Sandstone is one of my favorite palettes despite having so many of the matte with tiny glitter shades.
I think the mattes with the glitter apply nicely and blend easily. If you tap your brush you can tap off most of the loose glitter. You can also apply the color with a brush then tap it on with your finger to apply/keep the glitter on. I wound also recommend using a glitter or loose pigment primer.
I love the metallics/shimmers in this palette and love this color story in general. Here is a step by step on this look.
The palette is currently on sale for $11 as part of Colourpop’s “last call” sale so if you’re interested, now’s the best time to buy!
The BH Cosmetics Travel Series collection has several location eyeshadow and highlighter palettes and so far these are the only palettes I’ve tried. The destination theme is a little sentimental because they can be of places you’ve traveled to or want to travel to, which is exactly how they got me *face palm*. Once I tried the first palette I was hooked and purchased a couple more palettes.
Today’s look is using the Love in London palette. This palette has a more neutral, lighter color story than I typically gravitate towards.
The palette is about half matte and half shimmer colors. The mattes build up nicely and blend out easily. They are a little powdery but that doesn’t affect the quality.
The shimmers are nice and buttery. They can be applied with a wet brush or over a sticky primer to show up more pigmented.
I used the two mattes, Cheers and Picadilly, in the crease and to darken the crease and outer part of the crease/lid. I used NYX glitter primer all over the lid and went in with Duchess on the outer part of my lid, over Picadilly, to smoke out the look more. Then I applied Biscuit over the rest of the lid and finished the look with Palace in the inner corner.
I used Picadilly and Duchess on the lower lash line.
I loved how this look turned out and am excited up try out more looks.
These are the two latest palettes from LA Girl, VIP Desert Dream and Main Stage Desert Dream.
(what’s a PRE-PS? I’m not a color expert) The Main Stage palette has a nice colorful color story with some pastel and darker jewel tones. The VIP palette has warm, neutral tones which are more my style.
Of the three mattes I used for this look, thr yellow and rust were pigmented and easy to blend. The dark brown that I used in the outer corner took more layers to build up to the darkness I wanted.
The metallic shade I used has an interesting texture. I think the best way to describe it is like soft chunky glitter. I found the best way to apply this is to go in with you finger, lightly rubbing the pan to get product on your finger, then applying it to the lid. I used NYX glitter primer on the area where I applied that shade to get it to stick on better and reduce fallout through the day.
Overall, I like these larger LA Girl palettes. They usually retail for $15.99US and are available at Ulta, Target, CVS and Walmart to name a few stores and they go on sale pretty often for 40-50% off.
The only think I would change, and this is a personal preference, is the front of the palette has a plastic, jelly like texture.
Have you tried any of the LA Girl 16 pan palettes? What do you think of these two palettes?
Both palettes were gifted but reviews and thoughts are my own honest opinions.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette is probably my favorite, despite the negative reviews it received.
I wouldn’t say that I have a favorite palette but if I did, I think it would be this one. Anytime I pick up this palette it’s easy to continue to use it day after day.
Here are three looks made using this palette
Look #1: I used Dawn to set my base (MAC pro paint pot in Soft Ochre), then I used Edge in the Crease, darkend the crease and applied to outer V with Mercury and finally Rowdy. I used NYX glitter primer all over the lid and applied Adorn. I used Edge all across the lower lash and Mercury in the outer lower lash.
Look #2 : I used Dawn to set my base (MAC pro paint pot in Soft Ochre), then I lightly applied Mercury in the crease, added Destiny to outer V and used Untamed to smoke out the look. I used NYX glitter primer all over the lid and applied Electric. I used Destiny all across the lower lash and Untamed in the outer lower lash.
Look #3 : for look #3 I pulled in the Dominique Cosmetics Celestial Thunder palette. This came in a BoxyCharm last November and I haven’t used it much. The color story is very similar to Subculture and it paired nicely.
Again started with Dawn to set the MAC Soft Ochre base, then went in with Edge, Mercury and Zero Gravity. I was hoping Zero Gravity would darken the outer V but it’s didn’t add much to a mercury so I added Storm Dust to add depth to the outer V. I used NYX glitter primer and applied Eternal Light but it wasn’t very pigmented so I layered Cube over it.
I like the variety of looks I was able to come up with and am still loving this palette.
Here I am again with another colourpop palette, oops 🙂
I’m sure there are others who, like me, make impulsive purchases knowing they might not use what they buy or try to go out of their comfort zone.
I liked almost everything from the Take it to Baroque collection with the exception of the lux liquid lip glosses (3 in the collection) and the Baroque palette so the collector in me got the entire collection. >.<
So, I have this palette with colors I never use, now what. Well, guess I’ll just put some colors on my lids
I used Bébé in the crease, applies softly and blended out. I had a little bit of issues with this being patchy but I was able to blend it out after a couple of layers.
Then I applied Lounge to the outer third and blended it into the crease
I applied Secret all over the lid, first with a pencil then tapped it into my lid to try to get some of beautiful periwinkle glitter on the lid. The sequence formula doesn’t really transfer that well out of the pan.
I used some NYX glitter glue over secret and applied Ritzy over it from the middle to the inner corner.
Then I applied Noble over the middle towards the out third.
Once I applied Ritzy and Noble I loved the look.
I used Bébé across the lower lash and added lounge to the outer third lower
My final first impression thoughts on the palette are that the formulas are easy to use, pigmented and blend out nicely. The colors are beautiful and the colors story is perfect together.
Even if you don’t use these colors often, I’d recommend giving this palette a try!
The Sandstone palette may be just another neutral with a yellow but I still love it!
This palette has 4 mattes, 7 mattes that have glitter particles and 7 metallics/shimmers.
I find that these particular mattes that have the glitter through them apply with more of that glitter on the lid that previous versions have. I’m ok with it so I actually still apply these as if they were just mattes.
MAC paint pot in soft ocre
Vortex in the crease to brow
Oasis in crease, keeping it lower
Canyon Loop on outer half of lid and into lid
Big Butte in outer third of lid and softly into crease
Templeton in the outer edge, in a V shape with a tighter brush. Then take a fluffier brush to blend it out and slightly blending it into the crease
Pueblo on lid – dip brush into color, spray with setting spray then apply to lid
Blend between Pueblo and outer lid colors
Lower lash – Canyon Loop, Big Butte and Templeton
Desert Sky in the inner corner, dip brush into the color, spray and apply
As much as I love seeing creative holiday looks and would like to be more adventurous and editorial with my makeup I don’t foresee myself doing it anytime soon. That doesn’t mean I can enjoy a good Halloween collection though!
Last year Makeup Revolution released the Forever Flawless Haunted House palette and, after missing out on it the first go around, I decided to purchase it. Even if it was just because of the tin, oops >.<
Fortunately, the color story is something I can work with and the quality matches the rest of their Forever Flawless line.
I don’t limit palettes to seasons so have used this throughout the year but I did chose this as one of my monthly palettes for this month.
Something I noticed and was excited about it, is that within this palette I can see how my comfort levels have changed.
Last year I wound have completely stayed away from Decrepit, Petrify, Creepy and Undead but this year they were the first colors I gravitated to!
Peril in the crease blending up towards the brow
Decrepit in the crease, keeping it lower than Peril and blending it in the outer 1/3 of my lid building it up on the outer 1/3
Added Petrify to 1/3 of my lid to darken it up more, blending it towards the center of my lid
I used NYX Glitter Primer on the inner half of my lid focusing it more in the inner 1/3, patting it on. Wait a few seconds to let out dry
Apply Creak over primer with my finger or flat brush gently swiping it when you get to the center of the lid towards the outer edge to blend between the shimmer and matte shade
Clean up under the eye for any fallout, do remainder of face
Peril all over lash line
Decrepit in outer 1/3 lower last blending towards center
With my eye closed I took a small dense brush and applied Nightmare at my upper and lower lash line to darken it up a bit and give a blurred liner look
Afterwards I took a thin flat liner brush and tight lined my upper lash with Decrepit (but the brush and product tight into my lash line)
Applied Phantom between Peril and my eyebrow
Took a lip brush, I like these because they’re small and tightly packed which makes them perfect for picking up and precisely placing product in an area, and used Creep in the inner corner to add some brightness to the look
Did you pick up this palette? Or are you picking up this year’s?
Hope everyone has a great rest of their day and week!