I know that for most people buying make up isn’t an ordeal. From what I understand, it’s even enjoyable. However, while I feel entirely comfortable in the realm of style with fabrics, cuts, care, and pairing, I am quite overwhelmed by make up. I don’t know what each product is specifically supposed to do, and I find the price tag even more startling when I don’t understand why I need it in the first place. So, the fact that from January 1, 2017 to today I went from zero palettes to two palettes is astonishing. I’ve not had them too-too long, but here are my first thoughts!
Kayla, my good friend from work, has been instrumental in my make up education! She just gets make up- she can watch a tutorial and know how to adjust it for herself, and has more palettes than I could ever imagine.
It simply boggles my mind that she can look at each of these palettes and know exactly what types of looks could come from them. I decided back in the summer that I wanted to change that- I wanted to get to know make up! I started out with the Blushed Nudes palette from Maybelline which I picked up in the summer for the Barre After Hours event I attended. It was $18 at Shoppers, and I was a little iffy on paying that. However, I quickly began to understand the benefit of a palette- once you understand how to make a general look, a palette of similar colours will allow for countless combinations. I love light pink eye shadows, it suits my pallor well.
Fast forward to the fall, and I was very interested in the Naked3 palette- I was starting to understand the difference in quality between drugstore and non-drugstore make up (is there a term for non-drugstore make up??), but I honestly still couldn’t fathom shelling out $66 CAD (with taxes $75 CAD) for an eye shadow palette. I received a gift card for Christmas and I decided (after trying two terrible [for me] moisturisers) that I would finally invest in a palette. Enter: the BareMinerals Be Beautiful Palette!
The picture that Sephora has is mis-leading (as I’ve learned from Kayla is often the case)- my picture is much closer to the true colours, it is less pink. I’ve found that it is perfect for stage make up for dance- while stage make up is it’s entire own thing (which I can do… go figure…), this palette layers perfectly and has everything you would need in one palette. For only $40 CAD, it is the perfect travel palette! The only negative for this palette is that the finishing powder isn’t great, but I already have a Covergirl powder that works perfectly. I’ve been enjoying using the lighter blush as an eye shadow for a deeper look!
March 2017- I have been collecting Shoppers Optimum Points for roughly six months and $30 of rewards were waiting for me. I’d been considering the Naked3 for months now, and I decided to finally pull the plug and get it! Only one Shoppers in Winnipeg carries Urban Decay, so I made my way there, grabbed the only Naked3 left, and paid $36 ($44 CAD with taxes) for it. I’ve only had it a week now but I absolutely love it! I’ve used it a few times now, and I can see the difference between this palette and the Maybelline dupe- the powder is smooth, pigmented, and has barely any kick up. It also came with a gorgeous brush that I’m loving using. I’ve noticed that some people complain that they can’t make several distinct looks with it but I don’t want or need that, it’s the perfect palette for me. Once I become more adept, I might post a look here in a few Fridays!
Something that I love about these palettes is that each shade is named right there. I am not sure if this is true of most “proper” palettes (non drugstore) but it is very helpful for someone like me following tutorials. Both are wonderful quality, and I’m slowly feeling like I’m getting more comfortable in my make up-ing.
What are your favourite tutorials and make up tips? Any favourite beauty items that I must know about?