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Product Name: Buxom Cosmetics Pastel Persuasian
Review: I think the thing people forget about pastel shades is that they are PASTELS!!!! They are not meant to be highly impactful, or neon bright, and yes, they can be true to color and pigmented while representing the color in the pan. If you are looking for “color” or “neon” then buy a Juvia’s Place eyeshadow palette, or purchase the Urban Decay Electric Palette from a secondary market like Hautelook, but if you want true pastels….this is what they are supposed to resemble. Many reviewers criticize Kat Von D’s Pastel Goth because it wasn’t colorful enough, but I don’t understand that because pastels are indicatively soft, spring type colors, not neon pink colors. I did sell my Pastel Goth because I didn’t particularly care for the texture of the shadows and I found them a bit chalky, but these are very soft, creamy shadows, that represent ideal pastel shades.
Rate: 8/10 I really enjoyed this palette and although most people have a misconception about what pastel colors are I find these represent the pastel shade range well, and the formula is pretty damn good. I am a fan of Buxom shades altogether.
Rotate: This and my Lorac Pro Ladies Who Brunch Palette will be my ideal pastel palettes because I enjoy the shades and the texture and consistency of the shadows.
Product Name: Lorac California Dreaming Palette
Review: Lorac is my favorite brand of high-end eyeshadow (Natasha Denona & Viseart are my favorite luxury brands) brand. I enjoy the formulation of both the Pro & Unzipped Collections. This palette is neither. While others criticize the color story of the palette, I was more disappointed in the consistency of the shadows compared to the Pro & Unzipped formulas. Overall, I was able to create pretty, every day, wearable eye looks and I liked the color combination.
Rate: 6.75/10 Very cute packaging, which Lorac is not necessarily known for, and interesting and varied color combination, however, the comparatively the formulation was a bit on the disappointing side.
Rotate: I collect Lorac products and so ordinarily I would find a different home for this palette, but I am making an exception because it’s Lorac and limited edition.
Product Name: Nicka K Metallic Shadows in Moon
Review: I have all of the palettes in this series and I have have used two so far. I bought all of them because they were so inexpensive and the beauty supply is a trap for impulse buying, so I ended up with all of them. At first I was really excited and thought it was a good product for the price but over time I have realized that I really don’t care for these 4 pan palettes. There is way, way too much dimethicone in these shadows. Dimethicone is commonly used in the manufacturing of eyeshadows, but there is so much that you actually can manipulate the shadow by pushing it around in the pan. You shouldn’t be able to do that to a powder product. For some reason that is disturbing to me. Additionally, it makes it difficult for the product to be picked up by a brush and even more difficult to apply to the eyes. I had difficulty getting the shadows to adhere to my eye lids and often the shadows crumbled down onto my cheeks.
Rate: 3/10 This is a lesson in don’t buy all of one collection until you try one of the items. On the bright side, I can donate or pass these along to others that might be more interested in using them.
Rotate: Gone! Bye, Bye!
Product Name: Hourglass Modernist Color Field
Review: Finding reviews and information about these palettes from Hourglass are difficult to say the least and the reviews I was able to find in my research were not necessarily thorough, helpful, or kind. Since Sephora has an amazing return policy, I decided to purchase this palette and give it a try. This palette is appropriate for an everyday, wearable, work week look. If you are looking for super bold, bright, inviting colors, you’re not going to get that from this baby. You will get very smooth shadows that apply easily and build up well AND last all day long. The construction on the palette, specifically the way each shade leans into the next could be problematic in the long run as shadows breakdown, or one shadow is used more than the other. I see that as a major drawback. However, I really enjoyed the looks I was able to create, although my creativity was limited due to the amount of shadows and shade selection!
Rate: 7.25/10 Major points for sleek, sophisticated packaging, and ingenuity of palette construction, however, possible problems await as the shadows are used. High price point for the amount of shades.
Rotate: I would like to keep this one for a little longer!
Product Name: Santee Big Smoky Eyes
Review: I got this for a $1 from ShopMissA and it’s definitely worth a $1 and most probably, I’d pay more, however, I just don’t use them. What I am going to do is pull all of these that I have in the various shades and put them in my every day drawer for a month. If I don’t use them then I am going to get rid of them.
Rotate: On probation, awaiting trial….
Product Name: Malibu Glitz Blush & Laura Mercier Highlighter
Review: (a) I paid a dollar for this blush and it’s freaking amazing. As I have said a billion times, blushes wear well on my skin and I have many, many, dollar blushes I prefer over high-end. Tarte is the only brand that I buy blushes from that is high-end. Incredibly pigmented, easy to blend. Outstanding blush. (b) You can look at the above picture and see how powdery this highlighter is. It makes an unnecessarily huge mess, which I personally loathe. The effects and results of the highlighter application is beautiful.
Rate: (a) 10/10 You can’t beat this for a dollar. (b)7/10 Way too powdery, but the aesthetic of the highlighter is gorgeous.
Rotate: Keeping Both!
Product Name: Tarte Bliss Blush
Review: Click HERE for my thoughts on the Tarte Fall/Holiday Collection!
Product Name: Tarte Gold Goddess Highlighter
Review: Click HERE for my thoughts on the Tarte Fall/Holiday Collection!
Product Name: BR Bronzer
Review: This is supposed to be a sort of illuminating bronzer, but I utilized it as a highlighter, because regarding my skin tone, there really is no difference between the two terms except semantics. It swatches beautifully. but it applies very lightly and is appropriate for someone who is looking for a subtle glow from within look, but I prefer a “blind a bitch” type of highlighter (bitch, being a relative term).
Rate: 6.25/10 Terrible cheap packaging, but it was a dollar, so I’ll live. This is perfect for a work day type of situation and I think it would work on a variety of skin tones. I have other highlighters I prefer, but I think it’s perfect for a novice or beginner!
Rotate: Keeping this one for now!
Product Name: Juvia’s Place The Douce Eyeshadow Palette
Review: I have never been disappointed with a Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palette and I am proud to say that I have all of this brand’s palettes. I am excited about their recent debut into mainstream beauty distribution with Ulta as their catalyst. This palette, like all of Juvia’s Place palettes, is uniquely organized and well thought out. This BOMB (Black Owned Makeup Brand) specifically caters to melanin mommas, which I love, and at the same time my people of lesser color would still be able to get sufficient use out of this palette
Rate: 8.5/10 This isn’t my favorite palette from Juvia’s Place, but it’s still in my Holy Grail Group of Palettes. I am still learning how to use color in it’s different forms and textures, so as I become more comfortable palettes like this one will get more use!
Rotate: Hell NO!
Product Name: Dose of Color Eyescream Palette
Review: This isn’t a bad palette. It really isn’t. It has a pleasant color story, the texture and consistency of the shadows are remarkable, and the packaging is adorable. With all of that being said, I kept it in a rotation for two weeks and I was unable to come up with looks that I was satisfied with. I have all of the 5 pan palettes and I ♥ those palettes. In terms of matte palettes, they are definitely my favorite, but for some reason I just wasn’t able to find the creativity within to product a beautiful eye look. Do I think it’s possible? Absolutely! I just couldn’t make it happen. I still think it’s a remarkable palette.
Rate: 9/10 Excellent palette, just not the one for me!
Rotate: I sold this a lovely young woman on Mercari! She was excited about the deal and I just got a message from her thanking me! See….PAY IT FORWARD!
Product Name: Karity Frost & Karity Smoke Eyeshadow Palettes
Review: I actually really love both of these palettes. They are affordable, pigmented, apply easily and with little effort, and blend nicely. For the price of these palette they are absolutely wonderful. I love how they are arranged in such a way that one can easily create a well put together look without having to stress over what shadows go together with the other shadows. It’s pretty much fool proof!
Rate: 9/10 I personally think these palettes are better than Morphe Brushes 35 pan palettes, because first, they make sense, secondly, the quality is far superior, and third, there are not 60 shades of brown!!!
Rotate: With that being said, I have these shades in customizable palettes and I won’t to get better and more consistent use out of them. I was able to sell them to a lady on Mercari this week, who has been looking for them and she will thrilled!
Products Using All Month Long
Product Name: Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette
Product Name: Colourpop No Filter Foundation & No Filter Sheer Pressed Powder
Look for a review in the coming weeks about this product and my objective and thorough thoughts on the product!
Product Name: Lancome Teint Idole Foundation Stick, L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte,
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Stick