, Antique Rose, Black Chocolate, Gold Bar and Sandy Rose.
In terms of quality, the shadows blend nicely although I would say I get a bit of colour fade with them. Overall for something that I was somewhat apprehensive about this has turned out to be a nice surprise, its just very easy to wear and great for a no fuss look.
Here is a lipstick next to the palette to show the size.
Eye shadow Ingredients:
I bought this from John Lewis