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The Shimmery Jewel-Toned Eyeshadows in the NYX Suede Palette Are Anything But Typical for Summer

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, NYX, Palettes, Product Reviews

NYX Suede Palette

Wearing the new NYX Suede Palette on my eyes

Dust off that stick of MAC Costa Riche liner (or any of the warm reddish brown eyeliners or eyeshadows in yo’ collection, for that matter), because the new NYX Suede Palette ($15) wants to make magic with it.

This new palette of shimmery, pearlescent jewel-toned eyeshadows is like the partridge to a warm reddish brown’s pear tree. I’m thinking a warm reddish brown with a matte finish…a la MAC Costa Riche, Swiss Chocolate or Embark.

NYX Suede Palette

Because all eight shadows in the palette have a shiny finish that borders on metallic, incorporating a matte to contrast with the shimmer should balance with the shadows quite nicely. For these pics here, I used good ol’ MAC Costa Riche on my water and lower lash lines, but I think I’ll sweep a matte brown in the crease as well next time I try this.

NYX Suede Palette

These shadows sure are easy to work with. Hardly any fallout at all, lots of pigment, AND they’re easy to blend. The only issue I’ve really had with any of them at all is with my eyes watering — not a lot. Just a tad. My eyes must be super sensitive today because my left eye got a little teary after I smudged the dark blue teal along my lower lash line.

NYX Suede Palette Swatches

Swatches of the top row

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The NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Golden Horizons Hopes To Broaden Your Horizons on Baked Neutral Eyeshadow

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, NYX, Palettes, Product Reviews

NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Golden Horizons

Wearing the NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Golden Horizons ($15) on my eyes

Technically, Mercury doesn’t enter retrograde until June 7 (I know this because I’m all over Susan Miller’s Astrology Zone like sweat on Daryl Dixon’s biceps), but man, oh man! — it feels like Mercury is already retrograding all over mah face!

I don’t know why, but for the past couple days, Murphy’s Law has ruled my makeup life with an iron fist. Anything that can go wrong with my eye makeup has gone wrong with my eye makeup. Uneven liner, botched blending, cray-cray clumpy lashes — you name it. It’s been a hot mess, so I’ve decided to stick to nudes and neutrals until whatever this is passes.

Until then, I’ll just chill with neutral palettes like the NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Golden Horizons.

NYX Golden Horizons

NYX Golden Horizons

This $15 cutie is one of three limited edition NYX Dream Catcher palettes released earlier this year. Each one comes with 10 baked eyeshadows and its own personal outlook on neutrals.

NYX Golden Horizons

Compared to Dusk Til Dawn, the other Dream Catcher palette in my collection, Golden Horizons is heavier in the matte and satin departments, as opposed to shimmer.

NYX Golden Horizons

NYX Golden Horizons Swatches

I think it’s a little tamer because its shadows aren’t as pigmented as the ones in Dusk Til Dawn, but that could be a good thing if you don’t want to deal with blending drama, and/or have a legitimate fear of your lids looking like an unfinished painting from Picasso’s Cubism period (#thestruggleisreal).

NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Golden Horizons

Playing it safe with mellow neutrals today…

NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Golden Horizons

That’s Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat on my cheeks, and Hourglass Panoramic Lip Pencil in Muse topped with Benefit Chachabalm on my lips

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With Lancome’s Azur Chic Color Design Eyeshadow Palette, Summer Is Time To Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Published in: Eyes, Lancome, Palettes

Lancome Azur Chic Color Design Palette

Wearing the new Lancome Azur Chic Color Design Palette ($51)

El Hub asked me if I wanted to go get a slice of pizza with him for lunch today, and I said…


LOL! Sometimes you just really need a slice of pizza.

On the way to the pizza joint he noticed some glitter on my cheeks.

“It’s like Miley Cyrus,” I said, referring to the glitter. “Can’t stop, won’t stop.” :)

Between the MAC 3D Glitters I was wearing earlier and the Lancome eyeshadow I’m wearing now, the theme for today is definitely looking like glitter.

Lancome Azur Chic

Lancome Azur Chic

Which is all up in the mix, by the way, in Lancome’s new $51 six-pan Azur Chic Color Design eyeshadow palette.

But it’s cool. As long as I don’t forget to tap my brush to unload some of it before applying, very little of it ends up on my cheeks.

Lancome Azur Chic swatches

A few flecks do make their way down there, though, especially with one or two of the shades, particularly the deep bronze I’m wearing here on my lash lines and in the crease.

Its teensy, tiny flecks of gold glitter don’t really show up in swatches, but they do show up on my lids when I buff things out.

Lancome Azur Chic swatches

And, uh, because of the amount of sparkle we’re talking about here, you might want to throw one of the matte shades from your collection into the mix for contrast. For the bronzy gold look I’m wearing here, I used warm reddish brown MAC Texture in the crease to balance out the shimmer.

Lancome Azur Chic Color Design Palette

Cheeks are Urban Decay Flushed Palette in Streak and MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer, and lips are Hourglass Muse Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss

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Over-Blending and the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Published in: Estee Lauder, Eyes, Makeup, Palettes

Estee lauder Bronze Goddess The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

For real, though


The struggle is real!

I’m so not kidding either. If someone hands me a fluffy brush like the MAC 217, I will swipe, buff and swirl until the cows come home.

With some eye looks, it works in my favor, like for blown-out super blended smokey eyes with subtle gradients where all of the shadows smoothly transition into each other.

In looks like that, you almost can’t blend enough, ya know?

But then there are those other times… Those times when over-blending isn’t so cool, and while you think you’re doin’ your thang, and blending those subtle transitions between the colors, the eyeshadows all merge together into a muddy mess.

It happens a lot sometimes with certain palettes and eyeshadows.

It happened to me recently with Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess the Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, a $60 limited edition summer palette available now with the Bronze Goddess collection at Estee Lauder counters.

Estee lauder Bronze Goddess The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette packaging

Elegant tortoiseshell packaging…

Bedecked in tortoiseshell attire, it houses five nude matte eyeshadows in bone, beige, tan, brown and dark brown; and three metallics in white gold, bronze and plum.

Estee lauder Bronze Goddess The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Estee lauder Bronze Goddess The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Estee lauder Bronze Goddess The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

First things first — these shades all being together in the same palette makes total sense to me, but figuring out the best way to work with the palette does not.

That’s because the nude mattes are all pretty close together in terms of color. There isn’t a ton of variation among the shades (lots o’ brown), and they’re kind of semi-sheer, so, like, when I pop them on my lids and start moving my brush around, they merge together into a blend of brown.

Same thing with the metallics… They appear quite dark in swatches but apply semi-sheer on the lids.

And, they also blend together a little too freely.

It’s not a big deal if I’m just going to be wearing one or two of these colors, but anything more than that can look muddy.

Estee lauder Bronze Goddess The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing the matte nude brown shades from the Estee lauder Bronze Goddess The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette in my crease and the metallic shades on my lids and in the inner corners

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Have You Read The Little Black Book of Bronzers, by Too Faced Cosmetics?

Published in: Face, Palettes, Too Faced

Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers

The new Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers ($139)

OOH! I love coffee table books…

Wait — what’s that? It’s not a coffee table book, you say? It’s actually a limited edition $139 collectible palette with eight beststelling Too Faced powder bronzers inside?

Well I’ll be darned… From the outside it looks like a giant coffee table book, which is actually kind of ironic, because it’s called The Little Black Book of Bronzers.

Little, it is not.


If for some unknown reason I were forced to suddenly go incognito, I could just hide behind it because the thing is literally bigger than my head.

Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers Open

In the event you need to hide…

Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers

Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers

Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers

Yeah, this is probably not the kind of thing you take on a weekend jaunt, but if you did, you’d have all of your Too Faced bronzers with you in a single place, all nicely marked and arranged. You wouldn’t have to rut around in your makeup bag, which is what I usually end up doing.

Like any good book, this one has a compelling story…

A story of bronzers and adventure starring you. :)

In one chapter, it’s Friday, and you’re wearing Beach Bunny and playing hooky from work. In another, you’re wearing Chocolate Soleil on the day you give your career-changing presentation in front of the board.

Later that night, you wear Bronzed & Poreless on your date with that certain boy (or girl).

** SPOILER ALERT** This book is an online exclusive, so you won’t find it on bookshelves or stores. Expect a very limited supply at, and in May.

As pricey as it sounds, the book actually represents a significant savings, as Too Faced bronzers are normally $30 a pop, so if you were to buy all eight of these individually (they’re all from the permanent line), you’d be looking at $240, versus the $139 the book costs.

That’s a savings of $101, and all of the pans in it are full size.

There’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers here, and all eight bronzers seem to have the same texture, finish and wear time I’m used to from the brand.

Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers

The bronzers in the book…

  • Endless Summer 16-Hour Long-Wear Bronzer: A universal bronze with a subtle shimmer that lasts all day
  • Sun Bunny: A split pan with a warm silky gold on one side and a pinkish bronze on the other; when you mix the two together you get a natural glow without any orange undertones.
  • Milk Chocolate Soleil: Totally smells like chocolate, yum! A matte light brown bronzer suited for pale to medium skin tones.
  • Chocolate Soleil: Another yummy chocolate scented bronzer. A matte bronzer for medium to deep skin tones.
  • Sun Bunny: Mix the four shades in this bronzer — which has a golden bronze, delicate pink, white and fawn shimmer — for a healthy glow. I use this as a highlighter.
  • Bronzed & Poreless: A matte medium bronze that minimizes the look of pores.
  • Pink Leopard: A bronze with golden pink shimmer. Works great as either a blush or highlighter.
  • Beach Bunny: Like a warmer, more golden version of Snow Bunny, this bronzer has four illuminating shades — a bronze, a soft peach, golden ivory and golden tan

The size definitely makes this un-travel-friendly, but that’s not really the point. If you’ve been waiting for something BIG — literally HUGE — to make the jump to using bronzers on a regular basis, and you want a lot to choose from, check out the book.

Also…it’s cute! I like how when you open it, there are descriptions with little drawings of different places and scenarios where you could wear each of the bronzers.

Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers

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