City Color Eyeshadow Trio Review

Along with everyone else who runs this blog, I subscribe to ipsy. In my ipsy bag last month, I received a new eyeshadow palette, the City Color Eyeshadow Trio in the colour Falling Leaves. It’s 3 colours, a dark copper, a dark pinkish brown, and a sparkly rose gold colour. I was very excited when I got it in my bag because I love browns, beiges, and pinks.


The trio also comes in another colour, Blooming Flowers. It has a purple colour, a very light pinkish purple, and maroon. They sell for $5.99 on their website, and come in a compact a little smaller than two inches in diameter.

I tried the dark pink colour first. It was very dark, and went on very thick. I am usually able to blend as I put my eyeshadow on, however this eyeshadow was difficult to blend. I wiped off the pink, and applied the rose gold. It also went on very thick, however it was more translucent than the dark pink so the fact that I had not properly blended it was not very noticeable. I later attempted the dark copper colour, and was not surprised when it, also, went on very thick and was extremely dark.


I really did not like this palette. It was just too dark and too thick of a powder. It wouldn’t blend very well, so it looks more like a large polka dot on my eye when I wear the darker colours, and the dark pink colour made me look like I had a black eye.

I will not be purchasing this anytime soon, and I would not suggest it to anyone else. Not only for the fact that I really don’t like the colours and the quality, but also that after paying $5.99 you may think it’s cheap, but then you see the shipping. It costs $12.95 for USPS and $24.95 for UPS. Keep in mind that I am in Canada, but that is a lot for shipping for such a small item that would be sent in the smallest size available for a padded envelope.


Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette Review

When I had decided that I wanted to start wearing eyeshadow to spice up my routine, I had purchased the Naked Basics2 eyeshadow palette, however that one palette was not enough of a variation for me, so I decided to purchase a second eyeshadow palette. After browsing all of the aisles at Shoppers, I had chosen to purchase the Smashbox Full Exposure palette for it’s many shades and tones of nude, and also the matte or sparkly options, all in one palette. It costs $62.00 CAN at Sephora.

The palette came with fourteen different shades of sparkles and mattes, including black, grey, and many shades of nudes, a double sided eyeshadow brush, and primer. However some do come with mascara instead of the primer.

This is the perfect palette for someone who is looking for something that’s a one-stop item because of it’s variation in nudes, dramatic shades, and sparkles. No matter what I’m doing or where I’m going, this palette is my go-to each time. I like to wear the pink toned nude every day to school to make my eyes pop, and on nights our with the girls I like to use one of the sparkly colours. Whether it be nude or grey or black is up to how I’m feeling and where we are going.

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UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

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Hands down one of the best eye pallets from Urban Decay and was created by one of the most influential women in the makeup and fashion industry. Gwen Stefani’s music career has influenced not just songwriters but also the way girls have been dressing and doing their makeup since the 90’s to mid-00’s. This pallet represents the changing images she has been putting out for years with colours that can be used for multiple looks and styles.

The beauty of this pallet is that it features colours you would not typically get in other Urban Decay pallets. The Naked pallets all have nude type colours while the Vice pallets are bright and colourful. The Gwen Stefani pallet is the balance between these two extremes. It offers nudes, darker colours, a couple brighter colours, and a few sparkly colours that add a nice touch. The colours look amazing on and are really easy to blend.

This pallet retails for $70 and can be bought at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart in the beauty boutique, and online at Urban Decay.

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