Affordable Drugstore Nude Palettes: Maybelline and Makeup Revolution

Today I’m looking at two affordable drugstore eye shadow palettes that I’ve been trying out for the past couple of months:

Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette – C$17.99
Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette in Iconic 2 – C$14.99

I received both of these from Rachael of Helpless Whist Drying blog who included both of these in her epic giveaway. I suspect that she’s a palette pusher and wants me to come over to the dark side… 😉

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Megapost: Custom Palette Systems

I’ve had this post brewing for months and finally dusted it off in light of the recent controversy with Z Palette. If you don’t know about it, read about it here, here, and here. Um yeah… total gong show. 😮  Z Palette is probably the most well-known of any major custom palette systems, so their social media misstep has certainly opened the door for other players to secure a larger share of the market. People are now looking for Z Palette alternatives – let’s have a look at what the options are:

I’ll be showing what I own and also list some that I know about but do not own.  All prices are shown in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.  Warning: long post and lots of photos! 😎

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bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette

Finally! After owning this for more than a year, I got around to trying it and now reviewing it. 😛
Although this particular palette is no longer available, I hope my review of the products will help get a sense of bareMinerals pressed products in general.

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My First HauteLook Order! (TheBalm Haul)

In my “final” Hauluary post, I mentioned that I was waiting for a couple more shipments – this is one of them!  In mid-January, I heard about TheBalm being on HauteLook for 50% off from Kaily – I was both excited and a little bit apprehensive. I’ve contemplated for years about ordering makeup off HauteLook since they hold such amazing sales, but living in Canada often adds a whole layer of complexity – not to mention expense – when it comes to ordering from US-based sites. So how was my first HauteLook experience from a Canadian perspective?
Pretty great, actually! 😀

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Guest Post: Sleek Solstice Palette – Rough Condition Review

Today we have something different on the blog – a guest post by Joyce of Local Girl Foreign Land! Her blog is primarily about travel, with smattering of lifestyle and snack subscription boxes. Back in July, we got chatting about the possibility of doing a cross-over type of post, whereby she reviewed a makeup item on my blog, and I post about a travel destination on her blog. And here we are! Here’s Joyce, in her own words:

Sleek Solstice Palette – Rough Condition Review

The colours are BEAUTIFUL and beam like there is no tomorrow. All 4 are metallic highlighters.

  • Ecliptic – champagne (cream), brow bone & cupid’s bow friendly, finger application is the best friend, easy to blend
  • Hemisphere – purple/lilac (baked powder), HIGHLY pigmented, hard core mirror-like metallic finish & not easy to blend, use with caution, animal hair brush recommended
  • Subsolar – yellow (feels like pressed powder), fine but bright metallic finish
  • Equinox – orange (baked powder), a very flattering soft highlighter *Sleek recommended this for cupid’s bow. If you do use this for cupid’s bow, re-apply is necessary after drinks / food.

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Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics

I received the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette through a giveaway from MyStyleInsideOut:
I’ve been wearing this and playing around with different combinations for about a month now. Here are my thoughts.

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CoverGirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Roses

It may not seem like it lately, but I’m not really an eye shadow palette kind of girl. And certainly, I’ve never gravitated toward drugstore eye shadow palettes. But what got me intrigued with the CoverGirl TruNaked palette were the general rave reviews online, and also seeing amazing live swatches from Allura Beauty.  There are 3 versions available and I ended up with the Roses palette:
This palette costs $14.99 regularly but I redeemed Optimum Points for mine.

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Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette

I probably should have listened to my intuition about this palette – I wasn’t completely sold on the concept but I really wanted to try Becca eye shadows since the quality looked stellar (and with Ingrid whispering in my ear).
I bought this in January – I was torn between the Ombre Rouge or the Ombre Nude (varying shades of brown), but in the end I went with the Rouge since the makeup artist recommended it over the Nude. The palette cost $48 CAD for 5 shades, with 1.6g of product each for a total of 8g for this palette – it is made in the US.

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Buxom Look All You Want Palette

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.

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