Price: $10 * Buy At: Walgreens * Size: 12g
The Profusion Pro Eyeshadow Cases in Smoky and Natural are twelve pan shadow palettes both containing only neutral colors.
The packaging is very closely modeled after the Urban Decay Naked palettes with the lightweight metal material, twelve long and skinny shadows and a dual ended brush. Profusion is a brand I see all the time at Five Below and TJ Maxx, but I've always seen it as one of those random brands that appears to cater more towards a younger crowd. I can't say anything about the other Profusion products, but these palettes are really nice. Formula-wise, they are the opposite of typical drugstore palettes: these two have gorgeous, creamy, blendable mattes, but the shimmer shades suck. Shimmer is typically what affordable brands get right, which is interesting, but since the mattes are so gorgeous, I really don't mind the sheer shimmers. In case I hadn't already made it clear enough, the mattes in the Smoky and the Natural palettes are super pigmented, as you can see in my swatches. Not only do they have great color payoff, but they blend like a dream. Even the matte black shade applies and blends easily! Obviously these palettes are lacking shimmery or metallic shades to be allover lid colors, but there are so many affordable brands that do metallics right, so it wouldn't be hard to gather a collection of them to supplement these palettes. If I had to pick a favorite between the two, I would pick the Smoky since there is a bit more color variety, especially on the lighter half of the palette. But at $10 a piece (or even cheaper on Profusion's website) you really don't need to choose! I would definitely recommend these to beginners since they are affordable and easy to blend, but I think these are musthaves in any collection.