Top Ten Tuesdays returns with palettes we love

Top Ten Beauty always brings a bit of anxiety. What if I leave something out? What if I put something in and then change my mind? What if when I read all the other posts I see something that makes me slap my face and wonder why I haven’t use that in so long?
I’ve picked 9 palettes that I use all the the time and rely on plus one major wishlist palette.
1. Marc Jacobs The Starlet – I’m sure this surprises absolutely no one who has read Beauty Info Zone. I’m crazy about The Starlet (and The Vamp) and think this line was a great addition to the makeup world. Marc Jacobs takes me from my typical staid and brings out the makeup artist I used to be.
2. Sephora+Pantone Universal Precious Metals Shadow Palette – this wasn’t a very popular palette but I love it and pull it out all the time. The shadows are a mix of quality but in general they are well pigmented. There are so many shades I can count on when I need a certain “something”. Unfortunately it’s discontinued but things do pop up occasionally.
3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – this is new to me and it’s so wonderful. I resisted the individual Ambient Light singles because I just couldn’t decide. Now I have three so I’m glad I waited before purchasing any.
4. Le Metier de Beaute Blush Kaleidoscope – this is the only blush palette that I use. I use blush every day but the only palette. I usually wear one or two shades at a time with it. It’s great for travel since I’ve got enough variety to keep me happy.
5. Kat Von D True Romance palette in Saint – If you notice I didn’t put any of my Urban Decay Naked palettes even though I have them all. When I want those types of shades I pull out the Kat Von D instead. Of the 8 shades, I wear 6 of them often.
6. TheBalm Shady Lady Volume Three – I could just as easily have picked Volume Two or Balm Jovi or Nude ‘tude since I like all of them. Watch out on Hautelook for TheBalm sales since they have outstanding prices on this brand. It’s the green shade in Volume Three that gets me going.
7.  Dior Bonne Etoile – This is almost too pretty to use. I hate that this was a limited edition because it sold out quickly. I bought both Constellation (purples) and Bonne Etoile (green and brown) but never got around to reviewing them, now it’s too late. But if you can get your hands on either, go for it. Beautifully pigmented, great combinations, stellar design and quality.
8. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes – Too Faced is an eyeshadow lover’s dream and nightmare. They keep coming out with beautiful palettes that I think I can’t live without. Boudoir Eyes is a great neutral palette that I reviewed on Blushing Beauty if you care to read about it.
9.  Bare Minerals The Scenic Route – This is technically not a palette since it just has two shadows but oh what shadows they are. This is my favorite green eyeshadow and I really needed to include it in this post. I don’t wear white shadow often but it just works with the green.
10. Serge Lutens Nude Lip Palette – My wishlist item. I labored over buying this during Barney’s last Beauty Event but the $140 price stopped me in my tracks. I’m still lusting over it but I just don’t imagine myself using it enough to justify that kind of money. Now if my husband gets me mad enough some day —- you never know!!
Thank you for reading my Top Ten Palettes. I’d recommend every one of these. I bought all of these (except Serge) and don’t regret these purchases at all. Any you like or own? — Marcia
Please read what my fellow bloggers have chosen.

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Sephora + Pantone Universal Light Storm Liquid Shadow – oops, not for me

It’s time for me to share two products that I just didn’t care for. I don’t often write a review that’s negative but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that maybe it would be good to share an alternative review. As usual I’m reviewing eyeshadows; Sephora + Pantone Universal Light Storm Liquid Shadow.

Sephora + Pantone Universal Light Storm Liquid Shadows

Sephora + Pantone Universal Light Storm Liquid Shadows

Sephora + Pantone Universal Light Storm Liquid Shadows

Sephora + Pantone Universal Light Storm Liquid Shadows

I’m a huge fan of cream products. I’m older than the average bear blogger and find that creams can be very forgiving. When I saw the two Sephora + Pantone Universal Liquid Shadows I really wanted them. I held off because no one seemed to be reviewing them plus I just couldn’t get to Sephora. I finally read a rave review on The Notice and knew I needed these. I couldn’t decide which one so of course I ordered both. The two shades are Caramel Cream and Tuscany.

My first mistake was that I didn’t realize that The Notice had Tuscany but also Smoky Grape, not Caramel Creme. My second mistake was buying them at full price ($18) when I know perfectly well that Sephora always marks these down; they are currently $9 each.

Sephora + Pantone Universal Tuscany

Sephora + Pantone Universal Tuscany

Sephora + Pantone Universal Tuscany

Sephora + Pantone Universal Tuscany

Sephora Tuscany

Sephora Tuscany

Tuscany is the one that had me the most excited. These shadows shift when you wear them so I was thinking of the beautiful nail polishes I love that do that. But I sort of felt that I was wearing nail polish on my lids when I wore Tuscany. The gorgeous purple taupe that I saw on my hand looked awful on my lids. It shrunk the skin on my eyelids and made me feel like I had put crepe paper on my eyes. In addition the color just didn’t suit my fair skin at all.

Sephora + Pantone Universal Caramel Creme

Sephora + Pantone Universal Caramel Creme

Sephora + Pantone Universal Caramel Creme

Sephora + Pantone Universal Caramel Creme

Caramel Crème looked better on my eyes and would have been okay if I felt that the color suited me. It’s a very warm caramel gold that looks beautiful in the tube but I felt sickly in the shade once on.

Caramel Creme and Tuscany swatches

Caramel Creme and Tuscany swatches

These are long lasting and didn’t crease on me when starting with an eyeshadow primer  but I felt they dried tightly. I think they’d be more appropriate for someone without any lines on their lids but for me they were a big mistake.

The one lesson I learned though is that if I can’t find a review from another blogger, maybe I should think twice about purchasing especially when every Sephora or Sephora + Pantone Universal product I’ve bought has ended up at half price within a fairly short time. Oh well, maybe I saved one of you from buying these after my experience. — Marcia

 

Makeup Wars: our favorite Holiday Metallics are ready to shine

This week our group of Makeup Wars bloggers are excited to share with you METALLICS! What a perfect time of the year to bring out the bling. Between the winter holidays and New Year’s Eve we all want to shine in one way or the other. As soon as I found out what our assignment was I ran to my shelves and pulled out my sparkly Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Luminous shadows, my Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadows, my new Lancôme ‘Color Design’ Infinite Luminous Eyeshadows and my L’Oreal Infallible shadows. Those are mostly metallics and mostly all gorgeous. Then I realized that I had something new to delight you that might make you sit up and take notice.

Sephora+Pantone Universal Precious Metals Shadow Palette

Image from sephora.com

The Sephora+Pantone Universal Precious Metallic Palette is my choice for favorite holiday metallics. The funny thing is that while I was expecting some eyeshadows I could only wear at night, it turns out that this is probably called the Metallic Palette because of its case. The palette itself doesn’t really have many metallic eyeshadows.

Precious Metals Shadow Palette with the number overlay

Now why am I choosing something not quite metallic for this challenge? First I think you are going to see a lot of sparkle in this topic and not everyone really wants sparkle. Second it’s a terrific palette that will bring you enough looks for the holidays and beyond. You can wear this palette day and night. You can create a neutral everyday look, a slightly darker going out for dinner face, a smokey eye, or a full out holiday look. It’s so versatile!

Sephora+Pantone Universal Precious Metals Shadow Palette

What you’ll find are 35 colors that were inspired by Pantone’s 2013 Plus Series Metallic Book. There’s a variety of finishes from matte to shimmer to pearlescent and finally to some metallic finishes. What I love about this palette is that it is so incredibly easy to use. The 7 rows of shadows are like 7 different palettes in one. Take a row and work from top to bottom and you’ve got a complete look. You’ve got 5 colors in each row so you can play around with just that row and have a perfectly blended combination with one color flowing into the other. Or you can use any of the 35 shadows to create your own look.

Precious Metals Shadow Palette back of the box

I didn’t swatch these all because most of the colors are light and don’t show up well in my pictures. That’s not a criticism though. It’s just a fact. These eyeshadows are not overly pigmented until you get to the bottom. The bottom of each row has deep colors that are great for eyelining or a mysterious eye. I’ve used the bottom shade with each of the 6 looks I’ve done so far as my liner, I put a drop of a mixing medium like Illamasqua’s Sealing Gel in my Mineral’s Mate mixing palette and use that to wet the shadow. I use just a small corner so that I can still use the shadow as a shadow. One thing to note about these shadows is that even though the pigmentation on many of the shadows is very light, they are long lasting. I have been thrilled with the length of time these look good on without needing any touch up at all.

I’ll be happy to do an in-depth review of the shades in the Sephora+Pantone Universal Precious Metals Shadow Palette if you want, just let me know in the comments. I was lucky enough to buy mine during the VIB sale but I’d happily pay the full $48 price. If you are searching for a way to be part of the Metallic crowd then consider this gem of a palette.

Be sure you use the arrows or icons to visit my fellow Makeup Warriors. I’m excited to see what they’ve chosen and which ones I’m going to need to buy myself. — Marcia