Moody Nudes Palette from L A Colors

I do go bananas for palettes. Mostly shadow palettes. I still remember my very first one; a Maybelline one. Truthfully, I remember sitting outside on our porch just gazing at all the colors. It was probably a 10 color palette. It was around 1978 and it was just rocking my teen world!

Now, Winter Holidays get me excited to see what makeup palettes there will be. There wasn’t a shortage of them, was there!?!!! So many cheapy ones; I knabbed right away. This one was at Rite Aid…

auto curler swatches 267 auto curler swatches 268I didn’t realize it until right now that this palette does have a name: Moody Nudes. I think that is because the one other set was lots of brights. But, this one suits me just fine. I am drooling like a teen over these shades…

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Since this was only $2, if they payoff wasn’t there, I wasn’t going to really be sad. I think I got better than a $2 thrill just taking some fun photos of them.

Yet, I can’t say I’m too disappointed…

auto curler swatches 290 auto curler swatches 289Just some randomly chosen swatches. I used the sponge applicator that came with the set. So yes, there is some fallout. And, as with many inexpensive (and we have found some not so cheap) black shadows, patchiness. However, I am pleasantly surprised that most of these shades actually do blend out fairly nicely. There are two factors that I think went a long way in making this L A Colors palette get better than just a passing grade: One is that I used a shadow primer when I worked with these on my own lids. And two, I use nicer quality brushes. I ditched that sponge applicator after the swatch shoot! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done and have seen some wickedly done looks with those spongy things. What I am trying to say is that you might not be able to get quality shadows, or any makeup for that matter, because of circumstances. But, always try to get the best brushes you can afford.

Even the kicked up dust was pretty…

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Do you agree with my opinion on saving for good quality makeup brushes? Now, a really hard question: Do you remember your first eye shadow palette?

 

 

Gifts From Heaven Above; Walgreen’s Top Shelf Shopping

The season has come for the ‘Look Up’ shopping. What is this, you say? Retail stores receive a mess-load of Christmas products. It will fill up their backroom in an over-consumption minute. What Walgreens is known to do is put out the Holiday gift sets on the higher shelves, above the head, in preparation to move them down to the shoppable levels. But, if it is out on the floor, you can still buy it! I shared some of my Walgreens findings with G. at Nouveau Cheap‘s blog. She’s my source for all things new at the drugstore.

This is one of the first items I purchased…

swatches galore 014Look! One Buck!! Profusion comes out with a variety palettes during the Holiday. I find them hit or miss as far as quality. It’s a small gamble to find out if the shadows are too hard, too powdery or just right. Many one of the shadows is unblendable. Sometimes the entire palette isn’t worth your time. Yet, this one was a dollar. I lose that much in my car seat! So, this splurge is hardly a dent.

If I remember correctly, there were 6 different palettes to pick from. I got the purples…

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I can sit and stare at color palettes all day. Even when I was a kid, I had to have all my crayons in rainbow order and I wouldn’t use them. I didn’t want to spoil them so I would ask a classmate if I could borrow theirs. I don’t know if anyone ever caught on to my scheme. A bit of my reason to blog is to not only capture the virgin moment of makeup but also, to get me to make that first step in using it by swatching.

Anyway, are not these shades pretty? Nothing new but still pretty. Here are the sacred swatches from my first 2013 Holiday palette…

swatches galore 027I used a swab to swatch. And these were velvety smooth. I found them easy to blend with my makeup brushes. A bit of fallout but I really loaded up the swab for a swatching. They do build to a super pigmentation over a shadow primer.

Cheaper than a couple of bananas, you won’t be doing the peel slip by inventing in at least one of Profusion’s palettes. And for a buck, these can make nice Secret Santa or stocking stuffer gifts.

Do you treat yourself to these little, baby splurges? Do you think I’ll end up with some other palettes this Holiday?