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).
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.
Benefit Cheek Parade is a limited edition value set that contains full-size pans of some of the brand’s favorite box bronzers and blushes. Each boxed bronzer or blush that is purchased individually is around $30 but this set is $59 making it an excellent bargain for those that want to try out these products without shelling out $30 a piece for the individual versions. Each of the 5 pans in this palette contain between 5-8 grams of product. Hoola Lite and Galifornia are included in this set both of which are new to Benefit. The six pan in this set contains the normal brush that you would find in the individual sets.
You can find this set at Sephora.com and I was able to pick it up in-store.
(From left to right)
Hoola: Matte powder bronzer
Hoola Lite: Light powder bronzer
Galifornia: Sunny golden-pink blush
Dandelion: Baby-pink brightening powder
Rockateur: Shimmer cheek powder
I am in love with the idea of this set and it is perfect for spring and summer. The value of this set versus how much cost makes it absolutely worth purchasing. The addition of the new products makes this excellent for someone who is already familiar with Benefit’s products; but this would also be the perfect set for a beginner because it truly has everything you could need to get a full bronzed, highlighted and complete look.
March was a hard month for me to pick out my favorite products because I really liked everything that I purchased and didn’t have many complaints about anything I picked up. March and April is the perfect time to start transistioning into more spring oriented makeup trends, so I took into account the changing weather when I was picking things out. I find myself getting stuck doing my makeup the same way everyday, but I like using light bronzers and bright blushes when it starts to get warmer outside.
Tarte has launched a “Make Believe In Yourself” themed Spring product launch and the everyone has lost their minds getting their hands on the pastel, beautiful unicorn-esque brush set. There has been a few brands that have made sets of unicorn brushes, but Tarte’s Magic Wands are certainly some of the prettiest that I have seen.
I feel like anyone who is even slightly involved in the makeup world on Instagram was shocked to see Kat Von D’s post in regard to Makeup Revolutions ‘dupe’ Shade and Light eye contour palette. Is it fair for Kat to be upset for a company copying her work? I should probably preface this by saying that I am a true-blue Kat Von D Supporter. I love her brand, her products and how forward she seems to come across. I have never met her personally but I feel like she is pretty forthcoming with her creative process and I feel like you have to respect it. I have purchased countless Kat Von D products and I can’t really find a worthy complaint about anything. Everything I have tried I have truly enjoyed. I also like supporting a brand that I feel is honest about the amount of work that goes into their products. Kat has never been shy about how involved she is in her makeup line, and there is just something about her that I can personally respect. I struggled with whether or not I wanted to purchase the ‘dupe’ product, but I know that I fully support Kat’s makeup line, and I have purchased so much of it, that purchasing this in the hopes that seeing these two placed side by side would shed some light on the situation.
Urban Decay launched a 10 pan eyeshadow palette with Jewel-toned shades with shimmery metallic and duotone finishes. 7 of the shades are new releases and 3 are some of Urban Decay’s most popular shades. This palette is limited edition, but can still be found in some Sephora stores and on Urban Decay’s Website. Continue Reading for Urban Decay Afterdark Palette and Swatches.Continue Reading
The theme of March 2017’s Sephora Play! bag is Glow Your Own Way. This month’s bag is full of deluxe-sized samples of products that will ensure a glowy, dewy complexion. A Sephora Play! Subscription will run you $10 per month which is billed on the 1st of every month. My bag is typically delivered mid-month. It always includes a handy booklet that details all the products that come in the bag and how to use them. There is always the free 50 point card that comes with the bag that can be redeemed for deluxe samples are larger products if you bank up your Sephora points. Continue Reading