Playing around with the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Eyeshadow Palette

The Rose Gold Remastered Palette Untouched

This week i used the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette as my eyeshadow palette. I have used the smaller Huda Beauty Obsessions Palettes in the past (I have two in my collection) and I really liked the formula. I don’t reach for them a lot, or haven’t recently, mostly because they are small and they ended up getting buried. This is my first full sized Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette.I don’t know what the original was like, so I can’t compare it to the newer version, I can only tell you my thoughts on this one.

Personally, I loved using the remastered rose this week. Recently I have been doing very simple one and done looks or adding one shade and then topping it with a bit of shimmer and calling the look done. With this palette I wanted to spend time playing with it and layering the shadows. But let’s look at the shadows.

The top row is all shimmers.They are butter soft and perform really well. I have no idea why they have divots carved into them as that seems really strange to me. Perhaps it is a factor of the machine pressing the formula or the product was so soft it pressed better that way, or maybe they were even trying to put less product in the pan. I don’t know. I do know that even with a dry brush, these shimmers applied well and performed magnificently. There was only minor fall out and usually that occurred when I didn’t tap my brush off enough before applying them. I did not end up with glitter cheeks because of these shadows. Towards the end of the day I did have a slight crease across my eye, but it is where I have small hoods in my lids and quite frankly the only formulas that don’t give me a line by the end of the day are liquids and even then there are only a few that can perform like that. The line was very slight and I think I am the onl one who noticed it.

The second row is composed of half matte and half shimmer shades. What I found interesting about the matte shades in this row is that Risque (far left) felt more solid to the touch than the other formulas. The other two mattes were soft and butter, almost as soft as the above shimmers. The shade Risque did not feel this way, however it performed just as well as the others. The eye image is of just Risque on the lid. I did one tap into the pan and one swipe across the eyes.

As you can see, the shade is highly pigmented and despite the swiping motion there is little color fall out. While I did try playing around with this palette without adding my face products first, I have to be honest, my eyeshadow is one of the last things I do. I end with Eyeshadow, Mascara and then lip products.

I generally use setting spray after the shadow but before the mascara. It is the way I have alwyas done my make up. I know most people do the eyes first and then work their way out, but the habit of the lifetime makes me always feel like I am missing a step if I do it that way. I will say that because I received cleansing wipes from my Refreshments subscription and actually have them on hand, I am playing with my eyeshadow more and when I play with it more, I do apply shadow first and then face products. It I know what look I am going to do, I do the face first. The wipes make it easy to play and clean up fall out and tidy edges, I just don’t like the waste of them. But there you have it. I also have to sya it has been a while since I’ve had a palette that made me want to play. this one makes me want to play around with shadow.

But moving on we have one more row to go.

This third row is composed of all mattes. In case you are wondering about the difference with the photo, the flash kept going off when I took it. For some reason it wouldn’t go off with the other two sets of swatches but no matter what I did it always went off with this set. so the image is different.

The formula however is the same, and as you can see from the swatches, they look almost creamy. The shades were butter and soft and applied fantastically well. I had no trouble with streaking or patchiness, even from the black. Generally, I find that the darker the shade the more patchiness can be a problem. I simply didn’t have that issue with this palette. Black truffle applied well, blended into the other shadows and layered beautifully.

I know usually i have at least one criticism of the palate, one thing that didn’t work for me or slightly annoyed me. Honestly, i can’t really think of one. These shades of the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette are completely in my wheelhouse, they are nicely and thoughtfully arranged, and user friendly. They blend well, stay put and provide great color pay off. Quite frankly those are usually my priorities when looking at an eyeshadow palette. I very much enjoyed using this palette this week and will continue using it for a long time to come. It may sound overly enthusiastic, but really, I can’t complain.

Huda Beauty

Testing the Teddy Boy Eyeshadow Palette from Butter London

I picked up the Butter London Teddy Boy eyeshadow palette from one of the Boxy Charm Pop ups a while ago.  There was a debacle with delivery and when it arrived I was kind of exhausted by it and put it into my shadow drawer.  There I promptly forgot it.  Over the weekend I did a shadow palette declutter (Post on that will be going up Monday) and found it again and realized I had not actually tried it.  So it went into my makeup bag to try this week.

There are nine pans five of them are shimmer and four are mattes.  For the look for this post I started with my pretty Vulgar concealer as my lid primer.  I then used the neutral shade of Simon (top row Middle) all over the lids.  Simon went on well and it matched my skin tone perfectly.  I then added a light bit of Graham (the dark brown bottom row center).  Over this I added the blue of Freddie (top row left hand side). And then I used the Shimmer Archie (third row Left hand side).

It is a very simple look but it illustrates the colors in this palette fairly well.  This is a more cool toned palette than I am used to using and the colors do come off very muted.  I have another Butter London palette and it too has a brown color similar to Graham but in a warm tone. 

Layered mattes

It looks much richer when applied because it is a warmer tone.  Otherwise the mattes in this palette did apply fairly well.  They are buildable, to a point. 

They will never be saturated colors.  I don’t think any cool toned palette I have ever tried ended up with saturated colors. 

Something in the formulation of those cool tones means that the color tends to be less saturated, at least in my experience.  The dark almost Navy blue of Rupert (bottom row Left side) was a little patchy when applied.  It smoked out well on the corner of the eye, but there were patches if I tried to sweep it across the whole lid.

Left eye applied with a wet brush, right eye with the damp finger tip
row 1 swatches l to r:Freddie, Simon , Nick

With the shimmers, they barely applied with a dry brush.  Wetting the brush really helped with the application and quite frankly applying them with a wet finger tip worked the best. 

This is not a buttery soft formula.  It is somewhat hard in the pan.  It does take a little working with to get used to applying them, but once I worked with them a bit I was fine. 

Is it my favorite palette? No, I can’t say that it is. 

Row 2: l to r: Francis, Billy, Nigel

However I don’t have a lot of cool tones in my shadows and many of the shades in this palette are ones I don’t have elsewhere.  I like the shape of the palette and the way it opened from the center.  Because they are pressed so hard into the pan, there is little fall out when I applied the shades and I have to say once I applied the shade it stayed there all day. 

row 3: Archie, Graham, Rupert

There was a little creasing towards the end of the day, but the shadows stayed in place.  They were fairly muted when they went on and they remained fairly muted when the day was through. 

There were some definite high points.  I think the only reasons that I wouldn’t automatically reach for this palette a lot stem mostly from the fact that it is rare that I want cool tones.  Occasionally I really do like them and I am glad to have this palette in my collection for those times. 

It is unique in the shades (at least as far as my collection goes) and works well, just don’t expect it to be something it isn’t and it is a good little palette.

Klorane USA

Wet ‘n Wild 5 pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette Go Commando Review

A week or two ago I picked up a few new or at least new to me Wet ‘n wild products.  Last week I tested (and loved) the new tinted foundation Wet ‘n Wild (the link will take you to the full review) put out and this week I added both a lipstick and an eyeshadow palette to the week’s makeup bag.

Incidentally, I couldn’t find the Wet ‘n wild tinted moisturizer on their face products page but it is actually listed in their new products page. Apparently, they don’t add their new products into the existing pages until other new products come out.  This palette too is on the new page.

The Go Commando Palette is a 5 pan one from their Color Icon line. I know some of you think that sounds familiar, and it should.  Color Icon is also the term they used for the ten and sixteen pan palettes.  I reviews one of the ten pan ones a while back.  It is still a palette that I consistently reach for time and again.

This is sort of an updated version and when I looked it up on the website I saw they had a new revision of at least one of the ten pan palettes as well. I like the look of the update but my first thoughts when I saw them was that I really hoped the formula hadn’t changed because I really like the Wet ‘n Wild Eyeshadow formula.

While I am not a huge fan of the clear plastic cover on the eyeshadow, it is quite a sturdy plastic and actually feels much more luxe than the previous versions. The plastic is thicker and more reminiscent of the Viseart Palettes than the older Color Icon Palettes.  I would have no trouble slipping this into a travel bag due to its small five pan size and I would have no fear that the plastic would break and cause eyeshadow damage in my makeup bag.

Swatches l to r in pan

The Palette retails for $3.99 and it looks like they have six separate palettes in the line.  The one I am using is the one called Go Commando. I’m not entirely certain why.  I would either expect more nude shades if they were leaning commando that way or more green and brown shades if they were leaning towards a military type version. I’m sure the name made sense to someone, but I’m not quite sure I see it.

So let’s look at the actual shadows

only the russet matte shadow

There are five pans and they are fairly good sized. Two of the shadows are matte and three are shimmer shades.  There are no shade names that I can find. In this palette the two mattes are on the far left and then the three shimmers line up.

We’ll talk about the mattes first.  As I said there are two of them one a cool toned brown and one a russet color. In the look I photographed for this post I put down the russet color firs (2nd to left in the palette).  It went on smoothly with no patchiness at all.  The color is quite pigmented and it blended well. 

russet overlayed with brown

Several days this week I just blended this color out for a one and done look and really enjoyed using it.  It is buttery soft to the touch and while I did have to tap off the brush before applying it, if I did then I had no fallout from the application. The brown matte (first pan on the left) was more or less the same consistency but had a little more fall out after tapping and applying.  It wasn’t major fall out and easily dealt with, but it did have more fall out than the russet shade for some reason. The only reason I can think of is that it is more pigmented than the russet color. While I liked it on it’s own, I thought it was a little too cool toned to pair with the russet.  I would have preferred a slightly warmer brown.  It worked together, but my preference would be to warm that brown up just a hair.

reddish shimmer placed in the center

With the three shimmer shades there was one rosy toned in the middle of the palette one gold toned right next to it and a whitish silver on the far right.  Applying with a brush was pointless but they applied well with the fingertips.  They also blended well with the other shades.  In the look pictured here I used the pink tone in the middle and the whitish tone in the inner corner. Throughout the week I paired the gold as well. 

silver white in corner

The russet and gold looked really good together as well this week.  Again my only issue is that I wanted that one matte brown to be a little more warm toned.  It was okay with the other colors, but even though the formulas all blended well, that cool toned brown kind of stood out from the rest. 

I know it is nit-picky but that really is the only issue I had with this shadow palette.  A vague wish that one of the mattes was more warm toned than it was is all I found fault with.  I think this is a nice simple easy to use palette.  Is it the most exciting palette in the world, no.  But it is a good every day palette that you can create good looks with in a very short amount of time.  It is an easy one to grab when you are pressed for time in the morning. 

Personally my shadow preference leans more towards one over all shadow that I can blend out over the lid with a possibly light shimmer placed towards the inner eye rather than crazy colorful looks. For me palettes like this work fantastically well as I can look at what I am wearing and grab the palette that suits quickly and easily. I am thrilled to see that the formula is still the same one I love from previous Wet ‘n Wild Palettes. I don’t know if the new ten pan palettes are going to have the same color set up or if they will be new layouts, but as my current palette is getting a bit old if they have it in the new packaging, I will be picking it up.

Fall In Love with the NEW Valentines Day Collection from Wet n Wild

Complex Culture Full Time Eyeshadow Palette

Buckle up my darlings, because this is going to be a bumpy ride. this Full Time eyeshadow Palette from Complex Culture arrived in my December Ipsy Box. I believe it is edit 2. It has a hard plastic case, that is quite beautiful and sleek. The packaging feels quite luxurious. It is also sturdy enough that I would have no problems worrying over it during travel. The shiny surface does collect fingerprints quickly though.

But it is what’s inside that counts.

So what is inside?

Nine eyeshadow colors.Four shimmers, and five mattes. While the shadows are grouped together in rows that run top to bottom, when I swatched them I went left to right across the rows without thinking. So even though Cream, Chestnut and Rose gold are grouped together under the category of Dinner Party. the first set of swatches is actually Cream, Toast and Silver.

Row 1: L to R, Cream, Toast, Silver

I have to say I am not terribly enthused by the groupings, hyust looking at them. Dinner Party looks like it might be nice as does cocktail party but Surprise party just didn’t work for me as a grouping. In practice, that wasn’t how I reached for the shades. I found rose gold went better with the cool matte tones of Cocktail Party and Honey went better with the warmer Dinner Party shades.

Row 2 L to R: Chestnut Chocolate, Redwood

Of the mattes, my favorite actually came from the Surprise party line up and that was Rosewood. I found it to be the most pigmented of the bunch and the least patchy when applied.

I was not a big fan of the mattes in general. They look patchy on the swatches, they were really powdery in the pan and even tapping the brush off left a lot of fall out to tidy up. In addition the coverage was spotty. I could apply a matte shade to my lids and then blink a few times and a small patch of lid was cleared.

3rd row L to R: Rose Gold, Honey and Bronzed

When I used my trusty Pretty Vulgar Lid Primer it helped, but not much. It just seemed to make the line across my lid sharper. Ido have slightly hooded eyes, so i can see where it is rubbing off, however I don’t have this problem with every shadow so I can’t just blame my eye shape.

Glitter fall out at the start of the day

Plus, the Pretty vulgar Lid primer is like super glue for shadow. If it couldn’t hold it in place, nothing was going to.

The fall out from the shimmers was even worse. I had glitter dusted cheeks all week long with this palette. I started the morning thinking, okay a few flakes aren’t bad but by the end of the day I looked like a low rent version of a Twilight style Vampire. while that look has it’s place, it wasn’t what I was going for.

Patchy across the center after applying all over the lid.

While I will concede that the matte color choices work well and can be layered quite effectively (minus the above issues) the shimmers weren’t that spectacular a choice. Silver and Bronzed looked identical on the eye. Bronzed might have had a slightly more gunmetal looking swatch, but the difference was lost on the lid. Rose gold was only a slightly warmer silver. The gold looked gold, so that was different.

I had high hopes for this eyeshadow palette. And my hopes weren’t based solely on the beautiful packaging. I’ll admit, that did draw me in. the reason my hopes were high is that I have several brushes from the brand Complex Culture and the brushes are really well made and I frequently use them. Their powder brush has become a staple in my makeup bag. I somehow thought that their makeup products would be as good as their brushes. I was wrong, at least as far as this eyeshadow palette goes. It is a beautiful packaging but I really did not enjoy using it this week. I thought I would because the matte colors are really amung my go to shades, but sadly, it just didn’t work out for me.


Ciate London: The Trend Edit Eyeshadow Palette

This week I used the nine pan The Trend Edit Palette from Ciate London as my eyeshadow palette.  I have to say there is the strong possibility that this may become my everyday go-to palette.

But let’s look at the palette first.

 As I mentioned above it has nine pans.  The color names are listed on the back.  The palette comes in a hard plastic case.  While the catch on mine is a little stiff, otherwise it is a nice case that is sturdy enough to travel well.  It is also small enough that it could easily be used for travel.  The palette itself usually retails for $24. 

When I looked up the link for the palette to find the price, I found that currently Ciate is having a sale and this particular palette is now on sale for $14.40. Most everything on the site is actually 40% off at the moment.  I don’t know how long the sale will last. But if you like Ciate products, now may be the time to stop by the site.

All of the shadows have names on the back, however it is on a very shiny silver back and no picture I took came out able to be read so I will put the colors with the swatches.

Tip row L to R: Burnt, Blushed, Nude

Of the shadows four are mattes and five are shimmers, which is a pretty good mix.  Of the mattes, Burnt (top left hand corner) is my absolute favorite.  I found I could dip into the pan once, lightly tap off the brush and use it as a one and done shade.  It went on smoothly and blended really well.  It is my number one in this entire palette and there were several days where I just used it and called my makeup look done.

The other mattes are all varying shades of neutrals.  Some matched my skin tone and worked well as a base for a more glam look.  I think which matt you end up using the most really is going to depend on your skin tone. 

Middle row swatches L to R: Baby, Love Heart and Caramel

Nude almost exactly matched my skin tone and therefore disappeared, but made a nice base.  Caramel is a little too cool toned for me and I barely touched it this week as cool tones aren’t what I am usually drawn to, while Desert made a slightly lighter and more subtle one and done look than Burnt. All four are simply varying brownish neutral tones for different skin tones.

Bottom Row Swatches L to R: Mink, Desert, and Champagne

The mattes are mostly either for a simple look or as a backdrop to the stunning shimmers in this palette. While Blushed and Baby can be applied with a dry brush for a slight pop of shine over a neutral look Love Heart, Mink and Champagne are a bit brighter.  Blushed especially adds a very subtle shine to an everyday look and wouldn’t be out of place in an office environment. Baby is a little more cool toned and pairs really well with Caramel (matte). 

All of the shimmers are more muted when applied with a dry brush.  They are slightly stronger when applied with a finger but really pop when applied with a wet brush.  I spray my setting spray onto the brush to damp it down and then apply to the lid.  The setting spray helps ensure the shimmer stays where it is supposed to instead of transferring.

Quick swipe of Burnt with a little Blushed to add shimmer to the inner corner

In general I had no issues with either transferring or fall out where this palette is concerned.  I dipped in and tapped off and had no issues fall out on my under eyes.  With Burnt I only needed to dip into the pan once to create an everyday look.  I could dip in more to deepen it, which I did when using a shimmer like Love Heart with it. 

The shadows stayed in place all day for me and quite frankly I was thrilled with this palette.  It is mostly neutral with some pink tones, which is sort of my natural habitat, but the selection is nice.  It can easily go from a work day look to a more night out look and it is small enough to fit well into a purse so a trip to the bathroom to punch up the color before leaving the office is easily achieved. I like the versatility as well as the balance of colors. 

Over all it was well thought out by whoever it was at Ciate who put this palette together. It isn’t super elaborate, but it can create a variety of looks and has both warm and cool tones making it surprisingly versatile for a variety of skin tones.  Not bad for a small nine pan palette.  For me, the trick is going to be remembering to reach for other palettes instead of just automatically picking up this one.

Viseart Eye Shadow Palette: Neutral Mattes (with a Bobby Brown Shimmer)

I’ll admit, I have been intrigued by Viseart for a while now.  I generally like the color schemes on their palettes and I have heard good things about them. It is usually the expense that talks me out of it.  Tis palette for example retails for $80. It is a lot to pay when you have never tried the formula and are only hoping you actually like it.

I did not pay full price for the paleet, this particular one came in my BoxyCharm Premium box this month. So I get to try it without an $82 gamble. (In case you are wondering most of my single shadows were picked up in order to try a formula before I bought a palette, or they came in subscription boxes.  Either way I tend to judge palettes on their singles before I buy them).

Now looking at this palette, I can tell these colors are right up my alley.  I actually didn’t mind the fact that they were all mattes until I got to the day where I tested out the black shade.  I used the Black and blended in the gray and then lightened the corners with one of the top row shades, but it wasn’t really enough with the black. Luckily, in my Birchbox Advent Calendar there was a Bobby Brown Long wear Cream Shadow Stick that was shimmer and had nothing else to partner with it.  So I added it and poof, I loved the look.

The Bobby Brown Shimmer

Incidentally, I loved the Bobby Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick.  It as creamy, went on over other shadows like a dream and stayed in place all day with minimal creasing.  I may have to look into the other shades and possibly think about picking up a few more. I have to be honest, this is the first Bobby Brown product I’ve tried, and I was very impressed.

But back to Viseart.

I have to say, I was impressed with them as well. 

Very impressed.

I swear there are four swatches on my arm I swatched the top row L to R for this row

While there is a row of light colors at the top, the rest of the shades are rather dark. The swatches are not the greatest on any of these shadows for some reason. Which is really strange as they apply with high pigmentation. This top row though disappears mostly because of my skin tone. I think part of the bad swatches (other than me) is the fact that they aren’t really powdery so it didn’t want to cling to my finger. Surprisingly the shadows that swach the worst usually end up performing really well in application. This was no exception.

When they apply they are definitely fully pigmented shades.  A little goes a long way. Dip once, tap the brush and then apply and see where you are. Start as light as you can and then try to build. 

second row L to R

The colors blended well together without becoming muddy.  Each are pigmented enough that they could be used on their own but they were easily layered. They were soft to the touch, highly pigmented and blended out really easily, providing I didn’t start off with too heavy a hand. 

Third row L to R

If you start with a heavy hand then it is just a block of color and you either have to decide to lie with it or start over.In the below photo, I tapped lightly once in the pan, taped off the excess and this was what I got. It is clearly the one russet color in the pan. But it was only one light brush on the pan to get this first color application. As you can see it is quite pigmented and there is zero fall out from the shadow.

One soft tap

There was a little fading throughout the day, but the shadows didn’t disappear. After eight hours you could still see exactly what I intended. I was very surprised by how little fall out there was with these shadows.  With the black I thought I was going to have loads of fall out just because of the deepness of the pigment.  I tapped lightly, tapped off the excess and applied it.  It blended well without poofing up to scatter black dust over my nose and the side of my face.  It may be the first black eyeshadow I have tried that hasn’t done that before.

Black shadow, no fall out

I have to be honest, I really have nothing bad to say about this palette.  I think the closest thing to a negative that I have is that when I used the black shadow I really wanted a shimmer because it was so dark and so intense, I thought it needed the shimmer to balance it. 

But that is just a personal taste.  It looked fine with just the mattes, and I do have plenty of single shimmers I could pair with it.  I am a big fan of this Viseart Palette and I have to say I will give the brand a closer look and try to add more to my collection. These were some very good quality eyeshadows and I will enjoy using this palette for a long time to come.

Travels with Eyeshadow: Visiting Tuscany via Nomad Cosmetics

The Tuscany eyeshadow palette from Nomad Cosmetics

One of my favorite eyeshadow palettes is actually from Nomad Cosmetics.  It is the Berlin Underground palette. The color scheme speaks to me reminding me of my less professional self in days gone by.  I have a tendency to only play with that one on the weekends as it tends to lead my brain out of work mode though.  Because of the color story, I tend to be really bad at an unbiased evaluation of the palette.  I love it and am willing to work with it regardless.

This specific blindness is one of the reasons I was very thrilled to get this palette from Nomad cosmetics in an IPSY bag.  While I really like the colors of the Tuscany Palette and they are ones I would typically gravitate towards during the work week, the palette doesn’t have the same nostalgic type of hues.

So let’s have a look at it.  The Tuscany Palette from Nomad Cosmetics is a part of their Italian Collection and on its own retails for $27.  It has nine pans which means you are essentially paying $3 per pan. The pans are quite a good size. While I couldn’t find the exact weight of each pan, they are comparable in size to the single pan Colourpop shadows, for reference.

The shadows are described by Nomad as…

Velvety, soft & blendable eyeshadows formulated with extra-fine pigments. 9 warm, neutral shades inspired by living La Bella Vita in Tuscany, Italy. 5 mattes, 3 satins & 1 shimmer finish. Infused with organic Grape Seed Oil for vibrant & long-wearing color. Cruelty-free & vegan.

So let’s look at them shall we?

top row l to r: Fior Di Latte, aperitivo, and vino nobile

First the Mattes.  For reference the Mattes are: Fior Di Latte and Vino Nobile in the top row, Rinascimento in the second row, Cantucci and Tartufo in the third row.

shadow fall after tapping the brush off over the sink

All of the mattes are powdery.  There is no getting around that. I took a picture of the fallout from Vino Nobile as it is the most noticeable on camera, but all of the mattes have the same fall out during application.

However, once they are applied, they stay in place all day.  They fade slightly throughout the day, but not overly much.  They don’t disappear by dinner time. If you don’t do your eyes first and follow with your face products, then I would recommend using  powder or a guard.  You will have fall out no matter how much you tap the brush before you apply. 

For me, the pay off was worth it.  Cantucci is the perfect base color for me. It comes close to matching my skin color perfectly and provides an excellent base layer. Vino Nobile is highly pigmented and needs to be used with a bit of caution. 

Start light and build my darlings otherwise it will over power everything. Tartufo is a bit more of a cool toned brown than I really like as I tend to gravitate towards warmer colors, but it does work well within this palette.  Fior Di Latte is an excellent accent color for me while Rinascimento was a little too yellow for me.  It is a beautiful color and reminds me of so much of that golden Italian stonework, the sort that has been softened by age.  It is a beautiful tone, but on me it made me look jaundiced.

middle row swatches L to R: Rinascimento, a Bella Vita and Passeggiata

The satins were La Bella Vita and Passeggiata in the second row and Vin Santo in row three.  They had the same fall out problems as the mattes but they also had the same nice formula. As satins they had a little bit more shimmer and one thing that was different is that if used without a primer underneath, they tended to crease as the day wore on. 

La Bella Vita was my favorite of these three and on me it was an excellent low make-up stand alone color.  I could dust it over my lids and be done, easy peasy.  I just had to remember the primer underneath or it would crease.  It would still stay all day, but there would be creases. With the primer, it worked really well as a one and done. 

Vino Santo worked well like this as well and it was the warm brown shade I wanted Tartufo to be. Passeggiata was a darker warm tone that worked really well with the matte shade Vino Nobile to create a red/brown toned smoky eye. 

Bottom row swatches L to R: Cantucci, Vin Santo and Tartufo

There was one shimmer shade in the entire palette and that was Aperitivo in the center of the first row.  It is a lovely pink tone that complemented the colors really well This is over all a red/pink tinged palette.  They are the kind of shades that look good on people who can wear rosy tones for the most part as each shadow seems to have that base note.

Like the other shadows, the shimmer has fall out during application.  It is a consistent theme throughout the palette.  But also like the others, once in place, the shadow stays in place.

All of the shadows blend well together without becoming muddy.  While this works well for subtle, work related looks, there is some boldness to be found in the deeper colors.  It is an earthy toned boldness instead of a bright color bold, which to be honest, I prefer.  I really prefer deeper colors to the brighter rainbow hues. At least in my daily life.  Don’t get me wrong, in colors outside of eyeshadows I crave jewel tones, and occasionally I will get pulled in by a jewel toned palette, but the bright, rainbow palettes aren’t ones I naturally gravitate towards. This Tuscany Palette is something I do gravitate towards and really enjoyed using this week. 

The only real down fall is the fall out, but if you are aware that it will need to be dealt with then this palette has quite a few pros to balance it out. In the end, I would definitely repurchase this palette and look into other Nomad palettes as well.  $27 is a decent price for a nine pane palette with shadows this large. And I have to say testing it out makes me more inclined to pick up another Nomad palette. 

I’ve had my eye on the Orient Express Palette since it came out. (oaky i have really had my eye on the bronze and gold shades in this palette)  How could I not want a palette reminiscent of my second favorite Agatha Christie Book? (My top fave Agatha Christie Book will always be And Then There Were None or Ten Little Indians depending on which version you picked up. Highly recommend the read and actually Amazon has a really good film adaptation of it that was done in 2013 if you are looking for something to watch.  It’s a three part series but essentially the whole book.

So that my darlings is my take on the Nomad Tuscany Palette.  As well as a book and film adaptation recommendation that has absolutely nothing to do with the palette, but I do occasionally just get off track. I enjoyed using it and will continue to do so for quite some time to come.

Is it Magic with the LA Splash Eyeshadow Palette?

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.

top row swatches l to r: Selenite, Sunstone, Aragonite, Tigers eye

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.

bottom row swatches L to R: Rose Quartz, Citrine, Amber, Onyx

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.

Note the powdery fall out

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.

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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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Illuminati X ISA Glam Palette

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.

The top row swatches (L to R)

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 second row – swatched L to R

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.

Third ro – swatched L to R

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.