I bought the Buxom Look All You Want Set during the Sephora clearance sales in January.
I was lucky to score it for $37 – it retailed for $50 regularly. Unfortunately this particular palette was a limited edition configuration, however, a couple of shades in this palette are from the permanent line. I’ll also be reviewing the customizable palette concept in this post.
The set itself comes with a full size Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner in Call Me (matte black) and Buxom Lash Mascara in a deluxe sample size. I’ll be giving the black liner to a friend since I don’t use black liners, and I haven’t tried the mascara yet.
This review will be focused on the star of the set: the eye shadow palette containing 6 shades:
L to R:
• Opal Opulence – cool blue white (frost)
• Sequin Sparkle – light pewter (shimmer)
• Top Shelf – deep muted plum (satin)
• Penthouse – emerald green (metallic)
• Style Icon – golden beige (metallic – a permanent shade)
• Gimme Gorgeous – camel (matte – a permanent shade)
Each eye shadow shade is 1.4g which is slightly more than MAC’s single pans (1.3g), for a total palette product weight of 8.4g. Inside the box, the singles are housed inside a tray that allows the individual pans to be arranged.
Buxom provides a handy instruction guide – it’s pretty easy to figure out.
Even though this set comes “pre-made”, it is still housed in the customizable casing. If I wanted, I could have placed the shades in any order I wanted to inside the palette (but I followed the image on the back of the palette just because I’m a sheep). I can also swap out any of the shades if I don’t want one or two of them in this particular grouping.
My favourite of these are Gimme Gorgeous, Style Icon, and surprisingly, Penthouse! 😮 I know that originally I stated I’d want to swap out Penthouse but it’s such a beautiful formula, even though I likely won’t wear it often, it deserves a mention. Both Style Icon and Penthouse have a metallic formula that applies smoothly and delivers high pigment. Gimme Gorgeous, the lone matte, is the perfect transition shade – I consider this the anchor shade of the whole palette. I really like the Buxom matte formula – it’s not dusty and has a little bit of “body” to help it blend out the other colours. I would be interested in trying more mattes from this range.
Sequin Sparkle was a bit disappointing – from photos online, it looked really pretty and I thought it would the taupe shade for me. In real life it is too glittery and I experienced quite a bit of fall out from the chunky glitter. Top Shelf was also less amazing in real life – it applies a bit patchy and was difficult to blend out. Although Opal Opulence looks like a plain white shade in the pan, it has a strong icy blue frost when applied. It can look quite stark on my skin tone but if worn lightly, it makes a lovely brow and inner eye highlight – it can also top other colours to transform them. Overall, the formula of these eye shadows are great: pigmented and easy to blend. And with a built-in primer, these last well on the lids (around 8 hours on average but I still use an eyelid primer). Out of the 6 shades included, I love 3 of them, and the rest I am lukewarm about – none of them I dislike. I call that a good day! 😉
The included booklet does show a couple of looks with suggested colour placement. A typical look for me using this palette is applying Style Icon (metallic beige) on the inner 2/3 of the lid, and Top Shelf (plum) in the outer third, then blending them out with Gimme Gorgeous (camel) in the crease. I’m wearing this look today and added Penthouse (emerald) lightly on my lower lash line in honour of St. Patrick’s Day, inspired by lipstickonthelake’s post! 😀 I do appreciate that I can get a complete eye look just using the combination of shades curated for this palette.
The mirror reads “Live Life Vividly”. 🙂
Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Singles are sold individually for $15 each. To buy the palette and 6 refills separately would cost $105 but Sephora offers a completely customized filled palette for only $50, which is a great value. When I first heard about the Buxom Bar Palette, I was excited to choose my own colours but I think that by getting a pre-made one like this, I was able to get out of my normal comfort zone to try a few shades I would not normally pick. I might still swap out Penthouse for an everyday shade, and I would like a highlight colour that’s more wearable than Opal Opulence. I’m eyeing Silk Sheets (champagne) and Big Spender (matte sable) – my revamped Look All You Want palette would look like this:
In reality, I would likely not just buy 2 shades to switch out – why pay $30 for 2 singles when I can get 6 colours plus a palette for $20 more? 😉 Here’s what I’d choose for my custom Buxom palette:
L to R:
• Silk Sheets – light champagne (frost)
• Bold Bling – rose gold (metallic)
• No Faux – green brown (metallic duochrome)
• Haute Couture – java (metallic)
• Invite Only – terracotta (matte)
• Big Spender – dark sable (matte)
Yes, I included another green shade but it’s different than Penthouse. I’d read about No Faux on KazzMarie’s Best in Beauty for 2015 – it is a gorgeous duochrome in the same vein as MAC Club / UD Lounge / Wet’n’Wild Comfort Zone definer shade. I’m not getting another Buxom palette any time soon but it’s fun to window shop. 😛
This palette also comes with a dual ended brush – I give credit to Buxom for including an actual brush rather than sponge tipped applicator but the brushes are so tiny, they’re not usable. It’s about the size of a Q-tip! The palette is made of a high quality plastic which feels very substantial and would protect the shadows during travel. The cover design isn’t my favourite but it’s not that important to me. This particular palette is no longer available – the regular empty palette is plain black with a croc texture. The eye shadows are made in the USA. In Canada, Buxom is sold exclusively at Sephora.
• Ability to swap out colours (or choose own colours entirely if starting from scratch)
• Great value
• High quality eye shadows (pigmented, blendable, long wearing)
• Sturdy palette construction
• Full sized mirror
• Slight inconsistency between shades and finishes
• Some fall out with a few shades
Stash worthiness: 8/10
Please also visit Ingrid’s site for her review of this set, which she received as gift, and partly influenced my decision to purchase this! 😉 Have you tried the Buxom eye shadows or the customizable system? What colours would you chose?