Where are they now: Face Palette

There’s something magical and so visually pleasing about palettes, seeing all the beautiful colors together in harmony always makes me so happy! Today I’m sharing with y’all the 3 OG face palettes I got when I first started exploring makeup, and where are they now.

One of my most reached for of the 3 is the NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette. This was the holiday palette from 2014 (one currently available here), it comes with a very wearable everyday bronzer Laguna and 3 very beautiful and versatile blush, perfect for any occasion. This palette has been my most reached for/favorite to take on a trip because of the variety of blush shades it offers, so I can pick and choose or mix and match. I don’t use the highlight in this one as much mainly because it’s not as pigmented on my skin, and at the moment I’m really liking the “in your face” highlight, the highlighter in this palette however, would be nice for someone that wants a nice subtle glow that lasts all day!

Second is the now too dark for my face Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Strip. I was fairly tan up until this past winter, so my earlier days makeup are all on the darker side, and I used to use this all the time because the NARS Laguna was also too light for me at the time. I love the color of the bronzer and blush, and have just recently started using the highlight (yes I’m a little behind on the highlight on fleek trend), but the fact that the bronzer is a tad too dark for me now have me looking the other way when I try to decide which bronzer to use in the morning. Hopefully in the summer I’ll be able to use this a lot more.

Last (and least reached for until the past few months, unfortunately) is the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette. I really really love the color of the blush, and the eye shadows are actually really nice as well, but I haven’t been reaching for this one much mainly because a) the bronzer color was too light for me when I got this palette so I didn’t use it for the longest time till recently, and b) I still keep it in it’s original box for storing convenience and it’s not the easiest to get out/put away. I’m looking forward to using this more tho now that the bronzer will actually show up on my face! I have not give the highlighter in this platter a try yet so that’s another thing on my to-try list.

Overall, each palette has it’s place and time for me, but none is do-it-all. I like the varieties and options of the NARS palette, but would prefer to have a matte bronzer than one with shimmer and have a more pigmented highlight. Love the formula of the Urban Decay, and have considered getting the same palette in a lighter shade but I’m the type of person that likes to try everything… I enjoy the Tarte palette, but find it not as pigmented as the other two on my skin. I would say they each have their pros and cons, but there are also so many other palettes out there I need to try so I have hopes that one day I’ll find a perfect face palette for me!

What is your favorite face palette? I would love some suggestions!

Where are they now: Face Palette

Where are they now: eyeliner 

Eyeliner is my go-to “need to look awake” makeup item. It goes hand in hand with brow pencils to help me look more put together (though if I have to choose one I’d still go with the brow pencil because one simply cannot live without brows). I used to only use the kohl/pencil form eyeliner as it was easier for me to control and do my makeup quickly, but recently I’ve grown to love liquid eyeliner as they won’t transfer to the top of my lids.

The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is one of the first  non drugstore liner I purchased for myself, and it does a great job when I want a quick swipe over my lids. I did however find it will transfer overtime and get a little muddy around the corner of my eyes. So after a few times of using it I decide to give the Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil a try to see if this is true for all pencil form eyeliners. I was very intrigued by the name “Liquid Eye Pencil” and had high hopes for it having the lasting power of a liquid eyeliner. After a few tries I do find it has a longer lasting power and doesn’t transfer as much, though it’s still not perfect.

After trying out 2 pencils from two great brands and not finding the perfect solution, I decided to give the liquid liner a try. I first purchased the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and was immediately in love with it! I love the lasting power and how it does not budge throughout the day, even though it takes me longer to apply. The waterproof aspect of it definitely helped with the lasting power and I really enjoyed using it, though at the very end I find the tip can get a little clogged up by eyeshadow. So after my first Stila Liquid Eye Liner dried out, I decided to give the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner a try as it was raved about by many bloggers and some has mentioned since it has a brush tip, it does not get clogged up as badly as the felt tip ones. I do find the tip stays more clean on the Kat Von D liner, but I have yet to decide which formula I like more between Stila and Kat Von D. So far I think Kat Von D has a better applicator, but Stila has a leg up formula wise on the brown color.

Where are they now: eyeliner 

Where are they now: Eyeshadow palettes

Eyeshadow is the first serious makeup item I explored other than brow pencil and eyeliner. Eye makeup has always interested me the most because I think eyes are the window of your soul, and pair of bright, sharp, and awake eyes can really change a persons overall appearance and energy. Today I’m going over the 3 eye shadow palette I’ve collected, and where I stand with them now!

The first ever eye shadow palette of my collection is the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. It’s the first major makeup purchase I’ve made before I started really pay attention to makeup and beauty. I purchased it because my co worker at the time really love her Naked 1 palette and she always has a very nicely put together face of makeup at work which I’m always very amazed and impressed by, so after looking at the color offering (by this time, the Naked 3 is also out and available) of all 3 palettes, I decided to go with the 2. I like the formula and the palette, and thought it does a decent job of creating nice, neutral looking eye looks, but I kind of wish I’ve picked up the Naked 1 instead because I think the color of the Naked 2 is too similar to my tan skin and doesn’t show up as well as I would like.

After a few months of having my first palette, I started seeing all the rave about the Lorac Pro Palette that took the beauty world by storm and decided I need to try it out, and I’m so glad I did. It is to this date my favorite palette, I love how pigmented the shadows are and how easy it is to apply and blend. The color payoff is unparalleled compare to the Naked 2 on my skin, and the range of color is also very versatile with the ability to create neutral, smoky, or a pop of color look for your eyes. It is hands down my favorite and definitely the one palette I will be repurchasing when I run out.

A few months ago I saw this Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette (soul) on my beauty guru/girl crush HeyClaire‘s channel, the palette looked so beautiful I couldn’t help but purchased one for myself. The packaging is beautiful and the palette has a perfect mix of mattes and shimmers. The colors are all on the neutral side and are all colors I can see me incorporating in my everyday look, but the formula compare to the Lorac Pro Palette is not as pigmented when it first deposits, it is however very build-able and blends very nicely which is great for when you want a more subtle look. I reach for it often for creating a natural work look and I love playing with all the shimmer shades because I think they look very natural.

I try to mix up my palettes often and try to rotate them and spread the love equally, but I find myself reaching for the Pro palette the most especially when I want a more intense look, and mixing the Pro and Soul palette for everyday work. I’ll break out the Naked 2 every so often when I want an easy, one swipe eyeshadow look for work, but it’s definitely not getting as much attention as it used to.

Where are they now: Eyeshadow palettes

Where are they now: Brow pencils

I’ve collected a good amount of beauty products with similar if not same purpose since I started getting into makeup more and more, I thought it would be fun to start a series to talk about all the items I’ve purchased and mentioned, and share how I feel about them. Naming this the “Where are they now” series, I’m excited to share and look back on the items I’ve tried and talk about where I stand with them now.

The first edition of course I have to start with my must have in my makeup routine – the brow pencils. Brow pencil is the first real makeup item I own and use religiously, its my must have and the item I would pick if I can only have one makeup item for the rest of my life. So let’s jump into it!

When I first started this blog I was using the Estee Lauder Automatic Brow Pencil Duo in dark brown, it was a gift from my mom and the first legit brow pencil I own. The warm brown color matched my colored hair at the time very well and it was easy to apply. I used it religiously because it worked well for my daily needs, quick and dirty.

She got me the Shu Uemura Hard Formula in Stone Grey after I’ve gone through 2 of the Estee Lauder one because she knows how much I depend on them and thought it would be nice for me to try other ones. She was always excited to introduce me to items that she’s heard good things about and I’m truly grateful for that. The color of the Shu Uemura one is a grey that’s very neutral, it does a great job filling in my brow with a few quick strokes, but it’s hard to get some definition with it since it’s lighter.

Then, I discovered the Anastasia Brow Wiz after I start following all the beauty bloggers and watching a ridiculous amount of beauty/make up videos. The Anastasia Brow Wiz has changed my brow game and I’ve not felt the same about my other brow pencils ever since I started using it. I love the tiny nib that can let me draw in “hair like” lines to make the look more natural, the wide color range they have to offer is also amazing, I had soft brown when I had colored hair (a warm-ish brown), then switch to dark brown after my hair grew out because it matches my natural hair color better.

I’ve not tried to look for other brow products since I found the Anastasia Brow Wiz, it has been my go-to although sometimes I’ll use the other 2 when I’m in a hurry and just need a quick fill in. I don’t think I will repurchase those but I will definitely look for another pencil that can do a quick fill once I run out of those two.

Where are they now: Brow pencils