December 15, 2016

Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Contouring Palette Review & Swatches

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Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Contouring Palette ($6.49) is a new 12 pan eyeshadow palette that’s arriving in three shade selections with the Rimmel Spring 2017 Collection at drugstores this month. Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Shadow Palette is a tempting little morsel at this price tag not to mention it’s a buck off thanks to a handy little coupon located in the display! I got mine for $5.49 thank you very much.

Rimmel launched these in three shade groupings which are golds and nudes, roses, and smoky shades. Sadly, the rose palette was sold out so, I got the Keep Calm & Wear Gold Eyeshadow Palette which is the more nude, brown based eyeshadow palette. Needless to say I was excited to get this home and try it out last week.

Here’s my review and thoughts!


One of the more interesting aspects of the Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Contouring Palette is the fact that it contains 12 shades of eyeshadow versus the ones released in the UK that include 8. Hmmm! Wonder why we get the 12 pan palette? But no complains here! I’ll take it.

I have a fairly good track record with Rimmel Eyeshadow as I happened be a fan of their Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow Palette and Rimmel HD Glam Eyes. They have consecutively released some very good eyeshadow palettes over the years but nothing as big as the Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Contouring Palette. Well, let’s face it, most of their product launches lately are awesome like the new The Only 1 Matte Lipstick and the Only 1 Lipstick. Those are some fabulous lipsticks at such a great price.


Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Contouring Palette comes housed in a plastic compact that contains 12 shades with a total of 0.499 oz of product. There’s a diagram on the back that groups shades into quads to create three different looks. The first look is a light, natural rose, the second is a more traditional nude brown, and the last is more of a smokier natural look. The palette also contains two dual-sided sponge applicators. It quite reminds me of a variety of budget like the E.L.F. Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette, Hard Candy’s Top Ten Eye Shadow Palette, NYC New York Color Lovatics by Demi Eyeshadow Palette, Wet n Wild Milano Collections Photo Focus Studio Eyeshadow Palette, or even some of the Soap & Glory Eyeshadow Palettes like the Ultimatte Eyeshadow Palette.







Not to be weird but the first thing I did when I opened this was smell it. Sometimes these larger palettes smell awful! I’m talking to you E.L.F.! It does not smell at all, thank goodness!

This is a cute palette and you get what you pay for. Another words, six bucks doesn’t get you the moon but it’ll get you a little something something. I don’t think the formula is up to par with the Glam Eyes Eyeshadow formulas they’ve done in the past. These are soft eyeshadows that blend easily and have sheer pigmentation. There’s frost here which was a major turn off for me as I like shimmer just not frosty shimmer. That was a deal breaker. The shades blend well enough and the formula is soft and slightly flaky but not dry nor chalky. It’s what you’d expect to get from a budget friendly eyeshadow palette. Honestly, I’d be more inclined to rave it if the shades weren’t so frosty as at five bucks and some change this isn’t terrible at all. It’s just the frost that turned me off because otherwise the formula applies and blends nicely. You are definitely going to need primer as these tend to crease and fade rather quickly!



Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Contouring Palette aren’t exactly the formula I know and love from Rimmel but it isn’t a bad palette either. I do wish the shades were a lot less frosty but if you don’t mind the frost and can find this one for as cheap as I did you might enjoy it. Although, I don’t think it is a must buy!

Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Contouring Palettes are launching now at drugstores and sells a good deal of newer Rimmel releases from the UK plus they will likely pop up on soon as well.

Anyone try these palettes yet?

Do share!


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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  • Carol G

    Like you said, the price is great, but at this point, isn’t everything getting to be the same? I feel like Rimmel is late in the game to be putting out a “nude” palette. I have all the Cover Girl ones, the Maybelline ones, the Wetnwild ones etc… However, if you are a newbie to the makeup world, this looks like it would be a nice nude palette to get you started. I agree with you, I love some shimmer but not frost!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the review. I think I’ll give these a glance when I see them but hopefully not purchase them because let’s face it, I have so many neutral palettes as it stands now.

    • Isabella Muse

      Agreed! Very late! I was still somewhat excited about it though knowing how good some of the glam shadows were! But this wasn’t quite what I expected, it’s ok, nice budget piece, but nothing as great as I’ve been seeing in the drugstore world lately! Shimmer is awesome, frost HORRIBLE! It’s evil! ๐Ÿ˜€ You really don’t need it imho!

  • Adrienne

    Thanks for the review. I saw these on a top shelf display at Walgreens along with the Milani. Based on your review I havery no need to ask her to take it down.

    • Isabella Muse

      You’re not missing much! It’s an ok palette but nothing to go crazy over!

  • Bonnie

    Muse, I wanted to tell you that for anyone who is interested, the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks are on clearance and are now $2.99 at Walgreens in my city–so I’m assuming that might be the case everywhere! I picked up one this morning and will likely be back to grab a few more. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really love the packaging with her signature.

    On a somewhat related note, have you read the book Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes yet? I think it’s a MUST have for the Muse! My copy arrived from the UK last night and I can already tell it’s something I will read again and again.

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks Bonnie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are probably making room for the new nudes! Yes I have! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ironically, my best friend is here from London and she gifted me with a copy but I already have it lol! Have you read Pretty Honest? It’s equally lovely!

      • Bonnie

        I haven’t read Pretty Honest, but after seeing how amazing Pretty Iconic is, you can bet I’ll be getting it in short order! That’s so cute that your friend got it for you as a gift but you already had it. She knows you well!

        • Isabella Muse

          Let me know what you think if you read! It’s a pretty fun read ๐Ÿ˜€ Haha she does indeed!

  • Silvia

    I love the colors especially the pinkish/mauve tones. Wonder how they compare to the NYC Kat Von ones been eyeing it for a while but already have tons of nudes. Can’t wait for the Cover Girl Spring colors! I still want the pink palette from them it calls my name each time I browse Target isles. Oh! On Rimmel the #124 lipstick in Bordeaux is girgeous my daughter gave it to me. Love it! It makes these getting old hazel eyes really pop! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Randi MacDonald

        Bummer, my favorite Rimmel Scandel eyes eye pencil( the one you sharpen) is made in England. Its a total dupe for Urban Decay 24/7 pencil.

  • Tash

    I have the NYC Demi palette and this looks identical, colors and packaging. That’s kind of strange, no?

  • waymire

    Picked up the nude one when I spotted it at Walmart.. I’ve been out of the makeup loop and had no idea these even existed, my curiosity got the better of me. I’ve only worn it once but was impressed, I expected it to be terrible lol. It’s a lot softer/smoother than I expected and there are quite a few mattes. Pigmentation was great. I wore mattes in the crease and the second shade on the lid and it was extremely pretty and very easy to work with. Packaging was very “cheap”. Worth the price and nicer than a lot of DS shadows. Picked up the other two tonight at Walgreens. I was looking for swatches online, and have to say I like the looks of the UK versions better even though they are less shades.. they seem better curated… the US ones are very generic. I wonder why they feel the need to create completely different products?

  • Neha

    I agree with everything you said. Except that I actually found that the longevity of these shadows was really good on me even without a primer. Great review! xx

  • Melissa

    I’m on a no-buy and you show me this?? How could you?? I must be strong, though… (It looks great on you!)