Trying out the Gen Nude Natural Oasis Eyeshadow Palette from bareMinerals

For a long time bare Minerals powders were my go to face products. While I varied every other product I kept the face powders consistent for a long time. Time passes, habits change and I began experimenting with other products. Slowly bareMinerals fell off my radar. It has been slowly creeping back in lately and a lot of that has to do with the Gen Nude Line.

As with most makeup in my world it starts with the lip products. bareMinerals drew me back in with the lip gloss and liquid lips as well as their bullet style Mineralist Lipstick. I actually adore their formulas. The colors are great but even better, they are comfortable to wear and never dry out my lips. Then, a few weeks ago I was in the store and saw this Natural Oasis Palette and realized I had never tried any eyeshadows from bareMinerals. So I bout the palette and have been using it for the past week and a half or so. If you are interested in tis palette while normally $29 it is now on sale on the bareMinerals website for $23

This six pan palette lifts up easily from the front. There is a little plastic tab to hold as you lift so you can open it without breaking your nails. I personally appreciate that a lot since often with those clasp closures I do end up breaking a nail trying to get them open. This one is easy. And the entire inside lid is mirrored. It is a very easy palette to use as a compact.

But while packaging is great, it is the shadows that matter. I found them interesting. Let’s take them by rows.

Row 1

The first row is composed of Sandy beach (L) and Papaya (R). Sandy peach is fabulous for the inner corner of the eye or to highlight under the eye brow. Papaya is a peachy shade that almost blends into my skin tone but is also great for blending the darker colors down and working under my eyebrow.

Row 2

The second row, Cabana (L) and Red Hibiscus (R) are slightly darker. The brown is a soft brown that isn’t highly pigmented but can be build up. It will never get very dark but it is perfect for a natural look. The Red Hibiscus is a stunning shimmer. it is a an almost ruby shade that can be used to create a nice contrast with the brown shade of cabana or used for more impact with the Palm leaf green in the lower row. It can be left high impact or be blended down for something more subtle. I really liked that all of the shadows had the capability of blending down without becoming muddy.

Row 3

The third row contains the darkest shades and has the deepest pigment. The left shade is Simmering Sunset and the Right is Palm Leaf. Shimmering sunset is a shimmer shade, but it is a light shimmer that works just as well as a dark brown matte. It does not have the shine of red hibiscus. Palm leaf is the most pigmented. It actually came as a bit of a shock the first time I used it because the rest of the palette is more buildable than pigmented. The green is very pigmented but also buildable if you want to go for a super deep green look. While it does blend down a bit, if you use even a smidge of this green it will be a green based look. It is just more highly pigmented and will be the feature color.

Surprisingly, all of the shadows swatched looking more powdery than they do when in use.

I really enjoyed using this Natural Oasis palette and feel that I will reach for it mostly when i want a light easy look. The shadows have almost no fall out (I do automatically tap my brush after dipping into any pan). I did find that towards the end of the day they did tend to fade a bit, becoming a little bit more washed out but never actually quite disappearing. They also never muddied. They all faded together but you could still pick out palm leaf or cabana. They stayed their own shades as they faded. when applying, I liked that they were buildable and that they blended beautifully with each other.

I would like to try more highly pigmented colors from bareMinerals in the future to see how they play together. The only really strong color in this palette was Palm Leaf. It would be nice to see how that green did with an equally pigmented shade instead of the more neutral shades in the palette. I’m sure I’ll pick up another bareMinerals palette and that is definitely a test i will do at that time. For now I am happy with this palette, plan to keep and use it and plan to pick up more bareMinerals shadows in the future.

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So Pretty, or is it? Trying out Formula Z’s So Pretty palette

I was very excited to choose this Formula Z So Pretty palette for my January IPSY box. Okay, I saw the bronze glitter, started drooling and clicked add to choice items. I knew it was a palette with other colors in it, I just lost my head when it came to the bronze glitter. And surprisingly enough, the bronze glitter did not disappoint. It’s the other shadows that had issues.

So let’s take a look. As you can see there are six pans in this palette. I don’t know why but lately I have really been digging the smaller palettes. the issue here is that with the exception of the two glitters, all of the other colors, both mattes and shades are shadows i have in other palettes. Some of which are really good palettes. Both in those colors and as in the palette as a whole. This palette has two mattes, two shimmers and two glitters. Each row has one of each, so lets look at the rows.

L to R: Opulent, Empire, Regal

The top row has the shimmer on the left (Opulent), Glitter in the middle (Empire) and matte on the right (Regal).Opulent swatched well and was okay on the lids. It is a bronzy gold shimmer, which I like. It feels soft in the pan, but was a little powdery applying and tended to blend away into nothing but a slight shine.

Empire was this row’s glitter and it was really hard to work with. It didn’t want to leave the dry brush when I tried applying so it was very patchy. Spraying the brush with setting spray really helped. It also helped to use a lid primer and to apply it when the primer was still tacky. and then to spray it with setting spry to keep it in place. It was a lovely color on the eyes and in general it will stay in place for about three hours before it begins it’s slow descent down your face. Be aware that when you remove it, if you are using a reusable makeup wipe, like a Makeup Eraser, then once you have finished removing your makeup then that cloth needs to go directly into the washing machine otherwise you will end up putting glitter on your face the next day. If there is one product you keep the occasional disposable makeup removing cloth around for, this would be it.

You will still find glitter in random places three days later.

Which is very different to the matte shadows. The third shadow in this row is the matte, Regal. It blends into my skin tone so it is really hard to see. It is also powdery, patchy and prone to blending away into nothing. I used it in conjunction with the one other matte from this palette (Legend). They seemed to work well together but it was an effort and as they are both shades of brown it looked like Regal lightened up Legend somewhat but the two just sort of muddied together. The big benefit was that one matte covered up the patchiness of the other matte.

L to R: Legend, Icon, Star

The matte, Legend is the first shadow in the second row. It swatched better than it applied. It was patchy, and powdery. It only worked well because I used the other brown matte to cover up the patchiness or slid the bronze glitter of Icon over it so that it was no more than an accent. A matte punctuation at the end of a glitter sentence.

Icon was the bronze glitter and the reason I chose the palette in the first place. I was hoping that the matte shades would be everyday usable, but I’m not a fan of them. Using the bronze of Icon, I forget all about the other pans. I love this glitter shade. Usually golden shades are too brassy for me and tend to look odd with my skin tone. This is the exact right shade of bronze for me. It has some of the same issues as Empire, the other glitter shade, but it does apply slightly better. It has a slightly smoother formula which makes application easier. You still need the lid primer and the setting spray, but it does stay in place a little better. You are still looking at only about four hours before fall out begins, but quite frankly, I love it.

The final shade is Star. It is a decent shimmer. It doesn’t blend away as much as the other shimmer shade, Opulent, but it can blend down a lot. It is one of those shades I would use if i had the palette open so that I didn’t have to go hunting for another shadow, but not one I would actually pull this palette out for. It works, but I have this exact same shade in several other palettes, many with better formulas.

I’ll be honest, this is a palette I am keeping for the glitters. Primarily the Bronze of Icon, but I do like the sparkle of Empire as well. When I get this palette out, I will get out another palette and use the mattes from it. I will probably use other shimmers as well. Normally this is where I would ask myself if I would buy this palette again. As and IPSY choice, I am happy with my choice. This palette however retails for $25. It is not a $25 palette. Even if I really liked the mattes and shimmers I don’t think it would be a $25 palette. It seems more like a $15 palette.

I don’t know very much about Formula Z. While I loved the bronze I also chose them because I had not heard of the brand before. If they sell individual shadows, their glitter shades would be worth picking up. As both of these shades did well, I am sure any other shades they have would probably do as well. I would not buy the palette and if they have singles, I would pick up the glitters and leave the rest behind. I may be happy to have the glitters, but many other companies also make glitters and I would not rebuy this palette just for those glitters. I will however use it until those two glitters are gone.

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A walk into the Desert Sunset with Athr Beauty

I have been testing out the Desert Sunset Palette from Athr Beauty. I was very interested to get my hands on this palette when it arrived in a Boxy Charm. The first reason is that I have danced around Athr Beauty for a while. I have seen them in subscription boxes, but they were never an item in my box. It’s like they were teasing me. then of course I heard some conflicting reviews. Some people loved them, others weren’t so sure. Which of course made me want to find out for myself.

Finally there was the color selection of the palette. I really like a lot of the bronze shadows, and I wear a lot of brown shadow so this looked like it would be right up my alley. I have to admit, I was even intrigued by the pop of color in the bright pink pan.

As you can see the shadow names are written on the back. what I like about this is they thought to color the squares so right away you know exactly where you are in the palette. It makes referencing colors fairly easy. Because of the palette set up, when swatching the shadows I decided to go for the mattes first and then switch to the shimmer shades. So first let’s look at the mattes.

Left to Right: Desert Sand, Sedona, Desert Coral and Mesquite

I found these shades to be interesting. I expected that they would all have the same texture and consistency, but they do not. the two brown shades, Desert Sand and Sedona are great shades. They are soft to the touch, they apply with no patchy spots and they blend well with all of the shadows. They were slightly on the powdery side. while you could get away with applying either of these shades on their own after you’ve don’t your face makeup without too much fall out, the same can not be said for the others.

Desert Coral is a great pop of color but it feels dry to the touch and is very powdery. While it blends well and works beautifully with the other shades in this palette, it needs to be applied before you put on your face makeup or you will have fall out. The same can be said for Mesquite. Mesquite is the darkest shade in the palette and it is also the most patchy when applied. As a single shade it simply didn’t work. If you put a base of the Desert coral and then darkened the outer corner with Mesquite it worked well, especially if you used something like Sedona to help blend out the patchy parts. It was a little of a disappointment though as while Sedona is dark enough to work as a blending shadow, it also has a reddish tinge to it so your look was always going to be in the red/pink range.

L to R: Twilight, Golden Hour, Sunrise, After Glow, Sunset, Eternal

Ah the shimmers. There are a lot of them. In a ten pan palette six of them are shimmers. While I like shimmers, to be honest, there isn’t a lot of difference between these. Twilight is a nice lighter color that works well on the inner corner of the eye, but the rest are varying shades of bronze. I get that it is a desert theme, and I like bronze shadows. In fact i have been known to keep palettes just because of the beautiful bronze shimmer. But all of the varying tones in one palette are a little bit of overkill. I et that it is a desert themed palette, but swapping out some of the bronze shimmers with other shades or even adding a few more mattes wouldn’t have one amiss. It would have made the palette more versatile and more fun to use. I think you could still keep with the desert theme while still branching out a little.

Perhaps I would feel better about the array of bronze tones if one of them had been spectacular. While soft and buttery to the touch, they were hard to work with as they weren’t the most pigmented and had the tendency to fall out dusting the under eye and sides of my nose with shimmer. None of them made me think,. ‘yes, this is why I will keep this palette’ as I have with some other bronze shadows I have tried. In fact it was very easy for me to use all of the shadows in this palette because none of them really called to me and tried to keep my attention.

Which sort of sums up this palette. It was okay and decent once you got the hang of using it, but in the end nothing really special. The Athr Beauty Desert Sunset Palette doesn’t make me want to pull it out of the drawer and use repeatedly. It was good enough that I will put it into my eyeshadow drawer, but I strongly suspect that in my next declutter, it will be sent on it’s way because I am just not reaching for it. Even more important is that it doesn’t really make me that excited to try more shadows from Athr Beauty either.

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Trying out Miami Nights with Shaina B

This Shaina B palette came to me in an IPSY box and I have to say it is somewhat interesting. Or at least I had an interesting time with it. Over all it is a fairly neutral red toned palette. The colors are warm and are typically what I am drawn to wearing. And then there is Queen of Diamonds Silver sparkling in the top row. Oh, the sparkle.

But we’ll get to that. This palette retails for $20 and contains eight shadows. There are four Mattes, three shimmers and that silver. The top row contains the shimmers and the silver.

Ice Palace is the shimmer I reached for the most. It was excellent in the inner corner of the eye and stayed in place all day long. Bae Harbor is a lovely coppery tone on the lids and Lincoln red is an almost metallic red that shows up well on the eyelids. All three of these shimmers are buttery soft to the touch, are well pigmented and easy to work with. They also stay where you put them.

And then we have the Queen of Diamonds. It too feels soft and buttery to the touch. Even though it sparkles like glitter it feels like velvet. Your finger tip comes away looking as though you wrapped it in tin foil rather than into a glitter shadow. On the lids it is stunning. Absolutely stunning. It applies as easily a if it was liquid.

But then the clock starts ticking. I tried lid primers and setting sprays, but the truth is, you have about two hours before the silver stages a hostile take over. It will first migrate across the lid obliterating any other color you applied. Then it will go both up and down simultaneously. Your eyebrows are the last line of defense for your forehead. Once it becomes blocked by the brows it ill migrate down your nose and spread out in a silver spangled array across your cheeks.

And it doesn’t” like to give any ground back. You will need every makeup remover in your arsenal to get it all off, and even then three days later you are still likely to find something silvery and sparkly on your cheek or chin. Also if you are using any reusable makeup removal products, take them directly to the laundry, don’t let them hang around or the silver will simply spread.

However if you apply it carefully and sparingly, for the first two hours of wear it is absolutely stunning.

The second row is less problematic.

The second row is where the mattes live. Are they spectacularly unique shades? No. But I would happily use this as an everyday palette. Space is one I could wear as a one and done easily. Blending Vino and Venetian Gray can create more dramatic but still acceptable for the office looks. And MIA Mauve is a great neutral transition shade. The shadows are soft and not very powdery. I did knock my brush off once before applying because that is just habit and some powder did fall off the brush. When I made an effort not to tap the brush off, I still didn’t have any issues with powder going anywhere except where I put it. With the exception of Vino which comes across strongly, the colors aren’t super saturated when they apply. They are buildable though and they blend nicely. They also lasted through the day with minimal fading. The mattes work really well with the shimmers, both in formula and shade. I think the palette was very well thought out actually. Everything works well with everything else. I suppose the silver could be considered the surprising pop of color in the otherwise neutral palette.

It is a very pink toned palette. I happen to like that but Venetian Gray and Queen of Diamonds are the only only non-pink tones in the palette. If you don’t wear warm pink tones, I would skip this palette. As for me, I really enjoyed using it, I will be sparing and strategic when I reach for the Queen of Hearts, but the other shadows in the Shaina B Miami Nights palette are ones I will reach for on a regular basis. And I have to say the formula makes me want to check out more of Shaina B’s eyeshadows.

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A Tale of Two Quads

Recently I have been going through a lot of my smaller eyeshadow palettes in an effort to look at the ones more suitable for travel. At least I think that is why I have found them so attractive as of late. There is the possibility that as my schedule has tightened up and I have less time to actually spend I have been drawn to the smaller eyeshadow quads because they are quick and easy.

while I like the smaller palettes, one of the things I like, beyond their compact size, is that you don’t have a lot of thought when using them. Typically they have a small range of application patterns so they are quick to grab and apply. Two eyeshadow quads recently came into my collection and on the surface they appear to be very similar. They are both brown neutral palettes with one matte and three shimmers. But let’s see how they compare.

The first up is the Oryza Beauty Nude Shimmer and Contour Eyeshadow. It has one matte brown and three shimmers.

When applying it, I found the matte is not all that pigmented and tends to be a bit on the patchy side. while one matte is not enough to fully judge an entire line of eyeshadows, I can’t say it impressed me enough to want to try out other shades. The shimmers applied more easily and in fact did help the matte out a bit when blending. The matte shade had almost no powder fall out, which was nice, but did tend to fade out more over the course of the day. As it wasn’t very pigmented to start with, this didn’t make it a favorite. The brighter copper shade (lower left hand corner) tended to migrate down and I ended up with some copper flecks on my cheeks by the end of the day. It was only visible when the light hit and made me shimmer, but I wasn’t expecting it in the shimmer.

The second Quad I used was the Chella Manifest Bronze eyeshadow Palette.

It too had one brown matte and three shimmers. The shadows did feel buttery to the touch and softer than the Oryza shadows. They were also more pigmented and applied smoother. with the matte, I did not have the patchiness. The brown applied well, but has a bit more of a reddish undertone than I expected. It stayed in place longer and while it still faded over the course of a day, it stayed in place relatively well. I also had less fall out from the shimmers. I really like that this quad had one bright shimmer that went well into the inner corners of my eyes. I felt this was lacking a little in the other quad. And as always I adore copper shadows and the darker copper (upper right hand corner) is exactly what I love in a copper shade. Over all it was a pretty good quad.

Here is the thing though. When looking up the Oryza Palette I found it for sale on Amazon for $10.99. (I know usually i go for the brand website but I couldn’t find the price listed in US currency and it wouldn’t convert. The actual site is here.) When looking up the Chella site, I found this quad sells for $20. (I received both as part of subscription boxes – Chella with Glossy Box and Oryza with IPSY).

The truth is that when using them I was comparing them to a similar quad with one brown shade and three shimmers. This was the ELF Bite Sized Palette in Cream and Sugar. Even before I checked the prices, the ELF had them both beat with performance. When you add in that the ELF palette is only $3 (and that’s $3 with no sales going on. They do have a sale going on now and I’ll link it below), it really sort of seals the deal with ELF. I liked the ELF bite sized quad and have used it for a while. Recently the dark brown shade smashed (user malfunction. I dropped a brush and the handle smacked into the center of the pan cracking it.) so I was thinking I might replace it. then I thought ‘wait I have these other two similar quads, let’s try them first’.

In the end while the Chella performed better than the Oryza, I will be replacing the ELF and will end up reaching for it more. This is one case where the less expensive option, is actually the best.

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Reviewing the No 7 Eyeshadow Trio Pink Blossom

As the time for travel draws near, I am testing out smaller palettes in an effort to find something compact that i can quickly slip into my travel makeup bag without overstuffing the bag and without risking damage to the palette in transit. I never like traveling with a large palette, yet I do like having some room to play around with colors while I am traveling.

The main issue when traveling and staying with family, or at least my family, is the small shared bathroom that I will be using while i am there. Items don’t get left in the bathroom unless they are shared use items. essentially the rule is that if it is in the shared bathroom then it is there for everyone to use.

while a good general policy, it has provoked arguments in the past, mostly about hair products left in the shower. But that is not what this post is about. One of the things I find helpful, especially on short trips, is to take one or two eyeshadow quads or trios along. If each small palette is solid for one or two looks then I can rotate between the two easily, just taking the one I want to use in to the bathroom mirror when I want to use it. Recently I have been trying out the No 7. Pink Blossom Trio.

while I have the No 7 Perfect Light pressed powder on repeat purchase (and have for years) going through countless compacts and I have recently fallen head over heels in love with their serum foundation. I have never tried any of the No 7 Brand’s eyeshadows. I thought a trio was a great way to start. I will say though, it small trios are not your thing, but you do like these shades, these three are also part of a larger eight pan Smoky Palette.

Also at the moment No 7 has a sale going on. Buy 2 save 20%. It is site wide and not just for their eyeshadows.

But on to the trio.

not the most dramatic swatching

First the case. It is a hard plastic oblong that is quite sturdy. I could see the front clear window getting scratched up with repeated travel and under duress possibly getting a crack, but I think it is the sort of plastic that would almost spiderweb across the top instead of breaking through and destroying the shadow inside. I’m not testing that with a hammer of course, but I have every confidence that it would survive my journeys in tact. The lid also fastens down securely. It is not going to fly open at the least little touch.

Normally, packaging is a pleasant distraction, but I find when traveling, it can also be the key to a good travel piece and whether or not i take it with me. This packaging is a bonus to travel and not a detriment. It is also aesthetically pleasing and I like that I can see the shadows through the clear glass so I know what shades I am picking up, making it easier to grab and go. As all of the eyeshadow trios have the same shape, this would be especially helpful should I decide I like the shadows enough to pick up more pans. The clear window simply lets me see what I am picking up.

But will I be picking up more?

Let’s talk about the shadows themselves. As it is a trio, there are of course three. One matte and two shimmers. One of the shimmers, the lighter pink is very low shimmer and close to being a matte. The darker pink has more shimmer to it. It means that the lighter pink can be used for the inner corners of the eye without getting too over the top shimmery. In a simple three pan product, I find this quite useful.

with only three pans, there aren’t a ton of variety between looks, but there is some room to play. All of the shadows can be used alone. They will stay in place for about eight hours. The shimmers do fade a bit more towards the end of the day, but the one matte remained in place until I took my makeup off.

The shadows blended well together without becoming muddy. when applying them there was little fall out from the brush so I could, if I so choose, apply my face products before working on my eyes, which is actually my preferred method when possible.

These shadows are not highly pigmented. The dark matte applies more as smoke than as charcoal. It is buildable but it is never going to give you a saturated color. However what it does give you stays in place. It may not be a deep color, but one applied it remains. while I may touch up my makeup before dinner, I actually prefer makeup that I can put in place and then forget about. Especially when I am traveling. I don’t mind the occasional powder pat to reduce shine, but I don’t want to have to haul out my eyeshadow and it’s brushes.

Over all I was very pleased with the way this shadow performed. It applied well, even if it wasn’t highly pigmented. It stayed in place without fading to nothing. It blended well and I was able to create a couple of good basic looks with it. The trio has a limited range, but is a good travel item and I think I would look at picking up several more of these trios simply for grab and go types of mornings as well as travel. These No 7 Beauty Shadows require little thought to apply and I think a range of colors wouldn’t be a bad thing to have on hand.



Single Shadow Declutter, Autumn 2021

This will not be the most dramatic declutter I have ever done.  While I have an odd collection of single shadows and there are a few that I do reach for on a consistent basis such as the KVD Lolita, over all I don’t reach for single shadows much.  I will use shadow duos though more often than I will reach for singles.  I think it is because they look more substantial and I have a better chance of creating a look with a well paired set.  The few single shadows I keep tend to either blend well with others or work well on their own.

All of the single shadows

But this isn’t about what I am keeping, but what is leaving me. 

The first item leaving is actually a duo of shadows.  It is the Mesmerizing Mineral Duo from Pixi by Petra.  I had to think long and hard about this one.  They are good shadows but they are both shimmers and both in shades of bronze.  I know it is a mineral bronze duo, but the thing is, while I like the shades and would wear the shades I would need to pair them with something else.  I know it sounds odd, but I really like my duos to work together.  These are a darker and lighter shade of shimmery bronze.  For me it doesn’t work as a pair and because of this I never reach for them.  Luckily they are shades my mom will reach for often and so while they look relatively new I will clean them and send them to her to play with.

broken IBY

There are three single powder shadows that I am letting go of.  The first I am so sad to see go.  And truthfully the only reason that I am letting it go is because it is broken.  And honestly, I may try to repress it just to keep it a little longer.  It is the IBY Fire and Ice Lush Eyeshadow.  In the pan it looks awful.  It just looks muddy brown.  On the lids it goes from brownish to shimmering green like a beetle’s back.  It looks absolutely fantastic.  I will try and press it, but I don’t know how well that will work and suspect it will still be making its way out of my collection.

The second powder is The Rundown from the What’s the Tea collection from The Balm.  I like the shade it is like a brown with a purple-y tint to it.  And I like the Balm shadows.  If this were in a palette I would use it.  But as a single shadow I just don’t find myself reaching for it.  I suspect that I will end up purchasing the What’s the Tea? Palette at some point, because I like a lot of the shades, but I just am not reaching for this and I think it should be passed on.

And the third powder single I am passing on is the Colored Raine Champagne Life.  It is an okay shadow.  Not my favorite but it is one of my few light colored single shadows so I kept it around to pair with the darker ones.  The thing is, even when I use the darker shadows I find I’ll reach for a light tone from a palette, or use a highlighter rather than reach for this.  It is okay but I have better products and it is really old.  I think it has been in my makeup drawer for well over five years. So it is time to let it go.

LOC shadow Swatch

There are two liquid shadows I am decluttering this round.  The first is the LOC liquid Shimmer shadow.  I believe it is a Birchbox owned brand. It is actually really good as far as liquid shadows go.  It went on smoothly, dried fairly quickly and if you let it dry before blinking it didn’t really crease.  It is a sample size and it is also almost completely empty.  It is one I could see myself buying a full size of at some point.  But for now, the almost completely empty tube needs to go.

Model Co

The Liquid Metal eyeshadow from Model Co is also going.  It is a decent enough bronze shade but it is older and starting to get clumpy.  So I don’t really want to put it on my eyes.  In general I didn’t reach for it much because it took forever to dry down and I almost always ended up with lines where I blinked before it was dry.  It kind of drove me nuts to be honest. And now it is drying up so I feel a little bit bad, but I don’t think liquid shadows are sanitary to pass on so it was never going to be used by another.

And finally there are two loose powder pigments that I am passing on.  These can be used as shadows.  They can be used as highlighters.  Either way, I am not going to use them.  The bellapierre is a very glittery pink that just isn’t something I am going to reach for .  The Artist Couture is also lovely, but it is two glittery a shade for me as well.  And to be honest, loose powder shadows just aren’t my thing.  I’ve had several where the color was fantastic and the application lovely, but I just don’t reach for them.  I am just not a loose powder eyeshadow sort of person.   And so as stunning as these are, I will be rehoming them to someone who will get far more use out of them than I will. 

I know, it isn’t a massive declutter, but it does clear out a few products I am not using.  A few will get send to new homes where they will be used and loved while a few others will sadly go the way of the bin. But quite frankly, I really am enjoying getting rid of the items that I know I will not use.  It’s kind of a lightening up process for me.  And it makes me feel better about the products I am keeping.  Several of which I forgot I had and am now excited to find again.  It’s a bit like shopping without spending any money.

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Autumn 2021 Eyeshadow Palette Declutter

All the palettes in my collection

Let me start by saying, I am not a minimalist.  I know I have way more product than I need.  I like trying new things and well, occasionally there is a buildup and it needs to be sorted.  With the exception of the few items that have expired, everything is going to be cleansed and disinfected and passed on to someone who will use it.  So this isn’t me trashing any product just because I don’t like it.

The palettes leaving

Oddly enough, most of the products I don’t like, I tend to pass on pretty quickly.  If I know I am not going to use it, I like to keep it as pristine as possible, disinfect it and pass it on to someone who will use it while it still looks as new as possible. 

Where I fall down is that sometimes I will keep a palette because I like one color.  I am actually quite bad about that.  I will convince myself that I will reach into that palette solely for that one color I like even though every other color in the palette is something I have in several other palettes and never think to reach for the single one I like.  This time with my declutter I set all of the palettes that I liked with only one or two shades in them to the side and if I could find a comparable color in another palette then I let it go.  To be honest, that was the bulk of my declutter. 

There are also some palettes that I just don’t reach for.  The shades may be lovely, the formulas great, but for one reason or another I just don’t reach for them.  And so, while they are still capable of being used, it is time to let them go.

So I am just going to list them below as the palettes I am passing on. Ready?

Cargo Nude Beach

Cargo Nude Beach:  I like the cargo formula but I never reach for this palette.  It is a nice neutral palette and the black is highly pigmented (which is why I held on to it) but The other shades are cool toned and in general I don’t wear a lot of cool tones.  So I kept one cool toned shadow and found a black I like in a palette that has other shadows I like.

Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek Peach Bellini:  I like the formula of Makeup Geek shadows but I have every shadow in this palette in another palette.  It is a great peachy neutral palette and I know exactly who will get the most use out of it so I have no problems passing it on.  It is a great palette, I am just not reaching for it.

Beauty for Real

Golden Hour by Beauty For Real:  A recent trial I found I wanted to keep it for the blue shade. Everything else I had elsewhere.  I found a comparable shade in a blue palette and so I am passing it on.  It is a decent every day palette with one pop of color.

Fenty

Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice: I wanted to like this palette, I really did.  The gold shadow is stunning actually and the formula isn’t bad.  I have every shade in the palette in multiple versions elsewhere and I simply never reach for this palette.  I used it a few times and quite frankly I put it away and forgot about it.  It has beautiful packaging, but it isn’t very exciting.

Eloise

Eloise The Queen Palette: This palette is stunning.  The shadows are pigmented and blend really well.  I just never reach for it.  This is one of those palettes that I love looking at, but rarely reach for in order to wear.  I have a couple of colorful palettes and the shades I use in this one are replicated in those colorful palettes so despite how good the formula is, I feel happy letting this go to someone else.

One Size

One Size Patrick Starr Visionary: This is an okay palette in terms of performance but to be honest I was keeping it for Olive it.  It is a lovely green shimmer.  I don’t quite have an exact match but I know it is the only shade I like in this palette so it is best to pass it on.  I will look for the green elsewhere, but I am just not going to reach for this palette. Everything other than Olive It is easily found in another palette.

Illuminati

Illuminati X ISA: I was keeping this for shades I didn’t have elsewhere but truthfully I don’t really care for this formula.  The shades are nice but they look better than they perform.  This is more of a nice in theory palette but I am never going to use it.  The colors are nice but the formula just doesn’t deliver.

Revolution

Revolution Pro HD Amplified 35 Palette: This is a cool toned palette and honestly there are two shades I use.  I have both of those shades elsewhere and so I don’t reach for this that much.  Part of why I don’t reach for it is that I find I don’t really like large palettes.  Whenever I pull out the larger palettes I end up just staring at them a really long time as I try to make a decision about what to do with them and then I use the same few shades as I used the last time I pulled out the palette.  Over time I have gotten rid of most of my really large palettes because I find I just don’t use them.

Rimmel Magnif’eyes Crimson Edition:  I’ll be honest I planned to declutter this one because most of the shadows I have elsewhere but I decided I’m not going to.  I really like it and am going to try to use it more.  If I haven’t used it by the time the next declutter rolls around I’ll let it go, but for now, I’m doing a last minute save and returning this to the shadow drawer

ELF

Elf Need it Nude:  I have these browns and golds in so many palettes.  It is a great palette but I just don’t reach for it as much as some of my other browns.  In fact I reach for the Elf bite sized palette when I want these colors.  It is the same nice formula, just fewer shades. So this is getting passed on.

Wanderess Rush Palette: Again a good palette and one I got a lot of use out of.  In fact I am not so certain I can actually pass this one on.  It is worn out and beat up.  And one of the shadows is busted.  It is time to let it go not because I didn’t like it but because I perhaps liked it a little too much.  It is a good little palette but it has served it’s time and now it must go.

Violet Voss

Violet Voss Fun sized Palette HG: I really do like the formula of Violet Voss shadows and I have kept another  Violet Voss palette because of it.  However I have all of these shades elsewhere and never reach for this.  As a result the palette looks virtually untouched.  So I am going to clean it up so it looks less touched (and is disinfected)and give it to a friend who I know will use this down to pan.  There are her colors and she loves the Violet Voss formula (which I do too, actually). So I feel really good about it.

Wet ‘n Wild Coloricon Quad:  I love wet ‘n Wild Eyeshadows.  And I don’t know if you can tell but this has been well used.  I really liked that the shadows were named for the parts of the lid they went with so I tried to avoid erasing the name with the shadow brush.  I have had this for years.  It has seen a lot of love, even if in the past couple of years it has fallen to the bottom of the drawer.  Yes, years.  It is old enough now that I won’t be passing it on I can only say a fond farewell.  I really love wet ‘n wild shadows but I would be hesitant to put this one near my eyes at this point.  I will end up picking it up again in a new incarnation, but this one has to go.

Sleek When the Sun goes down twelve pan palette: Oh yes my darlings, this is a twelve pan palette.  I attached a photo of the interior with my thumb in frame so you can see the reference for pan sizes.  I can tell you that this palette is at least ten years old.  When I picked it up I was in a job where I was traveling nearly constantly.  I had to drive long stretches and then had a few minutes to clean up from the drive before I had to conduct a meeting or a workshop.  I picked up this palette because it was tiny and fit well into the small purse I kept in my work bag.  It has a surprisingly large mirror and the colors are basic enough that I could touch up almost any work look I was wearing with no problem if I smudged on the drive. It was chosen for its base neutrality, its mirror and because I thought those tiny pans were just super cute. It was often a lifesaver and even after I stopped traveling so much, I kept it in my purse as a compact.  I would never use the shadows anymore and honestly they are starting to smell a little off.  The shadows were good when I used them. Neutral enough to blend with any of my work looks and the mirror was often a lifesaver.  It is however time to let it go and sent it on a journey far away.  Its time in service has been complete.

And with that we reach the end of the eyeshadow palettes.  I did a quick declutter of my single shadows but I think that as this post is long enough, I will post that one a different time. For now, this is the end of the 2021 eyeshadow palette declutter.

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Reviewing the Norvina Palette Vol 1 by Anastasia Beverly Hills

I admit freely that I am much more of a neutral palette kind of person. While I do like reds and pinks, I do tend to use them as a backdrop. They are just a hint of color behind the brown or possibly black, shadow. Part of that is the consequence of working so long in a very conservative office environment. Glitter was not appreciated.

Although i often snuck in a good bronze shimmer.

Even in a conservative arena, I can’t resist a good coppery/bronze shimmer.

row 1

Part of it is also that I adore deep dark lipstick, Reds and berry shades are kind of my favorite and you can be forgiven bright lips with tame eyeshadow. Admittedly several neutral lipsticks have grown on me as of late and perhaps as a consequence I have been drawn to brighter eyeshadow.

Ah the Yin and Yang of lipstick and eyeshadow.

This Norvina palette Volume 1 was a product that came to me via a Boxy Charm Box. It was a choice, There were several palettes and I looked at this one and thought, ‘I have very few of those shades in my collection.’ so I chose it.

row 2

I don’t know if I would have picked it up on my own. One of the reasons I don’t own a lot of purple shadows is that when I use them I tend to come out looking like Ursula the Sea Witch. While there is a time and a place for Disney imitation, it doesn’t come around often enough that i feel the need to keep purple shadows around.

Row 3

Half of using this palette was figuring out the application process. But first the specifics. There are five rows of shadows in the palette and five shadows in each row giving a total of twenty five shadows. Ah basic math, how I love you. Eight of these shadows are shimmer shades and the rest are matte.

Row 4

All of the matte shades are highly pigmented. In fact if you look on the palette information some of them are not recommended for use on the eyes because they tend to stain the skin. And stain they do. It is predominantly the purple shadows that stain. They leave an oddly red toned stain behind. In the picture below this is my eyelid after removing my makeup when I used A3 on my lids. The shadows aren’t named, but rather given number assignments. Row one is A and the colors are numbered one through five. Then there are rows B to E with each of the shadows again numbered one to five.

Row 5

The mattes applied well and they were long lasting. Some even lasting through makeup remover. They stayed put and didn’t crease. They were however very messy to apply. Unless you employ some sort of shield, this is a palette you want to work with before applying the rest of your makeup. Even with tapping the brush off before applying, the side of my nose and my under eye were often coated in shadow when I applied it. It is just a formula that sprays about a lot.

lid after shadow removal

I also found that I needed to be very precise in my application. Using this eyeshadow was a job for the smaller blending brushes in my collection. Using the larger fluffier brushes made me feel a bit out of control. It brought out the Sea Witch look. Once I switched to a smaller brush and was more precise with the application, the shadows worked well. They blend really well without becoming muddy and were long lasting.

Just remember to use a smaller brush to control the application and that you will have to dust off your nose and under eye area and the shadows are fine. In the mattes, i have to admit, I fell in love with the flat whit shade. C1 if you are counting. It sounds strange to say, but I think it was my favorite shadow.

I could apply the super bright colors and think it was a little too dark and then add the flat white to the inner corner. then I could blend the white out and soften some of the more intense colors. For me, this shade made the palette a lot more wearable.

And now we get to the shimmers. To be honest, I didn’t care for them all that much. They swatch much better than they apply. If applied with a dry brush they don’t apply well at all. If used with a wet brush they do become brighter and easier to apply. They also don’t dribble down the face. They tend to stay put all day.

The problem with the shimmers is that the other matte shades are so strong that the shimmers become somewhat irrelevant. The bright mattes are the star of this palette and they overpower the shimmers. If the shimmers are used with more neutral mattes, they are great. They stand out then. But at the same time, the shimmers aren’t that unusual. I have those exact shades in other formulas, some I like better than these others not as much. They aren’t bad shimmers, they just ride the middle line between not bad and not spectacular.

This is a palette that is all about the mattes and really all about the purples. The Norvina Volume 1 is bright and vibrant and contains a lot of colors that I don’t have elsewhere. It isn’t going to become an everyday palette for me, but it is one that I will reach for when I am in the mood for something bright.

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The Otherworldly Eyeshadow Palette from Fluide

I’ll be honest, I chose this Otherworldly Palette by Fluide as one of my choice items in my IPSY Plus Glam Bag because of one shade. (and because there weren’t any other interesting options in that choice category that month). I saw the green and realized I didn’t have any colors like it in my collection. I tend to go for more everyday looks as sort of my natural gravitation towards shadows.

I do have an affinity for jewel tones, but spent a long time working in a rather conservative office, which shaped a lot of my daily makeup habits. Recently though I have been playing around a bit with color (sometimes not very successfully) and I have been wanting to add a bit more of a range to the colors available.

I didn’t actually envision myself liking much of the other colors, but that green just looked fantastic. I know, it isn’t the first time I’ve picked up a palette for just one color, and it probably won’t be the last. Although I do try not to make it a habit. I also justified it because I had never tried any shadows from Fluide before. I do like their liquid lips though. They are a nice, non drying formula. So justifications in place I tried the palette

There are eight shades in this palette. It is a nice sturdy cardboard palette with a small mirror shaped wither like a cloud or a UFO, I can’t really tell. There are five mattes, two shimmers and one glitter.

L to R: Stellactic, Astral Halo, Quarkle, Andromedaze

The top row contains two mattes, the glitter and one of the shimmers. I promise there are four shades swatched on my arm. The second shadeAstral Halo is almost a perfect match for my skin tone and so doesn’t show up well in the swatch.

L to R: Galatea, Mercurial, Queersar, Blood Moon

The second row has the one green shimmer that drew me into the palette in the first place and three mattes. Let’s talk about the mattes first. They are soft and buttery and have very little fall out. While Astral Halo is only really useful as a base layer to give me a solid color to work with, the other colors are rather nice. The shade that looks light brown in the pan, Mercurial has a reddish tone, almost like a terra cotta, on the eye which I rather liked. I was not expecting to like the orange (either the matte or the shimmer) but I ended up really liking it. I think because the dark brown can tame down that orange It worked really well for me. I was actually quite pleased by the orange.

The mattes had little fall out and blended easily with each other. In addition, they are well paired. If you want a bright look, there are colors to play with and if you want a hint of color, you can tame the brights, and if you just want something quick for the office, you can do that too. It is surprisingly more versatile than I thought it would be.

The shimmers applied well also. I could get a decent shimmer with a dry brush. If I wanted something gleaming, then dampung down the brush intensified the shimmers. While I loved the green as much as I thought I would, that orange shimmer was something I did not expect to like. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

And then there is the glitter. Oh, the glitter.

It feels soft in the pan and on the eyes. When applied with a dry brush it is a little patch and if you have slightly hooded eyes like mine, it will wear off in a line where the hood is. In addition it has a tendency to migrate down the face and then show little glittery bits for the next two days despite washing your face and taking a shower. With a damp brush, it applies better.

While none of the other shadows really need a primer, if using the glitter shade, use an eyelid primer. It will keep the glitter in place long enough for your look to shone where you are going. without the primer, You have maybe an hour before the fall out starts. I personally like the Pretty Vulgar Lid Primer as it has a great deal of stick to it that really locks the glitter down.

Over all, I enjoyed this palette. i wasn’t really expecting to like this Otherworldly palette by Fluide as much as I did. I quite frankly saw the oranges and was a little scared off. But the colors work well together, the pans are well thought out and the shadows are a really nice formula. while this Palette was part of Fluide’s Pride collection, I will certainly have to look into oher shadows from them in the future.