Tarte Rainforest After Dark review and swatches

Tarte Cosmetics has an exciting new, limited edition palette out called the Rainforest After Dark Eye and Cheek Palette ($38).  This is a wonderful palette with a beautiful range of shades inspired by dusk in the rainforest.  I had high expectations when Tarte sent this to us, and I was not disappointed!

tarte rainforest after dark...the box is even textured like snake skin

tarte rainforest after dark…the box is even textured like snake-skin

tarte rainforest after dark

tarte rainforest after dark

The packaging is gorgeous, with a golden snake design and a purple snake-skin textured box.  Inside, the palette is a round, CD size palette emblazoned with the snake and a purple jeweled eye.  It has a large round mirror that is big enough to reflect your entire face.  Nice!

one blush, one bronzer, one highlighter, and six eyeshadows

one blush, one bronzer, one highlighter, and six eyeshadows

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The products inside include one blush, one highlighter, one bronzer, and six eyeshadows.  The unique thing about Tarte powder products is color-correcting colored clay.  The rose clay helps to soothe skin, vanilla clay controls oil, and gold clay moisturizes.

unleashed blush

unleashed blush

champagne highlighter

champagne highlighter

park ave princess bronzer

park ave princess bronzer

left to right:  champagne, unleased, park ave princess

left to right: champagne, unleased, park ave princess

The Unleashed blush is a pretty plum matte pink.  It has terrific staying power and is such a flattering shade.  Champagne is a gorgeous highlighter, just be sure to buff it well – that’s what turns it into a flattering glow.  I actually use this on my eyes as a brow shade, too.  And Park Avenue Princess is a perfect bronzer, a buttery satin warm gold brown that looks terrific on almost everyone.

The eyeshadows are just to die for.  The texture is buttery soft, the pigmentation is wonderful, and the shades are beautiful. Three are golden browns, and three are pinky purples.

left to right:  don't turn a-brown, tan-gled up in you, up to no gold

left to right: don’t turn a-brown, tan-gled up in you, up to no gold

left to right:  up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don't turn a-brown

left to right: up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don’t turn a-brown

First up, the golden brown shades.  up to no gold is a shimmery gold with a velvet texture.  I think this is my favorite of them all, it really makes my brown eyes POP. tan-gled up in you is a matte tan that goes on so smooth, I almost can’t believe it’s a matte eyeshadow.  don’t turn a-brown is a dark brown with tiny golden shimmer.

left to right:  bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right:  bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

Next, the pinky purples.  bare to explore is a matte pink beige that has a silky texture and is a great base shade.  On busy mornings, I throw this on as a wash with some black eyeliner and I am good to go.  make a mauve is a satin plum mauve that is even prettier in person.  plum away with me  is a shimmery dark plum with silver sparkle.  Gorgeous.

Included with the palette is a card with instructions for two different eye looks, the Afterhours Adventure, ‘inspired by the deep orchid hues of dusk, this spellbinding evening look will unleash your inner bombshell as you flawlessly take on the night‘; and Seductive Sunrise, ‘ignite your wild side anytime with this sultry, yet subtle everyday look.

Rainforest After Dark definitely give you everything you need for day or night, subtle or sultry.  Pick it up before it’s sold out!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Tarina Tarantino makes life Magical with her eyeshadow palette

eyeshadow palette in Magical

eyeshadow palette in Magical

Oops, I did it again! I received this Tarina Tarantino Magical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette to review (as did a lucky winner in our giveaway) but it cost me a lot of money. I am now so in love with the quality of Tarina Tarantino that I can’t stop purchasing. Luckily for me, Hautelook sells this every few months. Luckily for Hautelook and Tarina Tarantino I shop for their products each time.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

I featured this Jewel Eyeshadow palette in a recent Makeup Wars about favorite purple eyeshadows because I can’t put it down. I’ve been wearing colors in the brown/nude family for so long that I totally forgot how much I love purples. Magical reminded me. It is one of the best palettes with purple shades that I own. It really is magical on my eyes and makes me feel like a million bucks.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Magical isn’t a palette that yells at people – it isn’t bright at all. It’s soft and subtle though you can easily intensify the shades.
Here’s how Tarina Tarantino’s website describes Magical: creamy white shimmer,  pearl ash pink, pearl beige, pearl eggplant purple,pearl soft pink. During Makeup Wars I described the shades as mauve, smoky amethyst, violet, creamy white and a light pink lilac.

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Magical swatched without primer

Magical swatched without primer

I love a palette that gives me a light enough color to wear on my browbone that finishes up a look. I use the white for that (and no it’s not as dark as my thumb picked up). On my lid I’ll choose any of the three lighter shades depending on my mood. Typically though I’ll start with the soft pink pearl on my lid, apply the far right (middle finger) pearl beige just above that but not on the inner corner. I’ll then use the bottom eggplant purple to intensify the crease. I blend well and finish with the creamy white to pull the look together. I can line with the eggplant but I prefer a liquid or gel liner.

It’s “magical” for several reasons:

  1. The shadows are soft to the touch.
  2. They blend easily into each other without leaving harsh lines.
  3. They are almost creamy and not powdery.
  4. There’s no shimmer but there is a soft pearl finish (my absolute favorite).
  5. There’s no fallout.
  6. It lasts wonderfully throughout the day as long as you are wearing an eyeshadow primer.
  7. Every shade works with the other shades in the palette so there’s no waste.
  8. I love how it looks, I want to wear it often – that’s magic!tarina tarantino magical palette fingers

What have you tried from Tarina Tarantino? What do you want to try? You know I recommend this magical Magical palette and I’ll be sharing Delightful once that’s in my hot little hands. — Marcia

*received for review consideration

Side by Side part one: Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express

When Beauty Addicts sent the BIZ two eyeshadow palettes to test, Marcia and I were stumped. We  literally sat with both palettes open in front of us, just staring at them. We had no idea how to decide who would get which one because they were both STUNNING. We finally did eeny-meeny-miny-mo, and that is how I became the proud owner of the Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express ($35).

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Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express

Normally, we do our Side by Side reviews together – but these lovely eyeshadow palettes resulted in so many awesome pictures we decided to separate our reviews.  Stay tuned for Marcia’s future post on the Motivate palette!

All of the colors from Beauty Addicts are divided into five different color families:

Glow:  youthful, flirtatious, shimmery

Express:  casual, elegant, earth tones

Motivate:  classic, edgy, evening shades

Seduce:  sexy, sultry, smoky

Play:  creative, liberated, colorful

My eyeshadow palette is Express, with beautiful warm neutral shades that can be intensified for a more dramatic look. The texture of these eyeshadows is terrific, buttery smooth and creamy. I find them to have great pigment and lasting power.

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Beauty Addicts Express Palette – indirect outdoor lighting

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Express Palette – direct oudoor lighting

The top row has a matte creamy off-white shade and shimmery light peach shade. The bottom row has a shimmery medium copper shade and a dark warm brown shade with tiny golden shimmer.

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Beauty Addicts Express eyeshadows swatched

I used the technique that the amazing Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog and Into the Palette featured for deep-set, hooded eyes.  You can see her excellent tutorial right HERE.

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Beauty Addicts Express eyes

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another view

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Express Eyes closed

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and closed again!

I used the peachy shade for the mobile lid. The copper shade is my crease shade, with the deep brown shade also in the crease and brought down onto the lid. I used the creamy white shade on the brow, then lightly lined with a brown eye pencil on the upper lid and waterline.

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Beauty Addicts  Express eye

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My Beauty Addicts FOD

I am very impressed with the Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express. The colors are gorgeous, and the texture and wear of the eyeshadow is superb. While I am very happy I got Express, I can’t wait to find out how Marcia feels about her palette in the classic but edgy Motivate shades!  (Also, check out my previous review of Beauty Addicts GLIMMERsheers and Marcia’s review of Beauty Addicts Foundation.)  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Pixi Beauty will double your pleasure with Emerald Glow

Do you remember the line “Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun”? It’s the trademark for Doublemint Gum. Or how about Certs Breath Mint’s “Two, two, two mints in one?” When I received Pixi Emerald Glow Eyeshadow Palette it felt so familiar. Then I swatched it and Certs and Doublemint came to mind.

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow mineral eyeshadow palette

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow mineral eyeshadow palette

Pixi’s Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Emerald Glow is two two two palettes in one. There are 6 beautiful shades of eyeshadow that are perfect for summer fun. What’s unusual about this palette though is that each shade has a complimentary shade that’s similar but darker. You have choices on how you can wear these colors. Go all light and airy with the top three shades; wear the bottom three shades and have a more intense eyeshadow look; or mix and match as much as you want. Now you may read this and say “I’ve had palettes like this” but I’m sure you haven’t experienced a palette in these shades before. That’s what makes this stand out from the crowd.

The Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Emerald Glow is my second Pixi palette and this is just as wonderful, if not more so, than my winter palette.

Pixi Emerald Glow

Pixi Emerald Glow

Pixi Beauty currently has 3 new eyeshadow palettes that are color coordinated with great colors. My review is for Emerald Glow but there’s also Copper Glow (peach, bronze and russet) and Plum Glow (plum, cocoa and pinky-nude) that look just as wonderful. The shadows are silky and go on so smoothly. I find that they last really well when wearing an eyeshadow primer and they aren’t the least bit chalky. I never have to worry about pigment ending up on my face with my Pixi Beauty eyeshadows.

The jewel colors in the palette seem to reflect light. Pixi calls the shades “emerald, copper and cream”. I call them light yellowed cream, light pistachio, cafe au lait, light gold metallic, teal, and copper.

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow palette

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow palette

The first three shadows are the lightest shades. I love how the top shade can be worn as an eyelid shade plus it makes a perfect brow shade to complete any combination with the palette. The second shade is what I called pistachio because it reminds me of delicious pistachio ice cream. It has a beautiful summertime glow to it that I love. The third shade is a cafe au lait. Swept on with a brush it’s light but if you pat it on with a taklon brush you can get rid of the ‘au lait’ and have a pretty coffee/cocoa shade.

top three

top three

The bottom three shades are similar to the top but on speed. They are intensified and depending on the type of brush you use you’ll find that they can be etheral or intense. The 4th shade is a beautiful golden yellow when on my eyes. I love this shade! The 5th shade is one of the prettiest teal shades I’ve worn. And the bottom is a coppery bronze that I find particularly flattering on my brown eyes.

bottom three

bottom three

bottom three

bottom three

Emerald Glow brings together the sands and the surf in a magical way. The magic continues with the price of only $12 for all this beauty. Pixi Beauty is carried at Target so hopefully you have an up-to-date display but if not then get to the Pixi website and do yourself a double your pleasure favor. — Marcia

(Stay tuned for the perfect Pixi nail polish to wear with this palette)

*provided for review consideration

Emerald Gold INGREDIENTS: Mica, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Polybutene, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol. [+/- Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007)].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Metier de Beaute has the best gwp ever! Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute LE Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute LE Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope

From June 5th to the 15th Neiman Marcus is again having Camp Gorgeous. Most brands will be doing GWP but only Le Metier de Beaute will have an amazing LE Eye Kaleidoscope with all new colors. You can only receive this by purchasing $250 in LMdB products at a store or by calling a Le Metier makeup artist. My personal artists are Kim and Venus at the NM counter in Troy, Michigan at 248-643-3300 extension 2104. They provided this press sample so I could share this with our readers.

Le Metier de Beaute Dark Orchid eye kaleidoscope (LE)

Le Metier de Beaute Dark Orchid eye kaleidoscope (LE)

I’ve reviewed a lot of Le Metier de Beaute since I first discovered the line on a vacation. When it came to my Neiman Marcus store I was the first in line to buy products. I’m still there buying and am excited to hear that they will soon be coming out with new single eyeshadows.

Le Metier de Beaute Dark Orchid eye kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Dark Orchid eye kaleidoscope

Let me tell you about Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope. Le Metier developed their first ever eyeshadow primer and it’s on the bottom of this LE Kaleidoscope. It is a weightless creamy primer that will make all of your shadows last and last. It has a slight pearlized look to it. I’m particularly thrilled about this since I feel this was a big lack in the LMdB line.

LMdB Dark Orchid primer

LMdB Dark Orchid primer

LMdB Dark Orchid primer

LMdB Dark Orchid primer

Just above the primer is Mocha Sheen which LMdB compares to Corinthian (my favorite shade) but lighter and more vivid. It’s a taupe that is light reflecting. The color is absolutely gorgeous and will more than likely be my all time favorite Le Metier taupe eyeshadow.

LMdB Dark Orchid 2nd shade Mocha Sheen

LMdB Dark Orchid 2nd shade Mocha Sheen

LMdB Dark Orchid 2nd shade Mocha Sheen

LMdB Dark Orchid 2nd shade Mocha Sheen

Rich Orchid is compared to Fig/Alexandrite but is actually more magenta than either of those. I’ve learned not to be afraid of these brighter shades by Le Metier since their products are meant to be layered using their Couches de Couleur application technique. My swatch was done very heavily but the color doesn’t translate this dark once on eyes. And it’s perfect for layering with Mocha Sheen (and other LMdB shadows).

LMdB Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope - Rich Orchid

LMdB Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope – Rich Orchid

LMdB Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope - Rich Orchid

LMdB Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope – Rich Orchid

LMdB Mocha Sheen and Rich Orchid layered

LMdB Mocha Sheen and Rich Orchid layered

The very top layer has another new product, actually two since it’s a double pan of a black and a plum orchid eyeliner that can be used wet or dry.

Le Metier Dark Orchid top layer eyeliners

Le Metier Dark Orchid top layer eyeliners

Le Metier Dark Orchid top layer eyeliners

Le Metier Dark Orchid top layer eyeliners

My Le Metier de Beaute limited edition Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope arrived at 8 p.m. so I ran outside and did pictures ASAP and I realize now I swatched very heavily. These will be lighter and brighter in real life. The colors are fabulous and I can’t wait to get the opportunity to wear this.

Dark Orchid swatches (heavy)

Dark Orchid swatches (heavy)

Dark Orchid swatches

Dark Orchid swatches

With your purchase you’ll also receive the Camp Gorgeous bag of treats:camp gorgeousA Kaleidoscope is always $95 so this GWP is the best that they’ve ever done and the best I’ve seen in many many moons. I’m totally impressed with the quality and amazing colors in this. Now remember you can’t just buy this. You need to go to Neiman Marcus or call (Kim or Venus at 248-643-3300 extension 2104. Please tell them you saw this on Beauty Info Zone too) and purchase $250 in Le Metier de Beaute products. Then you too can be the owner of Camp Gorgeous’ most gorgeous product. — Marcia

*received from PR for editorial consideration

Tarina Tarantino’s Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette – so pretty

I’m off to see the Wizard. Her name is Tarina Tarantino and she creates magic with makeup. I’d often stand at the Tarina Tarantino display when it was available at Sephora and look lovingly at the products. I was very drawn to the Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette but I didn’t wear green at the time. I also never wore teal. So as pretty as the palette was (is) I knew it would never be mine.

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Palette

Cut to 2014 and I bought it! I now wear green and teal eyeshadows plus my friend Phyrra raves about Emerald Pretty all the time. Her advice to me has always been to buy this particular palette. To my delight Hautelook finally had it for sale and I happily bought the palette and more TT items.

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Palette

I’m embarrassed to tell you that I didn’t put it together that the Emerald Pretty Palette was based on The Wizard of Oz until I started using it. I then looked at the names of the shadows and thought “boy this sounds like the Wiz”. DUH. At least I realized it though so maybe my mind isn’t totally gone.

The 6 eyeshadow descriptions from the Tarina Tarantino website are:

•Glinda’s Kiss: Iridescent White
•Silver Shoes: Pearlized Silver
•Dandy Lion: Pearlized Olive Green

•Saw Dust Heart: Matte Deep Brown
•Ozma: Pearlized Aqua Blue
•Very Wicked: Pearlized Emerald Green

I can’t improve on those descriptions but I can show you the fabulously pigmented eyeshadows.

Emerald Pretty top row: Glinda, Silver Shoes, Dandy Lion

Emerald Pretty top row: Glinda, Silver Shoes, Dandy Lion

Emerald Pretty top row: Glinda, Silver Shoes, Dandy Lion

Emerald Pretty top row: Glinda, Silver Shoes, Dandy Lion

Dandy Lion, Silver Shoes, Glinda

Dandy Lion, Silver Shoes, Glinda

Glinda, iridescent white, has a soft iridescence. I use this on my browbone to finish a look. It’s the right shade with every shadow in the palette.

Silver Shoes is a lightly pearlized charcoal.

Dandy Lion, pearlized olive, was the shade that scared me in the palette – and now it’s the shade I adore. I either use it alone or I mix it with other shades in the palette to customize. It’s gone from being the scared lion to being the bravest of the group.

Emerald Pretty bottom row: Saw Dust Heart, Ozma, Very Wicked

Emerald Pretty bottom row: Saw Dust Heart, Ozma, Very Wicked

Emerald Pretty bottom row: Saw Dust Heart, Ozma, Very Wicked

Emerald Pretty bottom row: Saw Dust Heart, Ozma, Very Wicked

Emerald Pretty bottom row: Very Wicked, Ozma, Saw Dust Heart

Emerald Pretty bottom row: Very Wicked, Ozma, Saw Dust Heart

Saw Dust Heart is a matte dark brown (even if it looks different in my second pic). This is my least used shadow but that’s because a) I don’t often line with shadow and b) it’s matte so I’m not drawn to it. But the pigmentation is amazing and I need to use it more.

Ozma is the brightest of the group. That teal stands out and makes a striking look. My favorite combination though is to mix Ozma and Dandy Lion on my brush.

Very Wicked is a beautiful emerald on its own but when combined with Dandy Lion it’s even more special.

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty look with Dandy Lion and Very Wicked mixed, finished with Glinda.

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty look with Dandy Lion and Very Wicked mixed, finished with Glinda.

I’m totally blown away by the pigmentation in these eyeshadows. Tarina Tarantino wanted to capture the essence of the characters in The Wizard of Oz. She not only accomplished that goal but she did it in the most highly pigmented way. These colors make the good witch Glinda, Dorothy’s pals (the Tin Man, the Lion and the Scarecrow) all happy characters on the way down the path to Emerald City. I’m off on the journey with them to see the Wizard and show him my beautiful eyes.tarantino emerald light

Are you a Tarina Tarantino fan? Have I converted you?? — Marcia

Balm Voyage is leaving home without me

Balm Voyage from theBalm

Balm Voyage from theBalm

Whenever theBalm comes out with something new you know it’s going to be cutesy. They specialize in cutesy themes. Luckily, for the most part, they get it right. When Balm Voyage was introduced I was interested in it for a few reasons. 1) I like their eyeshadows a lot. 2) I’d wanted to try their lip & cheek stains and 3) it was new and a good price. Yet I waited until it showed up on Hautelook before buying since most theBalm items eventually end up there. I’m glad I waited since I’m really not crazy about this palette at all. It’s my first disappointment in this line.

Balm Voyage top 8 eyeshadows

Balm Voyage top 8 eyeshadows

Balm Voyage bottom 8 eyeshadows

Balm Voyage bottom 8 eyeshadows

I don’t have the time to physically go shopping very often and even if I did I haven’t see theBalm locally in a long time. I wonder though if seeing it in person would have stopped me from buying. Balm Voyage sells for $42.50 which is reasonable compared to so many of the palettes you’ll find especially because you not only get 16 eyeshadows but also 3 lip & cheek stains. That works out to $2.21 per square. Since I bought it on Hautelook it was about half price plus shipping so that really made it a bargain. One of the nicest things about this palette is the wide variety of colors and textures. Everyone (and their mother) has come out with neutral palettes so it’s a little redundant even though we find ourselves buying them. Balm Voyage breaks that mold by adding a sea green, a matte dark teal, a hunters green, and a purple. There are quite a few light shades too which can be a rarity in a palette.

Balm Voyage passport

Balm Voyage passport

The cuteness of the palette is that it’s supposed to be your passport. It has vital statistics (for example the Passport is owned by “Anita Vacation”. The airplane aka palette is labelled by seat number (A4, B4, A3 etc.), the blush/lip are the people piloting the plane. Cute idea but….

Things I like:

  • There are two compartments to keep the cream products separate from the powder. Major plus.
  • Some of the eyeshadows are fabulous – B4, D4, D3, A2, A1 are my tops with the three base shades B1, C1, and D1 also great to have.
  • The variety of texture is nice to have and most important nothing is truly glittery.
  • You can roll over the colors on the website to see better images of them.
    D3 (glittery gold) and D4 (dark green with brown undertones)

    D3 (glittery gold) and D4 (dark green with brown undertones)

    A2 (frosty purple) and A1 (pinky mauve)

    A2 (frosty purple) and A1 (pinky mauve)

    A4 (charcoal) and A3 (bright silver)

    A4 (charcoal) and A3 (bright silver)

    B2 (sea foam) and C2 (dark teal)

    B2 (sea foam) and C2 (dark teal)

    Things I’m not so crazy about:

  • I wouldn’t take this to travel because I don’t think it’s sturdy enough. The palette is heavy duty cardboard but I don’t know if it’s airplane friendly in spite of the Passport they show. If you do travel with it, don’t throw out the cardboard wrapper since without it the top of the palette splays open. As a matter of fact, keep the cardboard wrapper with it all the time since it seems to have warped more as time has gone on.
  • Several eyeshadows are very powdery which makes application tricky on those.
  • With some shadows I liked the texture but not the color. With some I like the color and not the texture. (What’s a girl to do??)
  • Swatches on my fingers are better than those same shades on my eyes.
  • The lip stains don’t really work on my lips since they are drying.
  • The palette doesn’t stay closed. It’s like flying with the window partly open.

According to theBalm you should “Take your look in whichever direction you desire with this season’s passport to instant glamour. Balm Voyage is a travel-friendly palette that contains 16 jet-setting shadows paired with 3 lip and cheek creams that stow away conveniently in your carry on. These luxuriously pigmented shadows have high visibility and can be used wet for an extended stay.” Ideally taking this along with a great neutral palette like Nude Attitude would be great for a vacation. You’d have color, you’d have neutrals, you’d have cheek creams that can be worn on the lips too.

But in reality this palette failed me. I rarely wore this that I thought I looked good. There was just something off about it for me. Of course your mileage may vary, after all it is a destination palette, but I have trouble wanting to use it at home so I know that I’d be sorry if I traveled with it.

Balm Voyage cheek and lip colors

Balm Voyage cheek and lip colors

Second Officer, First Officer, Captain - lip/cheek

Second Officer, First Officer, Captain – lip/cheek

The 3 creams that can be used on lips and cheeks are safely nestled in a separate compartment that’s magnetized so that’s good. It’s the textures though that I don’t care for. Second Officer is a cool red that has a blue undertone to it. First Officer looks pretty in the palette with its red orange satiny finish but it wasn’t flattering on my skin. Captain is the one that’s the most flattering on me; it’s a very dark pink with some cool red to it. The problem is that they don’t spread easily on my cheeks. I feel like I’m putting lipstick on my cheeks. And when I go to put them on my lips, they just feel drying. All the colors are darker than I prefer but what turns me off to them is the texture, not the colors.

The palette isn’t a waste and I’m sure on the right person it would be great. I just don’t happen to be the right person and Balm Voyage isn’t going anywhere but in my bottom drawer or maybe in my giveaway pile. It’s a shame that what looks so pretty in the palette didn’t work for me but, like I said, your mileage may vary.

Have you bought this or other theBalm palettes? Any opinions you can share about them?? — Marcia