Zpalettes are not perfect, but they are the best of what is out there now, and I do love them. Once you figure out the best method of depotting for you, it is great to have everything in one place. Plus, I like the clear window to the shadows, as it makes it easy to find (and USE) everything. In an ideal world, I would love a sturdy hard plastic case with a clear plastic lid. Finally, I love how they don't force you to be married to one brand/product type, and instead create what works for you -- I am looking at you MAC. PROS: - Easy to use - Various sizes available - Super cute packaging - though I do buy only the black cause I am lame - Clear top, so you can see your product - Space saving! This cannot be understated CONS: - Expensive for what is in effect cardboard, plastic and some magnets - someone is going to knock these off soon, I am sure - I feel like a fair price for the large should be about $10-14 - You have to play with the magnet stickers a bit to make sure they are on. I found that placing them on the pan before the melted glue dried worked the best. - They are not the most sturdy - I wouldn't just throw one in my purse or travel case - again - this is why a hard plastic version would be ideal A NOTE ON DEPOTTING AND PLACING MAGNET STICKERS ON PANS: - Oven method - I find this to be superior to all other methods - pre-heat oven to 250 degrees F, line a bake sheet with aluminum foil, place product with case open on foil covered sheet, pop in oven for 5 minutes, remove from oven and using cuticle scissors pop product out of case. - Added bonus #1 of oven method - you can peel sticker off back of shadow case with a tweezer - I cut out the brand and color name and placed on magnet for reference - Added bonus #2 of oven method - glue will be liquified, and you can use that in your favor to really make the magnets stick - Added bonus #3 of oven method - the house does not smell like burnt plastic - To really make the magnets stick to pans, I take all the depotted shadows with magnets on, lay on a cutting board, and place a couple heavy books on them. I then stick that into the fridge for 10 minutes
This is my go to day to day foundation. Its replaced Smashbox BB - which has no become by travel go to. This is a medium full coverage foundation that leaves skin with a soft matte finish. I love this foundation for the look, the lasting power, and coverage. The "feel" of this on the skin isn't ideal. You know its on. Personally, I find this a very small price to pay for an inexpensive foundation that doesn't break me out and covers 37 years worth of skin sins in a natural looking way. But for some folks, its a turn off. A few notes on how to best use this. Even if you have oily skin, a moisturizer underneath is a must. Matte can read flaky without a smooth surface. A primer is a good idea as well, but not as critical as the moisturizer (I alternate Monistat Chafing and Neutrogena oil control primers). Application wise, I think this lends itself to a foundation/stippling brush - I dot it on and use the ELF stippling brush. I also avoid my eye area as I do find it makes my concealer cake (this is not full coverage enough for dark circles). Finally, give it a minute or so to set before powder - as its matte already - you may not need as much. PROS: - Great coverage - natural, but enough to cover redness and even out the skin - Great lasting power - Great oil control - I don't have to blot or powder during the day that much at all - Does not break out my skin - Inexpensive - Good color match (at least for my NW20 skin) - Great consistency to liquid itself - spreads and blends well - particularly with a stippling brush (even a cheapo so, so one like ELFs) CONS: - Not the best "feel" to the skin - you know its on - A pump vs. the glass bottle would be nice - Will cake your undereye concealer so avoid your eye area - unless you are lucky enough to barely have undereye issues - Can be drying and exagerate flakes if skin is not prepped and smooth Not sure if this is HG, but it is the best value you will get in this category.
Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Monistat - Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
evapop 2/24/2013 7:35:00 AM
I love this primer. It really controlled my oil - much more than Smashbox - and made my makeup last all day. Yesterday, I needed to go from a day to night look. Normally, I would have had to wash my face and start over. With this, I just dabbed some powder around my nose, intensified my eyes and was good to go! A few things: 1) Do a patch test on your face - some people are sensitive to this product, so I placed a small 24 hour patch of it near my jawline. Figured if it made me break out, could wear my hair down to cover. Personally, I had no issues. 2) Moisturize first - this is more drying than Smashbox, which is great for oil control, but you don't want to swap oil for flakes 3) Tweak your routine a bit, I normally powder my whole face to set, with this, I only powdered my under eyes and nose. Used with revlon color stay foundation and nyx hd concealer wand. PROS: - fills fine lines - controls oil - makes makeup last all day - super cheap ($6 vs. $35 for Smashbox) - makes your face feel like silk - makeup glides on, eyeshadow and blush are more vibrant and easier to blend - very versatile - I have used under strapless bra underwires, which tend to chafe me - would never do that with super expensive Smashbox CONS: - wish the brand Monistat was not so front and center
Powder -NYX - Stay Matte but not Flat Powder Foundation
evapop 2/15/2013 12:02:00 PM
This powder was featured on beautybroadcast, and was described as a foundation that could also be used as a setting powder. What led me to buy it was the description of the "glow" it gave your skin as a setting powder. If by glow, you mean a super heavy, grease slicked look, then yes, it delivered. Even with a primer and good tinted moisturizer (Neutrogena 3-1), the product also oxydized after a few moments. The cherry on top was that my my concealer looked super cakey too, it was just awful. I love NYX - great glosses, E/S, and concealers - but this is terrible. I am giving it 2 stars because maybe this would work well on dry or very mature skin. Also, I did not use it damp for coverage, I used it dry for extra coverage and to set. PROS: - For me, none, but there could be for ladies with mature or dry skin CONS: - Heavy (I used a light hand and a super fluffy kabuki brush over a light tinted moisturizer AND I had allowed time for the tinted moisturizer to dry) - Caked my concealer - Made my skin look oily not glowy - Highlighted my pores vs. diffused them away - Packaging is terrible (I almost broke a short, healthy nature nail to get get to the sponge - had to resort to turning compact upside down) - Limited color selection - Oxydized quickly - within minutes For me, I would say Wet N Wild's Reserve Your Cabana created a better glow when applied all over on my NW20 skin than this. Plus it is MUCH cheaper and more versatile.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Trio - Sweet as Candy
evapop 2/12/2013 6:31:00 PM
I am loving WnW eye shadow so much these days it's crazy. They are so great and so cheap that they are almost like a mini currency to me (I.e. do I really want a grande skinny mocha or do I want THREE eyeshadow trios). Nouveau Cheap posted that Rite Aid was having a 40% off Revlon and WnW sale, so I swung by and picked up 3 trios for $4.75. Of the three this was my favorite in terms of colors (am NW20, brown eyes, brown hair). The other two were also great quality, but I loved the rosy look I could create with this trio. PROS - soooo cheap - especially if you luck out with a sale - long lasting - no creasing even on my oily skin - great colors - great pigmentation - minimal fall out if you use your own brush - blend like a dream - on fact blend so smoothly you have to be careful not to blend them all into one color - nice shimmer -- not too much for work CONS - BS brushes - I mean who uses these? - WnW needs to take the money from the brushes and spend those on a nicer case - Doesn't travel well - even in the display case you see some broken shadows - Almost too blend able These get a 5 lippies despite the cons cause no brand matches the dollar to value ratio of these. I wore this trio to work, colors as labeled, with black mascara, pink blush and gloss and it was a very pretty look. Even if you just like one color - so worth your money.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - 8-pan Palette "Comfort Zone"
evapop 2/5/2013 5:16:00 PM
Another beauty broadcast inspired purchase. Saw a review of this, then came to this board for feedback, and then took the plunge after a very disappointing experience with a Sonia Kashuk palette. This palette is wonderful and such a HUGE bargain at $5! Had no issue with creasing, stayed put all day, and the colors are gorgeous. PROS: - great quality - rich, creamy, highly pigmented - long lasting - stayed put all day even when I didn't use an eye shadow primer - no creasing - lovely colors - the duo chrome in the lower right hand corner is especially stunning but love them all - highly versatile - you can do work appropriate, weekend errand lid wash, dramatic olive smokey eye - amazing value - there is a lot of product here for $5 - it's a true bargain CONS - chintzy packaging - wet n wild needs to take a page from elf studio and invest in better packaging - soft texture - while a pro for application and blending - this combined with chintzy packaging means a powder explosion if you aren't careful - doesn't travel well - see two cons above - minor fall out - but honestly a tap tap and its under control - I have yet to need to go in and fix my under eye area My favorite combo is to take the right hand brow bone color for my lid, the lower right duo chrome for my crease, the upper left as a highlight and then a plum liner - so cute!
Eye Primer -NYX - HD High Definition Eyeshadow Base
evapop 2/3/2013 7:15:00 PM
The first time I used this product, I hated it. I had waited about a minute for it to dry, then put my beloved NYX Aloha over it. Awful! It caked and I thought, what a waste of a few dollars. The second time, I applied the eye primer, then my BB cream, concealer, Tarte cheek stain and powder, then I got dressed, got my coffee, then came back up to do my eyes. That time, everything went on like a dream. I used the wet n wild palette in petal pusher, so its not like I went from NYX to high end shadow, I am giving this 3 lippies. A more patient woman would give it 4. It's cheap, it does what it's supposed to do, but takes FOREVER to dry. PROS: - cheap - eye shadow applies and blends well - no creasing - no eyeshadow fading CONS - takes FOREVER to dry!
I have been using this mascara or years now. Sometimes I stray, but I always come back. Here is the key to this mascara - like a wild horse you have to break it in. The first two weeks, you get a 3 lippie product. Thickens and lengthens, but also is clump prone. Oh, but from week 2 till 12 - amazing! Pros: - relatively inexpensive - noticeable, but natural, lengthening and volume - no flaking Cons: - you have to break it in
NYX is really starting to dominate my makeup collection. MAC quality at a fraction of a price. These blushes are amazing as expected. PROS: - highly pigmented - very blend able - dirt cheap - great color selection - long lasting even on oily skin CONS: - totally a nit but it would be great if you could create palettes with Nyx like you can with MAC - how awesome would a customizable NYX palette be for travel
Eyes -Sonia Kashuk - eye shadow palette perfectly neutral
evapop 1/31/2013 2:54:00 PM
Just wrote a review on my disappointment with the Sonia Kashuk instructional palette in neutral. Made me think about how much I adore the Sonia Kashuk eye shadow palette in perfectly neutral. PROS: - Great set of colors - Nice mix of matte and soft shimmery eye shadows - Great color payoff - Long lasting - Wonderful starter kit for an eye shadow collection CONS: - The eye base is meh - would rather see two additional shadows - The applicators - well I never use the sponge tips - so like palettes without them. The pros outway the cons though, and in conjuction with the price, gave it a full 5. Have purchased it twice now.
Eye Shadow -Sonia Kashuk - Instructional Eye on Neutral Palette
evapop 1/31/2013 2:49:00 PM
I do a lot of traveling for work, and decided to buy a second set of makeup and toiletries that would just stay in my rollie bag all the time. During a trip to Target, this palette caught my eye as the perfect neutral palette for travel. The colors looked great, and like I could create a lot of work appropriate looks with it. On my first business trip with this palette, I liked, but didn't love this kit. If I wrote the review then, I would have given it 3-4 lippies. The shades come off too warm for me (I really wanted a mix of warm and cool neutrals - which is what it looks like in the kit - plus it could really use some shimmer shades), but that is a color selection problem, not a product problem. However, now that its a short couple months later, I am so over this palette. The shadows have really dried out, they are super powdery now with major fall out and are challenging to blend. Used the kits yesterday and today and think I am going to have to chuck it and get one of the neutral NYX palettes instead. Soooo disappointing, as I have tried other eyeshadows from this line and have found them to be amazing and still looking great years, not months later. Sorry to go against the group, but wanted to share my experience.
Eyes -E.L.F. - Waterproof Eyeliner Crayon Champagne
evapop 1/27/2013 4:28:00 PM
I love the elf studio line SO much. Great brushes, amazing bronzers and blushes. But when your line is comprised of $3 items - a dud is just impossible to ignore I guess Got champagne as it seemed like a great inner corner highlight, PROS - at least I only threw out $3 worth of product - the packaging is great - seriously all studio packaging rocks CONS - this is so dry I almost broke the skin swatching on my hand - no way it's going near my eyes - no payoff - literally zero I bought navy as well, which I actually liked. Maybe just this color is a bust. Too bad.
Lips -Neutrogena - Moisture Smooth Colorstick Warm Caramel
evapop 1/26/2013 7:09:00 PM
I don't usually buy chubby stick lip products but recommendation from friend + Ulta coupon + chapped lips = straight into Ulta basket. Pros: - very moisturizing - in effect this is a tinted lip balm - great scent - pretty natural color - great packaging - love that its automatic and no need to sharpen - wears evenly to a soft shimmer - inexpensive - especially if you shop around Cons: - not long lasting - not highly pigmented As a tinted lip balm that spends time in my coat pocket on the weekends - this gets 4 lippies. It's a big step up from Chapstick and adds a soft prettiness to the tinted moisturizer, blush, mascara errand face. It's not a lipstick nor a formal, polished product. But it's a great balm.
Blush -E.L.F. - Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
evapop 1/26/2013 7:07:00 AM
Bought this after seeing a Beauty Broadcast comparing this to Nars Leguna/Orgasm duo. 1) it's $3, 2) I am a sucker for cheap dupes, 3) I am testing out peachy tones on my NW20 skin ... So into my Target cart it went PROS: - Cheap - Does not oxidize - Shades are pretty - Contours well - Peach/pink blush is flattering - ELF studio is great packaging for the price CONS: - Wish Bronzer was matte - Blush is just a little too shimmer/glitter - requires a light hand BEST APPLICATION FOR ME: - Apply Smashbox BB Cream all over - light - Apply NYX concealer under eyes and on spots - beige - Apply Tarte gel blush in Flush - Set the whole thing with CoverGirl TrueBlend #2 - Grab my Elf Studio blush brush - do a light contour with the Bronzer - under cheekbones, down sides of nose, jaw lines, etc - Lightly using same brush apply blush to apples of cheeks sweeping to temple - Apply a very light dusting of elf hd powder - Grab my elf kabuki brush (clean) and blend, blend, blend
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Lemon Drop SPF 15
evapop 1/21/2013 9:24:00 PM
As a working mom, with two dry skin prone young boys and a monster work/family purse this balm ROCKS. It's bright color and shape make it easy to find in a bottomless pit bag. The boys and I love the scent and it does what it's supposed to. My lips stay soft when its worn alone. It works on the boys in the cold, and its a good primer for other lip products. Note though - one swipe won't cut it. Five to six, then smack those lips. Enjoy!