Cheap Thrills : Forever 21 Makeup Review with Swatches

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forever 21 eyeshadow review with swatches eye shadow
forever 21 eyeshadow review with swatches eye shadow


Forever 21 has been my go to for affordable fashion for years! From everything like dresses all the way down to sunglasses, Forever 21 is my go to when I'm in a pinch and need something cute and trendy. It's also my go to for budget pieces, when I don't want to spend a lot of money.


Although, I knew that Forever 21 had a few makeup items, I didn't realize they had so many different things until recently when I went into the store looking for earrings and ended up buying a few goodies to try out.  Of course, being the eye shadow fanatic that I am, I picked up a palette and two singles that looked very promising.


I’m not even going to lie, I didn’t have high expectations for either one of these products, but both pleasantly surprised me. I love to find hidden gems for the low and these are no exception.

Keep reading for my thoughts on these gems hiding in Forever 21


Velvet Metallic Eye shadow in Cocoa and Dusty Lavender $3.90

forever 21 eyeshadow review with swatches eye shadow

I primarily picked up this formula because the packaging reminded me of the Colourpop Super Shock eye shadows, but in practice they are very different. They are super pigmented, but have a much drier consistency than any Colourpop eye shadow. Even though they aren't as soft as Colourpop, they still have a smooth velvety texture that is super metallic on the eyes.  I love the muted colors that these come in, making them perfect for everyday wear. Cocoa is a warm chocolate brown with gorgeous bronze shimmer and really pops as a lid color. I think its suitable for a range of skin tones. I wore it to work on Friday and got so many compliments on my look. Dusty Lavender is a cool toned purple toned taupe with shimmer and is also very pretty and versatile. 

Overall, these wear beautifully and lasted all day on my primed lids. Unlike Coloupop, these go on better when applied with a flat brush as opposed to a finger. I also used a sticky primer for maximum pigmentation.  Beware, there is fine glitter in each shade, so if that's not your thing you may not like these.

12 Pan Eye shadow Palette $8.90

forever 21 eyeshadow review with swatches eye shadow


So this palette was definitely my favorite of the bunch. I was literally shocked at how much I enjoyed these eye shadows. The pigmentation of most these blew me away, with the exception of one dud (the matte white). These shadows literally felt almost wet when I went to swatch them and a few of the colors are duochrome and look amazing on the eye. My favorite shade in this palette is definitely very first white shade, that is actually a duochrome pink when swatched and is to die for especially on the inner corner of the eye. I used it in the center of my lid for the eyeshadow look and I like how the it showed up on my lids.

If you love shimmer shades like me, this palette will not disappoint you. These colors are perfect lid shades for a night out. Totally worth the $8.90 I paid.

All in all, I am so glad that I took a chance a tried out F21 makeup, it didn't disappoint. I'll for sure be picking up more things periodically. On a side note, I also noticed the Forever 21 online features so many awesome brands. I listed some of my favorites below. Feel free to check some of them out here or below! 


Have you ever tried out any Forever 21 Makeup? Drop your favorites below!

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24 comments

  1. Oh my goodness! You've got skills girl! I couldn't accomplish this if I tried!

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  2. I'm so impressed my these!
    I wasn't even aware that they did make up. I wish I had a store near me to check this out. It'll definitely be on my must try list!
    Thanks for sharing!

    www.seeweardo.co.uk/

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  3. Wow! I shop at Forever 21 all the time but I've always been suspicious of their makeup. I'm so glad you made this post- maybe next time I go I'll pick up a palette or two!
    -Emily
    http://norepeatsorhesitations.com

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  4. So many pretty colors to choose from!

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  5. I've never tried the Forever 21 makeup line, but this makes me want to! These swatches are absolutely gorgeous.

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  6. I've never tried any makeup from Forver21 but it looks legit!

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  7. That eyeshadow palette looks like it has great pigmentation! I always find that colors aren't as bright on my eyes as they look in their packaging.

    Tori

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  8. That eyeshadow looks so gorgeous on you. I've always been afraid to try Forever 21 makeup because I wasn't sure about the quality so I am happy to hear it surpassed your expectations. Going to have to try F21 eyeshadow now!

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  9. Ok I may live under a rock, but I totally didn't know Forever 21 had makeup!

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  10. I don't shop very often, but I did notice Forever 21 had makeup the last time I went and always wondered about the quality. Good to hear a few are great buys!

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  11. The pigmentation of that palette is so surprising! I may have to go check it out for myself!

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  12. That eyeshadow looks amazing on you!!! I never thought to try Forever 21's makeup.

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  13. Those colors look stunning on you!! I'm definitely a more natural/matte kinda girl, but I'll have to look into these for my sister in law!

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  14. It's been a while since I've been there. I had no idea they sold makeup!

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  15. Thanks for the review on the F21 Makeup! I would've never thought about getting some from there!

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  16. I haven't tried Forever21 makeup yet but I think I need to! I'm always browsing F21's site and love picking out cheap trendy pieces!

    XO, Chelsea
    http://effortlesslychicblog.com

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  17. I lovelovelove the colors in that eyeshadow palette! I need to check these out.

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  18. Your eyes look gorgeous, those shades are so pretty! I try a lot of beauty products and shop at F21 all the time but have oddly never tried out any of the makeup... after reading this I think I need to!

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  19. I LOVE F21 for clothes, but I never thought to try their makeup before. They are so affordable, and reading about how pigmented the eyeshadows are make me want to get some! Def putting these on my shopping list!

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  20. Those palette shades looks so gorgeous. I haven't try using Forever21 makeup. But it seems like a great product. I will definitely check this out.

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  21. Those colors are amazing! I haven't tried F21 makeup but am always looking for affordable options. Thanks for this review!

    xoxo, Paige
    www.thedailypaigeblog.com

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  22. Love this review! I've been dying to try F21 makeup. Love how it looks on you!!!

    xo // www.thematerialgirl.co

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