Colourpop No Filter Foundation…and other things.

One of the brands that I have a great fondness for is Colourpop.  They are inexpensive, locally made & cruelty-free.  And, they made great products.  I first fell in love with their Super Shock eyeshadows, and it went on from there.  I love their pressed powder eyeshadows and their Ultra Satin Lippies.  But something that they haven’t had until recently is complexion products.  They started with their No Filter Concealer, and recently expanded into other products.  One of the most hyped of the products is the No Filter Matte Foundation. These days, don’t even bother launching a foundation if you don’t have a decent shade range.  Colourpop didn’t necessarily knock it out of the park with the shade range, but they did have an ok amount of shades for those who need a Deep/Dark foundation shade.  It was still better than other brands that have recently launched foundations (lookin’ at you Tarte).

I’ll be honest.  I haven’t been that excited about what Colourpop has brought out within the last 6 months.  It just didn’t excite me.  But, a matte foundation?  Now I’m listening.  As someone who got unlucky with oily skin, it is not the easiest to find a decent foundation.  Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation and the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation are the closest thing to a perfect formula for me.  With that being said, I am always game to try a new one.  So, I decided to give it a shot.  I ordered a mini-haul of Colourpop products that I haven’t tried yet to try and see if I can get excited about their brand again.  Here’s what I thought about each product.

No Filter Foundation – $12 – Overall Grade A

*I did a 3 day wear test for this.  I REALLY wanted to try it out before sharing my thoughts.  It is fairly long lasting, but it CAN get a little weird sometimes after some time.  I’m used to blotting during the day so having to blot the oil off my face is not something I necessarily take into consideration.  The consistency is very similar to Fenty Beauty, in that it is thinner than most foundations.  With that being said, it has great coverage.  I don’t have to use as much concealer to tend to my trouble spots, which is always a good thing.  I usually only need one pump for my whole face which again, is a good thing.  All in all, I really like this foundation.  I know that this has gotten a good amount of mixed reviews, but it worked for me.

No Filter Loose Setting Powder – $9 – Overall Grade – A+

*Setting powder is one of those products that you don’t know you need until you use it.  Since I started using setting powder, I’ve used the Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder.  But the one that Colourpop has to offer is definitely giving it a run for its money.  Its really good.  It feels light and you don’t need to use a ton.  The one downside is that you don’t get that much product.  The price is great, but in terms of price per gram, it works out very close to high end setting powders.

Luster Dust Loose Highlighter – $7 – Overall Grade – C

*I’m very skeptical about loose powder highlighters.  They tend to get all over the place.  When they first launched these, I thought they were so pretty.  But I’ve just never pulled the trigger on them.  I figured that now was the time.  I got the Luster Dust in Sugar Trap.  It is a really pretty pink color.  While it doesn’t offer enough pigment, it does offer a good amount of sparkle.  However, it is not long lasting.  Which, is a bummer.  I’m a big fan right now of the Anastasia highlighters, and the luster dust doesn’t match up.

Crème Lux Lipstick – $7 – Overall Grade – A+

*Something that was very hyped was their new Lux Lipsticks.  They were so popular that they were consistently sold out.  However, it seems like they have been able to keep them in stock lately.  So, I jumped on the chance to grab one.  And what can I say?  The hype is well warranted.  I never thought in a million years that anything could stand up to Hourglass lipsticks.  But these are up there in terms of comfort and lasting power.  I can’t wait to get more, and I highly recommend these.

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Hyperspace – Star Wars Inspired Eyeshadow Palette

One of the most fun things about makeup is finding cool things in unexpected places. One of my favorite stores is called BoxLunch. It is a better version of Hot Topic, mostly due to them not blasting music at deafening volumes. I go in there for mostly Funko Pop figures. Yes, I’m a 36 year old who collects little vinyl figures. I happened to also be in there one day to find someone a unique present. In my search of the Star Wars section, I stumbled across an eyeshadow palette that was shaped like the Millennium Falcon, called Hyperspace. The best part is that it was only $16.90. That is a bargain. Sometimes, you can’t even get a drugstore palette for that price. I had to get it. If anything, it would be fun as a novelty. So, I scooped it up! Here is what I thought.

While the colors are all similar to the ones that I already have in other palettes, the mix of colors enticed me. Including cool tones these days is rare, and I definitely welcomed them. I am also glad that they included a black matte. Since I used matte black a lot, I am always a little irked when it doesn’t have it in it. Out of the 16 shades, only 4 were matte. The rest were shimmer. Some people have an issue with this, but for a novelty palette such as this one, I didn’t mind. One thing that was odd was the size of the pans. It is not necessarily the amount of product, but the actual shape of the pan. They were a little skinny. So, if you like to apply shimmers with your finger, it is a little hard to get enough product on your finger. After swatching them, I also thought they had a nice quality. Not the best, bur far from the worst.

So, how did they wear? I give this a solid B in this department. The colors did fade a little as the day went on, but they did stay pretty well. The colors have great pigment, but again, not the best. I used Rebellion and I really had to dip in a few times to get it to look pigmented. They held up pretty well to the day’s events and was pretty happy with it. Now…is this going to be a palette I grab a lot? No, it’s not. But it is most definitely a really fun thing to have in my collection. And, for me, it’s inexpensive enough for it to serve this purpose.

Favorite Crème Lipsticks

In today’s makeup market, liquid lipsticks seem to reign supreme.  They most definitely have their benefits.  They last longer, and don’t transfer as much.  But every now and then, I like to wear lipstick in a crème formula.  Crème formulas are classic, and they are often times more comfortable than a liquid lipstick.  Plus, there is just something about that classic tube of lipstick that just makes me happy.

Here are my favorite crème lipsticks:

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick $19

*The Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipsticks were the first I ever tried from Sephora.  The first one I bought was Underage Red.  I love that color.  I know the name has drawn controversy, but it’s a dynamite color.  Recently, they updated the formula, and it is just as great as ever.  In addition, the Everlasting Lip Liners are fantastic, and that is my preferred combo.

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color $2.49

*About 6 months ago, Wet n Wild launched their new eyeshadow quads.  While picking a couple of those up, I grabbed a tube of this lipstick.  I thought, for $3, why not?!  I really never expected to like this lipstick so much.  It is smooth going on, and does last for a few hours.  The color I got was a nude-ish pink, so I can’t speak to their most powerful colors.  But you really can’t beat the price.

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick $18

*On a recent trip to Sephora, I got a little mini of the new lipsticks from Fenty Beauty.  It was a super dark color, but I tried it anyway.  I was kind of blown away by the formula.  I guess I didn’t expect it to be so comfortable.  When I went back to get a full size, I picked up the color Candy Venom.  The pigment is gorgeous, and is fairly long lasting.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick $34

*Where do I begin?  Let me start by saying this…its definitely a luxury item.  $34 for a lipstick is kind of insane.  Essentially, you can by 10 of the WnW lipsticks for that amount.  However, it is the best lipstick I’ve worn…EVER.  I never thought in a million years that a crème lipstick could perform like this one.  The first color I bought was Secretly.  It is a classic red.  The best part about this lipstick is that it doesn’t feather.  It is the only red crème lipstick I can wear without a lip liner.  And it is very long lasting.  If you have the funds to buy one of these, buy it in a color you wear often.  I assure you, you will not be disappointed.

*All of the above are cruelty-free.

Kat Von D Beauty Brows!

Awhile ago, Kat Von D Beauty launched a brow product that mimicked the famous Tattoo Liner.  The problem is that it was, well, not ideal.  It was way too dramatic, and it got mostly negative reviews.   Then, Kat Von D Beauty decided to develop and launch a full line of brow products.  The new line of brow products consisted of a pomade, powder and pencil.

Over the last few months, I’ve been trying different brow products.  I tried the ABH Brow Whiz, NYX Precision Brow Pencil, and most recently, the European Wax Center Brow Powder.  While all are great products, I was still not 100% on any of them.  When the new KVD products launched, I knew I had to try them.

I picked up both the Super Brow Pomade and the Brow Struck Powder.  I’ve never used a pomade before, and thought this was the time to try one.  I’ve always been scared of a pomade, as I thought they would be too bold.  And I don’t like feeling something on my face the whole day.  But the Super Brow Pomade is incredible.  The formula is easy to blend, and it is very light.  It also packs a great pigment, although not too much.  It is also long lasting.  In addition to the actual products, KVD Beauty also released 2 new brushes; one for the pomade, and one for the powder.  The brush for the pomade is unnecessary in my opinion, as it is just a regular brow brush.  I used a $2 e.l.f. brush that worked just fine.

Now, on to the powder.  The powder is hands down, the best powder I’ve ever tried.  When you look at it in the component, it has a little bit of sparkle to it.  However, when you apply it, it doesn’t look sparkly.  It just helps to add dimension.  The powder looks really good on, and like the pomade, is pigmented and long lasting.  It is also incredibly easy to work with and blend.  The brush that goes with the powder is great.  It has a special shape, and it really makes application fast.  However, with that being said, a regular brow brush would also work just fine.  But I do believe that the brush has its benefits.  The brush has notches, and helps to distribute the powder around the hair better than a regular brush.

I usually love everything that KVD Beauty comes out with.  And the new brow products are no exception.  The pomade, for me, is not for my every day look.  But I look forward to using it for going out at night.  I don’t think I can recommend the powder enough.  You can tell that the formula is quality, and it offers the more natural brow look that we all love for day time.  There is part of me that regrets not also grabbing the pencil, but pencils are just not for me.  KVD Beauty products that I loved, like the Metal Crush single eyeshadows and the Shade & Light quads, are no longer available in stores.  I hope that this product does well, and that it sticks around.

The Super Brow Pomade retails for $19, and the Brow Struck Powder retails for $20.  The full line of brow products are available from Sephora and Kat Von D Beauty.

Pretty Vulgar: Pretty Birdie Eyeshadow Palette

Over the last year, we’ve seen so many new brands and new products.  As I’ve said in other posts, it can be hard to keep up with it all.  But one of the brands that has been on my radar since I tried their gel liner is Pretty Vulgar.  Thanks to beauty influencers, I’ve seen more and more of the their products mentioned.  One of their products that I’ve always wanted to try is their eyeshadow palettes.  During one of my many recent trips to Sephora, one of their palettes caught my eye; the Pretty Birdie palette.  What I don’t know is how long this has been out and/or how long I haven’t noticed it (which is a crime).  It is easily one of the most unique palettes I’ve seen lately.

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Here is some information about the palette.  It has 12 shades, 4 mattes and 8 shimmers/metallics.  It retails for USD$35.  It is fairly compact, and the packaging is not excessive.  You could easily travel with it.

Here are the shades:

Lay:  Off-White (M)

Free: Off-White (almost iridescent) (S)

Ego:  Gold (S)

Songbird:  Cocoa (S)

Brilliant:  Purple (S)

Fancy:  Mint (S) (It looks silver in the pic, but its mint)

Wing It:  Royal Blue (S)

Snitch:  Berry Red (M)

Formation:  Brick Red (M)

Nevermore:  Dark Blue-Green (M)

Jealous:  Hunter Green (S)

Head B****h:  Dark Purple (S)

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So what did I think?  My opinion on this palette is that is definitely worth the money.  This is especially true if you have too many neutral palettes.  That is not my problem, but I can see this as a great introduction to color if someone is only used to neutrals.  The colors are unique, but not overwhelming.  As far as pigmentation and fall out are concerned, this palette stands up on both measures.  There is not too much fall out and the pigmentation is great.  Another major plus is the mirror.  Its large enough to fit your whole face, and the design of the packaging allows you to hold it in one hand while applying.  They were also easy to blend, and I was able to create beautiful looks without the colors melding together.

The only things that I would change about this palette is that I would add another dark shade.  I also think it could do with another matte shade.  And these aren’t even complaints, and by no means a reason to not buy it.

And of course, one of the best things about this is that it is Cruelty-Free.  It is always a plus when I find newer brands that put out quality, cruelty-free products.  Also, as a note, my friend bought the Phoenix Rising palette on the same day.  She loves it.  It has convinced me that I need to not sleep on this brand or their palettes.

Check out Pretty Vulgar here and on Sephora here.

Makeup, YouTube and Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy causes so many side effects.  It’s a known fact.  There are the usual ones, like fatigue, hair loss and nausea.  Then, there are the mental ones, like sadness, hopelessness, etc.  Those can almost be worst, depending on the person.  It is incredibly important to stay positive through something like cancer treatment because you feel well…terrible.

One of the things that seemed to take my mind off of the negative and keep me positive was makeup.  It sounds insignificant.  But it can have a serious impact.  In fact, the American Cancer Society (and I’m sure other organizations) have a program called Look Good Feel Better.  It was founded to help women with their outward appearance during treatment.  Programs like this are incredibly beneficial.  Dealing with your outward appearance can be pretty daunting, especially if you aren’t already experienced.  Luckily, I didn’t lose my eyebrows.  But the idea of drawing on eyebrows that didn’t look wrong terrified me.  Navigating these types of situations is scary in itself.  If you or someone you know is having issues like this because of cancer treatments, click here to check out Look Better Feel Better.

As I decided to not utilize one of these programs, I started watching YouTube videos.  My little sister is very into YouTube.  She told me some of the beauty channels she watched, so I started there.  I learned how to do my makeup better because of Laura Lee, MannyMUA, NikkieTutorials and Jeffree Star.  In fact, I also owe them my sanity. Watching them made the day not so terrible.  Having this new world in which to play around in made me feel better, and more positive.  To this day, I believe that this enhanced my treatment.  I wasn’t just sitting around all day, I was learning how to do something.  YouTube gets a bad rap sometimes for being a waste of time, or that it rewards stupid behavior.  But YouTube beauty channels played a big role in saving my life and my sanity.

I’ve mentioned the beauty channels I watched, so let’s move onto the products.  Here is a list of my favorite beauty products I fell in love with while in treatment.

  1.  NYX HD Concealer – I wasn’t just sick.  I LOOKED sick.  Using a concealer under my eyes helped to take care of the dark circles under my eyes.

2.   Kat Von D Lock It Foundation – It is fantastic.  Its full coverage, and goes on great.  When I was going through treatment, my skin would be fickle.  It would oscillate between dry and oily.  This foundation could handle both sides of the coin.  It also has an incredible shade range.

3.   Colourpop Super Shock Blush – Colourpop’s Super Shock blush formula is one of my favorites.  I never wore blush until treatment.  It helped me not look so flat.

4.   Jeffree Star Beauty Killer eyeshadow palette – This was the first higher end eyeshadow palette I ever owned.  My sister actually bought it for me for my birthday.  I loved it because it was different.  Without hair, my face became more pronounced.  I used it as an opportunity to play with different colors of eyeshadow.  At this time, I was also partial to the NYX Stormy Skies eyeshadow palette.  NYX, in general, has great products for an affordable price.

5.   Lush Charity Pot – While not a makeup item, this became one of my essentials.  As I’ve mentioned before, my skin became incredibly fickle.  Dryness was an issue.  In addition, there were just certain smells I couldn’t handle.  Lush’s Charity Pot has a scent, but not an overpowering one.  And it was thick enough to handle the job.

6.   Neosporin – Yes, you read that correctly…Neosporin.  One of the most embarrassing things that happened during treatment was the skin at the corners of my mouth were constantly cracking and bleeding.  When this happens to normal people, it usually is not an issue.  But since I had zero immune system, I needed a little help.  Neosporin really helped heal it faster.  In general, neosporin is good to have handy.

So there it is…the list of beauty products that got me through chemotherapy.  This is not

a full list (I have a lot of favorites), but these are the main ones.  Its been a little over 2 years since my diagnosis.  So its been on my mind lately about how I actually got through it without wanting to jump off a bridge.  This is just a small part of what got me through.  Its the small things all put together that get you through something difficult.  Chemotherapy sucks. Cancer sucks.  But I will forever be eternally grateful for having access to a treatment that saved my life.  Is it the only answer?  No.  But it was the path I went down.  As we learn more and more about how to treat cancer, we learn more and more about how to cope with the side effects, mental and physical.  And if I can help just one person with my experience, then it wasn’t all for nothing.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics: Blood Sugar Palette

For Valentine’s Day this year, Jeffree Star Cosmetics came out with the Lovesick Collection.  It was fantastic.  The lipsticks were gorgeous.  But the real star of the collection is the Blood Sugar Palette.  This is the kind of palette that, when it was revealed, I screamed.  Aside from not having a matte black, it is the palette of my dreams.  The neutrals, the pinks, and the REDS.  Its gorgeous, and I had to have it.  On the day of the release, I was on my Winter Southwest Trip.  I was literally in the middle of the Arizona desert, trying to get a signal.  I finally found a restaurant that had good reception, good coffee and the best breakfast burrito I’ve ever had.  I got my credit card out, went to the website at 5 minutes prior to the release and kept refreshing.  Finally it was live!  I added to cart and then, at 3 minutes past the release, I hit Checkout.  Then, it happened…SOLD OUT.  Yes, this palette sold out in 3 minutes.  3 minutes.  After tweeting about it, texting my sister and having a moment of silence for what I could have had, I finished my breakfast and hit the road.

If you’ve read my post about going to the Grand Canyon Caverns, you can probably get that it was in the middle of nowhere.  Cell phone reception is spotty at best there.  So, I’m shocked that I got a text from my sister when I got back to the surface.  They opened the site back up for pre-orders.  Now, I would have to wait 4-5 weeks, but I would guarantee getting my palette with the next restock.  Here is where it got real.  I start walking around the parking lot, trying to find ANY spot that I could get a decent signal.  I found one and I stood there, in the middle of the parking lot, ordering an eyeshadow palette.  But I got it.  It was worth it.  I do realize how crazy this sounds, but I love makeup.  It is most definitely a problem of the fortunate, and there are worse things in the world to worry about than an eyeshadow palette.  And to get a little personal for a minute, it was at this moment that I realized how great the life is that I’ve managed to build over the last 10 years.  When my hard work culminated in ordering a luxury eyeshadow palette in the middle of the Arizona desert on a road trip, I got a little emotional.  I cried a little…not afraid to admit it.  But enough about me, let’s talk about the palette!

The Blood Sugar Palette retails for $52 and has 18 shadows with mixed finishes.  It is also vegan and cruelty-free.  It is currently sold out, but it will be a permanent part of the collection.

Over the last week, I’ve tried a few different looks with a lot of the shadows.  The pigmentation is there, and they blend easily.  It is the quality I expect from his eyeshadow palettes. The formula is one of the best out there.  The possibilities are endless with this palette.  I’ve seen people on Instagram, that are a lot more creative than me, create some incredible looks.

My favorite shades:  Donor, Blood Sugar, Fresh Meat and Root Canal.

After using this all week, I would say that it is worth the money.  Some of the colors are bold to say the least, but I’ve actually gotten a lot of use out of it for everyday looks.  As an FYI, some of the pink shades are a little staining, but it isn’t terrible.  I’ve actually only noticed when I swatched it.  I can’t wait to keep using it, especially into summer.

Mini Ulta Haul…just a few things.

One of the places that I don’t go to a lot is Ulta.  Now, Its not a matter of not knowing its not there.  Its more of a matter of never making it there.  I tend to go to Sephora more, as there are things I get there that I can’t get at other places, namely, Kat Von D and Ole Henrickson.  But lately, I’ve had a penchant for more drugstore makeup.  And, although its convenient to actually go to Target or Walgreen’s for makeup, they don’t always have the best selection.  With that being said, the Ulta I normally go to has a lackluster selection.  On top of it, I find it to be messy with open packages, makeup smeared on fixtures, etc.  But, I decided to give Ulta another fair shot, and chose a different location.  I’m glad I did, as the one I chose is actually one of the best Ultas I’ve been in.  They had a great selection, and it was really clean and organized.

I was excited to try brands that I’ve never tried before.  And its not for not wanting to try them.  It was mostly because every Ulta I’ve been in up until this point has not had the available selection.  Needless to say, going to a better location made me love Ulta again.

Here is what I got in my mini-Ulta haul.

*Makeup Revolution – Blush and Contour Palette (Sugar & Spice) – $7

One of the most noticable things about this Palette is the scent.  It reminds me of my grandmother’s blush.  For some people, this particular smell turns people off.  But I actually don’t mind it.  The palette comes with 5 Mattes, 1 Shimmer and 2 Baked blushes.  These are actually decently pigmented, and the colors are fun.  The Baked Blushes are very shimmery, and I would almost classify them as a highlighter, rather than a blush.  The palette was $7, and I would defintely say it is worth the price.  Even if you don’t use the shimmery ones, the mattes are worth it.

*Makeup Revolution – Conceal & Define Concealer – $7

I would say that this concealer is fairly hyped up.  As some might know, Makeup Revolution makes less expensive dupes of more high end makeup.  While I believe that a lot of their things could be classified as just plain knock-offs, I can appreciate them trying to bring certain things to people who may not be able to afford the higher end alternative.  One of these higher end items is the Tarte Shape Tape.  TST is $27.  It is extremely expensive for a concealer.  I believe it might be more expensive than the NARS concealer.  Regardless of the reason why I don’t buy Tarte, that price is just outrageous.  So, its natural that there would be a dupe at some point.  Enter the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer.  I will disclaim this review by saying that I have never tried Tarte Shape Tape, so this is not a comparison.  I’m going solely based on the new Makeup Revolution version.  Needless to say, I love this concealer.  Its thick, but not heavy, and it offers great coverage.  I also didn’t see much creasing and it was long lasting.  Again, for the price of $7, its a bargain.

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*Catrice Highlighting Powder (Merry Cherry Blossom) – $5.99

I really wanted to like this.  It looked so pretty in the packaging that I was excited to see how it would perform.  I was actually fairly disappointed.  I don’t always want a blinding highlighter.  Sometimes, I just want a subtle little glow.  But I found it to be almost nonexistent.  As you can see from the swatch picture, it is already subtle.  And its even more subtle on the face.  Its so subtle that I can’t even recommend it for people who like subtle highlighters.

*Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation (Light Natural) – $9.99

Another product that I’ve seen here and there is the Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation.  From what I gathered, it was very full coverage, and it was suitable for oily skin.  Even after the good feedback I’ve seen, I was still skeptical.  I would give this a solid B rating.  I wanted to like it better than my Wet n Wild, but the Wet n Wild still wins out.  It is very full coverage, but when paired with the wrong primer, watch out.  All in all, I did like this foundation.

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Cruelty Free: Kat Von D x Divine

Limited Edition.  2 words in the makeup industry that can cause a frenzy among consumers.  This is especially true when either the brand, the theme or the the person who they are collaborating has their own cult following.  As consumers, we are usually inundated with Limited Edition releases.  It can be hard to decide what to spend our money on.  Personally, there hasn’t been one to excite me lately like the Kat Von D x Divine collection has.

First of all, I love that it is a mini-collection of sorts; with the I Am Divine eyeshadow palette and the Studded Kiss Creme lipstick in Divine.  What attracted me to it was the fact that the colors were interesting.  Of course, there is the neutral shades, but I just couldn’t resist that bright green!  Secondly, I love what Divine stood for.  Yeah, there was dog poop eaten in the movie Pink Flamingos, which is one of the things that will forever be associated with Divine.  However, when I think of Divine, I think of someone who was fearless and was not concerned what people thought.  Divine truly lived by the motto, “What others thing about me is none of my business”.  Anyone can aspire to be who they are meant to be; themselves.  That is the magic of Divine and the magic of this collection.

Let’s go over the shades…My apologies for the swatches.

Babs – champagne shimmer

Hard Magic – black matte (There should be one in every palette.)

Baltimore – ocean blue metallic

Waters – Matte sky blue

Filthy – gunmetal metallic

Pink Flamingos – neon green shimmer

Female Trouble – white matte

Hairspray – silver glitter

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I couldn’t wait to get into this and use it.  I was not disappointed.  They apply beautifully and blend nicely.  They are definitely the quality that I’ve come to expect from Kat Von D.  The stand out shades for me are Waters and Pink Flamingos.  I’m sure there was no surprise there.  I had so much fun using this palette.  I truly have nothing else like it.  The color also lasted all day, which is always a plus.  If you are looking for a fun eyeshadow palette, pick this one up.

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The other piece in the collection was the Studded Kiss Lipstick in Divine.  It is the perfect nude that literally goes with everything.  You could create any eye look with this palette and it would be the perfect lipstick for it.  Truthfully, I didn’t really think I needed the lipstick, but I decided that it would be perfection.  And it was.  Even if you don’t get the palette, the lipstick would be a good staple in anyone’s makeup kit.

On a side note, I also tested out a new face primer.  The Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield with SPF 30.  I’ve been looking for a primer with SPF that would be suitable for oily skin for what seems like forever.  Finally, I’ve found it.  I used this with my Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation, and it really held up to the events of the day.  I went to the farmers market, grocery shopping, and cleaned my house.  And it really held up.  Yes, it is not inexpensive, but if it works, its worth it.

Cruelty Free: Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quads

There are few brands these days that have surprised me more than Wet ’N Wild.  They have really stepped up their game in terms of formula.  First, they impressed me with their Photo Focus Foundation.  I also love their Liquid Catsuit lipsticks.  And, of course, one of my favorite things about Wet ’N Wild is that they are cruelty free.  One thing I haven’t tried from this brand is their eyeshadows.

Recently, they relaunched their ColorIcon Eyeshadows.  If there is any makeup item I love as much as lipstick is eyeshadow.  I was excited to get my hands on the new quads, and when in Las Vegas, I was able to pick a couple up.  Quick side note…the Walgreens in Las Vegas across from Crystals Shopping Center is a makeup dream.  If you are ever there, and you like drugstore brands, this will be your jam.  Now, onto the review!

I picked up the Hooked on Vinyl and the Sweet as Candy ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quads.  I wanted 2 totally different color schemes to try out. The Hooked on Vinyl had an emerald green, a gold, a taupe and a beige.  The Sweet as Candy has 2 browns (1 slightly darker than the other), a peach-pink and an off white.  Sweet as Candy is perfect for those “no makeup” makeup looks.  Hooked on Vinyl is for a darker look, which is usually more appealing to me.

So, how did they wear?  I have to give them a solid B+.  They lasted pretty much all day, and they blended beautifully.  They are smooth, not chalky, and there was minimal fallout.  The only thing that kept them from being a home run is that there just wasn’t enough pigment.  Truthfully, they look really rich in the pan, but you really have to keep dipping into it to get some color.  But for $2.99 a piece, you really can’t go wrong.  I have a ton of eyeshadow, from high end to drugstore.  And these definitely hold their own in the pack.  They are also great for traveling!  All in all, I was impressed by these little quads.

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