This is a really pretty palette that I had high hopes for. As part of E.L.F.'s studio line, it looked relatively luxe and high quality. It seemed to be a dupe for a Sephora baked eyeshadow palette, at a fraction of the price. It looked so pretty on the website that I decided, what the hell; I purchased it despite my previously negative experiences with ELF eyeshadows. The eyeshadows themselves are nearly colorless (maybe 4/10, when swatched or applied dry. They are just little pools of sparkle. While some people like that look, it wasn't what I was expecting or going for. Foiled, I would give color payoff a 6.5/10. They are still incredibly sparkly (the sparkliest eyeshadows I've ever seen coming from a western brand) though, so I would caution if you don't want to emphasize eyelid texture. There is also some fallout. I haven't tried it over a primer yet. All in all, they are usable, and a good value for someone just starting out in makeup. It's a lot nicer IMO than ELF eyeshadows I've tried before, and they sure are pretty to look at. But I think I'm going to give them away to my friend who is just starting out with makeup. I have much better stuff in my collection. I've added a picture of them swatched on my arm, foiled (for reference, I'm a MAC NC 35 with very golden tones).
Lotions/ Creams -Shea Moisture - Organic Raw Shea Butter Lotion
jenliiI 9/7/2011 6:24:00 PM
Super thick and moisturizing, and unlike many companies who emphasize their "all-natural" ingredients, the ingredients in this cream REALLY ARE all natural. This cream has never broken me out, and I even use it on my face. Two letters: H.G.
Polishes -L.A. Colors - LA Spash nail polish in Sparkling Torpedo
jenliiI 9/6/2011 7:29:00 PM
AWESOME rainbow glitter topcoat, super dense and holographic glitters. Can be used as a regular polish if you don't mind layering. As someone who missed the China Glaze OMG collection, I'm super happy I found this little gem. It's about 3-4 at Duane Reade; they also sell it on Cherry Culture.com
First of all, Inglot Palettes hold MAC shadows! I love all my Inglot goodies. Very unique colors and great pigmentation. They recently had a 30% sale (certain shadows only), and I loaded up. LOVE. Move over MAC, because NYC now has an Inglot! :D
I would say this is a "fair peach" color, very pretty. A matte dupe for the limited edition MAC lipglass in "Tuck and Fold", just slightly more pigmented. Took a lippie off for smell.
Great formula, not drying at all for me. I took one lippie off for the scent though. They smell strongly of burnt butterscotch. To be fair, the smell dissipates after a minute or so. For this price (I got it for $5), I would buy again.
This color looks just like Urban Decay's Last Call eyeshadow. The texture is OK.
My HG blush. It's a naturally gorgeous peachy coral color, and produces the most radiant flush on my NC 30 skin. I have more than 20 blushes, I think, from drugstore to high end, in all kinds of textures and mediums (gel, cream, powder, etc) and I always come back to this one. Loved it so much I bought a back up. If you're on the fence, get it! I cannot praise this blush enough. LOVE!!
This is my favorite Zoya polish so far (and I have about 20 bottles, lol). On me, it is a gold-gilt peachy pink, perfect for my skintone and perfect for summer. For reference, I am NC 30-35, and MUFE HD foundation #128. LOVE.
LOVE. At first, as an extremely yellow-toned girl, I didn't think I could pull it off. This is my first and only blue-based red lipstick. However, it looks marvelous. I'm beginning to think it will look good on every skintone. It's moisturizing enough if I put lipbalm underneath, which also helps application. If you're on the fence about it, I'd say get it! It's beautiful and fun, a good (kinda) cheap thrill!
I probably won't buy this again, because I only wear it VERY occasionally. It's a pale metallic gold. When I wear it over a gold eyeliner and under gold eyeshadow (on the lips and eyes, lol), my features look gilded! Here, I put a picture above.
My fave red before I found their jumbo eyeshadow pencil in "hot red". Electra is a bright, creamy, true red. Very va-va-voom!
A bright-ish, cool pink, kind of pastel-y. It's very pretty, but not quite right for my skin tone. Oh well :) Actually, after playing around with it, it's excellent on the cheeks, and gives a sweet, sheer flush. I change my mind, I WOULD buy this again!
I dropped this on concrete, and this thing was barely dented. So that's a plus. But it's not the absolute white I was going for. Instead, it's a light but unmistakable silver. Oh well, not too far off. It's not shimmery or glitter, but sheeny. It's nice.
Woah, the best and brightest red lip color I've ever had! It's a BRIGHT yellow red, very similar to their round lipstick in "Electra", but redder where Electra is a bit pinker. It smells like wood, but there is no taste. It's just lovely, and I'm going to wear it for Chinese New Year :D I highly recommend it!