By now you have probably seen swatches of this at least a trillion times (I really like Leesha’s swatches), but here are mine. Since my visit to Urban Decay Headquarters (pictures here) I have been kept busy with fashion week prep and back to school prep so I haven’t had enough time to thoroughly test this until just now. I’ve used it several times now and I’m quite fond of it! I’ve been using Naked2, Faint, and Crave daily, and Venus is a great brow highlight. 

For a big matte shadow lover like me this palette is such a good buy and it’s sooo travel friendly too. In an ideal world they’d come out with another version of this for darker skintones because I know this would be so chalky on dark skin. Perhaps time will tell. For pale skinned babes who want some matte neutrals (which are surprisingly hard to find), this is a good bet.

This product was provided for editorial consideration but it doesn’t impact the review — honesty to our readers is our #1 priority.

product review: physicians formula shimmer strips for nude eyes

Trying to find this new series of shimmer strips by Physicians Formula is like trying to find the Holy Grail, I swear. Weeks of searching on both coasts — Chi-Chi & I were doing double duty — and we couldn’t find these anywhere! Then my friend Ria sent this over to me as a late XMAS present (my friends are the best) ‘cause she knew I’d been searching. I’ll review it for you guys here, so if you do find it in your area, you have some idea as to how it performs. Review and swatches after the jump. 

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I was so excited when I swatched this palette in store because the shadows were so beautiful swatched, truly, but when I actually played around with the palette this morning it was a nightmare to work with. My makeup usually takes like, 15-30 minutes but all in all this took like an hour to get any pigmentation on my lids at all, and that is with primer and both dry and wet application. The colors just don’t get picked up by the brush, they simply refuse to leave my fingertips and get on my lids - auuuughhhh!!! When applied wet, the shadows are a a bit more pigmented, but not enough to make this palette worth purchasing. If you are looking for a sheer tint with shimmer thrown in, perhaps this is the palette for you. However, I expected much more from Laura Mercier, and this just isn’t it. I ended up giving up on packing on the colors and just put a dash of an Urban Decay shadow on my lids so I could get my eye makeup over with. That one swipe of Urban Decay Omen gave more pigmentation than 7+ applications of any of the LM colors! Really! I’m so mad. 

I have seen drugstore shadow with better results. Such a fail formula. Skip it. Boo. Hiss. 

Seriously been obsessing over this Wet n’ Wild Matte Palette. Chi-Chi and I have been feeling really emotional over holiday releases this season, we seriously have never been this excited for releases…ever???! I think I’m going to end up buying the entire Ice Baby collection just like Chi-Chi did (she did buy some of those for me though, bahaha)…. makeup obsessed.  High-res

Seriously been obsessing over this Wet n’ Wild Matte Palette. Chi-Chi and I have been feeling really emotional over holiday releases this season, we seriously have never been this excited for releases…ever???! I think I’m going to end up buying the entire Ice Baby collection just like Chi-Chi did (she did buy some of those for me though, bahaha)…. makeup obsessed. 

Anastasia All EYE Want Palette: Sneak Peek and Review

I think I’m among the first that has this, I’ve been waiting to post this because I’ve had it since August — which is exciting and I can’t wait to let you guys know how it performs! Unfortunately, what I’ve got to say isn’t good…. I was super disappointed in this palette, and will be exchanging it as soon as I can. Half the shadows have incredibly poor pigmentation, I’ve never had to rub my fingers on a shadow for so long before! I mean, I really scrubbed to get the shadows to show up on my arm to show you. There are only 3 here that I’m satisfied with, and only 1 I totally love. 

Here’s the lowdown: there are 3 matte shades, 4 shimmery, pearlized shades and 1 glittery shade. There’s one that has a bit of a shimmer but it ends up showing no shimmer at all on the skin at all. I’m bad at describing shadows, so just refer to the swatches. They don’t have names, but I swatched them from left to right, first row down. 

You can really not even see the third shadow, it’s so similar to my arm skin color. For the most part all of the shadows are quite dry and chalky, there were only three that were silky, the darkest eyeshadow, the one directly above and directly next to it. If I had the Naked Palette I could probably dupe them — and better, at that. If this is Anastasia’s answer to the Naked Palette, it’s a poor imitation at that. They never set, either, and easily wash off. No staying power! 

The packaging also felt kind of cheap to me, it’s all cardboard. Now, the palette I got just before this one was the Urban Decay 15th anniversary palette so maybe my expectations are a tad too high. Still, I expected more from Anastasia, particularly since their illumin8 palettes are so nice and heavy. 

The mascara is throwaway, totally didn’t see any difference in volume or length. The brow gel is nice though, and the little brushes that came with the palette are actually rather nice and I can see myself using them. 

However, overall, this palette was a total bomb for me. Bleh. Boo. Hiss. Skip it. 

inglot review

So the other day I sold my MCR ticket so I could buy some Inglot to make up for the fact I was too cheap and lazy and poor to go to IMATS (yet again. I should learn to budget, man). I wanted to make sure I got a palette before they raised the prices — which they’ll do on May 1st, and signifcantly (around $30 more for a 10 shadow palette. I’m pressed as hell about it too). 

(I also got a new product to review an hour earlier in the mail. More about that later.)

This is a long and detailed review so it’s under a cut. (edit: or not. tumblr is being a prat. >:|)

Their Website: I hate their website. But this is a common complaint; they haven’t given names to the shadows and they go by numbers and the way the shopping cart is set up is that you can’t really add and subtract shadows or click on them to go back to the individual shadow. You need to know exactly what you want before you add things into the cart. Also, they don’t show you when they’ve discounted things on your reciept, you only find out in the sum total / your credit card charge. This freaked me out because I thought I had ended up paying more than they said but it was my own mistake. If the product was any less amazing I probably wouldn’t purchase again from them because the website makes me grumpy. I think next time I’ll just buy in store. 

Shipping: Shipping for my 10-palette was $9, which is kinda steep to me (average shipping on websites for me is like $6) but it did arrive fast — less than 3 days! — and in good packaging. On the reciept it said the package would be 20 lbs — W H A T — so I was complaining to my friends about how they must ship it in a golden brick or something. But in reality the box was actually perfectly fitting for the palette and I’m super happy with it. I buy a lot of makeup online and 90% of the time companies ship out items in boxes far bigger than necessary. I don’t like wasted materials or big boxes, because I save the boxes to recycle them and big boxes take up too much room.

It was perfectly packed, nothing rattled, each shadow can individually so I could order the shadows in my own way, which is fun. It also came with a sample. :)

Packaging: Totally dreamy, high quality and pretty. It’s perhaps half an inch wider than Urban Decay’s Sustainable Shadow Box Palette, and it’s magnetic rather than close/open like MACs. This means no shadow spilling, which is awesome. The only downside is perhaps that you need to be  super extra careful when you open it so you don’t scrape the eyeshadows. The cover kind of twists off, it doesn’t move at all if you try to flip it open. The magnets are so strong you can apparently stack multiple palettes on top of each other. So neat and lovely. *o*

Quality: SO PIGMENTED, I CAN’T DEAL WITH MY LIFE. I heard they’d be good, but like, you can just hover your finger on the shadow and there is so much pigment. SO MUCH. I LOVE IT. My eyes actually widened with glee, I am so happy with the product. ಥ⌣ಥ I can complain about how expensive / fugly / etc the website is or whatever but the quality of the pigmented makes up for it far and beyond necessity. More pigmented than MAC shadows I have, Estee Lauder, etc nothing else compares. The only shadow that somewhat disappointed me was AMC 66, the shimmery violet. It didn’t have as much pigment as the others (as you’ll see on the rather shittacular swatches) when I poked it but it’s still okay. 

The color I’m talking about is the purple next to the red. The color underneath it is actually deep purple like Special Effects Deep Purple (the color my hair used to be) and I luvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv it. ♥_♥ I chose colors that I could use together and individually for looks, specifically seeking out mattes because I don’t have many. And apparently I chose half mattes, half varying versions of shimmer. The way Inglot does it’s naming is a bit weird — AMC, D.S, etc — so I’ll direct you to a blog post you can read here

Keep in mind I just poked the shadows with the tips of my fingers. ;___; So beautiful and pigmented and powerful I cry and cry and cry. 

Overall: I would totally, totally recommend Inglot and actually urge you to buy it over MAC etc because of the variety Inglot offers and the price per shadow is much better considering the size you get. You get more product for competing or better quality. Even with the price increase it’s still better in comparison and I like the palette setup more. I think if you haven’t purchased from Inglot before, do it before May 1, the time the price increase happens. I probably can’t afford to buy another palette right now because of my splurges this month but I’m gonna do it anyway bc I have no self control.