Monday, 9 January 2017

Shadow Switch Review

I don't know about you, but I'm always running out of brushes to do my eye makeup with. Mainly because I'm terrible at washing them regularly. They get contaminated with darker shadow. Just the other day, I was aiming for a wash of my favourite bronze shadow (Maybelline On and On Bronze Colour Tattoo if you're interested) across the eye for a subtle daytime look when WHAM! Bronze mixed with black and an unintentionally glamorous, nighttime appropriate, smokey eye. For a coffee. At midday. I either get better at washing my brushes or live with it...until now...

Shadow Switch is the product you NEED in your life if you're a smokey eye addict like me. Life is not complete without some dark definition in my outer V but then that's it...brush needs washing! 

Don't get me wrong, regular washing is essential to rid your brush of bacteria and other nasties. However, in the middle of an eye look it's not convenient! This is where Shadow Switch comes in. You swirl your brush on the black sponge and it buffs off the remaining shadow, leaving your brush clean enough to use again. 

The proof is in the pudding, as they say. So I challenged myself to create a daytime look with one brush. I chose the PS Primark Eye Contour Brush for the look as it's the perfect mix of sturdy enough to get colour on and fluffy enough to blend it out. For the price of £1. Seriously...get it in your life now! (Rose gold too.....)

As you can see, I chose a subtle daytime look with a darker outer V. I started with blending different shades of brown into my crease. At this point, I didn't need to shadow switch as I was getting progressively darker. Then I packed on some dark brown into the outer V. If I'd blended at this point, it would have been a smudgy mess. I simply buffed my brush into the shadow switch then used THE SAME BRUSH to blend out my dark shadow.

After that, I decided my crease needed warming up so I cleaned my brush and added some warm brown. No transfer or cross contamination in sight. 

The last job I did, with the same brush, was to highlight my brow bone and inner corner with a matte white eyeshadow. No transfer again. 

After this, I was properly curious to see how good it could be on dark eyeshadows or with different style brushes so I used a white sheet of paper, five different brushes and a variety of shadows from Makeup Revolution Flawless 2 palette. 

As you can see, there really is minimal shadow left on the brush after cleaning with Shadow Switch and I had to press really hard to get these marks at all. 

All in all, this is a product I would heartily recommend. It works. Simple as that!

What are your must have beauty tools?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

(The Shadow Switch was sent to me by Beauty Essentials in order to test it. All opinions and blended eyeshadows are my own)


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