Tuesday, 27 October 2015

FREEDOM WEEK #1 - Cream contouring using Freedom Makeup Pro Cream Strobe Palette with Brush

Good morning ladies :) Today's the day and I'm starting my Week with Freedom Makeup. I recently received some new & exciting products and decided I'll be bringing you this week's 4 posts about them :) 

If you don't know it already Freedom Makeup London is a new company of affordable, professional makeup brought to us by the geniuses behind Makeup Revolution. I own few bits from them already and have done few posts which I will link here (post 1, post 2, post 3). Recently we were blessed with quite a few new launches, that I just had to try. First being cream contouring palette :)



Freedom Makeup Pro Cream Strobe Palette with Brush (RPR £10.00 - buy here) is as the name suggest a cream contour kit that comes with a contouring brush. Packaging is as with any MUR or Freedom palettes black, shiny plastic with a mirror inside. Plastic is a little on a cheaper side of things, but nevertheless black packaging looks ok and it's actually quite light, making it not a bad travelling companion :) Inside you will find 6 creamy shades, 3 for matte highlighting/strobing and 3 for bronzing/contour.

Highlight/conceal/strobe:


We get two cream foundation like shades with one being light beige with pink undertones and second light banana shade, the last shade in the top row is a larger pan with a little satin finish to it, meant for highlighting. This is one of my fave shades from the palette. I'm extremely pale and for me to find a shade that's actually paler than my natural is an amazing accomplishment. I always have a problem with cream strobing as I already use the lightest foundation shade and it's difficult to find something even lighter to bring attention to the high points of my face. Well, not anymore. All the shades are nice and creamy and need to be set with a little powder. I highly recommend translucent powder to do so. I also really like a first shade as it can be used to conceal the dark underage circles. Due to it's creamy formula you will need to set it and I would even recommend baking it. All shades are very natural and easy to blend.

Bronzing/contour:


As with highlight shades, we also get 3 bronzing shades to play with starting with light bronzing, through dark, neutral contour and finish g with medium bronzing shade. I'm not 100% sure what I expected these shades to be but my first reaction was noooooo. Let me explain. Being a ghostly pale, I cannot use warm toned bronzers as they look yellow/orange on me, which just doesn't look natural at all ! I have used the palette few times now and my opinion changed a lot. I now use a combination of light and medium bronzing shades to bronze up my complexion a little bit and use a contour shade for chiseled cheekbones. I them set it all with a cool toned contour bronzer and they last well on my dry skin throughout the day. Dark contour shade is the only neutral tone shade in the trio so if you are looking for cool tone shades you will not fin them in this palette. I still think the formula is excellent as it blends easily and lasts well, given it's set with a powder over it.

Contour brush:


I think it's an excellent idea to add the contour brush to the palette and sell it as a set a many people don't own specific contour brush. This brush is short and sturdy, making it a great and comfortable choice for a face brush in general. Shape and bristle density is good and makes application of product quite easy. However blending isn't as easy. I'm not sure why that is as the brush isn't too dense and that should help with blending. The minus for me is the way the bristles are cut in my brush. You can see from the pictures I've taken, the cut is far from perfect. This may be just an unlucky batch as I've seen few more reviews of these palettes and the brushes look well cut there. I'm a little disappointed with this brush in general.


To sum it up. I think I prefer the highlighting shades to the bronzing shades in this palette, especially the nearly white highlight shade (shade 3 in the palette, right top row). I find formula really good, blendable and lasting well on a dry skin, combination and oily will need to set it with a good powder. I find it works best for me, if I set bronzing shades with cool toned product as they are a little too warm for my liking. I like the packaging, especially when it comes to how light the palette is, great for traveling. What do you think ladies? Is it something you are lusting after? I want to know what your thoughts are so as usual, let me know in the comments :)

Thank you for reading & I'll see you Thursday with part 2 of our Week with Freedom :)
Love,



Dorota x

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18 comments

  1. Kurcze patrzyłam na Freedom ale coś mnie nie kuszą do zakupu :/

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    1. Kochana a to dopiero dzień pierwszy :) Już w czwartek coś co mnie totalnie zachwyciło :) Ale nie będę zdradzać szczegółów :) zajrzyj w czwartek o 10 czasu GMT :)

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  2. I haven't tried anything from this brand yet but I liked that it comes with the brush and it's perfect for traveling. Great review.

    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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    1. Thanks huni :) It's also very light, great for travelling :)

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  3. I was super disappointed in the weekend when I discovered that there is no Freedom Makeup in my local Superdrug, so I went home and did an online order haha. I was interested in this palette in particular but looked too warm so I didn't get it and looking at your swatches now I don't regret it. I hope they will come out with a cool toned kit as well.

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    1. Definitely agree, not too impressed with bronzer shades although highlight shades are definitely lust worthy :)

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  4. I much prefer the powder version of this palette. Just like the Contouring Stick I have the bronze shades are a bit too orange but the highlighting shades are very nice! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Can you now see the difference in the way my brush is cut compared to yours? Not impressed lol. The darkest shade is actually more neutral than orange, but it's still a lot warmer than I can use on its own. I will try adding a bit of colour tattoo permanent taupe to the pots to get them cooler. Highlight shade though - makes it all worth it !!!

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  5. I was so tempted to treats myself to this but the shades look far too orange for my skin tone - I'm really disappointed! x

    Jordan Alice

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    1. The mid shade is ok for contour, is more of a neutral tone, but yes, mainly they are way too warm. I love highlight shades though, great quality :)

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  6. Another great review! I don't really contour though, so this is not the product for me.
    http://carolinapage.eu

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    1. You don't have to contour beautiful !!! I on the other hand with my huge round face lol ;) Thank you xx

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  7. I love the fact that they include a contour brush in this kit - it looks so good!!

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    1. It's a bonus :) Mine didn't impress me at first but I'm slowly learning to use it and today I actually managed with it pretty great :)

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  8. Ooo, this pallete is definitely for me! I'm also a ghostly pale) And I can't find the good highlighter and the decent bronzer, most of them is too dark for me. Wanna try this set so much!

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    1. You'lol be happy with highlighters and the contour shade. Bronzer shades are too orange for anyone that's pale :)

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  9. Great post! I am seriously considering getting this palette, but I am not sure whether I should just get the Lorac Pro Contour Palette?

    Kiran | www.alittlekiran.co.uk

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    1. Thank you ;) unfortunately I don't know how it companies to Lorac but I recently reviewed Makeup Revolution Ultra Cream Contour and I Favourite it above this one :) give it a quick read before making a decision, it offers cool toned contour shade as opposed to only warm shades :) good luck shopping X X

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