I’ve wanted the Freedom Pro Artist Pad in Black Arts for a while now and when I saw 3 for 2 on Superdrug’s website, I jumped at the chance of ordering it. When I collected it from my local store the next day, I instantly unwrapped the box to check out this palette’s elusive packaging. What’s most exciting about this palette is that it looks and feels like an iPad and Freedom did not disappoint. The back of the packaging is black, shiny plastic like all Freedom and Makeup Revolution Palettes. However the ‘lid’ of the palette consists of a faux leather flap, just like a tablet case. It’s even got an elasticated band attached to keep the cover in place and your eyeshadows safe. If that wasn’t enough it also has a pretty large mirror on the underside of the case and like any other tablet case, you can fold it to stand your palette up. Through packaging alone I’m really impressed, I have never seen anything like it and I think it looks really fantastic. However, packaging isn’t everything so I decided to swatch all 48 shades to see if the quality of the makeup matched the packaging.
Unfortunately these shadows aren’t named so I can’t refer to a specific shadow and if I’m honest the quality really varies. All of the shimmer shades are absolutely stunning, they’re soft, buttery and look beautiful. They’re not chalky or patchy and the colours are so pigmented. However the matte shades really let this palette down. The lighter matte shades are not pigmented at all and they’re really chalky with a lot of fall out. The darker matte shades are really pigmented but they’re very chalky, when I swatched them with my finger a lot of product ended up all over the place. I’m going to need to play around with this palette first but I would say 31/48 shades are absolutely fine. Unfortunately the few matte shades don’t have the same high quality.
For the shimmer shades alone and the beautiful packaging, I am happy I bought this palette and I would recommend it as some of the colours are simply gorgeous. However if you’re looking for a palette which offers plenty of matte shades with decent colour pay off, I would look elsewhere. Luckily I really love shimmery eyeshadow so I can see myself getting a lot of use out of it.
Do you have this palette or have you been eyeing it up? I’d love to know your views in the comments below!
Emily Mae x