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✮✮✮✮PRODUCT REVIEW✮✮✮✮✮✮✮✮BOUGIE BRIE’S BITE SIZE BITCH’N REVIEW✮✮✮✮PRO FILT’R SETTING POWDER✮✮✮✮

✮✮✮PRODUCT REVIEW✮✮✮✮FENTY SETTING POWDER✮✮✮✮

Rating is out 10 out of 10, with a full point given for each of the ten sections listed above. Points per section may be issued in the following denominations: 0,.0 .25, .50, 1.0. For further clarification, the sections listed are worth a total of 1.0 point and are:

Company Profile & Personality: (available information about the company, cruelty-free status information, philanthropic efforts, unnecessary controversy, indie company vs mainstream)

Price: (product cost, availability of product, shipping cost, available coupons)
Purchase Process: (order time vs receipt of product turn around, availability of product, email notifications including shipping & tracking number, email notification for delivery)

Packaging: (was the item securely package, decorative packaging efforts including information card about the product, upcoming sales, or the company itself)

Pigmentation: (via swatches)

Color Payoff: (via application to the area applicable)

Product Application: (ease of application of the product, for example for eyeshadow, is there fall out, creasing, etc.
Performance: (longevity of wear)

Product Value: (price to product amount ratio, i.e. price per gram + product quality + consumer response (popularity of the product and consumer response) + repurchase option)

Overall Product Presentation: shade variation (if eyeshadow), women of color friendly, pale people friendly, universally applicable to many skin tones, desire for repeated use, would you repurchase the item again, is this product associated with a particular trend or is does it market the companies individuality, does the product set a new & innovative trend, is the product effective (does it do what it’s designed to do), does the product have potential multiple application opportunities (i.e. can the product be used as a blush & lipstick), is the product limited edition or a permanent product, is the product part of a collection, is the product consistent (from shade to shade, if an eyeshadow palette) from color to color in a part of a collection and does it function and operate the same each time applied. 

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Price & Purchase Process & Packaging:

I purchased this powder on a whim during a Sephora VIB sale.  Even though I didn’t have great success with the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation, I thought perhaps this was the key to making that foundation work for me. The item is housed in an octagonal shaped component with a mirrored lid. It contains 0.98 oz and comes in 8 different shades that seemingly matches a wide array of skin tones. The beauty community is seeing that this brand is making a full attempt at inclusivity which is something that brands should have addressed years ago, but is now being pioneered by a celebrity-owned minority brand!!! At $32 with a 4.7 rating on the Fenty Beauty website, the Pro Filt’r Setting Powder is widely accepted as a “hit” for many beauty lovers from skin tones the range for light to deeper tones. 

As with many, if not all of the brand’s products, the packaging is both innovative and attractive without being obnoxious or intrusive & overbearing to the consumer. Unlike many celebrity-owned brands, Fenty is soaring to the top of the beauty industry, gaining significant respect and notoriety for their consistency, passion, and knowledge of the needs of the consumer producing products that are accepted as unique to an oversaturated market giving the brand an edge over other well-established brands like Urban Decay, Too Faced, KVD, who lack the innovation Fenty Beauty is bringing to the table.

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Pigmentation & Color Payoff & Performance:

I own and have tested a significant amount of setting powders and loose powders and the way I can tell if I truly enjoy the performance of a face powder is if I buy a “back up” of the product and/or purchase additional products during events like the Sephora VIB Sale. For instance, this most recent April Sephora VIB sale, since I am “Rouge” status, I picked up a full size and travel size version of this loose setting powder in the shade Cashew because it has become a true staple in my foundation & powder routine. First, the shade is absolutely perfect for my skin, which is quite amazing considering there are only eight shades. I have spoken about on my a YouTube channel and written about on this website my great difficulty in finding suitable shades in foundations and powder because of my undertone, however, the shade Cashew is nearly perfect for me. The powder creates a true “blurring” effect on the leaving your foundation set with confidence and the texture smooth. It provides a demi-matte finish and literally absorbs oil throughout the day for up to 12 hours. While every person’s skin is different, I can say with confidence that most individuals will have a very positive experience with this setting powder. It is ranked among my top five powders in the number one spot and additionally, I’d like to mention that it “plays well” with other foundations, which is incredibly important for those of us with extensive makeup collections. It works well with other foundations, concealers,  and other powders from a variety of brands. 

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Overall Product Presentation:

It is by far my favorite setting powder in my collection and is utilized on a daily basis in my every makeup drawer. Although I’m not a complete fan of the brand’s foundation, or of their eyeshadow palettes, their lip products and this setting powder are absolutely remarkable. I believe that it is more than worth its price due to its beautiful packaging and aesthetic, the comprehensive shade range,  the performance of the product, and the consistency of the product over time. 

Rating:
10/10

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✭✭✭✭TOP FIVE LOOSE POWDERS✭✭✭✭

Sacha Buttercup


The following are a list of my top five loose setting powder. They are in no particular order and are all equally important in my collection for various reasons. I have tested many loose setting powders over the last 3 years, but these are products that I have used, repurchased, and used again. I consider them top tier items.


Sacha Buttercup Loose Powder – I was introduced to this setting powder shortly after Kim K introduced the world to the Ben Nye Banana Powder. Sacha then introduced women of color to their version of a banana powder, yet it was deeper and richer in color. I use it under my eyes and also, at times, I use it to set my entire face, depending on the seasons and the color of my skin. It works well in both capacities, and helps to correct foundations and Powders that might be a tad too light for my skin.




Rimmel Stay Matte Loose Powder


I was late to this party for sure. I was never big on translucent loose powders, and honestly, I wasn’t a fan of Rimmel, but this loose powder stays in my drawer ready to mattify and set my foundation without hesitation. As my skin begins to change with the evolution of time and age, it refuses to make my face look powdery or cakey. Job well done!



Fenty PRO FILT’R Loose Powder


Ok, I was not prepared to like this powder. I was ready to return it because I just knew it wasn’t going to work for me. It can’t be that damn good, right? Everyone is just hyping it up, right? Nope! Not at all. This powder is freaking amazing. It literally makes my skin look so smooth, without drawing attention to pores or mild discoloration or acne. It doesn’t make my skin look cakey and it lasts all damn day! Top-Notch!



Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder


This is an old faithful – tried & true. This was the first loose powder I ever purchased and it is from the drugstore, go figure! It really works well with the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation, which has now expanded its shade range. Very budget friendly, performs well and is easily accessible, Total Win!



Too Faced Peach Perfect Loose Powder

I’m not really a fan of Too Faced products, but I will say when I began my makeup journey the “Born This Way” foundation was definitely one of my favorites. THEN, they released the Peach Perfect Foundation along with the Peach Perfect Powder. The foundation was marketed as a comfort matte foundation and the loose powder was supposed to provide a smooth matte finish without being cakey.  So I purchased both and the combo quickly became my go to combo in Houston heat! I have back ups of both and use them with regularity. 




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✭✭✭✭REVIEW & RATE& AND WEEKLY PRODUCT PICKS✭✭✭✭

Rotation Schedule For Palettes: Must Choose 6-10 Palettes Total

Week One: Favorites Drawer
                        &
Week Two: Theme Related Week

Week Three: Options Week – Specific Section of Palette Collection i.e. Affordable, Custom, Luxury, High End, Small High End, Large, Or All Indie Palettes, Or Favorites Drawer, Or All New Releases NO THEME RELATED PALETTES IN WEEK 3
                        &
Week Four: Theme Related Week/2nd Chance Last Chance
Week Five: Dealer’s Choice (Solo Week)

Each Week I Must Choose 1-3 Palette That is in The “2nd Chance/Last Chance” Bucket and Make a Decision
Once a theme has been chosen from the randomizer, I cannot spin again. Whatever is chosen by the wheel is the theme of the week. Period. Once a theme is used, it is removed by the randomizer, and cannot be used again until all themes have been used, regardless of how long it takes to accomplish this. If a theme does not have enough palettes to satisfy the requirement of (6) palettes, the remaining palettes may be drawn from the favorites drawer.

Project Pan Items: Regardless of the theme or week, project panning items are always available for use. They do not count as items required for the themes or weeks.

Rotation Schedule For Face Palettes, Blushes, Bronzers, Highlighters

Week One: Contour or Blush or Highlighter Palette, 4 Individual Face Products
                                    &
Week Two: Multi Face Palette & Blush Palette or Highlighter Palette or Contour Palette

Week Three: Multi Face Palette & 2 Individual Face Products
                                    &
Week Four: All Face Palettes (My Choice) or All Individual Face Products (My Choice)
________________________________________________________________________________ 

Cannot re-choose products already chosen until all products in that particular category have been used
Theme List Part I
1.       Neutral Palettes
2.       Fall Related Palettes
3.       Spring Related/Pastels
4.       Christmas Related Palettes
5.       Randomizer Theme
6.       Viseart & Marc Jacobs
7.       Small High End Indie Brands
8.       Large High End Indie Brands
9.       International Indie Brands
10.   Old School/Throwback Palettes
11.   Collaboration Palettes
12.   Budget Friendly Palettes
13.   Natasha Denona
14.   Huda Beauty Small Palettes
15.   Huda Beauty Big Palettes
16.   Anastasia Beverly Hills Palettes
17.   1 Large Too Faced Palette, 1-2 Small Too Faced Palettes, 2-4 Regular size
18.   3 Kat Von D Palettes & 3 Jeffree Star Palettes
19.   Mavie Cosmetics Palettes
20.   Buxom Cosmetics Palettes
21.   Large Budget Friendly Palettes
22.   Colourpop Singles plus Looxi
23.   1 Large Tarte, 2 Small Tarte, 2 Regular Size
24.   2 Lorac Mega Pro Palettes & 2 Vice Palettes
25.   Lime Crime Cosmetics Palettes


Theme List Part II
26.   2 Naked Palettes, Devinah Cosmetics Singles
27.   Pat McGrath Palettes
28.   Marc Jacobs & Chantecaille Palettes
29.   High End Indie (US)
30.   Unused Palettes (Any Category)
31.   Single Shadow/Custom Palettes (Any)
32.   Single Shadow/Potted Shadows plus 2 Matte Palettes
33.   Bobbi Brown & Laura Mercier
34.   Small High End Palettes (Non-Indie)
35.   High End Palettes (Non-Indie)
36.   Sydney Grace Singles & Palettes
37.   Colourpop Single Shadows & Bellfiore
38.   JD Glow Cosmetics Single Shadows & 2 Matte Palettes
39.   Menagerie Cosmetics Single Shadows & 2 Matte Palettes
40.   Blush Tribe & Juvia’s Place Palettes
41.   2 Certifeye & 2 Kaleidos Cosmetics & 2 Matte Palettes
42.   Single Shadows/Custom Palettes 2.0
43.   Lunar Beauty & Dominique Cosmetics
44.   Colourpop Palettes
45.   Luxury Palette 1.0
46.   Urban Decay Cosmetics Palettes
47.   Budget Friendly & Single Custom
48.   Bright Color Palette
49.   Pink & Purple
50.   Blue & Green
51.   Smokey Eye Palette
52.   3 All Shimmer Palettes & 3 All Matte
PALETTES & FACE PRODUCTS

REVIEW OF WEEKS 1 & 2: NEUTRAL PALETTE & FAVORITES DRAWER

Week One: Contour or Blush or Highlighter Palette, 4 Individual Face Products
 &
Week Two: Multi Face Palette & Blush Palette or Highlighter Palette or Contour Palette

DECLUTTERED

2ND CHANCE/LAST CHANCE BUCKET

DECLUTTERED

FAV OF THE WEEK

FAV OF THE WEEK

FAV OF THE WEEK

DECLUTTERED

FAV OF THE WEEK
PALETTES & FACE PRODUCTS

WEEKS 3 & 4: MARC JACOBS & VISEART & AFFORDABLE PALETTES
Week Three: Multi Face Palette & 2 Individual Face Products
 &
Week Four: All Face Palettes (My Choice) or All Individual Face Products (My Choice)

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★★★BAD AZZ COSMETICS★★★THE CHRONIC PALETTE★★PRODUCT REVIEW★★★

Bad Azz Cosmetics The Chronic Eyeshadow Palette: Product Review



Rating is out 10 out of 10, with a full point given for each of the ten sections listed above. Points per section may be issued in the following denominations: 0,.0 .25, .50, 1.0. For further clarification, the sections listed are worth a total of 1.0 point and are:

Company Profile & Personality: (available information about the company, cruelty-free status information, philanthropic efforts, unnecessary controversy, indie company vs mainstream)

Price: (product cost, availability of product, shipping cost, available coupons)

Purchase Process: (order time vs receipt of product turn around, availability of product, email notifications including shipping & tracking number, email notification for delivery)

Packaging: (was the item securely package, decorative packaging efforts including information card about the product, upcoming sales, or the company itself)

Pigmentation: (via swatches)

Color Payoff: (via application to the area applicable)

Product Application: (ease of application of the product, for example for eyeshadow, is there fall out, creasing, etc.

Performance: (longevity of wear)

Product Value: (price to product amount ratio, i.e. price per gram + product quality + consumer response (popularity of the product and consumer response) + repurchase option)

Overall Product Presentation: shade variation (if eyeshadow), women of color friendly, pale people friendly, universally applicable to many skin tones, desire for repeated use, would you repurchase the item again, is this product associated with a particular trend or is does it market the companies individuality, does the product set a new & innovative trend, is the product effective (does it do what it’s designed to do), does the product have potential multiple application opportunities (i.e. can the product be used as a blush & lipstick), is the product limited edition or a permanent product, is the product part of a collection, is the product consistent (from shade to shade, if an eyeshadow palette) from color to color in a part of a collection and does it function and operate the same each time applied.
PRODUCTREVIEW

Price & Purchase Process & Packaging:

I purchased this product at a very reasonable price. It was on sale and I was able to use a coffee for an additional percentage off. There was an issue with some of the palettes arriving damage, but the company kept me informed and offered to refund my money immediately or throw in a bonus if I decided to wait. I truly appreciated the devotion to the customer and helping them starting fully informed about their order. They were kind and personable, all of which was completely unexpected, but indicative of quality customer service.

Pigmentation & Color Payoff & Performance:

Now, let me preface my review by stating that I own nearly 800 eyeshadow palettes, many of which are colorful, so I feel as a consumer, I have a wealth of knowledge to pull from and provide an accurate account of my experience while still imparting knowledge that is objective and reasonable. 

This palette is a tad gimmicky and plays to the casual use of marijuana, and as a person that believes in the substantial influence of drug culture on our young minds, I think we have a responsibility to not perpetuate ill conceived notions of acceptable marketing ploys in order to obtain financial gain. With that being said, I do own the Melt Cosmetics “Smoke Sessions” Palette, however I am an adult with an informed mind and the packaging of the Melt Cosmetics palette is more sophisticated, if you can call it that, whereas, this palette’s packaging is very adolescent driven. Not all fifty States in the union have legalized the user of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and I happen to love in Texas, so I’m sure you can only imagine. the Cosmetics industry is a billion dollar industry and it is a huge platform that owners have the opportunity to use to incite goodness and Justice and not continually capitalize on issues that are inappropriate for young minds. If you have the opportunity to create a brand and you center it around drug culture, what does that say about your brand? Is your product not able to stand on its own merits without attaching it to something like drug culture?

I digress…. Although I think my former point (s) are both important and valid….. The palette, with all that I’ve said, is quite impressive, especially for the price point and the debut eyeshadow palette from this brand. Although the swatches in the above pictures are spectacular, they are nothing compared to the color impact during the application process. It is imperative that you are gentle when you dip your brush into the pans and I find it even more prudent to additionally tap of your brush before applying the matte shades to your eye area. If you’re not careful you will have more product than you possibly intend and blending might become an issue. However, when applied with a light hand, these shadows blend magnificently. When applied to the eye area, the shadows are true to color and representative of the shade in the pan. The shimmer/metallic shades are equally impressive especially when you would your brush.

Overall Product Presentation:

When I considered the political angles of this palette, I am disappointed because the product within the palette doesn’t warrant the gimmick of piggybacking on popular, yet inappropriate themes co-signed by overly socially approving millennial culturalism.

Rating: 8/10

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✬✬✬PRODUCT REVIEW✬✬✬COLLAB PALETTE PRO✬✬✬AFTER HOURS✬✬✬

PRODUCT REVIEW: COLLAB EYESHADOW PALETTE (AFTER HOURS)

Rating is out 10 out of 10, with a full point given for each of the ten sections listed above. Points per section may be issued in the following denominations: 0,.0 .25, .50, 1.0. For further clarification, the sections listed are worth a total of 1.0 point and are:

Company Profile & Personality: (available information about the company, cruelty-free status information, philanthropic efforts, unnecessary controversy, indie company vs mainstream)

Price: (product cost, availability of product, shipping cost, available coupons)
Purchase Process: (order time vs receipt of product turn around, availability of product, email notifications including shipping & tracking number, email notification for delivery)

Packaging: (was the item securely package, decorative packaging efforts including information card about the product, upcoming sales, or the company itself)

Pigmentation: (via swatches)

Color Payoff: (via application to the area applicable)

Product Application: (ease of application of the product, for example for eyeshadow, is there fall out, creasing, etc.
Performance: (longevity of wear)

Product Value: (price to product amount ratio, i.e. price per gram + product quality + consumer response (popularity of the product and consumer response) + repurchase option)

Overall Product Presentation: shade variation (if eyeshadow), women of color friendly, pale people friendly, universally applicable to many skin tones, desire for repeated use, would you repurchase the item again, is this product associated with a particular trend or is does it market the companies individuality, does the product set a new & innovative trend, is the product effective (does it do what it’s designed to do), does the product have potential multiple application opportunities (i.e. can the product be used as a blush & lipstick), is the product limited edition or a permanent product, is the product part of a collection, is the product consistent (from shade to shade, if an eyeshadow palette) from color to color in a part of a collection and does it function and operate the same each time applied.


Price & Purchase Process & Packaging:

I purchased this from my local Sally’s Beauty when I went in to grab some hair color. I was immediately drawn to the unique color story. I’ve been living neutral palettes with pops of varying green shades, and this palette was on sale AND I had a coupon so I only paid $4 for the palette. What a steal!

Pigmentation & Color Payoff & Performance:

I have heard great things about Collab and the brand. The overall consensus I find is that it’s a great brand but that the products are a little too high for it to be an affordable product, however most often reviews for Collab products are favorable.

The palette that I selected was the “After Hours” Eyeshadow Palette, which contained tones of greys. and browns, and greens. Very grungy and edgy, but easily can be glammed up for an evening with friends. I find the matte to shimmer ratio personally appealing with an equal number of each, which some may find unattractive or unnecessary, favoring the ideology that palettes should always be matte “heavy” and shimmer “light”. I happen to disagree with this line of thinking and can appreciate a brand taking a small palette, and restricting the usual layout of the textures, allowing the consumer to invoke more creativity. Some times brands make things “too easy” and some times they make things more difficult than necessary, however, I find that the compilation of the shades, the minimalism of the shade range, while still instilling diversity in such a small 8 pan palette, is nothing short of genuis. Although this price of this palette is a bit unappealing, two things help give leniency to the price point. First, the quality of the product is above board. The palette is better than most that you can find at your local Walgreens or CVS oh, so I think a higher price point is necessary. Number two, you can often get these eyeshadow palettes buy one get one 1/2 off and additionally you can order them online at Sally’s.Com. Additionally, the Collab eyeshadow palettes come in a myriad of color stories that lean both warm, cool, and neutral. There is a palette that is appropriate for every type of eyeshadow wearer and I believe even the shadow palette selection and color stories bridge a very wide gap in terms of selections for both young and more mature people.

I found that the mattes shadows in this particular eyeshadow palette Glen extremely well. Almost with little effort and all the selections of mattes played well together. I never experienced any of the shadows muddying up or creating a gray effect if that was not the color that I was going for. Although I always spray my brush when applying my lid shade, it is not necessary to do so in the case of shimmer / metallic eyeshadows. The color payoff given the price point is absolutely spectacular and even more impressive is that these shadows are quite long-lasting on the eye. I applied the shadows around 6 a.m. and by 9 p.m. that night they were still looking just as vibrant. I was extremely impressed with this eyeshadow palette. So impressed that I went on to buy three others by this brand.

Overall Product Presentation:

I think the packaging of these eyeshadows are very minimalistic but sleek and appropriate. I do love the packaging as it reminds me of something I would purchase from Nars. I think the many different color stories that are offered are unique and different from anything you would find in a drugstore or a low-end priced website. I believe this eyeshadow palette it’s worth the price and then some and I must say that I do not have a lot of drugstore priced eyeshadow palettes in my collection. To favorably review this eyeshadow palette, continually keep the product, and purchase others in different color stories says a lot about the product itself.
Rating:
8.5/10 










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****Review, Rate, & Rotate – Week 23****Anastasia, Juvia’s Place, Nars, Revlon, L’Oreal & More****

Rating is out 10 out of 10, with a full point given for each of the ten sections listed above. Points per section may be issued in the following denominations: 0,.0 .25, .50, 1.0. For further clarification, the sections listed are worth a total of 1.0 point and are:

  1. Company Profile & Personality: (available information about the company, cruelty-free status information, philanthropic efforts, unnecessary controversy, indie company vs mainstream)
  2. Price: (product cost, availability of product, shipping cost, available coupons)
  3. Purchase Process: (order time vs receipt of product turn around, availability of product, email notifications including shipping & tracking number, email notification for delivery)
  4. Packaging: (was the item securely package, decorative packaging efforts including information card about the product, upcoming sales, or the company itself)
  5. Pigmentation: (via swatches)
  6. Color Payoff: (via application to the area applicable)
  7. Product Application: (ease of application of the product, for example for eyeshadow, is there fall out, creasing, etc.
  8. Performance: (longevity of wear)
  9. Product Value: (price to product amount ratio, i.e. price per gram + product quality + consumer response (popularity of the product and consumer response) + repurchase option)
  10. Overall Product Presentation: shade variation (if eyeshadow), women of color friendly, pale people friendly, universally applicable to many skin tones, desire for repeated use, would you repurchase the item again, is this product associated with a particular trend or is does it market the companies individuality, does the product set a new & innovative trend, is the product effective (does it do what it’s designed to do), does the product have potential multiple application opportunities (i.e. can the product be used as a blush & lipstick), is the product limited edition or a permanent product, is the product part of a collection, is the product consistent (from shade to shade, if an eyeshadow palette) from color to color in a part of a collection and does it function and operate the same each time applied.
If I mention that I am selling any of the items listed below, you can catch those products at a reasonable price on Poshmark @ bougiebriexo or on Mercari @ BougieBrie or you can always reach out to me on my social media channels or click on the Contact Me link at the top of the page and shoot me an email!

Product Name: Anastasia Glow Kit Sun Dipped
Review: For a high-end highlighting palette, you can’t go wrong with Anastasia. I don’t have many high-end face products (blushes & highlighters), well, I don’t have a lot compared to other people. Nevertheless, for $40 you get 4 magnificent creamy shades that are appropriate for people with medium to dark skin. Huge pan sizes and high-quality pigmentation. People will see you glowing 10 feet away.

Rate: 10/10 I really don’t have one bad thing to say about this highlighting palette. Whenever I use it, I really enjoy it and I am anxious to put it into a panning project.
Rotate: I am happy to keep this one at home with me!

Product Name: The Saharan Blush Palette Volume I


Review: You know I go hard for Juvia’s place and this and its sister palette is no exception. These shades are unbelievable, extremely pigmented, and perfect for people of color. This palette is incredibly diverse and perfect for all seasons. The palette will last you forever because the pigmentation requires a light hand, using less product. Although it is a tad powdery/dusty, it is a mild inconvenience for the result.


Rate: 10/10 Fantastic formula, incredible price, and perfect for a wide variety of skin tones.


Rotate: This will remain in my collection along with all my other Juvia’s place products.



Product Name: The Saharan Blush Palette Volume II

Review: Like its sister palette above, this blush palette is out of sight. The main difference between the two palettes are the tones. The blush palette above provides more of a bold look and would serve better on medium to darker skin, whereas this palette is much more rosey and soft and could fair well on lighter skin tones.

Rate: 10/10 Man, I am just handing out 10’s like crazy! I can’t help it! When something performs well and exceeds my expectations, I have to give them credit.

Rotate: Very happy to continue to have this blush palette and this will remain in my collection!
Product Name: NARS Velvet Matte, Lancome Teint Idole, Maybelline Infallible Pro Matte

Review: (a)  This is one of my favorite foundations. It wears well and the color is almost perfect. My goal is to finish it by the end of the summer. (b) I figured out that the reason I was having such difficulty with this foundation because of the primer I was using. Once, I changed it up, I had great results and a flawless finish. (c) I only have four foundations from the drugstore for a reason, and all four are my ride or die drugstore foundations. This is definitely one of them. The shade match is spot on and the coverage is awesome but totally appropriate for heatwave oven that is Summer in Houston, Texas.

Rate: 9/10 Fantastic foundation in a wide range of shades with great coverage! 7/10 Not my favorite foundation, but definitely something I can work with. Trying to use it up by the end of the year. 10/10 One of the top three foundations at the drugstore!

Rotate: All of the foundations are staying and I am attempting to narrow down my collection to 5-10 foundations by the end of the year!

Product Name: Catrice Single Eyeshadow, Revlon Photoready Eye Art, L’OewL Infallible Paint &
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Endless Sea

Review: I pretty much have a group review for these products, which is something I rarely do. I was equally impressed with all of these products. These are some of the best drugstore products from their various respective types. For the price and the amount of product, all of these products are amazing.

Rate: 10/10 Very impressed and would recommend all these products. Stunning on the eyes and easy to use!

Rotate: All these products will be staying in my collection!

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***Bi-Monthly Review, Rate, Rotate***Week 19 & 20***

Rating is out 10 out of 10, with a full point given for each of the ten sections listed above. Points per section may be issued in the following denominations: 0,.0 .25, .50, 1.0. For further clarification, the sections listed are worth a total of 1.0 point and are:

  1. Company Profile & Personality: (available information about the company, cruelty-free status information, philanthropic efforts, unnecessary controversy, indie company vs mainstream)
  2. Price: (product cost, availability of product, shipping cost, available coupons)
  3. Purchase Process: (order time vs receipt of product turn around, availability of product, email notifications including shipping & tracking number, email notification for delivery)
  4. Packaging: (was the item securely package, decorative packaging efforts including information card about the product, upcoming sales, or the company itself)
  5. Pigmentation: (via swatches)
  6. Color Payoff: (via application to the area applicable)
  7. Product Application: (ease of application of the product, for example for eyeshadow, is there fall out, creasing, etc.
  8. Performance: (longevity of wear)
  9. Product Value: (price to product amount ratio, i.e. price per gram + product quality + consumer response (popularity of the product and consumer response) + repurchase option)
  10. Overall Product Presentation: shade variation (if eyeshadow), women of color friendly, pale people friendly, universally applicable to many skin tones, desire for repeated use, would you repurchase the item again, is this product associated with a particular trend or is does it market the companies individuality, does the product set a new & innovative trend, is the product effective (does it do what it’s designed to do), does the product have potential multiple application opportunities (i.e. can the product be used as a blush & lipstick), is the product limited edition or a permanent product, is the product part of a collection, is the product consistent (from shade to shade, if an eyeshadow palette) from color to color in a part of a collection and does it function and operate the same each time applied.
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Week 19

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume III


Review: I actually enjoy Tarte’s eyeshadow although many find them mediocre. They are consistent and well-made. My only issue is that Tarte has a tendency to make their products for Fair-Medium skin tones, leaving out on many hues of people that could possibly enjoy their products as well as other’s they could market their products to.


Rate: 7.25/10 I am taking points off for a lack of universality and ability to reach different skin tones. Otherwise, the product is essentially very good and enjoyable.


Rotate: This will be staying in my collection for a little while longer.


Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette


Review: Most people know that I am not a huge Too Faced fan, although I own a lot of their products, but this palette is a ride or die product for me and in fact is the second one I have owned. This palette is essential for beginners or people that are looking to rock that everyday neutral look. The palette smells pleasant and it is easy to use. Although it’s incredibly user-friendly, remember you’re not going to get significant glam looks from this palette and the pigmentation is weaker than say, Juvia’s Place, but for a workplace eyeshadow palette it gives you what you need.


Rate: 8.25/10 Now that I am a little more experience in my makeup repertoire and application process, and I work in an environment where I can push the envelope in terms of fashion and makeup, I tend to go for more pigmented and bolder looks, which this palette just doesn’t provide. It’s not the palette’s fault, but a shift in my personal taste.


Rotate: This palette is going into an upcoming panning project, perhaps for next year because the shadows are densely packed and take a great deal of effort to really make any progress.

City Color HD Blush in Warm Apricot / Soap & Glory Peach Party


Review: (a) I do not own a lot of high-end blush & highlight products for many reasons one of which is that I can pretty much get the same outcome/look from affordable blushes & highlighters as I can from high-end (with the exception of Tarte, whose blushes are phenomenal). This City Color HD Blush In Warm Apricot is a beautiful color and looks great on medium skin, especially with yellow undertones. It is affordable and lasts all day, and I believe I snagged this for under $5! (b) I am a huge fan of Soap & Glory bath products – just look for my upcoming Target Haul! But I could really passion their face products. This product doesn’t want to commit to being either a blush or highlighter, but instead it’s a confusing fusion of both that is neither flattering nor long-lasting.  

Rate: (a) 8/10 The only complaint I have about this product is that it is a little powdery and too pigmented. You have to do in easy with your brush and tap it off. (b) 5/10 I don’t have time to guess whether an item is a blush, a blush topper, or a highlighter. I shouldn’t have to guess at the purpose of the product!  

Rotate: (a) Will continue to use and enjoy this product. (b) Will be looking for a new home for someone who doesn’t mind an ambiguous blush /whatever the hell this is… 
AOA  Wonder Baked Highlighter In Bubbly & Cindy Lou Maninzer from the Balm

Review: (a) This fantastic Highlighter, perfect for tan to deep skin tones, was only a $1 from ShopMissA. The price already makes me a very happy camper, but the fact that product performs well, and the color looks amazing on my skin definitely sells this little gem. (b) Ugh, what can I say? I’m just not a fan. A lot of beauty enthusiasts and consumers really likes theBalm Cosmetics, but I have never really been a fan of anything I have purchased from them. 
Rate: (a) 8/10 Great highlighter for an even better price! (b) 5/10 Just not something that excites me. Looks chalky on my skin, the color isn’t flattering, and this brands powder product, including their eyeshadows, just aren’t creamy enough for my delicate skin.

Rotate: (a) Keeping this one, it will be great for the summer. (b) Thinking about selling this one! Barely used!

Week 20
Dominique Cosmetics Latte Eyeshadow Palette




Viseart Boheme Dreams Eyeshadow Palette


Review: Now, you know that I ride or die for my girl, Natasha Denona, but Viseart is a close second. I love this palette. It is unbelievably beautiful, and whoever complains about the shimmer shades not being pigmented enough are seriously out of their mind. Wet your brush, goofy! Then you’ll get what you are looking for. The colors in this palette are beyond vibrant and pair well with the Viseart Editorial Palette or you can simply rock a neutral shade in the crease and blow it out a bit, and pop one of these on the lid, and call it a day.

Rate: 10/10 You can’t go wrong with any eyeshadow products from Viseart. I am so glad that I have invested money in these eyeshadow becwuse the quality of these products are unsurpassed by others, except for maybe my other top notch brand Natasha Denona! 

Rotate:  This is staying with me for as long as possible. Hoping to get more  use out of this Eyeshadow palette 

Colourpop Double Entendre 
Review: As many of you know, I am. A huge Colourpop fan. I have a massive Colourpop single eyeshadow collection, as well as every single eyeshadow palette they have put out to date (including the four pan palettes).   this is a beautiful neutral palette suitable for work day looks or even can be glammed up for the evening. the formulation of the Shadows is amazing especially for the price point. I can’t say enough about this brands products in terms of selection, quality, presentation, affordability and the list goes on. If you’re looking for a good solid neutral palette this is the way I would go. 

Rate: 10 / 10 You  won’t ever find me saying anything bad about Colourpop eyeshadow formulation. some make comments about the size of the pans and how its deceptive regarding the price point but honestly the pan sizes that are being produced nowadays are unreasonable for average consumer. Most consumers use the average 26 mm pan, and most often we have trouble going through those size pans so it makes sense to me that this brand would make the pan size is a little bit smaller so that you could really get use out of the palette and I think the price is reflective of that.  Honestly, I think Colourpop is trying to make eyeshadow palettes that are reasonable in size and provide enough product to make use of the palette so that consumers feel like their money has been well spent and that panning the product is a reasonable expectation and something attainable. 

Rotate:  I don’t anticipate getting rid of any of my Colourpop eyeshadows anytime soon! 

NYX Air

Review:  First of all I have the same complaint the most people have regarding this eyeshadow palette and the ones that are,  which is that they are significantly overpriced and then the quality is not indicative of the price point. Unfortunately I paid full price for all of the eyeshadow palettes in the element series and to Nyx eyeshadow palettes cost me $60 which is just freaking insane to me. If I had waited long enough I could have gotten them for half price on the Nyx website or even at Ulta. Initially my idea behind buying them full price was to test them out right away and provide product reviews regarding the eyeshadows but time got away from me and I ended up not using them until recently. this is indeed a beautiful eyeshadow palette. Is it worth $30? No it really isn’t! but it does produce some beautiful pastel blooks appropriate for spring and summer. 

Rate: 6/10  this palette loses major points for several reasons one of which is that it was priced incorrectly and the hype that surrounded the release of the palettes was not indicative of the quality nor appropriate for what was presented by the company. Yes they improve their packaging and yes they came out with some very interesting shades but the price reflected that it was going to be high-end quality makeup. It was not bad makeup. It was relatively good makeup but it certainky wasn’t high end. 

Rotate:   I think this will go into another rotation during the summer months and I will determine whether I want to keep it at that time

Karity Peachy Keen

Review: I really wanted to love this palette because I enjoyed the sister Palette,  the Karity Unicorn Dreams eyeshadow palette. Unfortunately, this Peachy Keen Eyeshadow Palette from Karity was extremely disappointing. It’s probably because I’m over the whole warm tone Orange love-fest and these types of eyeshadow palettes that continue to be produced by brands left and right all look pretty much the same.  This eyeshadow palette was very chalky, to be honest, was very very unoriginal. It was reminiscent of the Morphe 3502 which is an eyeshadow palette full of invariant browns and invariant oranges.

Rate: 4/10 Really unimpressed with this palette. Very underwhelming, mediocre, and barely average. Love Karity Cosmetics as a brand, but this one was a miss for me.

Rotate: Look for this one on sale on Mercari or Poshmark.

Karity Unicorn Dreams



Review: Now, that I have talked shit about the this palette’s sister, let me give much love to the Karity Unicorn Dreams Eyeshadow Palette. This palette has the perfect color story for me personally. It has beautiful greens, purples, and burgundy shades, which is straight up my alley. Although the palette is a bit powdery, I found that the mattes were very workable, and the shimmers are definitely worth building up just a bit. Little effort, with great results!

Rate: 8.25/10 I am giving this palette a higher rating because even though it’s an affordable palette it performs beyond what I would call the “affordable standard”. This palette is underrated and underacknowledged, so I am gladly shining a little light on it.

Rotate: Nope, this one is staying in my collection for a little while longer.


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***Haul & Product Review***Peach Perfect Setting Powder***

Rating is out 10 out of 10, with a full point given for each of the ten sections listed above. Points per section may be issued in the following denominations: 0,.0 .25, .50, 1.0. For further clarification, the sections listed are worth a total of 1.0 point and are:
  1. Company Profile & Personality: (available information about the company, cruelty-free status information, philanthropic efforts, unnecessary controversy, indie company vs mainstream)
  2. Price: (product cost, availability of product, shipping cost, available coupons)
  3. Purchase Process: (order time vs receipt of product turn around, availability of product, email notifications including shipping & tracking number, email notification for delivery)
  4. Packaging: (was the item securely package, decorative packaging efforts including information card about the product, upcoming sales, or the company itself)
  5. Pigmentation: (via swatches)
  6. Color Payoff: (via application to the area applicable)
  7. Product Application: (ease of application of the product, for example for eyeshadow, is there fall out, creasing, etc.
  8. Performance: (longevity of wear)
  9. Product Value: (price to product amount ratio, i.e. price per gram + product quality + consumer response (popularity of the product and consumer response) + repurchase option)
  10. Overall Product Presentation: shade variation (if eyeshadow), women of color friendly, pale people friendly, universally applicable to many skin tones, desire for repeated use, would you repurchase the item again, is this product associated with a particular trend or is does it market the companies individuality, does the product set a new & innovative trend, is the product effective (does it do what it’s designed to do), does the product have potential multiple application opportunities (i.e. can the product be used as a blush & lipstick), is the product limited edition or a permanent product, is the product part of a collection, is the product consistent (from shade to shade, if an eyeshadow palette) from color to color in a part of a collection and does it function and operate the same each time applied.
Price & Purchase Process & Packaging: This product is hands down, the best setting powder I have ever used in my 38 years on this little planet. I purchased it, along with the Peach Perfect foundation, which is equally fantastic. The presentation of the product itself is decadent from the outer packaging containing the product to the actual packaging of the product itself. Peach themed, from the name to the literally outside and top of the container which features a lavishly decorated peach with a decorative script with the name. The decorative product is very much in line with owner Jerrod Blandino’s eccentric but classy nature. For the quality of the product, the price is more than fair. The performance of the product surpasses any other blurring setting or mattifying setting powder. Absolutely a cut above the rest!
Pigmentation & Color Payoff & Performance:  The setting powder has a peach scent that is not overpowering, but pleasant and reasonable. Although the powder is not translucent it has more of a soft light/peach coloring and does not make my brown skin with yellow undertones skin ashy or like clown makeup. The powder does exactly what is claims. 1) It sets your foundation – perfectly. Your foundation will not budge, shift, or move as a result of this powder. 2) It completely mattifies your face WITHOUT looking cakey or thick. It is perfect for combination/oily skin and I believe that it’s even suitable for normal/dry skin as well.

Overall Product Presentation:
I currently have over 20 or more setting and foundation powders in my vanity drawer and this is the one I use every day without hesitation or fail. It is the best setting powder that I have ever used and it does exactly what it claims. . . mattifies smoothes, and fills in lines. I would go so far to say it’s a damn miracle setting powder. For the longest time women of color couldn’t use translucent setting powders because it made us look ashy and ghost like, but this powder is revolutionary for people of color and I encourage all my brothers and sisters of many colors and hues to try this powder. I dare you to say it’s not the best.

Rating: 10/10

Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder

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***Bi Monthly Review, Rate, & Rotate***Weeks 17 &18***

Rating is out 10 out of 10, with a full point given for each of the ten sections listed above. Points per section may be issued in the following denominations: 0,.0 .25, .50, 1.0. For further clarification, the sections listed are worth a total of 1.0 point and are:

  1. Company Profile & Personality: (available information about the company, cruelty-free status information, philanthropic efforts, unnecessary controversy, indie company vs mainstream)
  2. Price: (product cost, availability of product, shipping cost, available coupons)
  3. Purchase Process: (order time vs receipt of product turn around, availability of product, email notifications including shipping & tracking number, email notification for delivery)
  4. Packaging: (was the item securely package, decorative packaging efforts including information card about the product, upcoming sales, or the company itself)
  5. Pigmentation: (via swatches)
  6. Color Payoff: (via application to the area applicable)
  7. Product Application: (ease of application of the product, for example for eyeshadow, is there fall out, creasing, etc.
  8. Performance: (longevity of wear)
  9. Product Value: (price to product amount ratio, i.e. price per gram + product quality + consumer response (popularity of the product and consumer response) + repurchase option)
  10. Overall Product Presentation: shade variation (if eyeshadow), women of color friendly, pale people friendly, universally applicable to many skin tones, desire for repeated use, would you repurchase the item again, is this product associated with a particular trend or is does it market the companies individuality, does the product set a new & innovative trend, is the product effective (does it do what it’s designed to do), does the product have potential multiple application opportunities (i.e. can the product be used as a blush & lipstick), is the product limited edition or a permanent product, is the product part of a collection, is the product consistent (from shade to shade, if an eyeshadow palette) from color to color in a part of a collection and does it function and operate the same each time applied.
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Reviewing the Following Week’s Products

Week 17

Blinc Electric Eyeshadow Palette

REVIEW:  One of the best eyeshadow palette collaboration Boxycharm has done since incorporating eyeshadow palette into their subscription boxes. Fantastic foil shades, that although quite common, are beautiful and look amazing on any skin tone and eye color. 


RATE: 8/10 Quality shadows, buttery consistency, and easy to apply.


ROTATE: Keeping this one in my collection for a bit longer!

MAC The Simpsons Palette

REVIEW: Did not use this palette during this rotation period. Cannot accurately provide a comprehensive review. Look for an upcoming review in a different Review, Rate, & Rotate.

Mary Lou Minizer &  Artist Coutre
Makeup Revolution Blush & Colourpop Blush in Quarters

REVIEW: (a) I get why everyone likes this highlighter, but it is not particularly useful for me and my skin tone. It’s a bit too yellow/champagne. I can wear it but it’s not the best highlighter for me. (b) The Artist Coutre highlighter is absolutely beautiful but extremely messy and glittery. It would be more practical if this loose powder was in the form of a pressed powder. (c) This Colourpop blush is very pretty on my skin and it is easy to apply and definitely multi-seasonal. (d) Makeup Revolution makes great products at very affordable prices, including their blushes. At $5 a pop, you really can’t go wrong, although the color range at the time I purchased this blush was limited.

RATE: (a) 6.75/10 Decent product, cute package, just not the color for me. (b) 6.75/10 Beautiful color, too messy, and difficult to apply. Great packaging. (c) 7/10 Great blush, beautiful color that can be worn year round but unfortunately it’s made similar to Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadows and can dry out quickly. (d) 8/10 Great blush, awesome price, tons of product, great for people of color.

ROTATE: (a & b) These items are going to be on probation to see if there is any way I can make them work. (c & d) Items that I am keeping!

Week  18

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

REVIEW: When I was beginning my career in beauty blogging, I wasn’t hip to the awesomeness of Kat Von D. Since becoming aware of the beauty and deepness of her products, there hasn’t been a Kat Von D eyeshadow palette that I haven’t purchased. Comparatively, Kat Von D’s previous Holiday eyeshadow palettes have gained more hype, more success, and better reviews from bloggers like myself. I truly enjoy the concept of the palette, from the aesthetics to the quality of the shadows. This palette is definitely a favorite of mine.


RATE: 10/10 Based on the criteria listed above, this palette is absolutely a 10/10. Many reviewers didn’t care for this palette, but I happen to disagree completely. It has a magnificent color story, wonderful pigmentation, and the packaging is outstanding.


ROTATE: Nope, not ever! Keeping this one!

Urban Decay Ultimate Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

REVIEW: I will be the first to say that I am not a fan of all matte palettes, but for the most part this is a decent palette. Although some of the shadows lack true shade variation and the shades require a bit of effort to build up (which isn’t always a bad thing, but some are not patient enough to appreciate less pigmented shadows).


RATE: 6.5 – 7.25/10 The score on this palette varies because of the concept of less pigmentation and its advantages versus very pigmented shades and the necessity for a product to perform as expected


ROTATE: I think I will keep this around for another rotation.

Crown Cosmetics Glam Metals Eyeshadow Palette

REVIEW: There were a lot of people displeased with this addition to a recent Boxycharm box, however, I was not one of them. I actually have been using this palette quite a bit and created some beautiful looks with it. Totally pleased! Excellent packaging!


RATE: 8/10 Great packaging with the guitar accent. Used this palette inconjunction with the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basic palette and was quite pleased with the looks I came up with.


ROTATE: Keeping this one around for a while!

Okalan Fancy Eyeshadow Palette  – The Bronze Palette

REVIEW: I got this palette from ShopHush.com and unlike the matching Burgundy palette I also purchased, this one is not a favorite of mine. The shadows are very powdery and the shimmers just don’t have any “shimmer” to them. Really disappointed with this palette, but I only spent $10 on it, so ce la vie. 


RATE: 3.5/10 Not much to say here. Just not pleased with this palette.


ROTATE: Probably will be giving this one away!


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