Palette of the Week: Soph x from Revolution

I have to say, I was very relieved when I pulled out this palette last week. Recently It seems that all the palettes that I have been pulling out of my shadow drawer have either been complete neutrals palettes or they have been small size pan travel palettes. There might be some exaggeration but that is the way it feels.

I think it might be because I was attending a lot of meetings and traveling over the holidays so those palettes were on the top of the drawer to begin with. Or I could just have a lot of neutrals palettes,. Finding out is one of the reasons I’m doing this palette of the week thing. It forces me to not grab the same palette every day and actually use all the ones I have. and if I can’t use them for the week, then maybe they don’t deserve space in my limited makeup drawer.

That was not the case with this one. This is one of my favorite palettes for a pop of color. Thee is very little fall out and while I wouldn’t describe the shadows as butter soft, they are incredibly blendable. The black, as all black shadows needs a little extra care to avoid going overboard, but it is great for creating a smokey eye. The pinks and mauves are all excellent for a one and done shadow look and the shimmers are shimmery enough for a little flash but not something that will cause a ruckus in the office.

At least not when used dry. They have more pop when they are applied with a damp brush. which is pretty consistent for all shimmers I think. over all this isn’t a splashy night out palette though. It is an good everyday palette for someone who wants the option of a little color. It is a good array of shades so there is no boredom and they blend and layer beautifully. This is one of those palettes that I love to use but that tends to get buried and forgotten. I am so glad I got the chance to pull it up to the light for a week.

My favorite everyday look? Danger (a mauve color), layered with Peaches (a lighter pink) and then popped up with the gold of Grow Old. In the day I can use this for meetings by applying with only dry brushes, then if going out later, touch up the gold with a damp brush. Once applied, the shadows last all day and so only the slight glam up is needed.

It is a fun, but not over the top, palette to work with and as i said before it was a huge relief to pull out a palette with some color after all those neutrals. Not that this palette doesn’t have its neutrals, but I have to admit, this week, I really only used them when I needed to tone down some of the brighter shades.

I will also say that when I pulled this palette out, I remembered I had several other Revolution products. While the foundation stick I picked up for my travel foundation test is sadly worn to an unusable nub (and colored for my summer tanned skin rather than my winter pale) I used a different foundation.

Don’t worry my darlings, I will be picking up more Revolution Foundation for my grand trial. After the wonderful performance of the stick foundation, there is no way it will be left off the list.

The primer was actually from Benefit it was the pearl primer (a long standing favorite and one I think that is better than their regular Pore professional). The highlighter was from the Revolution palette this week as well. I really like their highlighter palette because you get three shades and can decide exactly how bright or subtle you want the highlighter because they too blend well also.

The lips were a Becca lip gloss in champagne as I didn’t want to go too crazy when I used the black eyeshadow.

Revolution US 900 x 231

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Palette of the Week: Need it Nude

Last week when I reached into my drawer of palettes I pulled out the ELF Need it nude palette. It has a slim case design and a nice long mirror. It takes up very little of the space on my dressing table.

The interior of the Need It Nude Palette

The Need it Nude Palette (incidentally while this palette normally retails for $10, on the site when I linked it the palette was offered for sale for $4, just in case you were looking.) was an interesting palette to work with this week. Given the shade range, there is very little variation in the looks. My crease was a varying shade of brown that could be lightened or darkened and my inner eye accents ranged from golden to a barely there shimmer. Every shadow worked with every other shadow and this is an ideal palette for a quick morning look as you run out the door. It is super easy to work with.

I will say the shades are not very pigmented. This tends to help a little with the darker shades as there is almost no fall out and they blend easily. You just may have to apply more than once to darken the look up to the color you want. With the lighter shades, always use a wet brush or a wet finger. Otherwise they will not show up.

If you are looking for something simple that is suitable for office wear, this is a great palette to have around. I keep it for more conservative looks, but it is not one I reach for every day. It is a lottle on the boring side to be honest. Different looks are more a variation of tone rather than of color. Like I said it is very good for office wear, especially in a more conservative office environment. I have worked in places where this would have been an everyday palette for me. However I have to say I was glad when my Boxy Charm box arrived and I had a single shadow in a reddish tone to add to the mix.

I know it is a Nude Palette and I don’t want to change that, but as two of the browns are almost identical when applied and only slightly different in the pan, perhaps having a deeper bronze wouldn’t go amiss. It would still be in the nude territory, but it would give the palette a little more pop.

Even if this palette lacks a little bit of flare, it is a good palette and sold at a very reasonable price. I am very glad to keep it in my collection for now as I think it is good to have this sort of palette around as a base if nothing else. I think next time I use it though, unless I’m going for a conservative look, I may pair it with my single shadows. Not only will it add that little zing, but it will remind me to use the single shadows.

While I normally just reach in and grab the palette for the next week, going with the element of surprise, this coming week I will be using the Too Faced Palm Springs Palette that came in my Boxy Charm this month. The colors are irresistible and I think after two very neutral palettes, it is time for something a little more vibrant.

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Palette of the Week: Urban Decay Ultimate Basics

As it was a full matte palette, I added one shimmer shade from my singles shadows to play with.

This week I pulled the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette out of my dressing table drawer. It is an older palette, but a good one.  When I worked in an office on a daily basis it was my go to palette.  In fact, I liked the palette so much that I wore it out and re-purchased it. It has however been a while since I used it. 

Pulling this palette out on a week where I was incredibly busy with friends and family was actually a good idea.  One of the reasons that I liked it so much when I had very limited get ready time was that it is a very easy palette to create simple everyday looks.

The Shades

This was definitely the week for quick and easy.

The formula of these shadows is a good one, it is soft and buttery and once applied it lasts all day. The only issue is the same issue that most Urban Decay shadows have in that the colors can occasionally get muddy over the course of the day.  I’ve found that it is better to not layer the shadows because of this. I skip the base layer and transition shade all together.  It is better to simply take one shadow for the darker crease and then one for the inner corners of the eye, blending them a bit towards the middle of the eye. If you just use two shadows and limit the amount of overlap then the shadows work well.  It is mixing the colors that causes the muddying. And using only the two colors makes the application quicker. 

My additional shimmer

I know not the most exciting look on the planet, but there is enough color variation in the palette so that you are not putting on the exact same shades each day throughout the week. On me most of the tones (8 of 12 can be used as the darker crease shade, depending on how dramatic I want the look. As this really is more of an office wear palette, I didn’t need to get all that dramatic with most of the looks.

The shadows in this palette are all matte shades and work well for me. I found myself wanting a shimmer shade though for when I .  As such I did dip into my single shadows to add a little shine to the matte look. added the LOC liquid eyeshadow shimmer in the shade Midnight to make the look a little more festive. It is a silvery champagne shade and I found if I used the black shade in the palette (Black Jack) with the LOC it created a great smoky eye suitable for christmas cheer.

Over all, I really liked bringing this palette out from the drawer, and I liked that I had the chance to use a few of my single shadows as well.  This was the first palette I pulled out completely at random from the drawer and I have to say I really liked the surprise of it as well as the palette.  Despite having used the palette many times before it was like finding it for the first time. It was a fun surprise for the week and one I am eager to repeat for the following week. I can’t wait to see what I pull out next.

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