Two 32 Piece Eye Palettes By ELF

I don’t stop by Big Lots as often as I did when I first started blogging. Some of it has to do with just not finding anything I really want there. However, right before Christmas, there was a Big Lots that was relocating and everything was 25% off. I got some Christmas wrapping and these…

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Even if I ended up with some duplicate elf shades, THE PRICE!!!…

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They do look similar however, these are two different palettes…

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And, as you know, elf has the good symbols on them…

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The Classics is a must have. Maybe I should say it as ‘must have one’. But, no makeup lover can say one neutral palette is enough!…

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Both palettes has an assortment of shimmers and mattes. And, they had them in just the right balance, in my opinion.

Most of the time, elf brushes are awesome. This one seems reluctant to cooperate…

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Actually, I wouldn’t have named this palette a Bright. These are just purple and browns. But, whatever. I’m still lovin’ them…

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Oops-a-daisy…

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And, the Brights palette has a mixture of mattes and shimmers…

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I did a few test swatches. I swatched, from the Brights, ┬áthe four shades in the third row down…

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The black isn’t chalky at all!

And swatches from the Classics; four shades from the third row down…

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Yes, the bottom swatch is shimmery and creamy and really rich!

By purchasing just these two palettes by elf, I no long need to purchase any more elf shades. I have covered all the basic and necessary shadow colors.

Oh, who am I kidding????? Do you have these? What’s been your latest score from Big Lots?

 

Be A Runway Beauty: Wet ‘n Wild Three-Pan Shadow Collections

Nothing wants time to fly faster than me anxiously awaiting to get the newest Wet ‘n Wild shadows. These three are almost their newest ones. There are the holiday cream glitters and 8-shade palettes now coming out. I’ll show you those in the near future. For now, here are some delightfully interesting 3-palette shadows…

swatches of wnw 002When Wet ‘n Wild puts a color collection together, it will get it to expand out of ‘safe’ color choices for shadows. Most of the time, I would never think of putting some of these colors together. Yet when I create a look with them, I’m like ‘Wow! That’s amazing!’

First up: Grays Matter…

swatches of wnw 005I had to take a super close-up to show the twinkle..

swatches of wnw 006Here’s your warning for this post: my swatches didn’t turn out at all like I wanted them. You may know that, mostly, Wet ‘n Wild powder shadows are not all chalky. Some have the fall-out expected from Wet ‘n Wild shadows. But, the natural lighting I used is way too harsh to see the proper pigmentation of these on the skin. There. I have given the disclaimer…

swatches of wnw 009Why there is the reference of gray in the name of this palette is beyond me. These shades are purple! The lightest shade is very pale. However, it did show up better on the eye. And the darkest, it was very flaky but with primer, it rose to the occasion for the eye of the day look.

I’m going to say this one is my favorite: Silent Era Film…

swatches of wnw 019 swatches of wnw 021Everything you read before on the first palette applies here. The darkest shade doesn’t work too well without a primer or something underneath to grip it. The lightest shade is more obvious on my eyelids because of the skin tone difference from my much darker hand.

And last, here’s Camera Obscura…

swatches of wnw 013 swatches of wnw 017The lightest and second lightest shades practically don’t exist on my hand. Again, on the lid, it is better. But, not only by about half. These two shadows were the weakest pigmentation-wise of the entire collection. However, where the previous darkest shades were full of fallout and really needed a firm hand to apply properly, this dark shade rocked out. It was very pigmented and created an awesome, deep smokey eye look.

If you keep your eye shadow choices far away from the wild side, you should be quite happy with these. They are more subdue, much more neutral, than the previous Pop Art collection of late this past summer.

How do you feel about these colors? Can you see the cross-usage between them?

Fergie’s Jet Set Makeup Palette from Wet ‘n Wild

Being the sucker that I am for makeup palettes, I nearly wept when I found this at Walgreens. It is the limited edition Wet ‘n Wild’s Fergie’s Jet Set Makeup Palette…

samples and swatches 063 samples and swatches 064 swatches galore 012 swatches galore 013 As you can see from the photo above, this palette has a lot in it. When you open it up, the array of shades is overwhelming…

samples and swatches 068 samples and swatches 069 samples and swatches 070Is there a color that is missing? Maybe a red but, other than that, you could want for nothing. Some are matte, some sparkly and some shimmery. Some are very pigmented and some are on the light side. With 72 shades, there’s something for everyone…

samples and swatches 081 samples and swatches 077 samples and swatches 074Here are just a few random swatches. I used a swap to apply them…

samples and swatches 100 samples and swatches 098Most of the lip colors are balms. They are rather ‘wet’. Thus, there isn’t a lot of staying power with them. However, they are pretty…

samples and swatches 085 samples and swatches 084 samples and swatches 096 samples and swatches 095 samples and swatches 093And here are a few random swatches…

samples and swatches 105Having an array of blushes makes me reach outside of my comfort zone. I can easily get by with just one blush. Actually, I have to consciously work at trying different colors. These are pretty enough to try them all…

samples and swatches 088 samples and swatches 108Sadly, these eyeliner and lip liner pencils are gratuitous, in my opinion. I suppose you could use the brown one for the brows, as well. There are just way too many other liners that are better. However, if someone doesn’t have any, these will fix you up…

samples and swatches 089Last are the highlighters and contour shades. The darker shade is too sparkly for me to contour with however, it does make a decent bronzer on my skin…

samples and swatches 086samples and swatches 059Maybe the sun was gone by the time I snapped this photo thus, the off white balance. Those shades are richer in color than the photo tells.

So, if you want to add to your palette collection or, just want to have a robust amount of eye shadow and lip color selections at hand, you might want to consider this. The only downside I see is that you can’t pop one of the lippies into your purse for on-the-go touchups. This palette is $30 at Walgreens. Considering the amount of makeup in this palette, that’s a pretty good deal.

Are you a palette collector or, do you add to your collection bit by bit?

elf: 32 Piece Warm Eyeshadow Palette

Lately, my passion has been for palettes. Lots and lots of palettes! Even though I have several elf palettes, this one is a newer one. It has all these soft and bright shades, I had to get it…

swatches toss trash reviews 061 swatches toss trash reviews 062And, shoot! For $5 I’ll skip a Starbucks Chai for one day.

This palette ranges from powder pinks to yellow golds and to bright purples…

swatches toss trash reviews 064 swatches toss trash reviews 065Rows and rows of bright shadows in a white palette make for some fun shots that I can use on my MOO business cards…

swatches toss trash reviews 072 swatches toss trash reviews 067 swatches toss trash reviews 075 swatches toss trash reviews 068Are you ever surprised at how well a photo turns out for you? These amazed me because they look really good! I always feel the need to let the person who is getting my business card that I took the photos.

Maybe you would be more interested in some swatches. I did just a few to test the pigmentation and the texture…

swatches toss trash reviews 078 swatches toss trash reviews 077I didn’t use any primer with these swathces. In fact, I just used the applicator that came with the palette. I didn’t find the product to be powdery however, the pigment seems to be on the weak side. Probably a shadow primer would brighten the intensity. When I used my makeup brushes to apply it on my eyelids, I was able to build it up reasonably. These are not as vivid as some of the other elf shadows I have, yet I am in no way disappointed with this palette.

Is there anyone else who obsesses like I do over makeup palettes?

More Photos on the Sinful Colors Makeup Display

A couple of days ago, I posted about Sinful Colors spreading their wings into cosmetics. Here are more photos of the sidekick display found at Walgreens…

Note how on the third shelf the pots of loose glitter are turned the wrong way. Before I left, I had them turned correctly. It’s hard, for me as a professional merchandiser, not to merchandise other people’s products. What a perfect job for someone that likes things orderly.

Seriously, my phone camera takes better photos than these. I was being paranoid about taking these photos. And normally, I’m not. However, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share these with my readers.

Anyone try those shadows out?