I can't believe no one has reviewed this yet! I already own UD Deluxe e/s in Underground and that is what caused me to want to try out the other Deluxe colors. The palette's outside consists of purple trim with a silver mesh insert-kinda cheesy. Each square pan is roughly about the size of a nickel (maybe a little bigger). I think this palette is very reasonably priced-averages out to $4.00 per shade. IMO the texture of these shadows are superior to MAC, LM, BB and also Tarte, very blendable (except for one) and pigmented. I find the finishes to vary between glowy or metallic, depending on the shade. The shades are as follows: Fishnet: Glowy, pink violet. Similar to Milani Shock or a slightly deeper MAC Stars -N- Rockets. Honey: Metallic, rich yellow gold. Similar to MAC Goldmine. Ransom: Glowy, blue violet. Similar to MAC Parfait Amour but with more blue. Graffiti: Glowy, apple green. Similar to Fyrinnae Dragon's Wing. Zero: Least Favorite. Flat black. Does not blend easily. Peace: Glowy, bright turquoise blue. Similar to Fyrinnae Digital Faerie but without the green duochrome. Shag: Metallic, tawny bronze with a slight hint of peach. Similar to UD YDK without the glitter. Scratch: Metallic, warm pink. Similar to MAC Expensive Pink without the gold shimmer. Underground: LOVE! Metallic, sparkly golden taupe perfection. HG! I do not have a shade to compare to this. This palette is a great way to try out the Deluxe colors. I would recommend this to anyone who did not like UD previously because of the glitter factor as none of these shades have any glitter, just rich, beautiful color that spreads like butter. I will definitely repurchase some of the shades when I run out.
I prefer the Milk and Honey formula (much richer and thicker) to the Satin Souffle formula. And unfortunately, her version of CSP's Vanille Abricot is way too floral fruity on me (heavy on the floral). CS is great though, she upgraded a few of my sample jars at no charge, and I love her other scents--Banana Buttercream, Pink Strawberry Cupcakes and her Exact Friction of the Stars dupe. I will purchase other scents, but only in the Milk and Honey formula.
I love the Milk and Honey formula, rich and thick, prefer it to the Dreamy Creamy Custard formula, which is lighter and runnier, but unfortunately, Carnival Ride does not work for me. It is described on this etailer's site as: Notes of cotton candy, pink sugared sweetness, vanilla and rich coconut milk, but it turns to a fruity floral on me. Of course, her Pink Sugar Cube does the same and I think it might account for the "pink sugared sweetness" in Carnival Ride, so I guess I should have expected that. CS is great, this etailer did upgrade a few of my sample jars at no charge. I will purchase other scents in this formula, my chemistry just did not like this particular one.
I like Pink Sugar, but this etailer's version turns to a fruity floral on me. The Milk and Honey formula is wonderful, rich and thick. I prefer it to the Dreamy Creamy Custard, which is lighter and runnier. This etailer is generous, she upgraded a few of my sample jars to the next size at no charge. CS is great, too. I will repurchase other scents in this formula, but Pink Sugar Cube does not work for me at all.
I really like this etailer's version of Exact Friction and the scent is dead-on in the creme as well as the parfum, but I much prefer the richer, thicker texture of the Milk and Honey body creme. This is just a little too runny for my taste. The price is not bad and this etailer is generous. She upgraded this sample jar to the next size at no charge. CS is great. I will definitely repurchase this once I run out, but in the Milk and Honey formula instead of this.
I really like this scent. It smells like banana pudding with graham crackers and maybe a touch of whipped cream. The Milk and Honey formula is rich and thick but not greasy at all. I prefer it to the Dreamy, Creamy Custard which seemed lighter and runnier to me. The price is nice, too. And this etailer is very generous, she upgraded some of my sample jars at no charge to me. If you are not happy with the scent when you initially receive it, let it cure for a week or so, that helps a lot. I will repurchase when I run out, but since you only need a little at a time, this will last me a while. CS with this etailer is great, too.
My personal favorite of the scents I have tried from this etailer. The predominant scent is yellow cupcake. I pick up just a hint of the strawberry, which is fine. A definite comfort scent. The Milk and Honey formula is nice and rich, I prefer it to the Dreamy, Creamy Custard formula, which seems lighter and runnier to me. It is suggested if the scent of the body cremes is not what you expect when you receive it, to let them cure for a week or so, and I have found this helps a lot. I will definitely repurchase this when I run out (and other scents in this formula, too), but it takes only a little so my sample jar should last a while. The etailer also upgraded some of my sample jars at no charge, which is awesome. Great CS and TAT was not bad at all. I think it took a week and a half to receive my order.
YUM! This etailer's version of Exact Friction is dead-on to me, and at $14.00 for 1 oz, it can't be beat. It wears much longer than the original, and provides a nice, foody change for me when Pink Sugar is too overpowering to wear. I will definitely repurchase when I run out.
I love this quad! Part of the Stormy collection, it features 4 unnamed e/s-a satin off-white w/a hint of pink, a matte light grey-taupe, a sheer (yet buildable) slightly shimmery medium charcoal grey and a matte black (great for lining). This is more on the neutral/cool side. Enhances my green eyes beautifully. Makes for a nice smoky eye when used all together or use any color separately for a polished, natural look. It is limited edition, so get one while you can. I would repurchase when I ran out if it was still available. Good intro to LM shadows.
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Reflect in Stretchy Brown 537
pilotpickles 10/13/2007 12:18:00 AM
Glad they got rid of the smell. This is a terracotta with bright pink glitter on my lips (medium pigmented). It is very pretty and unique and feels so good (not gritty at all). The only thing I don't care for, other than the price, is the glitter that is left on my lips when the gloss is gone. I will repurchase when I run out, though. It's just that good.
Eye Shadow -Paula Dorf - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes eye kit
pilotpickles 10/13/2007 12:13:00 AM
What a great value for what you get! I'm not going to list the colors as they are perfectly mentioned below. The texture is wonderful, and the shadows are not over the top shimmer, they are subtle enough for daytime. Very pigmented. They are quite neutral, leaning somewhat to the cool side, but very versatile, nonetheless. A great way for someone new to the line to try her e/s. If it is still available when I run out, i will definitely repurchase.
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner - Skinny Jeans
pilotpickles 10/12/2007 11:58:00 PM
I do like BB Galaxy better than this, but Benefit Skinny Jeans is still a nice cream e/s. The only way this does not crease on me is if I layer a powder shadow on top (UD Deluxe in Underground is especially pretty). Texture is okay, feels a little greasy/sticky on my lids. Color is a gunmetal with golden shimmer. Works best for me as a base for other shadows. I will repurchase when I run out, but they give a very generous amount, so I won't have to for a while.
Lipstick -BeneFit Cosmetics - Silky-Finish Lipstick
pilotpickles 10/12/2007 11:52:00 PM
I have this in Skinny Dip, a pinky nude shade. Very MLBB (my lips are medium pigmented). Not as moisturizing as VL Baby Balm to me but the price is right. I may not buy this particular color again, but I think I will have to try this in another color.
Eye Shadow -Laura Mercier - Eye Colour Duo in Violet
pilotpickles 10/12/2007 11:48:00 PM
Lovely silvery lavender/shimmery plum duo that makes my green eyes POP! Texture is silky butter. Very pigmented, yet looks very natural. LM e/s are perfection. Will definitely have to repurchase when I run out.
Eye Shadow -Laura Mercier - Eye Colour Duo in Bamboo
pilotpickles 10/12/2007 11:45:00 PM
Love LM e/s! Silky buttery texture. Pretty luminous cream/shimmery bronze duo. Even though the colors probably don't enhance my green eyes as well as her Violet duo, it still is flattering. I can see this really POPPING on blue eyes, though.