Price: $18 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.14 oz / 4 g
The Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Taupe is a cream brow color designed for people with lighter, cool-toned hair.
The DipBrow Pomade comes in a nice, heavy glass pot with a plastic screw on lid. The product’s color isn’t shown anywhere on the package, which is a bit inconvenient for anyone (like me) that has more than one shade. I also have the shade Medium Brown, which I use more in the winter; the formula of Taupe is just as amazing as Medium Brown. The product just glides on, which makes filling in the brows super quick and effortless. Taupe lasts on my brows all day, and it outlasts any of my other brow color products; I’m not sure if they changed the formula, but I actually have to scrub Taupe off my brows at the end of the day, it is that long wearing.
Price: $5.49 * Buy At: Target * Size: 0.15 oz
The Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Sapphire Siren is a dark blue-toned purple. Sapphire Siren is a part of Maybelline’s newest “The Loaded Bolds” collection.
All shades in the Loaded Bolds collection have the traditional rectangle packaging, but with a navy lid. Just like Maybelline’s other lipsticks, Sapphire Siren has a play-doh scent that I do not really care for. Despite not liking the scent, I do like everything else about the lipstick. Sapphire Siren has a creamy formula that doesn’t move around and is comfortable on the lips. Sapphire Siren is quite pigmented and gives the lips full coverage color.
Price: $26 * Buy At: Sephora * Size: 1 x 0.092 oz & 3 x 0.04 oz
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad in Smoke consists of four cool toned matte shadows.
The Shade + Light Eye Contour Quads come in a very cool black compact, with her signature tattoo-esque design. Smoke, as the name suggests, comes with shades perfect for creating a classic smokey eye: a medium taupe, a black, a cool grey, and a white. This typically is not the color combination I reach for within a palette collection, but the formulation of the grey and black shadows just really blew me away. Greys and blacks can be difficult to work with, and blend especially, so I was very impressed with how easy this quad is to apply and blend.
Price: $6 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.16 oz
The Nyx Matte Lipstick in Haze is a warm toned grey with a natural matte finish. Haze is one of Nyx’s newest releases from their Matte Lipstick line.
The Nyx Matte Lipsticks come in a matte black tube with a clear middle, that lets the product’s color peek through. While Haze looks pretty grey, it is noticeably warmer in tone to the other grey in Nyx’s Matte Lipstick line: Ultra Dare. These lipsticks are some of my favorite matte lip products; they have a smooth formula that feels comfortable on the lips, despite the matte finish. Because it is in a typical lipstick format, it will transfer, unlike the popular matte liquid lipsticks, but, this makes the wear much more comfortable and makes application easier. If you are wanting to try out this edgier lip color, I would recommend purchasing either Haze or Ultra Dare, depending on your color preferences.
Price: $8 * Buy At: ColourPop Website * Size: 4.2 g
The ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Lunch Money is a reflective white gold.
The ColourPop Super Shock Cheek colors come in a white compact with a twist off lid, just like the Super Shock Shadows, but larger. The highlighters are supposed to have a pattern, but for some reason mine came with no pattern. Like the Super Shock Shadows, the Super Shock Cheek colors have an almost cream-like texture, but they do not squish down like a cream does. Lunch Money is a good choice for a golden highlight for lighter skintones, like mine. It has a reflective finish, but it is not overly intense. It swatches pretty intense on the finger, but sheers out a decent amount swatched on the skin. It applies even a bit sheerer on the face, when using a brush. Due to the formula, Lunch Money is best applied with either a synthetic brush or just with your finger.
I created this makeup look using the Calm Before the Storm iDivine Palette by Sleek, to see my swatches, review and photos of the palette, click HERE.
How To | Step by Step
I prepped my lids for this look using the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Cover Palette, and setting it with a translucent powder. For the transition shade, I applied Voyage all over the crease.
To deepen up the crease, I applied Barque, focusing the color in the outer portion of the crease. I blended both crease shades together with a Sigma E40 brush.
Using the shade Ahoy, I brightened up the lid space. I really packed on this shade, but it can be applied lighter for a more subtle look. I also went in with Starboard to highlight my inner corners.
I used Barque again along my lower lashline to balance out the look. I also used just a bit of Voyage to blend out the darker brown.
This look could of course be done without a pop of color, but the palette has so many blues in it, that couldn't just leave them out. To keep the color more subtle, I applied Amphitrite only on the outer third of my lids.
As always, I applied mascara to my top and bottom lashes. To make the look more dramatic, I applied the Eyelure Volume 101 Lashes.
Price: $5.49 * Buy At: Target * Size: 0.15 oz
The Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Gone Greige is a grey toned mauve. Gone Greige is a part of Maybelline’s newest “The Loaded Bolds” collection.
All shades in the Loaded Bolds collection have the traditional rectangle packaging, but with a navy lid. Just like Maybelline’s other lipsticks, Gone Greige has a play-doh scent that I do not really care for. Gone Greige has a smooth, creamy formula that isn’t too ‘slippery’. The lipstick is pretty comfortable on the lips, but does get a bit drying as time goes on. I would recommend this shade to people wanting to try out the grey-ish lip color trend, but don't want to go too bold. I am quite a fan of grey toned (and even just straight up grey) lip colors, so this shade is super wearable to me. I consider Gone Greige to be more of a mauve than a greige, but it is a pretty color either way.
Price: $40 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 4 x 7.4 g
The Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow Kit comes with 3 shimmery highlights and 1 shimmery bronzer.
The Glow Kit packaging is pretty simple: thin pink cardboard. Like Anastasia’s contour kit, this quad does not contain a mirror. This is fine for me, since it’s not a product I would travel with, but it could pose problems for others. All four shades in the That Glow Kit are on the warm side. What really drew me into this product is each shade’s consistent amazing formula. They are buttery without being powdery and have a very smooth and silky texture. All four powders are easy to apply onto the face and are easy to sheer out to achieve a more natural appearance. The only thing that I am not crazy about with this quad is that the shades Bubbly and Dripping in Gold are super similar in color, so I just wish there was more contrast between the two. $40 does seem to be pricy for a four pan palette, but each shade has quite a bit of product in it. For comparison, each shade in the That Glow Kit is 0.26 oz (at $10 a piece), whereas the popular Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Highlight is only 0.16 oz at $26.
Price: $45 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 12 x 1.5 g
The Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Palette comes with twelve neutral shades, a majority of mattes and a couple shades with some shimmer.
The Tartelette in Bloom Palette comes in a small and durable package, making it a great choice for travel. Many people have had issues with Tarte shadows in the past, including the original Tartelette Palette, but I have always been a fan of the shadow formulation. The texture of the shadows is very soft and creamy, somewhat similar to the Lorac Pro shadows. Due to the softness, it does have a bit of powder kick up, but that has never bothered me. I love the color selection of the palette; it has a great variety of warm and cool shades, as well as plenty of mattes to use in the crease. It is a great palette for everyday eye makeup, but can also incorporated into darker, smokier looks. For me, none of the shades are duds, although I have heard of people having issues with the shade Funny Girl. All of the shades, the mattes in particular, are very easy to apply and blend out, and they have great pigmentation.
Price: $5.49 * Buy At: Target * Size: 0.33 oz
The Essence All About Greys Eyeshadow Palette consists of four cool toned grey shades and four warm toned grey shades, with a variety of finishes.
I have really loved Essence’s little palettes in the past, and now that certain Targets now carry the line, they have released some larger palettes just for Target. The packaging is pretty cheap, which is to be expected from such an affordable item. Five of the shades are shimmery, one has glitter, and two are matte, which is a decent variety in a drugstore palette. The shadows’ formula is super soft, so it does have a bit of powder kick up, but that doesn’t deter me at all. All of the shadows are very pigmented; none of them are duds whatsoever. Essence makes my favorite shadows from the drugstore, and they continue to impress. I would recommend trying out these palettes to anyone!