Quo All About Colour Eye Shadow Palette Review and Swatches
Quo is a brand that is sold by Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and a brand, I admit I have never purchased before. This palette is one of the fall 2016 offerings and consists of 12 shades in a palette for $20 CND.
The palette is a small black box measuring about 10 cm (4 in) square. The outside of the box has a flowery pattern etched on it which is more apparent on the metallic gold band that wraps around the palette when you first buy it. The back of the gold band shows the inside of the palette with the shades, but they have no names.
When you open the palette, you will see that the shades look quite pretty and come with two applicators, one foam with rounded and pointed ends and a brush applicator with rounded and angled ends. I personally never use applicators that come with palette as they are usually very inferior to those I normally use. But the fact that this palette has them will be a bonus to some.
Now onto the eyeshadows themselves. There are 12 shades ranging from off white to deep brown and blue with shades in between. Overall, on first glance they appear a good range of shades that would compliment most skin tones, although the shades, in my opinion, are towards the cool range.
Before I swatched these shades, I actually used them on my eyes and I was immediately aware that they did not blend nearly as well as my other eyeshadows. Now, I have to confess to owning all higher-end shadows, so it may be unfair to compare a $20 palette with that of a $60 one, but there are also many cheaper palettes on the market that blend well (NYX, Physicians Formula, Maybelline) and this one did not. I used it on top of NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer and although the shades looked pretty in the palette they did not transfer well to my eyes. By this I mean the colour payoff was not great and I had to use much more than normal to to get a decent colour payoff. I also found that there was significant fallout. So, overall, my first impressions were poor.
When I swatched the shades I wanted to do so on both primed and unprimed skin and I was shocked at the difference that made. Anyone who reads my blog, knows I praise the virtues of primer both for the face and eyes, so I personally always use it before applying eyeshadow. When I applied primer to my arm and swatched over both this and the unprimed area the difference was huge. On the primer the shades went on better and the colours were much deeper than that of the unprimed area. In fact I had to use a lot of product to even get it to show up at all. I would therefore suggest that you should always use a primer if using this eyeshadow in order to get the maximum from it.
So, would I buy this again? The short, and only answer is a big no! I was not at all impressed with the colour payoff and was very unimpressed with the blending ability of this eyeshadow and the amount of fallout it produced. It is a pretty palette and the shades are, at first glance, lovely, so you may want to give it a try, but for me, this one is going to be returned pretty quickly.