Sunday, March 12, 2017

Quo Spring 2017 Collection- Rose Quartz: Review and Demo

Did you remember to spring one hour ahead for day light savings today? I feel like this day always creeps up on me but I am pretty stoked to welcome warmer weather! Today's post will be an overview and review of the Quo Spring 2017 collection which is inspired by rose quartz. I'm not sure if I'm just having winter blues, but looking at spring packaging makes me so happy and I adore the design of this collection!

First off, there are two face palettes in this collection. Each contains 6 shades and retails for $20. The back of the product says it's 3 highlighters and 3 bronzers, but I would say it's more 2 highlighters, 2 blushes, and 2 bronzers. There's definitely a good variety of shades in each one.

Each of the powders is finely milled and smooth to the touch. I wouldn't say the formula is particularly creamy but it does wear well if you have a foundation on underneath for the product to grab on to. I get about 6 hours of wear before fading.

Heat it Up
This face palette is the lighter and cooler of the two. This is best suited if you have light to medium skin color. The top right shade and the bottom left shade have some shimmer but the other 4 are matte. The top 3 colors do not really show up on me and is not strong enough of a highlight to use in that sense.

The bottom left shade is a dusty mauve and totally up my alley in terms of blush colors. That shade is my favorite in the palette! The bottom right shade is a good contour and bronzing shade.

Down to Earth

The second face palette includes slightly warmer shades and also a bit deeper in tone. I prefer the shade selection in this one better! The top middle and right are shimmery while the rest are matte. I love the terra cotta color in the bottom left, it completely warms up my face when I brush it just below my cheekbones! I top it off with the top right color which is a shimmery shade and apply it to the apples of my cheeks. I would highly recommend this one especially for a fresh spring look!

Each season, Quo usually includes an eyebrow product in the collection. In the past few seasons, I found the product to be pretty repetitive as it's the same product with a different casing. But this one includes a shimmery highlight and a wax! The palette is compact and the brush that it comes with works quite well.

I tend to stick mostly with the darker brown shade to fill in my brows. The powder is surprisingly pigmented. The two colors are quite versatile to mix and match and would fit a large range of skin tones. This retails for $12.

Quo released 2 four pan eyeshadow palettes in the collection, each retailing for $18. I really like that Quo tried to go beyond a neutral palette and put out some interesting shade combinations. I'm not sure if either of the palettes works completely as a stand alone product, but I do applaud the creativity in the shades.

No Pressure- $18

This palette contains 4 shimmery pastel shades. This is very different from anything I've seen at the drugstore and kind of reminds me of Kat von D's Alchemist palette. I really love the top left shade which is a pale golden color as well as the bottom left which is a shimmery taupe. The other two shades are okay as well but not as attention grabbing and unique.

However, when I use this palette, I do need to pull shades from other products as it's hard to create a full look with 4 shimmery shades.

Rock It! - $18

In contract, Rock It! features 4 matte neutrals but the shade selection is quite different than most neutrals out there in the market. The top two shades are too light to do anything on my eyes when applied. But the bottom left shade is an amazing transition color to work with!

My favorite combo right now is to use this dusty purple around the crease. Then I'll take one of the shimmery shades from the other palette and pat it all over the lid. It creates a really fresh spring look. I wish I can combine some of the shades together from the two palettes, maybe I need to watch some depotting videos. Overall the quality of the shadows is great. Each shade is smooth, finely milled and easy to apply.

Matte Lip Crayon- $12

Lastly there are 3 colors in the spring collection and I have 2 to share. Pretty in Pink is a bright cool pink where as Simply Red is a true classic red. The formulation of these two shades are very different! Simply Red is pigmented, smooth, and applies very easily to the lips. However, the Pretty in Pink shade is splotchy and emphasizes all of my dry skin. The Simply Red shade is really beautiful however, the colors are not that unique and the packaging doesn't particularly scream spring to me.

Products Used:
Face- Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Quo Matte Revolution Foundation in 2, Urban Decay Naked Concealer
Cheeks- Quo Face Palette in Down to Earth
Eyes- Quo Eyeshadow Palette Risk It! and No Pressure, Mary Kay Liquid Eyeliner Pen, Fusion Beauty Mascara
Lips- Quo Matte Lip Crayon in Simply Red

I was very happy with this collection and caught myself saying "omg it's so pretty" multiple times when I was opening up the products. As usual, Quo palettes tend to gear towards lighter skin tones so depending on your skin tone this collection may or may not work for you. However, I would highly recommend the Down to Earth face palette as well as the Rock It eye shadow palette. The two items are unique, beautiful packaged, and at a great value!

What do you look for in Spring makeup releases? Let me know how you are changing up your beauty routine!

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