Until this time last year I hadn’t tried anything Smashbox, their Christmas gift sets are a great way to try things for yourself as the price is so good compared to their permanent range. The Covershot palettes are £24 normally, this set of three is £42, or £35.70 in the sale at the moment. In the Smashbox Shooting Star Gift Set is a limited edition eyeshadow palette called Supernova, Minimilast which is a permanent one, and a small face palette with a highlighter, blush and matte bronzer.
As with all Covershot palettes these are small, they’re a
great travel sized palette or to throw in your bag, so for the price they are
still expensive and it seems they can be a bit hit or miss when it comes to
pigmentation, I tend to do research before getting them but as this only has
one permanent product in there I risked it.
Maybe it’s just me, but every summer I always plan on being
a bit more adventurous with my eye makeup and trying bright colours. I also
always realise that I don’t actually have one palette that has brights in, they’re
sort of all over the place, and I just don’t have some colours.
I know that a lot of people wouldn’t do this, but I do end
up looking on eBay for makeup if I just want to try something new when it comes
to colours or looks. I found the Smashbox Cover Shot Bright Colours Palette for
£3.50, pretty much like new, and actually won it. As with all Cover Shot
palettes it’s a pocket sized palette with eight eyeshadows in it, six smaller ones
along the bottom and two larger ones at the top. I loved the Ablaze palette I
got in a set last year so wanted to see if the others in the range are as good
as there seem to be mixed reviews depending on the palette.
I got the No7 Nude to Night Palette as a free gift with
purchase a while ago, it’s an all in one face palette with six eyeshadows, a bronzer,
a highlighter and a blusher. It seemed like the perfect travel palette so I
took it away on holiday with me to try out, then didn’t actually wear any
makeup. I’ve been playing around with it quite a bit since to see how well they
If you buy this full price it’s £25, which isn’t a bad price
when it comes to No7, their standard blushes come in a 3g pan and cost £9, this
one has 3.2g of the bronzer and blush and a 3.8g pan for the highlighter so
those three alone would probably cost more than this. It’s also nice and
compact and would actually work for travel without being so small that it’s
hard to use the face products with a standard brush.
I’m not really sure what to call this, everything I come up with either seems too long or doesn’t fit. It’s sort of a mix of favourites, decluttering and a bit of a look into parts of my collection even I don’t look at very often. After my last declutter, I think it was around March, I decided to start getting out makeup at the beginning of each month and putting it in my dresser to see which products I would actually use rather than thinking I will or things I keep that have seen better days.
This month I haven’t really gone much beyond my standard makeup so it’s just eyeshadow palettes but I’m hoping in the future there will be a bigger range. In this heat trying new things and older products isn’t very fair as everything just melts off my face anyway!
Before the beginning of this year I hadn’t heard of Viseart, then it seemed like quite a few of the YouTubers I was subscribed to were taking about them. The larger palettes are out of my price range, at least without knowing how good the eyeshadows were, so I went for the Petit Pro Palette when I saw it was in stock on Beauty Bay. It seems like it’s no longer available, though it seems to pop up in a few sites now and then so Google might help if you’re looking for a stockist. I think the price was around £25 which seems to fit with the £20 – £30 price tag I’m finding in various sites at the moment.
This palette is definitely small, it’s the size to fit in your palm, and contains eight different colours in fairly neutral tones, I would say there’s a mix of warm and cool times but it leans more on the warm side. Half of them are matte and the other half are shimmery but verging on a metallic foil finish. It comes in a matte black card palette with a magnet closure and a small mirror so it seems like it might be a good travel palette. They also have the unusual feature of the pans being kept in the palette by magnets so they can enjoy rearranged or transferred to your favourite travel palette.
I’ve recently had a bit of a declutter and decided to depot some of my favourite shadows from my less used palettes. After the drama with Z Palette I’ve been looking for some other companies to get an alternative and I saw the Makeup Geek Travel Vault Palette on the Beauty Bay site for £11.50. It’s a bit different to a lot of the magnetic palettes I’ve seen in that it has a mirror.
The palette is smaller than a lot of the standard sized magnetic palettes, somewhere between the medium and small Z Palettes. It has enough space inside for ten eyeshadow pans, at least the size of the round standard pans like Makeup Geek, Sleek, Elf and others you get as refills or in palettes. It has a magnetic base to hold the pans though you will need magnetic stickers for some. The top half of the palette is a gunmetal rose gold colour with a metallic shiny finish and the base is a matte black.
I did a post about a recent purchase from Asos and in it was this face and eye palette from Paul and Joe. It was in the sale and cost £18.75, though at full price it’s £25 on Asos.com. There are three options though I went for the Zebra (it also says 096 on the back) as the colours stood out to me as ones that I’d use with the pink blush alongside the brown and pale cream and the blue green was just so pretty. I haven’t really seen many reviews for these around on beauty blogs so I was curious and I’ve heard good things about their other makeup products so I thought I’d try it. I’ve never seen Paul and Joe things in a store in the UK but maybe they’re more accessible in other countries.
This is a palette with four colours and sold as a face and eye palette as some of them can be used as other products. This one, the Zebra option, has an obvious blush in the pink colour, the Pink Flamingo has two shades of pink alongside a brown and deeper more turquoise shade and the Tiger one has all browns and golds which feels less multipurpose to me but they are all gorgeous colours. This one definitely stood out the most to me and, kind of luckily, it was the cheapest of the three in the sale.
I love these Autobalm face palettes for travelling, after using the California one last month when I went away I decided to get the Hawaii one as well and thought I’d do a bit of a comparison as well as a mini review of each of them. In the UK these are available from Superdrug for £16.49, the California palette is here and Hawaii is here. For a mini palette that has products for various different uses as well as just eyeshadows I think it’s a good price.