The Cube of Great Frustration and Eventual Delight…

spring makeup trends

Hooray and Hurrah for the Cube of Great Frustration and Eventual Delight has landed at The Body Shop online. I featured this springtime eye quad earlier on in the week – it has the most bizarre little boxing set-up that I have ever seen! Four little plastic cubes, each with a little lid that has to be prised off with your manicure, housed in a bigger plastic box with an almost-as-annoying lid. Apparently, this arrangement is to cater for people who may want to take only one shadow out with them, and to that I say this: why would you want to carry a cube of shadow around with you? It’s not the most convenient shape to handle and if you have clumsy hands, you may as well put your eyeshadow on wearing boxing gloves, just for the additional laugh.

However, pass through the trying times of frustration and you reach the most beautiful shades for spring – no pastel nonsense here, just proper, sexy, slightly shimmery shadows. Two light and goldy, one very red and a deeper chocolate brown for accenting. Read the previous makeup post here if you want a more in-depth description and a video demo – but for those who were just hanging on in until it arrived on the virtual shelves, now is your time.

Don’t be put off by my annoyance with the packaging – it’s true that I would love this shadow set to be in a simple, flip-open palette with a mirror, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that these eye colours are a joy to use. The reddish toned one (which for me is the jewel in the crown) won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I have become quite habitual about sweeping it over my lids as a last-minute pep-up before I leave the house. Note that you will want your makeup base to be pretty perfect for this; flawless foundation and your dark undereye circles disguised, otherwise you just have reddish eyes and sallow skin. But again, click back to see my little video tutorial if you want to see how I put my look together.

The Shimmer Cubes (shade 30) cost £16, but The Body Shop online has some kind of discount code running almost permanently, so check to see what the deal is on the homepage before you buy. At the time of publishing, there’s 40% off if you buy four products and 30% off if you buy 2 items, so if you are in need of a couple of other bits and bobs it could work out rather well.

The Body Shop

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  1. February 28, 2014 / 7:01 am

    I don’t know what The Body Shop were thinking when they made that packaging. But that red shade looks tempting.


    • February 28, 2014 / 11:35 am

      It’s bloody amazing! Really lovely shadows.

  2. February 28, 2014 / 7:19 am

    I really adore the colours and imagine that they look gorgeous swept across the lip. I have a feeling that I may be a little too clumsy for this though! I imagine that it may end up all over the floor….
    Thank you for the post!
    Lots of love
    Bana, xoxo

    • February 28, 2014 / 11:36 am

      You don’t have to take the cubes out of the bigger box, so if you keep them all together there’s no problem. I just can’t imagine wanting to travel with the single, lidded cubes! x

  3. Kaya
    February 28, 2014 / 7:47 am

    Love the colors and the tutorial, but that box is unnecessarily sealed; so many lids! I guess it’s worth it!

  4. poorani
    February 28, 2014 / 8:27 am

    couldn’t you just chuck the 4 smaller lids?

    • February 28, 2014 / 11:35 am

      Yes, have done. But still think it’s packaging madness! x

  5. Vanessa
    February 28, 2014 / 8:36 am

    I remember when Body Shop first brought these out. I had two sets and I loved them. You can use the shadows wet as well as dry to give a foiled effect.

    • February 28, 2014 / 11:34 am

      Oooh, haven’t tried them wet. Will do.

  6. Christine
    February 28, 2014 / 8:49 am

    Hi Ruth..just want to say that I have just watched your blog on the Matthew Williamson show you recently attended and I really love your grey/black leopard print scarf …please please tell me where I can get one..I love it ! X

  7. February 28, 2014 / 9:13 am

    I’d probably just make a mess!

  8. February 28, 2014 / 10:16 am

    I have the neutral shade version of this and dont find the packaging to be too annoying. Just takes a little longer to do your makeup faffing about with all the lids.

    I love the shades in this particular set so I might find myself popping into The Body Shop to have a little swatching session… Read that as “I’ll be buying it” :-)

    Leanne @ x

    • February 28, 2014 / 11:34 am

      I have chucked the little lids away. Or they could be little sinks for fairies, if I put them in the garden.

  9. February 28, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    OK, maybe I’m the only one but I like the packaging. Have to have a look in a body shop store. Thanks for sharing :)

  10. February 28, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    I have a few shimmer cube palettes and even though the cubes can be annoying, you can mix and match between the palettes to create your own. As someone above mentioned, you have to try them wet…they are insanely pretty!

  11. February 28, 2014 / 7:45 pm

    You so have me wanting this! Haven’t bought any Body Shop makeup in ages, but I should. My first ever lip gloss was from the Body Shop nearly 18 years ago! And love the new moniker you’ve given the Shimmer Cubes :)

  12. February 28, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    These sound so strange, companies will use all sorts of gimmicks to make their product look different! The shadows sound great anyway and I like the look of the colours. I’m definitely planning on visiting a local body shop soon
    Roshni’s Journey

  13. February 28, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    Have always been intrigued about these and am definitely tempted now!

  14. February 28, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    These colours look great. I had one of these Body Shop cube sets soooo long ago and loved it back then.

    xo Ashley

  15. March 2, 2014 / 5:23 am

    At first I thought that “The Cube of Great Frustration and Eventual Delight” was the actual name of it, ahaha! These looks awesome, and I’ve heard some great things! The packaging seems so silly though.

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