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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Makeup Favorites

Happy December! I hope all is well with you. I can’t believe Christmas is almost here and 2016 will be over. Who is ready for a new year? I know I am! Today, I am going to be talking about my Makeup Favorites. I am not going to go too much into these products because this isn’t a review. These are products that I’ve been using for a while. I know everyone is posting their monthly favorites right now, but I just wanted to share with you my favorites that I’ve been loving lately…

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
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I’ve been using this foundation for quite a while and it’s been the best foundation I’ve ever tried! At least for me that is. I was hesitant to spend $40 on a foundation since I had never bought a “high-end” foundation. I can tell you though, that it was totally worth it! I love it so much because it truly does feel “weightless” on the skin. Matte foundations seem to be a popular choice, but a lot of them felt really heavy on my skin. This demi-matte foundation makes your skin still look like skin, yet it has great buildable coverage. I wear the shade 0.5 which is a pretty fair shade with pink undertones. This line offers a wide variety of shades, which a lot of makeup brands are lacking. I really like the packaging and I love that it has a pump as well.

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Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder
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Up next, is the ever popular Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder. Say that 5 times fast! What I love about this powder is how light-weight it is and it doesn’t settle into my creases. It has a very silky finish and I feel like it can be used with any skin type. I guess my skin type is “normal,” whatever normal is. I wear the shade 10 Porcelain and this comes in 7 other shades as well. I purchased this from Ulta for $10.99. I have a picture of what it looks like down below. No, my sponge isn’t really that clean. I just turned it over to the clean side for this picture.

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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
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I’m pretty sure everyone in the makeup world has heard of this crazy popular concealer, and I’m sure it doesn’t need much of an introduction either. This sought after concealer is always going out of stock. Luckily, I happened to find mine one day in an Ulta store. I bought it not long after it came out. This concealer is full coverage, creamy, and doesn’t settle into fine lines. A little bit goes a long way! My favorite method of applying this, is to use my Real Techniques blending sponge. I have this concealer in the shade fair, which is described to be for “fair skin with pink undertones.” You get a lot of product with this and it has a huge wand. Definitely worth the $24!

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Essence Contouring Powder
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This budget friendly contouring powder by Essence has been a long time favorite. I specifically only use the bronzer part, since I’m not too keen on the highlighter. This is in the shade Light 01, and they also have the shade Medium 02. I feel like this shade of bronzer is a great option for fair skin. It blends really well and doesn’t look too overdone. You can pick this up for $3.99 at Ulta, or on the Essence website and Target’s website/select stores.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone
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My favorite highlighter lately, Moonstone is a pale gold shade that leaves a nice natural finish. No glitter chunks with this highlighter, Becca knows their highlighters! I actually purchased this in a set, The Glow On The Go Moonstone set for $20. I think that’s a great way to go if you don’t want to drop $38 on the full size version of this pressed powder. I purchased mine online from Ulta. The set also includes the Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Moonstone. Which is the liquid version you apply with a wand. I haven’t used it yet, so I can’t really tell you how I feel about it. I’m definitely going to be pulling it out to use soon though.

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Moonstone swatch

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Moonstone blended

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer Pencil
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Anastasia knows brows, that’s a fact! I have never tried the Brow Wiz, I just went straight for the Brow Definer. Some people might prefer the Brow Wiz because it has a fine tip, while the Brow Definer has a thicker triangle-shaped tip. I feel like this tip covers more area and it doesn’t take as long to do my brows. I picked this up from Ulta for $23 in the shade Taupe, which is a nice light ash brown. I have also been using this along with the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe. The Nyx one seems to be a tad bit lighter and has the finer tip like the Brow Wiz. I like to use the Nyx pencil to get those inner small hairs, while I focus the Brow Definer on the tail ends. The difference in shades gives a nice effect.

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 Brow Definer swatch

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Triangle tip

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The Brow Definer also has a spoolie at the end. 

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Mascara
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Another bargain treat from Essence, the Make Me Brow gel mascara is said to be a dupe for Benefit’s Gimme Brow. I wouldn’t know for sure because I have never used the Gimme Brow. I had my hands on it once, but passed it on to my Mom. I don’t know what I was thinking at the time, I wasn’t really into using a product like this and never tried it. Anyhow, This brow gel has a nice little brush that makes it easy to get to those little fine hairs. It’s tinted and contains little fibers to help fill in your brows. I really love it and it gives the perfect finish to my brows. I have the shade Blondy Brows 01. There are two other shades: Browny Brows 02 and Soft Browny Brows 03. I bought this for $2.99 at Ulta, what a deal!

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Mac Lipstick in Magic Spell & Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In control
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These two aren’t something that I have been using for a long time exactly, but they’re already a favorite! I have received a lot of compliments wearing this combination. These two belong in a set that also came with the Vamplify Lipgloss in Tuned In. I assume you use all 3 of these together. I haven’t used the lip gloss yet. The lipstick on it’s own already has a nice shine. The set is called the Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Kit. The lipstick in Magic spell is a mid tone mauve nude with a cremesheen finish and the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Control is a brown mauve. The Vamplify Lip Gloss in Tuned In is a mid tone rosy nude. I ordered this set online from Nordstrom for $39.50. Right now, it’s 20% off and you can get for $29.63. I will link it here. This set also comes with a cute pink and burgundy cosmetic bag.

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Mac Lipstick in Magic Spell 

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Mac Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Control

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Mac Vamplify Lip Gloss in Tuned In

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Mac Lip Gloss in Tuned In contains a doe foot applicator.

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Top-Bottom: Tuned In, Magic Spell, In Control

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Mac Nutcracker Cosmetic Case

Sorry this post was a bit longer! I hope that you enjoyed reading it though. What are some of your favorites lately? Let me know in the comments. I hope you all have a great week!

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