July is over and I have finally gathered up my summer 2017 favorites that I have been using constantly since I have changed up my makeup for the weather. If you have oily, acne-prone, or otherwise totally uncooperative skin when it comes to heat and humidity these will likely work for you. It’s always good to take into account the changing seasons when it comes to your makeup and skincare.
What You Get: This palette is a cream and powder set in one palette. Included is 4 powders and 5 cream colors to contour, highlight, and color correct.
Packaging: This set comes in a sturdy plastic container with two mirrors that separate the cream and powder.
Where to Buy: Sephora
Important Notes: Urban Decay is a cruelty-free brand
– This palette has everything that you need if you contour and highlight your face everyday. It also has a pink-peach based concealer for color correcting darkness.
– The shade range of this is excellent and there is a darker set for darker skin tones. There is a cooler-toned contour powder and a warmer contour powder as well to suit different undertones.
– The highlight shade is good for everyday use and it is not too much, but is still very pigmented and wears well.
– The packaging of this is 10/10. It is sturdy and could travel easily.
– Pigmentation. This is not really a “bad” thing most of the time. The cream shades in this very pigmented and if you go into this like all of the contour videos and tutorials that you see everywhere, you’re going to have a hard time blending this out. Less is totally more with this one.
– The concealer shades are on the drier side and might not work for every skin type especially for under-eye areas.
– I have not found myself using this a ton since I got it even though the product itself is good. You get a ton of product but unless you’re cream and powder contouring and highlighting all the time, you might not get a ton of use out of this.
The first contour shade is pretty dark and works more like a bronzer on lighter skin. It is on the warmer side and is highly pigmented so it takes a while to blend out if you use too much product.
The Jaclyn Hill Palette might be the hardest makeup item that I have ever tried to get my hands on. To be fair, I have never ordered eyeshadow from Morphe and I have never used any of their makeup products to compare this one to. In all honesty I have tried to steer clear of this brand as a whole because of all of the issues surrounding products. I was super interested in this eyeshadow though because it was alleging to be so much better than all of their other products. A new and improved formula that took years to perfect, blah blah blah. I was skeptical, but I had no choice, I had to get my hands on it.
This launched on a Wednesday morning (around 11am for me) and the site worked pretty well for what had to have been an enormous amount of traffic. I was able to put this in my cart, and then I waited about 30 minutes for check-out. I believe this one sold out in 45 minutes. I received an email that day, and my product was delivered Saturday with just the normal shipping. I was shocked at how fast it arrived and I was mentally preparing myself for it to take weeks before I received it. It was packaged just fine for being sent in the mail with bubble wrapping and my makeup arrived in perfect condition.
I buy a lot of things that I do not actually think that I will get a lot of use out of because I like to review to them. It kind of comes with the territory of blogging. I feel like many of the things in this post are typical over hyped beauty products that have gained a lot of popularity from social media. With so much hype, it is easy to be let down when things are not life altering. There are a lot of products that get a ton of hype that I get so excited about the idea of and end up being duds. For this post I looked through my vanity to find things that I think have gained a lot of popularity via social media that have not worked out for me for whatever reason.
The Balm always has eye-catching and interesting packaging that makes their products unique. This product is no different. This eyeshadow palette is in a “menu” theme with the names of the shadows being plays on food and men’s names (stay with me, it’s weird, I know). Part of me thinks that the way that their products are packaged is cute and the other part of me thinks it’s too much and makes takes away from the actual quality of the product because it feels young. Regardless of how you feel about the theme of their products, they do work well.
When I first saw this I must admit that I bought it immediately because I knew that it would be one of those things that would either be totally fantastic or it would be a complete dud. The Sephora Play! Iconic Edition was limited to VIB Rouge Sephora shoppers and cost $20. Immediately after launching there was some black lash from customers about why this would be considered a perk of being VIB Rouge. There was also some hoopla about Sephora deleting 1-star reviews on their site. Honestly there were a lot of 1-star reviews from people that couldn’t possibly have received their boxes, but I did notice that many comments and reviews that where there the first time that I checked were gone later when I went back to look into it.
Moving on, I purchased my box for $20 and I received it two days later with the use of Flash Shipping. To be totally fair, I really do not gravitate towards the “luxury” brands that I knew would be in this box. They generally are not geared towards people my age or skin type and I have other brands that I prefer. I did; however, take into account that there are a lot of people that are careful about what they spend their money on and would be interested to know what was inside. I figured that spending $20 would be worth seeing what some of these brands would have to offer and here is what I got.
The Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette is a limited edition launch that is associated with the upcoming movie. The collection included an large eyeshadow palette, a cheek palette, and several lip products. The cheek palette is the one that I was most interested in because it is different than most limited edition launches that are associated with movies. I am used to seeing eyeshadow palettes and typically they look pretty but are not practical.
The cheek palette has 6 shades and a large mirror. The packaging is typical cardboard with a magnet to keep it closed. It is very detailed and pretty and looks like a book (I have to assume that the packaging is based pretty closely on the movie).
Elf has really been stepping up their products in the past few months, and you can definitely tell by the amount of great reviews some of their stuff has gotten recently. I have always been the type of person that would rather spend 60 dollars on a product that works, than 60 dollars worth the drugstore products that are only so-so. With that being said, and with all the higher-end brands putting out products that have been misses, I am getting more comfortable with drugstore makeup. I have even been able to find a ton of products that I can really get a lot of use out of. I watched and read several reviews on the elf Matte palette and most of them were great. I didn’t see a whole lot of reviews on the Rosegold palette, so I decided to pick it up from Target.
Cost: $48 for 1 matte and 4 metallic shadows. This makes each shadow about $9.60 each. Each pan contains 2.5 grams.
Where to buy: Sephora
Important Notes: These shadows are made in Italy, not tested on animals, and paraben free. They expire 6 months after being opened.
Packaging: The packaging on this one is pretty basic but easy to use because of the clear lid. The snap on the closure is pretty secure, but the packaging is very light. There is small area to store a brush but no brush is included. This packaging also does not include a mirror.
I really, really very much wanted to hate this product. In fact, I did not even want to try Natasha Denona eyeshadows because they are absolutely beautiful. They literally look like the most amazing things I have ever laid my eyes on. The trouble is that they are so expensive. Like really expensive. I wanted nothing to do with it because I knew I would either hate them, and find myself out a couple hundred dollars on something I would barely use. Or, more likely, I would fall in love with them and I wouldn’t want to use anything else. Here’s what happened: after having a really bad day, I walked into Sephora and I saw this little version with 5 eyeshadows. I tried to ignore it. I milled around the store and I ended up coming back to it and I ended up walking out with it. I figured what could possibly be the harm in spending 50 dollars at least it’s not the 240 dollars that the big palettes cost. That was my process.
Maroon, Light Coral, Shell, Lavender Gray, Rosewood
These are the best eyeshadows that I have ever used. I am legitimately mad that I now need every one of them. First, they are super soft. Some people aren’t into that because they can be messy. I personally think they are a lot easier to use if you are careful and do your eye makeup first. There can be a lot of kickup and you can get a lot of fall out on your face if you’re not careful. Since they’re so soft, they are so easy to blend together. It is also important to note that since I purchased this, I haven’t used anything else. This is wild considering there are some palettes that I think are good that I only end up using them a few times. I haven’t tried any of the metallic shades with a setting spray on my brush because they have worked so well without it that I haven’t seen the need. This is all pretty bad news for the people like me that didn’t want to love something that is so expensive, but that’s the truth.
I am so smitten with this palette that I cannot think of one bad thing to say. The packaging is plain, but nothing important enough to complain about. I can’t wait to build up my eyeshadow collection with these pretties.
Sephora Play is a subscription box service that costs about $10 a month and is delivered mid-month. This is the only subscription box service that I currently receive and I am typically not disappointed. When I signed up for this service I was able to avoid being placed on waitlist because of having VIB Rouge status; however, I believe that the waitlist for Play is relatively short.