If you have been hanging around these parts since the beginning of Fluke you will know that my relationship with eyeshadows is one of love and sometimes hate. With hooded eyes I never know how my eyeshadow will wear and I certainly don’t have mad skills with the brush. Nevertheless I am trying to put myself out of my comfort zone in the name of beauty.

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I am usually not attracted to eyeshadow palettes but when I saw the Warm Nude ILIA The Necessary Eyeshadow Palette, the colours just looked so perfect for me.

There are 6 shades all up:

  1. Grace: Soft Gold Pearl
  2. Cocoon: Warm Nude Matte
  3. 1979: Terracotta Matte
  4. Unite: Copper Pearl
  5. Hunter: Deep Brick Red Matte
  6. Lineup: Rich Warm Brown Matte

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Since it launched in the USA I have been patiently waiting for Mecca Cosmetica to stock it so that I can swatch it in person. As soon as the SA opened the palette I was sold and didn’t even need to swatch it to know that it was going to be a goodie. Unfortunately it is out of stock at the moment, but I am hoping new stock will arrive soon! I’ll keep you posted.

I don’t have much experience with eyeshadows but I don’t see how an eyeshadow formula could get any better than this. It is smooth, buttery, easy to blend, pigmented (but not too much) and the colours are just stunning especially for us blue eyed folk. I can mix and match or do a wash of colour to create a modern minimalist or statement look.

ILIA Necessary palette swatch

I can’t really pick a favourite shade because I use them all in different ways. I like mixing Cocoon and 1979 with a bit of Copper Pearl, dialling it up with some Hunter in the crease or really amping up the look with Lineup. The orangey red, warm shades are seriously stunning. Keep an eye out on my Instagram stories where I will show you how I use these in a different way each day. The only complaint I have, and it is very minor, is that the ILIA logo has completely disappeared from the front. Not a biggie but I thought I’d mention it anyway.

ILIA have really impressed me in recent years. There are so many of their products that I hold in high regard including their True Skin Serum Foundation, Concealer and the Multi-Matte pigments. It is definitely a brand worth trying out if you have any opportunity to play with it in store.

Do you have a favourite eyeshadow palette? Let me know in the comments below or email me and connect with me on Instagram. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.

Next week: Equal Beauty skincare range review


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