I'm a professional makeup artist and a hobbyist beauty blogger. I absolutely love dogs and love everything makeup & skincare related and that means I am forever curious about new products, always open to trying new products. However, I'm also a creature of habit when it comes to my makeup choices, if it works for me I stick to it until I find something else that can replace it.
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L'oreal recently came out with the Paradise Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette which, right off the bat looks like a mini Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. Right? That palette has a special place in my heart because it was the eyeshadow palette I used on my wedding day. It's also my favorite palette from Too Faced. Despite all that, I didn't have high expectations when I got this because I've never had good luck with larger L'oreal eyeshadow palettes (LA Palettes).
This palette retails for $14.99 but also available from Amazon and Walmart for $11.97, pretty pricey for being a drugstore palette. You get 7 grams net weight for the entire palette or .58 grams per eyeshadow (x 12 shades) or $1.24 per eyeshadow, whereas the Sweet Peach palette ($49 retail) has 17.1 grams net or .95 grams per shadow (x18 shades) or $2.72/eyeshadow.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with the texture and quality of the eyeshadows. It may still benefit from an eyeshadow base or primer if you plan to wear this for an extended time or if you are wearing this for the evening and you want the colors to show more. But, I have personally tried this on my eyes without a base and I was not let down. It wore well for 9 hours. No creasing, smearing, with very little fading and none of the eyeshadows crumbled on my face throughout the day. Also, that "scented" quality of the palette? If you don't care for scented makeup, you'll be happy to know that this isn't as fragrant as the Sweet Peach palette, you really have to bring it up to your nose to smell it and when you do, you might detect a soft, odd chemical-y smell with the scent. On the other hand, the choice of colors they put in the palette may limit who can use it. I'd say I have a light medium complexion (MAC NC20/30). Any deeper than my skin tone and I might lose the opportunity to use at least 3 eyeshadows (because it won't show up on my skin) and that's a waste of money. Also, I would have liked if there were a couple more deeper shades to ground and define the looks. Like, instead of shades 4 and 10, a midtone matte peach and a deep purple toned brown would have been better choices.
I received the Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Foundation from a past voxbox and really enjoyed it so when this came out, I got really excited and wanted to try it. This product sells for $29/25 grams ($1.16/gram) versus the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder at $38/30grams ($1.26/gram) both available at Sephora and their respective websites.
The packaging is pretty nice and minimalist, it's got a frosted plastic jar with a mesh sifter. I really like that there's a lid that prevents the powder from spilling out when you unscrew the jar. It also came with a very dense sponge that almost feels like a spatula.
The first time I tried this powder, I used the MAC 188 for the under eye area and the MAC 168 for the rest of the face to set lightly. It looked and felt smooth, the foundation and concealer were mattified but my skin did not look flat. I used this with a damp beauty blender the next time and the Sigma F23 to set the rest of my face and it looked more matte than the last time.
While I really enjoy the finish on the skin, packaging, price, and the fact that they straight up offered 3 shades in a market where loose powders are usually available in one shade. The only downside is the lasting power. I typically start putting on my makeup at 7am and I wear it through 5pm (10 hours), but I start noticing my nose, chin and forehead to get shiny at hour 4 and by end of day if I'm lucky, it's still on my face.
I would still recommend this product, though. It's really beautiful on the skin, it feels smooth, it's great to travel with. It doesn't add extra weight or coverage to your makeup.
Oily, Combination, Dry
Acne, Dullness, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
I tried the Bold Obsessions palette before this, so I unfortunately feel that it's to a slight disadvantage to this palette. I'm not sure why the mattes in the bold obsessions palette were better than the eyeshadows in this palettes, these were dry and somehow kicked up a lot in the pan and wouldn't stay on the eyes. The colors don't show up well, requires a lot of building up. So I tried a primer with it, it worked I guess but it still didn't hold well. I tried with a more emolient base, like the MAC ProLongwear Paintpot, but all it really did was fade in creases. Another issue I have is how colors translate on application. Each shade looks unique in the pan but there are a few that end up looking so similar once applied, specially once blended. I know it's $15, but I still could have skipped it.
I got this palette when it first released, I was so excited because I already like Milani eyeshadows. I saw pictures of this and thought this looked so similar to the Stila "in the" palettes, which are also some of my favorite eyeshadows ever. This palette retails for $20 from the Milani website +shipping, but I got mine at my local Walmart for $14.97. This palette has 12 eyeshadows, a variety of satin, shimmers and mattes, a combination of warm and cool toned eyeshadows. The texture is impressive, it has much improved compared to their everyday eyes palette. It's softer and more pigmented, the colors show up how they look like in the pans. Blending is easy and over-all really impressive. Minor setbacks, fallout and kickup, and cheap, finger print collecting packaging. Otherwise, a really good palette for $15.
Best buffing brush ever. I enjoy this brush for a lot of great qualities. I personally like smaller brushes for blending foundation because it's more thorough and I'm able to make sure that my "bases are covered", forgive my pun ;) The bristles are packed closely, but it still allows movement in the brush so I'm always able to get a precise and polished blend regardless of what the texture of the product is. Give me liquid, cream, powder, this brush will be able to work it in. Just amazing. I got backups of this brush just in case MAC gets an idea and decides to discontinue it or re-launch it with special hairs or whatever. If you like a good buffing brush, please do yourself a favor, pass on every other buffing brush in your collection and replace it with this.
First time to try the Supernova formula and I'm pretty pleased with it, I'm comparing this to the Stila Magnificent Metals eyeshadows. that I really love for the vibrance, but I hate for the fallout. While this is not as brilliant as the Magnificent Metals, this is a fraction of the price and I don't mind working with it a little bit more to build it up. This product benefits from a glitter primer, despite the fallout not being terrible, I've experienced it flaking off specially when placed on the mobile lid.
I am so far only subscribed for a month but I am so glad I did. What made me subscribe, believe it or not was the customer service, they were great. I had a ton of questions when I was browsing their website and not because I was being difficult but because I got burned by my last subscription with Pupbox. Upon receiving the first box, my decision to bite into a 6-month plan was very easily justified. Everything in the box was good quality as promised. It was a fun surprise opening the box. There were a couple of things in the box that we didn’t quite like because it had poultry, but all I had to do was email them and they sent a replacement immediately. They also explained that the welcome box is like a sample box and is in my experience whatever we didn’t want or work will be replaced, no questions asked.
I received this brush as part of a set from my Boxycharm and although I am not a big fan of this brand (I think they are a little bit over priced and I don't see anything special about the quality of the brushes) This brush in particular actually works okay.
I'm still not a fan of the length of the handle on this brush. I still prefer my brushes to be weighty and longer. I don't like this for foundation, though. I like it for blush, highlighter, maybe even some under eye setting. It's just enough bristles and movement for that sort of product.
I received this brush as part of a set from my Boxycharm, First, I wanna mention that I'm not a really big fan of this brand, I think they are a little bit over priced and I don't see anything special about the quality of the brushes they have. As a professional makeup artist, I prefer weighty brushes and longer handles to have more flexibility, I can manipulate my application better.
This is shorter than what I prefer on a Powder brush. The bristles are splayed too much where as I usually prefer tighter set bristles. It spreads the product too much but I will say, this is good for dusting off excess powder and fallout. It's also good for light setting, but having said that, this is not enough for me to keep this brush even in my personal rotation of brushes.