The Beauty Crop Espresso Yourself Eyeshadow Palette - Free with your first February Birchbox x

The Beauty Crop is a 100% cruelty free cosmetic brand that before this month's Birchbox, I hadn't heard of before. If you order your first box this month you will receive this palette for free, meaning that you get 5 beauty products and a palette for  just £12.95. Baring in mind the palette retails for £23 alone, it's an absolute steal. Therefore, even though we already have a subscription to the box and don't need any more makeup, we made the entirely rational decision to make another account just to get the bargain...obviously. Valentines present from me to me <3

(The brush above was also part of the February Birchbox, and is the Luxie 205 tapered blending dreamcatcher)

The palette comes with 21 shades which are made of caffeine, antioxidants and coffee extract which claim to reduce puffiness and dark circles, whilst brightening and tightening the skin. These are bold claims for an eye shadow, making it even more intriguing. The coffee extract also makes the palette scented, reminding me of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes, and, even though I don't like coffee (shock horror), I love it. The scent is enough to notice without being too over powering, which I'm all there for.

The above shades left to right are: Chai, Cinnamon Cream, Gold Roast and Java Chip. 

All the shades are wearable, and, from swatching, they are highly pigmented and smooth. There didn't seem to be much fall out either, which is a win win. One downfall in my opinion though is that the individual pans are quite small, but with the amount of eye shadows we own I don't think there is a concern of us hitting pan any time soon.

Have you tried this palette? Are you subscribed to Birchbox? Let us know!

Natasha & Emily xx