What Makeup I’m Currently Using

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FACE PRODUCTS:
PRIMER & SETTING SPRAY: Cargo Activating Face Primer– it’s a clear gel that leaves the skin a little tacky. Overall just an average primer, nothing special.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray– one of my absolute favorite setting spray! Enough said.

FOUNDATIONS: Clinque Even Better Foundation (25 Buff )- very yellow tone, oxidizes, apply unevenly, and there isn’t any difference  with my skin even after 2-3 months of use. I would not recommend this foundation.
In order to make this foundation work, I have to mix it with my Cover Girl 3-in-1 (832 Nude Beige). This one of my go to drugstore foundations. It applies smoothly, lasts all day, doesn’t make me any oilier, and it’s only a few bucks.

POWDER:  Airspun Loose Powder – it’s light weight, finely milled, easy to buff in, and it’s cheap! The only downside is the strong powdery scent.

CONTOUR/BLUSH: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit – This product was overly hyped and personally I don’t care for this palette.  Java got hard pan after only 2 uses,  the powders didn’t blend very well/or easily, and can look muddy if not blended properly.
Estee Lauder Blush All Day Natural Cheek Color (in Raspberry) – Great blush for everyday wear.

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EYESHADOW PRIMER: Bearminerals 5in1 BB advanced performance Cream Shadow (in Candelit Peach) – It contains too much glitter for my liking. Also my shadow still creases at the end of the day.

EYESHADOWS: Naked Basics- I’m just trying to finish Foxy up before selling this palette. The other shadows are too cool toned for me.
Tartlette in Bloom – I’m currently working on the last row of this palette. All of the shadows I’ve tried so far are pigmented, smooth, and easy to blend except for Funny Girl. For some reason the shadow is rough/grainy, not very pigmented, and got hard pan very easily. The only way to make the shadow work is if I foiled the shadow or use a cream base.
Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon – Very creamy, goes on smooth, a little goes a long way, and you have to set it with a powder shadow.

EYELINER: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2 in 1 Eyeliner– One of my go to eyeliner. It’s pigmented, goes on smooth, easy to use, and the serum does make my lashes longer.

MASCARAS: My holy grail mascaras for length and volume.
Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant
Clinque High Impact 

BROW PENCIL/GEL: Ck brow pencil & gel duo – Smears easily
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel- I’m not a big fan of this because of the thick wand and the gel tends to flake off throughout the day.

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Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Swatches & Quick Review

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The Brand New Tartelette in Bloom palette ($45) from Tarte. This is the second installment of the Tartelette series. This palette contains both matte and shimmer shadows.

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(Please ignore the reflection of my shirt in mirror lol.)

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The shadows are:
-soft
-pigmented
-blendable
-buildable
-Longevity: Great 8+ hours w/primer

Overall: This would be a great palette for all those neutral lovers out there! I don’t have anything bad to say about this palette.

Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set Quick Review

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The Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector’s Set & Portable palettes ($49) is exclusively at Ulta. The packaging is awesome! It comes with a decent size mirror and 3 thin palettes, which are great for traveling. This set also includes a deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara and a deluxe LipSurgence  lip creme in Flashy. Not shown; I completely forgot to take a picture of them. I was just too excited for the palettes.

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The love the color selection for this palette, very neutral and for everyday wear. But after swatching these, I was so disappointed! I felt like they cut some corners and lower the qualities of these shadows just so they could have something for the holidays. When swatching the shadows, I had to go over them multiple times just to build up the pigmentation.

Gold Palette
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Pink Palette
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Silver Palette
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This palette had the worst pigmentation out of all three. I tried building it up as much as I could, but even then it’s still not that pigmented.
But overall you can see that some shadows can be built up, but it just took a lot of work. Also these shadows are best with a brush, not fingers! For some reason when I was swatching them, the shadows just adhere to my fingers and didn’t transfer to my arms.

RECAP:
-Great packaging
-Travel Friendly
-Nice blushes
-Soft shadows
-Bad pigmentation
-Buildable, but takes a lot of work
-Longevity: Short, fading around 2-3 hours w/primer

 Overall: For $49, I was expecting higher quality shadows. I was so disappointed with the palette that I had to return it. I hate returning makeup but this palette had to go back. I knew I would never reach for it. So skip this palette and go with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes or the Stila Eyes are the Windows eyeshadow palettes for the exact same price.