Monday, 17 September 2012

JolieBox Review - So Susan Wide Awake Face Palette




I received this palette in my JolieBox last month. If you read that post then you will know the troubles I had with the palette straight away and how the eye powders shattered almost instantly. I think that may have tainted my view on this palette as I have not really reached for it much since. This is probably why this review hasn't been featured on my blog before now. However I thought it was about time to give you some swatches and let you know my true feelings about whether it warmed my heart in the end or not.

As you can see, this palette includes an illuminating cream, a highlighting cream and 3 eye powders for your eyebrows. 

Starting with the illuminating cream - it turned out to be a lot thicker and drier than I thought it would be. It's a very sold colour but it does blend reasonably and does illuminate the under eye area to a certain extent. However it doesn't feel like you are using a luxurious product. It is a little stiff and uninviting. 

The highlighting cream is a little bit of the same. I found this harder to blend than the illuminating cream so I tried to dot it on my cheek bones and work it that way. This is probably my least favourite of the three pots included in this palette. 

Finally we come to the eyebrow sculptor. Well, once I had shattered this, the powders became near on unusable. I have to keep a protector on the palette now to try and keep the shadows in place, and even that doesn't work overly well. On the other hand my initial thoughts that the powders were going to be too glittery to use on my eyebrows have been banished. They are actually quite pleasant. You could even use them as eye shadows and create a really effective deep and sultry look with them. Unfortunately I don't tend to wear eye shadows so this point is a bit moot for me. The powders are extremely soft (which is probably why they shattered) and feel the best quality out of the palette.

The tweezers were a nice touch, and obviously the brush is OK but I don't tend to use the free ones that come with these sets. Overall I think that at £15 the price is pretty steep and I wouldn't pay that much for it myself. I would probably lean more towards the £5 mark. 

It's lovely that these products are cruelty free and the theory behind the palette is great. When I received it I was jumping for joy because the idea of having these items combined in a palette is genius. I just wish that I had loved it more than I do.

Did you receive this palette in your JolieBox? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below. After all, what doesn't work for one person, might work brilliantly for another.


  1. I think this is just a rebranding of the jelly pong pong wide awake palette, it is literally exactly the same. I found the creams a bit stiff and unblendable too, such a shame because on first appearances it looks like such a great palette!
    Eleanor x

    1. I've not heard of that one but it's an interesting thought! It could be. Glad I'm not alone in my thoughts. I agree, it looks amazing. Just a shame it isn't following up xxo

  2. I really like your blog, I'm a new follower =)

    1. Aww cheers hun! I really appreciate that! xxo


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