For me Autumn is the best time of year for fashion and make up. It’s finally time to blow the dust off those ankle boots and chunky knits and to go back to my natural dark hair colour. Best of all is the opportunity to sport gold eyes and berry lips and just generally rock everything that bit darker and vamp it up before the Christmas glitter bomb arrives. As soon as we hit September I started looking at what products I could trial and share with you this Autumn so was delighted to be asked to trial this fantastic Motives Mavens Element Eye Palette by Motives representative Hannah Wilson.
As you can see the palette contains eight large shadows, which are the perfect colour range for creating multiple looks this season. There are four neutral shades for highlighting and filling the eyelid and four darker shades for shading and creating definition.
On the Motives website this palette is described as a “travel palette” however I have to say that it is a little larger, actually almost double or even triple the size of my usual travel palettes. It comes in a sleek slimline black palette which is 16cm x 10cm in size. Great to pack in your suitcase as it is lightweight and thin, but not ideal to carry in a smaller handbag or on a night out. There is however one huge advantage of the size of this palette and it comes when you open the lid… the biggest mirror!
I am usually pained my how small travel palette mirrors are so this one was a breath of fresh air. It has a firm hinge so you can literally stand the palette on any table and work your magic without having to figure out how to juggle your brushes and mirror whilst applying. So if you are looking for a multi purpose palette to take away on your travels this Autumn, then this palette by Motives is ideal for lengthy train or aeroplane journeys.
So practicality aside lets talk about the shadows shall we?
The eight shades are (Left to Right);
Top Row – Birch, Native, Aubergine, Raven
Bottom Row – Shell, Serene, Bordeaux, Truffle
What I personally love about this palette is that the natural tones of Birch, Native, Shell and Serene are perfect for creating a chic daytime look, but options to smoke it up are offered by the tones of Aubergine, Raven, Bordeaux and Truffle. The colour range is perfect for me being a ‘gal with dark hair and offers a varied amount of autumnal looks.
The best part for me was that the coverage was brilliant and only a very small amount of the shadow was required for maximum colour. I found the shadows to be very long lasting, versatile and buildable but best of all you get 3.54g of each eye shadow so the palette will last a really long time.
So how did it compare to my other “go to” palettes?
As an avid Urban Decay Naked palette/s fan I genuinely think this Motives palette is a contender without you having to compromise on quality. For me, one of the downsides of the Urban Decay palettes is that some of the shadows are that bit too shimmery and can be either too dramatic or very ageing, particularly if you suffer from wrinkles around the eye area. If you are someone who prefers a slightly more subdued look or suffers from wrinkles around the eye area then this Motives palette could be worth a try.
At £28.75 yes there are cheaper palettes on the market, but for the size and quality I don’t think you can go far wrong…
Has any one else tried Motives?
Jessica KG ♡
*This product was gifted to me by Hannah but all views are my own.