So this is my first beauty product review and I am a excited to be trying out something new and sharing it with all of you! So today I will be reviewing the Barry M Natural Glow 2 Palette, a drug store dupe for the Urban Decay Naked palettes. I saw it whilst on my lunch break yesterday in Boots and I was really interested in trying it out. I don't really buy Barry M products anymore (though I do have some gel liner) but I remember buying their dazzle dust pots when I was younger. They used to be a massive thing and come in a rainbow of colours and I also remember seeing a huge Barry M stall at Clothes Show Live back when I was in school (quite a while ago now!). Since then however I haven't really used them, but from my previous experience with their pretty colours and quality products I thought I would try it out.
The packaging is nice and simple - very reminiscent of Urban Decay - and the palette comes with 6 different shades, a primer and two applicators. Annoyingly my primer was a bit squashed when I bought the palette, however I didn't notice until I got home and opened it. Not that I will be using it much as it really isn't that good and I am a little bit sad about that. For a brand that I expect quality from, the primer was stodgy and bitty and wouldn't blend into my eyelid very well. My best description is that it was abit like putty and it certainly smells like that as well. It left my eyelid feeling a little oily, but I decided to continue and test how it works with the eyeshadow.
The applicators were also disappointing as they wouldn't apply the shadow properly and just soaked it up instead and so I decided to use a brush instead. You really have to pile the shadow onto the brush to get the best colour from it as it isn't particularly very pigmented. I applied shade 3 first of all as a base and then used shade 6 in the crease and outer corners of my eye and shade 1 to highlight my brow and the inner corners. As you can see from my pictures below - the shadows do not sit well with each other. Shade 6 just blended into the base colour and disappeared which was slightly annoying though I could see some difference as the base is matte and 6 is slightly shimmery. Shade 1 and 3 are very light and whilst they do work as a good highlighter I think I may be a bit pale to really show them off.
My only other issue that I had whilst trying out the palette was that my eyeliner would not go on properly and I think this has something to do with the primer. I have used other primers before and my eyeliner goes on smoothly, however today it was just drying up - I use the Skinny eyeliner pen by Eyeko. I ended up putting some Gel liner over the top but I still struggled with that.
Overall I wouldn't really recommend this product if you are looking for shades you can blend together to create different looks as the colours just run into one. I would also suggest staying away from the primer at all costs. However, if you tend to stick to one colour on your lid then it could definitely work as each colour by itself works very well, but at just over £6 a piece, you are probably better off looking elsewhere.
Has anyone else tried this palette? How did you find it?