Yesterday marked the first official day of spring here in the northern hemisphere, a fact not lost on Tabs. He was up early this morning, perched up high on his cat tower by the windows, to watch the birds outside.
On our walk around the neighborhood today, we saw that the branches of one of our favorite trees, which sits at the bottom of our hill, are now dressed in coat of beautiful pink blooms.
My spring allergies are already kicking in (thank goodness for Zyrtec!), but I wouldn’t trade this time of year for anything. Early spring is like getting a post card from a friend who’s coming to visit. You know there’s something fun right around the corner, but you’re not quite there yet. You know that if if you can be patient a little longer, the fun will start soon enough.
Sonia Kashuk’s new limited edition Spring Awakenings Palette ($19.99) feels like early spring to me. The palette of neutrals for eyes, lips and cheeks doesn’t hit you over the head with obvious spring pastels. Instead, its brown, coral and rose colors whisper promises of warmer days ahead.
The four powder eyeshadows — a cool-toned mix of browns in matte, shimmer and glittery finishes — and dark chocolate powder eyeliner are the stars of this show. With the exception of the glitter shadow, which is more like a translucent base with champagne flecks, all of the items apply with dense, rich color that looks like the color you get from products considerably more expensive than typical drugstore eyeshadows.
I wasn’t expecting to be moved by the glosses (that they’re located so close to the powder products is kind of a pain), but they’re actually quite nice. Non-sticky and pigmented with a light vanilla scent and flavor, they’re like kissing cousins of the MAC Cremesheen Glasses.
See the rosey one in the middle? That’s my fave of the crew for the natural kiss of color it gives to my lips.
Swatches from the left, top row: eyeshadows (swatches one through four) and eye definer (fifth swatch); bottom row: blush (first swatch) and lipglosses (swatches two through four)
Oh, the shimmery coral blush and I didn’t hit it off. I tried to use it a few different times last weekend, and every single attempt left me with patchy, uneven color on my cheeks. I spent a while buffing it down with a kabuki brush to even it out, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re often in a hurry.
All in all, I still think Spring Awakening is nifty little palette. SK packed it with lots of wearable shades for naturally pretty looks. I can see most of the products working well for busy college students, on-the-go moms, or even seasoned makeup junkies looking for a streamlined palette to take on vacay. And it might be a good one to keep in your emergency makeup stash at work..
AVAILABILITY: Available now at select Target stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (would’ve been an A if it weren’t for the blush)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Hope your Monday hasn’t been like this…