At IMATS I bought this Yaby Best of Both Worlds eyeshadow palette – supposedly with a mixture of both brights and neutrals in one place.
Yaby pricing is a little strange. On one hand the little pans, when bought individually are inexpensive. The empty palettes (you can mix and match items) are inexpensive. The base products seem quite inexpensive too.
But then these pre-made palettes aren’t cheap. The show price for this was around £65. I so wanted to try it out that I bought it anyway (the counter didn’t have a card machine so my details were written down).
Anyway here is the palette:
I like how compact it is (about A5 size) so its more portable than my 88 palettes.
There’s 40 shades in here.
I couldn’t be arsed (that is the best way I can put it) picking out 40 shades to fill the palette, not when theres 20 make up groupies behind me in the queue elbowing me in the back so I got this preset one.
Its nice. There’t the matte neutral strip down the middle, the metallics and a few neons.
The pans are tiny. This doesn’t trouble me since I rarely finish anything anyway and refills are £1.99 each.
The eyeshadow chart:
There’s four textures – Matte, Satin, Frost, High Shine.
The eyeshadows included are:
pp017 pp031 pp024 es442 es192 es382 es057 es276
pp049 pp071 pp070 es330 es569 es371 es279 es135
pp019 pp072 pp036 es231 es575 es611 es448 es265
pp061 pp008 pp066 es198 es347 es109 es158 es296
pp056 pp013 pp047 es168 es539 es144 es241 es160
A few swatches, just to test the texture:
Not as creamy and pigmented as other reviews had led me to believe. Its certainly very good, but not dreamy…I’m not rubbing my thighs in excitement, put it that way.
Overall – so far it looks like a good palette that is more than enough for most peoples needs. The pigmentation is good, the shades look like a nice selection.
I was charged in the end £76 for this palette – basically the owner explained that the amount in sterling (it was about £65) would be converted to Canadian Dollars, and I would be charged that, using the exchange rate on the day of IMATS.
Unfortunately this converted against my favour – the pound is pretty weak and that including a £1 bank charge for international transactions ended up costing me a good £12 more than the quoted price.
Can’t say I was overjoyed about that – whats the point of giving a price in sterling at all if its SO variable?
And since there is little discount on buying the colours on their own, I’d advise on buying the empty palette yourself and collecting the exact shades and products you want.
They sell the palette here for £79.99 – so actually a bit more than I paid for it but still…
In the future, I would try more from Yaby, but probably collect different shades as I go along rather than splashing out in one go.