Followers of my Instagram account will know that I was a little overcome recently by the beauty of the new Freedom Makeup London palette that landed on my doorstep.
They have launched a new collaboration with the House of GlamDolls and they have brought out a range of makeup products all centring around different looks.
This is the Exotica Doll Look palette which was inspired by ‘exotic destinations and tropical voyages to reveal your sultry beauty’.
Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you all as I’ve had a chance to use it and create some different looks with it.
The Freedom House of GlamDolls Exotica Doll Look palette contains 4 brow powders, 3 powder highlighters, 10 powder eyeshadows, 2 powder blushers and 4 lipsticks all for the grand total of £8. This is affordable makeup at its absolute best and from the outset, I can definitely see that this is a palette that has been well thought out.
The shades in the palette can either be used to create the look shown on the front of the palette and further detailed on a step-by-step information leaflet inside, or they can be used to create your own look. You can really let your imagination run wild with this palette as there’s so much variety, you could really create any number of looks from bright and vibrant to light and shimmery or from neutral to deep and smokey.
The two blushes in the palette are called Sculpt and Mystery.
I actually think that Sculpt is more of a contour shade than a blush, given its name and muddy brown colour. It makes the perfect shade to lightly sculpt your face without having to work to hard to blend it all all together. This shade actually reminds me of a lighter version of Hoola by Benefit which is the contour shade that I’m currently using at the moment and have almost used up completely! I’ll then continue to use this Freedom contour powder on a regular basis as it is just as good as any high end one that I have and being completely matte, it is able to add warmth to the face without making me look like a glitter ball!
The blush shade, Mystery, is a gorgeous coral that is deep enough to still be worn during the winter months. While this isn’t a completely matte shade, it isn’t shimmery either. It just adds a luminosity to the skin that looks really healthy and natural.
|Freedom House of GlamDolls Exotica Doll Look Palette blush shades in Mystery and Sculpt (left and right respectively)|
Within the palette, there are four matte eyeshadow shades; a deep blacker than black shade, a teal blue, a lime green and a white. All of which are very pigmented and pack so much colour onto the eyelids.
I love that they’ve included a super white in here as it enables you to add serious highlight to the eyes and it also is great for putting on as a base on which to apply the other eyeshadows to make them stand out even more.
The black is also incredibly useful as it is ridiculously pigmented and super black, not grey in the slightest. This shade is ideal for very smokey eyes, deepening up other eyeshadow looks and for adding definition to the eyes as a powder liner.
I doubt I’ll really use the blue teal or the lime green shade but they’re a great addition to the palette for those that like to experiment with colour. I’m just not really into those colours.
|Freedom House of GlamDolls Exotica Doll Look Palette Matte Eyeshadow Shades|
Next we have the shimmer eyeshadows which are all absolutely stunning as I’m sure you can tell here. There are six in the palette, ranging from earthy brown, orange and khaki to very wearable shades of pink and purple.
They’re very shimmery without being glittery and reflect the light on the eyes well.
|Freedom House of GlamDolls Exotica Doll Look Palette Shimmer Eyeshadows|
My favourite part of the whole palette has to be the selection of highlight shades. There are three; Light which is the cream matte on the top left, Haze which is a warm champagne shimmer highlight which is beneath it and Starlight which is the longest, cool shimmery highlighter.
I think it is quite rare to find three powder highlighters in a palette. Especially three that are this good and in a drugstore palette! These are ideal for using on the brow bone, inner corner and across the whole eye for lighter eyeshadow looks. I’ve even used Starlight as a highlighter on my nose, cupids bow and cheek bones. They all work really effectively and add just the right amount of glow to the face.
|Freedom House of GlamDolls Exotica Doll Look Palette Powder Highlighters|
The last powders in the palette are the brow powders and I think that Freedom have more or less covered all bases here with Taupe which is ideal for blondes, Brunette which is great for red heads and warmer brunettes, Bark which is great for those brunettes who like a bold brow and Ebony which is ideal for those with super dark hair.
All of these powders can be used through the brows or as eyeshadows which is great because if you were buying this palette for yourself, unless you change your hair colour very frequently, you wouldn’t need to use all of these colours in your brows. For mine, I like to mix the top two shades to give me a cool toned brow that makes my brows stand out but still suits and compliments my ash blonde hair. The result is very natural and tailored to my hair colour.
|Freedom House of GlamDolls Exotica Doll Look Palette Brow Powders|
Finally, this palette has four lipstick shades; Naked which is a pinky nude, Pout which is an orangey red, Seduce which is a red toned brown and Bitten which is a red.
These shades have a very glossy finish to them which makes the lips look juicy but they aren’t very pigmented and the colour payoff isn’t anything to write home about. I’d say that these were more like lip glosses than lipsticks!
|Freedom House of GlamDolls Exotica Doll Look Palette Lipstick Shades|
Freedom and the House of GlamDolls have done a great job with this palette and I’m really impressed with the varied selection of shades, the number of looks that you can create with the palette and the staying power. I’m wearing the brow powder, contour and blush, eye shadows (pink shades) and lippy in the photos below and this picture was taken after about 6 hours of wear so as you can see, they have stuck around really well.
|Makeup Look Created Using The Freedom House of GlamDolls Exotica Doll Look Palette|
While I’m someone who really doesn’t appreciate lipsticks in palettes, as I think that they’re messy and easily get the powders stuck in them, they do make this palette and all rounder. It is certainly incredibly travel friendly and if you’re heading out somewhere and want to pack minimally, this set ticks so many makeup items off your list.
If you’re someone who travels often or who likes to create a variety of different looks, then I’d definitely recommend it.
You can pick it up from the Freedom Website here.
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