Sunday, November 11, 2018

✮✮✮Review, Rate, & Rotate✮✮✮Weeks 40 & 41✮✮✮

✭✭✭Review, Rate & Rotate, Week 40 & 41✭✭✭

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! 

Various Eye Products - Milani, Revlon, L'Oreal, J Cat, Stila Nicka K


Review:  I am going to give a general overview of these products, but if you want detailed review of each just let me know. All of the products performed will with the exception of two. The liquid/glitter eyeshadows performed excellent especially the more affordable ones  (L'Oreal, Revlon, Nicka K, Etc) and the Milani Eyeshadow gave off great color payoff as did the pigment. The two that I have difficulty with were the J Cat Glitter & the Obnoxious Cosmetics pressed pigment. The glitter wouldn't adhere which was extremely frustrating but could possibly be user error, and the Obnoxious Cosmetics pigments made the corner of my eye itch. I will say all my other pressed pigments from Obnoxious Cosmetics do not do this so, I think it has something to do with the formulation of the purple.

Rate: 8/10 (Except for J Cat & Obnoxious Cosmetics 3.75/10)

Rotate:  Going to evaluate my glitter collection and see if I find them necessary to my collection!


Juvia's Place The Magic Palette $28 LE

Review:  There are a couple of brands that I am loyal to and purchase their eyeshadow palettes regardless of if I necessarily want them. This is referred to as Brand Loyalty and as long as the brands I am loyal to keep their noses clean and are not involved in ridiculous controversies or scandals that they are unable to make their way back from, I will continue to purchase their products irrespective of my need for them. Juvia's Place Eyeshadow Palettes fall in this category. Fortunately, I love all my Juvia's Place Eyeshadow Palettw, and this one is no exception

Rate: 4/10 The quality of the mattes is pretty good, I will give the palette that. I can use this as a transition palette, but it's insane to think that you can make a decent look that you would leave the house and be seen in public with. The packaging is luxe though, so points there. 

Rotate:  Going to evaluate my glitter collection and see if I find them necessary to my collection!



Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette $49 LE

Review: Too Faced has seriously stepped up their game. I still think their packaging is lame and gimmicky and their themes are more appropriate for prepubescent teens and not adult men and women with incomes, but I am definitely cynical and more of a Debbie Downer type person, so don't take me too seriously. I will say that their releases over the last year have been generally consistent, with the exception of the White  Chocolate debacle, oh, and their White Peach Palette (what the hell was that about?). However, their I Love Kandee Palette, Peach Matte Palette, Clover Palette, & Gold Chocolate Bar Palettes were all major hits! This palette is no exception. This palette is a huge step up in pigment and originality that their original Chocolate Bar Series Palettes. The shimmers are more like metallic shades (really, why do we still have shimmer and satin shades) and I can honestly say they are pliable, easy to apply,  and the selection of shades allows the user to make a wide variety of unique looks, many which are perfect for the Holiday Season. Well Done Too Faced!

Rate: 9/10 I am sorry I can't stand the gimmicky packaging because it makes me feel like I bought this at Claire's. That's my only major issue.

Rotate:  Definitely one of my new Fall/Winter favorites....It's a keeper.


Too Faced White Peach Eyeshadow Palette $45 LE

Review:  So real talk, I only bought this because it was on sale and I didn't want to pay full price for it. Very unimpressed and underwhelmed. Here's the kicker, I knew I would be. I mean look at the damn thing. The color story is terrible with several shades sharing almost the exact same undertone and definitely all apply with the same color pay off on the eye. The entire top 2 rows, with the exception of Peach Cream are basically slight variations of the same damn shade. Who is responsible for this because I need to tell them it's awful. They need to hear it directly from me. And for the love of everything Holy, why does Too Faced think that a matte shade with glitter is a GOOD thing because it most certainly is not. It's STUPID, and everyone hates it. Forward that to Jarrod. Tell I said it's freaking terrible and I come on behalf of the entirety of the beauty community and makeup users/lovers globally, ok?

Rate: 4/10 The quality of the mattes is pretty good, I will give the palette that. I can use this as a transition palette, but it's insane to think that you can make a decent look that you would leave the house and be seen in public with. The packaging is luxe though, so points there. 

Rotate:  Going to evaluate my glitter collection and see if I find them necessary to my collection!

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Visionary Eyeshadow Palette $7

Review:   I LOVE this palette. Hands down, the best $7 palette I own. Period. This is like Norvina's cousin, but she lives in a cute apartment and Norvina lives in a 5 bedroom house. Make sense? I wore this palette the most during the two weeks and it looked amazing every time. Purples look good on my eyes and I am head over heels in love with the looks I came up with using this palette. No Notes.

Rate: 9.5/10 Various Eye Products - Milani, Revlon, L'Oreal, J Cat, Stila Nicka K

Review:  I am going to give a general overview of these products, but if you want detailed review of each just let me know. All of the products performed will with the exception of two. The liquid/glitter eyeshadows performed excellent especially the more affordable ones  (L'Oreal, Revlon, Nicka K, Etc) and the Milani Eyeshadow gave off great color payoff as did the pigment. The two that I have difficulty with were the J Cat Glitter & the Obnoxious Cosmetics pressed pigment. The glitter wouldn't adhere which was extremely frustrating but could possibly be user error, and the Obnoxious Cosmetics pigments made the corner of my eye itch. I will say all my other pressed pigments from Obnoxious Cosmetics do not do this so, I think it has something to do with the formulation of the purple.

Rate: 8/10 (Except for J Cat & Obnoxious Cosmetics 3.75/10)

Rotate:  Going to evaluate my glitter collection and see if I find them necessary to my collection!

Rotate:  Going to evaluate my glitter collection and see if I find them necessary to my collection!


Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Palette $58 LE

Review: I purchased this palette at Nordstroms as an exclusive. As much I enjoy rocking colorful, bold shadows, sometimes I need to be able to pull in an everyday neutral eyeshadow palette for say, an interview, or a work training, or a conference, etc. Just something simple, but mildly glam, and that's what this palette is. Beautiful shades in this palette that actually lean more cool than the name suggests, but nonetheless, beautiful on the eyes. I was really happy with this purchase and impressed by the performance, although I will say if you have any of Laura Mercier's palettes (the eye artist's palettes) you really don't need this one because they are all along the same color spectrum. 

Rate: 8.5/10 Not really anything innovative or new from Laura Mercier and quite similar to her other palettes that are currently out, but ti's a beautiful palette and perfect for our workday guys and gals.

Rotate:  I think I am going to do a close comparison of my current Laura Mercier palettes and see if I can get rid of any.

Note Cosmetics 5 Pan Palette in Green Shades $14.99

Review:  I own 3 of the 4 palettes in Note Cosmetics 5 Pan Palette line. Each is themed to a particular monochromatic color story. I have an affinity for green shades and I decided to pick this palette for this rotation;.These are similar to Dose of Color's 5 pan palettes with the exception that all these shades are not matte. Some are more satin or sateen. Nicely pigmented and rich with color and surprisingly easy to blend and with an affordable cost of $14.99 each and Ulta's often weekly buy 1 get 1 1/2 off , you can make out with all four color stories like a bandit.

Rate: 8/10 Lackluster packaging for sure, with even less inviting boxing packaging, however, these are well worth the money and I encourage anyone looking for a specific color story in a 5 pan palette, whether it's on a budget or not, these are a great buy.

Rotate:  Keeping this one and cannot wait to try the other two I have by Note Cosmetics in my collection.

Ulta Contour Kit $18

Review:  I have had this contour palette since I began my journey to improve my inner and outer beauty. I believe I have had this since Mid 2016, but I never really used it because I wasn't confident in my contour/bronzing abilities. Over time I have learned more and experimented with different tones, textures, and application methods, and even changed my opinion about melanin mommas and bronzing and contouring. I didn't think that bronzing and contouring was something that applied to my because I am already brown-skinned/tan. For $18 (which you can often get Ulta products buy 1 get 1 1/2 off) You get 4 contour/bronzer shades and two highlighter shades. Over time this contour palette from Ulta has involved to have e even better shades, especially the highlighters. Seeing as this is an older palette, the highlighters are not the best, but recent revisions to this palette have shown improvements in the highlighter shades. Over all a great contour kit, especially for beginners, and in particular for the price.

Rate: 8/10 I am conflicted over the packaging, while it is cheap plastic and cardboard, it does detail a useful outline of where to apply contour and highlight shades. Quality contour palette, perfect for beginners and teenagers.

Rotate:  I picked one contour palette this year to pan and next year I'll be panning this one!

Essence Pure Highlighter, Laura Geller Blush, Triple Baked Bronzer by Revolution Makeup

Review:  (A) All of the YouTubers and Beauty Bloggers who have raved about the Essence Pure Highlighters are full of crap. I could appreciate if they gave an honest review detailing that this highlighter gives an incredibly subtle affect on the cheek, but that's not what has been said. This highlighter is terrible. It's chalky, applies horrendously, and the word subtle is not nearly appropriate. Its just a a chalky. beige, streak of powder on the cheek. It would be better used as a based eyeshadow shade. Two thumbs down!!! (B) I received this Laura Geller blush in a Boxycharm. What a treat! I find that this is a beautifully intoxicating blush that blends so naturally and without effort. The color is so amazing. It's just stunning and I will be looking to invest in more Laura Geller Blushes! (C) I use this affordable bronzer as a highlighter. It would be perfect on even deeper skin than mine as either a highlighter or bronzer. Beautifully crafted and wonderfully brilliant on the skin. For a $7 bronzer, it has a great aesthetic value in both packaging and presentation!

Rate: 2/10, 10/10, 8/10 

Rotate:  I don't know what to do with this Essence Highlighter. It's crap and I don't want to give it away but maybe someone will find it useful. The other two items are staying!