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Dior Backstage Cool Eyeshadow Palette 

Eyeshadow palettes are a big seller for cosmetics companies, but I hate when I buy a palette only to discover that I can’t used a significant portion of the colors. Whenever I’m considering buying an eyeshadow palette, I really look at it and make sure that the majority of colors are ones that I could wear pretty frequently. I was so excited when Dior launched their Backstage Makeup Collection, and I was browsing Sephora’s website. I discovered that this collection included a cool-toned shadow palette filled with light pinks, mauves, purples, and taupes. The moment I saw it, I knew that I could rock every single color, so I jumped at the chance to purchase the Dior Backstage Eyeshadow Palette in Cool. This palette is sold for $49 at Sephora and similar retailers.

First, let’s discuss the price. Yes, it’s a really hefty price, especially when you only get 8 shadows and 1 square of primer. Upon reflection, this palette is not worth the price, but I do still really like it for those who have the urge to splurge!

The shadows are gorgeous, and there is a nice variety of both matte and shimmer shades. When choosing eyeshadows in the morning, I have been finding myself grabbing this palette over and over again because these shades are all cool-toned but also neutral. Not only can I use every shade in this palette, but I can also use them daily for a variety of subtle looks. The shades are all pretty buildable, but even when using the darker shades, the looks aren’t going to get more dramatic than maybe a daytime smokey eye. Overall, this palette is a great daily palette with a fun spin on neutral shadows that really enhance the green in my eyes.

I was surprised by the sheer quality of the shades, but as I mentioned, you can build them up until they’re as bold as you want. The texture is pretty consistent for each shadow, and they apply quite smoothly and evenly. I was pleased that none of the shadows seemed chalky or patchy. Rather, there was almost a satiny finish to the shadows.

Now, let’s talk about the built-in primer square. It was not good. I found that using this primer before the shadow did not result in long-wear and there was still quite a bit of creasing by the end of the day. When I used my Urban Decay or Too Faced shadow primers instead, I was much more pleased with the overall look – there was no creasing and the shadows were far more vibrant and long-lasting.

To be honest, I do love this palette even though the price tag was exorbitant. I’ve been looking for another daily palette with purples (since my other daily palette – UD Naked 3 – has more pinks/beiges) and I’ve been pleased with the look of these shades!

Would you consider buying this one? Do you know of any dupes for this palette? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Too Faced Shadow Insurance 

Eyeshadow primer is a must if you want to keep your eyeshadow from creasing. It also allows eye makeup to last longer before starting to fade away. There are so many great primers on the market, but I recently had the chance to try the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. This product can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $20.

I’ve been really loving this product! It’s a bit cheaper than the Urban Decay Primer Potion, and it works just as well. When I wear this, my makeup lasts all day and I never experience any creasing, even with cream shadows. I also love how quickly this dries down on the lids. It creates a great, smooth canvas. The only thing I might like to see would be if this could moisturize a bit like UD’s anti-aging primer. Overall, though, this product seems fantastic, and I’ll definitely be repurchasing. I love that I only need a teeny tiny amount for this to work all day, so the tube is definitely going to last for a very long time. It’s absolutely worth the $20!

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite eyeshadow primer? If so, be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette 

I am a sucker for pretty eyeshadow palettes even though I seem to always gravitate towards just 3 or 4 shades even in a big palette. However, I still couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. This palette can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $42.

First, this palette is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a blend of neutral and more dramatic shades, and it also has several cool toned and warm toned shades. I feel like this palette allows you to explore so many different types of looks. You can probably tell from the picture that I use the two neutral shimmery cool toned shades the most, but I do enjoy shaking it up and making my eyes look more dramatic too, especially with that beautiful purple shade near the middle that really brings out my green eyes.

The bolder shades are very pigmented, so it’s hard to build them up gradually like I’d prefer. Instead, you have to just be careful when applying since it’s going to be an immediate high-pigment amount that you’re putting on your lids. I will also admit that the texture of these shadows are not all the same. Some seemed more buttery and others seemed drier. The drier ones tended to be the bolder ones unfortunately, and this made them a bit harder to blend.

Overall, this is a beautiful palette. I was a bit disappointed that the bold shades weren’t as easy to use as I hoped, but they’re still very workable. I’m glad I made this purchase and I look forward to my continued experimentation with it.

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow

Recently, I’ve been going for a more neutral eye look because I’ve been doing a bolder lip. I’m typically a powder shadow type of person, but recently I was given the opportunity to try the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow which is a cream shadow. This product can be purchased from Sephora for $25.

I really love the shade of this one. The one I have is “I-50 Iridescent Warm Beige.” It has a lightly shimmery finish which is really pretty but subtle. These also come in a satin or a matte finish, but I love the shimmer.

These are pretty easy to apply. I typically just use my finger, although you have to work fast because they dry down pretty quickly. Like most cream shadows, they can crease throughout the day, but they won’t if you just use a primer before application.

I don’t know if I like this well enough to buy the full-size product when my sample runs out, but I’ll definitely be using the rest of the sample. It’s a nice neutral eye for minimal makeup days or when you just want to play up your lips instead of your eyes.

Have you tried any cream shadows that you really love? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Touch in Sol Eyeshadow and Glitter 

It’s no secret that I’m a huge glitter expert, but even I have my limits. Enter the Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo, which retails at Sephora for $25.

I think it’s pretty evident even from the picture that this glitter is really chunky. What I mean by “chunky” is that the individual particles of glitter are quite large. Some products have smaller particles that result in a different type of finish. Typically, the larger the particle, the more dramatic the look. This is one end of the spectrum, but on the other end would be the products where the particles are so small the finish just looks shimmery and it’s almost impossible to discern between the particles.

Also, as a rule of thumb, the larger the glitter particles, the more fallout you’ll probably get. Fallout is when the glitter migrates to other parts of your face (in the case of eyeshadow, this usually means that you’ll start to see glitter on your cheeks by the end of the day). This was definitely the case with this product, and I was disappointed in the amount of fallout. It was even more evident due to the size of the particles.

As for the metallic part of the shadow, I thought it worked pretty well. Like most liquids, it will crease if you don’t use an eyeshadow primer before application, but I did think it was pretty. I will say that it is quite bold though, so this is not the product for you if you’re just looking for a sheer wash of metallic color.

Now, even though I didn’t like this, it’s worth noting that a lot of people have been giving this rave reviews. I might just be a bit biased because I received a gold shade, which does not compliment my skin tone, and I’m not super thrilled by chunky glitter (I much prefer a more finely milled product).

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts? Please, let me know in the comments section.

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Blogmas Day 23: Sephora Eyeshadow 

Welcome to Day 23 of Blogmas! It’s just two days until Christmas. I hope everyone has been enjoying the Holiday Season and that you’re all ready for the big day. Today’s penultimate advent calendar panel revealed a Full-Sized Colorful Eyeshadow in the shade Tiramisu. I couldn’t find this shade of their website, but you can purchase other shades for $10.

I was excited when I saw this eyeshadow. It’s a bit shimmery, but seems like a great crease shade. When I tried it, it was unfortunately a little patchy, so you have to really blend it out to get it even. I have tried the Sephora brand eyeshadows before and this has never been an issue, so I’m wondering if maybe this one was just old (especially since I couldn’t find it on the website).

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Bobbi Brown Eyes 

I love eye makeup. There’s something that is so mesmerizing about eyes. It’s the feature I stare at most in others, so it makes sense that most of my makeup routine revolves around creating different eye looks. I recently received two eye makeup samples from Bobbi Brown: the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick and the Eye Opening Mascara. These can both be purchased from Sephora for $30 each.

First, let’s talk about the cream shadow stick. I loved the texture of this product – it’s very creamy  (as its name suggests). It’s easy to apply and does dry down. Unfortunately, without an eye shadow primer, it does tend to settle into the eye crease. Also, I was pleased with the staying power of this product. It definitely did last all day and still looked vivid and sparkly when I got home from work. I would definitely recommend this shadow, especially for people who prefer creams to powders for eye shadow. If you’ve never considered a cream shadow, I would recommend one if your eyelids seem to lack natural oils. If lids are too dry, it can make powder shadows look a bit patchy. If this frequently happens to you, maybe you should try a cream shadow which has a bit of natural moisture and might glide on well with a drier eyelid. People with oilier lids can use cream shadows too, although they might not last as long on an oily lid.

As for the mascara, it was definitely just okay. For $30, I expected a much better finish. It had a bold brush and deposited a nice amount of product, but while my eyelashes did seem to have more volume and were appropriately darkened, they remained very straight and would not hold a curl at all. My overall lash look seemed very lackluster with this particular mascara, so I will probably be giving this sample to a friend. I will not be purchasing the full size.

Have you tried anything from this brand? I’d love to know your thoughts on some of their other products!

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Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Collection

Full disclosure: I love glitter and I am utterly biased towards products that contain glitter. So, when I saw the Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Collection at Sephora, I didn’t blink at the $45 price tag and immediately purchased it!

A lot of beauty bloggers have complained about this palette, so I’d just like to start by addressing their two complaints. First, people have been complaining that the colors aren’t pigmented enough. I love these pigments! They are very buildable and you can use water or the black base to intensify the colors. Second, people complain about glitter fallout. There is some fallout (unless you apply with water – more explanation of that later) but I don’t care because I love glitter. If I see flecks of glitter on my cheeks during the afternoon because of this eyeshadow, I am totally okay with that because it’s just the sparkle and not the color that has been migrating.

So, now I’m going to explain the three different ways that you can apply these:

  1. Apply the glitter eyeshadows by themselves with a brush – this results in a sheer wash of color with lots of sparkle. This is perfect for daytime looks. Yes, there will be some fallout of glitter, but you can just imagine that it’s some extra highlight on your cheeks.
  2. Apply the glitter eyeshadows on top of the white or black bases – this will intensify the colors. The white will brighten up the color and enhance the glitter while the black will intensify the color and make it much darker and more dramatic. I was terrified to do this at first because black is such a harsh color, but it worked so well. First, I applied the white base on my lid from the crease to the brow bone and then covered it with the shade “Fairy Dust.” Then I applied the black on every part of the eyelid below the crease and then put the shade “Glitter Goals” on top. It was so vivid! Yes, there was still some fallout, but I loved my super dramatic evening look.
  3. Apply the glitter eyeshadows with a wet brush – this really intensifies the glitter and color without making it darker. The water (or you can use makeup setting spray instead) fuses with the glitter like a glue and can help to prevent fallout. It also leaves a more crystalline look for maximum glitter impact!

I have absolutely zero regrets about buying this palette! Will I use it every day? No. But I love it for when I want to experiment with more dramatic colors. I highly recommend it for glitter enthusiasts like myself.

Are you interested in trying this palette? If not, what palette are you currently obsessed with? Be sure to let me know in the comments section.

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