Champagne Still Pouring

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Hey lovelies! My last post discussed Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop Palette from Becca, and there’s one more product from that launch that I want to quickly talk about before moving on to bigger and better (and newer) beauty!

 

The much-awaited Champagne expansion collection also included, very briefly, a Champagne pop eyeshadow palette. This product was pretty controversial because, according to Jaclyn’s snapchat and to media statements released by Becca, it was produced in a different factory than the one in which Becca’s normal buttery formula is made. The factory apparently claimed to be able to replicate the formula, and unfortunately, it was discovered after the launch that the palettes’ quality was very inconsistent. Some were amazing, some were awful, and some were a little in-between. This kind of inconsistency, though, is a nightmare for the consumer, and so Becca heeded Jaclyn’s wishes for the palette to be pulled from shelves.

 

However – one of the best perks about working for a beauty retailer is gaining easy access to product, and I was able to purchase one before they were officially sent back to the brand!

So, how did I fare in the eyeshadow lottery? Let’s see!

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Peering Through the Looking Glass

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You guys. I have a confession to make –

I haven’t even seen Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass yet! The namesake cosmetic collection came out May 1st on Urban Decay’s website, and the movie was released on May 27th, but with all the wedding craziness, I kind of ignored them both until very recently. Side note though: when researching the release dates, Google let me know that this movie is still showing at my local dollar theater! Maybe I’ll make it to a showing after all.

 

Even though these debuted in May, as of today, the collection is still available on the Sephora, Macy’s, and Nordstrom websites! Don’t worry, you haven’t missed out yet.

 

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Peach Pandemonium

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The Peach Palette craze has been REAL around here, you guys! ??? Clients ask for it every day, even though my local Sephora (and Ulta too, I think) isn’t scheduled to receive any more. Is that to say we’ll never see it again? Not at all!

I have full faith behind the idea that there will be more produced, or that the palette will be made all-together permanent. A little like Champagne Pop, if you will! ?

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A Colorful Spectrum

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Ah. The Urban Decay Spectrum Palette.

 

I reviewed this one back in October after it briefly popped up online for the holidays. Unfortunately, even I wasn’t fast enough to grab it from Sephora, so I ended up purchasing it for a large mark-up off of eBay.. and now my tears of regret can be your tears of joy!

 

The good news for you guys is that Spectrum is coming back for Spring, AND it will be in stores this time! I don’t know of a launch date, but it should be very soon. That’s why I thought we could revisit it for a minute, and I’ve added swatches as well!

I’m actually really excited that this is re-launching, because it’s very pretty and deserves some more attention.

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Play! by Sephora – Feeling December Disappointment in January

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In my December review of November’s Play!, I hinted that I was less than pleased with this box.

Let me clarify beforehand: I love several of these products. Some of the main reasons I’ve been so frustrated with these boxes are –

 

  1. I feel that they consistently lack cohesion.
  2. The service has been redic – for example, this box was shipped on December 15th and didn’t arrive until the 26th (est. delivery was the 19th). I understand this was right around the Christmas rush, but it’s happened with every box before it, too.
  3. Presentation is also kind of a fail. The white confetti that’s stuffed inside always leaves a film of white powder on every product. It makes them feel grimy and gross. Also, as you can see in the picture above, they actually sent out stapled sample packets this month. REALLY?

 

Now, let’s get down to the finer details. This month’s theme was “Oh, What Fun!”, which honestly made little sense to me. Perhaps if the curation had contained bright colors, or festive products, or something that said fun in any way, I would feel differently.

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Pretty in Pastels with Make Up For Ever Artist Palette 3

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Pastels and florals for Spring – SO overdone, right!?

 

Just kidding! Like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” during the holidays, I never get tired of these staple fresh Spring collections. Everything is in bloom, the weather warms up (seriously, our highs are in the 70’s here in Texas this week) and macaron-colored cardigans replace our black peacoats.

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Becca Champagne Glow Palette

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I know what you’re thinking – you either already have this palette and love it, are bummed you missed out on it (and salty with me for re-opening that wound) or hate Becca highlighters and/or Jaclyn Hill and DGAF, in which case, why are you even here? ?

 

But honestly, I’m not trying to beat a dead horse by reviewing this palette. I know it’s no longer available, but now that Pearl (the lightest shade on the left) is going to be permanent for Spring, I thought I’d go ahead and talk about that shade and Blushed Copper (far right). I’ve already reviewed Champagne Pop here, so go check that out as well if you missed it! Also, it is still available as of now on Sephora’s website.

 

Pearl is my very own ideal highlighter. As a real-life Snow White, the only shade lighter than my complexion is literally paper white. Enter Pearl! This color is a completely neutral, shimmery white highlighter that actually highlights my bone structure because it is truly lighter than my skin. This may not be relatable for most of you guys, but finding a highlighter lighter than my complexion makes me want to fall to my knees and weep tears of joy. I’ve been described by friends as “translucent”, “glow-in-the-dark”, and perhaps most eloquently, “pale as f***!”, if that helps you to understand the real life need I had for someone to create a highlighter this light.

 

With that personal victory also comes hardship for others – I’ve had many people tell me they simply don’t know what to do with this shade. If you have the palette or are planning to purchase the individual full-size, and have a medium-to-deep skin tone, I do have a few suggestions for you.

 

Besides being worn on the cheekbones, Pearl pops as an inner-corner/tear duct highlight, as well as a beautiful brightener on the center of the eyelid. When applied strategically to the Cupid’s Bow, it also makes a great lip enhancer. For extra credit, you can even pat a little with your fingertip onto the center of your bottom lip to achieve maximum Kylie Jenner fullness! All of these methods will work with any skin tone, not just for the ultra-fair.

 

Blushed Copper has a very self-explanatory name, and is really going to have the opposite effect of Pearl. Super deep skin tones pull off this highlighter flawlessly, but anyone lighter than that on the skin tone spectrum looks pretty strange with this on their upper cheekbones.

 

Instead, it makes a gorgeous eyeshadow or blush, so there’s really no losing with this color either! While it also is available as an individual full-size product, it is a limited edition shade as well. If you’re planning on purchasing, it’s still available on Sephora’s website and in many stores.

 

As a side note, the pans in this palette look so small in every picture I’ve seen, but they’re actually a really generous size (though not full-sized, of course). All of the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed shades are $38, and worth every single penny!

 

 

MAC Warm Neutrals x15

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Last night, I reviewed MAC’s Cool Neutral 15 pan palette, so today I want to share the warm version with you!

 

I’ll say right off the bat that I like this version better. I feel like the pigment is stronger and provides better color payoff, and overall texture is just way smoother.

 

Because of the color quality and warmth of the shades, I think this is a much better addition to a professional kit. The colors work for a much broader skin tone range, especially for clients with deeper skin that may not be partial to the cool palette. It also makes a fantastic pairing with blue eyes, since orange and blue are complimentary colors.

 

A couple of the finer points about these palettes in general is that they’re an excellent value, and provide a great way to add a lot of MAC to your collection at once if you’re newer to the brand.

 

Don’t worry – I won’t judge you if you buy both ☺️

 

 

MAC Cool Neutrals x15

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As you may have noticed, I already failed at my New Year’s Resolution. I didn’t post anything last night – but I swear I have a good reason! I was tired.. ? After putting my son to bed, I passed out on the couch before 8 pm. So much for keeping up with my skincare regimen too!

 

I also resolved to be easier on myself this year, so I’ll just make up for it with another post this week (and maybe calm my skin with an extra face mask), and let it average itself out ?.

 

I’m still very excited to talk about the Cool Neutral 15-pan shadow palette from MAC. What a fantastic deal! At $85, you’re paying just over $5/shadow for very generously sized pans. I’ll admit that as a long-time fan of Urban Decay shadows, I’ve never really purchased many from MAC. When I have, I’ve also found the formula to be very hit-and-miss, but this palette made me pretty happy!

 

The lighter matte shades are a very thoughtful inclusion (there are 6 mattes overall), and much smoother than I anticipated. That being said, they’re going to look like straight up chalk on deeper skin tones, so they may not be the best investment if you’re a professional looking for a versatile palette for your kit, or you just happen to look best in darker, richer tones.

 

Color payoff from the satin shades is pretty good, but they’re not what I would reach for if I wanted a defined or bold look with neutral colors. These shadows work best for someone who wants a light wash of color for every day, that doesn’t require too much fuss or blending.

 

If you’re looking for an economical way to introduce yourself to MAC or beef up your collection, you’ve found the right palette! If you want sone thing like this, but with warm colors.. Well that exists too. Both are available from department stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s and MAC, and -spoiler alert- I’ll be reviewing the warm collection next!

 

 

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Rouge Noir

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I LOVE cream shadows. I’ll scream it from a mountaintop one day! I think they’re so fast and easy, and perfect to put on top of a normal shadow look for some extra glitz.

 

If you read yesterday’s post, then you’ll know that this is only my second foray into the world of Chanel cosmetics. Again I stand impressed!

 

Rouge Noir is a beautiful blackened red with pinky-red glitter. On my pale visage, it translates more plum, but I can’t say I’m mad at it. The specks of sparkle in here are what really does it for me – non-scratchy and super refined. It’s glitter for grown-ups! And there’s nothing that makes a tired mom feel more glamorous than some refined shimmer from a luxe brand.

 

Because of the depth of this color, I was a little worried about the way it would blend. It feels very creamy (as opposed to the powder/gel texture of Dior’s cream shadows) but applies lighter-than-air. I get the best results by applying it on the center of the lid with my finger in a patting motion. This is a perfect complement to a boring smoky eye.

 

It is limited edition though, so act quick if you need it in your collection! I have a feeling I’ll be trying more of these in the future ?