Jouer Springtime in Paris

Hey there beautiful faces! ❤ How’s your week going? Mine hasn’t been too eventful. My boyfriend and I recently took my Mom out to lunch for her 60th birthday. That’s quite a milestone! It seems like there are a lot of people I know that have their birthdays in August. Anyway, enough with the small talk. We’re here to talk about the Jouer Cosmetics Springtime in Paris Eyeshadow palette. Jouer is a new favorite brand of mine. You might recognize the feature image from my Instagram. I just recently ordered and purchased this palette from the Jouer Cosmetics website. *I am only starting to use it, so as a disclosure, my thoughts in this post are only my initial thoughts.* I also ordered the powder highlighter in Rose Gold and the high pigment lip gloss in the shade “Champs-Élysées.” Champs-Élysées is an avenue in Paris, France by the way. I’m not really THAT sophisticated, I just googled it.

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This palette was inspired by the cherry blossoms lining the streets of Paris. it contains 12 shadows. There are 8 matte shades, 4 metallic shades, and 1 satin shade. I think that’s a pretty nice mix myself. The plastic packing is a light blush pink with a shiny gold design on the cover. This palette seems like it would be very easy to keep clean, which is nice. There is a nice-sized mirror inside the palette, and I think this palette would travel well. A couple of times, when I tried to open it, it was a little bit of a struggle. So, it’s pretty secure!

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The shades in this palette are wearable for any time of the year, and you could get many looks from it. I see myself using the darkest shades more as liner shades. For some reason, I always get a little scared to use dark shades on my lids themselves, maybe this palette will help me overcome that fear.

Here are some watches. These are finger swatches without any primer. That’s how I usually do my swatches.  Here are the top row swatches…

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Middle Row…

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True Gold (warm metallic gold), Camel (warm matte light brown), Midnight (cool metallic navy blue), and Rouge (warm metallic burgundy).

Bottom Row…

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Cinnamon (warm metallic chestnut), Ash Brown (deep matte ash brown), Amethyst (warm satin purple), and Slate (cool matte graphite blue).

I listed the shade names and their finishes according to what the Jouer website lists them as. It seems like some of the mattes still have some traces of fine glitter in them. I’m wondering if that’s just because they are stored with metallic shadows, and it spreads around in the palette? Let me know what your thoughts are on that. The shade Midnight, isn’t as pigmented as I thought it would be when I swatched it. Of course, add some primer or use a wet brush, and it could be just fine on the lid. I did use it as a liner shade on my lower lash line. You will see that in the pictures down below. I probably should have sprayed some setting spray on my brush to get Midnight to pop more on my lower lash line, and maybe even extend the wear time.

Jouer claims these shadows are crease resistant and are long-wearing. Well, I totally screwed up testing that…After I got home from lunch today, I took a nap in the afternoon. I fell asleep for 5 hours! The shadows were still there when I woke up, and still visible on my lids. I did’t notice too much creasing either. However, since I was sleeping, it’s hard to really judge their performance. I’m so so sorry for that! I was really tired!

Tip: If you’re ever having trouble with a shadow’s pigmentation: A) Be sure to use a good eyeshadow primer. My favorite is the Milani Eyeshadow Primer. B) Try applying the shadow to your lid using your finger. Not the most ideal way to apply shadow, but it definitely helps in some circumstances! (C) Try wetting your brush, spray your makeup brush with setting spray before application.

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For my eye look: I used Petal as an all over base, Camel as a transition/crease shade, True Gold all over the lid, Ash Brown for the outer corner, Crème as a brow bone & inner corner highlight, and Midnight on my lower lash line.

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I didn’t use any liner on the top lid, I didn’t want it to take away from the eyeshadow.  I used Urban Decay Perversion Mascara on my Top lashes, and Tarte’s Maneater mascara on my bottom lashes. The Maneater mascara seems to work great for that, and it’s also great to use for when you’re applying false eyelashes.

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The True Gold shade didn’t show up too well on my lid in this picture. It shows up more like a gold “sheen.” I was just going for a more neutral everyday look, with a pop of color on the lower lash line. On my brows, I used the Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light and the Essence Make Me Brow gel in blondy brows.

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For the rest of my makeup…I used the Glossier Moisturizing Primer, Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation in the shade N0, W3ll People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder, Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in dollface, Bareminerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder in Glow, and Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray to set my makeup. On my lips, I used the Jouer High Pigmented Gloss in Champs-Élysées, which I love! ❤ The perfect “my lips but 10x better” shade. It’s very smooth, creamy, and pigmented! I love that it’s NOT sticky whatsoever! I completely forgot to use the Jouer highlighter in Rose Gold. It slipped my mind! Maybe I will do a post on highlighters soon.

Overall, I love the Jouer Paris in Springtime palette.  I feel like it was worth it, and am so glad I purchased it! I thought about getting the newest Jouer Shimmer Foils palette, but I’m not quite THAT fancy! Haha! 😀 Maybe I will change my mind about it later…I don’t know. A link to the Jouer Paris in Springtime Palette is HERE. That’s it for this post! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Have a great week!

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New Product Favorites

Hey there! I am back writing a post…finally! I meant to get this post up sooner, but I had a lot going on. It just seems like summer has been really busy with moving and everything. I wanted to get a post up today, because I am going out of town for a couple of days this weekend with my boyfriend. We’re finally doing something fun on his days off. We’re going somewhere neat, and maybe I will post some pictures on here next week. 😉

In this post, I just wanted to share some new favorites of mine that I’ve tried recently. These aren’t products that I’ve been using long-term, I’ve just been using them for a little bit. So my thoughts on these products are sort of like first impressions. I just wanted to disclose that. I thought I would choose 5 things that I’ve been using lately and am really loving!

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First up, is the Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation. What drew me to wanting to try this foundation, was that it claimed to have a natural finish. I am more into natural finishes and satin finishes. With my skin type, I feel like a matte finish isn’t as flattering on me. Matte foundations are great for oily skin or even for combination skin. I guess my skin is more Normal to Dry. So when I put on a matte foundation, I feel like my face is stiff and and it just looks all wrong. I am getting older now and am in my 30’s, so I have some fine lines beginning to form. I feel like matte foundation just accentuates that on me.

This foundation is a water-based foundation. It is hydrating, and actually leaves you with a beautiful dewy finish. It’s very light feeling on the skin, and is buildable for a medium-full coverage. This foundation is meant for Normal to Dry skin types. However, I’m thinking they have other foundation(s) suited for Oily to Combination skin. This foundation contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E to protect your skin from free radicals. This foundation does NOT contain sunscreen, so definitely apply some sunscreen to your face beforehand. This foundation does NOT Contain Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Fragrance, Gluten, Mineral Oil, or Talc.

I have the shade N0, which is for fairest porcelain skin with neutral undertones. They have 40 shades, and cater to a full range of skin tones. They have shades for pink, neutral, and golden undertones. You can check them all out here. They have shades for deep skin tones for women of color, and shades for very fair skin like mine. I am really impressed with their shade range. Here is a picture of a swatch of the Cover FX in the shade N0, compared to Urban Decay’s Naked Skin in 0.5, and L’Oreal’s True Match in Porcelain W1…

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The Urban Decay foundation has pink undertones, while the Cover Fx is more neutral. Of course, the L’Oreal has more of a yellow undertone. It was hard to get a good picture. I took this picture in natural light. Cover FX is listed online as being cruelty-free and vegan. It’s a great foundation, I think I like it even more than my Urban Decay Naked Skin. I’ve used a blending sponge and a brush to apply this foundation. They both worked really well, I didn’t feel like one worked better than the other. It was easier to achieve a more fuller-coverage using a brush. It just depends on your preference.

 Next up, is the W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Invisible Powder. It’s an ultra-fine loose powder that is supposed to look invisible, and it’s supposed to be a universal shade. It claims to blur fine lines, and soften imperfections. I think it definitely lives up to those claims. I like to use this with the Cover FX foundation, I’ve only used this combination together. My foundation does last a long-time, so it could either be the foundation itself and/or the powder helps as well. This powder is hypoallergenic, chemical free, cruelty free & noncomedogenic. It does NOT contain parabens, gluten, GMO’s, phthalates, sulfates, fragrance, pheonoxyethanol, dimethicone, PEG, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, lead, mineral oil, or talc. In the photo below, I blended some in on my hand. I didn’t want to blend it in too much, so it would still be somewhat visible, if that makes any sense? I don’t know, maybe I should’ve blended it in more so you can see it being invisible…

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It actually really does blend into the skin very well. I ordered this from the Target website. You can also order it from the W3LL PEOPLE webite as well. On the W3LL PEOPLE website, you can order the full size pictured here, or a mini size. It does cost a couple more dollars ordering from the Target website. W3LL PEOPLE is not only a cruelty-free brand, but also a natural brand.

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This simple little palette is the Bh Cosmetics Matte Warm Eye To Go Palette – 6 Color Eyeshadow Palette. Unfortunately, this palette is no longer available right now on their website, which saddens me. I’m really sorry about that! I got this as a free gift when I ordered their Solar Flare Baked eyeshadow palette. They have other 6 color eyeshadow palettes here. I’m hoping that they will bring this one back though. Bh Cosmetics makes some great eyeshadow palettes that are budget friendly, and they’re another cruelty-free makeup brand. I do have to say, some of their products can be hit or miss. Just do your research though and read reviews. 😉

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Here are the swatches. All of these shadows are matte, as you can see. They’re nicely pigmented, blend well, and I think this little palette is nice to have when you want to create a simple look, and it would be nice to take along with you when you travel. I like using the cream shade as a base color for all over, and I like using the upper right corner shade in the palette and the lower left corner shade to use as a transition shade and as a crease shade. It’s nice to have something that I got as a free gift work out so well for me.

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This is the Glossier Cloud Paint in the shade Dusk, this is a blush with a gel-cream formula. If you don’t normally like cream blushes, you might actually even like this! It’s not greasy at all, it’s lasting, and blends into your skin so nicely and seamlessly. You can just use your fingers to blend it in. There are a total of 4 shades you can choose from. I also have the shade Beam, but I would love to get Puff eventually. You can check out the shades here.

In the pictures above, is the cloud paint in the shade Dusk. I have it blended out on my hand, so you can see kind of what it looks like blended out. You really don’t need to use very much and you can keep building it up to how you want it to look. The cloud paints were inspired by the NYC gradient sunsets. Glossier is another cruelty-free brand as well.

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Last but not least, is the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Bare With Me. Bare With Me is a peachy pink nude shade. I am normally wary of matte lipstick because of how drying it can be. I didn’t think this one was too drying. It was also long-lasting, though it did wear off toward the center of my lips, but that usually happens with most lipsticks. It felt light on my lips, I did notice slight transfer when I kissed my boyfriend on the cheek. It held up nicely though through eating and drinking.

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This is such a beautiful shade! I highly recommend it! I purchased this shade along with the shade Stone, from the Ulta Beauty website. Dose of Colors is only available online. You can also purchase from the Dose of Colors website. Dose of Colors is a cruelty-free brand as well!

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In this picture, I am wearing all of the products I talked about in this post. You may recognize this photo if you follow me on social media. My cheeks look extra rosy in this picture because of my flushing from Rosacea…I just wanted to mention that real quick. Every product mentioned in this post is cruelty-free. I don’t buy all cruelty-free, but I am trying to be more aware of my purchases. Well that’s it for this post. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section down below. I will do my best to answer any questions. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! ❤

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The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Hey there! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty uneventful, as usual it seems. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get this post up, because my laptop was being slow, but my boyfriend fixed it. Thank goodness for our significant others that have skills! I am going to be talking about one of my top favorite eyeshadow palettes in this post. My best friend Brooke, the bestest friend in the whole wide world!!! Got me this palette for Christmas, along with a few other nice things…some bare minerals things! I just want to give a shout out to her, and say “Thank you!” again! Brooke is a fellow blogger/youtuber. You can follow her here: Brooke-Leanne ❤ She also has a YouTube channel, which you can find on her blog. I believe her most recent post has a video in it.

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I have been using this palette for quite sometime now, and have used most of the shades in it. I’m sure many of you have read many reviews on this palette already. It’s not exactly brand new, but it’s new to me and maybe it’s something new to you. These gorgeous shades are infused with the sweet smell of peaches! If you are really sensitive to scents, then you might want to forgo this palette. I notice a light scent, nothing overpowering that I can detect. I don’t notice a scent lingering after application either. This palette contains 18 shades, and all of the pans in this palette are the same size. I’ve noticed in other Too Faced palettes, they have a couple of bigger sized pans for certain shades. Down below are pictures of what each shade looks like. These are finger swatches applied without a primer.

The First (Top) Row

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Left to Right: White Peach (matte vanilla cream), Luscious ( pearl peach champagne), Just Peachy (shimmering peachy pink), Bless Her Heart (Golden Moss), Tempting (Bronzed Black), and Charmed I’m Sure (matte medium cool brown).

2nd (Middle) Row

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Left to Right: Nectar (pearly peach cream), Cobbler (peachy pinked bronze), Candied Peach (matte coral with violet shimmer), Bellini (gilded peach), Peach Pit (satin perfect raisin), and Delectable (matte smokey amethyst).

3rd (Bottom) Row

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Left to Right: Peaches n’ Cream (matte milky peach), Georgia (matte peachy pink), Caramelized (dark gilded bronze), Puree (metallic dark bronze), Summer Yum (matte gingerbread), and Talk Derby to Me (shimmering black violet).

Aren’t those shades gorgeous!? Warm peach shades are some of the most flattering shades I can wear (I think so anyway ha!). Just looking at this palette gets me excited for the spring/summer time. These shades are very pigmented, apply beautifully, and blend out nicely. I find myself reaching for this palette A LOT! Not only is this palette beautiful, but the packaging is too cute! It’s set in a sturdy metal/tin type of palette. Though mine does have a little dent on the bottom…I don’t know how that happened, but oh well! I don’t know if it’s supposed to have a magnetic clasp, but mine doesn’t stay shut too well. So that is a downside, and something to think about if you plan on traveling with this palette.

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As you can see in the picture above, there is a mirror with the cute little sweet peach design. I don’t mind that it kind of blocks part of the mirror, I don’t usually use the mirrors too often in my palettes. In the next couple of photos, I am showing you a picture of my eye look that I created, and will have details about my makeup listed below as well.

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Makeup Details

Face Primer – Jouer Anti-blemish and Matte Primer.
Foundation – Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear hydrating foundation in 0.5.
Concealer – Tarte Shape Tape in Fair.
Powder – Maybelline Better Skin in Porcelain.
Bronzer – Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer.
Blush – Essence Satin Touch in Satin Coral.
Highlighter – Wet n’ Wild mega glo in Precious Petals.
Brows – Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light. Essence make me brow gel in blondy brows.
Eyeshadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
Eyeshadow – Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. Base – Peaches n’ Cream, Transition/Crease – Puree, Lid – Candied Peach, Outer Corner – Delectable, Patted on the center, Brow bone, Inner corner – Bellini, and Lower Lash Line – Puree toward the outer corner to the middle and Bellini from the middle toward the inner corner.
No eyeliner.
Mascara – Maybelline Lash Sensational.
Lips – Realher liquid lipstick in Lady Love, and Realher lip pencil in I Am Unstoppable.
Setting Spray – Urban Decay Chill.

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This palette is available at Ulta, Sephora, and of course the Too Faced website for $49. I also have the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting palette, if you’re interested in a post about that. If you have any questions about this palette or any of the makeup I used listed under the ‘makeup details,’ feel free to ask me in the comments down below! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Rose Tones: The L.A. Girl Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Review + Other Drugstore Comparison Swatches

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” I don’t know why, but that William Shakespeare quote came to mind when I was typing out the title to this post. In today’s post, I am going to be talking about a newer rose toned eyeshadow palette. I will also have some pictures of swatches from other similar drugstore palettes for comparison.

So yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I guess I just got caught up with the holidays and then got off track a little bit. I am sorry about that. I’m still trying to find my balance. I have my personal life, a little bit of a social life, and then there is this blog/social media life. You all get it, I’m sure. Anyhow, let’s get on with this post…

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Hmm, this palette might look a little familiar to some of you? It looks like the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to me, but it’s not. It’s the L.A. Girl Nudes palette. It could be a possible dupe, though I cannot say for sure since I don’t own the Naked 3 myself. This palette is apart of the L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Collection. There are 3 other palettes in this collection, but they don’t resemble any of the other Naked palettes. The packaging isn’t my favorite. It’s like a flimsy cardboard, glued on to this plastic palette. It does have a mirror in it, but it’s not the greatest. Part of the flap has a little window to see the shadows, and the other part is a mirror just big enough to see your eyes when looking at it. There is a magnetic closure which is nice. It comes with an eyeshadow applicator/small flat brush. I’m sure some of you makeup snobs are turning your noses up right about now, but don’t discount the sponge tip applicator. Sponge tip applicators are extremely useful when packing shadow onto the lid.

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The picture above, doesn’t really do much justice for how it looks in person, but these shadows were surprisingly pigmented. Yes there is fall out, but I have yet to find a good eyeshadow that has none. That’s really not an issue for me though. This eyeshadow palette is very inexpensive, and contains 12 shades. On the L.A Girl website, this palette is only $10, and you can find L.A.Girl in select CVS stores. However, I didn’t get mine that way. My boyfriend was placing order on Amazon, and this palette showed up as an add-on item for only $6.49. He thought I would like it, and added it to his order. He did very good! Normally, I don’t recommend ordering makeup online if it’s not from the company’s website or a reputable website like Ulta/Sephora. This palette came from Amazon itself and not some other seller, so I thought it would be okay, and I’m still alive!

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I really love this palette! It’s one of my new favorite palettes now. It blends out nicely, not that I’m a blending expert…but I feel like I will get a variety of looks from this palette. According to the L.A Girl website, they state that they’re cruelty-free, and they do not test their products on animals. I went to the PETA website, and they are listed as not testing their products on animals.

The L.A. Girl website only ships within the U.S and Canada. Though don’t be too bummed out just yet. If you visit ikatehouse.com, you can get a majority of their products shipped internationally, and they are an authorized reseller.

Comparison swatches from other similar drugstore palettes…

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3

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I really love this palette too. It’s very similar to the L.A. Girl Nudes palette. You get 12 shades in this palette as well. This palette is only $7 on the Ulta website.

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Maybelline Blushed Nudes

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I’ve had this palette for a long time now. I thought I really loved it at first, until I tried other similar eyeshadow palettes. Honestly, I don’t ever reach for it. It’s my least favorite of the palettes I mention here. Only a few of the shades are pigmented. This palette costs a little more, it’s listed for $9.99 on the Ulta website. I don’t think it’s really worth it though. Some shades, you can’t even really see…

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Covergirl TruNaked Roses 

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This palette is newer to me, and I picked it up not too long ago. It only contains 8 shades, but I really do like this one a lot. I also have the nudes and the jewels version. I guess the only one I don’t have, is the goldens. This palette is listed for $11.99 on the Ulta website. It’s the most expensive one that I mention here. These shades are pretty pigmented, with the exception of the 3rd shade from the left blending into my skin tone. This is the only palette in this post, that has actual shade names. From left to right: Almond, Champagne, baby, rose gold, copper rose, dusk, mauvergine, and mousse.

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I’m sorry I don’t have the greatest picture quality in this post. I’m going to try to work on that. I think I need to try to work more with natural light. I am just more productive at night it seems. Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed reading this post. I also hope that everyone is having a great start to 2017!

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The Bh Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

Today I bring you my first real “official” blog post on Kate’s Vanity! Finally! Right? I’m so sorry for the delay. I really wanted to post a lot sooner, but then life came up and sometimes it kind of gets in the way. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Or if you’re not from the US, then a great Thursday!

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I bought the Bh Cosmetics Foil Eyes palette last month. This palette contains 28 very colorful and eye catching shadows. These shadows are a mixture of shimmer and metallic shades. A few do contain glitter. The packaging is plastic with a clear cover as you can see in the picture above. I have ordered other products from Bh Cosmetics before, and they’re usually great for the price. However, as with any brand, it can be hit or miss.

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When I first swatched these shadows, it was love at first sight! They swatched so beautifully, felt so smooth, and appeared to be very pigmented. Before I tell you my thoughts on the palette, take a look at the pictures of swatches down below. I swatched these with my finger without any primer, only swatching 1-2 times each…

First (top) row…

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2nd row…

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3rd row…

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Last (bottom) row…

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These look like a dream don’t they? Well when it came to actually applying these on my eyelids with a brush, I was a bit disappointed. They’re weren’t very pigmented at all. I thought, “What am I doing wrong?” So, I used my finger to pat it on my eyelids which helped a lot. I feel like it’s hard to evenly cover my eyelid though with just patting with my finger. I also tried spraying my brush with setting spray, which really helped out a lot. It actually looks really pretty doing it that way.

I wouldn’t say these shadows are very lasting either. Better to just try to wear them for an evening out or something. It’s such a shame though that this palette didn’t turn out how I thought it would. Swatching with your fingers doesn’t always mean that’s how it’s going to swatch with your brush, unfortunately. I don’t have any pictures of this shadow applied to my eyes like I had wanted to. I just wasn’t really feeling my eye look with it.

I paid $12 for this palette, which is extremely affordable. For that price, I am willing to work with it. Today for Cyber Monday, Bh Cosmetics has 80% off of their site. This palette is currently only $7 today! I feel like it’s a great time to try some things you might not be sure about. If you would like to visit there site, click HERE.

I could’ve gone into how many grams each shadow has and how much each shadow is worth…but I’m not going to. Like I said, it’s a very affordable palette. Have any of you tried this palette or any other Bh Cosmetics’ palettes before? If so, which ones? Let me know in the comments! I hope you all have a great week!

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