In this palette there are one cheek and lip colour, one cream highlighter, four eye shadows and two lip glosses. Having both cream and powder products in the same palette has not been a problem so far. The colours included in the palette feel like they were curated specifically to create looks that enhance natural beauty and meld with the natural tones associated with shadows, highlights, blushing cheeks and lips. I love the formula of all of these shades, and the cream products smell like figs, which I adore.
Cheek and Lip Colour swatched heavily and blended, Cream Highlighter swatched heavily and blended
The Cheek and Lip colour formula is so smooth and blend-able, it's one of the best cream blush formulas I have ever tried, and very similar to that of the individual compact rouge. I thought initially that the colour would not suit me but when you sheer it out is a very natural plum/brown colour that is so flattering on my skintone. I will be wearing this one a lot in the winter time!
The Cream Highlighter is the only item in this palette that I dislike. It is much drier in formula, however it still blends out very easily. The only reason I dislike it is because it has quite a glittery finish, and you can see the glitter particles on the skin. As someone who prefers a highlighter with more of a glow or sheen this just isn't my cup of tea.
You can see much see what I am talking about here :)
(Please excuse the foundation on my nose, it looks jacked up here but fine irl haha)
The eye shadows, left to right top to bottom
A basic eye look ;)
The lip glosses top to bottom
These lip glosses give only a hint of colour payoff, however they are smooth and have quite a balmy, moisturizing feeling on the lips. They have a thicker consistency than tubed lip gloss, and they give off a lovely shine. These lip glosses also smell like figs, as with the other cream products in this palette.
The completed look
This palette really does stand up to it's Back to Basics name. Edward Bess's makeup line has really impressed me, these are such fine quality products. It is an outstanding palette in terms of both composition of the shades, however, do you need it? I feel like you would probably already have a lot of similar items to this in your collection, individuality. But it is a great palette to travel with or to even keep in your handbag for touch ups.