It's not often you see palettes at the drugstore, and much less all in one palettes. This is one of the first products I picked out to test from my large #LDBeauty pile. This relatively slim and compact palette includes 6 eyeshadows, 1 blush, 2 lipsticks, 2 lipglosses, and 2 brushes. There are three combinations available and I have 200 Seductive Smokies.
Packaging: Let's get the bad stuff out of the way which is the packaging. I've never liked mixing cream and powders as it creates a mess. I wish there was a plastic cover on the bottom portion. In addition, the eyeshadow can also swirl into the blush shade and once when I was not careful, I ended up with silver on my cheeks. There is a mirror inside but it is very slim and only good for zoning into one area of the face. However, the actual size and feel of the palette is quite nice and would be easy for travel.
Now, let's get on the good stuff which is the formula of the product itself.
Eyeshadows: The shades were surprisingly pigmented especially the bottom four. The color was rich and true to color and I created a beautiful silver smokey eye. The top right color was very similar to my skin tone so it didn't quite show up but it was still smooth. The top left color was the only one I didn't like as it was a bit too frosty and sparse. Overall I can create a beautiful neutral eye and a smokey eye with these shades.
Blush: There's a medium neutral pink as the blush option. At first I thought it was kind of bland but when applied to the cheeks, it was actually quite pretty and perked up the face. The formula was nice and smooth.
Lips: There are four shades available. The two on the left side are the lipsticks and have medium pigmentation. The two on the right side are the lipglosses and have sheer pigmentation. All of them are really flattering and not drying at all. They sit nicely on the lips and is changing my mind about lip products in a pan.
Brushes: I have to say these were quite disappointing. The eyeshadow brush is a typical foam type applicator which is fine for packing on color but terrible for blending. The blush brush is way too small to apply blush evenly. The lip brush was actually okay but I was also able to apply the product with my fingers.
For someone starting out with makeup, they would only need this and foundation for a complete look! Even for those of us with a ton of beauty products, I love the convenience of having everything together with actually good formulas! I am really torn about this product as I love the eyeshadow, blush, and lip colors themselves. However, the packaging of the palette makes it so difficult to keep the shades separate and clean.
What are your thoughts on mixing cream with powder?
The palette retails for $17.99 and is available at London Drugs.