Saturday, 17 May 2014

Real Techniques Night Owl Makeup Kit | Full Review + Swatches

Hey Beauties...
Most of us now are familiar with and love the Make-up Brush Brand Real Techniques, originally started by Samantha Chapman from Pixiwoo, which recently saw Sams sister, and the other half of Pixiwoo, Nic Hastings (formally know as Nic Chapman) join the team. Well this year the dynamic duo have launched the release of Real Techniques first ever make-up kits. There are two kits to choose from, which in my opinion one for each sisters style. 

The two palettes are:
- Modern Natural
- Night Owl

I did purchase both, purely because I liked the look of both and couldn't choose between the two, and because I kind of feel the need to get both as they are Limited Edition. Today I will be showing you the Night Owl palette and sharing my thoughts on the palette itself.

Let me start of by talking about the packaging of the palette. The palette comes in a little box which is pretty basic black and white box, there's a picture of Sam and Nic on the back along with a QR barcode which you can scan with your smart phone to watch the tutorial online. Also on the side of the box there are some recommendations of Real Techniques Brushes to use with the palette to create a High Definition finish.

The palette itself is cased in cardboard with a plastic inner peice holding the shadows in place. The case has a magnetic closer to make sure it doesn't accidental open in a bag ect. and also has a clear plastic window so you can see the colours inside, which is a little flimsy for my liking. I do like the style of the packaging and think it looks really sleek and classy, however the materials do let it down and makes it feel and look a little cheap, but then the palette is only £14.86 so I can see why they chose to the materials they did, after all its more about the product itself then the packaging right?

Real Techniques Night Owl Palettes | $25.00USD - £14.86GBP
Night Owl, as the name suggests, is the more dramatic evening style palette. The palette itself contains 4 Eye Shadows, a Gel Eyeliner, Powder Blush, Cream Highlighter and 2 Mini Lip Glosses, with (nearly) everything you need to create a full face all neatly compact in one travel friendly space, really making this the perfect travel companion.

For the eye shadows and gel liner the Night Owl Palette contains:
-Quicksand: A cream coloured highlight shade with a satin pear finish.
- Royal Orchid: A stunning pearly matte purple. 
- Midnight Sapphire: A bluish black again with a pearly matte finish.
- Galaxy: A gorgeous black with silver glitter flecks.
- Ink: Black Gel Eyeliner.

I must admit I was really surprised with the pigmentation of the colours, the purple does come out a litter darker then pan but all the others are true to colour, very build-able and really easy to blend. There are no indications of the names of the shades on the outer box or packaging which I think would of been nice to have 

The powder blush is in the shade 'Flushed' and is a gorgeous pink blush which does have some shimmer to it, I was really suprised with the pigmentation of the blush, so be careful and only apply a little at first and build up if need to. 

The Cream Highlighter is is the shade 'Champaign' and is a stunning champaign colour highlight, it is so creamy and light weight again a little goes a long way with this one, it is very pigmented and easy to blend, really give you a gorgeous glow to the cheeks.

 There are two different shades of glosses, a stunning red called 'Cabernet' which is quite pigmented and can be built up depending on your preference. The other shade is called 'Nude Rose' this shade isn't very pigmented at all and is just like a clear gloss on the lips, which I guess would look better over a lipstick just to add that big of gloss. 
The glosses are non-sticky and quite creamy, but I must admit I'm not a huge fan of them, they last about 3 hours on the lips, 'Cabernet' does live a hint of colour after the gloss as faded, I do think they are handy to just throw into a bag on a night out for touch ups through the night, but I can't see me wearing them on a daily basis.

Personally I think it would of been good to see Sam and Nic team up with Tanya Burr for the glosses, It would of made a nice touch to receive some travel size glosses from Tanya's Collection hehe!

If all these goodies included in the palette wasn't enough, with each palette you receive a free 'Pointed Liner Brush'  which I think works perfectly for the Gel Eyeliner in the kit. This brush applys gel eyeliner like a dream and it really easy to wipe clean on a tissue after use to avoid any clumps of dry product or hardening of the bristles.

The kits are only avaliable online at for Litimited time only, while stocks last they retail for $35.00 which converts roughly to £14.86. They are processed in US Dollers and shipped from america but they can be shipped world wide. I will say bare in mind any conversion charges your bank may apply when purchasing these for example my bank charged me a transaction fee of £0.87p and a purchase fee of £1.50. However postage is really reasonable, the more items you purchase the more postage costs, I payed a total of £2.40 for these two items to be shipped.

Overall I am really impressed with the quality and pigmentation of this palette and I think you can create some gorgeous daytime and evening looks with it. I do need to use a primer with these eyeshadows as my eyes just seem to dislike most eyeshadows anyway. Without a primer these shades lasted on my lids about 4-5 hours before I noticed creasing, with a primer they lasted a whole day with no problems. Each eyeshadow is really easy to work with, blends nicely and applies to the lids like a dream! The gel is also really easy to work with and I love the fact you receive a lovely brush with your purchase, which I am a huge fan of as it makes applying gel liner a lot easier and also cleans beautifully.

As I said these palettes are WHILE STOCKS LAST so make sure you snap them up as soon as possible. I do have both so keep an eye out tomorrow for my review of the Modern Natural Make-up Kit.

Have you tried any of the Real Techniques Make-up Kits yet? Which ones your favourite and what do you think of them? Let me know!


  1. It looks like such a beautiful palette and £2.40 is so cheapn for postage from America, wow! I agree about Tanya's lip glosses too!
    Laura xx

    1. its stunning isn't it! I know I was so impressed with postage! Cheaper then if it was ordered from the UK haha how does that work?!
      Definitely could of done with Tanya Burr glosses i think Chic and Vampire Kiss would of been perfect!!

      Much Love

  2. These look really good! I think the packaging could be a little snazzier, but thats just me being picky! ;) Just found your blog on Twitter and it looks lovely!


    1. Yeah I agree with the packaging haha fussy people ;) haha aww thank you hun! I'll check your blog out too :)

      Much Love