It's best that I start this with some honesty - This post is going to be Very picture heavy! When you see the palette that I've been sent, to share with you, you'll understand why, soo many things to swatch!
I was very excited when the House of Glamdolls (with Freedom Makeup) 'Vintage Doll Look' palette landed on my doorstep. I hadn't heard of these, yet, so it was nice to discover something new and also have a little play around with some swatches and see what this latest development has to offer.
The palette is available, as you'd expect, on the Freedom site, and costs £8. The Vintage Doll Look palette sits along side the 'Spirit Doll', 'Exotica Doll' and 'Fairy Doll' sets, which all offer different shades of the same products. I'm really pleased that I was sent this one as it's the colours that I'd probably have picked out myself if I were to have bought one.
As you can see, from this list, each palette is a whole look all in one and it really does offer a lot. With brows, cheeks, lids and lips covered all you really need is mascara and base products to have a finished look which, for the price, and for the convenience, is a fantastic idea.
The palette has a nice, strong feel to it and isn't too big considering what it holds. It has the Freedom and the House of Glamdolls logos on the front which makes for an appealing looking palette.
And here's what it contains! Yup, all of that in one, average sized, palette. It's impressive to say the least. You can, also, see that it comes with a full sized mirror which adds to the fact that this would be ideal for travel or for fitting as much as possible in to a small space.
At the very top we have the four brow shades, followed up by the 3 highlighters, then 6 shimmer/satin/glitter shadows, 4 matte shadows and two big blushes, with the four lip shades running down the side. I didn't swatch the brow shades as the palette represents them pretty well - They're not totally opaque but, then, with a brow powder you'd not expect them to be, they offer a good level of colour for filling out the brow area and a decent set of shades which should cover plenty of people.
On to the swatches, we have the three highlight powders first. As I always try to do I've got these from two different angles so that I can capture how they look in different lights. I didn't want to swatch them too densely as, of course, they're highlighters so they're only supposed to give a soft glow rather than a thick patch of colour.
As you can see 'Starlight' is a silvery/white, very shimmery shade which you'll want to go lightly with, and build up slowly, as it packs quite the punch - Very beautiful indeed. 'Light' on the other hand, as the swatch shows, is matte and is very very close to my skin tone (I know it's hard to see but you can just make it out). I wasn't sure how I'd use this, to begin with, but then I thought it'd be a great product for setting concealer under the eyes, as it's such a good skin tone for me, or for under the brow bone to balance out the blue veins I have under there, rather than adding shimmer. Lastly, and my favourite of the three, is 'Haze', I really like the soft golden shimmer of this one and I think it'll look beautiful on.
I've swatched 'Silver Screen', 'Starlet' and 'Vamp' together and, as you can see, they're all nicely pigmented and would look beautiful on. 'Silver Screen', as the name suggests, has a very strong silvery look to it, but I also think it has a very slight taupe-y tone to it which tones it down just a little and stops it being that stark silver that you often get.
I do always love coppery/bronze shades, even though I'm quite sure I'm not meant to wear them with my skin tone/eyes, but I just can't seem to help it! 'Starlet' is a very nice bronze shade with the brightness of a hint of copper, I like it very much.
Lastly, 'Vamp', is the most matte of this six shades, but despite the photos it does have a slight hint of glitter to it. Rather than being dense, like the matte black you'll see shortly, this would be a nice shade to do a smoky eye with as it's already got a slightly diffused, softer feel to it.
Next up we have 'Delicate', 'Siren' and 'Heroine'. 'Delicate' is one of those surprising shades where you expect a certain colour but it's, actually, rather different - As you can see, in the pan, you're expecting a shimmery soft pink shade but, as you can see above, it's actually almost completely sheer but with a beautiful pink sheen/light to it. I'm not sure what I'd do with this shade but it's, undoubtedly, very very pretty.
'Siren' is one of those shades that I instantly love. It's got less 'oomph' to it than it's more dense, brighter counterparts (like 'Starlet') but it's so much more wearable, especially with my cool toned skin and blue eyes. It's a much better balance between warmer and cooler toned shades and I can see myself wearing this a lot.
That said, 'Heroine' is competition in terms of which of these two are my favourite as this deep brown/burgundy duo chrome is just stunning. It's another of those shades that I probably shouldn't wear, with my colouring, but probably will anyway because it's too pretty not to (especially around this time of year!).
The four matte shadows come up last, and we have 'Pure', 'Allure', 'Demure' and 'Jet. All four of these are pretty self explanatory, we have a white, a pale pink, a purple and a black; they've all got a nice level of pigmentation and I think they complement the 6 shimmery shades really well.
The two blushes, 'Retro' and 'Glamour', are the sorts of shades I love. I didn't want to swatch them too heavily but they have a good level of colour to them so definitely worth starting off lightly and then building up. Again, I think they complement the other product shades within the palette really nicely.
And, lastly, to the lip shades. As you'd expect, from a palette like this, these aren't particularly opaque but as a glossy finished, sheer product they are rather nice. Of course, if you wanted a denser look you could always layer these, as more of a gloss, over the top of another lipstick, but for me these are ideal as I'm a big big fan of sheer lip products.
From l-r we have 'Ruby', 'Power', 'Dark Cherry' and 'Flapper'. As you can see, if you get this palette you need to like reds for your lips but they do offer a nice range of reds and due to their sheer nature your own lip colour will effect how they turn out (I imagine that a sheer wash of 'Ruby' might not be too in your face red at all). If reds aren't your thing then some of the other palettes in this range offer some different shades when it comes to lip products (But then, of course, the shadows and blushes will be different too).
All in all, an impressive addition to the Freedom Makeup collection - I love how much they've fit in to just one palette, you can tell how well thought out the shades are in terms of them all going together so well and the quality of the products seems good (which you can't always expect in such a diverse palette).
For £8, it's a very good bargain, and I can imagine there's a colour set for everyone amongst the four different offerings.