I have not always been a big of fan of Almay. They were literally the most forgettable brand in the drugstore aisle. Usually tucked all the way in the back of the makeup department and consisting of a few shelves of beige looking foundations, they were easy to miss. However, as it happens, I am a big fan of their Brow Pencil, having once gotten a buy one get one free coupon and not really impressed by anything on their shelves at the time, settled on this pencil with a sigh. It sat in my makeup cart for months until I ran out of my Anastasia Dip Brow and in a moment of desperation reached for the pencil and was like “Ok. I see you, Almay.”
Well, long story short, I got to the itty bitty end of my brow pencil and hopped on over to Amazon to order a new one and saw these cute, little jewel-like eyeshadow quads and decided on a whim to purchase them. They seemed to have a variety of colors, and even though the bright teal one looked really promising, it was out of stock, so I settled on the purple, bronze and champagne quads.
The Shadow Squads are supposed to offer you a monochromatic look, which I hear is supposed to be all the rage these days, but honestly, I’m sure that you can definitely buy a few and create a unique colorful look for $6.99 a quad on Amazon. I think that’s a good price for what you are getting because, folks, these shadows are really nice!
Molded into a lego block, each little square has it’s own shade tone and texture. So you have a matte, satin, shimmer and glitter all within the same color scheme that will help you create a multidimensional monochromatic look. The shades are creamy to the touch and I found no problems with blending them into my crease and lids. In fact, I loved the look!
My favorite out of the three I purchased is the purple quad called Making a Statement. In less than five minutes, I created a simple look using just this one tiny palette and every time I peeked into the rearview mirror on my way to work, I was mentally giving myself a wink and thumbs up. I simply blended the satin color (lower right) on the crease. Darkened up the outer V and lower lash line with dark matte (upper left). Dabbed some of the shimmer (lower left) all over lid and then a bit of the glitter shade (upper right) in the center. I then broke into the pinky champagne quad called Never Settle, and used a bit of the shimmer shade (lower left) on the inner corner. Done!
The quads are also super slim and light. If you happen to travel a lot, you can easily throw a few different colors in you makeup bag and save, not only a ton of space, but also lighten the load from carrying a bulky palette. Also, the quad has a magnetic closure, which I don’t know about you, but that pleases me immensely. I hate those plastic cases that you have to use your nails to pry open and, to be honest, sometimes it’s the little things that impress me the most.
If I have one negative thing to say about these cute little quads is that I wish Almay included a few more pops of colors. I love the purple and teal, but the rest of the colors in the collection are definitely more subdued and I would have loved to have seen a bright pink or maybe a green, but, baby steps! Maybe they will release some more colors for summer.
What do you guys think of Almay’s re-entrance into the makeup world? I’ve been following their Instagram lately and I see a lot of promise there, so I am excited to see what they have to offer.
Till next time, my friends!
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