I’ve had Soap and Glory’s “Kick into Neutral” eyeshadow palette for a while now. You can check it out at www.boots.com/soap-and-glory-kick-into-neutral-eyeshadow-palette-10216887. At thirteen pounds, it’s clearly great value. Nude palettes with a similar number of shades are typically more than thirty pounds, making them a significant investment. Additionally, it has a fantastic range of shades (from “Fairy Light” to “Spookstar”) rather than just being ten light browns, although it is a tad more shimmery overall than would be ideal: a few more mattes would really round the palette off. However, on the whole, the “Kick into Neutral” palette is an good starter with potential – especially if you don’t want to create complex designs on your eyelid!
The cardboard packaging, with a glossy finish, feels a little cheap – maybe not surprisingly. It’s insubstantial, as if Soap and Glory was aware that it wouldn’t last long. The magnetic fastenings poke out of the card, making themselves known, creating a vaguely tacky atmosphere. However, the colour scheme of the packaging is gorgeous and in typical Soap and Glory style, especially the gold detailing. It’s quite small – is it travel size and convenient or an attempt not to include much product? There certainly isn’t much of each eyeshadow but there is a wide range of colours, making it a good starter pack. The inclusion of a mirror is really useful – it’s surprising how many brands forget to include one. The eyeshadow brush is relatively useless but that’s to be anticipated and there’s room to stick in a travel size brush and spoolie if desired.
“Fairy Light” is a pale base with a subtle shimmer. Its coverage isn’t fantastic but that’s to be expected from such a light shade. It is excellent at covering up veins to provide a clean and natural foundation layer (as well as waking up the eyes when used sparingly underneath).
“Cinna-bunny” is a somewhat strangely named glittery light brown with glinting gold. The pigmentation is significantly better than “Fairy Light” and it provides a shimmery wash of colour – although it still isn’t fantastic coverage.
“Cuddly Bear” is a gorgeous matte dusty pink (one of the few truly matte shades in the collection) which could provide a fantastic base to a smokey eye. However – once again – the shade is too powdery to achieve full pigmentation and there is a high level of fallout (even when using a primer).
“Rich Tea” is essentially a shimmery substitute for “Cuddly Bear”, creating a complementary shade. Despite this apparent match, the shadows – when used together – blend into one pinky-brown shade which isn’t unattractive but also isn’t ideal. It almost seems like an extremely dense highlighter rather than an eyeshadow. Like “Cinna-bunny”, the coverage still isn’t full and it does fade throughout the day.
“Bright Spark” is a dramatic gunmetal silver with an intense sheen. There were perhaps more suitable colours (a grey is missing and silver isn’t a proper compensation) which should have been used instead. It’s jarring when compared to the other colours chosen. It’s also too glittery for everyday use and doesn’t blend very well. It’s definitely one of the palette’s lower points.
Moving swiftly onwards, “Pink-a-little” is (another) glittery pink with a slightly more orange tone. It’s almost a rose gold and iridescent in the light. As one of the least subtle shades in the collection, it makes a statement – unfortunately, that statement isn’t a good one.
“Cocoa Cabana” is a gorgeous medium brown, perfect for finishing off casual looks. The name, in spite of this, feels badly chosen – it isn’t a “party” colour and is based purely on the potential pun. There are some beautiful hints of copper in the shade which prevent it from falling flat. Once again, it’s glittery (can you feel the exacerbation yet?)
“Mice-tro” is the deepest shade so far, a cooler brown which – still – glitters. It has great pigmentation but tends not to stay on the eyelid: a basic requirement of eyeshadow as far as I’m concerned.
“Ore-some” is essentially a deeper “Bright Spark” which for some reason is not next to it in the palette. However, the two components could work well together, especially since they have the same finish. It has a slight – but not enough – grey tone.
“Spookstar”, a ghoulish glittery black, seems unnecessary within the palette. It couldn’t really create a “look” with any of the other shades and is too sparkly for a statement black lid. It could, perhaps, be used with a thin brush as a slightly more fun alternative to eyeliner. However, it is simply too heavy to do much else.
The “Kick into Neutral” palette describes itself as “a must-have collection of super natural colours in our totally eye-making, ten-shade shadow palette”. Must-have? Maybe. Super natural? More like supernatural from the amount of glitter. Overall, it’s an inexpensive fun palette which mistakes shimmer for substance – and for the price, is that really a bad thing?