INGLOT Freedom System Shadow Haul and Swatches!
INGLOT hails from Europe, and while it’s available in the US and Australia, it’s relatively unknown throughout most of Asia.
I recently popped into the INGLOT store at Times Square in NYC, and picked up a whole bunch of the Freedom System shadows. Theses are individual pans without cases that you run at $6 each (currently), and you can top up the amount with a bit more money to get a magentic palette for them. I opted out of getting a palette just so I could get more color for my money.
Each square-ish pan comes in a black box, and is sealed into a plastic case with clear vinyl that you peel off at the back.
You can’t reseal the plastic but you shouldn’t have any problems just tucking the pan back into the plastic sleeve and then inserting it back into its black cardboard.
This is where the INGLOT shadows really shine.
They actually remind me of Shu Uemura’s in texture and intensity (if not quite as buttery and creamy).
They are CERTAINLY more pigmented than MAC’s in general, but if I had to choose I’d compare them to the richer Frosts and Veluxe Pearls. The matte INGLOT shades are outstanding. I kinda regret only picking out 2 now. They are silky and extremely pigmented, without being overly chalky so you won’t get as much fallout as you would be other matte shadows. Most of the time, you need to work hard to build up or even out a matte shadow, and they usually fade and dust off quickly as well, but these are incredibly easy to work with.
INGLOT has tons of shades of course. I didn’t want to get too many that might be similar to shadows already in my collection, so I ended up leaving out most of the neutrals and a lot of the brights as well.
The ones I got, I love.
I’ll call out shades as must-try:
- #46: This looks like a beige in the pan but on the skin, it shifts into a lovely ivory and pink pearl with sparks of silver.
- #07: Soft beige-gold that’s great for deeper skin tones. It’s not easy to find a shade that isn’t too brassy, too chalky, or just too darned yellow. This one is a softened sheen with just the right amount of “skin” color added that it won’t appear harsh.
- #414: This intense blackened emerald is a little like MAC’s long-discontinued Green pigment, or a darker Antique Green.
- #340: Dark matte marine-green. It might not look that pretty in the pan, but this is a fantastic alternative for those of you who want a really cool alternative to the usual smoky eye, but don’t want sparkle. Also doubles as a very cool smoky liner around the lash line.
This is professional quality at very affordable prices. Each pan also goes from around 2 to more than 3g of product depending on the texture (MAC pans are 1.5g each), so you’re getting more bang for your buck.
Out of all their products that I tried, I have to say I’m most impressed by their shadows. Aside from this and their fabulous lip paint pots, I don’t find the other products to be too exciting in terms of quality vs cost.
I just wish they would branch out to more countries AND KEEP THE PRICING CONSISTENT. (I’m looking at you, MAC.)