Splurge vs Steal with Urban Decay, Covergirl, NYC Lovatics, Makeup Revolution USA

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It’s time for a new Makeup Wars and I’m excited about this one. I can’t wait to read what the other bloggers have chosen as their SPLURGE vs STEAL items. For my edition I decided to stick with neutral palettes since they are so popular. Urban Decay Naked palettes started the craze with Too Faced Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Bon Bons following. At $54 and $49 respectively it’s hard to own all the ones you are interested in…. so here comes the steals.

I read this type of article often in magazines and the first thing that comes to my mind is the question of Quality. Yes, two items may look similar, but is the steal something you’d want to wear/use? I have made sure that my steals are ones that I can recommend without question.

URBAN DECAY is the brand that I believe has led the way into the neutral revolution. They have excellent marketing and know how to get the word out with some cutting edge products. Just look at how they’ve promoted the Gwen Steffani items! People are going nuts over them. Also their Naked palettes don’t go out of favor. When I was pulling this together I realized that I can’t find my Naked Basics and Naked 2. Just because they are older doesn’t make them any less relevant and now I’m thinking about purchasing them. I looked to see how to compare my ‘steals’ to my Urban Decay and Too Faced. I hope I’ve succeeded.

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Cosmetics has a new collection in collaboration with Demi Lovato. I received several items that I’ll be reviewing in full and I’m loving them. This $6.99 palette LOVATICS BY DEMI is incredible and a perfect match for the original URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE. $6.99. vs $54. Now that’s what I call a Splurge vs Steal. When you find this at Walmart, Target or wherever NYC is sold, grab it before it’s too late.

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

URBAN DECAY NAKED 3 vs ULTA ROSE GOLD PALETTE

These two are so close that I can blindly reach for either to achieve the same looks. This is a $54 vs $20 Splurge vs Steal except that Ulta’s palette is always on sale and you can use their coupons. This particular week all ULTA products are buy 2 get 2 free, last week this palette was $12.

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

MAKEUP REVOLUTION USA AFFIRMATION vs URBAN DECAY SMOKY and TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BONBONS

There are 32 eyeshadows in MAKEUP REVOLUTION’S AFFIRMATION PALETTE. This Ulta exclusive is $15 with BOGO 1/2 currently going on. It’s also available with the $3.50 coupon that Ulta advertises. I had to seek out two palettes to match up with the AFFIRMATION palette because it has so many versatile shades.

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky contains these shades: champagne shimmer micro-glitter, medium bronze, metallic taupe iridescent micr-glitter, metallic silver taupe tonal sparkle, light metallic gray, medium charcoal micro glitter, jet black satin, deep plum taupe, cool taupe matte, rich brown matte, soft pink taupe and light beige satin. Look at the above picture – recognize those shades?

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons contains these shades: matte mauve, cool greige, matte suede, matte plum brown, gilded rose, electric fuchsia pearl, cherry cola shimmer, satin nude, smokey sapphire, deep metallic amethyst, gilded cocoa, metallic taupe, metallic cocoa bronze, and matte warm cream. You can find duplicates of all these shades in the Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette too.

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation USA, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

While I love my Urban Decay palettes I shudder thinking about how much money they’ve cost me. Makeup Revolution USA Affirmation isn’t as pigmented as UD and TF but I end up with the same colors and looks. I’m the only one that knows that the Affirmation palette costs a fraction of the other too.

COVERGIRL TRUNAKED NUDES

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Last is the Covergirl trunaked Nudes palette which is a beautiful rendition of a nude palette. The colors are exactly what you need to create daily looks as well as smoky eyes. The palette sells for approximately $12.99 but you can find sales on it. Currently at Ulta it’s $11.98 with a BOGO 1/2 on Covergirl products. I have been blown away by the color and quality of this palette.

I think these steals are pretty fabulous and the true definition of Splurge vs Steal without compromising quality. What’s your favorite steal?  –  Marcia

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*NYC, Covergirl, Makeup Revolution received for editorial consideration, others are self purchased

Milani Everyday Eyes is more than an everyday palette

Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Collection (01 Must Have Naturals)

Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Collection (01 Must Have Naturals)

I have to tell you that finding this Milani Everyday Eyeshadow Collection palette was a total shock. I have 3 CVS stores in my stomping grounds and they never have anything new from Milani. It can be months before I see something and forget it if it’s limited edition. I was so surprised to find it that I furtively put one in my cart and ran to the cash register. I didn’t even think about taking a picture of the small display so you know I was excited.

The shadow collection does not disappoint. Of course I have dozens of neutral palettes so Must Have Naturals is nothing original for me and most likely for you. But for about $10 to have such beautiful shades that are easy to apply and blend is a pleasure.

Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Collection (01 Must Have Naturals)

Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Collection (01 Must Have Naturals)

There are 6 palettes in the collection although the Milani special display for this just had 4 (Must Have Naturals, Earthy Elements, Smokey Essentials, and Bare Necessities). I chose Must Have Naturals because I love the taupe shadow in this and only found out when doing research that it’s called Cool Neutrals – it was meant to be.

I do have to warn you that these sell for $9.99 on Milani.com but for $10.49 at CVS (and $9.99 online). But this particular week there’s a $4 Extra Bucks Reward if you spend $10 on Milani so I came out $3.50 ahead.

Must Have Naturals by Milani

Must Have Naturals by Milani

The back of the palette gives you  directions on how to use each color but you know it’s up to you.

Step 1: HIGHLIGHT –  Sweep BASE color across lid from lash line to brow bone
Step 2: CONTOUR  –  Apply CONTOUR shade under the brow bone, blending from inner to outer corner
Step 3: COLOR  – Tap LID color onto center of lid, blending well
Step 4: DEPTH  – Apply CREASE color to outer corner blending through crease

The Base shade is a cool cream shade that I use on my browbone. I feel it changes the other shades if I use it over my entire eye.

The Contour shade matches my skintone just about exactly. Their description shows this shade on the inner eye crease. I haven’t used this shade yet because that’s not the way I do my eyes.

The Lid shade is my favorite shade in the palette. It’s a beautiful golden taupe with just the right amount of satin but no glitter to be seen.

The Crease shade is a dark chocolate brown that you can build up in intensity if you want.

Must Have Naturals by Milani

Must Have Naturals by Milani

Step 5: BRIGHTEN  – Tap SPECIALTY shade lightly on inner corner of eye
Step 6: DEFINE  –  Apply LINER color close to upper and lower lash lines

The Specialty shade is much pinker than it appears in my picture but it’s a soft baby pink that works well for highlighting and the inner corner of your eye. This has a small amount of shimmer to it but it doesn’t show up very shimmery.

The Liner is a matte black that is obviously meant to be used as a liner but you can use this without a problem as an eyeshadow, especially if you want to use this for a smokey eye.

The palette comes with a two sided brush that is usable but not special.

Milani Everyday Eyes palette

Milani Everyday Eyes palette

If you are a fan of the Bella Eyes Gel shadows I think you’ll like this (and the others) a lot. The texture is more powdery but still soft and easy to apply. The colors have good pigmentation and don’t fade away when used with an eyeshadow primer like Milani’s.

For $10 this was a happy discovery for me. Enough for me to see if they have any left! What do you think of this palette? Have you seen these yet?  — Marcia

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It’s my birthday and I’ll SMIZE if I want to

It isn’t often that someone can add a word to our lexicon. It’s even less often that the word is associated with one person and one person only. Others may try to make a word their own (kontouring, twerking, on fleek) but only Tyra Banks owns the word SMIZE. Even better is that she’s created a special eye shadow palette through her company, Tyra Beauty, named Smoky Smize Palette. Actually there is one thing better than all of this, that I was sent one to test and fall in love with.

Smoky Smize from Tyra Beauty

Smoky Smize from Tyra Beauty

The SMOKY SMIZE EYESHADOW PALETTE is unique just like its creator. It contains 4 shades that you need to create the perfect smoky eye and a brush that is one you’ll fall for.

Smoky Smize from Tyra Beauty

Smoky Smize from Tyra Beauty

This palette even teaches you what to use where! The Highlight shade is named Light ‘Em Up, the two All Over shades are Blaze and Exhale, and the Drama shade is Smolder. Your eyes will definitely light things up and smolder with this great palette.

Smize shades: Light  Em Up, Blaze, Exhale, Smolder

Smize shades: Light
Em Up, Blaze, Exhale, Smolder

Light ‘Em Up is a true highlighter shade. I’ve tried wearing it all over but it’s a little too bright for that yet it’s perfect on my browbone. It’s a luminous cream shade.

Blaze has a slight khaki tint which moves it out of the realm of the typical neutral palette.

Exhale is a great brown taupe that I love to wear in the crease with other shadows too.

Smolder is black but it’s not super black, it’s more of a smoky browned black so it’s not as harsh as a typical dark shade.

Smoky Smize swatches

Smoky Smize swatches

The important thing to know is that none of these are shimmers or glitters so they are perfect for someone who wants a (birthday) look that is in style yet age appropriate. Light ‘Em Up is more luminous than the others but there’s not a drop of glitter. The shadows apply beautifully and, with an eyeshadow primer, last and last. I’ve worn this both day and night and have loved the looks I’ve been able to create.

Tyra Beauty See Your Smize brush

Tyra Beauty See Your Smize brush

The brush that comes in the palette, See Your Smize, is as creative as Tyra is. It’s bent about 2/3rds up to help you generate an easy look with the colors. At first I thought I’d have trouble with the brush even though the bristles on it are firm yet soft. But as a leftie I was worried that the bend wasn’t great for me. Wrong! I just needed to play with it a little before I became a champ at using this. I’m very impressed with the brush, both the quality and usability. It’s not often that a brush in a palette is so great. While you can use a different brush with this, why would you? This one is an added bonus.

Tyra Banks Smize Smoky palette

Tyra Banks Smize Smoky palette

I’m not done with bonuses because Tyra isn’t done with them either. A a portion of the proceeds from each Smoky Smize Palette will go towards the truth® campaign partnership to inspire tobacco-free lives – “Smoke your eyes, not cigarettes”.

Smoky Smize will be my birthday eye look and I couldn’t be happier. As Tyra says on the package “Notice: This smoky eyeshadow palette is habit forming.” What a great habit.  — Marcia

Smize eyes

Smize eyes

*sent for editorial consideration. The palette alone is $39 normally but right now there’s a special going on for $38.35 that will get you not only the palette but the highlighter crayon as well. Now that’s a deal!! Get over to Tyra Beauty now.

Happy birthday to me!!!

Pur Eye Polish will bring shine to your eyes on New Year’s Eve and ever after

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PÜR Cosmetics

PUR Cosmetics has everything you need to make your special evenings out more beautiful. One of my new favorites (sent for review) is their EYE POLISH. This double duty product is just what the doctor ordered for a night out.

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish in Champagne and Satin

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish in Champagne and Satin

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish comes in 6 beautiful shades that can be used as a crease proof eyeshadow primer or alone as an iridescent lightweight cream eyeshadow. I have two shades, Cashmere and Satin, and love the unusual texture of them.

Pur Cosmetics Cashmere Eye Polish packaging

Pur Cosmetics Cashmere Eye Polish packaging

Let’s start with the packaging –  this is a midsize short jar with the top of the jars being colors that match the color within. Open it and you’ll find a mesh covering for the liquid eyeshadow polish. Shake and press down with your finger or a brush to pick up the color. You’ll feel a coolness to the shadow at first. These dry down quickly but not instantly. There’s enough time for you to pat it on your lid in the intensity you want before it dries down totally. They come with a small silicone applicator (which I didn’t receive) that helps pick up the shadows easily and makes application easy.

 

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish shades from My Beauty Bunny

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish shades from My Beauty Bunny

The 6 shades are

  • Satin – Sheer Crystal Pink
  • Suede – Earthy Seductive Neutral
  • Cashmere – Shimmery Champagne
  • Silk – Prism Copper
  • Velvet – Plush Amethyst
  • Caviar – Lavish Black with Gold Karat Flecks
Pur Minerals Satin and Champagne

Pur Minerals Satin and Champagne

Pur Minerals Satin and Champagne

Pur Minerals Satin and Champagne

Satin is the brighter of the two I have and the more iridescent. Satin has a pink cast to it but I wouldn’t call it a true pink. It’s light enough and bright enough to create shine that stands out. I like using it with Pur’s Secret Crush Palette (reviewed here) with the cooler shades. Champagne is more golden and not quite as shiny. It’s just gorgeous with neutrals and browns/bronzes. Both appear shimmery yet they stay in place. You won’t get glitter on your face with these.

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish in Champagne with Pur Secret Crush palette

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish in Champagne with Pur Secret Crush palette

These are incredible products and I can’t wait to pick up Caviar to see how the darker shades look. I know they wear beautifully. No extra primer is needed since Eye Polish has it all. — Marcia

 

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Please see My Beauty Bunny for swatches of all 6 of these beauties

Ingredients: Satin: Aqua, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polysilicone-11, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquiozane, Bis-PEG-8 Dimethicone, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, 1,2-Hexandiol, Caprylyl Glycol, Laureth-12, Tin Oxide May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Olivia Palermo Smokey Suedes Eye Palette by Ciate is a hidden treasure

The gifts are unwrapped, the ribbons/bows/paper are tossed, the food is eaten. Now you are surrounded by a group of gifts and deciding what to do with them. Do you love them? Are you happy or disappointed? And what about those gift cards? Decisions need to be made. If you are lucky enough to have a Sephora gift card or return to them, I have a suggestion for you.

No one ever talks about Ciate makeup. Actually I wasn’t aware of anything but their nail polish until I read that Olivia Palermo had designed some products for Ciate. That enticed me to look and therefore buy!

Olivia Palermo x Ciate London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette

Olivia Palermo x Ciate London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette

As is typical for me I played it safe with the more neutral of the two palettes and purchased Smokey Suedes or as it’s formally known: OLIVIA PALERMO x CIATE LONDON SMOKEY SUEDES EYE PALETTE ($39). When this palette arrived it looked like almost every other palette that I am attracted to and I wasn’t expecting much. How very wrong I was. I can NOT stop wearing this. The eyeshadows are like silk but they wear like iron. They are classy like Olivia Palermo herself and stand out without being flashy. They are everything I look for when purchasing.

The more I used this palette, the more I realized I needed to share it with you so forgive my used palette picture.

There are 9 shadows in the palette and they are are a mix of metallic and matte. What is so wonderful about these shades is that there’s no fallout at all. The metallic shades may appear to be shimmery in the palette but there is no glitter and nothing to fall unto your face. I love that I get the shimmer effect without actual shimmer.

Ciate Olivia Palermo Smokey Suedes top row

Ciate Olivia Palermo Smokey Suedes top row

The top row contains Shaken (pearl gold metallic), Verde (pearl bright olive), Macchiato (matte light pink brown), and Glazed (rose gold metallic). The middle shade (last in the photo below) is Butler, a bone matte. Butler is a great color to use with every shadow in the palette. For my fair skin Butler works perfectly on my brow bone to complete my eye without adding color, it makes my ‘eye of the day’ look complete.

Olivia Palermo Ciate Smokey Suedes top row

Olivia Palermo Ciate Smokey Suedes top row

I’m not a fan of matte shadows but I know they are a necessity, especially as we age. I like both mattes in the above picture (Macchiato and Butler) since they are subtle and work with my skintone. I l.o.v.e. the gold and rose gold metallic shades and want to wear them constantly!

Olivia Palermo x Ciate Smokey Suede palette bottom row

Olivia Palermo x Ciate Smokey Suede palette bottom row

The bottom row contains Prosecco (pearl ivory metallic), Cocoa (pearl bronze metallic), Whoopie Pie (matte medium brown) and Plumberry (matte aubergine).

Olivia Palermo x Ciate Smokey Suede palette bottom row

Olivia Palermo x Ciate Smokey Suede palette bottom row

My two favorites in this row are at the right, Cocoa (pearl bronze metallic) and Prosecco (pearl ivory metallic). I wear these two all the time. Cocoa works perfectly for me with the other metallic shades plus I often mix it with the matte brown (Whoopie Pie) if I want to town it down.

There is one shade out of the 9 that I won’t wear and that’s the matte aubergine, Plumberry. I’ve tried it but I felt it looked awful on me. But with 8 great shades I feel like this is a bargain actually.

Do yourself a favor and consider this palette with your holiday money. The outside is just as pretty as the inside with its sturdy gold and black metal packaging. The palette would be great for travel since there are so many looks you can create with these colors. Daytime or evening, it’s all packaged together in this high quality palette.  — Marciaciate olivia palermo

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If you want the perfect pair, turn to Youngblood Cosmetics mineral eyeshadows

One of my favorite parts of the holidays are the amazing new collections and gift sets that become available. As an eyeshadow fanatic it’s a little like heaven on earth. Some eyeshadows that were released for winter 2015 (and beyond) are the YOUNGBLOOD PERFECT PAIR MINERAL EYESHADOW DUOS. There are 4 duos in total and I am the happy recipient of 3 of them.

Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duos

Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duos

These are the most silky soft shadows that I’ve used lately. The texture of these is extraordinary, they pick up on my brushes like a dream and apply so smoothly. Youngblood tells us that the ingredient that creates this silkiness is Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride with its antioxidant properties and skin naturing benefits. Who doesn’t want products on our faces, especially our tender eye area, that will condition and smooth our skin. That’s also why they use Lauroyl Lysine and Stevioside.

Youngblood Perfect Pair duos

Youngblood Perfect Pair duos

Youngblood Virtue

Youngblood Virtue

Youngblood Virtue

Youngblood Virtue

VIRTUE totally surprised me when I wore it. I was sure that the darker side (Passionate) would be too red on my eyes but it’s such a unique metallic cranberry that it’s stunning on. Pure is the matte white side. I can’t think of another matte white in my collection so it’s nice to have this shade now.

Youngblood Graceful

Youngblood Graceful

Youngblood Graceful

Youngblood Graceful

GRACEFUL also surprised me since I wouldn’t have thought to put together a cobalt blue with a coral. Azure, the cobalt shade, is a matte shade that isn’t as dark once on as it appears in the pan. Apricot is a beautiful satin light coral. Lately I’ve been loving this family for a bright lower lid look. Apricot stands out with Azure but it’s also terrific with the many neutrals and browns in your collection.

Youngblood Desire

Youngblood Desire

Youngblood Desire

Youngblood Desire

DESIRE is my favorite of the trio. I am crazy about this duo, especially the purple. Iris, is a satin that can be built up to a beautiful depth or kept soft. It’s a blue based purple which is the way I want my purples to be. Pink Rose is the softest pink with maybe a tiny touch of lavender. It looks chalky on my swatch but that’s only because I had to put so much on to have the swatch show. Once on my eyes Pink Rose is just a touch pink and complements Iris perfectly.

Youngblood Virtue, Graceful, and Desire Perfect Pair Duos

Youngblood Virtue, Graceful, and Desire Perfect Pair Duos

Just as beautiful is the CHARISMATIC DUO which consists of a matte milk chocolate and a metallic rose gold.

Don’t miss out on some of the silkiest shadows that are cruelty-free, talc free, and paraben free. You’ll love every minute of wearing them. — Marcia

*press sample

 Ingredients:

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyethylene, Nylon-12, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Stevioside, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Isopentyldiol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Carmine (CI 75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

Get divine with Sleek’s I-Divine Storm eyeshadow palette

Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Storm

Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Storm

I’m hoping to catch up on my eyeshadow swatching since I have so many lovelies to share with you. One of my favorites is SLEEK I-DIVINE EYESHADOW PALETTE in STORM which is one of 15 palettes ($11.99) available. (sent for review) This is a magnificent palette and I’m anxious to try out more of their eyeshadows.

SLEEK I-DIVINE EYESHADOW PALETTE in STORM

SLEEK I-DIVINE EYESHADOW PALETTE in STORM

By the time I got around to photographing the palette I’d already used it which is a no-no in the blogging world. But used or pristine, it’s still fabulous. STORM is a good name for the palette because it’s more like a stormy night than a sunny day. The colors are really striking.

STORM from Sleek

STORM from Sleek

The top row has the lightest shades and begins the darker ones. I love the names of the individual shadows.

SAND STORM is light rose gold metallic

SNOW STORM looks more gold in the palette but is actually a creamy white metallic

CALM BEFORE THE STORM is a caramel matte

THUNDER STORM is a golden metallic with a touch of touch of green

PERFECT STORM is a rose gold metallic that can look more pink

FIRESTORM is brown metallic with undertones of cranberry

SLEEK I-DIVINE STORM TOP ROW

SLEEK I-DIVINE STORM TOP ROW

On the bottom is where you see the shades that created the “storm”. My swatch shot shows Dust Storm at the top

DUST STORM is bronze metallic

GATHERING STORM is a beautiful denim metallic

STORM CLOUD is a charcoal metallic with tones of teal to brighten it up

ELECTRIC STORM is a navy metallic that has a touch of royal to it, gorgeous shade

EYE OF THE STORM is a chocolate matte shade

BLACKOUT is a black matte

SLEEK I-DIVINE STORM, bottom row swatches in the opposite order

SLEEK I-DIVINE STORM, bottom row swatches

There is a little fallout when applying these but it’s worth it to have such beautiful shades. Obviously I’m a fan of metallic shadows and those are getting a lot of use. The texture on all but Blackout is buttery soft. You almost want to pet them! Blackout is probably meant to be an eyeliner though it does work as a shadow, to get the intensity of my swatch picture you’d have to apply it with some pressure.

SLEEK I-DIVINE in Storm

SLEEK I-DIVINE in Storm

I am so excited about this palette and I use it all the time. I haven’t put it away yet since I’m always reaching for it. Plus when I realized that these shadows turn out to be $1 apiece it makes me want more SLEEK in my life.

If you haven’t indulged in SLEEK yet then save up for a haul from them now or after the holidays. You don’t want to miss out on this popular UK brand that is now available for the US. — Marcia

*sent for review consideration