I can’t lie, when I saw this in the November Glossy Box, I was very excited. (incidentally, you can still get your first Glossybox for $16 with the code WELCOME16). First of all, it is a full sized palette which always makes me happy. Second, the colors are kind of my go to staples. I seriously looked at this and thought ‘Wow they actually made a palette just for me’. Also I really don’t have a good go to black shadow. I have several that are okay, but not one where i constantly reach for it. and I would really like a good black shadow in my eyeshadow arsenal. So is this to be the one?
We shall see.
Normally I would cover the mattes first and the shimmers second, but because there are only three shimmers I will talk about them first. Plus, they are the better eyeshadows so it is nice to start off on a positive note.
There are three shimmers and all are in the second row. They are Rose Quartz, Citrine and Amber. I personally think it is a really good combination of shimmers. It lets you move from a a light pink tone to a deeper golden hue very easily. I was also very pleased with the way the shimmers applied. They applied well with a dry brush (as well as with fingers) and they stayed in place for about six hours. After that they tended to fade to nothing. But they lasted a while. Other than the fact that they are not extremely long lasting I had no issues with the shimmer shadows.
It is the mattes that caused a bit of an issue. First off, I love the selection of colors. Someone thought through this palette really well. it isn’t a massive number of shades but they complement each other really nicely. They blend well together, but they are really powdery. Really powdery. While Sunstroke is the most powdery of the lot, the fall out isn’t as noticeable because the color is so light. There was a lot of kick back and fall out but once on the lids it was fine. Aragonite had surprisingly less fall out. I expected more as it was a darker shade and that seems to be how it usually works, but there was not as much fall out from Aragonie as there was frm Sunstone. I was cautiously optimistic. Until I tried Tigers eye and got almost as much fall out as Sunstone. Aragonite was the clear winner of the shadows of the top row. Selenite was somewhere between Sunstone and Tigers eye with fall out but as I really only used it in the corner of my eye there was less issue with it.
And then we get to Onyx. I had such high hopes. It is darkly pigmented. It applies streaky and there is a lot of fall out. It was a very hard shade to work with. without an eyelid primer it was streaky. If the eyelid primer was sticky and designed to grip (like my Pretty Vulgar Lid Primer which I used and love) then the black is a bit patchy at first but you can apply more and get it to stay. This is the only way to avoid fall out, by the way. Otherwise it will apply and then just sort of drift down into racoon eyes after an hour or so.
Using a concealer instead of a regular primer only helps if you let the concealer dry and then apply the Onyx over it. It is still a bit streaky but it applies more smoothly. the concealer simply won’t hold it in place. I tried every way I knew how to use this black shade and nothing worked for me. Perhaps there is some trick that I don’t know or maybe i have weird eyelids but i could not get this to work for me. It was either streaky or smoothly applied but only temporarily on my lids. either way, this is not the black shade for me.
Which is sad. With the good shimmers and powdery but workable mattes, I would have really liked it if Onyx worked out for me. But it didn’t. And now we come to hard truth time. This palette retails for $32. If this were a lower priced palette, I might have given it a pass. But I have several drug store palettes that perform better than this. Seriously It may be prettier, but I would choose my Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Palette over this anyday. And I think the Wet ‘n Wild palette I have has most of these colors in it. And the Wet ‘n Wild one was only $5.99 (And yes, that is $5.99 before the holiday sales). For $32 I expect more than just a pretty package and powdery shades. While I like the thought that went into this palette, my excitement turned to disappointment. If asked to repurchase this palette, I would have to pass. It does remind me that I need to use my Wet’n Wild palette more though. I really enjoyed using that one.
This week I hauled out all of the foundations that I’ve been testing and sorted through them. In doing so I found several that I forgot I had and really enjoyed using. I also realized how many products are in that drawer. So for the next little while I am going to be using foundations that I have previously tried out and keep using them to see if my opinions change as well as to see which ones that I find I keep reaching for. I find it is one thing to rank foundations in order after giving them each a trial, but seeing which ones I end up reaching for the most is wheat really ends up letting me know which products I really need to keep purchasing. Because quite frankly no one needs to keep twenty foundations stocked (And even saying at least three of them are sample sized and several are almost empty doesn’t make me feel a lot better about the stockpile.)
This week the foundation I pulled out of the drawer to use was the Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation. It feels good on the skin and even though it had a satin finish instead of a true matte, it isn’t upper shiny. It is slightly too light a shade on me right now so I I brought out another favorite that I hadn’t used in a while and it is the Park Ave Princess Contour palette by tarte.
I can’t lie I love this palette and this is really it’s time of year to shine. I don’t really do a lot of contour, but the darker shades in this palette work really well as bronzers for my skin tone and I can change them up depending on both the foundation I am using and my fading summer tan. And yes, I find it strange that we are in November and my tan is only now starting to fade. I spent a lot of time outside this summer and the summer seemed to last a lot longer than usual. In addition to using the bronzers I was able to use the lighter shades as pressed powders this week. It lets me use the entire palette more or less so there isn’t just one product used. Given the change of seasons thing still happening with my skin (and the fact that I find this palette beautiful to work with and look at) I am going to keep it out another week.
Even though I used the Tarte light contour as my pressed powder I had the Becca Pink Haze loose setting powder as my setting powder this week. As always I really enjoyed using it, even if it does leave a fine pink dust over my sink by the end of the week. I like the tint of pink it brings to the skin.
Making its final lap in the makeup bag this week was the Yensa Tone Up primer. It is one primer that I really like and have ordered a number of times in the past. This tube, like the ones that came before is now empty. Next week in the slot where I usually review foundations I will be doing a primer round up instead. The empty tube will stick around long enough to be photographed and then it will make its way to the empty bin. As I have nearly as many primers at the moment as I have foundations, I will not be repurchasing it for a while. It will however remain on my favorites list and eventually make a come back.
My concealer this week is an oldie but a goodie. It is the Revolution Fast Base Concealer. It is one of those twist up concealers with a foam top. I really like it and as it somehow became hidden under the foundations, I forgot I had it. It is getting a bit old though and it is almost empty. I believe I might hold onto it one more week in my makeup bag and use the last of it up. While I like the formula, I really don’t like the foam top. (I make an exception for the Maybelline Age Erase because it is one of my favorite formulas, but I still don’t like the foam top) Because of this I might not be repurchasing this exact concealer again. I will be looking to see if Revolution has this formula in a package with a wand applicator though. I just think the foam gets a bit grungy. I know it probably isn’t any worse than the padded applicator tip, but you pick your devils and I am going to have to go with wand preference over sponge tip. But I like the Revolution formula. And if I am being honest, if they don’t have this formula in a package with a wand, I probably will pick it up again. It is a good concealer and costs about $3. So it is kind of a win, even with the sponge top.
Keeping with the theme of things I forgot I owned, this week I also added the Revolution Highlight Palette to my makeup bag. It has a yellow silver, goldy peach and a purple tinted highlighter. As you might be able to tell from the photo, the yellowish highlighter is barely touched while the gold and purple are showing signs of wear. I really enjoy the formula of these and I like having the choice between shades, even if I only use two of the three shades. I like that I can blend it a little for a bold highlight or blend it in for a soft glow. It is an excellent highlighter palette and I am sorry I forgot about for so long. Incidentally if you are looking for a highlighter palette Revolution currently has this exact one on sale. If you click on the link it will take you there, Normally the palette is $15, currently it is on sale for $5.60) I am going to have to make an effort to remember this moving forward. This week I went hard on the purple highlighter more than the others because it blended better with the eyeshadow palette.
This week’s eyeshadow palette was The Queen Palette from Eloise. It has a very purple-y pink tone to it all in all. I suppose the purple is part of the regal theme after all. It was an interesting palette to work with. The shades were not my favorite. They were nicely pigmented and there was very little fall out. The mattes worked well as stand alone colors and matched the shimmers well, but got muddy when more than one matte was used. I, however, adore the shimmers in this palette and will keep it just for them. Luckily, there are more shimmers than anything else so I don’t feel like it is a waste.
However because of the bold colors, I only used two lip products this week. I used the Dose of colors liquid lip in stone. It is one of my favorite neutrals (I even have an unopened back up in my drawer) It is also quite old and reaching the end of its life so I have been keeping it in my makeup bag in an effort to use it up. Even though I have several other neutral shades I really like, I want to finish this out. The formula dries down really well, but it can feel a little dry on the lips. At my desk I keep a lip balm that I apply throughout the day, mostly as a snack deterrent, but I tended to put it over my Dose of Colors and then had no issues with dry lips (or snacking).
The second lip product I have in my bag this week is the Perricone MD No makeup Lipstick. It is a light reddish sheer on my lips that was just enough color to go with the eyeshadow palette but not compete with it. Also it is one of my lip products that expires in December so I am trying to use as much of it up as possible before then. It currently lives in the bathroom and gets applied whenever I am feeling the need for a touch up. That is the issue with Perricone Md. There is no stockpiling this makeup when you come across a sale. When it expires, it expires. The dates on the packaging are no joke. So I am going to see how much I can use before this reaches the end of its life.
This week I used one of my favorite blushes the Benefit Gold Rush Blush. I know it isn’t one I forget about but once I started pulling forgotten favorites, it seemed like a natural to add. I’ve actually used this blush enough that there is starting to be a little dip in the center, which for blush is a big deal for me. I do not tend to go all that heavy on the blush so any blush that shows wear, is well used and loved. This is both. I will trade it out for a different one next week though so don’t worry.
I couldn’t resist keeping both my Hourglass eyebrow pencil and my Beauty for Real Mascara in the makeup bag this week. I really enjoy both and I felt that the mascara was dramatic enough to suit the eyeshadow palette. It was, but I will pick up two different products next week.
Making a return trip into my makeup bag this week was the eyeko Fat Liquid eyeliner. It is still one of my favorite liquid eyeliner formulas. I tend to forget about it though because while it is fat, it is not terribly tall. So it slides down out of sight in the jar of much taller eyeliners. Thus it sort of fit my unofficial theme this week of forgotten and fabulous.
Speaking of fabulous, I used my HA Spray from Timeless Skincare again this week. However, even though it is not empty, I am going to be setting it aside and begin rotating some of my other setting sprays into the makeup bag again. (I know, Gasps of surprise all around) I still love this formula and I really love the idea that I am getting a skin care benefit from the setting spray, but I have other products that I need to use. So I will begin the rotation with the setting sprays once again.
And that my darlings was this week’s makeup bag. There were several items that I loved and forgot about but was happy to see return to be used again. I have a few products I am going to keep around while I try to use them up and next week will see a return of the tarte contour palette as well as a few new products to try out. Over all I had fun with this week’s selection. I just have to remember to widen my rotation through the depths of my dressing table so things are less likely to be forgotten.
I’ll admit, I had never heard of the brand when The Queen Palette from Eloise arrived in one of my Boxycharm boxes and to be fair, I wasn’t too enthused with the colors. As you may have guessed, I am not much for a lot of the brighter colors. But this week I decided, why not and took the plunge.
I have to say I am really glad I did. It was very much a departure for me and the brightness meant everything else was rather toned down for the entire week. It drastically affected my lipstick game. I so wanted to use the Red sigma lipstick this week, but this was not the palette to try it out with.
First, the mattes. They were highly pigmented and there was very little fall out from even the most intense of the colors. It was quite refreshing actually. The colors applied well when used singly or as one matte with a shimmer, but blending just sort of muddied them. Everything sort of came out as a red tinged purple-y color if I tried to mix them. Perhaps I simply do not have the skill to get them to blend well, but I find them hard to blend. I found the mattes very nice for a one and done look and they were nice paired singly with a shimmer (matte on the outer corner and shimmer on the inner).
The colors of the mattes, I’ll be honest are not entirely to my taste. They are a good mix of colors though however I found myself wanting either a black or a really dark brown to go with them. The darker tones of Kingdom (top row swatch 3) and Amina (4th row swatch 3) just weren’t dark enough for me. It may just be that I think of these mattes as the colors that are used for accents with a smokey eye of sorts instead of colorful looks on their own, but that was how i felt using this. That it was missing a black or a dark brown.
The shimmer shades are an entirely different story. They applied well with a dry brush, which I found to be a surprise in itself. They required a little more work than the mattes, but they still applied well with a dry brush and there was not a lot of fall out. I did not end up with glitter tracing the sides of my nose by the end of the day.
Te shimmers did pop more when they were applied with a brush sprayed with setting spray or with a fingertip. To be completely honest, I loved the shimmers in this palette. And that is the reason I will keep it in my collection. while the mattes applied well on their own and muddied when mixed, they are also not in colors I would really use unless for a small accent. I think these colors work better on someone who either has much darker skin than mine, or much lighter skin than mine. I have remnants of my summer tan still and a slight olive tone to my skin. These are not colors that sit well on my skin tone. At my darkest I am not dark enough to make them look good and at my lightest I feel I would have the same issue, because I just don’t get pale enough to make these colors pop.
I will however definitely use these shimmers. As there are far more shimmers in this palette, I am actually happy with the mix. This is a palette I will reach for, just for those shimmers. They applied really well and stayed in place all day with little transfer and virtually no fall out. At least i didn’t have any this week. As it has been a while since I’ve been able to say that with a shimmer shadow, it feels really nice to say it now. I would never have picked up this palette on my own, but for the shimmer shades, I am glad that i have it in my collection.
Elemis is having a sale. Buy 2 get one free. For a limited time, add three favorites to your routine and the lowest value item will be free. Use code 3FOR2. (The code is an Elemis code and I get nothing if you use it, and quite frankly I am thinking of using it on my own as both the Dynamic Resurfacing pads and the Cleansing balm are two of my favorite products. I just have to figure out what the third would be. Oh, decisions decisions. )And if you are looking for advent calenders, Elemis has a really nice looking one and until November 19th you can get a gift with that purchase as well. I’ve posted it below.
This week I am feeling very pleased with myself. I chose some really good products to put in my bag this week. First off was the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting foundation. I really enjoyed using it this week and will very much be picking up a replacement bottle once I work my way through this one.
The Sweater Weather Eyeshadow Palette I used this week was also good for me. It created soft everyday looks that were super easy. As I didn’t go out a lot this week, I didn’t need anything dramatic so this was perfect for me to try this week.
Although sometimes when I am working by myself all week I don’t mind the overly dramatic glitter fest as no one is there to see it. Still this all matte palette worked well and after the struggle that was last week’s shadow palette, I kind of needed something quick and easy.
My one concern was that it is so soft that a lot of my lipsticks looked off with it. It made me feel off balance. As though the rest of my face decided on a low makeup look, but forgot to send the memo to my lips. So I ended up reaching for the Trestique sheer lip mini crayons. This was their week to shine. I rotated through the colors and they gave just the right amount of pigment without being overpowering.
I actually had two primers this week. One was the Yensa essential glow. After using it for the second week in a row I think I have just enough product left to get me through one more week before the tube is empty, so I will be finishing it up next week. The second primer was the Becca Anti-fatigue Under eye primer. I picked it up a while ago but keep forgetting it.
So this week I put it in my bag and remembered to try it. My thoughts? Don’t bother. It is a little cooling which might help a little under the eyes but then it gets a little greasy looking. You will do better putting a stone roller in the fridge, rolling the cool stone under your eyes for a minute to take down the puffiness and then applying concealer to cover dark spots.
Speaking of concealer I went with the Instant age rewind from Maybelline. It is one of my favorite concealers, drug store or otherwise. It has actually out performed several much more expensive concealers to be honest and I enjoyed using it again this week.
Returning for it’s final week in my makeup bag was the wet ‘n wild liquid eyeliner. While I will repurchase this eyeliner, for now it is completely empty and will be added to the empties bin. It made it three days out of the past week and so I rolled in the Beauty for Real Finish Line eyeliner. It is a good mascara. It does the job and doesn’t seep into fine lines. It is one I will use again but it isn’t all that exciting.
By contrast the Beauty for Real Mascara I rolled into my makeup bag was an absolute stunner. Oh. My. God. I laughed at it at first because of the stubby little wand, but this was a fantastic mascara. Seriously impressive. It lengthened beautifully, didn’t flake or smudge and stayed on all day with no issue. This was the hands down winner for me this week. I was blown away by how well it performed and I look forward to using it a lot in the next six months.
I know that is probably a lot closer to my eye than anyone wants, but it gives you the gist. it was a really good week for mascara.
Becca was also represented in my powder this week as I brought out my favorite Pink Haze. As my foundation was just a hair too light for my current skin tone, the pink haze helped to warm it up a bit. I really love this powder and love keeping it around. Also helping the foundation tones out this week was my bronzer.
I went with the Julep So Radiant bronzer in medium tan. Not only did it help blend and define but the tones of this bronzer really work well with my skin. It has just the right amount of warmth to it and there is something just neat and tidy about the square compact. And we all know I am a sucker for a good compact.
While it did help with the lighter foundation, I think it may have to spend some time waiting for my tan to return as it might have been a little too much for my currently lightening skin without the too light foundation. Like my clothing, I need to do a seasonal change over with my makeup soon.
My blush this week was OFRA’s blush in Bellini. I really enjoyed using it this week. (I know you are getting sick of hearing that phrase but this was a really good product week.). While I love OFRA highlighters, I wasn’t certain about their blushes. I had one from the Madison Miller line and that one was just a mess. Pink powder scattered everywhere whenever I used it.
It was a nice formula on the skin and a nice color, but my sink was a mess by the end of the week. I don’t know if it was just that line or if there was a formula change, but this blush didn’t have that issue and I really liked how it performed over the course of the week. It is also lighter in tone and I expect I’ll be pulling it out regularly throughout the winter.
To this blush I added the Blush Highlighter Will Powder that came in my IPSY bag this month. While claiming to be a blush highlighter, it is a highlighter. At least the shade I got was. I liked that it is a subtle highlighter adding just a little bit of glow. Considering my shadow palette lent itself to subtle, this week was the perfect week for this highlighter. Its not really a surprise as I have yet to try a product from The Balm that I don’t like. They are just all round good products. I’m sure there are some clinkers as every company has them, but this far they haven’t appeared in my dressing table.
Finally of course was the setting pray, still the HA Spray by Timeless Skincare and still absolutely loving it. What else is there to say? And yes I am getting low on it. I have a couple of other setting sprays in my dressing table that I will start to rotate through as soon as this one is empty (and before I order a replacement. But oh yeah, I’m ordering a replacement. Incidentally Timeless skincare has a 30% off halloween sale going on right now from now until November 1st just use the code BOO2020. (I don’t get anything at all if you use the code it is just on their site and free for anyone to use while it lasts. I just happen to really like this spray – and the HA serum which isn’t surprising as the spray is a light version of the serum.)
Over all this was a fantastic week for me makeup wise. Everything worked together and well. There were no horror stories or product malfunctions and I was very pleased by how I looked. The stand out was the beauty for real mascara though. It looks plain and has a stumpy wand, but man can it perform.
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.
We had some highs and lows this week let me tell you. The Kosas Tinted Face oil was a high. It was a beautiful foundation that I am happy to have around. I really enjoyed using it and will definately be repurchasing it.
The low of course was the very frustrating Illuminati X ISA shadow palette. Oh, it gave me such angst. The best over all description I can give is patchy. No, actually that has to be capitalized because it was so bad it needs to be yelled. It was PATCHY.
Sorry for raising my voice, but I wanted to make sure those of you in the back row heard me. For details you can click on the link to read the full break out review. As this palette caused me to waste a lot of time this week, I am not going to talk about it any more.
The primer I used this week was the Yensa Tone Up Primer Essential Glow. I love this primer. I think this is either the second or third tube of this I have purchased and at the moment I think I have about a week or two’s worth of product left in the current tube. I might keep it around a second week and see if I can use it up.
It is sort of bittersweet to use this one up. Because I have quite a few open primers at the moment (I adore primers, as most of you well know.) I am trying not to just automatically repurchase products when I empty them. So even though this has been a staple for a while, and I will put it on my list of products to buy again, I am going to have to wait a bit before it makes an appearance in my dressing table again.
This week I added the Maybelline Instant Age rewind to my make up bag, but didn’t actually use it as concealler. I slept tolerably well this week and my allergies are gone because the ragweed has finally withered away so I didn’t feel that I needed it. Plus, the Kosas foundation was excellent. But it is a good concealer. This week it was also used as an eyeshadow primer. Admittedly so was every other primer and concealer I had in my collection as I tried to get the eyeshadow palette to work. But I do like the Age rewind concealer and will no doubt be using it again.
My bronzer this week was the Too Faced Chocolate Soliel. I like the bronzer and the packaging is fantastic. What can I say, I am a sucker for a good compact.
Speaking of which I also used the Zeesea pressed powder this week. It is a decent powder, works well and does what it is supposed to. It isn’t a spectacular product, but the packaging is really nice. I love their British Museum Collection and will probably end up picking up more from them at some point.
They also just released an Alice in Wonderland Themed set. It looks absolutely stunning. Zeesea is one of those brands where the product is good, but not excellent but the packaging is collectable. It is also interesting as to what they have up on their website ant any given time. sometimes you can find what you want and other times entire collections disappear only to reappear a few months later. right now they are all about Halloween so very few of their collections are available. Which is kind of a bummer as they have a sale going on. To be honest, once this powder runs out, I’m going to pry out the empty pan, find another product that fits and just keep reusing the compact.
This week I had two Natasha Denona products in my makeup bag. I intended to have only one. The one I planned to use was the Bloom Blush and Glow Palette. I love the darker cream blush. I thought I could use the cream blushes and the Glow section as a highlighter. While I loved using the blushes and in fact forgot how much I actually liked using cream blush in general (Note to self: I really need to pick up more cream blush) I was not terribly enthused by the glow section of the palette. I think part of that may be my skin tone. When I applied it, the product just sort of blended into nothing on my skin. I think if I was lighter or darker it might work better. As it is, the glow did not get me.
However, I have a Glow powder from Natasha Denona. I never reach for it because I don’t really do much in the way of body shimmer. Admittedly, that could make my work out gear more spectacular. So I tend to forget that it is in my make up drawer. This week I pulled it out and used it as my highlighter. It is a nice subtle glow that really worked well for me this week. I absolutely loved it. And I need to remember to reach for it more often.
Wet ‘n Wild remained in my makeup bag this week with the Brow Kit and the eyeliner. The liquid liner is almost completely out now and I am keeping it in this coming week to finish it out.
I will be grabbing a second eyeliner in addition to the wet ‘n wild though as I think there are only a couple of days worth of product left in the tube.
I added a brown eyeliner to the bag this week. It was from Pretty Vulgar and has a gel like consistency. It is one of those liners that lasts all day without smudging or fading and won’t budge unless you use a makeup remover. It was excellent. (FYI Pretty Vulgar is still having a sale featuring one of my favorite mascaras, the Feathers, if you are looking to stock up. It runs through the end of the month).
My loose setting powder was the Pacifica Cherry Velvet loose translucent powder. I went through an entire one of these and picked up a replacement. I decided this week was the week I wanted to break out the replacement. I enjoyed using it just as much as I did the first container. I have the feeling it will be used and then repurchased again and again.
Also something that will be used and repurchased, the setting spray, Timeless Skincare HA Spray to be exact. Still using and still love. What more needs to be said?
The mascara was new this week. I cleared out a lot of my older opened mascara so I was able to open one of the never been tried before ones. This is the Lengthening Organic Mascara from Harvest that came in a Petit Vour box.
I’ll be honest, it isn’t my favorite mascara. It has an odd smell to it that I can’t identify. I know it is some sort of oil and that it is supposed to smell like that, the product hasn’t gone bad. I just don’t like it. And to be fair it does a good job of lengthening the lashes. But it tends to flake and by mid afternoon it looked as though I hadn’t applied any mascara at all. I was not a fan. I’m glad it is only a travel size because I don’t think I will be keeping it around.
Finally we reach the lips. I kept the TreStique jar out this week but to be honest, after fighting with the shadow I ended up just reaching for the Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry. It was quick, easy and I didn’t have to think too much about it. The Trestique lips and the lip liners I pulled languished this week. Next week perhaps, there will be more concentration on the lips. This week, the eyes were just the problem child needing attention.
So that was my makeup bag this week. The good the bad, the always keep around and the never again. It was quite the mix this week.
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Oh my darlings, this palette took me on quite the ride this week. I’ll admit, I had never heard of Isabel Beddya or Illuminati before this Illuminati X ISA Glam Palette arrived in a Boxy Charm subscription box. So I have no stake in the creator. From the images I saw on spoilers, I can’t say that I was very enthused about it. Then it arrived, I opened it and saw the colors in person and thought, Not bad. I can work with this.
And then I tried to work with it. Normally, I break it down by mattes and shimmers but this week I am going by rows. Mostly because that is what makes the most sense when dealing with this palette.
So row one. This row hit the three P’s for me: Powdery, Patchy and a Pain in the patootie to work with. I had high hopes for Purple Dream. I don’t really have a good purple shimmer in my collection. And after trying this, i still don’t have a good purple shimmer in my collection. It is a glitter that may in certain lights have a purple cast to it. The Purple dream was worthless when applied with a brush, but did okay when applied with a finger (mostly because I wasn’t packing on the glitter and just using it as a slight accent). The trick to dealing with it was that you couldn’t blend it. You touched your finger to the lid and that’s where the shadow stayed. If you wanted more, you dip your finger back into the pan and apply a second dot. Blending will just make it get streaky and disappear. Still it was the best of the top row.
The middle row was better and gave me great hope. Bby Girl was the rock star of this row (second swatch). It was a little patchy, but could be applied on the outer edge of the eye and blended in for a one and done look. I actually really liked the color. It got patchier the further away you went from where the brush initially met the eyelid, but it was the best of the lot. Addy was a lot patchier (and I think because of my skin tone more noticeable in it’s patchiness). Rose was really patchy and Azul was a major disappointment. In the pan it is beautiful, on the lid patchy and pastel. even the swatch on my arm looked better than it did on the eye. June 1st had the same issues as Purple Dream. It could be applied using the finger method but blending is not going to be your friend.
And now we come to the third row. Rich applied the same as Purple Dream and June 1st. Izzy was similar except for more glitter. Although as a warning, using Izzy means you are going to have glitter for days, just not always on your eye. It has a large fall out rate, but once it falls out, it decides to stay where it fell. I found glitter three days after using it and had to wash my Make-up Eraser separately so that the glitter did not appear on my clothing. Trying to use the rest of the row was an exercise in frustration. They were patchy and a pain.
The image below took a surprisingly long time to pull off and still looked patchy in the end, you can see there were just parts of the eyelid the powder just wasn’t adhering to. And this is with the lid primed. I tried my concealer to prime it and then finally broke out the Uncaged Pretty Vulgar Lid primer which is like velcro for eyeshadow. The below image was still the best I could get out of these shadows.
As an overall note, this was not the easiest palette to work with. It took extra time and by noon, most of the shadows faded into one muddy ghost. After about the third day, I just swiped Bbygirl across my lids and called it done. That worked really well for me, even if it did take longer than any other single shadow swipe and to be honest, I would keep this for that shade.
Don’t get me wrong I will look for that shade elsewhere and if I find it happily remove this palette from my collection. For now it remains because of the few colors I could work with. It will not be a palette I reach for to use for the week. It is one I would reach for to do the one and done shadow of Bby girl (maybe) or to use Izzy, or Purple Dream to complete a look done with different shadows. Rich and June 1st are shades I have in better formulas in different palettes. I might use them it it is out, but I wouldn’t reach for them.
This palette retails for $48. It looks like it should cost about $20. Given the trouble it is to use, if you are looking to spend your money on a palette, I’d suggest passing this one up completely. It is overpriced in general and a pain to work with. Quite frankly, it is just not worth it.
Welcome back to the Weekly Makeup bag post. I’ve missed you. This week was a fun one. I not only used my newly purchased e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation out, but I kept the last of the e.l.f. Tinted moisturizer out and even brought out the e.l.f. Flawless Foundation from the depths of my dressing table to do a full on comparison. That’s right it was battle of the e.l.f. foundations. Well, sort of.
All three were rock star products (at garage band prices) although my summer tan has not faded nearly enough for me to be able to use the shade of the Flawless foundation I have in my dressing table. I had to go in extra hard on the bronzer on the days I used it.
My bronzer this week was my tried and true Trestique Color and contour stick. It is a longtime favorite and one I have replaced a couple of times. It is an easily blendable formula and the stick format lets you put the product exactly where you want it. It is one of my favorite cream formula bronzers to work with.
I can’t actually say the same for the Girlactik Cream skin glow. It is a dual shade with one side a pinky tone and the other side a gold tone. Both disappeared into nothingness on my cheeks. I was not terribly happy with it.
I did enjoy bringing out my Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat. It was a little light for my summer tanned skin so I haven’t reached for it in a while, but now that my skin is starting to fade with the fall, I think I am going to be reaching for this product more often. I love the way it blends out against the skin and not only adds color but seems to add a little light.
My primer this week was the Banana Bright Primer from Ole Henriksen. I love the way it smells like banana candy. The vitamin C isn’t a bad addition either. Even though it is called a bright primer it doesn’t add a dewy shimmer to the skin.
What it does do is add a little depth to your matte foundation so that your skin looks more natural. And the vitamin C included does help to fade dark spots too which is nice. The slight tint to the cream fades completely into the skin and is unnoticeable. It actually looks a little darker in the pic than it does in real life. This is currently one of my top primers.
Also at the top of my list of products? My Benefit bad Girl Bang Mascara. Alas this was this particular tubes last time in the makeup bag. My sample sized tube is officially empty. This little tube gave its all and no more product remains.
At the moment I have several unopened mascaras I need to work my way through before I look at buying another one. As I know that the Bad Girl Bang is in one of the Holiday bundles that Benefit did for this Holiday season I am trying to justify buying the bundle as a holiday purchase rather than just buying the mascara. I know it’s kind of a sneaky way around my ‘no buying mascaras until a few more are used up’ concept. And I know I shouldn’t but it is one of my favorite mascaras and I am not sure if I can resist the temptation.
There were two wet ‘n wild products in my makeup bag this week. The first is the eyebrow kit, which will be staying for a while. I really like the medium powder for my brows. And making a return is the wet ‘n wild mega liner. I really do like the paint brush style of eyeliner. As you can pretty much tell from the level of product in this container.
It doesn’t have a lot of product left in it and I am trying to decide if I want to keep it around until I finish it out or not. I suspect I might because it is really light. I think I might rotate in a few brown eyeliners and just keep this in my makeup bag as the black liner until it is gone.
I know I’ll end up replacing it but I also want to try out a couple others in this style, like the Pretty Vulgar and the KVD Vegan Beauty ones. But this week, the wet ‘n wild is the one I used and I really liked it. You have to let it dry for a moment so it doesn’t transfer to your upper lids but once you get the hang of it, the liner stays in place all day without smearing or fading. It is also the very first eyeliner I tried when I was just starting to get into makeup. Which is probably why I am more comfortable with it than some other styles.
My HA Spray from Timeless skin is still in my makeup bag and will pretty much remain a constant until there is another product I want to test out. Even then I suspect I will test it out and then return to this. I love the skin care benefits along with the actually set of the makeup. For me it is a double win.
My setting powder was from Kristofer Buckle. It is a great reliable loose translucent setting powder. It clouds the air a little bit when you dip into it, but it doesn’t look powdery on the face. I think it is just so finely milled that particles quickly become aerosolized around the brush. It doesn’t look powdery though.
My pressed powder this week was the No 7 Perfect light. As you can see the pan underneath is becoming more distinctly visible. (I didn’t realize how much was showing through until I linked to the product page and saw the untouched pan in the photo.) I really like using it and have a hard time sending it back to the dressing table. However, I have other powders to use and so I must return it and give another product a chance to be used and discussed.
Finally, we end up at the lips. To be honest I took the easy way out this week. I have two sets of mini-lip crayons from Trestique. Some are matte lip colors and others are sheer. I just put them all in an jar and set them in my bathroom. Then each morning I just picked whichever I felt like going with for the day. They were really handy and I enjoyed using them all.
The limited lipstick selection is one of the things I don’t like about the weekly makeup bag. While it comforts me to choose all the other products and know I have everything squared away and won’t get distracted by other products in my dressing table. With the lips, I really like variety. I am actually contemplating leaving the jar of Trestique in the bathroom and then just adding one or two lip products to the bag each week. We shall see how that idea goes. Who knows next week I may change my mind.
But for this week, this was my makeup bag. With the exception of the disappointing Girlactick I rather enjoyed all of the products I chose. It was one of my better make up bags. Hopefully nest week will be just as good.
The Karity Picante Palette was an eyeshadow palette that came into my dressing table via Boxycharm last spring. I know you are thinking why did I not try it out then? While I received it in the Spring and I believe the description featured comments about hot colors for summer, the palette and it’s color story more or less say fall to me.
Every time I looked in and thought, ‘Oh spice for summer’ I remember opening it and thinking ‘nope those are autumnal shades.’ So I set it aside.
And low and behold it is now October. So, first a little bit about the palette according to the website…
Spice up your life! We’ve hand-selected 21 perfectly pigmented shades in multiple finishes that are as warm as a summer night. Packed with hot, fiery shades sure to create endless looks, perfect for day to night. vegan, cruelty- and paraben-free
The palette retails for $29. And yes even with the summer mentions in the descriptors I still think it skews more towards fall. I may be the only one, but as it is my eyelids it is going on, that’s when I wanted to use it. I think I pulled it out of the drawer at least five times this summer thinking I ought to use it, but always put it back because it just didn’t feel like summer.
I have to say it was an interesting palette to use. All of the tones are red tones. Even the purples have a reddish undertone. If you don’t look good in red than this palette isn’t for you. I like rosy tones so I was okay with it. The palette is a nice balance of mattes and shimmers.
The darker mattes are a little powdery. Definitely tap off your brush before applying but still look out for a little fall out that you will have to brush away. If I got crazy with some of the shades the sides of my nose looked bruised. If you tap though, the fall out is minimum except for the darker shades.
The mattes tend to get a bit muddy if you try and layer them. I think because so many of them have a similar tonal back note to the color, they all want to blend into one color. This was less of a problem when layering mattes with shimmers as the shimmers didn’t blend into the mattes as much. They are sort of the life guards at the color pool. If you are color blocking with a line of shimmer between two mattes then you will have no problems, but blending them was hard for me as they all came out with slight variations.
The shimmers are a little patchy when applied with a dry brush but this is easily overcome by spritzing a little fixing spray on the brush or applying the shimmer with a finger. The shimmers are also less powdery than the mattes so you don’t end up with a lot of glimmer trailing down the side of your nose. They do tend to fade towards the end of the day and crease a little, but they don’t migrate.I will say that I could pair them with a single matte. The shimmers did tend to stand on their own rather than blend into each other or the mattes. They had much less of a tendency to muddy than the mattes did.
Where this palette shines is in the one and done look. While the mattes tend to muddy a bit when mixing, if you take one color, dip into the pan and apply it on the outer edge of the eye and the use a clean fluffy brush to blend it over the rest of the lid, you can create some really good everyday looks. The colors have good pigment to them, they just like to stand alone.
To be honest I can see myself reaching for this palette quite often for a one and done look. It is quick and easy to use in that capacity and the colors are stunning. Plus it is easy to flash it up with the shimmers. With a dry brush they aren’t very showy but if you dampen that brush they are quite stunning. It is one of those palettes where you could do a one and done look for the office and then pop a shimmer on at the end of the work day to glam it up for happy hour in a heartbeat.
If you are a makeup artist you may be able to do more complicated layered looks, but that my darlings is not really my strong suit. I may play around with wilder looks, but my strengths lie in the everyday looks department. This palette does have the color and the ability to be worn in an everyday capacity.
Even though I received this in a subscription box, I have to say that having used it, I would purchase this Picante Palette from Karity on my own. I like that it is vegan and cruelty free and I like that I can use the colors simply. I won’t reach for it if I want to layer colors, but each pan can be used as a standalone so I don’t mind the muddied mixing. It is just something to remember when I pull it out of the drawer.
So tell me my darlings, can anyone spot the theme to this week’s make up bag? That’s right, this week I when I pulled out my mostly used up tube of elf tinted foundation I realized I had a lot of e.l.f. products in my dressing table. I decided to see how many I had and to see if I could actually get a full makeup bag out of them. I came close, but as you can tell it isn’t entirely elf based.
One of the other reasons I did this is because I already know that I am going to be getting a few elf products for people as christmas gifts this year. So very soon I am going to be putting in an order. I figured since I knew I would be putting in an order, I might as well go through what I had, see what I liked, what I didn’t have but wanted to try and what I wasn’t all that fond of. So this is an elf themed bag this week.
So let’s start with the primer. I actually own two primers from elf, the puff puff primer and the putty poreless primer. The puff is more of a hydrating primer and I was really feeling the pore filling this week. I like both and would repurchase them both. The truth is though that I tend to forget I have the putty primer for long stretches and then suddenly remember it is there, try it and fall in love all over again.
I need to start reaching for it more because I’ve had it a while and I don’t want it to go bad. I will say that a little goes a long way (which is why it lasts so long even if you don’t forget it) and it really fills the pores in well and gives you a nice smooth canvas on which to apply the makeup.
Speaking of, this week’s foundation product was the elf tinted moisturizer. After not finding a link for it on line in yesterday’s post, I found it was discontinued. I am sad because it was a really good product. I did go out and pick up a replacement to try out. It isn’t quite the same but next week I will be trying out the elf acne fighting foundation. A friend of mine who tried both said it felt a lot like the tinted moisturizer on the skin. Since I still have a little of the tinted moisturizer left I can actually do a side by side comparison this week which will be fun. So stay tuned.
Next we move into a compact that is a bronzer and highlighter duo. At least I think that is what it is, there were no markings on the package. It if had a sticker it is gone. Of the pair I really liked the bronzer. It is really pigmented though so remember to tread lightly.
It does blend out really well so if you accidentally go a little dark with your first stripe you aren’t stuck with just a dark strip or having to start over. Once I realized how pigmented it was, I really enjoyed using it. I will be reaching for this compact more just to use the bronzer.
I will not be using the highlighter next to it. That I didn’t like. It disappeared instantly on the skin leaving no visible trace. occasionally throughout the day I would get the flash of one sparkle and that was it. It was not a good product, even for me who likes a subtle glow rather than a blinding flash.
I think this might be an older formula though. I know this year elf has been reformulating a lot of their products. While I will happily use this bronzer down to pan, I might try picking up a new highlighter when i place my order to see if I like the updated formula better.
As I found I did not have an elf blush (I don’t know how I missed that) I just grabbed one of my favorite blushes, the Benefit Gold Rush blush. It is a nice pink that I know I will still be able to wear as I lose my tan. the gold shimmer look to it, was mostly over spray and tends to go away once you start using the product. My skin does also react well with gold tones though, which it has even without the sparkle.
If you aren’t a gold toned fan, you might want to go with a different blush like the Dandelion one. That is a nice pink without the gold undertones. I had that blush before I picked up this one and I used it down to pan before letting it go. So even though i would have liked to try out an elf blush this week, I used not having one as an excuse to use one of my favorites and just put elf blush on my shopping list.
My powders this week were both elf. One is loose and the other is pressed. I like both but I do find that after I have set my face I need spray my fixing spray and then tap with my makeup sponge in order to make certain there are no white spots from the translucent powder. It isn’t much, and a quick tap down is fine. I didn’t have this problem when I powdered my nose mid day in my t-zone, just with initial application. There was no flash back on camera though and the powder doesn’t look cakey and stays all day so I am okay with tamping it down. I do like the twist and lock mechanism on the inside of the loose powder as it keeps the powder from getting everywhere when you aren’t using it.
The slight white powder gave me more of a legit excuse to use my HA Spray from Timeless Skincare this week. I’ve used this spray for a month now and I am still blown away by how much I like it.
Don’t get me wrong, there are many other sprays I’ve tried that locked in my makeup and did it well, I just really like that this locks in my makeup and has skin care benefits to boot. In all honesty I will be using this until it runs out and then ordering it in a different scent to try out. I currently have my eye on the orange. I don’t know if it will be as good as the cucumber, but I am willing to give it a try.
For my eyes I went with the two elf bite sized shadow palettes this week. I ended up reaching for ‘rose water’ more, because the pink tones spoke to me, but I went for the ‘cream and sugar’ more when I wanted to wear the red lip rather than the sheer gloss. I liked both but which I wore was just lip dependent this week. I only have two elf lip products so I just bounced between them and chose the shadow accordingly. I like both so it wasn’t a hardship.
The liner was a potted black liner that came with a brush. I like the liner. I find that I really like using either the liquid liners you dip a brush into or the cream that you dip a brush into more than the pen style liners. The pen liners are quick, but I find I do better with my liner when I dip a brush into product.
Maybe it is because I am the one choosing the brush. This potted eyeliner cream came with a brush but I opted not to use it. there was nothing wrong with it, the handle of the brush was just short. I find I have more control with a longer brush. If the handle was longer I would have use it as the bristles were nice and it gave me a nice line.
At the moment I am keeping my wet ‘n wild brow kit in my makeup bag. I would like to try and elf brow product as I have never tried any of their brow products. I’m not even sure they have any, it is something I will look into.
I like the one shade I use in the brow kit and am finding I like powdered brow products more than I thought I did. So I will keep using this kit and try to find my single shade in the wet ‘n wild formula when it runs out so that I don’t waste the other two products which I don’t use. I will also be looking into other brow products. This year was the year of foundation, maybe next year will be the great brow test. who knows?
The mascara I used this week was the Doucce Punk Volumizer mascara. It is one of those mascaras that has a really fluffy brush so you have high expectations. Its an okay mascara. If I got it again, I would use it, but I wouldn’t go out and purchase it. I’ve been using it off and on for the past few months and it is now at the end of it’s life span. Not only is it of an age where it needs to be disposed of, but it is starting to clump in the tube. So this will be the last use for this particular mascara in my makeup bag. I will not be repurchasing it. Should it arrive in a makeup bag, I might use it if I don’t have a lot of mascaras open or waiting to be opened, but chances are, I would just pass it along.
And so we come to the lips. The first is one I’ve used and reviewed for you before. It is the liquid lip in the shade Red Vixen. I really like this shade. It is pigmented, dries well without making your lips feel dry and desiccated and stays in place a long time. And when it does go away it fades quietly around the edges instead of just going crumbly which I personally prefer.
The second lippie was the elf sheer slick. It is a newer product and one I picked up recently but hadn’t gotten around to trying. The one I picked up is Black Cherry and was the darkest my store offered. It has no real scent to it and it is a sheer wash of color. It is shiny and glossy but not sticky. It is a roll up product and the clear packaging lets you see just how much you have left.
As a gloss it doesn’t have much staying power, I’ve never met a gloss that did. It however feels really comfortable on the lips and I will be using it a lot, especially on low makeup days in the winter. In the winter I tend to either go for barely there makeup looks or full vampy lips. I seem to have no in between during the cold months.
To be honest, I am actually considering picking up the full range of the sheer slicks so I have them all. It is rare that I say that with a line, but I think I might see how many lip products I have and then make out my order. It will be the last thing on the list so I may have to pick them up one at a time, but I could definitely see me getting the entire line.
So that was this week’s make up bag. Next week I know I have a direct foundation comparison but I haven’t yet picked out the other products to go with it. Maybe I’ll pick out new products i have yet to try, maybe I will use upcoming sales to revisit old favorites. I won’t know until I start to fill the bag. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.