I picked up the Butter London Teddy Boy eyeshadow palette from one of the Boxy Charm Pop ups a while ago. There was a debacle with delivery and when it arrived I was kind of exhausted by it and put it into my shadow drawer. There I promptly forgot it. Over the weekend I did a shadow palette declutter (Post on that will be going up Monday) and found it again and realized I had not actually tried it. So it went into my makeup bag to try this week.
There are nine pans five of them are shimmer and four are mattes. For the look for this post I started with my pretty Vulgar concealer as my lid primer. I then used the neutral shade of Simon (top row Middle) all over the lids. Simon went on well and it matched my skin tone perfectly. I then added a light bit of Graham (the dark brown bottom row center). Over this I added the blue of Freddie (top row left hand side). And then I used the Shimmer Archie (third row Left hand side).
It is a very simple look but it illustrates the colors in this palette fairly well. This is a more cool toned palette than I am used to using and the colors do come off very muted. I have another Butter London palette and it too has a brown color similar to Graham but in a warm tone.
It looks much richer when applied because it is a warmer tone. Otherwise the mattes in this palette did apply fairly well. They are buildable, to a point.
They will never be saturated colors. I don’t think any cool toned palette I have ever tried ended up with saturated colors.
Something in the formulation of those cool tones means that the color tends to be less saturated, at least in my experience. The dark almost Navy blue of Rupert (bottom row Left side) was a little patchy when applied. It smoked out well on the corner of the eye, but there were patches if I tried to sweep it across the whole lid.
With the shimmers, they barely applied with a dry brush. Wetting the brush really helped with the application and quite frankly applying them with a wet finger tip worked the best.
This is not a buttery soft formula. It is somewhat hard in the pan. It does take a little working with to get used to applying them, but once I worked with them a bit I was fine.
Is it my favorite palette? No, I can’t say that it is.
However I don’t have a lot of cool tones in my shadows and many of the shades in this palette are ones I don’t have elsewhere. I like the shape of the palette and the way it opened from the center. Because they are pressed so hard into the pan, there is little fall out when I applied the shades and I have to say once I applied the shade it stayed there all day.
There was a little creasing towards the end of the day, but the shadows stayed in place. They were fairly muted when they went on and they remained fairly muted when the day was through.
There were some definite high points. I think the only reasons that I wouldn’t automatically reach for this palette a lot stem mostly from the fact that it is rare that I want cool tones. Occasionally I really do like them and I am glad to have this palette in my collection for those times.
It is unique in the shades (at least as far as my collection goes) and works well, just don’t expect it to be something it isn’t and it is a good little palette.