elf Cosmetics: Shimmering Palette

A new store opened in the Orlando area called ‘Christmas Tree Shops’. This is a chain that is owned by Bed, Bath and Beyond. There are a lot of Christmas Tree Shops up North and I know they are in the Dallas area too. But, this is the first one in Florida. And it has a Harmon Department. Not all Christmas Tree Shops, or BB&B, have a Harmon Department. That is the makeup, hair care, skin care, nails, razors, body products, etc. department. I’m fortunate enough to have a BB&B and this new Christmas Tree Shops close to my home and they both have a Harmon Department.

There’s an elf display tower at the Christmas Tree Shops. (Yes, it is ‘Shops’, plural). I have gotten quite a few goodies from this tower. Hey, I get to play with some makeup and none of it is over $3. Take this shimmer palette…

When I got this I was thinking lips, brow bones, and tops of cheeks…

Simple enough, right? Well, it IS that simple.And there is a tiny little brush that came with it. It works best for placing a shimmer right in the middle of the lips…

I swatched them out so you can see that they do have very noticeable shimmer…

And, as much as I wanted this to work, it doesn’t have much lasting power…

When I used these shimmers on my brow bones, the tops of my cheeks and on my lips, the only one that lasted over an hour was when I used it on my lips. I used it over a matte lipstick and that worked the best of all. I considered patting on some powder to keep it in place, but when I did that, it took away the shimmer.

Until I can find something that these shimmers can adhere to and still be shimmery on my face, I’m just using this for my lips right now. Anyone got any good suggestions?

If you want something permanent, I’d suggest a tattoo. But, you need to have the body for one…

  • laura

    Ohhh, I’m so jealous an Xmas Tree Shop opened near you!! Another blogger found Nubar 2010 for ~$4 or so. This store sounds even better than Big Lots!

    • I think of it as Big Lots meets the Dollar Tree meets the Bed, Bath and Beyond meets the Old Time Pottery offspring. 😉 I have NEVER found Nubar at a retail store!!! That would be the find of the YEAR!!!

  • I love the colors! That’s kind of weak staying power though. Did you use a primer? Urban Decay makes a fantastic eyeshadow primer that could help. I have to pick one up and give it a try!

    • I do have UD primer. I think it was the first one I ever got. My thoughts are that the elf is so slick that it doesn’t stick to the skin. But, that’s not going to stop me from using it. And, truly, it works so much better as a lip highlight.