Cheap Makeup – Nip + Fab Eyeshadow Palettes – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analysis

Eyeshadow palettes cost so much money these days, no matter of the brand. They tend to range from £30-£45, which is a lot of money regardless of your financial situation. You only need to buy 2-3 eyeshadow palettes and you’ve already reached the £100 mark!

However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. The drugstore brands are slowing becoming better (at least in comparison to what I remember as a child and young adult) and there are now some cheaper but also good quality options to consider.

With this in mind, I wanted to test the Nip + Fab eyeshadow palettes to see if they are any good. I like Nip + Fab as a brand and I didn’t even know that they do makeup now, so I thought it was an overall interesting product to have a look at.

Nip + Fab has 4 eyeshadow palettes and let’s be honest, I couldn’t choose so I thought, let’s have a look at them all!

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Are they worth your time and money? Let’s have a look.

 

Packaging

All 4 eyeshadow palettes have the same palette packaging and do not come with outer packaging. However, they come wrapped in plastic so you can still rest assured that they are new and no one touched them.

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The actual palettes come in a very simple plastic packaging which is sturdy and although it doesn’t look specifically expensive, it definitely doesn’t feel particularly cheap either. It looks and feels mainstream and that’s great!

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The design of them is very simple but at the same time it looks elegant and in-line with the Nip + Fab range.

Unfortunately, these palettes do not come with a mirror or a brush.

 

 

Colours

Each palette contains 12 colours of 1g each for a total of, you guessed it, 12g.

01 Sculpted: This is essentially a very every day palette which contains mainly brown shades. There are 2 shimmers and the rest are matte. It’s the most (and the only true) standalone palette out of the 4, as it contains shimmers, mattes, bone colours and darker shades, so you can create a full look without needing anything else.

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02 Fired Up: This is a warm tone palette which contains purple, pink, orange and brown shades. This palette has 5 shimmers and 7 mattes. While the colours are gorgeous this palette is not a standalone one as it does not contain a bone colour or a darker shade.

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03 Jewelled:  This is the most colourful palette of them all containing orange, pink, blue, green, red, brown, purple and beige shades. This is essentially the playful one and with a bit of a stretch it could standalone, considering there is 1 lighter and 1 darker shade.

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04 Gentle Glam: This is a cool toned palette which contains browns, pinks, golds and greys. It contains 7 shimmers and 5 mattes. It is very easily wearable on everyday occasions but again it struggles to stand alone, as the lighter shade is shimmery and the darker shades are really not that dark. You could potentially use it on its own, but it is again not as independent as the 01 Sculpted. It is also the one that has the least (almost none) colour payoff.

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The colours have names but they are printed at the back of the palettes. However, the names appear to be printed “wrongly” or in a very confusing way. Instead of looking at the colour names in the same arrangement as the palette, they are actually placed right underneath the actual colour meaning that when you flip the palette to read them, they are the wrong way round. You have to look at the palette colour from the top and find the name that is directly under it.

There are also some colours that look the same but have different names in different palettes. For example, the matte purple colour is called “Purple Smoke” in 02 Fired Up and “Royals” in 03 Jewelled. It might actually be a slightly different shade but to my eyes at least, it looks way too similar if not the same. It’s a similar story with the brown-orange-beige colour called “Dawn” in 02 Fired up and “Quicksand” in 03 Jewelled.

Overall, there are some colours that are similar enough across all palettes however, the palettes are also different enough overall to not feel repetitive.

 

Pigmentation and texture

When I was testing these, I thought that some palettes were slightly (just slightly) better quality than others but in hindsight, I think the effect is simply based on the fact that some of them contain more intense colours than others. For example, it’s easier to think that a pale or cool toned colour is worse quality, but it is meant to be paler and cooler toned.

Realistically, all eyeshadow palettes are the same quality. Most shades (except the shimmers) feel buttery when swatched and even the shimmers do not feel harsh. The colours look beautiful in the palettes and when swatched but unfortunately the intensity is lost on the eyes.

Even the most intense colours in the 02 Fired up and 03 Jewelled do not translate in intensity which is initially disappointing. I ended up having to always use a wet brush (for a good setting spray check out: Showdown: Urban Decay All Nighter vs MAC Prep and Prime Fix+. Are They Both Setting Sprays and Which One is Best? In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses) to apply all shadows that I wanted to get true colour from, and only using them dry on weekday basis, when creating softer looks for work.

However, while that was initially disappointing it later hit me that this could actually be a good thing too. It’s almost like having two palettes in one. Apply dry for casual or work looks and wet for more intense colours. However, even with wet application these colours do not compare to the colourful Urban Decay Born to Run palette (Check out: To Run or Not to Run? Urban Decay Born to Run Palette – In-depth Review, Swatches and Ingredient Analysis).

 

Blendability

All shadows blend easily and well. Cheaper eyeshadows are known for difficult blending but these were easy to use.  The only downside is that if you blend for too long you will loose the little colour intensity too. You can eventually blend them away if you spend enough time, which might actually be a good thing for beginners.

 

 

Longevity

I always use the Urban Decay original eye shadow primer and with that the shadows last all day, do not crease and only loose minimal colour intensity.

 

Transfer proof tests

These shadows do not transfer if you touch them but of course, if you rub them they will quickly fade away.

 

Quality

These palettes are obviously not high-end and you will be able to tell when you use them. The colour intensity pay off will annoy you sometimes and there is also a lot of kick back in the pans. However, they are easy to work with and you will create some nice looks with them for very little money.

They are definitely nowhere near as bad quality as some of the other palettes in this price range, in fact, if you don’t want very intense colour looks, then there is actually nothing wrong with them.

 

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Price

One Nip + Fab eyeshadow palette retails for £12.95. HOWEVER! You can often buy these for half that price. I’ve seen this offer in Boots, Superdrug and Look Fantastic online so keep an eye open and you can get them for £6.48 or for 33% off which is essentially 1 in 3 for free (or £8.68 each).

Obviously if you get them for 50% off they become cheaper than chips but even at 33% off it means that you can buy all 4 of them for £34.71 which is essentially as much as a high-end eyeshadow palette.

 

Is it worth saving the cash to buy these 4?

Well, the quality of them is not as high as some of the high-end ones, so if quality is the most important thing for you then no. However, while they are not top quality, they are still good enough and easy to work with and for the same amount of money as a high-end palette, you will get a total of 48 colours with these 4 palettes! So, If you are looking for variety of colours and looks then yes!

 

 

Smell

These eyeshadow palettes have a very faint powdery type scent which is neither pleasant or unpleasant (they all smell slightly different). However, you have to literally put your nose very close to a colour to smell them, so you will likely not notice a thing!

 

Other

These palettes last for 12M which is slightly disappointing as most good palettes usually last for 24M. However, a year is still a reasonable amount of time to use up a palette and at the end of the day even if you don’t, they were very cheap anyways!

Here’s what the brand say’s about the palettes.

For the 01 Sculpted:

“The mother of all eyeshadow palettes to take your eyes from a subtle sculpt for the day to strong, smokey nights. Featuring 12 highly-pigmented complimentary warm and shimmery shades, ranging from a light base to a more deep taupe, you can create a mix to suit your mood. With a velvety texture that feels almost like a cream, each shade has outstanding colour pay-off and blends beautifully.”

 

For the 02 Fired Up:

“Give in to the heat of the moment with 12 amber-hued shades – including warm browns, burnt oranges, smoky purples and deep red eyeshadows. This eyeshadow palette has everything you need to create sultry daytime looks, heated smoky night-time looks and everything in between. Includes x6 matte shades and x6 shimmer shades that blend effortlessly to create endless looks.”

 

For the 03 Jewelled:

“Create bold, beautiful looks with our NEW Eyeshadow Palette Jewelled. Featuring 12 highly pigmented shades from emerald greens, electric blues, bright orange and transformative metallic jewel tones, this palette is full of possibilities. The rich, velvety powders are long-lasting and blend effortlessly. Includes x7 matte shades and x5 shimmer shades.”

 

For the 04 Gentle Glam:

“Create a subtle smokey look with our NEW Eyeshadow Palette Gentle Glam. Featuring 12 highly pigmented shades from luminous icy shades with shimmer+sparkle to smooth neutral mattes in browns and purples, use this palette to create a sophisticated glamourous look. The rich, velvety powders are long-lasting and blend effortlessly.”

 

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Ingredients

Eye shadow palettes don’t often contain any “nutritious for your skin” ingredients but rather just the ones required to create the formulation and pigmentation. As a result, there isn’t really that much to say here other than these palettes contain very basic ingredients and formulations as expected by their price. While all 4 are slightly different they all mostly contain the same ingredients.

To keep this article short and avoid duplication I am only analysing the 01 Sculpted palette. It contains 12 ingredients of which 6 will offer you some kind of skincare benefit (some more than others), no negatives and only 2 potential irritants. These palettes are definitely on the safer side ingredient-wise.

If there is an ingredient found in these palettes that you’d rather avoid you’d likely have a hard time finding another palette you can use, as most of the compounds contained are standard.

However, every time the subject of eye shadow palettes comes up a couple of people ask me about the safety of two ingredients in particular, talc and silica, so let’s address them head on.

As a chemist I can tell you that there is no scientific proof that talc is harmful, I will go through this in detail in another post. Talc is classed as a skin irritant on its Material Safety Data Sheet (aka MSDS) however, so is table or cooking salt also known as sodium chloride and….we eat it! Pretty much almost everything can be classed as a skin irritant, especially to those with sensitive skin and these labels are very loosely defined. If you use it and you don’t get skin irritation, then there is no reason to worry. The only time when talc can be dangerous to health is if it is breathed in, in large quantities, as a free powder. So…don’t mash up this palette and breath it in.

Same goes for silica, it is only dangerous in free powder form, if you breath it in and if it’s in large quantities or repeated breathing exposure. Sometimes I wish people spent more time being as mindful of the things they eat! Those will likely affect you more!

To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation or pigmentation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.

 

Ingredient positives:

  1. Magnesium Stearate – A lubricating agent, amongst other formulation roles, that can enhance the silkiness of the product.
  2. Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin conditioner. It leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
  3. Ethylhexyl Palmitate – Skin moisturiser.
  4. Synthetic Wax – Can act as a humectant (=locks water in).
  5. Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
  6. Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil) – Skin conditioner and replenisher. Check out: Mineral oil in cosmetics – is it worth seeking out?

 

 

Ingredient negatives:

N/A

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in the 01 Sculpted palette have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol.

 

 

Full list of ingredients

01 Sculpted:

Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Tin Oxide +/- May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine)

 

 02 Fired Up:

Purple Smoke, Cocoa, Fudge, Fire Breather, Coppered Red, Saffron, Celestial, Cinnamon, Dawn, Toffee, Brick: Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Tin Oxide [+/- May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77007 (Ultramarine Blue), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 16035 (FD&C Red 40), CI 15850 (D&C Red 7), CI 15985 (FD&C Yellow 6), CI77499 (Iron Oxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide)]

Amethyst:Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Tin Oxide [+/- May Contain: CI 77891(Titanium Dioxide), CI 77007 (Ultramarine Blue), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet),CI 16035 (FD&C Red 40), CI 15850 (D&C Red 7), CI 15985 (FD&C Yellow 6), CI77499 (Iron Oxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide)]

 

03 Jewelled:

Outlandish, Madness, Ruby Red, Topaz, True Emerald: Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, BHT, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tin Oxide, +/- May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77007 (Ultramarine Blue), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 16035 (FD&C Red 40 Lake), CI 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 42090 (FD&C Blue 1 Lake), CI 19140 (FD&C Yellow 5 Lake), CI 75470 (Carmine)

Sapphire, Upside Down, Royals, Quicksand, Purr, Simmer, Chocolatte:Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, BHT, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, +/- May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77007 (Ultramarine Blue), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 16035 (FD&C Red 40 Lake), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 42090 (FD&C Blue 1 Lake), CI 19140 (FD&C Yellow 5 Lake)

 

 04 Gentle Glam:

Golden Dream: Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Tin Oxide, +/- May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides)

Moon Shimmer:Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Tin Oxide, +/- May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides)

Bronze Petal, Muse, Lustre:Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Tin Oxide, +/- May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 16035 (FD&C Red 40 Lake), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77007 (Ultramarine Blue)

Copper Pink, Soft Amber:Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Tin Oxide, +/- May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 16035 (FD&C Red 40 Lake), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77007 (Ultramarine Blue)

Dusty Rose, Elegance, Charcoal, Harmony, Soulmate:Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), +/- May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI16035 (FD&C Red 40 Lake), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77007 (Ultramarine Blue)

 

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Verdict

I really didn’t expect much from these palettes but their quality was much better than what I expected for their price tag. The range of colours is great and all 4 palettes are different enough to reasonably “need” to have them all. Because they are so cheap, in my eyes they are almost 4 parts of one bigger eyeshadow palette.

These shadows blend well and last all day while being creaseless (if you use an eyeshadow primer) and the only drawback is the colour intensity pay off, which can be improved by using them wet with a setting spray. While I can’t say that these are better than the high-end palettes, I do think that they are still great products, especially for their price, and even more so if you are not a huge fan of very intense looks.

These palettes are a great example of how drugstore or cheaper beauty brands have improved and can now offer reasonably quality products.

 

 

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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2 responses to Cheap Makeup – Nip + Fab Eyeshadow Palettes – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analysis

  1. Antidote says:

    „So…don’t mash up this palette and breath it in.“
    I laughed out loud on this one 😀
    I enjoy your posts. They are always in depth and viewing products from chemist-point of view is even more interesting for me to read. Thought I share that with you and let you know that (some) people actually read and are not only liking pretty pictures on their timeline 🙂
    Have a nice one 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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