It’s back to school time for those of us still in school, and the cost of textbooks and other back to school paraphernalia can mean a tight budget for September (or, y’know, always…#studentlife). To give you some budget-friendly makeup inspo, I thought I’d share three drugstore gems that I’ve been loving lately.
Y’know, when the photos of the palette were first leaked, I wasn’t that interested. I love me some warm shadows, so Modern Renaissance is definitely more my jam. But then #Subculturegate2017 happened, making this THE most controversial palette to release this year, and I had to get in on it. So I picked the palette up when it was released in stores and gave it a good solid try before weighing in.
Like the rest of the makeup-wearing human population, I love a warm-toned palette. Gimme dem oranges, rusts, yellows, and berries any day. But when I saw the Sephora Collection PRO Warm Palette, I had some mixed feelings. Sure the colours were gorgeous, but that $85 price tag? Sephora Collection is to Sephora what Great Value is to Walmart. Mentally, I couldn’t justify the price. But then I swatched it. And I was obsessed.
I really like Bite Beauty, and their Amuse Bouche formula is easily one of the more comfortable ones on the market. So when Influenster sent me Bite’s new Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick complimentary for my review, I was pretty excited and confident I’d like the formula. In reality, my opinion is kind of mixed on the whole thing.
I was sent three shades to review: Demi-Glace is a chocolatey mauve, Éclair is a midtone rose, and Flambé is a bright, orangey red.
The original Urban Decay Naked Palette was my first high-end palette purchase; the line holds a special place in my heart. But recently, I’ve discovered better shadows that don’t crease on me and have little fallout – I’m looking at you, Melt and Viseart. The UD Naked formula needed an update, and with Naked Heat, Urban Decay delivered.
The Melt Rust Stack is a perpetually sold out social media darling. It is exactly what it says on the tin: five rust-toned single eyeshadows that stack together magnetically. In terms of both colouring and formula, it also happens to be what dreams are made of.
The shadows themselves are soft and pigmented. They blend beautifully, and I especially love the shade selection – it makes for a cohesive look on its own or combined with other palettes. What I find most remarkable, though, is that they crease on me less than other shadows do.
When it comes to lip products, I feel like we’ve got all the bases covered. Between mattes, satins, and glosses of various opacities, we’re pretty much set, right?
ColourPop – the innovators they are – didn’t think so. They came out with a pretty unique combination, actually: lipsticks that are matte and sheer. It’s a combination that I don’t think has been done elsewhere (or at the very least isn’t popular enough for me to have tried it before).
ColourPop’s Blotted Lips promise sheer colour with a matte finish for a popsicle-stained effect. As someone who spent her childhood pretending popsicles were lipstick and deliberately trying to stain her lips with them, I was like hey, sign me the heck up.
Viseart palettes have some pretty amazing reviews in the beauty community, with the hefty price tag as virtually the only complaint. With the Petit Pro palette, Viseart scoops up those of us who were hesitant to spend $100CAD on a palette, seducing us with the siren’s song that is their buttery, long-wearing formula.
Every so often, a makeup product comes along that is so good that it activates a certain Pokémon instinct within me. That’s how I feel about the MAC Extra Dimension Blushes: gotta catch ’em all.
Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette (AKA The Worst Eyeshadow Palette I’ve Used in My Adult Life) – Swatches on Dark Skin
So here’s the thing – when it comes to eyeshadow, I don’t really do colour, as evidenced by my profound love of the likes of the ABH Modern Renaissance and Master Palette by Mario, Too Faced Sweet Peach, and other brown/bronze/beige-based palettes. But I want to dip my toes into the world beyond the bronze, so when I saw swatches of the Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette on Instagram (on dark skin, no less!), I thought I had to have it. I was so wrong.