Blowin’ Smoke with Colourpop

I saw this palette come out a while ago and I was intrigued. I loved the tonal variation of the shades and I put it on my list to pick up later. Well later finally arrived and i ordered it. I have used Colourpop shadows before. I generally find the shadows to be decently pigmented but not over the top with the pigmentation so they ae buildable rather than just a blast of color you are stuck with once you apply. they usually blend well and while they do fade a little throughout they day they are not too powdery if you tap your brush off before application.

I have not tried the Super Shock Shadows so they may perform differently. This is just how I feel about their palettes. And to be fair that is exactly how this palette performed. The shadows worked as expected. They were a little powdery but if i tapped the brush off before application then I didn’t get a lot of fall out. They were pigmented but not overly so and while they did fade a bit by the end of a long day, they, for the most part stayed in place. They blended well and i enjoyed them.

top row L to R

I know this doesn’t sound like much of a review, but Colourpop is so well known that I’m sure a lot of you already know how they perform so I paired it down to the basics for those who have never tried their shadows. What I mostly wanted to talk about today was Colorpop Palettes in general.

When they first came out, I have friends who decided to collect all the palettes they made. This wasn’t as silly as it sounds. They were (and still are) affordable palettes and in the beginning they weren’t coming out with them as rapidly as they seem to be now. Or perhaps that is me. I don’t recall them coming out that rapidly at any rate.

second row L to r

At the time I was living in a much smaller place and had very limited space. In fact at that point in time I had one Urban Decay Palette for everyday use and one Chantecaille Single Shadow. i used both down to pan actually. By the time I had enough space to think about building a collection there were so many Colourpop shadows that it seemed overwhelming. I think that pretty much everyone I knew who was going the collecting route abandoned that plan a long time ago for space reasons if nothing else.

third row L to R

For me Colourpop is a brand i turn to when i am looking for something to fill in the gaps of my collection. Which it is actually perfectly set up to do. Realize you have no greens and want to try some green toned looks? Colorpop has you covered. Looking for golds, blues or purples? Yup they have that too. They are good shadows and the way they seem to curate their palettes means that it is easy to pick up a selection in a color range you are looking for, They have mixed palette too, but for me their color collections are their strong suits.

The full shade variation

For me black shadows have been a bit of a disappointment in many of the palettes I have that include one. Given that Colourpop is always reliable with their shadows, i thought that this Blowin Smoke palette would work. It also gave me a selection of grays that i like as well. And as expected they work well. i had none of the powdery-ness or streakiness that a lot of black shadows can give. While the color variation isn’t that great, there is a clear variation between the shades allowing for subtle transitions. I was a little disappointed that the black with sparkles was less shimmery than expected ((bottom right Shade Night Dreams) and I would have liked Ignite (middle row far right) to have a slightly deeper purple tone when applied, bit otherwise I am very happy with this palette. it fills a gap in my collection, color wise and for me that makes it well worth the price.

Am I going to start collecting Colourpop Palettes? No. But I will keep an eye out for palettes that fill in gaps in my collection. As many of my palettes lean towards the neutral everyday tones, I’m sure there are plenty of gaps where Colourpop palettes can fill in. Fir me, this was the one i was most drawn to and I am very pleased with my purchase. Blowin’ Smoke may not be an everyday palette, but it is one that I will reach for consistently in the future.

Trying out the Bellapierre Peach Blossom Palette

Normally I will give an eyeshadow Palette longer than a week’s worth of use before I review it. However this Peach Blossom Palette from Bellapierre is a four pan palette and I feel that a week was long enough.

As you can see from the picture, it is a four pan palette, unsurprisingly in peach tones. It features one matte shade (the peachy shade on the far left named Dahlia. The others are all shimmers. Glisten is the silvery/whitish shade, Hawaii is the peach-ish shimmer and Copper Mine is the (you guessed it) coppery shade on the far right.

I’ll be honest. I didn’t think I would like this palette at all. I thought maybe i would get some use out of the coppery shade as, let’s face it, I love copper shadows. I simply don’t really like peach tones. On me they are either too orange and make me look vaguely jaundiced or they will be too pinkish and make me look a little fevered. Sometimes they will go for a darker peach that actually blends in so well with my eye lids that it doesn’t even seem to be there.

But as many products from Bellapierre as I have tried, I have never tried their eyeshadow so I decided to give them a go. And I am glad I did. The swatch of Dahlia was not encouraging though. It turned out way brighter than I wanted to wear. But as I was also testing out a lipstick that was way brighter than I usually wear, I soldiered on. I figured at the very least they would look like they belonged together.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that when applied to the lid the eyeshadow I thought was going to a bright toxic looking coral turned out to be a rather subdued pinkish tone that worked as a an excellent summer shade for a low key look. In fact it made me change my face products this week. I started out wearing an actual foundation, but the shadow worked better for a more natural look and I shifted to tinted moisturizers.

It was not at all what I was expecting. The one matte of Dahlia didn’t really blend well with the shimmers, but it was easy to layer shimmers over it. Which is nice as all I have in this palette are shimmers. And for it’s pale application, it did last throughout the day. There was some fading but the shadow never truly disappeared. I did have to tap the brush off so no loose powder ended up on my nose but over all it was a surprisingly pleasant shadow to work with.

the coral shade turned out to be much more subtle than I expected and was a nice soft shadow to wear on a low makeup day

The shimmers applied well also. they layered over the matte but weren’t really keen on blending. You could almost always see a line where one stopped and the other began.

The one matte worked well with all three of the shimmers. I will say I didn’t really care for the shade Hawaii. It had the coral undertones that I feared in Dahlia. Which is more about me and colors than the shadows. I did like that the coppery shade had reddish pink undertones that paired really well with Dahlia as well. The shadows were chosen well and for what it is, this is a nice palette. I could easily see slipping this into an overnight bag to use for a quick trip. With only one matte I think it would get boring after a while. But for an overnight trip or a weekend adventure this is perfect. It is a slim palette with a hard case that would travel well. Just make sure everything goes with the pinkish tones and you will be set.

Will I be reaching for this often, probably not. i can’t see it being my go-to palette. That is simply because even though I was pleasantly surprised, these still really aren’t toes I reach for all the time. I am happy to have it as I think that on occasion I will use it when I am in the mood for the shades. Even more I am pleased to have tried out some of Bellapierre’s shadows. It is a formula I like. It is soft and not too powdery. It is not as pigmented as I expected but did give good color. They don’t build very well. That is it’s main downfall. You aren’t going to get deep tones, at least not from the shadows in this palette. Do I think that it is worth the $25 it retails for? No. I think that is a bit overpriced for what it is. However, it is a formula of eyeshadow i would not mind experimenting with more in the future. And for me, that is well worth knowing.

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Let’s Get Naked Honey

If there is one eyeshadow that I can’t resist it is a good bronze. And I’ll admit golden tones are right there with the bronze. Slightly below it, but still in the mix of shadows I love. Don’t get me wrong, I love other shades, but the bronze tones really draw me in.

When This Naked Honey palette from Urban Decay came out I had immediate cravings. They might as well have just sent me a note saying ‘we made this just for you’ because that is what it felt like. I did put off buying it immediately though. basically I talked myself out of it because I had an overflowing eyeshadow drawer at the time. Also Urban Decay has a habit of rotating their Naked palettes through sales so I thought I’d wait until I had decluttered some of my palettes and the palette went on sale. Also I didn’t know if I wanted the full palette or if the mini version would suit me.

I know that sounds a little strange, but sometimes I find the Naked Mini palettes suit me better than the full sized. I actually really like the Naked Heat Mini palette, but somehow the full sized one did not appeal to me. Incidentally Urban Decay just released four new mini-palettes if you are interested. In general I tend to gravitate towards smaller palettes. with larger palettes I almost have too many options and can occasionally be overwhelmed by it.

While I like the brushes with these palettes I tend to only use them when traveling

The full sized Naked Palettes are my ideal size for a palette though. (I also like the size of the older ABH Palettes like Modern Renaissance). I generally find there is enough variation with this number of shadows without being overwhelming. And when I did look at the mini version I still found myself drawn to the full one. For me the mini version seemed to have something missing, unlike some of the other mini palettes. So I planned to pick this up and told myself I had to clear out some space as well as wait for a sale. I figured both conditions would help me out. It has been on sale many times but i always somehow missed the sale. This time i caught it and ordered the palette.

Swatches go letf to right starting with Flyby (white) and ending with Sting (dark brown)

If you like brows, golds and bronzes, this is an amazing palette. If you don’t then this palette is not for you. It really is that simple. while I would happily use the dark brown of Stung, topped with the bronze of Queen with a little Flyby in the inner corners, There is a lot of variation in the palette. It still had the bronze/gold/brown theme but there are enough shades that i found this palette interesting to play with and am actually kind of sad to shift to other palettes. For me this is an everyday palette that can be glammed up for going out or toned down for office work. Sadly these days it is more office work than going out, but i like the flexibility.

I love that the shimmers are smooth and don’t have any glitter bits in them. while I do occasionally like glitter, I want that to be my option. Plus I apply glitters differently than other shadows.

In the past there have been some Urban Decay shadows that turned muddy when blended. I did not have this problem with this palette. Each color was distinguishable. I found that I only needed one dip in the pan to get the shadow on the brush. with tapping the brush off I had no fall out as I applied it. The shadows are highly pigmented. I found that I needed to apply the shadow (especially the dark brown of Sting) with one brush and then use a clean shadow brush to blend it out. while it required having more brushes on hand I can’t say I minded as I used less product.

Sometimes when you wait for something for a while you end up building it up in your mind to a level it can’t actually achieve. I planned to purchase this palette for so long I was worried that would happen with the Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette. It didn’t. This palette was just as good as I hoped it would be and I am thrilled it is now part of my collection. I would order this again in a heart beat, even when it was not on sale. I love the browns and golds so this one does speak to me, but I am also happy with the quality and ease of application and use. I think that this is a palette I will get a lot of use out of for a long time to come.

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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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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A singles shadows mix from Maybelline

The twenty-four hour color Tattoo cream shadows formed the bulk of this week’s eyeshadows.

This week I decided that instead of using an eyeshadow palette I was going to dig into my singles eyeshadow collection.  The first thing that came to my hand was one of the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows.  I remember picking one up to try it, falling in love with it and then returning to the store to pick up several more.

While at one point I had a lot more, I currently have five in my collection.  I dug them all out and then I realized I had two more Maybelline shadows.  One is a regular powder shadow and the other is a color strike.  I figured that if I was going to go ahead and take out the Color tattoos I might as well go for a clean Maybelline sweep and take the other two as well.

The one traditional shadow single I have is from the Expert Wear line.  It is in the shade #200 Dusty rose.  On me this shadow is a no makeup look. It is a pink shade that has just a slight bit of sheen to it.  On my lids by itself it is a light barely there look. As My friend Nancy says, ‘It’s not enough to be flash, but it’s enough to show you put yourself together.’ On me, this is that color.  It is also a color that works well as a transition tone for me. 

Dusty Rose (with a streak of something else on the side)

It can blend softly into very little or give you a nice slightly pearly base on which to build other looks.  I have also used it to top off completely matte looks.  It isn’t technically a shimmer, but it really isn’t a matte either. It’s like a matte with aspirations. I’ve had this shade for a while.  It originally came with a little foam applicator but I ditched it as I don’t like them and I always end up dropping it.  The one big drawback it that if you try to blend it with others it disappears and even with a lid primer and setting spray, you are only getting about six hours of wear with it.  It is just a good basic to keep around.  Is it spectacular?  No, but it is good to have around. I think that if I were to go out and repurchase this, I would pick up one of the quads instead of the single shadow. I picked it up to see how it worked but I would like some other colors to see how it blends with other products from the same line.

I had hoped that I could use the Color Strike formula in#55 Flare, to darken the corners and do a simple illusion of a smoky eye.  But alas it was not to be.  This cream to powder formula is not worth taking the time to bother with.  The brown shade that came out would have been a nice shade to pair with the dusty rose, but it was so hard to work with. 

strike swatch after a lot of work

I could get a little out with the wand but it would only be a small smudge of color.  I never really got enough product out to do much with and when I tried to blend what did come out, it didn’t want to budge.  I ended up with little dots placed where the wand touched the eyelid.  I tried playing connect the dots, but to do so I felt like I was going to poke my own eye out just to get the product onto the lid. Once it was there though it lasted forever. It had some staying power to it. It was just getting it out that was the issue.

I don’t know if I got a defective one or if this color in particular was just not one that turned out well, but if they are all like this, but I would give these color strike shadows a wide pass and just go straight for the single shadows. I did notice when I was linking to the site that they have this in a pen form as well as the foam ended applicator. I don’t know if the pen perfromes better but I would probably try for that applicator in the hopes that it would. I may in the future try picking up a different shade (in the pen style) to see if it performs better but for now, this one isn’t for me

As a sharp contrast, I love the color tattoo formula.  I love putting on Knockout (the maroon shade) Darkening it with Risk Maker (the black shade) and then using either Inked in pink (the lighter pink) or Golden Girl in the inner corners to brighten it up. The blue shade Trailblazer, I don’t use a lot.  I bought it for a costume party and rarely use it.  When I do it is a backdrop to the black. Or a hint of color. 

L to R: Trailblazer, Risk Maker, Golden Girl, Knockout, Inked in pink (they perform way better than they swatched)

All of these creams are highly pigmented and claim to hold up on the eye for twenty four hours.  I have not had to wear makeup for a full twenty four hours in a really long time, but I can tell you that once in place they don’t budge without a makeup remover.  I use either a small brush or my finger to apply.  Even when I start off with a small brush though, I invariably move to my fingers to blend. 

They blend well, you just have to remember to clean of your fingers often when you do that.  For me, I apply a color, blend it out how I want it, wipe my fingers on the makeup eraser, apply the next color and repeat.  Give the cream a second to settle in and the are no problems.  In addition, they also work really well as eyeliners if you are looking for a color match. 

This week I just used the black – Risk Maker – as my eyeliner instead of adding one to the makeup bag.  It worked excellently well. An because it is a cream product I have to say, I have not really had a problem with drying out.  I keep them capped when I am not using them and occasionally I have to warm them up with my finger for the older ones, but they have never dried out to the point where they were unusable (unless I accidentally leave the cap off for an extended period of time). The color range you can find at my local store isn’t that great and they tend to sell out of the neutrals very fast (which is why I don’t have any) but they are well worth picking up to keep around. In fact, I am seriously considering ordering some of the shades I don’t have. especially as I am wearing more one and done looks these days and these creams are perfect for those.

In cat I am very much rethinking my single shadows due to the fact that I usually only wear one or two at a time and the singles take up less space than the palettes. For a long time I ignored them in favor of the palettes because grabbing a simple palette was easier when I was running in the morning. Mornings have become a lot less frantic recently and my eyeshadow has simplified. That combo means I am less adverse to looking over the selection of singles and choosing my options. It is certainly something I will be thinking about as I move into the new year. I’m not getting rid of all of my palettes, but there may be a rethink this holiday season.

So in the end, Color Strike is a no, Expert wear shadow is a decent enough basic, but not spectacular, and the 24 hr Color Tattoo Cream formula is really nice and worth keeping around.

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Dominique Cosmetics Sweater Weather Eyeshadow Palette

Have you ever looked at an eyeshadow palette and thought one thing and then tried it and thought, maybe I was wrong?  That is sort of how I felt about this palette.  When I opened it, I immediately thought ‘spring’  I decided to go ahead and try it out now and I am really glad I did. 

There are only six shades. Well, clearly as you can see from the above photo. They are all mattes and no shimmers, which was interesting. I don’t mind that actually as they all had the same formula, making it very predictable to use. Every shade worked more or less like the other shades there was no difference in application between them. I didn’t have to adjust from shade to shade (except to change the color combo I was trying that day – but not form formula alterations. which was a relief after alse week where each shad seemed to have a mind of it’s own.)

I’ll cover the worst first just to get it over with. Shade one is called Sweater Weather. It is the first pan and the far left swatch. I did not like this shade.  It applied well (as did all of the shades for the most part), but it looked gray and just awful with my skin tone. If I was trying to create a zombie mold look on my eyes, this is the color i would reach for, otherwise, I have no use for it.

Fuzzy is an excellent inner corner color or used to lighten up the look while Toasty is very close to my skin color and made an excellent base for me.  Cuddly was the shade I reached for the most this week.  I tended to put it all over my lid and then add Fuzzy to the inner eye.  It is a very subtle look for a low makeup kind of day. Chill was a very good blue-y/purple-y shade.  While not my favorite, it did work well as an accent color (I’m just not a fan of blue shades.  I keep trying them because they look good in the pan, I just don’t like how they look on me.)

Messy Bun I had the most trouble with.  It had the most fall out and had the tendency to need to be swept off of the nose and under eye area.  When I used it, I had to add a little extra powder to sweep it away.  Also there was a slight bit of patchiness with this that wasn’t in any of the other shades.  I don’t know if it is just the darker tone, but it was more powdery and slightly patchy.  However after last week’s shadow palette, the patchiness was barely noticeable and the powdery completely manageable. (this is the benefit of following a difficult to work with eyeshadow palette I suppose).  

It just required a little more work than the others, but seriously, it only required that little bit of extra work because it was so dark a shade and you need to be more careful when applying them so you don’t look like you have a black eye. That’s just the nature of the shade.  But a the others went on like a dream, blended well and stayed on all day, the slight issues of Messy Bun were easily overcome.  

While you could use Messy Bun to create a very soft smokey eye (it is not a true black but more of a darker brown when applied) This is very much a palette you can use when you want to go subtle with your look. It is not a bold glitzy palette but it is very easy to work with.

Do I think it is a quality eyeshadow palette?  Yes. Do I think that a six pan palette should cost $29? No. I think it is over priced. The colors I like, I have in other palettes and in good formulas. So even though it is good quality, it isn’t unique enough to justify the price in my mind.

I am happy with it and I will get a lot of use out of it, but if I had to go out and buy it again. I would wait until it was on sale.  Especially since two of the colors (Sweater Weather and Chill) aren’t ones I would consistently use. But I am very glad to have this in my collection and since I have it, I will use it.


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This week’s Palette: Peach Bellini by Makeup Geek

Eyeshadow Palette: Peach Bellini by Makeup Geek

This is one of those eye shadow palettes I received in an IPSY box several months back.  While I have tried and liked Makeup Geek shadows before, when I got this palette, I wasn’t exactly feeling it.  I think when I got it, the weather was cold and nasty and this just wasn’t the color scheme I was wanting to reach for. 

After a week of use.

This week when I picked it up out of the drawer, I kind of liked it a bit better. To be honest I had a lot of fun with this palette.  It has been a crazy week and to be honest, I didn’t have a lot of time to spare.  My eyeshadow looks this week ended up mostly being me choosing one color, dabbing it a little on the outer edge of my eye where I wanted the pigment a little darker and then using a second clean brush to blow out the color across the lids.  The colors work excellently well for this.  The trick is to remember they are HIGHLY pigmented. 

Seriously a little dab will do you.

top row swatches

In the first row we have Peaches, Prosecco, Bellini and Nectar (L to R).  Prosecco is the one shimmer shade in this row and it is butter soft.  It can be used to accent any of the other colors.  I generally found that after I blew out the color across the lids, I could lighten the inner corner with Prosecco and just be done.  The mattes, especially Bellini, tend to be a little on the powdery side if you use too much.  I recommend lightly dipping in with a flat brush, placing the color where you want it darkest and then switching to a fluffy blending brush.

The second row

The second row of colors: Cheers, Juicy, Cocktail and Venice (L to R) are again three mattes and a shimmer shade.  The shimmer is Cheers and it is a gorgeous copper. I know I have a weakness for coppers. Again, the shimmer is butter soft while the mattes are a little powdery. In fact with this palette it is better to remember that the darker the color, the more powder kick up there will be. Remembering that will help a lot, especially if you are reaching for the shade Venice. Because it is a Peach palette all of the colors except Cocktail and Venice have peachy undertones. For me this made it a very good summer palette.

While I think the lower row could be used for a more fall look (and to be honest I didn’t reach for them a lot this week as I was doing a lot more lighter looks), for me this palette just reads summer more than anything else. I don’t mind that actually.  I naturally tend to gravitate towards more fall colors so in the summer, I generally find myself struggling to figure out what kind of shadows I want to wear. This palette fills a definite gap in my collection.  The colors are nice and relatively easy to work with, once you get used to how pigmented they are, and I am happy to keep this around in my collection and possibly look at picking up more Make Up Geek Shadows in the future. As I’ve had some not so great palettes lately, I am especially glad to find this one. When dealing with my palette collection, my palate needed a bit of a cleansing. and this provided it. Thanks Makeup Geek.


Tarteist Pro Eyeshadow Palette: A Review

This week my makeup bag contained the Tarteist Pro Eyeshadow Palette from Tarte. I have to say I was giddy with excitement at the thought of using this.  There are twenty shadows (four shimmers, the rest mattes) and the entire lid of the palette is filled with a really large mirror.

As you can tell from the above picture, the black outer packaging picks up dust rather quickly. I’ll wipe it before I put t back in the drawer but I suspect it is going to be one of those palettes that always looks dirty on the outside.

In general I enjoy Tarte Shadows but this is one of those palettes that I always thought about buying but never got around to purchasing.  In June it was in the Boxycharm box so it was finally mine.

So was it worth getting giggly over?

I think so.

Top row Swatch

For swatches I swatched the rows of four mattes across and then did a fifth row of just the shimmers. 

Second row Swatch

While it worked out well for swatches, it really isn’t the way I used the shadows.

Each row works really well for a single look.  You can easily just pick a row and work across for the look you want for the day. 

It is very well laid out and easy to use.  You can also mix and match around the palette as the shades complement each other really well, but I like the fact that if you are in a rush you can just pick a row and go.  

Third Row Swatches

I also found this week that if I wanted a super light summerly look, I could go vertically down the left side of the pan and just use the lightest shades only for a barely there look.  With BB cream lip gloss and mascara that row worked really well for me this week. 

Fourth row shimmers

I like that it was well thought out. 

The colors are all soft to the touch and swatched really well.  They are slightly powdery so be sure to tap off the excess from your brush before applying or you can very easily make a mess on the side of your nose. 

The shimmers swatched (the round pans to the right hand side)

These colors, for all that many of them are muted tones, are highly pigmented.  So you really don’t need a lot of product on the brush. 

Dab lightly into the pan and knock off the excess and you’ll be fine. It is easy for that darkest row to get out of hand as it is so highly pigmented, especially that black.  Go lightly and build slowly.

They layer well and blend like a dream, just try to avoid too much product at once. I ended up over doing the black one morning and blending just made me look like I got punched in both eyes at the same time.  I’m not sure who double punches someone in the eyes. Maybe a boxing Kangaroo from a cartoon, but that is sort of what it looked like.

I just had to completely wash my face and start over.  But as long as I was delicate, things worked out well.  I had no problems with creasing and even the lighter shades stayed all day long on my eyes.  I was very much looking forward to using this palette and I have to say, I was not disappointed.  I look forward to using this palette for a long time to come.


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The Balm Autobalm Palette review

The Balm’s Autobalm Palette

I have to admit this palette was the source of great angst this week. I know, it’s just eye shadow you say. I know.

Still, great angst.

Let’s start with the biggest source of the angst. The packaging.

It is undeniably adorable.  All of The Balm’s packaging is.  And I know there is a little ribbon on the side for fingers to grasp while the metal container is opened.  I gripped the little ribbon. It is just a little too short to be helpful.  In addition by the time I reach my eyeshadow I have already applied moisturizer sunscreen, primer and foundation.  I have rinsed my hands. 

I have gotten really good at washing my hands lately. 

However my hands are still a little slick from being washed.  This palette was very hard to open.  There were some mornings I decided I didn’t need eyeshadow and grabbed the Blush palette and eyeliner instead and just let the shadow be because I was tired of fumbling with the metal. There needs to be a slightly larger indent or something to aid in the opening of this palette. If there was a lot of my angst would disappear.

This was even more frustrating, because in general I like the formula of The Balms eyeshadows.  They are usually really good.  I have the Meet Matt(e )trimony palette and several single shadows, all of which I adore.  This palette was no different.  I really liked all of the shadows.

The top row of metallics

The row of metallics worked excellently well, the two mattes were pigmented and lovely to wear.  I even liked the neutral cream primer in the palette.  I really liked all of the products in the palette. They didn’t swatch really well but they applied well.

The two mattes, yes there are two, one is just really a good match for my skin tone.

The selection of colors wasn’t exactly my favorite.  I liked all of them, but the only really light shade is Rodeo drive.  I found myself using the neutral St. Charles Matte, picking one of the colors as an accent shade (which sometimes worked and sometimes didn’t) and then accenting with Rodeo Drive.  Most of the shades, while nice, are dark enough that I wanted it towards my outer eye. They are buildable and easy to work with and I think they are all meant to stand alone instead of really being paired with other shadows. It’s like they were never really designed to work together.  They just happened to be put in the same box.

There is very little fall out and as a product, they are individually good. They aren’t as good as some of the other Balm eyeshadows I’ve tried. The others stay in place all day. These do tend to disappear towards the end of the day, even with a fixing spray, but for a few hours, your look is great. I have no idea why this formula is a little different than their other shadows, it might just be the metallics because the mattes appear to be fine.

It was a lot of metallic for the week for me. It wasn’t helped by the fact that I thought I picked up a black eyeliner and it turned out to be a gunmetal shade. I felt very shiny this week. (They call me Old IronEyes. At least when wearing the silver shade with the gunmetal liner.)

And not shiney in the Firefly Series way.  I think if I were going out I might like it better, but this was kind of a quiet week, without even a grocery visit to spice things up. Outside of my walks the farthest I went was to the mail box. 

Instead of using the metallics, I found myself just using St. Charles with Pennsylvania to darken the crease.  It was a nice look ad one I didn’t mind using repeatedly.  However, I think I would just buy the individual shades to use as two shades, which sort of defeats the palette.

Although truthfully with all of the issues I had getting it open, I’d have a hard time recommending this palette anyway.  I love the mattes, am fond of but not in love with the metallics, but not in this mix and not in this container.

I find this very frustrating because it just feels like the palette wasn’t thought through. St. Charles was the stand out winner of the palette and definitely a single shadow I will add to my The Balm collection of single shadows.  And honestly I may actually see if they sell the neutral cream primer as well.  It worked better than my usual concealer and I really enjoyed it. 

Well I enjoyed it when I could get the palette open to use it. I think a depotting is in this palette’s near future. I would use the metallics with the sticky Pretty Vulgar lid primer and I would use them as the finishing touch to a look created with other shadows.  I probably wouldn’t buy them individually. The Mattes, I would still use on their own and pick up individual replacements. Maybe I can use the metal box to store seeds in this autumn once I depot the shadows. It’s a sure bet they won’t spill out.


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