Saturday, June 9, 2018

***Bi-Monthly Review, Rate, Rotate***Week 19 & 20***

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.
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Week 19


Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume III


Review: I actually enjoy Tarte's eyeshadow although many find them mediocre. They are consistent and well-made. My only issue is that Tarte has a tendency to make their products for Fair-Medium skin tones, leaving out on many hues of people that could possibly enjoy their products as well as other's they could market their products to.



Rate: 7.25/10 I am taking points off for a lack of universality and ability to reach different skin tones. Otherwise, the product is essentially very good and enjoyable.



Rotate: This will be staying in my collection for a little while longer.


Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette


Review: Most people know that I am not a huge Too Faced fan, although I own a lot of their products, but this palette is a ride or die product for me and in fact is the second one I have owned. This palette is essential for beginners or people that are looking to rock that everyday neutral look. The palette smells pleasant and it is easy to use. Although it's incredibly user-friendly, remember you're not going to get significant glam looks from this palette and the pigmentation is weaker than say, Juvia's Place, but for a workplace eyeshadow palette it gives you what you need.



Rate: 8.25/10 Now that I am a little more experience in my makeup repertoire and application process, and I work in an environment where I can push the envelope in terms of fashion and makeup, I tend to go for more pigmented and bolder looks, which this palette just doesn't provide. It's not the palette's fault, but a shift in my personal taste.



Rotate: This palette is going into an upcoming panning project, perhaps for next year because the shadows are densely packed and take a great deal of effort to really make any progress.

City Color HD Blush in Warm Apricot / Soap & Glory Peach Party

Review: (a) I do not own a lot of high-end blush & highlight products for many reasons one of which is that I can pretty much get the same outcome/look from affordable blushes & highlighters as I can from high-end (with the exception of Tarte, whose blushes are phenomenal). This City Color HD Blush In Warm Apricot is a beautiful color and looks great on medium skin, especially with yellow undertones. It is affordable and lasts all day, and I believe I snagged this for under $5! (b) I am a huge fan of Soap & Glory bath products - just look for my upcoming Target Haul! But I could really passion their face products. This product doesn't want to commit to being either a blush or highlighter, but instead it's a confusing fusion of both that is neither flattering nor long-lasting.  

Rate: (a) 8/10 The only complaint I have about this product is that it is a little powdery and too pigmented. You have to do in easy with your brush and tap it off. (b) 5/10 I don't have time to guess whether an item is a blush, a blush topper, or a highlighter. I shouldn't have to guess at the purpose of the product!  

Rotate: (a) Will continue to use and enjoy this product. (b) Will be looking for a new home for someone who doesn't mind an ambiguous blush /whatever the hell this is... 

AOA  Wonder Baked Highlighter In Bubbly & Cindy Lou Maninzer from the Balm

Review: (a) This fantastic Highlighter, perfect for tan to deep skin tones, was only a $1 from ShopMissA. The price already makes me a very happy camper, but the fact that product performs well, and the color looks amazing on my skin definitely sells this little gem. (b) Ugh, what can I say? I'm just not a fan. A lot of beauty enthusiasts and consumers really likes theBalm Cosmetics, but I have never really been a fan of anything I have purchased from them. 

Rate: (a) 8/10 Great highlighter for an even better price! (b) 5/10 Just not something that excites me. Looks chalky on my skin, the color isn't flattering, and this brands powder product, including their eyeshadows, just aren't creamy enough for my delicate skin.

Rotate: (a) Keeping this one, it will be great for the summer. (b) Thinking about selling this one! Barely used!

Week 20
Dominique Cosmetics Latte Eyeshadow Palette




Viseart Boheme Dreams Eyeshadow Palette


Review: Now, you know that I ride or die for my girl, Natasha Denona, but Viseart is a close second. I love this palette. It is unbelievably beautiful, and whoever complains about the shimmer shades not being pigmented enough are seriously out of their mind. Wet your brush, goofy! Then you'll get what you are looking for. The colors in this palette are beyond vibrant and pair well with the Viseart Editorial Palette or you can simply rock a neutral shade in the crease and blow it out a bit, and pop one of these on the lid, and call it a day.

Rate: 10/10 You can't go wrong with any eyeshadow products from Viseart. I am so glad that I have invested money in these eyeshadow becwuse the quality of these products are unsurpassed by others, except for maybe my other top notch brand Natasha Denona! 

Rotate:  This is staying with me for as long as possible. Hoping to get more  use out of this Eyeshadow palette 

Colourpop Double Entendre 
Review: As many of you know, I am. A huge Colourpop fan. I have a massive Colourpop single eyeshadow collection, as well as every single eyeshadow palette they have put out to date (including the four pan palettes).   this is a beautiful neutral palette suitable for work day looks or even can be glammed up for the evening. the formulation of the Shadows is amazing especially for the price point. I can't say enough about this brands products in terms of selection, quality, presentation, affordability and the list goes on. If you're looking for a good solid neutral palette this is the way I would go. 

Rate: 10 / 10 You  won't ever find me saying anything bad about Colourpop eyeshadow formulation. some make comments about the size of the pans and how its deceptive regarding the price point but honestly the pan sizes that are being produced nowadays are unreasonable for average consumer. Most consumers use the average 26 mm pan, and most often we have trouble going through those size pans so it makes sense to me that this brand would make the pan size is a little bit smaller so that you could really get use out of the palette and I think the price is reflective of that.  Honestly, I think Colourpop is trying to make eyeshadow palettes that are reasonable in size and provide enough product to make use of the palette so that consumers feel like their money has been well spent and that panning the product is a reasonable expectation and something attainable. 

Rotate:  I don't anticipate getting rid of any of my Colourpop eyeshadows anytime soon! 

NYX Air
Review:  First of all I have the same complaint the most people have regarding this eyeshadow palette and the ones that are,  which is that they are significantly overpriced and then the quality is not indicative of the price point. Unfortunately I paid full price for all of the eyeshadow palettes in the element series and to Nyx eyeshadow palettes cost me $60 which is just freaking insane to me. If I had waited long enough I could have gotten them for half price on the Nyx website or even at Ulta. Initially my idea behind buying them full price was to test them out right away and provide product reviews regarding the eyeshadows but time got away from me and I ended up not using them until recently. this is indeed a beautiful eyeshadow palette. Is it worth $30? No it really isn't! but it does produce some beautiful pastel blooks appropriate for spring and summer. 

Rate: 6/10  this palette loses major points for several reasons one of which is that it was priced incorrectly and the hype that surrounded the release of the palettes was not indicative of the quality nor appropriate for what was presented by the company. Yes they improve their packaging and yes they came out with some very interesting shades but the price reflected that it was going to be high-end quality makeup. It was not bad makeup. It was relatively good makeup but it certainky wasn't high end. 

Rotate:   I think this will go into another rotation during the summer months and I will determine whether I want to keep it at that time
Karity Peachy Keen
Review: I really wanted to love this palette because I enjoyed the sister Palette,  the Karity Unicorn Dreams eyeshadow palette. Unfortunately, this Peachy Keen Eyeshadow Palette from Karity was extremely disappointing. It's probably because I'm over the whole warm tone Orange love-fest and these types of eyeshadow palettes that continue to be produced by brands left and right all look pretty much the same.  This eyeshadow palette was very chalky, to be honest, was very very unoriginal. It was reminiscent of the Morphe 3502 which is an eyeshadow palette full of invariant browns and invariant oranges.

Rate: 4/10 Really unimpressed with this palette. Very underwhelming, mediocre, and barely average. Love Karity Cosmetics as a brand, but this one was a miss for me.

Rotate: Look for this one on sale on Mercari or Poshmark.



Karity Unicorn Dreams

Review: Now, that I have talked shit about the this palette's sister, let me give much love to the Karity Unicorn Dreams Eyeshadow Palette. This palette has the perfect color story for me personally. It has beautiful greens, purples, and burgundy shades, which is straight up my alley. Although the palette is a bit powdery, I found that the mattes were very workable, and the shimmers are definitely worth building up just a bit. Little effort, with great results!

Rate: 8.25/10 I am giving this palette a higher rating because even though it's an affordable palette it performs beyond what I would call the "affordable standard". This palette is underrated and underacknowledged, so I am gladly shining a little light on it.

Rotate: Nope, this one is staying in my collection for a little while longer.