It is so exciting to get your paws on a new make up range, especially when it’s one you have heard lots about but never had a chance to try. Make Up Atelier is one of those brands.
Make Up Atelier Paris is a professional make up brand created by Helen Quille – whilst the products are professional and also suitable for heavier stage make up, it is also a consumer brand too. The range is cruelty free and caters for a wide range of skin tones (with over 50 shades of foundation!).
For me, at first look the range reminded me of Kryolan and Ben Nye. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with those brands, it’s just that sometimes they feel too ‘professional’ or ‘theatre make up’ for me. What Make Up Atelier does nicely is that it doesn’t look or feel too intimidating or out of place with my regular make up.
One of the products I am reviewing first is one of their 5 colour eyeshadow palettes (they have them in a ton of colour ways). This is probably the brightest one you will find! T23:
WOAH! You’re thinking. I’m thinking BRIGHT, NEON, SUMMER, UV BODY PAINT, RAVES etc. etc.
Hey you can’t look at this super bright neon acidic looking palette any other way – this is not for the faint hearted. We have a neon yellow, orange, green, blue and pink. If you are a brights and neon fan then you probably just fainted. A good neon is actually hard to find, certainly in consumer brands and quite often you do have to look at theatrical make up brands for ideas.
These colours in this particular palette are all matte. They would work just as amazingly as metallics and shimmers, for sure, but I guess as a matte there’s more versatility (ie. if you were body painting with it etc.).
Mattes can be quite chalky – I am a fan of a nice creamy matte I have to say, I think it can look very flattering and is a nice change from the super disco ball look.
Now, with these shadows being mattes, I find the texture soft and silky and the pigmentation very good but not excellent. If they were metallics I am sure the pigmentation would be excellent, but mattes always hold a bit back, don’t they? Nevertheless – make no mistake you can get a really colourful look out of these;
Determined to use these for a regular day make up I used just two colours the pink and yellow. I do love pink on the eyes, always have done.
I ended up making some orange there too by mixing the yellow into the pink:
I love this palette, it’s not like anything else I have in my collection and whilst it’s not like something you’d reach for to go to work, I like having a pop of colour on the lids. It’s make up! It’s fun!
Other thoughts about this palette; at £25 for 5 colours, it’s a great deal. One solo eyeshadow from a premium brand can cost you around £20-£25 alone these days. 4 MAC eyeshadows in a palette would be around £46.50. In these set palettes you can’t choose your shades, but I have found the ones I have really nicely coordinated, and probably better matched than I would’ve done (you know I am quite..erm….random). These eyeshadows are certainly on par with MAC if not better.
The packaging is fine and sturdy – it would be nice to have a mirror but being a pro brand, I imagine it’s far easier to have a clear lid so that you can see all the palettes in your kit easily.
You can buy the full range of eyeshadows here for £25.
I will review some other colour combinations for you shortly! The formula can vary depending on palette.
What do you think of these Neons, would you try them?