I’ll be the first to say that I am a total sucker when it comes to novelty beauty products. My heart still yearns for the Moschino palette shaped like a teddy bear, and I wasn’t going to let another limited edition, quirky makeup release slip through my fingers. Enter: the Surprise Egg palettes, from the brains behind budget favourites like Makeup Revolution and Freedom Makeup.
Having acknowledged that this is a purchase largely based on the merit of the packaging, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from the actual products inside, but at £5 a pop (and a cheeky 3 for 2 offer at Superdrug) I just couldn’t resist. The collection has 6 eggs in total (with 4 of those available at Superdrug) and each egg contains five eyeshadows and two highlighters.
The packaging is much smaller than I expected it to be, with each palette fitting in the palm of my hand. This was pleasantly surprising, as I’m always on the hunt for a good travel palette, and the outer shell feels sturdy enough to keep the shadows safe from breakage. The oval shape does add a little bulk, but for the sake of cuteness, I think it’s worth it.
The rose gold egg is definitely my favourite of the three, with almost every shade delivering good pigmentation and smooth blendability.
I did find the highlighters to be fairly chunky to the touch, and this translated on the skin, where they sat looking chalky and a little unnatural (though a light hand should combat this issue). They also contain micro glitters – a lot of people aren’t a fan of sparkles in their highlighters, but the glitters are so fine and catch the light so beautifully that I actually sort of love them. I wouldn’t recommend them for a day at the office or a trip to Tesco (unless that’s your style) but they would look amazing paired with more dramatic, ‘going out’ makeup – a bit of sheering out with a fluffy brush, and you’ll be good to go. If that ain’t your thing, you can always use them as eyeshadow toppers, so it’s not a huge loss.
The actual shadows applied really nicely. The deeper metallics (the golden bronze and the red) did have a little fall out if I went in with too much product, but looked stunning when packed on with a damp shader brush. The mix of colours is also fairly versatile – the lighter, more rose gold shades are perfect for the day time, while the deeper shades (and potentially the shimmery highlighters) could be incorporated to intensify the look, taking you from day to night.
Having said that, I do feel like all of these palettes suffer from a lack of matte shades, particularly ones that could be used as transition colours. The rose gold and dragon eggs contain a satin shadow each, which may be blended to form a mattified crease shade, but they don’t run particularly deep. Therefore, I probably wouldn’t use just one of these eggs for a full eye look – the satins and shimmers look lovely as simple washes of colour, but for anything more complex, you’ll probably have to dip into a few neutral matte shades.
Given the recent surge of popularity when it comes to warm tones, it’s no surprise that the dragon variant is one of the most popular of the collection. Much like its rose gold counterpart, the shades in this egg blend smoothly, aside from a little fall out from the chunkier metallics. I found each shade to be nicely pigmented, and I was particularly impressed with the highlighters – the lighter shade seems glitter-free, and perfect for day time. The deeper gold, while still sparkly, is arguably far more wearable than the highlighters in the rose gold egg, and I imagine it would look stunning against a wide range of skin tones.
As I mentioned earlier, you will likely have to pair these palettes with a few matte shades from your collection if you want to create a really glam look, though this egg does contain the only matte among the ones I’ve purchased.
If I’m being honest with you, purple isn’t typically a colour I’d opt for. I tend to find that most purple hues bring out the green in my hazel/brown eyes a little too much, to the point where I think I look a little strange (though I doubt anybody else notices!). Despite that, I’ve been determined to make 2018 the year that I step out of my makeup comfort zone, and this egg is one step towards achieving that. While I would consider this to be the most disappointing palette of the three, I’m happy to report that this contains one of my favourite shades out of the bunch, so it wasn’t a total waste!
Unsurprisingly, the glitter did return with these highlighters (if glitter was going to be in any of these palettes, it would be the unicorn one at least) along with the chunkiness. The deeper purple highlighter sat heavily on my skin, and the shade of purple looked a little too grey for my liking. If, like me, you prefer to look glowy rather than ghostly, I’d definitely avoid using this as anything other than eyeshadow. The metallic shadows also felt gritty, with the exception of the vibrant, duochrome purple (my favourite!) and the blue.
I don’t own too many duochrome shades, so the bluish shift in the purple definitely left me swooning. I have to give a shout out to my macro lens for helping me capture the beauty.
Though I did enjoy using the eyeshadows, the highlighters in each egg were a little too chunky for my liking. Makeup Revolution make some of my favourite budget highlighters, so this was quite the let down, but for such a novelty product at such an affordable price, I’m not surprised that something had to give. These shades could easily be used as eyeshadows, too, so they’re not a total bust.
I will say that these aren’t palettes you could easily use alone to create an entire look. The overall lack of mattes means that you’ll undoubtedly have to dip into another shade or two if you’re looking to create a full, dramatic eye look. I found I preferred to use these more as pops of colour to add to a look – the duochrome purple looks stunning paired with a neutral/cool brown crease, and the rose gold shimmers coupled nicely with a warm brown crease and brown liner.
For such an affordable, novelty release, you can’t go far wrong with the Surprise Eggs. All six shades are available at Revolution Beauty.
It feels so good to be back to writing. I really have missed it, and I’m so pleased that I’m back in a place where I feel I can focus on blogging. Thank you all, as always, for your patience and understanding.