Freedom! I don’t know why that makes me think of the 70’s – bell bottom jeans, hippies, John Lennon glasses, holding hands going “Freeedommm!”
But anyway, Inglot’s Freedom System is precisely that. You have the freedom to choose the size of palette you want (smallest is a duo, largest holds 40 shadows), the colours you want, and arrange them in any manner you wish! I would prefer though if they could make palettes or pans for eyeshadows and blush fit into one compact palette. But I got around that! <- clever me *pats self on back*
Here are my Inglot Freedom System palettes. I got quads because I like the portability and flexibility it gives, and I liked the size too. Once I got 1 quad, it only made sense to get another so I could stack them. One note however, the quads, as well as the eyeshadow pans are actually rectangular not square. It looks like a square but it really isn’t. Sneaky! Got more pictures and swatches for you below.
Here’s how the palettes look like when stacked.
Like so. Genius! They take up so little space – love it! You wouldn’t think there are 8 eyeshadows in this compact little stack, would you? And here’s another view. Spot the difference!
You can keep stacking it as high as you want – the magnets are strong and they hold on tight. I tried bashing about the case a bit. It doesn’t budge once put together. Very nice!
You can’t stack different sized palettes though. They only stack up properly when the magnets are lined up and as this following picture will show, the 2 pan palette does not line up with the 4 pan palette and so they do not stack up properly. Boo!
The semi-opaque cover is fixed with magnets at the corners. Actually, you can see right where the magnets are i.e. the shiny bits. And they are really really strong. So if they are so strong, how would you open the palette? To open, my suggestion is to slide it out from one corner – physics at work. Haah! didn’t see that coming did you? 😛
Once you separate the magnets from each other, they open up very easily. Try to pull it apart and you will have a problem on your hands. So slide…. The cover detaches fully but you can keep them on while you use the products by attaching them with the magnets as per the 1st picture above.
The first comment I had when I saw the pans was “Oh my! They are so big!” The pans are RM28 each. Taking size into consideration, that is RM28 very well spent. Each pan is large. The metal pan will stick to any magnetic palette so you don’t really need to buy the Inglot palettes. You can stick them into your own palette and save the money for even more eyeshadow pans. But I like things to look complete.
I’m repeating the 1st picture here for ease of reference.
The first palette I built is on the left. I knew what I wanted. I wanted a versatile palette that I could carry around easily with minimum fuss and which had to contain a light shade, dark shade and a blush. The blush pans however, are rectangular like Shu Uemura blush pans, and do not fit into the quads. So what did I do? I picked a matte peach-pink shade shadow and that, Ladies, is my blush! Its a very lovely colour on the skin and if I’m feeling terribly adventurous, I can also use it as eyeshadow! *pats self on back for being a genius* 😛
Inglot Freedom System eyeshadows: (1) 419 Pearl (olive green-brown with shimmer) (2) 45 Shine (sparkly yellow) (3) 361 matte (matte peach pink) (4) 451 Pearl (dark grey with shimmer)
The yellow shade also works wonderfully as an undereye highlight, and it plays very well with the olive green and the dark grey. You can wear it light for the day, or go dark for the evening. Best of all, because its compact, you can tote it around quite easily. I’m very happy with this palette and if you want to dupe it, get these shades 😉
I built the other palette on the right because I couldn’t decide whether to get one of the shades – but I decided to because Sunway Pyramid is just too far for me to get to again and I wanted to maximise my time there.
Inglot Freedom System eyeshadows : (1) 463 Double Shine (sparkly beige neutral) (2) 465 Double Shine (sparkly brown) (3) 460 Double Shine (sparkly taupe) (4) 467 Double Shine (sparkly beige) (5) 431 Pearl (shimmery light pink) (6) 434 Pearl (shimmery dark purple)
The light pink also acts as a highlighter for the eyes, to line the lower lid and as a very light pink blush. Actually it does not show up very pink on the skin, so it sort of failed in that last regard.
Texture wise, I echo the praise everyone has heaped on Inglot eyeshadows. Their quality belies their prices! They swatch very beautifully and very pigmented straight off the pan (all swatches here were done with just 1 swipe) and I personally prefer their shimmer shadows or even the sparkly Double Shine shadows. The matte colours, I feel, could do with a little more work because they look gorgeous in pan, but do not apply as smoothly.
The 4 pan palette retails at RM28 and each shadow retails at RM28 so a quad will set you back RM140. I have a duo which isn’t pictured here although you can see the swatches in the 2nd swatch picture (Swatches #1 and #2) and I think that is quite enough for one to tote around very easily and create multiple looks. I’ll show it to you in a separate post.
In a nutshell
Inglot Freedom System eyeshadows are very pigmented and offer very good value for money. They apply very smoothly and feel smooth to the touch but not too soft. They aren’t powdery and blend very easily. There is a very wide array of colours available in different textures – matte, shine, double shine and pearl. I feel the shimmer colours apply better than the matte colours which can be hit or miss. One blue matte shade was particularly disappointing being chalky and lacking pigment. The Freedom System palettes are very sturdy but only fit Inglot eyeshadows. The magnets are very strong and palettes of the same size stack up into a very compact system. Absolutely worth taking a look.
Pros: Pigmented blendable colours, Smooth texture, Shimmer shades apply very pigmented and blend very easily, Palettes are very sturdy and the magnet is very strong to hold everything in place, Palettes of similar shape can be stacked up into a very portable compact palette
Cons: Palettes of different sizes do not stack up evenly, Some matte eyeshadow shades are chalky and lack pigment, Palettes cannot fit eyeshadows and blush together, Colour names cannot be ascertained without removing the pan from the palette
That last con right there – did you see it? You won’t know what colours are in your palette unless you lift the pans out of the palette to see what’s printed underneath. That would be a pain if you plan to build another palette and do not want to duplicate your colours. So, what do you do? Let me show you 😉
The base of the palette is a matte black. All you need is a pencil to jot down the colour numbers on the back of your palette in accordance to how they are placed, et voila! Problem solved 😀 The good thing about using a pencil is that you can easily erase it should you switch colours. Now say it with me – Genius! 😛
So, have you gone and checked out the Inglot shadows yet? What size palette did you get? 😀 I’m going to show you how I move my Freedom System eyeshadows around in a separate post – exciting stuff 😛
Inglot Freedom System eyeshadow singles retail at RM28 each. The 4 pan palette retails at RM28 each. Inglot is only available at time of writing at the Inglot store at Sunway Pyramid.