LA Colors: Neutral Shadow Holiday Palette

I only waited a few days before I went back to Walgreens and purchased the L.A. Colors Neutral Shadow Holiday Palette after I swatched the Bright Shadow Holiday Palette…

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I am still enamored by the bright palette and have been mixing it in with all sorts of other palettes, indy minerals and cream shadows. I mean, makeup lovers will always play! So, for less than a the cost of a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, why not spend $3 and get the neutrals?…

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For years, I used only neutrals and then, the vibrant ’80’s hit and it was joker’s wild on whatever bold color you wanted to wear. So, I put aside wearing brown clothes and brown shadows. And even though I don’t wear the same looks as I did in the 80’s, it wasn’t until I started beauty blogging that I got back into wearing neutral shadows much at all.
So, when I found the newest L.A. Colors Holiday palettes at Walgreens a few weeks ago, it was easy for me to pick the bright colors over the neutrals. However, the performance of those shadows blew me away and I practically ran back to get the neutral palette. For 24 neutral shades, there are plenty here without any repeats…

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Just as a side note….does anyone else think that pale blue looks out of place? I’m happy to have it but, it seems odd in the midst of taupes/browns/grays…

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Anyway…I was excited to begin swatching. Here are some random picks I chose…

Neutral LA Color swatches

Although my photos were all out of focus, I can assure you that the colors I picked were very pigmented. The lighter color shadows are are soft yet, they blend in quite wonderfully with the darker shades.

I’m more apt to lean towards a smoky eye look with this palette than to seek out a soft tone, neutral look. However, for those fans of neutral, you will love this one. No, it’s not as great as the better-known nude palettes we have been seeing but, I was not disappointed at all with what I got with L.A. Colors Neutral Holiday palette. And, if you want to get a gift for a friend that is just starting to venture into makeup or, likes more subtle looks, this one is sure to delight.

Have you tried the neutral palette from L.A. Colors? Is this a nude palette that you would try?

Forever 21: Green and Brown Powder Palette

I can’t get enough of the Forever 21 splatter palettes. How about you? This is a very Fall-appealing palette…

polishes green eye 057Did I mention in the previous post on the purple palette that these only cost $4.80? In my books, very well worth it…

polishes green eye 058polishes green eye 059polishes green eye 025All but the white shadow are shimmery. The white has a sheen to it, though. All are fairly well-pigmented and build to a bold color when used with a shadow primer. These swatches, however, don’t have any primer going on. They are all swatched in the order on the palette…

polishes green eye 066 The sparkly-est!polishes green eye 071If you like neutral shades in gold, green, bronze and brown, you will love the combos you can create with this Forever 21 palette. It really goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway…I love mixing the purple and the browns together. The combos are endless.

Have you seen this palette at Forever 21? Which one do you like more…the purple/grey one or, this green/brown?

Anastasia Beverly Hills: Bold And Beautiful Kit

Well, hello there! Not one to do things in a small way, I have moved from Florida to Denver. Can you say ‘change in climate’? Can you say ‘skin changes!?’ More to come on that experience.

Anastasia Beverly Hills has been giving us a lot of new products. How about that Hypercolor Brow and Hair Powder?!!! I’ll be doing a review on that fun product very soon.

But today, I have a classy kit from Anastasia to show you called Bold and Beautiful. If you like neutral shades yet enjoy the flexibility of going from a soft look on up to something bold, you are going to love this eyeshadow palette. And, if you are looking to create a chic brow, Anastasia has that covered too.

As always, Anastasia Beverly Hills delivers a very beautiful package…

anastasia kit 012 anastasia kit 026 anastasia kit 025Packaged together like a two volume set, the brow palette and the shadow palette create a sophisticated look. Along with a fold out that guides you to create stellar, right now looks…

anastasia kit 020 anastasia kit 021 The brow palette is simple but Anastasia, as the leading authority of brows, keeps it easy to groom them…

anastasia kit 030The first color is a waxy brown with a powder color next to it. And the precision tweezers, along with the dual-end brow brush and separator, mean you don’t have to go out with unruly brows.

Even though the two shades in the palette look different, they swatch very similar…

anastasia kit 094I used both on my brows and the color works perfectly for me…

anastasia kit 107The shadow palette is just as sleek and streamlined as the brow palette. These shades easily mix and match…

anastasia kit 072 anastasia kit 051 anastasia kit 047 anastasia kit 048These shades are powdery smooth. I used the provided brush, which does have two different types of bristles on each end. The palette got a bit of fall out when I loaded my brush but ,I didn’t get any on my face when I applied it.

Here are swatches of the eye shadows…

anastasia kit 084I used a light touch to swatch but, as you can imagine, these shades can build to make a stronger, bolder look. I kept it simple and neutral using them all…

anastasia kit 110Next, I finished the look with an Ulta brown eyeliner pencil and Milani’s Runway Lashes mascara…

anastasia kit 112 anastasia kit 118 anastasia kit 114In comparison to other high-end palettes, Anastasia Beverly Hills keeps her prices reasonable…

anastasia kit 037For $36, the Bold and Beautiful Kit gives you a large variety of looks for an affordable price. This is the type of product I like to use when I need to have a neutral look, whether I’m meeting a client or just running errands for the day. Both palettes are not complicated yet, give me the tools necessary to make a bold and beautiful look.

Anastasia Beverly Hills products can be found at Ulta, Sephora and other fine department stores.

@anastasiasoare @anastasiabeverlyhills #bold&beautiful #anastasiabrows

These products were provided to me for my honest review. These are my own opinions.

Cruella: elf Limited Edition Disney Villain Palette

Today was a fun day. I swatched and played with my new elf Disney Villains palettes. These are limited editions so, if you want them, I think you better high-tail it to Walgreens before they are gone.

Each of the three palettes are getting their own post and review from me. That way, I don’t have one HUGE post and I can share more details from each.

I did an EOTD with the Cruella: Evil Everyday Eyes palette, so I’ll start with her…

My gosh! These lashes are beautiful. I look forward to trying them on. They are fuller than what I normally use so, it will be fun to try a new style.

The top 4 shadows are for the Day Evil look…

Puppy Love; Coat of Dreams; Cruelty; Sewage. For those that love neutral colors, this palette will make you happy. Cruelty is a very gorgeous, mossy green. These are the shadows I’ll show at the end for an EOTD look.

This is the first pencil and it can be used for lips and cheeks, as with all the pencils…

I’m floored with how creamy these pencils are. I bet I’m going to wish they were not so stubby in size.

Swatched out…

I swatched these in the same order shown in the palette. All but ‘Puppy Love’ are shimmer shadows. The eyeliner is jet black. I tried to make a steady line but the brush is not great, at all. You will notice there is a bit of crumbs with ‘Sewage’. Not terrible, as I swatch with a swab. But, what I wanted to show you in the second photo is just how pretty the pencil color is. Surprisingly, the pencils are not named.

Now for the Night Villain look…

Spoiled; Maniac; Little Beasts; Extinction. I hear cheers from the neutral shadow-loving people! ‘Little Beasts’ is the closest to a matte with these four. However, I hesitate to even call it a matte. I see just the slightest bit of sheen to it. And you will notice how crumbly ‘Extinction’ is. That’s just with using a swab to ‘gently’ brush over the powders.

Here they are swatched…

Seriously, that pencil is a hot color! I had to try that one out…

I love bold lips and the evening look pencil does not hold bold back. I got into it more with the day look shadows…

It’s a bit hard to tell, but I did use the same pencil on my lips to color my right cheek. I don’t have any makeup on my face; no foundation or powder….BARE!!! I didn’t put on any mascara either. So, I just did the Day Evil tutorial from the book, without the eye primer and, used the Night Villain pencil for my right cheek and for my lips.

Gosh (again)! These are very awesome. There are a few shadows that are crumbly but none of them are hard. The eyeliner brush is crap but, I like the smooth glide of the product. I found the shades easy to apply and blend together.

Cruella is my least favorite villain. Probably why ‘101 Dalmatians’ is my least favorite Disney movie too. Maybe it’s that Cruella isn’t deadly gorgeous as Maleficent and Evil Queen. She looks like a maniac, crazed woman, which of course, she is. Yet, all of that aside, I adore this palette. I feel I got better than my $10 I spent on this.

What is your opinion on Cruella’s palette for Evil Everyday Eyes?

Jesse’s Girl: Brown Eyed Girl 9 Pan Palette

After Cosmoprof, I got to try out some Jesse’s Girl products for the first time. I sort of had that feeling I’d like them. And, sure enough, I do!

This is a neutral/brown palette called ‘Brown Eyed Girl’…

My driver’s license says I have brown eyes. But, if someone would take the opportunity to check out my peepers they’d find out they are half green too. I guess that’s a brown/green hazel color?

One thing that is clear, these colors are gorgeous and are all meant to be together…

The colors in the photo are rather pretty but they are not accurate. My white balance on my camera is well, not balanced! Some of the shades are right on but a few are not. The orange shade, third from the right is more golden than orange. And the last one on the right is a gilded brown rather than a mauve that the photo shows.

Here, maybe this will help. These are swatches for you to check out…

And the last four…

They are all shimmery. I like that they are velvety soft and blend like nobody’s business. I tried the fourth one from the left foiled and it did a wonderful job.

If you like the current trend of the neutral eyeshadow look, ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ would certainly be a palette worthy to add to your collection. I found these shades played awesomely well with other shadows too.

Jesse’s Girl can be found at Rite Aids. However, if there are no Rite Aids by you, don’t despair like I did, at first. You can order yours right from Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics website. And did I mention that this palette is only $3.99?!! For less than $20, you can get the pink, purple, blue and green 9-pan palettes as well! That appeals to the palette-lover that I am, as well as the thrifty side too.

What Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics do you have? Are you as pleased with the quality as I am?