Price: $48 * Buy At: Sephora * Size: 3 x 0.08 oz & 9 x 0.04 oz
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette is a 12-pan palette featuring warm, cool & neutral shades designed, of course, to contour the eyes.
Despite all the hype this palette had gotten, I never picked it up because I already have so many neutral palettes. But Kat Von D is possibly my favorite high end brand, so I decided that I needed this palette. The Shade + Light Eye Palette has Kat Von D’s traditional, gorgeous hand lettering and the packaging is made of a thick, sturdy black plastic. One critique I hear this palette getting is that the shadows are almost too pigmented, and I can definitely see this. On fair skin like mine, you can accidentally apply way too much product and struggle to blend it away. There’s not a shade that works great to transition in my crease for me, so this formulation makes it particularly difficult. Anyone darker than me probably wouldn’t face this problem, but you can see in my swatches that there’s not a great mid tone shade for me. Despite it being the most neutral Kat Von D palette I own, I can't say that it's my favorite, but I would still recommend it.
Price: $5 * Buy At: Five Below * Size: 3 g (contour) / 6.5 mL (highlight)
The City Color Contour Stick in Light is a dual ended product with a cream contour and liquid highlight.
Instead of the contour stick being rounded, it is in the shape of a lipstick for some reason. I think it’s probably designed to get sharp lines using the flat side, but I still just find it odd. The contour shade is a great color for me, it’s light enough for my fair skin and isn’t warm or orangey at all. The highlight end is a mousse-like liquid and has a sponge applicator. There is shimmer in the highlight, which I know is a turn off to a lot of people. However, when it’s properly blended out, I think it looks really pretty on the skin. It's definitely a cool toned shade, sort of a silvery white. I haven’t gotten into liquid highlights that much, but they are definitely good for highlighting the chest or shoulders if you are wearing something that shows them off. Cream contouring or highlighting is still not my preference over using powders, but I think this duo is a nice addition to a collection to give you both items in one, easy to use format.
To transition the green shadow, I started out by using Star from the Pastel Goth Palette. This shade can definitely be used in a more subtle way, but I packed on the yellow for this look.
I started with just a little bit of Gloom in the crease, blending it into the yellow. I built up the green more directly into the crease and then packed on the green all over the lid. As always, I used the same shade along my lashline, blending it into the yellow.
I don't typically highlight my eye looks, but I did this time using Skull. I also used a pale blue liner in my waterline to brighten it a bit more.
If the green wasn't enough already, I went with green liner. This liner is from the Nyx Vivid Brights line, so you could pick any shade from the line and do a similar look. I just did a typical winged look and brought out the green shadow a bit so it outlines the liner.
Price: $14 * Buy At: Sephora * Size: 0.169 oz
The Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Night Bird is an intense black with a matte finish.
Sephora’s Cream Lip Stains come in a relatively small tube in comparison to most liquid lipsticks (ColourPop and Kat Von D for example). They have a traditional doe foot applicator and the tube is clear to easily see the product color. Night Bird is super intense and opaque; if you’re wanting a bold black lip, look no further. If you are wearing a dark color like Night Bird, you really don’t want it to move, so a matte liquid lipstick like this one is a great choice. The Cream Lip Stains dry down to a matte finish, but there is the slightest bit of tackiness left over. This sounds like a bad thing, but I really like it and I think if you tested out any of the shades in store, you would see where I’m coming from. The slight tackiness the product has keeps it from sucking all the moisture out of your lips, making it more comfortable to wear. The product will come off slightly on a cup or a straw, but it’s not bad and it doesn’t affect how the color looks on the lips.
Price: $6.99 * Buy At: Walgreens * Size: 0.28 oz
The Wet n Wild Studio Eyeshadow Palette in Quartz Center is a ten shadow palette with an emphasis on purple and grey shades.
The Wet n Wild Studio Eyeshadow Palettes are fairly compact and has a clear lid. It also comes with a little brush, and while it's too small to use comfortably, it could help in a pinch, as one end of the brush is a sort of fluffy dome. As you may notice in my swatches, the second half of the palette does not have a ton of color variation, which is a bit disappointing, even though the shadows are all still nice. Purples are kind of infamous for being difficult to formulate, so I was especially impressed with Wet n Wild producing such a consistent palette. You can see in my swatches that none of the purples swatched patchy or were dry in texture. With the color scheme, I definitely think it would need to be used in combination with other shadows. None of the shades are matte--the closest to being matte is the dark grey 4th from the right, as the shimmer disappears when blended. While a lot of the palette looks dark, you could still get a pretty subtle look with just the first few shades. I'm not exactly a fan of purple as a color in general, and I'm not a fan of how it looks with my blue eyes, but for $7, this palette is good to keep on hand for me personally. I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone that likes purple eyeshadow without a doubt.
Price: $5.50 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.33 oz / 9.5 g
The Essence All About Bronze Eyeshadow Palette is an eight pan palette consisting of warm neutral shadows with a majority of them having a satin finish.
The Essence All About Palettes come in a very compact package with a clear lid. All the shadows have a satin finish, some do borderline on shimmery. So, while the shadows have that textured finish like shimmery shadows do, they easily blend out to a nearly matte look in the crease. Five of the eight shadows are somewhat of a midtone brown, so that is a con of this palette. The texture of each shade is super soft and buttery, I don't know if I have any comparable shadow formulas. As you can imagine from the formula--and of course see in the swatches--the All About Bronze Palette is quite pigmented. Because of how compact the palette is, I love taking it (and the other shades in the "All About" line) travelling. If you combine the palettes, you can get a pretty broad color selection, without taking something around that is too bulky.