December 15, 2010

Avon 24K Glamour Holiday Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

Ahh gold makeup for the holidays as traditional as mistletoe, wrapped presents, and figgy pudding. We didn’t get alot of gold this year did we? Do you miss it? I thought I didn’t since we got a healthy injection of it the past few years but I’m a sucker for tradition and now that I look back on Holiday 2010 I can’t help but feel, maybe, I do miss a bit of gold in my Holiday looks!

Never fear, Avon is here with its 24K Glamour Holiday Collection that includes eyeshadow palettes, eyeliner, mascara, and glosses that contain a healthy injection of gloss. Beauty budget types will love these prices.

Check out my review below!

A glamourous collection from Avon with an festive, golden twist!

At the moment the prices can’t be beat on this collection so if you’re really strapped for cash and want a bit of festive makeup to pick you up, this would be a great one to indulge in!

It pretty much covers all aspects of your face aside from cheeks. I’d have loved a golden blush of some sort but I’m more than happy that they have a selection of mascaras, liners, glosses, and eye palettes themed around the collection!

The Avon 24K Gold Eyeshadow Quad features four eyeshadows that is available in two shade selections. Each palette features shades for lining, defining, and shading. I thought completing a look with the shades was pretty much fuss-free and simple plus if you’re having problems coordinating the shades, Avon included an eye chart on the back with brief instructions. I’m always grateful when brands do this.

The shadows aren’t “golden” really nor do they even have a shimmery finish of gold but they do have a subtle hint of glittery bits that could be called gold and once in place they do give off a certain vibe of gold if that makes sense. I was slightly disappointed in the formula as it swatches well enough but does need time, patience, and love to get in place correctly as the formula isn’t particularly rave worthy or pigmented however those who enjoy a more subtle eyeshadow will probably enjoy these.

Golden Splendor is prob my fav of the two shade selections. This contains a soft golden beige, a golden pink, a golden brown, a golden black. I actually used this in my look below but as you can see it’s very, very subtle.

Gleam Gold is equally as nice but I thought the plum shade included wasn’t as nice as the other shades. The shades include a creamy white gold, a yellow gold, a plum, and a golden brown. The plum was slightly out of place for me but you can easily incorporate it in if you’re a great one at blending out well!

The Avon 24K Gold Eye Liner in Golden Brown is quite a nice little liner. It has a soft, smudgy formula and comes across as a softly focused golden brown with little hints of very subtle gold highlights. One end includes a smudger but I can’t help but wish they also included a sharpener built in. Oh well, can’t have it all eh? It works a treat on the inner rim as well and smudges like a dream, at this price I don’t have alot of complaining to do and think it’s a fine pencil that wears quite decently long without any fuss or drama.

Avon 24K Gold Lip Gloss is available in four shades but I only picked up one, 24K Pink, which happens to be a very warm, golden shade of pink. Formula isn’t incredibly thick and has a lighter feel but it comes with excellent color pay off and creates a very creamy finish which I thought was quite wearable (I always find cream finish difficult to pull off but this was lovely).

Sadly the Avon 24K Gold Mascara wasn’t so fab. The idea behind it is great however the deliverance is simply not there. This is a golden brown with traces of gold highlights however the formula feels old, cracked, and dried right out of the tube. Perhaps it was a fluke and I got a bad one? Sadly, it did nothing for my lashes. The applicator is a straight line sans bristles with tiny spikes to catch lashes and pull out and up but the formula is so dry that it does next to nothing in the way of adding volume or lenght. This was a sore disappointment.

I mentioned above that I was a bit disappointed with the quads so I won’t rehash the formula here however I was hopeful they’d have a bit more pigmentation.

  • Anyone on a beauty budget who desires a festive, Holiday look for less (some pieces are honestly worth hauling at this price).
  • Anyone who wants some cheap stocking stuffers for the beauty lover in their life (although the quality is a bit hit or miss, beauty junkies can get excited about this I’d say).
  • Anyone who likes subtle makeup (the quads all have a very subtle finish but still make a nice look overall).

  • Anyone who wants popping, pigmented makeup (this isn’t it).
  • Anyone who wants shadows that blend well, have a pigmented formula, and apply with minimal fanfare (these are very subtle and it takes a gentle, patient hand to get them on properly plus some time and energy to build color up).

I wouldn’t call the Avon 24K Glamour Holiday Collection a bust as it has some nice pieces and I’m happy to have it in my stash however it’s more for those who desire a subtle Holiday look. If you’re not used to taking the budget makeup bus, chances are you’ll hate all of it however if you took a ride down this beaten path before you’ll probably enjoy the offerings and find some pleasure in them. The quads can easily be built up to create a complete look or you can use the shades on their own as well. I thought the liner was a pleasure as was the gloss even though the wear time is rather short on it.

Overall, Avon doesn’t quite bring it to the table with this collection but its fun none the less and worth a look at.

Anyone try?

What did you buy?

What did you like about the collection?


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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Lucy

    I haven’t bought Avon in many years. I thought their lipsticks were always nice and creamy. Glosses were good also. The eyeshadows were always crappy. The pigment wassn’t very strong. I’d always try another shadow that looked promising and it wasn’t. I have enough makeup that I love so no more Avon for me.

  • RonyaLii

    pixiwoo sisters mention Avon supershock gel eyeliner and i just got to buy that in all shades. its the only item from Avon that im not regreting buying 🙂 . its so so good , check that . my favorites are black and silver

  • Eli

    I think the plum and the gold from the quad would go together really nice, but only on paler skin tones and eyes. Definitely will be buyint those – all of ’em 🙂

  • Kelly S

    I got the Gleam Gold palette. It’s alright, but I probably won’t use it very often. I thought it’d be more, ya know, gold?

    • the Muse

      agreed kelly 🙁 has a golden glimmer sorta but not alot of gold anything. I prob won’t use that often either, happy to have it but a bit meh at the same time!

  • Phyrra

    I picked up the other eye shadow quad (the one with the brown and plum) and really liked it. I also nabbed the 24k gold gloss, and 2 of the lipsticks (Golden Rose and 24K Gold). I already had Golden Wine from last year. I’m pretty happy with them, but I definitely like using those colors over a colored base or something else to help them show up better.

  • Lisa

    I got the 24k eyeliner in dark grey, and I quite like it. The only thing I can’t figure out is how to sharpen it. Can it be done with an ordinary pencil sharpener?