Quo Fall 2016 Limited Edition Collection Review & Swatches

Quo Fall 2016 collection review and swatches

It may be mid-November, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. I’m only just beginning to get into the spirit of Pumpkin Spice latte season, and the Christmas drinks are already out. Who needs a calendar when you can keep track of time with Starbucks drinks?

Back in September, Quo launched three eyeshadow palettes (Neutral Ground, Plum Perfect & Clean Sweep), two face palettes (Perfectly Ordinary & Sweet Illusion), one brow palettes (Raise Your Brows) and three new lipsticks (Red Alert, Brandy & Mysterious), as well as a beautiful set of brushes (Brush Up! set) in a scalloped travel bag.

I recently came across the Quo Fall 2016 collection* in my stash and thought I should write about it before it’s too late – it would be a shame to let pictures of that packaging go unused!

Quo Fall 2016 collection swatches

Quo Fall 2016 Clean Sweep eyeshadow palette review


The first thing I thought when I cracked open the Quo Clean Sweep eyeshadow palette was “wow the 80’s are truly back”. With a mix of matte and shimmery greys and blues, this palette is definitely not for everyone.

In terms of the quality of the shadows themselves, there are way more misses than I would expect for the price. The two shimmery shades are too neutral to be of interest and don’t really fit in with the rest of the palette, and out of the eight matte shades, five were chalky and stiff to the point of being barely usable. I liked the darker shades the most, but the navy (the very last shade in the pan) was especially hard to blend. A good primer is definitely a must with every shade.

Quo Fall 2016 Clean Sweep eyeshadow palette swatches

Quo Fall 2016 Sweet Illusion Face Palette review


I don’t think anyone will be surprised to know that the Sweet Illusion Face Palette was the one thing I was looking forward to trying out the most in the Fall 2016 collection. It didn’t disappoint.

The shades of blush, highlighter and bronzer included in the Sweet Illusion palette would probably fit darker skintones than mine a little better, but they are great fall shades to have in your collection. They’re all super pigmented, soft and easy to blend. I love the golden sheen of the highlighter and the beautiful shade of pink of the blush, and even the bronzer, though I’m not a huge fan of shimmery bronzer in general.

Quo Fall 2016 Sweet Illusion Face Palette swatches

Quo Fall 2016 brow palette review and swatches


The Raise Your Brows palette contains two shades of powder (one light, one dark) and wax to set your brows. The lighter shade is a little too red for me and the darker shade is just a touch too dark, but you can definitely customize it if you’re so inclined. 

I personally swear by my Benefit brow pencil, but if you’re a fan of powders, the Quo brow palette is worth checking out.

Quo Fall 2016 brush set review photos


I love a good brush set, and opening the Quo Brush Up! set  gave me hear-eyes. The set contains six synthetic brushes, including a powder brush, blush brush, flat foundation brush, eyeshadow brush, eyeliner brush & lip brush. The brushes come in a deep purple scalloped bag, with sturdy deep purple handles. They’re beautiful.

They’re soft enough, don’t seem to shed and would make a great set for someone just starting a makeup collection, but for someone who already owns good quality brushes, they’re nothing special. 

I do get a bit of use out of the eyeshadow brush, but the blush brush is not quite dense enough for my blending needs, especially when used with pigmented products like the Sweet Illusion Face Palette.

Quo Fall 2016 collection packaging


The Quo Fall 2016 collection had some hits and some misses. My pick from this collection definitely is the Face Palette, but I also have my eye on the Perfect Plum eyeshadow palette – plum shades are much more up my street!

Quo is sold at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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*PR samples featured.