Price: $4.99 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.33 oz
The Essence All About Nudes Eyeshadow Palette is neutral toned 8-shadow palette.
The All About Nudes Palette has a clear lid to easily see the colors inside. The palette is quite small, despite each shadow containing about 0.04 oz of product (0.05 is standard). Only one of the shades I would consider to be completely matte: the ivory on the top left. The rest of the top row has a bit of a satin finish, although blended in the crease they look pretty matte. The bottom row has a little bit more shimmer than the top row, but I'd still consider them satin. The only shade that is truly shimmery is the brown in the bottom right corner. The shadows are all smooth and soft; they have a bit of powder kickup because of the softness, but it has no effect on the pigmentation or application. These little Essence palettes are great for travel since they are so small and compact, but still contain plenty of product. This palette could easily provide the highlight, transition and crease shades for an everyday look in combination with other shadows, or on its own for a simple look.
Price: $4.99 * Buy At: Walgreens * Size: 0.23 oz / 6.5 g
The Jordana Sculpt N' Go Creamy Contour Stick in Light is a light taupe shade. Many affordable cream contours have a balmy texture, but this one does not! The product still applies smoothly and evenly, but it is not too thin or dewy. The Sculpt N' Go Contour Stick has a natural matte finish, making it easy to achieve a natural contour. Another thing about this formula that makes a natural looking contour easy, is that it is super easy to blend! It's actually pretty foolproof, maybe even more so than a contour powder. In addition to its pigmentation and ease of blending, the contour stick is very buildable. When I use this product, I like to apply it under my cheekbones, blend it out, and then apply a bit more for some extra definition. It goes without saying that I really am a fan of this product! It is foolproof and super affordable, so I would recommend it to anyone!
Price: $4.50 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 5 mL
The Nyx Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Gold is a semi-metallic yellow gold liner. The Studio Liquid Liners come in a small, clear package so that you can see the color inside. It has a long, thin brush applicator that can easy create a thin, subtle line. Despite Extreme Gold being a gold, it is not glittery or really metallic in its finish. I consider the finish to be semi-metallic, or just reflective. The product applies smoothly onto the lids, but is not completely opaque in one pass, as you can see in my swatches. However, since the liner dries quickly, building it up a bit is not a big deal. Nyx is my go to brand for colored liners, as they have a large color selection and they are super affordable. So no, Extreme Gold is not the most crazy pigmented liner you'll come across, but I still find myself using it all of the time.
Price: $42 * Buy At: Kohls * Size: 9 x 0.084 oz
The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony is a nine shadow palette of mattes. It's the sequel of the infamous Meet Matt(e) Nude, and its a play on the word matrimony.
Although the shadows appear to be the same size as the original Meet Matt(e) palette, they are 0.016 oz smaller. They are still bigger than an average full sized eyeshadow of 0.05 oz. There are two shadows in Meet Matt(e) Trimony that are a bit dry, Matt Kumar and Matt Moskowitz, this is typical of red-based shadows, but it is still a bit of a let down. The palette has two shades that are good for transitioning in the crease and four darker shades that work well to darken up the crease. The black is great for adding more dimension or for use as a liner, and the two pale shades work nicely for a highlight. The Meet Matt(e) Trimony and Meet Matt(e) Nude palettes are very different, and do not have any similar shades, so I would not recommend one over the other. The Balm is on sale frequently on their website and on Hautelook, so I personally would not have purchased this palette at the full price.
Price: $4.99 * Buy At: Walgreens * Size: 0.21 oz / 6 g
The Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Nudie Patootie is a light nude with a cool undertone.
The Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks come in a clear tube and have a spongy applicator. The applicator has a divot in the middle, it is interesting and I haven’t seen another liquid lipstick with a similar applicator. I actually really like it however, it prevents too much product building up along the lip line. The product is thin and glides on easily to the lips. It is easy to get the color completely opaque on the lips and it dries down quickly. Naturally, being a matte liquid lipstick, the Liquid Catsuit formula is drying on the lips, but it is not as drying as the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips. I really love the color of Nudie Patootie, it is my kind of nude. I think the formula is great, and with a $5 price tag, how can you go wrong?
Price: $49 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 8 x 0.02 oz
The Urban Decay Moondust Palette
The Urban Decay Moondust Palette has gorgeous silver shimmery packaging, with Moondust engraved. The shimmer isn't rough--it feels just like any other plastic palette. I was very hesitant to buy this palette because each shade is less than half the size of a regular eyeshadow, and the $50 is comparably high for an eight shadow palette. However, I kept swatching the shades everytime I saw the palette in store, so I finally caved. I figured I wouldn't use the palette all that often, but I have been finding myself going back to this palette day after day, to add a pop of color in an eye look or simply as an all-over lid shade. The Moondust shadows have a very unique finish. They are shimmery shades, but not in a metallic way. The best way I can describe how they look is wet. The shadows have a dry texture, so I pretty much always apply them with my finger. The pigmentation is great, and uniform across the eight colors. I can also say that the shadows in this palette are consistent with the Moondust single shadows from Urban Decay. I got hooked on the formula with Midnight Cowboy, and now my love continues. Although I think the price should be cut by at least $10, I do really love this palette and honestly would probably purchase the sequel if Urban Decay released one.
Price: $28 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 4g
The Lorac Pro Matte Palette is an eight pan palette of--you guessed it--all matte eyeshadows.
The Pro Matte Palette has the same thin, black, rubberized packaging as the rest of the Pro line. The palette is good for travel since it is so thin, and since it is made of all matte shadows, it could check a lot of boxes when picking out your travel makeup. You could stick to the left side of the palette for a soft, everyday look, or add in the other side to add depth, dimension or smokiness. Just like the other Pro palettes, the shadows in the Pro Matte palette are very soft and creamy and have intense color payoff. Since the formula is so soft, the shadows are prone to some excess powder kick-up or maybe even a bit of fallout, but they are still super easy to work with.
I created this eye look using just the Kat Von D MetalMatte Palette. You can find my review and swatches of the palette HERE. Since this style of eye makeup is a halo eye winged out on the corners, I thought that "angel" would be the perfect name for it!
How To | Step by Step
To get a crisp line--a must with a winged out shadow look--I held up a piece of postacard like material beside my eyes. It's easy to do the same thing with a piece of tape, but I didn't want it in the way of these pictures. I used Suede from the palette as my transition, it's a great crease shade for my skin tone.
Keeping the crisp line, I used Oak, a darker brown right in my crease, blending it out into Suede. To deepen up the outer corners on my eyes, I applied a dark grey: Stone. Of course, I blended Stone out into Oak and Suede as well.
To add the halo aspect of the eye look, I had to darken up the inner portion of my eyes as well. I just went in with Stone on the inner half of my lid and also underneath my eyes.
I highlighted my inner corners using the yellow shade: Feather, just to switch things up, but the palette has an ivory and white shadow as well. I also applied a bit of Feather to the center of my lids. I wanted to keep my look matte, but you could replace Feather with a shimmery shade for a different vibe.
As usual, to finish the look I applied mascara. For this look, I also used the Ardell Double Wispies lashes.
Price: $7 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.06 fl oz
The Nyx Vivid Brights Liquid Liners in Vivid Blossom and Vivid Escape are a bright cool toned lilac and a bright pastel chartreuse with a matte finish.
The Nyx Vivid Brights liners come in a long, colored tube and have a traditional, thin brush tip. I wouldn’t call the pigmentation complete full coverage, but in most cases, you probably would not need to build up layers to achieve the color. You also do not need to put the liner over a base in order to get the color to pop on the eyes. The color does tend to fade throughout the day, but it does not do so in a patchy manner. I recommend either applying a corresponding shadow on top of the liner or just reapplying. Liquid liners are not often found in the shades of the Vivid Brights collection, so if there is that one specific, fun color you are looking for, this line could be a good place to start!
Price: $2.99 * Buy At: Kmart * Size: 0.11 fl oz
The Wet n Wild Prismatic Lip Glosses are a collection of four shades, presumably for the holiday season. Boogie White Lights is a sheer white with pastel purple reflect & Ring My Bellbottoms is a sheer gold. The glosses have a clear tube so that you can see the color inside and the applicator is long and flat. Both shades apply smoothly onto the lips--it does not become thick or gloppy at any point. The gloss is pretty sheer; building it up on the lips gives the pigmentation that you can see in my photos. It does not build up much further than that. So while it does look pretty on the lips alone, but I think these are better used on top of a lipstick to alter the color and finish. The Prismatic Glosses are pretty comfortable on the lips, and this is coming from someone who is not usually a fan of gloss. They feel thin on the lips and are not sticky. Boogie White Lights and Ring My Bellbottoms are pretty unique shades, so getting them at a drugstore price is great if you are a lippie collector like me.