Universal High Pigment Shadows

*This post was originally posted on Rachel O. Beauty*

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A few months ago I attended to The Makeup Show Chicago, which is the end all to be all for a beauty junkie like me as there are brands galore to showcase their products and industry icons to share their knowledge through workshops and seminars. It is so exciting but one could become overwhelmed with all the amazing sights to see and people to meet!!! However, I did not let that stop me…I made a plan of who, what, when and where I wanted to see and meet and then I quickly put that plan into action!!! LOL

During my exploration of new brands (at least for me)…I came across Magnolia Makeup, a beauty brand based out of New Awlins (and I say this with love in my most Southern Gal drawl…no, for real, I used to live in the South…LOL). They are devoted to color that is high in pigment and they believe in quality as well as fun for every occasion!!! Yep, this sounds like a brand I want to explore; so I did…*giggles*.

It is funny because I had this brand on my list to investigate but, before I could get to it, several of my blogger friends kept telling to make sure I stopped by Magnolia before I left…so I hoped that it would be all that and then some!!!

When I approached the booth, I was amazed at all the colors. I was like a kid in a candy store and the all the makeup were my sweet treats…LOL!!! Any who, as you can read, it was love at first sight but the true test will come during my trial of wearing the product for a few weeks. While there was so much to chose from, I was able to narrow my selection down to 3 eyeshadows and 2 lip colors in a pot to purchase (and believe me…that was hard to do)!!!

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Today, I am only prepared to share my analysis on the Individual Pigment shadows and here is what I liked: I absolutely positively loved the pigments!!! While all you MAC girls are ranting and raving over their colors and pigments, I suggest you stop, look and listen to a new sheriff in town!!! Now, before you MAC junkies go all crazy on me, for the record, I’m not hating…IJS, give this brand a try because MAC is not the end all to be all when it comes to colors and pigments. Not only that, Magnolia is not as expensive as MAC and the overall quality is great!!! The loose pigments are easy to use and they will work on all skin tones. A little goes a long way and the color last a long time without creasing or fading…FTW!!!

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Now, I know this sounds like a match made in makeup heaven but there are a few dislikes and here they are: I am not one for loose shadows and or powders as they can get a tad messy but this is not a deal breaker for me if the product is great (and this is…teehee)!!! I am not sure if the Individual Pigments are mineral based or not as there is nothing on the website or the product which indicates a yay or nay and to my understanding, loose shadows are mineral based. Again, this is not a deal breaker; inquiring minds would just like to know…LOL, IJS!!!

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So after several weeks of the trial investigation, I have my final grade for you… I give the Individual Pigment shadows by Magnolia Makeup 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! If you are interested in purchasing the shadows, you can do so at magnolia.com for $10 each (the colors featured here are Truffle, Citrine and Gold Nugget). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do…Happy blending!!!

 

 

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Report Card Review for Khloe’s Kardazzle Face Palette by Khroma

Report Card Review for Khloe’s Kardazzle Face Palette by Khroma
It’s no secret that the Kardashian’s empire is growing, growing and still growing (on the go just like that damn energizer bunny) LOL!!! While some people may not be a fan of the brand, you cannot knock their hustle…right??? The ladies have it on lock down when it comes to expanding a brand and they are obviously doing something right!!! So when I heard about the makeup line Khorma launching, I had to inquire!!!
Last month I decided to take a look in Ulta and see what the buzz was all about. To my surprise, there were no bells, whistles, streamers or hoopla surrounding the presence of the brand as I expected. I had to search to find it and it was in the mass section of the store. I was disappointed to see that there were no testers available but I guess considering the location, it was the norm.
As I picked through the mascaras, glosses, shadows, bronzers, lashes and palettes, I was surprised to come across something that caught my eye. It was a small palette of gold tones and warm bronzed colors filled with 8 shadows (4 matte and 4 shimmer), 1 blush, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. Jackpot, I thought!!! What a way to try several products at once and save a little money at the same time 🙂
I have been wearing palettes for a few weeks and I must say there are some things that I really like!!! I love the color palette of neutral tones and they good for most skin tones. The shadows feel like silk and they last all day, they did not crease and the shimmer shadows have great pigment!!! You can also create several looks from the different colors because they all compliment each other. I absolutely love the highlighter; it compliments my skin tone and does not look ashy!!! The overall package is a nice size that can fit in a clutch for a quick touchup if you need it or great for a travel bag for a girl on the go like myself…winning!!! The palette comes in 3 different color choices (of course) Kim, Kourtney and Khloe to appeal to different skin tones (if you don’t like 1, you have 2 more to choose from)…. you can get with this or you can get with that…the choice is absolutely yours!!! Giggles
Yes, I liked several things about the makeup palette but there are also some things that were just blah… The outer packaging is just cheap and flimsy (I cannot be more blunt than that)!!! The palette was hard to open on the first several tries…yes several (I felt like I needed directions on how to open it). The matte pigments are not what they seem; they are sheerer than they appear to be but they do show up on my skin tone. The blush and bronzer are not colors that I would normally wear but I can mix them together to get the look I want to achieve.
Overall, I like the Khloe’s Kardazzle Face Palette by Khroma. I was pleasantly surprised and I think you may be as well. My final grade is 4 out of 5 smooches (that highlighter and the shimmer shadows helps it excel from a 3.5 to a 4)…LOL. If you are interested in purchasing the makeup palette, you can purchase it at Ulta or ulta.com (FYI…ulta.com only has 1 choice of the palettes to choose from) for $12.99. What a beauty steal!!! Happy shopping!!!

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