Fragrance Direct Haul – EPIC Swatch Post


 Historically I’ve only shopped at Fragrance Direct for Essie nail polish, they usually have a great selection for only £1.99 each but when I visited a couple of weeks ago there were few to choose from and so I found myself browsing the other areas on the site. I discovered current stock (as in not discontinued) at huge discounts and couldn’t resist placing an order. I bought mainly eyeshadows as I feel like that’s the one area that I don’t think the lower end brands can compare with the beauty hall so I wanted to try some out. Single shadows are generally the best quality but they’re more expensive and if they’re terrible it’s such a waste so I guess I haven’t really gone out on a limb and tried a whole lot for you guys but after this haul I will be trying more. The NYC were disappointingly chalky and lacking in colour but for 50p I can work with them. The L’Oreal was nice and kind of what I’d expect from a more expensive drusgtore brand, especially in a metallic shade but the Rimmel were outstanding. I will be purchasing more from the glam eyes range and though I assume the quads aren’t as good I will have to try them out to see for myself! Lastly I picked up a season appropriate blush from Rimmel because again I feel like I’m lacking in cheaper options in that category and 2 nail polishes from Sally Hansen which I knew would be good cause I’ve tried them in the past (also at discount – gotta love a bargain!) – so yeah.. here are all the swatches.


NYC City Mono Eyeshadow – Basic Instict, In Vogue, Luxury Reborn, Broadway Look – 50p each here


 Rimmel Glam Eyes in Spicy Bronze, Fancy Topaz – Both 99p here


 L’Oreal Eye Intensifier For Blue Eyes 284 – £1.99 here


 Rimmel Blush in Berry – £1.50 here


And finally the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes in Oxide & Ion £1.49 here

So that’s my epic swatch post for you, you can definitely expect to hear more from me on the Rimmel front as I was so impressed with those shadows I will have to try more. If you have any great drugstore eyeshadow recommendations leave me a comment cause it’s the one thing I’ve always struggled to find a good quality version of on the ‘cheap’ so if Rimmel can do it I’m thinking others might be too.

Miss BB



  1. 13 September, 2013 / 9:28 am

    I love the Rimmel eyeshadows too, I’ve picked up a few now from poundland and fragrance direct, great quality eyeshadows for £1!

  2. 13 September, 2013 / 9:46 am

    Wow! Those Rimmel eyeshadoows are so pigmented! I have always passed them by at the drugstore, but I will definitely be taking a closer look at a couple shades next time I stop by their display! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 13 September, 2013 / 9:57 am

    I have the Sally Hanson polish in NYC. I adore it! I got it from Poundland for £1 (hahaha obvs!) I want to have a look on fragrance direct now for more.

    Also really want to try the Rimmel eyeshadows now I have seen your swatches. I didn’t realise that quality differed between singles and quads.

    Great post thanks!

  4. 13 September, 2013 / 10:19 am

    Rimmel products are impressing me more and more, I would personally recommend Maybelline eyeshadow products, I think they have really brought up their standards recently. Great post! 🙂

  5. Sarah
    13 September, 2013 / 10:45 am

    GOSH eye shadows are pretty impressive I’ve found, and maybelline shadows are quite good, some shades not so much as others.
    I think I will have to have a better look at fragrance direct in future.
    Sarah x

  6. 13 September, 2013 / 11:36 am

    I have never found any drug store eye shadows good but I’m going to head over to rimmel soon to see what their eyeshadows are like! Thanks for the post!

  7. 13 September, 2013 / 12:01 pm

    The L’Oreal eyeshadow looks amazing! I also really love the shades of Rimmel eyeshadows and the blush xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  8. Marianne
    13 September, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    The glam eyes eyeshadows are available in h&m bargains and poundland! Xx

  9. 13 September, 2013 / 3:06 pm

    Wow! I really wish they shipped to the US!

  10. Maja
    13 September, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    U should try rimmel multicolored blush (with 3 different color in it, dont know the name yet) .. but they say it is better then this u bought.

    greetings from croatia 🙂

  11. 14 September, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    I love all your purchases! I really must place my order with Fragrance Direct because my bag is just filling is so addictive as everything is so cheap. Perfect.

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