Wow I’m so happy it’s the weekend again.
I love being at home. Spending time with the kids, organising my stuff, blogging and playing with makeup. I mean, who wouldn’t want to do that everyday. Having freedom to do as you please, when you please. Well it might not be that way in every factor of my life, but it brings me on to my product of today, the Inglot Freedom Lip Palette.
For many, many months I’d casually stroll through the beauty counters at Edgars, noticing but not approaching the Inglot counter. I think it was their overwhelming shade selection and not so exciting packaging that deterred me. Knowing I needed lipsticks when doing makeup for clients, I bought a few MAC lipsticks to add to my kit. The problem arose when I thought of mixing colours together since I couldn’t own every shade MAC had to offer. I hate the transfer left behind when layering lipstick directly on my lips and you just don’t get enough product off a matte lipstick with a lip brush. I got a few ideas from Youtube where I could cut and depot my lipsticks into my own palette, like a washed out face paint palette, but that looked way too messy and to be honest, I love my MAC bullets just the way they are.
So I went shopping with my friend Prativa, who is a fellow beauty blogger and makeup artist, and she introduced me to the Inglot Freedom System. It wasn’t something I knew about and I’m gonna give you some insight in to it (because that’s what blogs are for, right?)
Firstly, Inglot is a Polish brand that was founded over 30 years ago. They have stores all over the world and their products are used on the runways of Fashion Week to the stages of Broadway musicals. The brand boasts and amazing 1 500 colours in their range which can be used to enhance eyes, improve lips and portray the face.
Enter the Freedom System. This revolutionary step has brought Inglot to the forefront of being one of the most customisable brands. The concept is brilliant yet so simple. You choose your palette, ranging from 1 slot up to 40 in some stores, and then start choosing your products. There is a range of lipsticks, eyeshadows, brow products, concealers, face powders, some to highlight and contour and so much more. You can mix and match to create your own palette and then pay a set price. I got a special where if I chose 10 products to fill the palette, I received the palette for free. Now you might be noticing I only have 9 shades in mine but that’s because the lady at the counter gave me a duplicate instead of the one I requested, yet the box indicated the shade I wanted. Anyways, let me put it in to perspective using eyeshadows, since MAC don’t offer lipstick refill pans.
If you purchase a 10 shadow customised MAC palette, you pay R140 for 1.5g of product and you pay R300 for the palette itself. That’s a total of R1400 + R300 = R1700 for 15g.
The Freedom System eyeshadow refill costs R99 for 2.7g and if you don’t get the palette for free it still costs only R199. That’s R990 + R199 = R1189 for 27g of product. Almost double you receive from MAC for excellent quality.
I’ve only purchased the lip palette thus far but I’m saving up to buy myself an eyeshadow palette as well. I’ve swatched dozens of shades since discovering the brand a few months back and the eyeshadows are super soft and creamy, definitely what you would refer to as buttery. Until then, I’d love to share the lipstick shades I purchased with you.
For my palette I decided to do a range of colours that would suit most skin tones and give me the ability to mix and match as I need. I chose 5 cream shades and 5 matte shades. The cream lipsticks contain Vitamin E and apricot kernel oil whilst the matte lipsticks contain macadamia nut oil and avocado butter to moisturise and protect the lips. The non-sticky, long lasting formula provides easy and even application. All the shades I chose are opaque with one swipe and the darker shades leave behind a tint which looks beautiful even if the lipstick fades.
Now on to the pros and cons of the palette.
Firstly a pro would be that it is super affordable for the quality and quantity of the product you are buying. The magnetised palette cover is thick and the magnets below the pans are strong so the pans hardly shatter even if the palette is dropped. The ability to customise the shades you want all in one palette and the ease of travelling with a purse sized palette with every shade on hand.
Cons on the other hand are few and far between. Let’s just say I’m being pedantic. The packaging of the palette, durable and well thought out as it may be, is still bland and what can I say, meh! There are no names for each of the shades so you have to remember numbers when going out to repurchase. The ladies at the Inglot counters have magnets on hand so when I tried to see what shades I had purchased, I had to pry them out with a paper clip because the lid magnet is not string enough to lift each pan. Let’s just say you run the risk of digging holes into the beautiful product. BIG NO NO.
Overall, the pros outweigh the cons for me and it really does make transporting easier when going out to clients or going on holiday.
If you haven’t yet checked out the Inglot counter, I suggest you do so ASAP.
You can check the list for a store closest to you (International baby).
If you have tried any of their products, lemme know what you think…
LOTS OF LOVE!
Belle BluSHH <3