So StrawberryNET is having 10% off all makeup items until tomorrow or Wednesday, so I thought to share this review of a makeup kit I purchased sometime earlier this year from SN.
This is the Cameleon MakeUp Kit G1665 which contains a whopping 48 eyeshadows, 4 blushers, 6 lipglosses and 4 brushes. Currently retails at RM80.50, and original RRP is RM118.00. I bought it for a song at RM30.00 because 1) I hadn’t bought Naked yet, 2) COLORSSSSSS and 3) I didn’t want to pay shipping for NYX. Even at RM80.50 I wasn’t prepared to key in my credit card details because I’d never heard of this brand.
So at RM30.00, it’s definitely a “why not just buy and try?” purchase. After all, there is a good mix of shimmery and matte, nude and bright colors. Here’s a better photo for your reference:
Upon unwrapping, I discovered a strange smell that reminded me of old Chinese grannies locked up in their musty rooms. Then I saw the box and thought, “No wonder, it’s made in China!”. Before you accuse me of being politically insensitive, I am ethnically Chinese ;).
But really, made in China with a funky smell…part of me started to regret the purchase. It was quite exciting though to see all the colors, but the shadows are definitely not full-sized, whereas the blushes look more like a generic full-sized pan. The shadows are smaller than the typical L’Oreal quads that you find in drugstores.
Picture above is without flash and I think it shows the true colors better.
I swatched a few colors and a blush.
Trusty pros and cons list!:
- Lovely mix of colors
- Pigmentation is OK considering the price I paid
- Blushers were quite nice and flattering
- Sturdy-ish plastic case – the lippies and blushes can be slid back inside and you tote the whole thing around
- My eyes turned itchy after application (uh oh)
- Smelt funny
- Colors are dull, so you’ll have to use a primer
- Textures on some shadows were nice and velvety, and on some it was really chalky
- Don’t think it’s really hygienic to leave the lip glosses uncovered. I haven’t swatched it and I don’t plan to
- Brushes are a throw-away. They’re disposable and very cheaply made
- EDIT: The ingredients are common for most eye shadow brands. However, I’m worried due to the amounts that may be in these cheap compacts. E.g. the mica amount as mentioned. The ingredients list is a bit worrying. Check out the ‘cones, the parabens, mineral oils and mica. Fun fact: mica is widely used in cosmetics as it imparts shimmer, and it is a naturally occurring group of silicate minerals. The US FDA regulates the level of heavy metals in mica (since it comes from the earth, and may contain trace amounts), but if it’s made in China, I wonder if the levels are regulated there.
In a nutshell, I wouldn’t recommend this, even when it’s dirt cheap. My eyes itched like dancing worms and although it stopped itching after I removed it, it scared me enough to not want to use it anymore. I might use this just to play around and improve my make-up skills, and then invest in purchasing good-quality shadows instead. Not-so-expensive lesson learnt, but it’s still RM30 and that’s like 7 lunches for me (yes, I am that cheap on most days).