Price: $65 * Buy At: Sephora * Size: 6 x 0.12 oz & 1 x 0.29 oz
The Nars NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette consists of seven cheek products: 4 blushes, the Paloma contour/highlight duo and a full sized Laguna bronzer.
The NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette comes in a thick rectangular package with a mirrored lid. Although the palette doesn’t have Nars’s typical rubberized packaging, it is still quite prone to getting dirty thanks to the mirror. The formulation of the cheek products is great, there is not a single dud within the palette, which you would hope would be the case with a $65 palette. The Paloma contour powder is on the pink side, so while it works well on my cool toned skin, it may look more like a blush on other skin tones. The Paloma highlight does not do too much to highlight my fair skin, but I can still use it as a setting powder on certain areas of my face. My favorite thing about Nars blushes is how easy they are to blend, and these blushes do not disappoint. They make applying cheek color super fool proof! The only thing that I think would have made this palette better would be a shimmery highlight instead of a matte one, but I have plenty of shimmery highlights in my collection, so I guess it is a welcomed change. All in all, I really like this palette and although it is expensive, I find it to be more worth it than Nars’s other pricy palettes and other high end cheek sets.
How To | Step by Step
I actually did not use a transition shade for this look, but the crease blended out just fine. I held a card against the side of my eye to get a sharp, clean line and applied a warm yellow toned brown from a MAC duo.
I followed up with the same crease shade along my lower lashline to balance out the eyes.
I used the bronze shade from the Essence All About Sunrise Palette on the inner and outer portion of my lid.
On the center of my lids, I used the gold shade also from the Essence Palette. I highlighted my inner corners with the shimmery ivory from the palette.
I created a quite small wing and thinly lined my eyes with the Sephora Colorproof Liner in Matte Brown. I also lined my waterline with the Nyx Wonder Pencil.
To complete the makeup look, I curled my lashes and applied the Essence I ♥ Extreme Mascara and L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black to my top and bottom lashes.
Price: $7.99 * Buy At: Walgreens * Size: 0.28 oz / 8.1 g
The Wet n Wild Studio Eyeshadow Palette in Coming in Latte is a ten pan shadow palette filled with neutrals.
I don’t typically go for shadow palettes from the drugstore, but I tend to like Wet N Wild shadows, so I gave this palette a chance. And I sure am glad that I did! This palette has some of the best matte shadows I have ever seen from the drugstore, and are actually quite comparable to higher end shadows. The packaging feels cheap, which is to be expected from such an affordable product. It may just be mine, but it’s kind of difficult to get opened for some reason. The palette does not have a mirror, but that does not bother me at all. As you can probably tell from the swatches, the shimmery shades aren’t super intense, but they can be built up, and the mattes in the palette really make up for it. All of the shadows have a smooth texture and apply very evenly to the eyes. I have experimented quite a bit with this palette and find it quite easy to use. The matte shadows blend out very well, and the colors have good color payoff on the eyes. The only one that doesn’t show up super well is the ivory shade, but that is solely due to how close in color it is to my skintone. Overall it is a very nice palette and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for good eyeshadows (especially matte) at the drugstore.
Price: $7 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 10 mL
The Nyx Eyebrow Gel in Blonde is a taupe cream brow color.
The Nyx Eyebrow Gel comes in a small squeeze tube, unlike most brow color products. Once the product has set, it is completely smudge and water resistant. This product will give you brows that last all day. Personally, I will put a bit of product on the back of my hand and then dip my brow brush in to apply it to my brows. If you use enough product, it will provide some hold to the brow hairs, but I always set it with a clear brow gel anyways. I find this product pretty easy to apply, and it does not dry out like potted brow colors since it is in a squeeze tube. Due to the format, it is not the quickest way to fill in the brows, but I find myself using it all of the time!
Price: $2.69 * Buy At: Walgreens * Size: 0.11 oz / 3.2 g
The Wet n Wild Velvet Matte Lip Color in Charred Cherry is a medium berry with a matte finish. From the looks of the packaging, I thought it would be more cool toned, but unfortunately it is not.
The Wet n Wild Matte Velvet Matte Lip Color are a typical twist up crayon. The packaging has a matte finish and the product color can be seen on the end. Charred Cherry is not completely opaque, but it does not apply patchy whatsoever. Because of the opacity, it doesn’t appear as intense on the lips as you would expect. Charred Cherry has a matte finish on the lips without making the lips look flat or dry; infact, it is very comfortable and somewhat moisturizing on the lips. Unlike liquid matte lipsticks, the Matte Velvet Lip Colors do not set and dry to your lips, which makes it comfortable to wear, but does not ensure no transfer when drinking or eating. Although, the texture is not slippery, so you don’t have to worry about it moving around throughout the day. They are not the longest lasting lip products, but Charred Cherry does leave a stain.
Price: $7 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 14 g / 0.49 oz
The Makeup Revolution Romantic Smoked Redemption Palette contains twelve shadows: six matte and six shimmer.
The first six shadows are shimmery and the last six are matte, a nice balance of finishes, especially for a drugstore palette. The matte shades are varied enough in shade to create a variety of eye looks. Three of the shadows are lighter and more subtle, great for transition shades, and three are darker for adding depth to the crease, smoking out the lower lashline or to add a soft liner to the lids. The mattes aren’t intensely pigmented, but they are smoother and more blendable than lots of drugstore matte shadows. The shimmers are more intense, but they do not have a foil like quality to the finish. The shimmers correspond to the mattes pretty well, but they are slightly warmer in tone. Once again, three are light and three are dark, providing some nice variety for eye looks. I typically combine this palette with other shadows, but you could easily create looks with this palette alone. If more cool toned colors aren’t your thing, then this specific palette may not be for you, but I find it to be a nice option for anyone that is on a budget!
How To | Step by Step
To prep my lids for shadow, I first applied concealer to even out my lids. For the transition color in the crease, I applied Sorbet from the Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette with a Sigma E25.
To deepen up the crease, I went in with Fig from the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette on a Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease brush.
To further deepen up the crease, I used a Sigma E47 and applied Makeup Geek Bitten. I blended out the three crease shadows with a Sigma E40, as per usual.
For a light pink shimmery base, I applied Benefit RSVP Creaseless Cream Shadow all over my lids. Using a small detail brush, I packed on Dust from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette on top of it. I also highlighted my inner corners a bit with Strange, from the same palette.
With a Coastal Scents Brow Brush, I applied some more of Bitten along the lower lashline. I buffed this shadow out with the same Smashbox shadow and the Sigma E47 brush.
To complete the makeup look, I curled my lashes and applied the Max Factor Mega Volume Mascara and the Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara on my top and bottom lashes.