elf: Disney Princess Belle Eye Shadow Palette

A couple of months ago, Walgreen’s presented more Disney princess makeup and accessories. I have continued to collect the makeup story books and, purchasing this one was a given, as well…

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This palette is by elf and it celebrates Belle from the Beauty and the Beast movie.

This is quite the neutral palette. But, there are enough shades to create a light, neutral look all the way into a smoldering, smoky eye…

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I think swatching makeup is the thing I love most about blogging…

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I did use a swab for the swatching over a light application of eye shadow primer. I found all the shadows to really ‘pop’ with the primer. This palette is from elf so, there is a bit of fall-out but, they didn’t crumble away and, the pay out makes it worthwhile. In my opinion!

You can’t get more simple with these directions…

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For days when I want a close to no makeup look, these are some of the best colors to use…

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If I remember correctly, I got this for around $5. What do you think? Are these not great Summer to Fall transition shades?

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Wet ‘n Wild: Silver Lake Eye Shadow Collection

Wet ‘n Wild slipped in under my radar with the new, limited edition Silver Lake collection. I strolled into one of my local Walgreen’s and found this surprise…

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I picked up all five of them before I realized I didn’t take a photo! So, I placed them back, snapped a photo and reclaimed my good fortune!

There wasn’t even the slightest bit of hesitation in acquiring all five of these colorful 6-pan palettes…

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As usual, I use a Q-tip to swatch the shadows on my forearm. I have done it over a shadow primer, as well…

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Most of these shadows are shimmery. There are a few mattes that are sublime. In Thrift Store Chic, the middle right side is a semi-matte light peach. In Embrace Obscurity, there are two mattes and they are the two middle shadows. California Roll has two mattes, as well, which are the right side shadows in the middle and bottom row. Vinyl Collection has one matte that is in the upper left-hand corner.

There is a slight over-spray of sparkle on some of these shadows and, if you look closely, you can tell which ones they are. (Curses to you, Wet ‘n Wild, for trying to trick us!) Even still, once past the over-spray, the colors are gorgeous and rich. I found Thrift Store Chic to be the lightest in coverage however, I was still able to achieve a bright and vivid eye look with this palette. As usual, there are several shadows that have some fall-out but, I’m able to flick those crumblies away with a whisky makeup brush.

I picked up the Silver Lake collection at Walgreens and I didn’t even bother to wait for a BOGO 1/2 off sale, which they have quite often. There was no way I wanted to miss out on these. Oftentimes, Spring collections are soft pastels which make me look very washed-out. So, you can imagine my joy seeing that Wet ‘n Wild not only surprising me with this collection but also with bold and vivid colors.

Have you found this collection yet?

LA Colors: Bright Shadow Holiday Palette

Walgreen’s is not keeping their Holiday makeup up on those high storage shelves for very long. The two stores in my town have put the makeup sets and kits out on the display shelves at the front of the cosmetics department and have the Holiday perfume and bath sets waiting up on those high shelves. Fine with me!!! I like the Holiday makeup being more at eye level! Here’s one of my first Holiday makeup buys; For a measly $3, I took a chance on this LA Colors 28 shade bright palette…

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The display had two different palettes; this one with brights and another one with neutrals. Keep reading and you’ll see why I went back and got the neutrals.

I love to photograph ‘virgin’ makeup before I swatch it. The unspoiled, pristine blocks of color make me happy. I don’t know why, but it’s so beautiful to admire. Maybe I am weird but, I used to do that with new boxes of crayons when I was a kid too…

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Hooray!!! This LA Colors palette didn’t diappoint! I did just random swatches on my arm using shadow primer and swabs…

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I can tell you that the glittery shadows really have some sparkle going on. There’s tons of shimmer as well. And, even though there is fallout with many of the shadows, all the colors do deliver. I have been playing with this palette all weekend and have found every shade to be blendable and pigmented. None are chalky. There’s no way I can tell you that these will compete with high-end or, even middle of the road, makeup. But, for just $3, only the very most persnickety will feel they didn’t get their money’s worth.

When I got a free rental code for Redbox this weekend, I made my trip very economical by going back to Walgreens and picking up the other LA Colors palette. As I await for sunny skies to photograph that palette, I’m enjoying all the fun combos I’m creating with this bright one. Oh, and these work really well with the Profusion palettes that I reviewed earlier too.

Do you see any colors that you like? Do you know anyone that likes to play with shadows and can see this in their Christmas stocking?

Profusion 22 Color Fan Palette

If you have been a faithful reader, you know one of my favorite things are what I call ‘pleasant surprises’. It can be someone opening a door for me when my hands are full. It can be finding that my husband put all of his laundry in the hamper before laundry time. It’s just the times when you get a little more than you expected.

Now, these palettes gave me a huge pleasant surprise…

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I really set myself up for this, though. I saw these palettes and wanted them but didn’t truly look to see that it does say 22 shades. So, when I opened them up and saw this…

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I had to sit down and just gawk! All gorgeous mattes.

I saw these on a display at my local grocery store, King Soopers. And, get this: these were $2.99 each! I know I have to go back and get the other sets. Take a look at this one, first…

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There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the chosen shades in each palette. And, without seeing the inner shadows, I just picked these randomly. So, on that concept, just randomly swatched shades…

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I didn’t do these over any primer. For the most part, the shadows seem fairly pigmented. Also, some did have more fallout than others. The black and the green, above, were very powdery. And, the white was very, very light.

I picked this next one because I did see a white shadow…

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I also liked the idea that there was a gray as well as a black.

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And, I like the rich burgundy shades. Oh, and these oranges have been more fun to play with for Halloween looks!…

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Although I didn’t swatch all the shadows here, I have been mixing and matching like crazy with my looks of the day. Can you blame me?

These palettes are by Profusion and they can be hit or miss as far as the quality. However, for a meager investment of $3 for a 22 shade palette, I’m very happy with what I got. None of the shadows seem to be dupes from one palette to the other; there’s just enough variance. And, that makes for great blending.

Were you pleasantly surprised by the shades of the unseen colors? Have you seen these in any stores?

I found the swabs that I used for swatching to be just as colorful…

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