Anyone who knows me knows I love my bright colors. I’d much rather experiment with my look than play it safe. Which is why I was so surprised I fell in love with this Rimmel shadow quad in Afternoon Tea, a set of four, wearable, daytime colors.
On the back of the package, Rimmel assigned each shade a number. 1 is the left shade, a cool, semi-sheer champagne with a satin finish. This one is the most “shimmery”, but it’s not a true shimmer finish. This looked very natural on the lid, almost like my real skin but without the veins and redness peeking through. 2 is the right-hand shade, a warm, chocolate brown with a satin finish. This was one of the more pigmented shades in the quad. 3 is the bottom shade, and probably my favorite. It’s a matte camel brown that goes on very light. It’s not sheer or patchy, it’s just not as intense as it looks. It makes for the perfect natural brow highlight–it adds so much lift and polish to the eyes. The last shade, 4, the top shade, is a cool matte dark brown that was also quite pigmented. So not the most unique shades, but reliable go-tos. (4/5)
All four shades wore well. After 7 hours (with primer), shades 2 and 4 looked a bit faded. Without primer, all four shades looked faded at this point, with the 2nd shade showing signs of wearing off as early as 2 hours. (4/5)
I thought all four shades were good quality for drugstore. None were too dry and none had fallout. The 2nd shade had some powder kickup in the pan, but it wasn’t powdery on the lid. However, the 2nd shade in particular blended like a dream (none were hard to blend, though). The 4th shade was quite pigmented, so it’s better to use a bit of a lighter hand, but I’ll always take more pigment than less any day! (4.5/5)
The shades come in triangular pans in a black plastic compact that includes a sponge tipped applicator. The packaging is average, doesn’t feel too cheap but is nothing luxurious. It feels durable enough to not crack during travel and isn’t too large that it becomes cumbersome to store. My only gripe is that the pans are a bit small; an average-sized brush easily takes up the whole pan, so you have to rub a bit awkwardly to get the shadow on there. (4/5)
I got mine at Ulta for $5.99 USD. The quad contains 0.15 oz of shadow. An average single shadow is 0.05 oz of product, so you’re getting a bit less (less than 0.04 oz) in each pan. However, you’re paying about $1.50 for each shade, and these are quality, go-to shadows that we tend to get a lot of use out of. I definitely think the price is a bargain, even despite the slightly lesser product weight. (You’re getting less but paying less, so it cancels out). (5/5)
As I’ve mentioned, I love my bright colors, but I was stunned by how much I loved this quad. The effortlessness is there, which is what makes it such an easy go-to. Shade 1 looks so natural on my skin, shade 3 is such a perfect highlight, and I imagine it’ll work great for those who like to use a shade like this to help blend two other colors as well. Shades 2 and 4 are on the more pigmented side, and have different undertones and depth, so it doesn’t feel like two boring, basic browns. Sure it’s dupeable, but I do agree everyone needs a good daytime palette on-hand, and I think I’ve found mine. (4/5)
-Rimmel and it’s parent company do not test on animals, except where mandated by law.
-Rimmel products are available at drugstores and Ulta.
I adore this quad and think it’s great and useful. Darker skin tones may find it a bit too light, so I don’t think it’s universal. But if you think the shades work for you, I recommend trying it. They’re affordable, easy to find, good quality, wear well, and have you covered for most settings (the look they suggest on the back of the palette is great for daytime-school or work-but a little extra of the brown shades and you’ve got yourself a nighttime eye). But the pans are small, there’s a little less product than normal, and it didn’t quite make it all the way with wear or uniqueness. 4.2 (B)
Sorry for the low quality!
This is my own photo.
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