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      21.06.2013 15:28
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      Overall a great value eyeshadow strong little pop

      =Boots 17 Eye Shadow Solo Pot= Boots 17 is an own brand Boots make up range, Boots have 3 ranges, the basic (and cheaper range) is the Natural Collection, the mid priced is the Boots No 17, and the top priced is the boots no 7 rnage. =Make Up= I have a selection of colours and styles, and one of my favourite shops is Boots, I buy from all the ranges, although my heart is in the No 7 range, my budget doesn't always follow. =Boots 17 Eye Shadow Single Pot= I sometimes prefer the single pots of eye shadows as you don't end up wasting a colour when you buy a trio. =Price= I paid £2.99 for this eye shadow, which I thought was good value. =Packaging= This is basic packaging, it is a small pot, about 3cm in diameter, and about 3cm in height, the bottom of the packet has the eyeshadow contained in it, it is a powder and is compressed in. The pot is black, and the lid is black but this has see-though parts so you can see the colour you are purchasing. The No 17 logo is on the little window in a silver colour, The pot is easy to open and does the job. =No Extras= There is no applicator or mirror with this pot. =To Use= I find this eye shadow works better with a sponge applicator than a brush, as the powder has been compacted, it applies easily to the eye, and evenly. =Colour= I have a pale lilac with this one, although I have other shades as well, as I can use the lilac by itself when I just want a quick look, or as a toner when I want the darker colour on the lower lids. =Good Choice= There was a good arrange of colours in the range as well as some glittery shade, so there is a choice for everyone. =Lasting Power= I find that the eye shadow stays on for about 6 hours, so I am pleased with that and the pot is small enough to carry in a make-up bag or a small purse so can be topped up easily enough. =A little goes a long way= A little of this goes a long way and I find the pot has been long lasting, and is quite strong, as it has been thrown around in luggage, in the make up bag, and still stays on one piece. =Would I recommend= Yes, to sum up, it is small but perfect.

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      10.05.2013 14:47
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      I really like it and want to put it on now!

      I love my make up and have far more than I need so choosing what to review today was difficult! I have a bulging make up bag with a variety of products from all different kinds of brands. I particularly love eye shadows and have lots of them so I can use them to blend together for different effects. This number 17 eye shadow is one which I like to wear for a special occasion because it is glittery. Why I bought it I bought this eye shadow about two years ago. I always get drawn to the make up when I am in Boots and cannot help myself so I'm always trying the samples. I was attracted to this particular one because it was glittery and I love glittery things! At the time it was summer and I had a few weddings to attend and I thought having some glittery eye shadow would be perfect. I tried a variety of different colours but the one I bought was a pale purple shade. I chose this one because I thought it was summery and it would blend well with a grey eye shadow I have. It was only £2.99 which I think is a good price to pay for the product. Packaging The packaging for this eye shadow is quite typical for a cheaper brand. Some of the expensive brands of eye shadows that I have come in really fancy pots with special applicators and little mirrors but this is very simple and that is fine for me. I have quite a few individual pots like this now from various cheaper brands and they work just fine. It is a small pot about the size of a 50p and about 3cm tall so it's not very big but the eye shadow is dense so actually it's a perfect size, you probably get more in it than you do in the more expensive ones actually which tend to be thinner and the packaging taken up with applicators and mirrors and things. The pot itself is black and the lid is also black but the top of it has a see-through part which makes it possbile to see into the pot so you can see the colour of the shadow. I only have the one in this brand but if I had more than one this would be really useful so I would know which colour it is that I am holding. The number 17 logo is on the little window too and that's silver along with some wording and that doesn't take away from being able to see in. It's a very sleek pot really, it's not fancy or special but I don't think it looks particularly cheap either. Using the eye shadow To use the eye shadow you untwist the lid to open it and it reveals the shadow inside. It is round like the pot and has a pattern on it which is a bit like rays of sunshine. Obviously over time as you use the shadow the pattern goes away but it's nice to see at first and shows you that it's not been tampered with in the shop too! It's almost right at the top of the pot which makes it really easy to use, I just have to wipe my finger over it to use it and the rim of the pot doesn't get in the way. As it begins to run out it will do but I do really like how smooth it is. You can choose how you use this, sometimes I apply it with my fingers but other times I use a brush it depends upon the effect I am hoping for on my eyes. When I use my finger I find that I need to use slightly more as it stays on my finger more than it does a brush. I run my finger along the shadow and it comes away from the pot and onto my finger fine without having to press hard. It feels very slightly grainy from the glitter but only in a very, very soft way which is good as that means it is not going to scratch my skin when I apply it. Transferring it from my finger to my eye lid is easy, I do have to press on a little more than I do with the brush but it does apply nicely and doesn't scratch despite the tiny bits of glitter within this. When I use a brush I find that the shadow comes away from the pot easier and sometimes it's easy to get too much onto the brush so before I apply this to my lids I dab it on a tissue to get rid of residue, if I don't do this then it tends to be harder to apply and ends up beneath my eyes! I like to blend my eyeshadows together so tend to use a darker colour along with this purple, I use a grey and it blends really well despite this one being glitter and the other one not. The look When applying this I really like it because it is glittery yet smooth. When I first tried it I wondered how well it would hold up over time and whether the glitter would end up falling and landing underneath my eyes and making me look a bit messy but I am happy to say it was really pleasing. The colour I have is a purple, it is slightly darker in the pot than it is on my lids but I think that that is quite normal for eyeshadows as they do tend to be that bit darker when all compressed in the pot. The purple on my lids is lavender and really pretty, it's lovely to use in the summer as it's light but the glitter gives it a lift which makes it perfect for special occasions. It is not a very glittery eye shadow, I have had some which are quite frankly dazzling and more for a night clubbing, this is a nice, pretty glitter that gives a lovely shine. It's not too fine that you can't see it though, it still catches the light and shines really nicely, it's a really lovely middle ground between dazzling and subtle so is just perfect for me. I do like the effect it has and as I have said previously it blends well with other shades too. I tend to use this as the main colour on my lid and blend in a darker colour at the edges. The texture is smooth despite the glitter and it doesn't gather together in one part- I have some shadows which are not very smooth and I find after a while it moves and gets all powdery looking at the creases of my eyes which is not a good look! The real test is whether this lasts a long time and it is impressive. It will not last an entire day but I am yet to find a cheap brand eye shadow in a pale colour that does but it does last a good few hours. I find that it remains perfect for about an hour or two and then after that it begins to fade a little but one thing I have noticed is that the glitter does not run or move, I do not end up with flecks of glitter under my eyes. When I wear this for a wedding or something I take it with me in my bag so I can apply a bit more if I need to after a few hours in and because it's only a small pot it's not a problem to do this at all so I don't mind that it doesn't have the longest staying power there is. Conclusion I have owned this now for about two years and think it is a lovely eye shadow. I tend to wear it for events because I don't like to wear much make up on a casual basis and find that a glittery eye shadow is a bit much for taking my little girl to school or doing the food shop! I think this is a perfect eye shadow to have for a special occasion especially in the summer as the shade I have is lovely and light. I don't think it's just for young people either, some really glittery eye shadows do tend to be best for young clubbers but this is a shadow which I think all ages can enjoy. My mum has used some before and I don't think it looked 'too young' for her so I think it will appeal to lots of people. It does just come in a pot with no applicator or anything with it but I like that it doesn't because I already have sponges and brushes that go with eye shadows so don't require any more and I like that this pot is just all about the shadow with no parts of it just dedicated to how to apply it. It's only a small pot so it's easy to then take along with me in my bag to an event. It has travelled well as it has been on several journeys with me but I do havea few friends who have dropped theirs and it's resulted in the shadow becoming lose and then making it hard to apply as it's a bit fly away then so I'm always really careful to make sure that it's well protected in my make up bag. I think buying this for under £3 is good value. I do not wear it all of the time but probably about twice a month and I still haven't got anywhere near the bottom of it yet so it's lasted me a good long time. I do like to buy expensive brands of make up too but find that this compares nicely to the more expensive brands, the only way it differs is the packaging really but the actual quality of the eye shadow itself is just fine! I really like it and just writing about it makes me want to start getting ready for a special occasion so I can wear some more! Available from Boots in various shades.

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      22.05.2012 22:48
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      very good value range of eyeshadows from boots

      The number 17 range is a make up range by boots. They do everything from eyeshadows to lipgloss, nail varnish to mascara. The number 17 range is usually one of the cheapest ranges of make up you will find in boots and is great value for money. I have bought several things from the boots number 17 range including the eyeshadow pots and I am very pleased with the range as a whole The eyeshadow pots come in a huge variety of colours from subtle nudes and browns to vibrant purples greens and blues as well as sparkly silvers and golds. I have owned quite a few different colours from the range and I like to try different colours every now and again. The eyeshadow pots are circular and are a bit bigger than a 10p piece, they are made of black plastic and have a clear plastic lid so you can see the colour inside. The lid twists off easily and you get a good amount of eye shadow within the pot. The eyeshadow is in a powder form and can be applied to your eyes with a makeup sponge or brush or even your finger. I find that the eyeshadow lasts very well and I only need to apply it once before I go out. The current price per eyeshadow pot in boots is £3.89 which is a great price, some brand named eyeshadows can cost you up to £10 or more which I think is shocking! I would definately rather save my pennies and buy the boots number 17 eyeshadow pots. Overall I would definately recommend these eyeshadow pots, the price is great, the colour range is excellent so there is likely to be a colour to suit everyone and every ocassion, so definately worth giving them a go.

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      12.11.2011 19:57
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      Brilliant addition to any make up bag

      I love make up, show me a woman who doesn't. Most weekends I like to browse the beauty section of Boots and see what I can find to add to bulging make up bag, I have enough make up really but of course I can't resist buying new stuff so I can keep up with the latest trends and looks. I adore cheap make up, I don't see the point in forking out £20 for a lipstick or £30 for a foundation. It's been proven time and again that they are no better or more long lasting than their cheaper counterparts so I am more than happy to be a skinflint. Boots 17 is one of my favourite brands. The formulations are easy to apply and suit my skin well, I never suffer skin irritations or spots when using it. The prices are very reasonable too which every thing in the range within my budget. I never like to spend more than £10 on a make up item and Boots 17 items are perfect for this. Their eyeshadows are particularly good, I like their individual ones that come in little round pots. They cost just a few pence over £3 which is a bargain in my book. The pots have a screw on lid which has a good tight fit ensuring no spillage of the contents. The pot also feels nice and sturdy, not cheap and plasticy. For this reason you could keep the pot in your handbag without worrying about it breaking and making a mess everywhere. The pots don't come a with an applicator, this doesn't bother me as I don't tend to use them anyway, I prefer to use my fingers to apply eyeshadow. The power is set into the pot with a cute fan effect, of course this won't last long as you rub away the powder but it's a nice touch and not one I would expect from a budget brand. The powder itself has a light pleasant fragrance and blends easily when applied. it does settle slightly into the lines in my eyelids but then I am getting on a bit, 32 aint young anymore is it?! The powder lasts all day and is still in place when I get home from work, I find this impressive as my skin can get greasy and a lot of other brands I have tried haven't lasted more than a couple of hours without fading. I would recommend this eyeshadow to anyone on a budget, or simply those who want a good value product that lasts.

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      27.10.2011 14:01
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      Glitter Eye-shadow from Boots.

      ***BOOTS 17*** The 17 range is only available to buy from boots as it is their own brand. This is a fantastic cosmetic range which is good quality and also affordable. The range includes Eye-liners, Eye shadows, Mascara, Foundation, Bronzer, Powders, Lipstick, Glosses, Nail Varnish and Nail Care, Self tanning products and they do accessories which includes make up brushes, cosmetic bags/cases, false nails and more. Very often with the 17 range if you spend over a certain amount you will get a free gift such as a cosmetic set or other single item such as an eye-shadow or mascara. The 17 range is cheaper than other cosmetic brands and their items are as just as good quality. I have been using the 17 range for well over 5 years now and they continue to bring out new products and different shades and types of products to suit everyone. Although I may not use their products every single day, I am always on the look-out for new items and promotions on the 17 range. ***GLITTER EYE-SHADOW*** I first tried the glitter eye-shadow which was free with a set because I spent over a certain amount and ever since then I have continued to buy the product and even try different colours. The eye shadow range is individual ports of vibrant colour with added glitter which makes your eyes sparkle. The eye shadows come in 8 different colours which includes pink, blue, silver, green, gold and other colours as well. All the eye-shadows are fragrance free and dermatologically tested. For one pot of this eye-shadow it will cost you £3.49, which I think is reasonable. ***USING THE EYE-SHADOW*** The eye-shadow comes in a black plastic pot which has a clear screw lid. On the back of the pot it will have the name of the colour on. For example the colour I use is called Style queen and is a nice white/silver shade. The eye-shadow can be applied easily using a small brush or a foam applicator which I find easier as you can have more control where you want to apply the product. It glides across your eye-lid with minimal effort. I wanted my colour a bit stronger so I applied another layer over the top, how-ever this might not be the case with the darker/stronger colours. I used this eye-shadow for a night out on the town and it lasted all night with no need to re-apply, so it definitely has staying power which is brilliant. To remove the eye-shadow I simply used a facial wipe and it just came off very easily. Considering I wore this eye-shadow for at least 7-8hrs it caused no irritation to my eyes at all. Sometimes I find that some eye-shadows can make your eyes dry (I have had this may times before), how-ever this product didn't make my eyes dry at all. ***OVERALL OPINION*** I love this product and I think it's the best eye-shadow I have used in a long time. I don't use the eye-shadow every day as I only use it when I have nights out on the town which is every few weeks. Depending on how often you use the shadow will depend on how it lasts but because I only use mine once every few weeks it last's me for ages. If you compare this to other brands, this has staying power which lasts all night, causes no irritation to eye's and it's also affordable and comes in a range of different colours as well. I would highly recommend other's to try this eye-shadow and even other products in the 17 range. I currently use their liquid foundation and their pressed powder and it's perfect for my skin. You could even use different coloured shadows and blend them together to create different effects and colours. This is a product I will continue to buy and I will also be trying some of the other colours in this range as well. (review also on ciao)

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        01.07.2011 19:53
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        A Great Eyeshadow - the colour range caters for fashion and subtle tastes - great!

        The thing that always attracts me to look at the No. 17 make-up section of Boots is all the pretty colours of eyeshadow. There are a wide variety of fashionable shades, so there will be something to appeal to everyone. I was seriously drawn to them though in the months before my wedding. I was looking for something very special and, as everything was on a budget, the price was a consideration. Shopping with my friend, I saw a couple of metallic shades which immediately caught me eye. I saw there was a 2 for £5 offer and was smitten. The shades I picked were "Statuesque" and "Mardi Gras". Coming in a dinky round pot framed in black plastic with "17 Eyes" printed on the otherwise clear lid, these eyeshadows provide great value for money and lovely lasting colour. Statuesque is a metallic pinky-beige colour that shimmers subtly on the skin, and Mardi Gras is a darker shimmery brown. Together, they created the perfect smoky eyes look for me. They really sat well and lasted throughout the whole of my wedding day - the only thing not flagging at the end of the day was this eyeshadow! The eyeshadows are lovely and soft to the touch, giving a good amount of colour to the applicator or fingertips. This colour transfers well to the skin. On applying a second colour, they blend really well together and don't slide to the corners of your eyes. This colour lasts very well indeed. There are currently 16 shades in the 17 range, varying from a lovely sea blue to a vibrant pink, with all the earth tones and neutrals in between. The shades are: Viva Diva Violet Rock Midnight Pearl Rose Quartz Gold Emerald Green Glimmer Mardi Gras Walnut Pearl Darkness Statuesque Ivory Coast Seagreen Splash Funfair Regal Punky Purple Shocking Pink There is a small downside to my mind - because they are a small pot of colour they don't come with an applicator so you have to have some already or use a fingertip. Using a fingertip does work well and as there isn't much room in the packaging it isn't too much of a nuisance. They are priced at £3.89 in Boots at the moment. Plus you get the Boots points too - on the other hand they're a great treat with a few saved Boots points too. I would definitely recommend these over some other more expensive eyeshadows and prefer these to Avon. The range of colours appeals to both younger as well as more mature tastes, and the fact the eyeshadow is nice and silky means it doesn't drag over delicate skin and sits well.

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        01.05.2011 12:28
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        A great eyeshadow at a decent price

        My make up collection is large and extensive and I am not particularly loyal to just one brand. I normally opt to go to Boots for my make up as it is the nearest store with the widest selection. One thing I have quite a lot of are eyeshadows of all kinds and varieties whether solo pots or duos I like having a variety of colours and shades. On a shopping trip recently I was in the make up area of Boots and came across there No 17 range which is a range I dabble in now and again but normally for lip gloss. They have a lovely display of their new shades of eyeshadows in the solo pots collection. Metallic colours are very "now" and I just so happened to see shades I didn't own! No 17 is a Boots only brand and is the younger sister of the No 7 range and is therefore less expensive making it more affordable to more people. It has a wide and varied selection which does offer something for everyone. The range of eyeshadows I bought from are known as 'Solo Eye Shadow' as basically you simply get one colour! I ended up buying three shades; Rose Quartz, Funfair and Gold Emerald but there are 16 gorgeous shades to choose from which I think is a great selection but they don't all suit the metallic theme as I said above and within the shades there are some quite bold colours and then there are more simple, understated tones ideal for day and work wear. The eyeshadow simply comes in a black matt plastic pot which has a black screw on top which has a clear 'window' so you can see the colour of the eyeshadow. There is the simple '17' logo on top of the pot lid and also features the word 'eyes' underneath. On the base of the pot there is the shade name, ingredients and contact info for Boots. Even though the packaging is simple it suits the No 17 range. Applying the eyeshadow is obviously really easy. It can be applied by brush or finger tip. I prefer to use my finger tip as I find it blends easier but that is of course personal preference. Unlike other eyeshadows the solo eyeshadows do not come with an applicator so if you do like to use a sponge applicator then make sure you have your own or buy some to apply it. I apply the eyeshadow over Lemon Aid by Benefit as I like the primer effect it gives and I also find my eyeshadow lasts longer. I do have some eyeshadows which don't last or that crease and look awful so it can be hit or miss. Two of the shades that I have are quite dark although light enough for day wear but of course with dark eyeshadows if applied incorrectly you can look like you have a black eye so it is important that you apply correctly and blend. The two I own blend well and are actually lighter in colour once on the skin and the lighter shade I own is actually brighter on skin than in the pot! All three are easily blended to give a nice, even coverage on the eyelid and it doesn't effect the primer underneath nor do I get the black eyed look. I find that all the shades I own last for some considerable time although after about 6 hours if I am still out then I do need to re-apply to brighten up the colour so it looks a bit fresher but even if I left it the colour is still very much visible and it hasn't creased which is great. I can't really complain about the Solo Eyeshadows at all. The colours I own are nice and perfectly suitable for my tastes and they last. Albeit they do need to be re-applied to maintain their colour but this is hardly a problem as I am never normally out the house for over 6 hours as it is so that doesn't both me! The eyeshadow is easy to apply and you don't need to use a lot of it to get an even coverage or to get the colour. It doesn't crease on the eyelids which is great and it doesn't rub off easily. But to remove it comes away in one gentle sweep with a wipe and leaves nothing behind. I really can't fault these eyeshadows and are actually better than a lot of the more expensive ones I own. At £3.89 per pot they are inexpensive and they last for quite some time. Definitely a recommendation from me!

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        07.03.2011 17:01
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        A great little pot of eyeshadow from no 17

        At Christmas time, I was looking for little nicknaks for friends and family to finish off presents, and knowing that my sister loves makeup I was having a look around Boots and decided to take up a 3 for 2 offer that they had on, at the time, on all no 17 products. Now, I am a big fan of Maybelline and Max factor, and although I don't wear a lot of make up on a daily basis, I would usually purchase from either of these brands, but with this offer on, I decided to get a few gifts and take the third item, that would come free for myself. One item that i was needing in my make up bag was some new eye shadow, and so as my third free item, I picked up one of these Boots no 17 solo eyeshadow pots, which retail at just under £4 for a rather small pot. This isn't bad value however when you have a look around at the price of some other eye shadows on the market. THere was a vast range of colours on offer in this no 17 range, which impressed me, but in the end I opted for the 'punky purple' colour, which obviously enough is a rather vibrant purple. THe good thing about the range on offer however is that you can opt for a more natural neutral colour for during the day, but then pick another more vibrant colour for the evening. THere is something for everyone in the range. Another thing that I like about the pot itself, is that it may be small, but that has its advantages, in that it is easily put into the smallest of handbags, rather than a larger compact case. This little pot does not come with its own brush and so although it may pop into your handbag, you may still need your own brush to apply the product. When you unscrew the glass lid, the eyeshadow is initially designed in a fanfair style, but obviously with use this dimishes, but it looks the part anyhow. I have found with this little pot that I need to apply it to my eyelids using a proper eyeshadow brush, rather than my fingers. On previous occasions with other eye shadows I have been ale to blend the shadow with my fingers, but I find you really do need a brush to get a good amount onto your eyelid, and to get the right application. When I first applied this eyeshadow, I was rather concerned that it was very very loud and vibrant, and just not me. Other shades of purple eyeshadow that I had previously used were never as bold as this one. However, the shadow does seem to settle quickly, and after a few minutes of wearing it, I don't find it just as bright and vibrant. Don't get me wrong, I obviously want some colour on my lids, but it was just a little bit more than I was used to previously. My problem with a lot of eye shadows previously has always been that they both fade and end up in creases on your lids. I have to say, that since using this product, never once have I noticed any creases of the shadow on my eye lids. Yes, it does fade gradually as the day/evening goes on, but even hours later I can still see the purple tone on my lids. The shadow looks professional however since it doesn't crease and I was very impressed with that, especially since it is only an everyday product, rather than a very costly designer one. All in all, I will certainly purchase more of these no17 eyeshadow solo pots, as firstly I think they have a great range of colours on offer, and I think I will get some mroe neutral colours to wear to work, and secondly, the colour is strong but lasts a good length of time, and most importantly it doesn't crease on my lids.

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          19.02.2011 15:11
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          Great value shadows with good colour choice

          I don't really wear eyeshadow that often but when I do I like to go for bold and bright colours that will really make my eyes stand out. The Boots 17 range has some brilliant colours that I've just had to buy as soon as I saw them because they just sit there screaming out at me from the shelves! They cost £3.89 each for these single pots but they have regular offers on which make them even cheaper and better value to buy. The pots are quite plain really, just a little black plastic pot with a screw on lid that has a see-through top so you can see the colour inside. On the top it just says 17 eyes on the see through bit in black writing, it's not as funky and interesting as a lot of the 17 packaging but it still looks good. The eyeshadow feels soft and it comes easily onto a brush or shadow applicator, you don't need to spend ages scraping away at it like some where the powder is harder and more solid. It's easy to get different looks with it from more natural to really dramatic just by using more or less. The colour goes on well to the eyelid and it doesn't take forever to build up the colour I want because the pigment is good in these. They're easy to apply and don't go all over when you're applying them or drop onto your cheeks, the powder sticks well to the brush and then to your skin without falling off in between. Unlike a lot of cheap end eyeshadows that can feel quite powdery and dry these ones feel smooth and soft and glide easily onto the skin feeling really silky. They don't feel like they're drying out my skin and I don't feel like I'm caked in makeup. They last really well on my eyes too and I don't feel like I need to touch up or reapply it at all even if I apply it first thing in the morning and leave it on all day. It does come off easily with cleanser or makeup wipes though so you don't have to scrub at your eyes. The colour choice is really good with these and they do both matt and shimmery finishes so you're sure to find something to suit. I really love the 'punk purple', 'seagreen splash', and 'green glimmer' shades for a really bright and dramatic look, but there are also some nice muted natural shades.

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            17.02.2011 17:05
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            Fun eyeshadows at a decent price.

            I'm not very adventurous when it comes to eyeshadows - the bright, sparkly colours available always catch my eye and tempt me as they look so beautiful, but I am really not blessed with the colouring to carry these off. I know this. Therefore, I continually find myself browsing through the brown shades available - variations on a theme I know, and quite a boring one at that - but this is more difficult than it sounds! Over the years, I have purchased browns of varying shades and varieties (metallic, matt, glitter filled, cream based) and have encountered more than a few disasters along the way! My make up bag is filled with many different brands, I have no feelings of loyalty to any, but when I find a product I like, I tend to keep coming back to it. Where eyeshadows are concerned, Boots 17 is the brand for me. By the very nature of the brand, it can only be found in Boots stores (or online via their website). I would say that, price wise, this is a middle range brand with some quite nice, good value products. Their eyeshadow collection is pretty vast, you can purchase them as trios (so usually three complementary colours, although looking at some - not always!) or solos, which is what I purchase and what I am reviewing here. The solo pots cost £3.89 for a pot which is about the size of a 50p piece (but rounded!). This isn't bad value when compared to other brands, and for even better value you can usually pick these up on a special offer too. For example, 17 products are on a 3 for 2 offer at the moment. The pot is a nice size to easily fit in your makeup bag or is even robust enough to slot straight in your handbag. The pot is black plastic in colour, with a clear perspex lid with a black rim so that you can see the colour of the eyeshadow through it. The lid twists off to reveal the powder. The solos come in 16 different colour varieties, so it would appear that there is something for everyone available - from daring pinks and greens (I should imagine aimed at the younger market) through to blues, whites and greys. I use the 'Mardi Gras' shade which is, as you guessed, a dark brown shade. The powder inside the pot has an eyecatching pattern on top - I would describe this like rays of light emanating from the centre of the powder. This catches the light and makes the powder appear rather more glittery than it actually is. The powder itself is not completely matt, but it is not overly sparkly either. This pattern is obviously only for effect, but it's a nice touch none-the-less. So, on to application - as these are solo pots they do not come with any sponge applicator. I apply mine using an eyeshadow brush, which I scrape very lightly over the top of the powder. I find that this picks up plenty of product to colour my eyelids sufficiently. As the colour is quite strong, only a little is required to give even the most dramatic of looks. This in turn means that a pot can last a long time - I've had mine six months and I've still got well over half the powder left and I wear this more or less every day. The application is easy, the powder goes on smoothly and sticks to the lids well, it is also easily blended if you are going for a dramatic smokey eyed look. There is a slight glitter look to it (although not actual bits of glitter in my shade - I know others, for example the silver shade, do have a bit more) but this is quite subtle and just means that the eyeshadow is quite versatile - suitable for daywear but can be applied more heavily for night eyes. The eyeshadow really does last all day, which is a major plus for me. In the past, I've used powder based eyeshadows that have worn off during the day and just left an unattractive crease mark of powder on my lids. I have never experienced that problem with this product, and am very impressed with the longevity of one application. I think that 17 eyeshadow solos are great value for money and, for the more adventurous amongst you, there are some great shades available too. Definitely recommended.

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              13.02.2011 16:56

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              Pretty, simple eyeshadow

              The 17 eyeshadows are one of my favourite budget eyeshadows so far. The powder sticks well even on bare skin, and gives an even coating which is easily blended and isn't too brash or vulgar. Most of the eyeshadows have a faint, pretty shimmer and the colours are overall very flattering. The packaging is compact and appears to be robust - I have had far too many make-up pots which crack under the lightest strains and spill their contents everywhere, but this has yet to happen to these ones! The pots also contain a generous amount of powder. I will definitely be buying more colours in this range. I also own two of their 3-colour variations (in green/gold and brown/peach), which are available for about £5.50, and these are highly recommended; they give a subtle tone and the three complimentary colours mean that you can try out different looks easily.

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              22.11.2010 12:47

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              A good eyeshadow at a good price

              This eyeshadow is very good value for money. I only paid £3.89 for one and it is well worth the money. One of the things that I really like about this eyeshadow is that it comes in loads of different colours. There are bright colours like greens, blues and purples and also subtle colours like browns and greys. There is something for everyone in this range and although it is aimed at younger people there are some nice shades for older people too. The pot even though it is small has lasted me ages and I will be buying some more as they are really good for experimenting with different shades. I have it in a brown colour which is a very nice strong colour. I really like the fact that when I apply it I don't need to use a lot to create a nice strong colour but because I have it in brown it still looks chic and subtle. I find the powder to be nice and thick and is not too fine so it doesn't end up all over my face when I apply it. The colour also lasts really well and most days I don't need to reapply it. It also doens't crease on my eyelids or rub off easily so it still looks good in the afternoon. I would definately recommend trying these especially if you are younger as the bold bright colours look really striking and a lot of fun.

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              06.11.2010 21:51
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              Subtle touches of shade.

              I love Boots 17 make up. It is one of my favorite ranges. It is so affordable that you can try ranges and shades you wouldn't have thought of before and don't have to worry about wasting the money if the risk is a little too much. The range is aimed at younger people as the colours are very bright, modern and fashionable, and they do less of the classic colours, like some other ranges do. For example Boots no 7 range which is more for mature people. 17 solo pot eyeshadows come in a wide range of colours, when I bought them I paid £2.99 per pot and they were on 3 for 2, so I got three colours for £6. They were colours I had already tried and tested in other sets and I wanted them in bigger pots so I could use even more. I bought deep purple, lilac and pink. Deep purple for nights out, and the lilac either for the day time or to blend with the deep purple. The pink was for the day time. You can get these shades in glittery shimmery colours, but the three I bougth were matt. I love the pink one. It is not too powdery and crumbly, and goes on my eyes easily. It is a very subtle colour, if I wanted it deeper I would have to build up many many layers, which would make me look over done and my eyes look wrinkly. I like it as a subtle colour though, but it would be a disappointment if you were expecting something different. The deep purple wasn't as striking either. It was dark, but it didn't have much depth, and thickness to it. That was fine for me for the price I paid, but I have since tried a MAC colour which is far more dramatic, but it is eight times the price! The eyeshadows last a long time. They wash off easily with make up remover and don't irritate my senstive eczema prone dry skin. For the price-these are great eyeshadows. Look out for all the offers Boots 17 does-they draw me in everytime!

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              30.07.2010 11:50
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              Another 5 Star Product

              I wish I could tell you a little paragraph about why and when I bought this but as reviewing is meant to be about honesty Ill tell the truth. I have no idea how this ended up in my house let alone in my make-up bag but since I found it a few weeks back I have started using it more regularly so even though its unexplainable presence in my house will remain a mystery whether its a good product or not should be answered by the end of this review. As readers of my reviews will know already I dont really experiment with eyeshadow if it isnt brown or black, maybe white at a push then I wont wear it - no reason why I just dont think many other colours suit me but I must have decided to be risky in this case because the shade I own isnt like me at all. Useful Information: Price: £3.50 Stockists: Boots Shades: Ivory Coast, Funfair, Sea Green Splash, Regal, Punky Purple, Shocking Pink, Statuesque, Darkness, Walnut Pearl, Mardi Gras, Green Glimmer & Viva Diva. The shade I personally own is Seagreen Splash which as you can imagine is a greeny blue shade that is quite shimmery - nothing like my usual colours I can tell you but I have started using it again recently as in the sunny weather brown and black can be a little to heavy. You are directed to apply this with your fingers but I find it much easier and less messy using a brush especially if your on the go you will get a much more even, bold colour if you use a brush in my opinion. This can be applied both dry all over the lid, wet all over the lid - for a bolder colour or wet slightly and used in place of an eyeliner but you do have to have a really steady hand for that so maybe not so great if your beginning. I have used it all of those ways and I think it works just as well however you apply it as the colour is still really bright and proper stands out. This colour really is highly pigmented and a small amount will still gibe you a block of solid colour rather than just a subtle sheen so one glide across your eyelid will cover it in colour with no need for a second coat - one tub will last a really long time I reckon even if you use it everyday. Although the colour I own is very bright I reckon it is still good for day wear - on a summery day I think it would be great but I do also think less is more if your using one of the brighter colours as otherwise you will end up looking like a clown! This tends to last around 4-5 hours on my eyes and lasts pretty much a whole day when I use primer so the staying power is amazing, its easy to apply, great range of shades & I love the colour - for £3.50 I think I got a bargain - so good I cant even remember it! Highly recommended try something new you might surprise yourself. Thanks For Reading x0 Salz 0x

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