Wednesday, September 19, 2018

✭✭✭Review, Rate, & Rotate✭✭✭Week 34 & 35✭✭✭

✭✭✭Review, Rate & Rotate, Week 34 & 35✭✭✭

If you have a massive beauty collection, and you really are not into minimalism, leave a comment below regarding how you rotate through your collection. I would love to have your feedback and input. If I was to tell you how many eyeshadow palettes I have, you wouldn't believe me. . . Yep, it's that many! If there is something you want to see reviewed, in particular, eyeshadow palettes, you can reach me on my Contact Me page or Click HERE to send me an email! 
Thanks for checking out my Review, Rate, & Rotate Series!

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.


If I mention that I am selling any of the items listed below, you can catch those products at a reasonable price on Poshmark @ bougiebriexo or on Mercari @ BougieBrie or you can always reach out to me on my social media channels or click on the Contact Me link at the top of the page and shoot me an email! 


Beauty Gems Blush Palette, Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer, Becca Preseco Pop


Review: (a) I liked this blush palette, but it was super powdery and it was difficult to contain my usage to one pan because of the inevitable kickup that seeped into its neighboring pan. The kickup gave me no choice to use the intended shade and its neighbor since powder was flying everywhere and wouldn't remain centrally located to the pan I was using. (b) I have always heard good things about this bronzer and the rumors are true - it's excellent. I just wish the brand was more people of color friendly. (c) I got this in a subscription box and I really enjoy the highlighter and used it all week long. I already own its sister in Opal. Really love the formulation of the powder and there is little to no fall-out with application.

Rate: 5/10 Crappy and uninspiring packaging and powdery formula, but it does the job, so it gets a 5. 7/10 Applies beautifully and wears well throughout the day. Also has a pleasant scent and cute packaging, but the brand majorly ignores a wider demographic and fails to address the need of that demographic. 8.5/10 I am really not a fan of BECCA's packaging. It's just so plain and assembly line looking. Do you know what I mean? However, it's an excellent product with a variety of shades to address a wider demographic!

Rotate: Keeping all of them!



Marc Jacobs Objects of Desire Eye and Face Palette


Review: I absolutely love the packaging and the eye & face concept. The shadows, blush, bronzer, and highlighter all perform well, but my God they kick up a crap ton of powder. I find this unusual because I have about ten other Marc Jacobs eyeshadow palettes and I have never experienced this. Look at the photo; you can see how dirty the palette is and that's after me carefully cleaning it in order to take the picture.

Rate: 7/10 Kick up usually doesn't bother me, because, you know, you're working with POWDER, but when it disturbs the performance of adjoining products, it becomes an issue. Very luxe packaging though!

Rotate: I really like this palette for a weekend trip situation. Keeping it for a little while longer.

Morphe 35 U


Review: Not a huge fan of Morphe, although I fell prey to their ingenious social media marketing strategy and bought a crap ton of palettes in the beginning. I think I had a total of 10 35 pan palettes in the beginning and now I am down to 2. This is a good palette for the price, but I own the Viseart Editorial Palette, so I don't need this.

Rate: 5/10 Ugly packaging, powdery shadows with tons of kick up, and not too original. So, it gets a 5.

Rotate: This was already sold to a wonderful woman on Mercari!


Make Up For Ever Artist Palette 9 Volume 3


Review: Didn't have an opportunity to use this one, so it will come back for a second chance in a couple of weeks.

Rate: n/a

Rotate: n/a


Bare Minerals Gen Nude Neutral Eyeshadow Palette


Review: I find it unfortunate that the beauty community doesn't talk about Bare Minerals more than it does. Bare Minerals makes extremely beautiful, pigment rich, smooth and easy to apply shadows. The reason they don't get a ton of attention is that they stay in the neutral lane and in no way deviate from that lane. They don't make very daring, colorful, different shades like other brands i.e. Urban Decay, Juvia's Place, etc. Nonetheless, these are high-quality shades and definitely one of my favorite eyeshadow formulas.

Rate: 9/10 Beautiful packaging, killer formula, perfect for everyday wear, but very plain Jane shades.

Rotate: Keeping this one in my collection for a while longer

Essence All about Bronze & Essence All about Roses


Review: Both palettes are great for beginners, but I honestly have these shades in other palettes (see below) and I would use these as travel/makeup bag palettes, but I have about 20 Tarte eyeshadow mini palettes that function perfectly in that capacity.

Rate: 5/10 Cute palettes, but lack matte shades and a very monochromatic color story. Good for the price, though.

Rotate:  These are currently on both Poshmark & Mercari as part of a bundle wuth some single shadows from Looxi.
Looxi Precious Metals & Looxi Free Love


Looxi Bronzed Bombshell, Aurora 1 & Aurora 2


Review: I have had these shadow for a while (I have others by this brand too), but I haven't used them until this rotation. For the most part, I really enjoyed these shadows. There were a few "duds" but I pulled those out and set them aside. The majority of the shadows are very pigment rich and smooth and the variations in colors are amazing. I was able to use a coupon code and got 20% off my order, so that gives me happy vibes.

Rate: 8/10  High-quality shadows, great color selection, but not a fan of the matte formulation and out of the many shadows viewed here, 6 were duds. 

Rotate: Keeping these palettes, and in the next Weekly Product & Palette Rotation you'll see the rest of this collection!


ABH Norvina Palette


Review:  When the Modern Renaissance came out, I didn't buy it right away. When I did purchase it, unlike the enormity of popularity, I didn't like it - at all. I still have it and it's going into next year's One Palette, One Year, but it's not my favorite. The Norvina Palette, however, is absolutely stunning and uniquely beautiful. I love purples on my eyes (because I have brown eyes) and although the reviews are somewhat split down the middle, this has quickly become one of my favorites and I think it's a perfect palette for all occasions and seasons.

Rate: 9.75/10 Small deduction for the velour packaging, although I love the color of the packaging. Great formula, gorgeous and unique shades that are personally appealing on my brown eyes. One of my new favorite palettes.

Rotate: This is staying put with momma.