I'm kicking things off with a brand that is quickly becoming one of my favorites - Inglot offers an extensive selection of products and colors with affordable price-tags, and, somewhat surprisingly, does so with sacrificing neither quality nor quantity.
As soon as Inglot opened their online shop (actual brick-and-mortar stores are scarce in the US) I couldn't NOT place an order for one of their most popular products, the Freedom System eyeshadows, as well as a sleek 20-shadow Freedom palette to house them. Each pan contains 2.3-3.5 grams of product for the price of $4.50 with a purchase of ten or more (for comparison, MAC's refill pans contains 1.5g for $11). When my package arrived, it was absolute LOVE at first sight! (I'm embarrassed to admit that I even went so far as to place another order that same day...)
Inglot's packaging is one of my favorite ever - it's simple but elegant, sturdy, weighty, and expensive-feeling with magnetic snaps.
Aren't they glorious??! HOWEVER. As gorgeous as the colors are we all know that appearances are nothing without substance to back it up, and I am thrilled to report that Inglot has met and exceeded my expectations in terms of quality; Soft, easily blended, quite pigmented for the most part, long-lasting, and affordable! What more can a girl ask for?
Here's a look at the (more or less) neutral colors I've purchased:
2nd Row: AMC Shine 11, Matte 390, AMC Shine 44, AMC Shine 43, AMC Shine 42
3rd Row: Pearl 454, AMC Shine 31, Pearl 448, Matte 348, DS 498
I love these eyeshadows to pieces, and I find myself reaching for them at least a couple times a week. 15 is just one-of-a-kind, the perfect shimmery peachy/pink/red/coral, and lovely for summer. My other favorites are 44, a sage-y forest green with microglitter, 448, 390, and 25. Just look how pretty they are (they're even better in person!), and all but one of the pans in the photos returned rich color payoffs with just one swipe of the brush! The only shade that gave me some problems was DS 463: What you see in the above swatch is me layering about 4-5 layers of it, and what resulted is still a rather thin, powdery film of color. Despite this one lonesome dud, color me (heeee =B) a newly appointed devotee of Inglot. I can't wait to share the more vibrant half of my collection!
The Good: Inexpensive; great pigmentation; wide selection; soft; long-lasting; blendable
+++ Have you SEEN 15? I just. CAN'T EVEN.
The Not-So-Good: 463; Once inside the palette and held secure magnetically, it's a bit difficult to remove the individual pans without disturbing the product (I have a few nail marks where my hand slipped while trying to wedge a pan out)
The Inglot Freedom Palette is available at the Inglot US Website.