Tuesday, May 8, 2018

***Bi-Monthly Review, Rate, Rotate***Weeks 15 & 16***

Rating is out 10 out of 10, with a full point given for each of the ten sections listed above. Points per section may be issued in the following denominations: 0,.0 .25, .50, 1.0. For further clarification, the sections listed are worth a total of 1.0 point and are:
  1. Company Profile & Personality: (available information about the company, cruelty-free status information, philanthropic efforts, unnecessary controversy, indie company vs mainstream)
  2. Price: (product cost, availability of product, shipping cost, available coupons)
  3. Purchase Process: (order time vs receipt of product turn around, availability of product, email notifications including shipping & tracking number, email notification for delivery)
  4. Packaging: (was the item securely package, decorative packaging efforts including information card about the product, upcoming sales, or the company itself)
  5. Pigmentation: (via swatches)
  6. Color Payoff: (via application to the area applicable)
  7. Product Application: (ease of application of the product, for example for eyeshadow, is there fall out, creasing, etc.
  8. Performance: (longevity of wear)
  9. Product Value: (price to product amount ratio, i.e. price per gram + product quality + consumer response (popularity of the product and consumer response) + repurchase option)
  10. Overall Product Presentation: shade variation (if eyeshadow), women of color friendly, pale people friendly, universally applicable to many skin tones, desire for repeated use, would you repurchase the item again, is this product associated with a particular trend or is does it market the companies individuality, does the product set a new & innovative trend, is the product effective (does it do what it’s designed to do), does the product have potential multiple application opportunities (i.e. can the product be used as a blush & lipstick), is the product limited edition or a permanent product, is the product part of a collection, is the product consistent (from shade to shade, if an eyeshadow palette) from color to color in a part of a collection and does it function and operate the same each time applied.
Anything that I rotate out of my collection, and I am not giving away to friends or family, you can find on Mercari @ BougieBrie or Poshmark @ InfluencerBrie !
Reviewing the Following Week's Products
Week 15
Natasha Denona Palette 5

REVIEW: There are many opinions about Natasha Denona's eyeshadows. It seems as though people are on polar opposite spectrums in terms of their regard for the brand's eyeshadows. Anyone who knows me and my collection are aware that I am a die hard ND fan. I have no shame in the amount of ND eyeshadow palettes I have and the fact that I paid full price for all of them. Hands down the best eyeshadows in the business and well-worth the expense. If you are not a fan, just try one of five pan palettes like above, you will be more than surprised.

RATE: 10/10 What did you expect?

ROTATE: Um, no....just...no

Tarte Golden Goddess & Maybelline Master Chrome In Molten Gold

REVIEW: (a) Tarte, for the most part, has excellent face products and I think they are reasonably priced, especially if you can catch them on sale on the Tarte website. I wasn't particularly excited about this product, though. It's not terrible, but I wouldn't say it is worth the full price. If you wait a while after the release of Tarte products, they often go on sale as the season ends on all platforms, including Sephora & Ulta. (b) Was super pleased with this product. For a drugstore highlighter, it definitely outperforms many high-end brands. It's not too powdery and it lasts a reasonable amount of time.

RATE: 6.75/10 (a) Tarte's powder products are usually very promising and great on the skin, but outside of the magnificent packaging, this left much to be desired. (b) 8.5/10 Just an excellent drugstore highlighter. Well worth the money, and if I am correct it's under $10. Out performs the Tarte highlighter and lasts much longer. Great product!

ROTATE: (a) I think I will keep this in my collection a little longer, but most likely will be sold on Poshmark orMercari. (b) Love this product and I am looking to keep it around for awhile.

Tarte Blush in Parrrty
REVIEW: Earlier when I spoke about Tarte's face products, I was really speaking of their blushes, which by most standards are incredible. Pigmented yet buildable and probably the best high-end blushes in the business.

RATE: 9/10 I took a point off for two reasons. One - Tarte always kills it with their packaging but has the lamest packaging for their blushes and Two - Although I think these are the best high-end blushes, I have blushes from affordable & drugstore brands that work just as well for me.

ROTATE: I will be keeping all my Tarte blushes!

Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick

REVIEW: This was the first product I reviewed on my blog several years ago and my feelings are still pretty much the same. The least expensive highlighter around with the best results. Absolutely unnecessary to purchase high-end highlighters when you can get this one for $5 - $7 bucks.

RATE: 9.5/10 Loses half a point for packaging, but seriously the best highlighter for the price.

ROTATE: Will be working to pan this highlighter!

Week 15
It Cosmetics Superhero Eyeshadow Palette

REVIEW: I was excited about this palette when I purchased it but after using it one time I realized that it doesn't have the pigmentation and foil shades that I like. It definite perfect for everyday makeup for your 9 am - 5 pm, but it's not the palette for me!

RATE: 6.75/10 Truly is a beautiful palette with excellent shades, but it doesn't suit me or my lifestyle at this time. It's very soft and blends well, but I took points off mostly because it just doesn't grab my attention.

ROTATE: Look for this on my Mercari or Poshmark

Coastal Scents Custom Built Palette

REVIEW:  I happen to like Coastal Scents single shadows. I think for the price, and the simplicity of what they offer, their shadows are perfect for beginners, or even MUA's starting out and building their kit. I have a wide selection of these shadows, but if I am honest, I really don't use them much, which is the point of my Semi-Weekly Rotation schedule. This custom built palette is similar to the Winterberry Palette from the brand, so logically one of them have to go.

RATE: 7.25/10 I think these are more than decent shadows for someone who is new at eyeshadow and wants a large selection for a low price. If you keep up with the Coastal Scents you can catch their $0.99 singles sale! Are they the best shadows on the market, no, I don't think so, but are they extremely affordable with a ridiculous selection featuring over 200 shades, yes, they are!

ROTATE: I mentioned that I own the Winterberry Palette from Coastal Scents, which is quite similar to the palette I have built. I am thinking that I will pass along the Winterberry Palette or sell it (Mercari/Poshmark)! So, this one will stay around!

Lorac Ladies Who Brunch Eyeshadow Palette

REVIEW: I cannot accurately evaluate this palette because I only used one shade from it, so it will go into an upcoming rotation! Stay Tuned!

Colourpop My Little Pony Eyeshadow Palette

REVIEW: I love this palette. As many of you know I am a huge Colourpop fan! This is a very fun palette and I personally think it's better than the PUR Cosmetics My Little Pony Palette! It is the perfect colorful palette for the upcoming Spring & Summer seasons. Just an adorable palette, with shades you can use in the office or on the beach!

RATE: 10/10 Colourpop Super Fan from the quality of the shadows to the whimsical packaging. Definitely a home run!

ROTATION: Love this palette and all Colourpop pressed shadows. Staying with me!

Persona Cosmetics Identity Eyeshadow Palette
REVIEW: One of the best palettes of 2017! This palette comes from a popular influencer named Sona. I actually got this palette when it first came out last year due to a little tip from YouTube. The palette has wonderful neutral to warm toned and a fantastic matte to shimmer ratio. The palette is perfect for every day looks as well as for an evening look where you want to smoke out your lower last line or outer v. 

RATE: 10/10 Unique image work out the outer part of the packaging which is slim and compact, perfect for travel or to throw in your purse. Beautiful universally flattering shades for many tones that are pigmented and blend well. The perfect palette for the work day or for a young beginner with ease to maneuver quality shadows. 

ROTATE: Have no intention of getting rid of this palette and quite happy I snatched my palette up before it hit mainstream stores.