A brown smokey eye with the new Real Techniques Modern Natural Palette

Happy Saturday everyone! Finally ready for the weekend, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the new limited edition Real Techniques palette. Recently the Pixiwoo sisters Sam and Nic have lauched two palettes next to their line of exceptional makeup brushes (review and love here). I was super excited and couldn't keep myself from getting one. To my excuse, in occasion of the launch of these palettes, realtechniques.com started shipping internationally which for us Europeans means that we get a good deal when buying in dollars! The palette retails for 25$ which is just over 18 euros making it a great bargain!

Swatches of the Real Techniques Modern Natural palette
Back to the palettes, there are two types: a smokey night time palette called Night Owl and a more neutral every-day palette called Modern Natural. I got the latter because I know I will get more use out of these shades. Each palette contains 4 eyeshadows (3 shimmers and 1 matte), a dark gel eyeliner, a powder blush, a cream highlighter and 2 mini glosses. In the Modern Natural Palette the shadows are from left to right:
  • Quicksand: a shimmer cream to use as a highlight,
  • Gold metal: a light shimmer bronze for all over the lid, 
  • Caramel Mocha: a matte medium brown to put in the crease, 
  • Nightshade: a dark pewter shade to emphasize the outer V. \
All of the shadows are well pigmented and blend nicely, but I have to say that the matte shade was a bit of a challenge to work with and ended up blotching by the end of the day. The eyeliner is brown and can be applied with the new pointed liner brush that comes as a free treat with the palette. Unfortunately this is non very pigmented and doesn't really show up much on the upper lid, but I used it to smudge the lower lash line to add smokiness. 

Looking at the blush Coral Sunset I was worried it wouldn't show up on me at all, it looks way to light and pinky. However, when applied, it gives a nice flush of color that looks extremely natural but still visible. I was pleasantly surprised! This is really a shade that is perfect for light to medium skin tones. Moving on, the cream highlighter in Champagne is just gorgeous! A pleasure to apply and blend out and it looks effortless and not obvious at all. 
Finally Copperhead and Nectar are a golden and a pink shimmery gloss respectively. I personally don't like using glosses because I find all of the ones I tried (not many tbh) were way too sticky and didn't last at all. So I was surprised on how comfortable and hydrating these glosses are without any of the stickiness I was expecting. In the look I am wearing the shade Nectar.

A daytime brown smokey eye using the Real Techniques Modern Natural Palette
With the palette I created a daytime brown smokey eye perfect to go to work. Overall I think this palette is very good quality and affordable price and all the products in there are great for every day use both for beginners and expert users. The only down side for me would be the bulkiness of the packaging that doesn't make it very travel friendly and the fact that you need to carry a separate eyeliner because the one in there is not pigmented enough. I anyway recommend it if you're in the market for a neutral palette with good value for money. Personally I am not sure how much use it will get because most of these colors are in my Lorac Pro palette which I use daily.

Have you tried these palettes? Would you purchase them?
Let me know in the comments below!
Have an amazing weekend!


  1. Ohh this is gorgeous! I really want to pick up one of those palettes before they disappear for good. Real Techniques should make them permanent :D

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


  2. It looks so lovely on you, what a great palette! (must get my hands on it!)

    Frankie x

  3. love the nude shades in it for eyes :) I wouldn't buy it though, because I own too many nude eye shadows

    Pink Frenzy


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