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.┬áIt’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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Laissez Faire: A Christmas Palette For Fun

I guess I got a lot on clearance from Walgreens after Christmas because I’m still photographing and playing with items I have in the ‘need to review’ box. Yet, even though I have a lot in there, I didn’t pay much at all. Seriously! Look at this cute Profusion palette that was $5 at regular price and I got it for $2.50!…

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Gosh, I’m hypnotized by the case’s pattern…

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There is quite a bit going on inside the case…

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And that is just the top case! Look what is in the second side…

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Let me start with the second side. The neutrals here are very, very soft…

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When you look at my swatches, I used my usual Q-tip swab swatching and I scrubbed! I picked three shades to swatch and you can barely see the color on the very far left…

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The far right swatch is the pink blush, the one at the top…

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This is just fine if you want a very subtle look. Of course, a decent brush picks up, and transfers, the powder a bit better. Oh, and the lippies are glosses. When I placed my lip brush into them, it sunk right down to the bottom of the pan. They are so creamy I do not know how they keep from dripping out of the palette. So, naturally, they don’t last but a brief moment on the lips. As pretty as the lip shades are, they have no lasting power at all. The blushes, however, build so nicely and I love both shades.

Here’s a snapshot of the top palette right after I swiped my Q-tip swab on some of the shadows to swatch…

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Whoa! Super-ultra powdery!! But, look at the payout…

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No scrubbing required! I loved the way these all blended together and I didn’t mind the fallout because they applied so creamy and dreamy.

For $2.50, I am very happy. The colors blend, albeit with fallout from the top palette, yet not a crumb from the bottom palette. The two blushes are perfect, either together or on their own. The lip glosses are fun to play with but they don’t last but an hour, if that. This is the type of palette I’d take on a road trip because I would be able to make a lot of different eye looks with it but also, if it got lost, it wouldn’t break my heart a lot.

I am usually closely supervised when doing photographs. My big bear, Sebastian, just hangs out in the laid back mood…

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Can you be so laissez faire about a cheap 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?