Hi Guys and Dolls!
Here’s a review and oodles of swatches of a few new (to me) cheapo-palettes I got from a seller on ebay. I’m pretty sure the 42 matte palette is the same one that’s sold on the Coastal Scents site, but the colors are in different order. The 28 smoky palette I haven’t seen anywhere other than this one seller’s Ebay store. I labeled my palettes to make it easy to explain what colors I am referring to.
the 42 Matte Eyeshadow & Blush palette (32 eyeshadows, 10 blushes)
These eyeshadows swatch really vividly and probably look intimidating (or AWESOME, depending on your taste). But on your eye the effect is toned-down. These have a very soft, powdery texture that is easy to blend but can make they colors look muddy. I think these are best for packing on/using a lot of colors rather than blending together as much, since when these are mixed they can look muddy, and the powdery texture can make the makeup look cakey if you try to build it up too much. These are not super strong in pigmentation, which for those that are color shy might be a plus, but these were somewhat disappointing to me, since I need OOMPH!
Faves? A3, D3, D4, F2, F3, H1,& H2.
I really like the blushes. There’s a lot of pinks, but you can mix the pinks with the other colors and get some nice custom shades. If memory serves (I haven’t used these in over a week) the color pay off was build-able (meaning not too strong, aka not THAT pigmented). The lasting powder was so-so, I think I needed to reapply 1/2 though the day, which is sort of average for blush. Need it just for videos where you can touch up? Perfect.
Faves? A1, A2, C1. D1
28 Smoky eye Palette. This ebay seller is the only place I’ve seen this palette.
This palette has matte, satin, and shimmer eyeshadows in a gradient of greens, taupe/greys, pinks, purples, orange/coppers, and silver to black. Overall I prefer this to the other palette. The mattes seem a bit I don’t know…drier? They are not very powdery, and while they aren’t SUPER pigmented, they seem to have more pigmentation and less fillers; they just seem like they are pressed harder than the 42 palette eyeshadows. They are build able with out looking cakey.
There are also a few surprising Dupes in the bunch,(brace yourself!) B2 is a MAC Vex Dupe (very surprising considering how unique Vex is) B3 is kinda-sorta like a pinky version of MAC’s Satin Taupe, C1 is a Milani Illusion Dupe, D3 is a perfect dupe for MAC’s Hepcat, D4 is MAC’s Passionate & Fig 1′s baby, E2 is similar to MAC’s Mutiny Pigment, E4 is like Electric Eel that was toned down a notch, F1 is a cleaner version of MAC’s Juiced, F4 is a more orange version of MAC’s Coppering, G1 is like MAC’s Electra, and Finally, G4 is a soft-black version of MAC’s Black Tied.
WHEW! All those dupes flying at us, I feel like I just got whiplash! Now before you get all out-of control excited, remember, the shimmer shades are not as buttery-smooth-amazing as their MAC counterparts. MAC really makes some of the finest shimmery shadows around, and to be able to truly dupe them for such a small price is unlikely. But over a black base, theses are really impressive. Luckily, the seller also sent me a “indelible” black “gel” liner, so I used it to swatch some of the shimmer shadow over:
Check out the AWESOMEness of that Vex dupe (bottom left)! It’s so pretty it makes my eye twitch!
The Gel Liner itself I have mixed feeling about. It’s not totally smear proof, and it stays kind of sticky to the touch, so it won’t be replacing my Lorac Front Of The Line Pro anytime soon, but it works pretty cool as an eyeshadow base for shimmer eyeshadows and it is waterproof!. They also sent me a little vial of SUPER COOL glitters! They remind me of MAC reflects glitters! This is probably my favorite thing!~
Sorry the pics are blurry, but it’s the best way to show glitter!
The glitter just-spattered onto the gel liner.
Who it’s for: People either just starting out with makeup, or people wanting to experiment with colors and lots of it. I HIGHLY recommend a sticky base to grab/intensify the colors. the quick looks I did below were done using a non-sticky base (just a concealer I let fully dry) and the results were not amazing. Mind you these were not well planned looks, and they were done really quickly as well. Another thing to keep in mind is that with cheapo palettes, you can break the rules a little and use matte shadows wet. If it ruins the shadow it will probably only be the top layer, and it was cheap right? Try to only use a small portion of it wet (like half the little pan of e/s). I would also like to note that I used my least fave mascara for this, so if my lashes look weird, that’s why.
All from the 28 smoky palette, a combination of D3, D4 & G4 on the crease and B2 on the lid
I think this was mostly the 42 palette, but I did add some of F4 from the smoky palette to jazz this up. This looked pretty bad and I had to alter this one to make it look ok, as you can see, I didn’t even bother to sweep away the fall-out, lol.
So, I hope this review was helpful, if you’d like to pick up any of these items, Check the seller out HERE
PS On Ebay, I only buy from power sellers. Nowadays, it’s better to be safe that sorry!
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