When Freedom Makeup launched back in June, I knew I had to order a selection of their eyeshadow palettes as I absolutely love the Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes, and I had high hopes for the Freedom palettes. The first palette I chose was the Freedom Pro 12 Romance and Jewels Eyeshadow Palette which is just £4, and it contains twelve rectangular eyeshadow pans within a clear lidded palette.
Inside the palette there is a double-ended sponge applicator, and no mirror but that doesn’t bother me as I never use mirrors within palettes anyway. The shadows of the Freedom Pro 12 Eyeshadow Palette range all feature an embossed design which is ‘inspired’ by the design of the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows. I do like the design aesthetically but I’ve found that it does effect the texture of the shadows…
As you can see the shadows are impressively pigmented as a whole, with only a couple of misses pigmentation wise (the first shadow on the first and second row). The issue I found with the shadows is that because of the embossed design, the surface of most of the shadows is very hard and almost gritty so it’s quite hard to pick up any colour, so you have to slightly scratch the surface of the shades to disturb the hardened embossing, to get to the soft and usable shadow which is a pretty messy process.
All of these shadows are prone to fall out, and they kick up a lot of excess powder in the pan which spreads into the other shades which is less than ideal, especially the lighter shades. Texture and hardness issues aside, this Freedom Pro 12 Romance and Jewels Eyeshadow Palette is just £4 so I really can overlook them as the shades are so pretty. I especially like the olive gold shade (second shadow on the middle row), and the first two shadows on the bottom row.
I definitely think this palette is worth a look as it’s incredibly cheap, but I’m interested to see if the embossed design effects the quality of the other Freedom Pro 12 Palettes that I’ve bought or if it’s just the Freedom Pro 12 Romance and Jewels Eyeshadow Palette.