IT Cosmetics has it all from Naturally Pretty Essentials to Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream and Naturally Pretty Essentials

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream and Naturally Pretty Essentials

The IT COSMETICS lovers are back again to share two of IT’s newer products. We also have some exciting news since we just learned that week that IT Cosmetics will soon be available at Sephora making it so much easier to get this brand. We’re looking forward to the chance that they’ll have some Sephora exclusives. In the meantime we’ll be shopping at Ulta, QVC, and their website.

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IT Cosmetics is just branching out into skin care and we’re certainly happy since their cosmetics have always included anti-aging ingredients. Now we get it two ways. Speaking of anti-aging, their new Naturally Pretty Essentials Matte eyeshadow palette contains the same quality we’ve come to expect from them.

MARCIA and NATURALLY PRETTY ESSENTIALS

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

What’s inside this pretty pink palette? You’ll see 6 matte eyeshadows along with a larger size transforming shadow. IT says you can get 13 shades out of these 7.

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

The six shadow are all new colors for IT and they are full size. Since they are made by this stellar company they are infused with hydrolyzed collagen, real silk, peptides and proprietary No-Tug Technology. These are talc free so they glide on easily. The colors are a neutral lovers dream.

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials back of box

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials back of box

I didn’t find that they swatched well on my hand and I apologize for that. The 4 light shades all looked similar though they don’t on my eyes. But I wear them on my eyes so that’s what counts!

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials swatches

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials swatches

The descriptions of the shadows are

• Imagine: Matte silk beige
• Wonder: Matte nude khaki
• Dream: Matte desert sand
• Passion: Matte nude taupe
• Intrigue: Matte earthy sepia
• Allure: Matte smoky gray
• Transforming Hello Light: Radiant pearl

 I find that the first shade, Imagine, has a slight pink undertone. Wonder is almost a pure white on my skin. My favorite is Intrigue, an earthy sepia, and I find it blends extremely well. Intrigue is the one shadow that takes it a step beyond matte; it looks more satiny. The first time I used Transforming Hello Light I applied it directly over Allure on my eyes. It changed Allure from a charcoal to a more blued version of it but I wasn’t crazy about that look. I’ve since learned to mix the colors together – I pick up each color on my brush and apply that as one. It blends better on my eye and gives the slight radiance that Transforming Hello Light was meant to have.

The Naturally Pretty Essentials palette ($28) is not only a great buy but one that will fill in any need in your eyeshadow wardrobe. I tend to buy shimmer and satin shadows but then I’ll need a matte for transition or my browbone and this is what I’m turning to. This palette is changing my thinking about matte eyeshadows since the application is so smooth and the wear is amazing over an eyeshadow primer.

LISA and CONFIDENCE IN A CREAM:

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

I love the name of this product. Confidence in a Cream? Sign me up! Great skin and great hair definitely make me feel confident, so I couldn’t wait to dig into this jar to get some great skin going. What all does this day and night moisturizer do? It moisturizes thirsty skin, giving it a nice glow; it tackles skin texture and leaves it feeling smooth; it evens out skin tone; it reduces the look of pores. Sounds like great skin to me.

What’s inside that helps create all of these skin miracles? Something IT Cosmetics calls their Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate includes collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and colloidal oatmeal. I love the texture of this incredible mix of ingredients. It’s thick and fluffy and it feels decadent when applied. It does have a scent that I can’t quite put my finger on…I don’t particularly like it, but it’s light and it dissipates quickly.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

Does it work?  Yes it does. IT Cosmetics did a clinical study and check out these results:

  • 100% said skin was soft, smooth & infused with moisture*
  • 97% said skin looked and felt rejuvenated*
  • 94% said skin felt younger and healthier*
  • 81% said pores appeared minimized, and fine lines & wrinkles appeared less noticeable*

*Results observed in a consumer panel survey.

Ulta has this beautiful cream in a travel size for $16 and in a 2 oz size for $48. Confidence in a Cream is a terrific moisturizer with an elegant formula that your face and décolleté will love, especially if you tend towards dry skin. Visit Ulta, QVC, and the IT Cosmetics website to get both confident and naturally pretty!

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Hynt Beauty Perfetto Eyeshadows: Crystal Taupe, Sunlit Dune, Rosy Velvet, and Winter Cocoa

hynt logoLast fall, Marcia and I tested a few products from Hynt Beauty and we loved them. I tried the Libre Lip Gloss and Marcia tried a few of the Perfetto Eyeshadows – you can read the full review HERE. The owner of Hynt Beauty is a BCA Survivor so she makes certain all of her products are cruelty free and carcinogenic free.

“Hynt is FREE of Parabens, Nano Particles, Petrochemicals, Artificial Preservatives, Gluten, and all products are PETA-certified Vegan (except for the mascara, which is clearly identified) so there is no wondering or double checking, ever.”

Hynt Perfetto Eyeshadows

Today I have four more Perfetto Eyeshadow ($22) shades that were sent for review:  Crystal Taupe, Sunlit Dune, Rosy Velvet, and Winter Cocoa.

The eyeshadows are silky soft and nicely pigmented. They are easy to blend and long-lasting, even on my somewhat oily lids. They also have some wonderful ingredients that are great for your skin:

  • KAOLIN : Purifies pores, vitalizes skin with essential nutrients and phytonutrients, and boosts skin’s cellular renewal and blood circulation.
  • JOJOBA OIL : Smoothes, moisturizes and prevents dryness at skin’s deeper layers. Breathable and non-greasy, the oil is also known to diminish excessive sebum protection. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Hynt Crystal Taupe Perfetto Eyeshadow

Hynt Crystal Taupe Perfetto Eyeshadow

Crystal Taupe is a truly gorgeous taupe…look at that depth!  t’s a perfect mix of pink and gray and tan that is beautiful, especially for the lower lid.

Hynt Sunlit Dune Perfetto Eyeshadow

Hynt Sunlit Dune Perfetto Eyeshadow

Sunlit Dune is a buttery soft yellow that makes a great base color, although I find myself using this most often on the brow bone. It really opens up the eye and gives a wonderful soft glow.

Hynt Rosy Velvet Perfetto Eyeshadow

Hynt Rosy Velvet Perfetto Eyeshadow

Rosy Velvet is a coppery reddish-brown with golden flecks. I thought there was no way I could wear this…I just knew it was going to be too red for my skin and make me look like I had been on a nonstop crying jag. However, this beauty surprised me…I like it in the crease along with Winter Cocoa. It is too red for my lower lid, but for those of you who can wear red eyeshadows this really is a gorgeous shade.

Hynt Winter Cocoa Perfetto Eyeshadow

Hynt Winter Cocoa Perfetto Eyeshadow

Winter Cocoa is a beautiful slightly-darker-than-medium chocolate brown with golden flecks. This is a terrific workhorse brown shade that has tons of pigment. It looks awesome as a crease color, or sometimes I use a little water or mixing medium and voila – instant eyeliner.

Hynt Perfetto Eyeshadows: Winter Cocoa, Crystal Taupe, Rosy Velvet, Sunlit Dune

Hynt Perfetto Eyeshadows: Winter Cocoa, Crystal Taupe, Rosy Velvet, Sunlit Dune

Hynt

Hynt Perfetto Eyeshadows

Pictured above, I am wearing Crystal Taupe on my lower lid, Rosy Velvet in the crease, Winter Cocoa on the inner crease and blended down into the lower lid, and Sunlit Dune on the brow.

I think out of the four, the only one that I don’t absolutely love is Rosy Velvet. The other three are in constant rotation for me. Check out Hynt Beauty online for the other six shades of Perfetto Eyeshadows. The colors are beautiful, the texture is buttery, and the products are Vegan, Peta Approved, Organics-based and Free of Toxins and Petrochemicals.  – Lisa

Hynt Perfetto Eyeshadows

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Can a $4.25 NYC eyeshadow palette change your makeup wardrobe?

NYC Individual Eye Shadow Palettes

NYC Individual Eye Shadow Palettes

As an eyeshadow addict I admit I’m a bit of a snob. I usually spend my time perusing Ulta and Sephora rather than CVS and Walmart. It’s almost always eyeshadows that attract me first. My rather large collection has price points that include $1 shadows, $5 shadows, $12 palettes, $25 + single eyeshadows, and $45 and up eyeshadow palettes. So why am I stuck on two NYC IndividualEYES Eyeshadow Palettes?

First reason is that I am crazy about the NYC Lovatics by Demi Nude Palette and wear it all the time. Since I received that palette my opinion about NYC Cosmetics has dramatically changed. When I was offered other NYC products to test I happily agreed. And of course I started with the two eyeshadow palettes: Pink Nudes and Bronze Nudes.

These palettes have everything you need for a complete eye look: 4 eyeshadows, eyeshadow primer, gel eyeliner, and highlighter. The eyeshadows include an All Over Lid matte shade, Crease shade, Outline color, and a Highlighter shadow. I don’t necessarily use these in that order though. I like to use the crease shade on my eyelid, the outline shade in the crease, and the highlight color on my browbone.

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude and Bronze Nude

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude and Bronze Nude

NYC IndividualEYES Pink Nude labeled

NYC IndividualEYES Pink Nude labeled

There are 3 IndividualEYES Eye Shadow Palettes in the nude shades (along with 5 more colorful choices): Pink Nudes, Bronze Nudes, and Beige Nudes. Wearing Pink or Bronzes Nudes gives me a very soft eye yet there’s enough pigment to the colors that they don’t disappear. I’m over the smokey eye right now, it just doesn’t feel right to me with warm weather clothes. These palettes fit the bill perfectly.

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude

Pink Nudes is a cooler palette with matte pinky brown, lightly shimmered pink brown, taupe, and a slightly darker brown that blends beautifully with the shades. It’s a seamless look. The 3 shadows are satiny without shimmer.

NYC Pink Nude

NYC Pink Nude

The right side of all these palettes has a great eyeshadow primer, a brown gel cream eyeliner, and a highlighter that is frosty. I’m very impressed with the primer and use it with these shadows and others. The gel liner is very creamy and can smear. My advice with it is to let it set before you curl your lashes or apply mascara. Once set it lasts well, especially on the top lash line. The illuminator is very creamy and blends well. It adds a touch of shimmer to your look.

NYC Individual EYES Primer, Gel Liner, Illuminator

NYC Individual EYES Primer, Gel Liner, Illuminator

Bronze Nudes has a similar configuration with warmer shades that are neutral. I tend to skip the matte shade in both of these but I do prefer the one in Bronze Nudes over the Pink Nudes one. The highlight shade is a shiny cream, the crease color is a light golden taupe while the outline shade is a golden bronze. None of these apply dark but you can build them up if you want more color.

NYC Bronze Nude

NYC Bronze Nude

NYC New York Color introduces NYC New York Color individual eyes eye shadow palette, featuring everything necessary to complete an eye look in a slim, portable design. 3 shade ranges for every mood: the nudes, the basics and the smokeys!
Each eye set includes a color-boosting primer, four highly pigmented, high-definition, complimentary shadow shades, a highlighter and a gel eyeliner. Plus, with clearly indicated step-by-step instructions, the Individual Eyes Eye Shadows Palette give you tips for easy application and professional results!

These portable all-in-one IndividualEYES Eye Shadow Palettes retail for $4.99 though Walmart sells them for $4.25. You can see all the palettes on the NYC page if you want more information.

I really think these are amazing and not just because I was lucky enough to receive them from PR. The IndividualEYES Eye Shadow Palettes will delight you, I’m sure of it.  — Marcia

 

The Nudes Collection: soft, warm neutrals available in Beige Nudes, Pink Nudes and Bronze Nudes

The Basics Collection:  brown tones for each eye color, including Green Eyes Basics, Blue Eyes Basics and Brown Eyes Basics

The Smokey Eyes Collection: sultry options of Smokey Charcoals and Smokey Violets

Spring for beautiful eyes with Mally and tarte

Spring beauty with tarte rainforest of the sea and Mally Evercolor shadow stick extra

Spring beauty with tarte rainforest of the sea and Mally Evercolor shadow stick extra

In the beauty world there are several ways to change your looks for spring. We can lighten up our skincare and foundation, we can bring new springy shades of lipstick into our makeup wardrobe, and we can check out the newest eye products to create a softer yet brighter eye. For this week’s Makeup Wars, I’ve chosen eye makeup since that’s what I’ll always crave. Two brands are dominating my life right now – Mally Beauty and tarte. I’ve been totally enamored with the products I’m going to show you and finding it hard to move away from them.

Mally provided for consideration, tarte is a self purchase

Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra

Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra

Mally Beauty has created Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra and these are out of this world. Mally’s eyeliners have always been beauty lovers favorites and now they are better than ever. You can line with them, you can use them as an eyeshadow base shade, or you can use them as your eyeshadow. Whichever way you chose you won’t be disappointed.

Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Marina, Over the Taupe, and Storm

Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Marina, Storm, and Over the Taupe

I have 3 of the 10 shades and am planning a trip to Ulta to check out several other of the shades. The 10 shades are Shimmering Mauve, Royal Plum, Pink Champagne, Burnished Bronze, Champagne, Autumn Shimmer, Chocolate Diamond, Marina, Storm, and Over The Taupe.

Mally (from left) Storm, Marina, Over The Taupe

Mally (from left) Storm, Marina, Over The Taupe

These apply like a breeze. They dry fast but you have enough time to work with them before they are set for the entire day. My favorite way to use these is to start on my lid with a light touch and blend, then use the same shade in the crease and blend so there aren’t harsh lines. That gives me the ombre effect that I love.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Over the Taupe

Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Over the Taupe

I don’t want to say I pick favorites but there’s something that’s just over the top about one of these. It makes a beautiful liner and smudges nicely under my eyes as well as being a great all around shade as a base or alone. Check out Ulta and Ulta.com for these beauties. I’ll be there for Champagne and Pink Champagne myself.

tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette

tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette

tarte hasn’t drawn me in for a long time. I have a lot of tarte products in my collection and I use them fairly often so most of their newer offerings didn’t grab my attention. But their limited edition Rainforest of the Sea had me at hello.

tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette

tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette

Every time I’d see this palette in a blog post or ad I’d drool over it. This has been a perfect spring palette for me because I’m feeling better in a softer eye now that winter is almost gone for good. The colors in this palette are all subdued and slightly heathery. Mermaid (gold), Seashell (pink), Wave (slate), Abyss (dark brown), Reef (copper), Starfish (bronze), Cove (tan), Sand (ivory). They don’t apply as dark as they appear in the palette.

tarte Rainforest of the Sea

tarte Rainforest of the Sea

It was hard to get good clean swatches since the shades are subtle so these are several passes over primer.tarte rainforest of the sea swatch 5Seashell, the top pink, is the shade that holds this palette together for me. I love it on my lid with Sand (ivory) on my browbone. Any of the other shades are what I chose to complement the pink.

The texture of tarte Rainforest of the Sea is one of the nicest ones that tarte has done. The shades are metallic or matte, no glitter seen here. They are very creamy to the touch and apply with minimal fallout. Rainforest of the Sea is a Sephora exclusive that I’m happy is living with me. — Marcia

Makeup Wars links with other top bloggers so please visit to see what they are sharing. You won’t be disappointed. I always find new treasures.


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NYC Lovatics by Demi – you won’t believe how great these are (giveaway alert too)

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

The last time you saw me write about NYC Lovatics by Demi I was raving about the Natural palette that has been created in the Demi Lovato collection from NYC. My raves have continued since I use this palette all the time. It hits the right buttons for the looks that I love. Plus it’s a total dupe for the original Urban Decay Naked palette. It’s spot on. Whenever I see dupes I wonder about quality but there’s no wondering with this palette since the quality is there 100%.

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

There are no names on this palette but NYC numbered them and then gathered them into groups depending on the look you are interested in: Discreet Nude, Glamour Nude and Smokey Nude. The numbers are in the order of the palette seen above.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette

NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette

There’s a mix of finishes in the palette making it great for whatever look you want.

NYC Lovatics by Demi first 8 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi first 8 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi last 4 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi last 4 swatched

 

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi shades 4, 6, 9

My favorite shades are always metallic and lightly shimmered like #4, 6, and 9. I like pigment and brightness in my shadows and Natural has that along with the everyday shades that you need like the matte shades. This is a total steal at $6.99 or $4.99 (Walmart) and I really hope that NYC brings out more palettes in this line.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

In addition to the palette NYC came out with a few more fun items including four Lip & Cheek Tints that are only $3.99. These are liquid stains and they really do stain. If you are looking for a very natural lip tint that will not dry out your lips at all and yet will impart some color, these are for you. They come packaged like a nail polish and the brush is easy to use for  applying but you need to work fast with these.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

I have Cheeky Pink and Cheeky Strawberry and there’s also Cheeky Red and Cheeky Berry. As much as I love cream blushes I’m really too old for these liquids as cheek shades so I personally use them on my lips. Cheeky Pink is bright and has a longer lasting stain to it than Cheeky Strawberry which is darker but subtler.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Strawberry Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Strawberry Lip & Cheek Tint

If you have a daughter who does something like dance competitions or cheerleading, these would be perfect. They give that fresh from the cold appearance but won’t disappear, especially Cheeky Pink. According to NYC these are kiss proof and smudge proof.  A great substitute for Benefit’s Lip and Cheek Tints!

I think Demi Lovato is a great spokeswoman for NYC. She’s on a career comeback, she’s bright and cheery, and she’s a fresh face beauty. With different packaging you could sell these for much more and no one would know the difference. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: We have extras of all three products in this review so the BIZ Subscriber who wins this giveaway will receive the two Lip & Cheek Tints as well as the NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette. This is open to US and Canada through 3/11/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If the comments close early please email your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Demi Lovato or NYC; then you can click enter and continue on.

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Covergirl trunaked eyeshadow palette, TRUly delightful

Covergirl Trunaked palette in Nudes with oh sugar! tinted lip balms

Covergirl Trunaked palette in Nudes with oh sugar! tinted lip balms

I’ve mentioned these Covergirl products before but I can’t help it – I’m mentioning them again. That’s because I don’t want you to miss out on them, especially the trunaked palettes that Covergirl has out now. I’m hoping that they are permanent since there are 3 and I “only” have one. As an eyeshadow lover I just can’t help but be attracted to all three of the palettes: Nudes, Roses, and Goldens. I was sent Nudes and I’ve been trying to track down the other two after experiencing the quality of this $12 palette.

Covergirl trunaked - nudes

Covergirl trunaked – nudes

If you are a neutral eyeshadow lover then you definitely will be interested in Covergirl trunaked Nudes palette . With 8 shades that are a mix of matte, satin, and shimmer the gamut is covered. There isn’t a look you can’t do with this palette; it works day and night; subtle and smokey. I think the texture of the shadows is great. They are soft and blend easily. There is some fallout so they aren’t perfect but using these with an eyeshadow primer they’ll last the day.

covergirl tru nudes palette open

1)  Buff  has a satin finish and is a slightly shiny brow or lid shade.

2)  Shell is a matte that barely shows up on me which is something I need in my collection. It’s great for blending and as a browbone shade.

3)  Champagne is a shimmery amber champagne shade that adds some life to your browbone or lid.

4)  Fawn is a great matte light brown. It truly feels like silk. It’s a great transition shade plus I’ve used it to tone down the darker shades.

5)  Mink is my favorite shade in the palette. It’s a golden taupe that I wear on my lid. This is the type of shade I could wear just about daily without tiring of it.

6)  Cocoa is another matte that’s just as it sounds. This isn’t too dark but it isn’t too light. It goes on so smoothly that it’s hard for me to believe it’s a matte.

7)  Coffee is another favorite. This has a light shimmer to it and is one of those dark browns that I’m drawn to time and again.

8)  Sable, another matte, is just short of being black. It’s like they took black and then added in some brown to soften it. While it looks intense in the palette, it’s really an easy to wear shade.

Covergirl Nudes -  Shell, Buff, Fawn, Champagne on top - Coffee, Mink, Sable, Cocoa on bottom

Covergirl Nudes – Shell, Buff, Fawn, Champagne on top – Coffee, Mink, Sable, Cocoa on bottom

Don’t ask me why but but my swatches are in the wrong order.  You can see the brown in Sable more in my swatch than on my eyes. Also Mink doesn’t have that copper tone, it’s really taupe once on.

To complement the shadows and have a soft but moist lip look, don’t forget about oh sugar! tinted lip balms.

Covergirl oh sugar! in Candy Bonbon and Taffy Tire

Covergirl oh sugar! in Candy Bonbon and Taffy Tire

These will give you a soft look that looks as good when you are naked as when you are clothed.

Have you had the pleasure of finding any of these Covergirl trunaked palettes yet?  — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

 

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

close up of usa dollar money and piggy bank

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