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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Swatches & Comparisons: Rimmel London 621 Orion Eyeshadow Trio

  • not expensive compared to other eyeshadows, such as Mac 
  • doesn't crease when used with a primer
  • no fallouts during application
  • good color payoff when layered and used with a primer, such as Urban Decay's Primer Potion
  • applies and blends easily 

  • fades a bit after 8 hours, even with a primer

Shade 2 - beige white with a shimmery finish

Shade 1 - nudish tan with a soft shimmery finish that's not too frosty when applied on the eyes
color is very subtle and great for everyday; 
looks misleading because in the pan
it looks more like a shimmery taupe shade under artificial lighting

Mac Cork - warm medium brown with a matte finish

Mac Espresso - neutral dark brown with a matte finish

Shade 3 - neutral medium espresso brown with a matte finish; 
lighter than Mac Espresso, but darker than Mac Cork

The quality of Shade 1 is good, but I'm not too ecstatic about the color itself, which is just a personal preference. The color is too subtle and plain for me. Another issue that I have with this trio is that the highlight shade is shimmery, which can look overpowering or too dramatic for daytime use. I prefer highlight shades to have a matte or satin finish. If you do use the highlight shade in the Rimmel trio, make sure you blend it well to create a softer finish or else it'll look too frosty. Shade 3 is really the only color that I like in this trio because it's perfect as a crease shade.

Bottom Line: Although this trio is not as pigmented as Mac or Urban Decay eyeshadows, I still recommend it if you like the colors because the quality is good for a drugstore brand, but I personally wish that the highlight shade had a matte finish and that the lid shade was a more eye catching color like Mac Jest, Mac Naked Lunch or Urban Decay Sellout because those colors brighten up your eye look, while still looking appropriate for an everyday look. 

Note: The Rimmel Orion eyeshadow trio contains 4.2g and you can purchase this at Ulta and for around $5. As with any drugstore product, I would definitely wait for a sale because there is always a "buy one, get one half off" or even a "buy one, get one for free" sale.

Have you tried any of Rimmel's eyeshadow trios?

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  1. I love these shades! My kinda shades.. Never tried Rimmel eyeshadows.. Will have to check these out.. Thanks for the post!

  2. I think it's a great trio for everyday look!

  3. These are beautiful neutral colours! Great review :)

  4. I have used Rimmel eyeshadows and I really like them.

  5. I have this in a grey purple palette and totally love it, the only problem is that it doesn't have a strong color payoff so I have to add a bit more than other shadows, but it's something I'm willing to work with because I love the colors. I will buy again when I hit bottom of the pan.


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