Fun fact about me: I’m a renowned cat-sitter. And if you ever ask me to look after your cats when you go on holiday, you’ll want to thank me for being such a homebody who’s happy to stay home all summer while you go and frolic without your cats. Long story short, I was gifted this palette of Inglot eyeshadows. I’ve been using them for a couple of months and here’s my review.
Brand info, price, quantity
Inglot is a Polish cosmetics company founded in 1983 by Wojciech Inglot, a Polish entrepreneur and chemist. They first made nail polishes and then went on to manufacture makeup. Inglot has been sold internationally for over a decade and has stores pretty much everywhere (except Belgium, of course).
Inglot products are made in Poland. About the company being cruelty-free or not, I’ll refer you to this article from Cruelty Free Kitty: Why Inglot Can’t Be Considered Cruelty-Free.
Price: each single eyeshadow costs £5/€8.99/$8 (a 10 slot Freedom System palette is £12/€17.99/$16. Always a delight to find out that a European brand is cheaper everywhere outside Europe.
There are many different sizes and types of palettes that you can create, but it just so happens that the one I was gifted was a 10-shadow one.
Quantity: the Inglot eyeshadows in this particular selection weigh from 3.0g to 3.6g. Price per gram: somewhere between €2.50 and €2.99, depending on the type of eyeshadow. I’m aware that they would be much cheaper if I did the math in dollars, but I’m European this is the sort of prices we have to deal with here in Europe. Also, all my other eyeshadow palette reviews use the Euro as a currency for my ‘price per gram’ criterion. Do we care? I’m not sure. Is this digression over? Yup, back to my point. In terms of price range, this ranks Inglot eyeshadows just below Urban Decay (see my UD Beached Palette review for more details). I’ll bear that in mind when reviewing their quality.
Where to buy: Inglot is available in most European countries, the UK, the USA, and there’s an official website for each country where it’s available. I’ll be honest, I find the Inglot website pretty horrid to navigate and got most of my info from the Beautylish website.
Review and swatches
About the palette and the Freedom System
I find the Freedom System extremely convenient and appealing, especially when you are an eyeshadow palette hoarder. You know those palettes you bought are full of shades you’ll never use. Choosing the exact shades, finishes and colour combinations you (think you) need will definitely make you more aware as a makeup consumer.
The palette case itself is very sturdy and I find the opaque plastic cover quite stylish. I can’t seem to find what they are made of, but the brand calls them reusable and environmentally friendly.
For the most part the Inglot eyeshadows feel decently soft to the touch, but are nowhere near as ‘buttery’ (I know this word peeves a lot of people) as Urban Decay or ABH shadows. They don’t feel dry either, they’re just somewhere in the middle.
This is probably the strong point of these Inglot eyeshadows. They blend into each other (and by themselves) without any sort of difficulty, it’s mind-blowing. This is definitely the sort of makeup you’d buy for someone who’s not into 30-minute eyeshadow blending sessions. They are very beginner-friendly.
I would hate to read this, but my opinion on the pigmentation is neither here nor there. Because of the price point, if I had to compare them to the shadows there are in the Urban Decay Beached palette, I would say they are slightly less pigmented. As far as the intensity is concerned, they seem closer to Colourpop single eyeshadows.
These Inglot eyeshadows tend to fade a bit too quickly for my taste (which is based on how much a product costs). The mattes, in particular, seem to only last 3-4 hours before they fade dramatically. For that price point, it’s far from satisfactory.
Would I recommend the Inglot Eyeshadows?
If you have disposable income and you don’t know what to do with it, sure, go give them a try.
If you’re on a budget and need to give what you buy a bit of thought and caution, then I’d probably tell you that I find the price-quality ratio of Makeup Geek single eyeshadows much more appealing. If you are from the US, you probably already know this. In Europe, MUG eyeshadows can be found on Beauty Bay.
Would I purchase more Inglot eyeshadows instead of Makeup Geek, M.A.C. or Colourpop singles? Unlikely.