Barry M | Natural Glow Shadow & Blush Palette Review

I initially wasn’t going to review this product because I bought it on a whim one day when I was looking for a cheap palette (£6.49/each) with gold/taupe colours to try out. However I have seen so many reviews floating about that I just simply don’t agree with, so here’s my impressions of the Barry M Natural Glow Palette.


To be honest, I didn’t even think about the packaging at the time of purchase. Like it didn’t even come to mind at all. I had my mind set on finding a cheap-ish palette with a good selection of the colours that I was looking for. Looking back on it now, I never would have bought this, just based on the packaging alone.

I really don’t like cardboard palettes, as they make me feel uneasy. I can imagine spilling a drink on the palette, or the lid ripping off through wear and tear of the cardboard. They really are just too fragile for my liking. The magnet in the lid does lock it into place, however the sides aren’t secured at all. There are a few nice things that I can appreciate, like a decent sized mirror, and the gold text on the top is a nice touch.

Tell me, why do companies still include sponge applicators? Who uses them?
We need to set up an intervention of sorts because they are bloody useless.


100% The main reason I bought this palette – the shades were exactly what I was looking for. They are described as “subtle eyeshadows in natural hues” – and that pretty much sums it up.

There are 2 matte shades, 4 shimmer shades, and a warm toned pastel pink blush. For me the blush was just an extra because it wasn’t particularly what I was looking for, but it s a very lovely colour that would suit a lot of pale-mid skin tones.

The shadow colours really are stunning. Yesss I know, they may be well within my comfort zone but I was seriously crushing on the shimmery colours and they are reason that I bought the palette.


I wasn’t impressed with the texture of any of the products, they are so chalky.

Once you brush away all of the chalky-ness, there’s basically nothing left, perhaps a tiny hint of colour and shimmer. I couldn’t work with them at all, and it’s such a shame because they all had such potential colour-wise. The colour on the furthest right hand side is probably the best out of all of them, it does have better pigmentation, yet causes a lot of fall out which sadly leaves a bit of a mess on your face.

Sadly, the blush was the most disappointing of them all. It was a glorious warm pastel pink in the pan, and literally disappeared when applied on my face – leaving but a faint trail of shimmer in it’s path (i.e. making a rubbish highlighter too). I would say that I am right in the middle of the light-medium category of skin tones, and it just didn’t show up on my skin – maybe one for the pale girls out there?


This palette for me is pretty useless, as the shadows just aren’t the right texture for my liking – it just didn’t work for me. You could argue that it is a relatively cheap drug store product so quality can suffer, however with the amazingly pigmented MUA and Make Up Revolution £4.00 palettes floating about, there kind of is no excuse…

I haven’t used it since a few weeks after bought it and it does feel like a bit of a waste of money. I really wish I did like it as the colours are absolutely stunning in the pan. Sometimes I do find myself opening the palette and dreaming of what could have been. You were on the right track, Barry M!

Have you tried this palette?What did you think?



  1. Charlotte
    December 8, 2015 / 6:39 AM

    I haven't tried any of the Barry M products purely because Make-Up Revolution offer far better ones!Charlotte //

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      December 10, 2015 / 11:48 PM

      I totally agree, I used to by Barry M all the time but I don't think they're keeping up the quality! xo

  2. Sheridan Grady
    December 8, 2015 / 1:19 PM

    I know exactly what you mean about cardboard palettes making you feel uneasy!

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      December 10, 2015 / 11:48 PM

      Haha it's great to know that I'm not alone on that! xo

  3. Clementine Cousins
    December 14, 2015 / 4:17 PM

    I love this palette 🙂 It's gorgeous.Clem xx

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