There are so many palettes out there these days making it very hard to choose. With their beautiful packaging, attractive colours and clever branding, what is it that makes you choose which one to buy?
For me it is their usability. Despite the fact that colourful eyeshadow palettes look very attractive and gorgeous, I tend to avoid them because I know I won’t use them that much. Similarly, I avoid buying contour palettes because they often contain too many options, such as light, medium and dark shades of which I will only use 1 (or 2 at best) as my skin tone is just light.
As a result, flexibility or adjustability, whatever you want to call it, is a major plus in a palette not only because you will be able to create or pick a palette that will work for you, but also because the palette will then remain relevant for longer.
An example of flexible palettes is the Doucce Freematic series. These palettes are magnetic and therefore, you can constantly adjust which colours you have in them and they hold eyeshadows, blushes, highlighters and brow products.
Let’s have a look at them in more detail.
The Doucce Freematic palettes come in two sizes. The larger size can hold 12 eyeshadows (or 4 eyeshadows, 2 blushes and a highlighter etc) and the smaller can hold 5 eyeshadows (or 2 blushes).
All palettes are made from sturdy, good quality black plastic with a matte or shiny finish. They all contain a mirror and some might even come with a Doucce brush.
The palettes open from the front centre by pressing a button that releases the lid. They are very easy to open and there is no risk of putting your nail through the eyeshadow while trying to open them (a problem I’ve had with many other palettes!).
The eyeshadows, blushes or highlighters come in magnetic black plastic pans. The process of placing them in or removing them from the palette is just simply by pulling them apart. No fuss or mess!
You can buy the eyeshadows, blushes or highlighters as singles or buy a palette with some of them already inside. What I love about them most is that they all (eyeshadows, blushes or highlighters) come with a plastic cover that protects the product from being damaged, allows for easy storage if you decide that you don’t want them in your palette today and protects the mirror of the palette from getting powdery!
There are 100 eyeshadow colours, 14 blushes, 6 highlighters and 6 duo brow colours to choose from. The choice is great but there are also some shades missing, like darker highlighters for example.
Pigmentation and Texture
The eyeshadows, blushes and highlighters of the Doucce Freematic series are not super pigmented but in this specific case I didn’t find this to be a negative. Not all products should be very pigmented, I love that these ones are more natural and very usable for professional looks.
In fact, it almost all makes sense because the only time when you might want to be constantly creating custom palettes is when you are travelling light, like for example travelling for work or in your everyday bag. On these occasions you will probably be using softer looks anyways. If I was to travel for a holiday or for other personal reasons, I would probably have enough space to take an entire palette with and so I wouldn’t really need to be compact and adjustable with the palette I’m taking.
All eyeshadows and blushes I’ve tried felt somewhere between buttery and powdery which is the perfect in-between texture. The highlighters were a bit more powdery but not harsh. The eyeshadows had a lot of kick back but they were still very usable. For more intense looks, don’t kick off the excess product and just layer it on!
All products, eyeshadows, blushes and highlighters blend easily and effortlessly making them great to use on the move, when in a hurry or even if you are a makeup beginner.
All eyeshadows lasted all day long without creasing (I always use an eyeshadow primer) and while losing minimal colour intensity.
The blushes and highlighters also lasted all day long but also lost some colour intensity which is normal.
Transfer proof tests
Neither of the products transferred and even when I forgot I was wearing eyeshadows and rubbed my eyes, they were not left naked afterwards! The colours faded but you could still tell what I was wearing.
These products are one of the least staining ones I’ve ever tried, in fact none of them stained at all, not even during swatches, and they were very easy to remove even with just a makeup wipe.
A small palette including 4 eyeshadows, a mirror and a small brush retails for £26 whereas one with 2 blushes instead of 4 eyeshadows retails for £24.
A small empty palette retails for £8.
A large palette including 12 eyeshadows retails for £50.
A large empty palette retails for £11.
A single 1.4g eyeshadow (you can also buy them in twos) retails for £8, a single 3.4g blush for £11 and a single 6.8g highlighter also for £11.
What all this means is that the best value for your money by far is to buy the palettes with the products already contained, the price difference is staggering (you would save 20-54%)!
Neither the palettes nor the products smell of anything.
The eyeshadows last for 12M and the blushes and highlighters for 24M.
Here’s what the brand says about the products:
“FREEMATIC MAGNETIC CASE SMALL
An innovative magnetic palette, that allows you to customize and build a palette inspired by your own unique style and individuality. Choose from 100 eyeshadow shades, 14 blush shades, and 6 brow powder sets, mix and matching them to create your go-to palette.. With so many colors and options, the possibilities are endless. The compact size of the palette makes it perfect for on-the-go touch ups.
FREEMATIC MAGNETIC CASE LARGE
The big sister to our first innovative magnetic compact, the Freematic Pro Palette serves as the foundation for our larger Freematic system. Use this pro palette to build and customize your very own curated looks. Choose from 100 eyeshadow shades, 14 blush shades, 6 brow powder sets, and 6 highlighters shades to customize and build a palette inspired by your own individuality. Enjoy the freedom to create your palette using any configuration of correctly assembled pans. With so many colors and options, the possibilities are endless. Good in your purse, behind the vanity, or on the go.
FREEMATIC EYESHADOW MONO
A highly pigmented and passionately luxurious eyeshadow that serves as the building block of the Freematic magnetic system. With 100 shades in both matte and shimmer textures, these Eyeshadow Monos can be used alone or within the Freematic system to create custom palettes. The high-impact powders are so rich they feel creamy, gliding on easily without smudging or creasing. Apply dry for a more natural finish or apply with a wet brush for a longer lasting dramatic look.
FREEMATIC BLUSH MONO
The Freematic Blush Mono provides a sheer and silky smooth natural pigment that is both buildable and blendable. The soft and silky powder glides on evenly and effortlessly. Add any combination of the 14 blush colors ranging from matte to shimmer, to build the perfect Freematic magnetic palette. Replenish or exchange shades whenever your style or mood changes. The versatile silky powders are extremely rich, and weightless, allowing for effortless application without smudging or caking. The long lasting oil-free formula won’t fade throughout the day.
FREEMATIC HIGHLIGHTER MONO
With six metallic shades to match various skin tones, the Freematic Highlighter Mono lets your look shine, whether that be light or bronze. The velvety smooth formula allows these highlighters to blend seamlessly. Wetting your brush before use helps create an even more metallic glow and contributes to a longer lasting look. Or wear the highlighter dry and be amazed as the finely milled formula applies with a smooth, wet-looking shimmer.”
Practicality of use – user experience
These palettes are very practical because you can switch shades around and create whatever look combination you like. They open easily with the push of a button and are perfect for travelling.
The palettes are of high quality and I’ve never had an issue with them or the magnetic aspect of keeping the products in.
The eyeshadows and blushes work well and although they are not very pigmented, I liked that in this case because they are very work friendly. Not all your palettes need to be Instagram pigmented!
The highlighters are the ones I was a little disappointed about. They were also very natural looking but almost too natural to even notice and they added a bit (not major) of texture. You don’t have to blind planes with every look but these highlighters looked more like shimmer shadows than highlighters.
On the plus side, it’s also very nice and practical that you can use all of the products (eyeshadows, blushes and highlighters) as eyeshadows or blushes or highlighters.
There are apparently also some eyebrow products but I’ve never come across them and so I cannot tell you if they are good or not. However, if they are it adds ever more usability to the palettes as you can carry with you, almost half your beauty kit, in just one palette!
Powder products, like eyeshadows, blushes and highlighters, 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 in this section.
These shadows are fairly safe with only 3 potential irritants (or more if you have sensitivity in one or more of the dyes). There are some ingredient positives but these products are not meant to nourish your skin so don’t rely on them for that.
Although I am analysing many shades and 3 different types of products (eyeshadows, blushes, highlighters) here, they are all very similar in ingredients so am treating them as one product.
Every time the subject of eyeshadow palettes comes up a couple of people ask me about the safety of two ingredients in particular, talc and silica. As a chemist I can tell you that there is no scientific proof that talc or silica are harmful, unless you breath them in as powders in large amounts. For more details and information on the safety on talc check out: Is talc in cosmetics safe? These products contain talc but not silica.
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.
- Ethyhexyl Palmitate – A skin conditioner and fragrance. Often used as a silicone replacement, giving a dry slip feeling.
- Magnesium Stearate – A lubricating agent, amongst other formulation roles, that can enhance the silkiness of the product.
- Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil) – Skin conditioner and replenisher. For all the details check out: Mineral oil in cosmetics – is it worth seeking out?and Is mineral oil in cosmetics safe?
- Petrolatum – A moisturiser, skin conditioner, skin protector and soother. Despite the large negative publicity, there isn’t as much scientific evidence to support that this ingredient is negative for the skin.
- Tocopheryl Acetate – A hero compound, more stable form of vitamin E. A good anti-oxidant and conditioning agent that can also moisturise and help with inflammation.
- Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin and hair conditioner. When used on the skin it leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
- Mineral Oil – Skin conditioner and replenisher. For all the details check out: Mineral oil in cosmetics – is it worth seeking out? and Is mineral oil in cosmetics safe?
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.
The following compounds present in these powder products have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Ethyhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Full list of ingredients for the eyeshadows:
TALC, MICA, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM, POLYBUTENE, PETROLATUM, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE MAY CONTAIN (+/ – ): FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE 77510, ULTRAMARINE BLUE 77007, MANGANESE VIOLET 77742, ULTRAMARINE PINK 77007, BLACK IRON OXIDE 77499, IRON OXIDES 77491, IRON OXIDES 77492, YELLOW 5 LAKE 19140, FD&C RED NO.40 LAKE 16035:1, FD&C BLUE NO.1 LAKE 42090, TITANIUM DIOXIDE 77891
Full list of ingredients for the blushes:
TALC , MICA, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, POLYBUTENE, DIMETHICONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE MAY CONTAIN (+/ – ): MANGANESE VIOLET 77742, ULTRAMARINE PINK 77007, BLACK IRON OXIDE 77499, IRON OXIDE 77491, IRON OXIDE 77492, RED 6 15850, RED 7 LAKE 15850:1, D & C RED 21 AI LAKE 45380:3, FD&C RED 40 LAKE 16035:1, TITANIUM DIOXIDE 77891
Full list of ingredients for the highlighters:
TALC, MICA, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, POLYISOBUTYLENE, PETROLATUM, DIMETHICONE, MINERAL OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHERTL ACETATE MAY CONTAIN (+/ – ): IRON OXIDES 77491, IRON OXIDES 77492, FD & C RED 40 AI LAKE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE 77891
I really love the Freematic Doucce palettes because they are so flexible and travel friendly. I love figuring out what palette I am going to create next and it’s so practical to be able to have eyeshadows, highlighters and blushes in the same palette.
Although the products are not super pigmented, I thought that was ok in this case as they make for easy to wear, work friendly and day looks.
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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