I’ve been sitting on these products for a while now, testing and trying out all the shades and I finally feel like it’s time for me to share. Beauty Junkees is quite possibly one of my favorite makeup brush brands and now I can call them one of my favorite “makeup / cosmetic” brands too. Their beauty brushes and sponges are by far some of my favorites and are practically dead on dupes for my higher end ones. So, when they started releasing eye shadows and other makeup products (which you can read about here), I was over the moon. Stay tuned in the coming weeks because I’ve been sitting on their blushes too and a few other products that I simply can’t wait to share. Today I’m going to chit chat with you about the Beauty Junkees Eye Shadow Singles, so hang tight and let’s have a some colorful fun, shall we?
Let’s talk about affordability without sacrificing quality. For $119.00 you can get 28 single eye shadow pans and a really good magnetic makeup palette. The shadows come in individual pans that can be organized in the included empty magnetic palette to help keep them organized and portable. I’ve talked about this palette before in another post, and it’s really one of my favorites. The palette includes a duo ended eye brush and not just any brush, but a really good “Beauty Junkees quality” brush. The pans are 26mm and fit into the palette without any issue. No need to pick up additional magnets or do any funky depotting (which I hate to do).
Now, let’s talk about the eye shadows themselves. There are a total of 34 gorgeous shades in a range of cool and warm tones (which we all know I love). They are buttery soft and definitely something worth looking into. Buildable and blendable color and I love that they shadows are quite easy to work with. Each eye shadow is triple milled and pressed, allowing you to use them wet or dry. Each shadow individually retails for between $6.00 and you can select between matte, satin and shimmer shades. I find that these shadows apply nicely and I was beyond impressed with how buttery the matte shadows feel. I didn’t really notice much fall out when applying and used over primer gave these shadows great longevity.
I have swatches I want to share with you on the shades available. I am very impressed with the matte shades and I love the color range that is available.
Left to Right (top row in my custom palette): Victorian Gold, Vanilla Freeze, Peachsicle, Cosmetic Peach, Peach Vanilla, Stay Golden, Winter Wheat
Left to Right (second row in my custom palette): Iced Lace, Tiki Shed, Sugared Shortbread, First Snow, Beams of Light, Tiger, Gold Flicker
Left to Right (third row in my custom palette): Dash of Curry, Tuscan Rose, Raspberry Glaze, Crushed Velvet, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover
Left to Right (last row in my custom palette): Sonic, Ripe Olive, Brew, Stingray Gray, Brown Canyon, Blue Slate, Black Leather
Beauty Junkees also offers their Eye Shadow Quad Kits that include four shadow magnetic refill pans. This is the perfect way to grab a few shades that you know you’ll use. I am a fan of individual shadows because I love to customize my own palettes so that I’m sure I’ll use them instead of having some shadows untouched. I also absolutely love the quality of these as well as the price point. Overall – the pigmentation and quality are really nice.
I am so excited to share this with all of you. Where are all my eye shadow lovers at? Check out this gorgeous bunch of shadows from @beautyjunkees Beauty Junkees is one of my favorite makeup brush creators and I’m excited that they have branched out to include cosmetic products like eye shadows. These are so pretty. Also – if you’re looking for a great magnetic palette to hold all your shadows… hello, they have those too (the palette pictured is from Beauty Junkees). Check out the link and see what else they have to offer. I’ll have a full review of these shadows as well as swatches on the blog in the next week, so stay tuned for that… but I couldn’t not share these beauties now… I’ve had them for over 2 weeks and I just couldn’t hold back the excitement. http://ow.ly/bp7C309j2Is #pr
Cruelty Free, Made in the USA, Paraben, and Gluten Free all make these products worth checking out. Beauty Junkees also offers a guarantee that if you try it and don’t like it – you can return it for a full refund up to 30 days after you receive it. No questions asked. They have also been compared to Makeup Geek (though I couldn’t tell you from personal experience since I don’t own anything from MG).
Since my original post on Instagram I have been asked time and time again to reveal my overall thoughts on this product line. Let’s face it, I’m all about saving a buck if I can and I know that Beauty Junkees makeup products will continue to remain a staple in my makeup arsenal. I didn’t include the additional shades that didn’t fit in the palette, but don’t worry – they are just as gorgeous as the others (I’ll update as soon as I can with swatches of those too).
If I get a discount code in the future, I’ll be sure to share and post here.
So what about you? Have you heard of Beauty Junkees or have you tried any of their products? I definitely suggest it if you haven’t already. The ratings on Amazon are good for great reason… Beauty Junkees really is great!
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
In my opinion, nothing says natural radiance, sexy and empowered like a woman who knows what she wants and goes after it. There’s just something about a woman who takes charge and makes things happen. That’s what immediately intrigued me about Raul E New York Mineral Cosmetics because it is a brand that is offers gorgeous cosmetics that are perfect for the empowered women in the world.
I received three products from Raul E New York to try out for myself. Immediately upon receiving the items, I fell in love with the sleek black packaging. It’s simple, shiny packaging with a Copper Gold logo imprinted on the cover, but I love it… very sleek and chic. I received the Mineral Silk Radiance Powder, Signature Eye Shadow Quad in Hypnotic and Creamy Blush in Sangria. Raul E New York offers a variety of cosmetic items to create a stunning and powerful look… from eye shadows to cream liners, lipsticks to gloss and everything in between – you get a wide variety to choose from and can create a whole look from base to highlight with this brand.
Our designer, Silvana Penavić prides herself in offering an elegant, timeless and classy selection of mineral based makeups. Silvana understands first hand just how important is to use makeup that supports balance & harmony in one’s daily life, which in turn promotes conscious living.
You can consider this brand to have a highend price point. Their single shadows are $24 each, mascaras are $30 each and their mineral liquid powder foundation is $44, so the costs are what you would expect to spend for a highend cosmetic line. Raul E New York also sells apparel and clothing, gifts, etc. so it is a brand that offers a variety of products at your finger tips.
Let’s talk highlight since it’s one of my favorite cosmetic products. The Mineral Silk Radiance Powder $44 (net wt. 0.28oz / 8g) comes in two different shades. I got the shade Seychelles. This gorgeous mineral powder has become one of my favorites over the last few months (I’ve had these cosmetics in my possession now for a few months) and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it. It has a floral embossment that offers different shades that you can either pick individually to use or swirl your brush all together to create a different shade. I absolutely love how silky this powder feels on the skin and how nicely it wears. It offers my tan skin tone a gorgeous highlight that can either be showstopping or soft and subtle depending on how heavy handed I am.
The Mineral Silk Radiance Powder applies smoothly onto the skin and blends out well but it can leave glittery shimmer on the skin. It’s not the type that will leave much fall out and doesn’t feel gritty, but it will enhance lines as you can see in my photo above. I highly suggest using a light hand when applying this product for that soft and “lit from within” kind of glow. The radiance powder is quite pigmented and a little goes a long way. Tap your brush into the product and swirl – then tap your brush before applying to the face to dust off some excess product. Apply to the cheek bones for a gorgeous glow.
Next is the Signature Eye Shadow Quad in Hynotic $44 (net wt. 0.25 oz / 7g). This particular quad is gorgeous… though Raul E New York offers the quads in four different shade ranges (including this one). The colors offer a selection of four shades that can create a gorgeous look of greens and golds. I particularly loved this color range because greens are so gorgeous year round and something that can play up any eye look. Each shade is shimmery so you do not have any matte colors, but creating a look is simple.
The colors are very pigmented and gorgeous. They can be used wet or dry and apply with gorgeous color in one swipe. Because these are mineral shadows, they can kick up a bit of dust (especially since they are shimmer), but they pack on the eye lid really nicely, blend out well and have great longevity over a primer. I love the colors in this quad because you can opt to use one of the green shades all over the lid, in the crease or on the lower lash line as a pop of color. They are gorgeous and offer bold color but can also be used as wearable shades for an every day look.
The Raul E New York Creamy Blush $29 (net wt. 0.10 oz. / 2.8g) is a gorgeous blush. I have mine in Sangria which is a lovely shade, especially for my particular skin tone. I LOVE that it has golden shimmer within, but the cream blush is very comfortable on the cheeks, blends well and leaves my skin with a gorgeous rose hue for a soft pop on the cheeks. You can build the color up as you see the need for more pigment or use naturally for a little touch of color on the skin. This cream blush really is creamy and feels so wonderful to the touch. I love to apply this with my fingers and the blend or use a small stippling brush like my ELF Small Stippling brush to stipple the color on and blend it to look effortless. This is a great blush for me to use year round and Raul E New York offers four gorgeous shades to choose from.
You can easily have all day wear with this cream blush if used over a primer or over your foundation. I found that it faded on me after about 6 hours on my bare face. The blush itself is quite pigmented but offers a sheen from the gold shimmer. The shimmer looks very nice, not cakey or glittery so the blush can be used on its own to add some color to the cheeks and illuminate your cheekbones as well.
Choosing which of the three products I’ve tried from Raul E New York as my favorite would be a bit of a challenge. I enjoy all of them, but I think I like the Mineral Silk Radiance Powder the best. Let’s be honest here, we all know that when it comes to highlight… I love to glow and highlighters are some of my favorite makeup products. I have been enjoying the cream blush to use on its own or under a powder blush and I really think the eye shadow quad has gorgeous shades.
The cosmetics I’ve tried so far are quite nice and I’ve been enjoying them. They are a bit on the costly side, but considering the quality I think it’s fairly reasonable. They are definitely not Yves St Laurent or Tom Ford, but if you are looking for quality mineral based products, I would check them out. It’s a little high on the price scale than what I would pay – even if the quality is nice, but overall I think I’ve tried some really good products from the brand. It’s nice to see that there are so many cosmetic brands out now that offer mineral cosmetics. I love when products feel great on the skin and are good for you too.
You can purchase Raul E New York Cosmetics here: https://www.raulenewyork.com/product-category/collections/raul-e-new-york-mineral-cosmetics/
Have you heard of Raul E New York brand before? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, do you think it’s something you’d check out?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased, as with anything featured or talked about on this site. Affiliate links are listed through out.
A year or so ago I was introduced to deVine Beauty in an Ipsy bag and have been intrigued with their products so naturally when they reached out to me to test a few I was definitely excited. Who wouldn’t be excited to try something that is all natural and has anti-aging benefits packed into a lip balm? Capturing the magic of Red Wine Grape, deVine offers a variety of lip products that have antioxidants to help promote healing while offering delectible scents, colors and flavors to leave your lips feeling soft and beautiful. deVine Beauty also offers skin care products like body lotions and hand creams, bar soap and more.
With Resveratrol, Grapeseed Oil and Red Wine Antioxidants to help promote healing, the deVine lip products come in a variety of colors and flavors and offer you great products that are made in the USA. Each item is hand-picked and packed from Westmont, Illinois. The company believes in women, wine & everything deVine and strives to offer you a delectable elixir of products for women (and men) to enjoy. I had the opportunity to try out three different products from deVine: The Rose Glycerin Bar Soap $6.95 each (4 oz.), deVine Lip Shimmers $6.00 and Sangria Lip Shades with SPF 15 $4.00.
The Rose Glycerin Bar Soap is a nice Glycerin bar that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and soft. I enjoy using this during my morning shower to help awaken my senses and really just soften my skin to prep for my day. It has a light hint of rose fragrance, not strong enough to cause my allergies to go crazy, but still fragrant enough so that I can smell the sweet scent. I really like this soap and overall I think it’s something worth checking out.
The deVine Lip Shimmers are a nice addition to my lip balm collection. I got them in Bordeaux and Cabernet. Each lippy has a light hint of color, offering your lips sheer color for when you’re on the go and want a little something extra. I like that they are hydrating and since I have tried these before via my Ipsy bag a year or so ago, I think my opinion on them are still the same. They leave my lips feeling nice and soft but I love the hint of color they offer. They have a light scent and taste to them, but not enough for me to pin point a particular flavor or fragrance. I’m quite amazed with the color they offer and since I don’t use makeup daily, these make great additions to my every day look and really perk up my lips.
The Sangria Lip Shades with SPF 15 are colorless but I really like the flavor of these. They are what I throw in my purse on a daily basis to use along side some of my favorite lip balms. They not only offer that SPF products that I love, but they are so handy to have and easy to take on the go. Though they don’t offer any lip color, these are perfect to use beneath your favorite lip shades to give you that extra protection your pout needs, especially during the summer months.
Sadly, I couldn’t find the full list of ingredients on their website, but overall I do enjoy the anti-aging benefits and ingredients I do know about. I have noticed with the lip products that my lips feel softer and take on lip color very nicely and evenly since I’ve been using these products. My lips seem to love them and while they are not my only lip balm I use, I do reach for these often and especially the deVine Lip Shimmers on days when I am not wanting any makeup but need a little color to my lips.
If you are looking for something that is reasonably priced that offer ingredients that are good for you – I definitely suggest checking these out. A lip product that offers Resveratrol and red wine antioxidants is surely something I don’t mind using on my lips. I love that my lips feel plumper, look less stressed and aged and feel nice and soft thanks to the great ingredient of Resveratrol in these lippies. The bar of soap is definitely a great thing and I look forward to trying some of the other body care products available from deVine Shimmer soon.
What about you, have you heard of or tried anything from deVine beauty before? If so, what have you tried and if not – what do you think about this brand offering you the benefits of wine?
You can purchase these products and more at: http://www.devineshimmers.com/
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. This is not a sponsored post. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I must admit, I’m a terrible blogger sometimes. For example – I have been sitting on these beautiful products from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics for months now, and I’m only getting around to writing and featuring them now. Life tends to get the best of me and I find myself consistently playing catch up on many things. But, the plus side to waiting months to write about these gorgeous cosmetics, is that I have had the chance to really try them out, test them out and really figure out how they work for me. Today I share with you a look I created using some of the products from Youngblood Cosmetics as well as swatches of the products I received. This is a brand that you may read about in the blogger realm, but it is not talked about much in the YouTube community. I’m not sure why – the products… they’re gorgeous.
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics offers a wide range of cosmetic product from eye shadows and blush to bronzer and foundations. They are a high quality brand offering pigmented products that are luxe and gorgeous. Created and founded by Pauline Youngblood, these products were formulated to help conceal and correct imperfect complexions while offering products that would be good for the skin.
After years of working with patients who suffered from traumatized skin from harsh laser treatments, acne, rosacea and cosmetic surgeries, Pauline Youngblood decided it was time to create a line of cosmetics that were not just mineral based, but good for the skin. Youngblood provides the healthiest, highest quality products while empowering women to look and feel their best.
So let’s chit chat about some of the products I’ve been testing out and using and my thoughts on each one. I love when I can try a range of products from a brand and since I has not tried anything from Youngblood Cosmetics before, this was my opportunity to see what they had to offer.
The Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43.00) comes with 4 gorgeously pigmented eye shadows and a Net Wt. of .14 oz / 4g. The four complementary shades come in a sleek and stylish mirrored compact and are perfect for your vanity or on the go. I love that each compact comes ready for a look and includes matte, pearl and shimmery finishes that blend perfectly together. There are 7 different eye shadow quads to choose from so you can easily find one that will be perfect to suit your style.
I tend to gravitate to warm shades vs cooler tones, but I really enjoyed using this palette. The shade range offered you everything from a crease and transition shade to a lid and browbone / highlight shade all in one palette. Each color feels like silk and applies easily. I especially love that they are mineral based, but they are in pressed form which make using these really easy. Used over a primer I can easily get hours of wear out of the shades – I wore them for at least 8 hours over a primer and they lasted and was as vibrant as ever. The compact is well made with a sturdy magnetic closure so this makes for a great palette for travel.
The Youngblood Cosmetics Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen in Noir ($26.00 Net Wt. 0.59 mL/0.02 fl.oz.) is Vegan and a showstopper. This liner has a precision tip and offers great control and beautiful bold color in one swipe. I love a great liquid liner with a tip that will allow me to create a wing easily and this is definitely it. The liner dries quickly and stays put for hours. Even with my watery eyes, I found that I could wear this eye liner all day without smudging. I was quite impressed with its staying power and loved the precision point. But what I love the most is that creating the perfect wing was easy with this liner, it applies nicely and made my job perfection.
If you are looking for a liquid eye liner that is easy to use and control with bold color in one swipe and no streaking, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this one. I love that it’s so long wearing and perfect to create a thick or thin line.
The Intimatte Mineral Matte Lipstick in Vain ($19.00 – Net Wt. 4g. / 0.14oz) is also Vegan. I have a beautiful burgundy shade that is an absolute show stopper. I can’t wait to really get some use out of this color during the Fall and Winter months. This lip color is super-rich and provide high-impact payoff with ultra pigmentation.
This color is bold, so I would love to see how vibrant the more neutral shades are. From what I can see on the site, there are 9 shades available and all in beautiful tones from pinks and nudes to plums, corals and reds. There is a shade for everyone. Vain was absolutely comfortable on the lips. While it is a matte shade, it was very comfortable on my lips and left my lips still feeling hydrated and moisturized. The formulation on this lip color is awesome. Like with most lipsticks, they do come off with drinking or eating – but where time offered quite a few hours on its own and I love that my lips were so soft after removing it.
Youngblood Mineral Radiance in Splendor is probably one of my favorite product sin the bunch I have tried. Retailing for $43.00 (Net Wt. 9.5g / 0.335 oz.) the compact includes Vegan and Gluten Free products and is an absolutely gorgeous product. These products represent a mesh of colors that are reminiscent of a tropical vacation and used together on your face or body or individually will give you a great and wonderful glow.
Each shade in this compact is gorgeous. I love to pick out the colors I want to use and use them separately on my cheeks or as a highlight and when I’m feeling like I want to go bold and shimmery, I swirl my brush over all the shades to create a gorgeous shade. This compact is super pigmented and offers rich color with lots of great staying power. If I apply this over a primer or use on its own – I get great lasting power for hours without needing to touch up. I love blushes with a golden hue and a few of these shades have a gold sheen offering the perfect glow on my cheeks. I can build up the color for a punch of pow or lightly tap my brush into the compact for a soft summer glow.
My entire look (above) was created using the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics I featured in this look (with exception to my eyebrows). These photos were taken with my phone (as with all of the images on my blog lately) and as you can see – the colors are soft but gorgeous. The lips are bold, but still wearable.
The wing liner in my look was done using the Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen, which I absolutely LOVE. And, I am looking forward to trying out many more cosmetics from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Overall – I think the quality of these products are superb and I love how they feel against the skin. I have naturally sensitive skin, dry and eczema prone so some cosmetics can really dry out my eyelids or cause my skin funky flareups. I love a product line that offers quality ingredients and great products. Yes, the price point on their products are quite high – but considering the quality and “good for your skin” feel you get when using these gorgeous products, I would buy them in a heartbeat.
I can’t wait to order and try more products from Youngblood Cosmetics. I find that I pull for this brand’s products often because I don’t have to think about what to pair with my eye shadows – I have the colors I want and need for a soft summer look without having to overthink the whole situation. If you are a blush and highlight lover like I am – I highly suggest checking out the Youngblood Mineral Radiance Compacts – they come in a few gorgeous colors for you to choose from. And, if you are looking for a great liquid liner – check out the Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen. Heck, check out all of their cosmetics, I know you’ll enjoy them as much as I have.
You can check out Youngblood Cosmetics on their website to see what else they have to offer: https://www.ybskin.com/
Have you heard of or tried anything from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics? If so – what are your thoughts? If not, are there any products you are interested in checking out?
Disclaimer: The products featured and mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out. Thank you Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics & PR for all your patience in waiting for me to feature these products. I truly love them and apologize for taking so long to post about it.
When it comes to drugstore foundations, the L’Oreal True Match foundation line was my go-to when I used foundation consistently and if I started up using foundation products again, this would be the brand I know I would turn to for this specific product. While I hardly use foundation now a days – pretty much never unless I need to glam up or am testing a new product, I’m always proud to try a product from a brand that I know and love. The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Buildable Luminous Foundation (whew, say that 5 times fast… lol) is a fairly new product to hit the drugstore cosmetic and beauty market and today I’m going to share with you my thoughts on some of these beauties. I have three to share with you so stop what you’re doing and read on.
The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Buildable Luminous Foundation (0.51 oz / 14.6g) retails for about $16 – $24.00 depending on the location and store you find it at. Considering it is a drugstore product, that is much more than the norm that you can find with regard to pricing. But, while it’s a bit costly, I think it really can and does offer some unique and great qualities for a product you can find readily available at most stores. L’Oreal True Match foundations were my go-to years before so I had expected the same quality and feel of these foundation as I did with the originals.
The packaging of these foundations is really pretty. I love that rose gold cover and wish that the rose gold shade would take the place of the white plastic bottom, but overall – I really like the packaging and like that it is so convenient to hold the sponge to apply the foundation as well as the product sealed properly. Within the compact there is a small compartment to place your sponge and when you lift that you reveal the cushion of foundation. Since I haven’t tried anything like this before – I thought it was pretty cool and unique to me. There is also a mirror on the inside which make touch ups a breeze when on the go. Since I’m not too fond of sponge applicators, I used it once and then opted to apply with a brush moving forward. After working years in the beauty industry – I am not fond of the sponge that’s stored within the product itself for sanitary purposes, so I rather use a brush. I do however, like that it’s so convenient for ease of use with the sponge included.
Like other products on the market, the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation has a sponge like cushion that is drenched in liquid foundation. The concept is that you will receive a radiant glow in just 1 tap of the sponge into the product. The formula gives you a sheer and natural luminescence that feels weightless and fresh after application. When I used the original True Match foundation, I used the warm tones, so I found that the True Match Lumi Cushion shades I received (C5.5 Natural Tan, N5.5 Perfect Beige and N3.5 Classic Buff) were a tad bit too ashy and cool toned for my skin. The closest to my skin tone would be the Natural Tan c5.5 though it is still too cool toned for me and could not be worn alone without bronzing up my face. Since I don’t use foundation now, I was able to really use some of these products to my advantage, utilizing one of the shades as an under eye highlighter to brighten that area. Since the liquid is so lightweight, it didn’t cake or become too thick when applied appropriately. While the foundation shades do not work for me specifically – I think I’m impressed overall with the feel of the product against my skin and the look it left when applied.
As the name suggests, “Lumi” Cushion foundation leaves you with a luminous and dewy finish once applied. This is especially great for those of you who want that radiant glow from your foundation or those who are not into a matte look. Since I have pretty dry skin, I found that this foundation felt comfortable on my face and it was really easy to blend – with a foundation or kabuki brush, because it is very smooth to the touch. This would make a perfect every day foundation for those who are looking for a light to medium coverage and if needed, it could be built up to full coverage, especially if set with a translucent or colored powder.
Since I test out products all the time, while I don’t use foundation – I found the need to really put this one to the test. After application, I found that my skin didn’t feel sensitive, icky or greasy after putting it on and it felt nice against my skin all day. I could notice the product on my skin for hours and when I finally removed the foundation, it still hung in there and the brown was left on my makeup remover wipe after cleansing my face. I was quite impressed with how long it lasted, since dewy and luminous foundations can oxidize quickly on my skin. This one really seemed to live up to it and hang around. I’m definitely going to check out the shade range at my local stores to see if there are others that would match my skin tone perfectly and try them out to see.
If you are looking to a drug store alternative to some of the highend cushion foundations on the market, I definitely suggest you checking out the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation. Considering the price point, you get a pretty interesting product that really gives your skin that young, fresh and radiant feel and look.
Have you tried this product yet? Comment below and let me know what you think.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts. Affiliate links posted through out.
I’m probably a bit late to the game in sharing this palette with you all, but I just wasn’t certain if it was something I wanted to have in my collection but decided I would try it out anyway. I’m glad I did, because the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette has easily become a favorite in my makeup arsenal. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Kat Von D – having watched her career flourish as a tattoo artist over the years, so when she began her own cosmetic line at Sephora, I was taken by everything about it. Many who read my blog or watch my videos know that the Tattoo Liner in Trooper is probably one of my favorites to date and I’m glad I decided to pick this palette up because I’m loving it.
The Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette retails at Sephora for $46 USD. It includes twelve all matte shades that were created to transform your eyes through the art of contouring. Using shadow and light to create dimension in her beautiful portraits, Kat wanted a palette to empower you to create a look for your ideal eye shape featuring definition, lift and balance. This palette has arranged its shades into three unique quads – each with a base, contour, define and highlight shade in neutral, cool and warm hues so you could create a look that was effortless and perfect.
Included with your palette are illustrations on different shade combinations that you can try from each quad to discover your favorite transformative look. And, of course if you are wanted to interchange and mix up the shades to create your own looks, you can do that as well. The palette is made in the USA and the packaging is stunning.
Shade break down:
Net Wt – 3 x 2.3g/0.08oz (larger base shades) and 9 x 1.1g/0.04oz (contour, definition and highlight shades). Like I mentioned before, each shade is matte which allows you to create a variety of looks.
I am loving the shades in this palette, especially since they include a range of hues from cool and warm to neutral which means I can use a combination of all or a few to create looks I love. Each shade while matte are actually quite easy to work with and easy to blend out. If you have worked with matte shades before, some can be a challenge, but overall I do like how well these blend. Like a lot of my Kat Von D palettes, this one can be a bit powdery, though I do think it has some to do with the matte shades as well. I don’t get much fall out – but I always make sure to tap my brush off prior to applying to my lid.
For the quality you are getting and the amount of shadows, I think you are definitely getting a steal. The palette is well made and the packaging is really nice and sturdy. I would have loved to have the magnetic closure a little stronger than what it is – but overall I think I would be comfortable enough to take this palette on a trip or pack it for travel. It can be a bit bulky (the palette itself) but I still think it is pretty good protection for the shadows. Oh – and I really really wish the names of each shadow was printed on the actual palette itself. I’m doing my best to throw out packaging and I’m not about that life of keeping cards handy. I like that the names are printed on the back, but I much rather prefer it printed near the actual shadow itself.
Like most makeup on the market today – any purchase in its own is an investment and I think this is a nice one. If you are looking for a palette you can create looks for work with or just something easy to use, I think you’ll enjoy it. I am surprised at how much I’m enjoying this palette. Laetus has been my go-to highlight shade for my brow bone since I got this palette and succubus is a gorgeous shade in the crease or to smoke out your look. I love it – even with it’s little issues I have with it – I know I’ll get some great use from this one. This palette is sold exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com
Have you tried this palette yet? If not – is it on your list? If you have, what do you think about it?
Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to feature this product on my site though I do have affiliate links posted through out.
The cateye “winged” liner is something that truly will never go out of trend – it’s absolutely timeless. But, eye liners come and go and while some work well – others not so. I have done my fair share of testing and trying out liners in a plethora of price points and brands and I’m always on the hunt for one that is not only affordable, but that will also be long lasting, smudge proof and do the job. Today I bring to you my thoughts on the Jordana Cat eye Liners. Let’s see if they live up to my standard.
A few months ago Jordana Cosmetics released their Cat Eye Liners in a variety of colors. I actually came across these beauties at my local Walgreens in the “What’s New” display and picked up a few colors I knew I had to have and try out. Shortly after, Jordana sent over the whole collection of shades for me to try and share with you. Each eye liner retails for $2.99 and there are a total of eight shades – some very wearable like black and brown and others bold shades like green, blue and gold. Jordana’s claim is that these liners are lightweight, long wearing, smudge-proof and can be used by those from beginner to pro.
The eye liner tip has a tapered brush applicator which is kind of standard when it comes to eye liners. If you are like me and enjoy the NYC Liquid Eyeliner – you may like this liner as well. The actual brush itself is not too long as to take away from control but offers good movement while still being stiff enough to create a nice wing. I’m actually quite impressed with how nicely it glides on and find that it is easy to apply – though I have been creating a winged liner now for many years.
Each shade has great pigmentation though some of them do require you apply more than one coat / layer. I really like how the shades show up against my skin without issue and Black Leather (01) has been my go-to lately for a black liner when creating a wing. These have a nice liquid consistency – they are not too runny or liquid-like but they are also not too thick which I think really makes a difference with application.
In the look above, I am using the Jordana Cat Eye liquid liner in Black Leather on my upper lash line to wing out the look. A tutorial and full list of products for this look can be found here.
While I think these work great – especially for the cost, there are a few things that I could see worked on with regard to formulation. While they are smudge proof, because I have watery eyes, I find that they do not last all day on me. While the part of the liner on my lid will do fairly well, my outer corners or wing tends to fade and in some cases, it just comes off. If I were to cry or tear up profusely it wouldn’t last and I would look like a raccoon. Another issue I see, though not a problem for me, is the size of the brush applicator. I don’t find an issue with it, but I’ve been creating winged liner and eye liner looks now for many years. However, since the brush is quite small for those who are beginners, I can see how it would get frustrating when applying because the color deposited in one swipe is not as much due to the size of the brush. It may take a few swipes over the lid to create the bold statement color someone is looking for. While this is not an issue for me, I know that it can be for others so I figured that I would mention it. While the liner is pigmented and the color bold in just one swipe, it may need to be built up to get the effect one is looking for.
Overall – I’m quite impressed with these liners. Let’s face it, I’m always for shaving a buck and these are not only affordable, they do work. Even with the little mentions of things that didn’t work for me, I’ve still been getting some great use out of these babies and I would recommend them. For the price point – I think they are pretty darn cool. I’m very impressed with what the drugstore brands have been releasing lately and it’s nice to see that the color range of drugstore products are really evolving. You can purchase these products and more at your local Walgreens and CVS or online at Jordanacosmetics.com.
Have you tried these eye liners yet? If so, what do you think about them? If not, are you interested in testing them out for yourself?
Disclaimer: The products discussed and mentioned in this post were purchased by me and also sent to me for review and consideration. All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased. While some of the product were sent to me for free, no monetary compensation was provided for my review and my thoughts are genuine.