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I’ve had this palette since Sephora’s VIB Spring Sale.  I wanted to try it because of the hype but was very unsure about spending the money on it.  The gal at Sephora told me if I didn’t like it, I could return it, so with my discount I got it for $85 CAD.  I guess you have realized that I haven’t returned it!

When I first started using it, I didn’t think it was all that special and I did consider returning it, but after playing with the colours for a few days it easily became one of my favourites!  The colours are very pigmented and they blend beautifully.  I usually like a little bit of sparkle in my eyeshadow, but with this palette, I don’t miss it.  The matte colours give rich colour and that white is perfect!

There are a couple of cooler colours in this mostly warm palette so I find it has quite a bit of versatility.  When I saw the orange colour, I thought that I would never use it, but surprisingly I add it to a lot of my looks.  The nice thing  about these shadows is they don’t fade, they hold their colour right through to the end of the day and still looks as though I had just applied them.  So I guess the question is,  “Are they worth the money?” I’d have to say yes!  Once I figured out some colour combinations, I was thrilled with this matte palette.  I would buy another in a heartbeat, but only during another Sephora VIB sale!


While browsing through Sephora’s website a couple of weeks ago, I found this Limited Edition palette on sale for more than half off, so I bought it for $30 CAD.  Urban Decay is one of my favourite brands, so how could I go wrong?

The eyeshadow palette is beautifully presented in sturdy packaging with a large mirror in the lid.  

I did notice immediately that some of the eyeshadows seemed particularly similar to each other, but knowing that sometimes it translates differently on the eyes.  I’ve played with the colours for a few weeks now and I can tell you that they do not.  Anaheim and Zone are very similar and you can barely see a difference when worn.  The same goes for Steady and Baby as well as Blond and Bathwater.  The colour Punk is fabulous and Danger makes a lovely eyeliner.  I have Skimp, Stark and Blackout in other palettes and they are all good shadows.

My swatches are all one “swipe” and not layered to build up colour.  All of the shimmer colours swatch much darker than when used on the eyes with a brush.  This turned out to be my biggest disappointment with this palette.  To get any of the lighter shimmer colours to show up, I have to use them wet.  Pop has some glitter in it and there is always fall out.  When I used it wet and packed on the colour, the result was glitter all over my glasses and cheeks once it had dried.  I know the shortcomings of this palette, but I still like it.  I am not able to achieve a variety of looks, but the look I do get, is one that I wear regularly.  It is a very neutral palette but I think for even the sale price, I would put my money towards one of the Naked palettes instead.

I saw this at Walmart and snapped it up so quickly, I’m sure there was an audible swish in the air!  I had been wanting this for awhile and at $7.97 CAD, it was a perfect price!  This is a ten shadow all matte palette and a bit on the warmer side of the matte shadows that I already have in my collection.

The palette is sleek and although in a plastic case, it feels sturdy as well.  There is also a mirror included.  The shadows themselves are extremely smooth and buttery and very easily blended.  I wore it one day without a primer and it creased on me, but it lasted perfectly and beautifully all day long when I used a primer.  

There are three browns in the palette that are very similar in tone when applied to the skin and on the eyes, there is not enough difference to be noticible.  It would have been nice to change out one of those browns with another colour.  Really though, that would be my only complaint with this palette. The price is excellent and the shadows are beautiful.  If you love matte shadows, this palette is a must have for you!

When these eyeshadows first came out, I was intrigued by the fact that you could make your own customizable eyeshadow palette, there were several already made up that you could purchase as well.  I found this one at a Bare Minerals Outlet Store in the US and bought it for $19.50 USD.  Who knew that a pastel palette would quickly become a favourite?

The packaging is very nice and the feathers on the top of the palette have an iridescent holo effect.  The eyeshadows are soft and have a little bit of fall out depending on the colour. They are all matte except for Room Service which is a lovely shimmery green.  I have loved using this palette for a soft pastel matte look with a heavy winged liner.  I find that the taupe colour Jetsetter, is absolutely perfect for pulling in the right amount of contrast with these pastel shadows.  They wear nicely all day on me when I have a primer on and stay true to their colour.

I also love that I can customize this palette if I wanted to or get a replacement colour if I use up one before the others.  I love that I got a nice deal on this palette as well, here in Canada at Sephora it costs $40 CAD.  I’m pretty sure I may have to get some replacement shadows by summer’s end because I’m using this palette daily!

It all started with needing a new eyeliner.  My very favourite is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil.  The one I have is less than an inch long now and I knew it would soon not fit in the sharpener anymore.  Here in Canada the 24/7 Glide-On Pencils go for $25 CAD each, so imagine my delight finding this Urban Essentials Eye Kit for $62.50 CAD!  This kit comes with three full sized 24/7 Glide-On Pencils, three full sized Eyeshadows and a deluxe trial size of the Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

The product comes beautifully presented!

The eyeshadows are beautiful, silky and very blendable.  These are colours I would have chosen for myself if I was shopping for eyeshadow singles.  Bordello has some glitter fall out, but it swiped away during blending and I was able to easily brush it off my face as well.  The 24/7 pencils glide on like a dream and stay on me and look freshly applied all day long.  I find myself wearing the Psyhedelic Sister the most, it’s beautiful!

A nice bonus is the Primer Potion, which has been a favourite of mine for years.  If you purchased the eyeshadows and pencils from this kit separately it would cost $141 CAD.  If you like the colours and would use them, then this kit is a steal!  I’m so glad that I bought it.  The link to this product can be found here if you are interested.

I found this primer at Walmart and bought it for $5.67 CAD.  My favourite high end primer is almost done and I thought I’d like to try something else.  I have never seen this one before, but then again I wasn’t really looking.

The product comes in a squeeze tube and I found that it allows me to get just the right amount of product that I need with no mess.  This is what I consider to be the best delivery method for a product like this.  

The primer is a light beige that is easily rubbed in and disappears immediately.  I don’t have to wait for it to dry before applying eyeshadow.  The wear time with this product is amazing.  I have had no creasing or fading and my eyeshadow looks fresh throughout the entire day.  If I had to do a blind side by side comparison, I would not be able to tell the difference between this primer and my high end favourite one.  This is an absolutely fantastic eyeshadow primer and for a fifth of the price, I’ll be using this one from now on!

When I first saw this palette, I knew without question that I wanted it.  Peach colours are the most flattering for my skin tone.  I decided to stay up for the launch on Too Faced website, but I couldn’t keep my eyes open and fell asleep.  I woke up at 5:30 the next morning to find the website was down.  I checked Instagram and couldn’t believe the upset that this palette has caused.  People were going nuts because they couldn’t order it.  I checked Too Faced website again, I was able to get on and ordered it for $69.00 CAD.  Although shipping was free, I still had to pay taxes and duty which cost another $20 CAD.  It arrived a week and a half later and it is beautiful, everything I was hoping it would be.

The packaging is adorable, and as soon as I took it out of the package, I could smell peaches!  It smells like peach candy and I love it!

It comes in a tin with a magnetic closure and a mirror in the lid.  There are 18 shadows in matte, satin and a couple with glitter.  They are all smooth and buttery except for a couple of the darker ones that feel a bit dry.  They all have great pigment to them.

I’ve heard some people complain that there are not enough peach colours included in the palette, but I feel there are 6 that fall into that category which is enough for me.  The colours work well together, they blend nicely and are long wearing.  It’s easy to create soft or dramatic looks with this palette.

I knew this would be a palette that I love.  I can create looks with peachy colours included and I can create looks without any peach in them at all.  I was a bit afraid that the palette might be too warm for my skin tone, but I’ve used every colour and everything was very flattering.  I must say, I’m extremely pleased that I was able to get this palette!