Monday, August 13, 2018

Product Review -- Hourglass Cosmetics Graphik Eyeshadow Palette


The very first high-end luxury makeup item I ever purchased was an Hourglass Cosmetics eyeshadow duo way back in the day.

That's what started my love affair with the brand, and despite their pretty steep prices, I'm always very curious about the new items they put out.  I don't always buy them, mind you, but I always at least consider it.

A few years back when they came out with brand new eyeshadow palettes (The Modernist Palettes, I believe they were called), I picked one up as soon as they were available -- so it was a serious bummer when I was pretty underwhelmed by the shadows.

Don't get me wrong... they were perfectly fine, but for $58 for just five shades, I'm expecting a little more than fine.

Still, when Hourglass came out with the Graphik Eyeshadow Palettes a few months ago, I picked one up without hesitation. The brand's track record still carries a lot more hits than misses in my book, so I figured it was definitely worth a try.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Product Review -- Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol. 1



I've really been enjoying my subscription to Boxycharm because it's gotten me to try a lot of products that I wouldn't have otherwise but have wound up really liking.

The most recent case?

The Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Eyeshadow Palette Vol. 1.

Alamar Cosmetics is a new brand, but while I'm always up for trying new brands, the color scheme of the Reina Del Caribe Vol. 1 Palette isn't one that I would necessarily gravitate towards on my own.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Product Review -- Viseart Petit PRO 1 Eyeshadow Palette



I've had the Viseart Petit PRO 1 Eyeshadow Palette for so long that when I purchased it, it was only known at the Petit Pro because versions 2 and 3 hadn't come out yet.

Why I'm only getting around to reviewing it now, I don't know -- but I have been using it quite a bit recently so it seemed like as a good a time as any.

Viseart is known for having some of the best quality shadows on the market, and while I do think they're excellent, I'm not sure that I think they're worth the $80 that their full-size palettes go for.

That's no shade toward the brand -- I have a hard time believing any shadows are worth that kind of money.

(Which is why I've never purchased a full-size Natasha Denona or Pat McGrath eyeshadow palette, both of which are even more expensive. I'm sure if I worked out the price per gram of some of these shadows, I'd find that I'm paying more for some mid-range shadows, but there's something about shelling that amount of money out at one time that gets me, regardless of what kind of value it might actually work out to. But that's just me.)

So I think these smaller palettes that Viseart puts out are a great way to try the brand if you're leery of spending that kind of money on a palette.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Product Review -- ColourPop No Filter Natural Matte Foundation, Setting Powder, and Sheer Pressed Powder



It's been fun to see ColourPop gradually expanding their product line to include pretty much a full range of makeup. Foundation seemed to be one of the final frontiers for them (I think all they're missing now for a full face is mascara?), and with the introduction of the No Filter Natural Matte Foundation, it appears they've finally conquered that.

Along with the world of setting powder -- No Filter Setting Powder -- and pressed powder -- No Filter Sheer Pressed Powder.

I'm a pretty big fan of the No Filter Concealer that came out about a year ago, especially since they've expanded the shade selection, so I was pretty excited to give the foundation a try.

I have to admit that I did get a little nervous when I saw the word "matte" in the product name, though. My skin is normal to dry, so matte foundations aren't usually the best fit for me. This one describes itself as natural matte, though, which did make me feel a little bit better -- and for only $12, I figured it was worth a try.
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