Pin up Cosmetics review

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Earlier last month, I came across a local vegan and cruelty-free brand, Pin Up Cosmetics and was intrigued. This San Francisco artisan based brand provides natural products that can glam up anyone! Pin up Cosmetics is 100% vegan, cruelty-free and without parabens, synthetics and other harmful chemicals. Pin up Cosmetics is not only available online but as well as in health food stores, specific boutiques and salons. Products that I will be reviewing are the clear lip gloss, mineral veil, foundation in shade Gorgeous Gracie and Blushing Betty Desire blush.

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Starting with the gloss, packaging wise it’s packaged as your typical squeeze tube clear lip gloss. Texture is very thin with a soft peppermint scent. Upon first use, I was enthralled that the gloss wasn’t overly stick. One thing I think everyone despises about gloss is when the wind comes and your hair gets stuck in it. Thankfully I didn’t have an issue with this gloss. I enjoy the scent and I do not believe it was added for plumping purposes like other glosses on the market.

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The only other mineral veil that I’ve heard of is from Bare Minerals, so when I received this mineral setting powder, I was intrigued. This powder differentiates in the fact that it is both paraben and talc-free, a difference that many high end brands can’t differ from. This setting powder easily glides on the skin while blurring out any fine lines in my skin. I noticed while wearing this product that my skin looked smoother in texture and my make up did last longer throughout the day. Overall, good setting powder for even my driest of skin!

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The foundation shade in which I received, Gorgeous Gracie came packaged with an adorable powder puff for application which is delightful. The shade is almost a perfect match for my skin which is surprising because I always felt my Irish heritage has made it somewhat difficult to pick shades. I would consider this foundation sheer-medium coverage, build able with a natural finish. This is great for my everyday routine or my relaxed makeup kind of look as well.

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Last but certainly not least is the phenomenal blush. This is the product that I was the most excited about and still am. There aren’t as many loose blushes on the market as they have been in the past. Blushing Betty is a beautiful strawberry coral shade with a sheen. I appreciate that very little of this product goes a very long way. Longevity isn’t exquisite with this blush, but it definitely held up great on my dry skin. Beautiful shade that I can incorporate into any makeup look, this blush has become one of my go to’s! Overall, i’m very pleased at the high performance of this brand and the cleanliness as well. If you have not familiarized yourself with Pin Up Cosmetics, you’re not living!

 

Disclosure: I received the products marked with (c/o) for review consideration. I am not compensated for mentioning these products, this is my honest opinion.

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Pretty Zombie Cosmetics liquid lipsticks review

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Several weeks ago, I placed a long overdue order of some liquid lipsticks that I have heard the blogging world go on and on about. I finally caved in and purchased five shades to truly see what Pretty Zombie Cosmetics is all about. Pretty Zombie Cosmetics is a cruelty-free and vegan brand that sells super pigmented liquid lipsticks, yay!  These liquid lipsticks are matte but are not transfer proof, smudge proof, kiss proof and especially are not stains. I picked up 5 of the current 7 shades they are offering. I chose to skip out on the pink (pink potion) and the black (black cat) because I own pink velvet and black velvet from Limecrime. Also pink potion was limited edition and they no longer carry that shade. Knowing that they are a different type of liquid lipstick, I couldn’t convince myself to gain two more similar if not exact colors to my collection.

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Packaging wise is very similar to every day liquid lipsticks. These liquid lipsticks contain seven grams of product, which is a good amount if you ask me! Typical liquid lipsticks carry 0.20 oz to 0.26 oz which comes out to a little over six grams. Labeling is found on the top of the applicator with the name of the shade in black and a clear background of adhesive. I wish the product was printed on the tip instead, but that’s just personal preference.

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Pigmentation is a whole other ball game with this product. This product comes with a doe foot wand that is saturated in the product. When applying, you immediately have enough to cover your larger lip, for me its my bottom. I then find myself dipping in once again to get more product for the top lip. I do recommend using a lip liner with these so that they don’t feather/bleed outside the lip lines. Some of the color apply more evenly then others I have noticed. I feel sometimes Zombettie doesn’t apply as evenly as I would like and I find myself going over it 2-3 times to get more opacity and to deepen the color. This isn’t me complaining, it’s just that I prefer a deeper red then what one coat will give instantly.

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Colorful liquid lipsticks are my jam. These liquid lipsticks are beautifully pigmented, long wear and matte finish. My obsession currently is Purple Poison pictured above. I think the reason that I love this color in particular is because I don’t have anything in collection similar to it. In comparison, Potion #9, the image above Purple potion is more of a true lilac. With having a blue undertone, this gorgeous pastel lilac truly delivers.  I throughly enjoy that I don’t have to do a million layers to get opacity to my lips with Purple potion.

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This color is a true purple yet on the camera it reads as more of a purple with a blue undertone. 3 witches would have to be another one of my favorites from the shades I purchased. 3 witches is definitely the darkest purple in the collection. This was a go to product in fall time for my purple shade. I feel this shade is very complimentary to multiple skin tones and it really can do no wrong.

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Have you tried OCC Pool boy? Well meet the liquid lipstick version, Blue Moon! I was very intrigued by this shade and love to wear this as a pop of color on the lips. Super great pairing with a smoked out blue lash line and this lip to complement. Some clients may be intimated by this shade but I think it’s super fun. Overall I thoroughly enjoy these liquid lipsticks for multiple reasons. Vegan, cruelty-free, full coverage, matte, no fragrance, full coverage, long wear and the shade range.  If you haven’t taken a moment to check this brand out, I highly suggest you do!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Review (Opal, Rose Gold and Champange Gold)

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The craze of 2014 was definitely highlighting. Yes, I admit I became victim of it too. Whether it’s a matte highlight or a shimmering glow, highlighting is what 2014 brought to everyone’s immediate attention. With the rave of doing matte highlights, such as concealer, there was also a huge portion of clients looking for that soft or dominant glow on the high planes of their face. That’s where pressed and loose shimmering highlighters come into play. Becca Cosmetics, an Australian brand, is one of the leading high end cosmetic brands with raved about products, especially highlighters. Their called shimmering skin perfectors and they come in a range of shades suitable for all clients no matter their complexion. In my eyes, Becca Cosmetics is one of the leading queens in highlighters, or at least currently.

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During the holiday’s last year, I decided to splurge on several highlighters from this brand to really see what the hype is about this brand. Their pressed shimmer skin perfectors run for $38 which isn’t bad considering the amazing product that’s in the compact. I picked up their top seller Opal (above image) Rose gold and their limited edition Champagne gold. I skipped out on Moonstone which is another popular shade for the reason that it’s pretty light. Opal is very comparable to MAC’s whisper of guilt limited edition highlight if you’re familiar. According to Becca, Opal is described as a golden opal pearl.

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Who doesn’t love Rose gold? Becca describes Rose gold as a softened gold with rose tones infused into it. This highlighter is definitely a must have if you like a bronzey glow yet softer than a bronzer. Sometimes a golden glow to the skin is great but I feel that this highlighter just goes the extra mile. I love wearing this on my cheek bones on rather than on other areas on the skin to highlight. I prefer contouring and pushing this highlighter a little on top and above to create an amazing cheek look! Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t see this baby!

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Who doesn’t love limited edition products? This Champagne gold beauty was limited edition during holiday of 2014 and when I saw it, I knew I had to have it. I’ll admit I am a sucker for limited edition products, I mean look at the gorgeous imprint on the highlighter! Limited edition to me means they know how amazing it is so you can only get your hands on it for a limited time! This beautiful highlighter is a lot darker in comparison to the other highlighters that I have mentioned. The great thing about this product is that I have to barely tap my brush in this product to get the desired pay off that i’m looking for.  This highlighter is definitely not targeted for my specific skin tone therefore for all my followers who are a little deeper than me, try to find this!

Overall my opinion of the Becca shimmering skin perfectors is A+. I love the soft buttery texture, the ease of application and the instant gratification that they all deliver. The shade range Becca offers to their clientele is great, and I only hope they expand in the future. For application, I recommend taking a nice fluffy brush to lightly apply this all over the face. Good brushes to use with this these products are the Sigma F35 tapered highlight brush or the Sephora Pro collection #65 fanbrush .

One Direction Make up Collection Review

This sponsored opportunity came about from Brand Backer to review a makeup collection that does have a connection to my life. Even though I am not personally a fan, it is make up and I want to put forth an honest review. The group, One Direction is launching their very first make up collection. Their collection is set to hit selected stores is United States, at Macy’s on August 11th, and at other retailers such as Stage Stores, Dillards, Beauty Brands and Lord and Taylor on August 25th. The collection is composed of a total of three different sets, “Take me home”, “Midnight Memories” and “Up all night”. Once again this is sposored content however this is my honest review of the products, enjoy!

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Each makeup set is composed of multiple components such as a eye shadow palette, jumbo eye pencil, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish and stencils. I was lucky enough to receive the Up all night collection. The packaging of this product truly embodies the group with their loud music and addictive personalities. You can tell that they spent the time to look at their targeted audience and make sure to create their collection according to what they want. I think color scheme wise, these collections are a great representation of the band. Each packaging comes in a metal tin case with plastic enclosure to keep products safe inside. When opening the tin, on the left hand side is a small look book detailing three ways to create different looks with the products in the collection.

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Above is all the goodies you get within this limited edition tin. I enjoy the fact that this collection is very well rounded and it is not small. Sometimes when brands or individuals come out with makeup, they start smaller rather than larger. However One Direction has a completely different view, they want to give their clients everything when they debut!  I feel that I will get usage out of everything except the stencils. I don’t find myself using them on myself but potentially in an upcoming art project.  I am totally digging how the lip gloss is UV glow gloss, can’t wait to try that out! It’s good they chose a pink lipstick, a color that every client could wear. I enjoy the simplicity with the mascara, typical wand, nice wet formula, we’ll see how well it performs in the long run. I will have to say I am the most excited about the nail polish, such a gorgeous color and great pay off in one swipe! I am very impressed with the jumbo pencil, the pigmentation and creaminess was a complete shocker, in a good way. With already having blue eyes, it will be somewhat of a challenge to pull off this eye shadow palette but I am intrigued knowing the quality of pigmentation that these products contain.

Overall, what are my thoughts? Well it’s about time that a boy brand came out with a makeup line! I’m so used to guy bands not even considering make up collections, or just head over to make a fragrance. I enjoy the fact that their line is versatile with three different versions in this collection. The quality of pigmentation in this collection was shocking in a very good way. No matter the formulation of powder, cream, gloss or mascara, all of which perform well swatching and when being applied to the face. I think this is a great starting place from them and they can grow tremendously from this.  For more on this brand, make sure to check out all social media following these hashtags for more insight, #makeupby1D, #thelookscollection, #markwins. You can also find out more updates from One Direction via their Facebook page, http://http://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection .

 

Disclosure: I received the products marked with (c/o) for review consideration. I am not compensated for mentioning these products, this is my honest opinion.

Makeup Geek Blushes 2014

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Makeup Geek finally released her well anticipated blushes. With taking over 2 years to develop, she released a total of 13 blushes, four shimmers and nine matte’s. I heard about these blushes from Marlena directly at several make up conventions as well as beauty blogging events such as Ifabbo. With pure excitement, I knew that I had to order them immediately. These are blushes that I could not wait to get at a discounted price (IMATS). Also if you know me, it’s hard to buy products at full price when you can get them at a discounted price at a later point in time.

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Since these blushes are amazing,  I could not wait to get my hands on these so I knew I had to place an online order. You know how that goes, I not only got the blushes I had been eyeing, but I also got an eye shadow and two pigments. I ended up purchasing five of the 13 blushes, all of which are more on the pink and peach side. I personalized my selection due to these blushes belonging in my personal collection. The shades that I picked up are Bliss, Smitten, Romance, Head over heels and Hanky Panky (not in that order in the image above.)  Each of the blushes came in her cute packaging with the name of the blush being visible on the back. I specifically purchased the pan blushes instead of the compact blushes because I wanted to place these in my Z-Palette.

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The blush above is Romance and it’s no reason this blush is a top seller. Visually you are probably thinking Orgasm from Nars right? Yeah this blush is similar to Nars, but on crack! I would say this blush is a gorgeous soft rose with a golden sheen to it. On the cheeks is just amazing!

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Next is Hanky Panky! This name gets me every time. Hanky Panky is described as a medium rose pink and it is just that. This is one of her matte blushes. The pigmentation is amazing, just a little touch of this blush goes a very long way.

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Bliss is a beautiful light peachy coral. I had my eyes on this shade for a while because I think this will be my go to for summer time. This soft matte blush will be my main go-to blush for now until summers over. I’m excited about using this color so that I can stray away from my typical pink blushes which are my go to blush shades.

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Smitten is another new colored blush for my collection. Smitten is a soft apricot shade. I can see myself using this shade lightly when doing an intense smokey eye or bold lip. If I were to load this up on my blush brush I still feel that I can wear that as well. This color excites me and I can’t wait to use more of it!

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The last blush that I picked up is called Head over Heels. This blush is described is a soft bubblegum pink with a soft sheen. I was really intrigued by this shade because it was another blush that had a sheen but was super chunky. I love soften sheen’s in blushes rather than larger grades of shimmer/glitter in blushes.

Overall I am very pleased with my last purchase with Make up Geek Cosmetics. The blushes are getting more and more amazing every time that I use them. I find myself reaching to these blushes over my current ones in rotation within my vanity. I have nothing but great thoughts about these blushes. It’s going to be hard to resist getting the other shades to complete the collection. They’re definitely a cosmetic product worth looking at!

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade Review

What’s the hottest thing of 2014? Well that’s easy brows! It’s now become even easier to fill in, arch, sculpt and define brows with all the new products launching on the market. The most buzzed about beauty products from brows is from non other than the brow queen herself, Anastasia. Anastasia Beverly hills is notorious for her brow products whether its soft pencils, powders, gels that fill in and hold brows in place all day and all night.

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Her newest product to add to her golden collection is her dip brow. Similar name to MAC cosmetics product called dip down, which is the exact same product. Dip Down is a name of a gel pomade from MAC Cosmetics, it’s not the name of the actual product, if that makes sense? My beauty ladies know what I mean! Anastasia created dip brow which is a colored gel pomade that fills in brows and instantly makes them smudge proof, waterproof and fade proof. She currently has five shades in the dip brow, Blonde, Dark brown, Chocolate, Auburn and Ebony. For fall 2014, she will be launching Taupe, Soft brown and Medium brown. With this large range of shades, there will be a color to suit everyone’s brows.

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While at IMATS LA this past January, I knew that these products were launching. I knew it was now or never that I could be one of the first to pick up this product and at a discounted price! After speaking with the lovely Kelly Eden, I decided to pick up two different shades in the dip brow, Blonde and Dark brown. My natural brow hair color is a medium brown therefore due to my hair color being dirty blonde, I fluctuate between both shades. Depending on the day I will outline with dark brown and fill in with blonde. Whereas sometimes I’ll do full brow in one whole shade. I definitely favor dark brown over blonde currently because it gives me more of a defined brow, which I’m currently enjoying.

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At first I was a little skeptic on using this product because it takes a sturdy hand to apply. Due to being an avid coffee drinker, I make sure to apply my brows first in the morning as I begin drinking coffee so that my hands don’t mess me up! With the release of this pomades, there is also a brush that is suited for this type of product. The #19 brush is different from the typical angled liner brush because the bristles are cut at various lengths which give a consistent perfect line of application. While the brush is amazing, I typically use this product with my varied angled liner brushes from Crown, Royal and Langnickle, Sephora or even Sigma. I feel all angled brushes that I have used work well with this product.

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As you can see in the image above, I couldn’t wait to dig into the Blonde dip brow. I primarily picked this shade because there are various times where I would like to achieve a softer brow since I typically do heavier eye makeup on the regular. This color and I have had our ups and downs. Sometimes when applying, I feel this product can sheer itself out too much so that I feel myself going over an area multiple times to get more defined color pay off.  However sometimes I do feel that it gives me such a natural effect and I love it! That could also be due to me having good brow days and bad brow days. So I am not bashing the product, I just wish this color and I would be consistent. I’m not giving up on it, I will still give blonde another shot at being in my must-have draw in my vanity.

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Dark brown on the other hand, is a different story. I currently see myself using this every day. When I first starting using this shade, it was very easy to apply to much product and have to take extra time to blend, comb and soften the look. When using this product, I outline bottom and top, then start to fill in from outer tail inwards. Once I hit the pupil of the eye, I start lightly fanning this product inward from the beginning of my brow to get a softer ombre-like look. Even though this color is very dark, when blended and combed out, if appears fairly soft.

Packaging of these gel pomade’s is typical in a small jar yet has a lot of product inside. To ensure the longevity of the product, please keep product sealed and stored out of harsh sunlight. On the back of the product it details 6 month shelf life however I feel that if you take good care of your product, it should last longer. Application of this product glides on like a dream and is easily blend-able when working quickly with the product. Pricing is $18 which is not horrible for this kind of product.

Who or what kind of client would I recommend this product to? This product is suitable for all skin types, especially oily skin. I would also throughly recommend this product for clients who like a crisp bold brow and a soft natural brow as well. Also this product would work great for to clients who feel they fill in their brows in the morning and by 2:00pm their gone or smudged away. Now is it the best gel pomade base for brows, that’s a whole other discussion. Stop by your local Sephora and try out these bad boys when they’re not sold out since they’re so popular!

Sugarpill Addicted to pretty collection

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It’s about time that I featured one of my favorite brands on my blog. If you’re not familiar with Sugarpill Cosmetics, you are clearly living under a rock. Sugarpill Cosmetics, based in Berkeley California, is a 100% cruelty-free and vegan line that has richly pigmented cosmetics. It was actually thanks to Queen of Blending that I found out about Sugarpill Cosmetics, who is also really good friends with Amy. It’s now also thanks to Amy that I am even more comfortable to use bright colored cosmetics all over the face.

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Sugarpill cosmetics has unparalleled eye shadows for not only their outstanding pigmentation, but also the size of each eye shadow is quite large. In comparison, a typical MAC eye shadow is about the size of a quarter whereas Sugarpill eye shadows are the size of a half-dollar. Not only are they generally larger in size, there also way more pigmented and are available at a lesser value! Sugarpill is not alone with just their eye shadows, they also have loose eye shadows, pigments, lashes,  and even brushes. With all of their amazing products thus far, it keeps me excited for whats in store next.

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Each palette in this collection had the above packaging. Super cute pink design with crown like details accompanying the name Sugarpill. Prior to this packaging, the palettes were blue with similar if not same design. Due to Sugarpill debuting for the first time at IMATS 2010, they’ve changed their packaging to all pink.  The palette is relatively small, small enough to fit in your hand. The packaging is predominantly cardboard, so this product is somewhat sturdy. Each palette also is accompanied with a small mirror that is useful when traveling with the palette.

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The addicted to pretty collection is composed of three main palettes along with multiple individual eye shadows. From this collection, I own the three main palettes. The palettes in this collection are Burning heart, Sweet heart and the Heart breaker. The colors in the Burning heart palette are the following, Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love+ and Poison Plum. In the Sweetheart palette, the colors are Dollipop, Afterparty, Midori, and Tako. Last but certainly not least is the Heartbreaker palette with Mochi, 2AM, Acidberry and Velocity.

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Above is the sweetheart palette. This was the second palette out of three that I obtained via IMATS. The white shade Tako is the most used in this palette for my underbrow highlight. I also throughly love Dollipop which is the vibrant pink. Midori is a beautiful forest green shade. Afterparty is a vibrant deep blue shade. I use Afterparty and Midori often when I do an ombre eye shadow look, or even in my brows

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Isn’t the backside of the packaging adorable?!?! I love the color concept, the colored writing, and the style. This packaging concept makes it very clear to see what colors are in the palette, which are all designated by shade which is smart. I love how you can easily find contact information on the left side of the packaging below the cat. Oh and did you know, the white cat on the packaging is Amy’s real cat named Tako?!?! Cute huh!

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The burning heart palette was the last of the three palettes that I obtained. It took me a while to get my hands on this last palette because it is the most popular one. This palette was constantly sold out at IMATS so I made it apparent this year to go to their booth first to ensure my pick up. This palette is loud with such vibrant colors, all of which are complementary to one another. Poison plum is definitely my favorite in this palette. However each other color is very individual and unique. Buttercake is the most vibrant opaque yellow i’ve ever used. Flamepoint is a true red which is very hard to make because red is not a natural shade. Love + screams sunset orange to me and is truly beautiful used alone or combined with other shades.

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Last but certainly not least is the palette that I have had the longest in this collection, and also have gotten a lot of usage out of. This is the Heart Breaker palette, the bright cool toned blue, green and purple palette.  Acidberry is warm limegreen shade with some sheen to it. Velocity is the definition of ocean blue that is matte. 2am is my favorite and that is a warm purple toned matte shade. Last but not least is Mochi which is a cool toned matte teal.

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This was my first ever eye shadow palette from Sugarpill. I’ve used this palette so much that Mochi isn’t fully adhered any more, if I tip the palette over, Mochi falls out. While this is easily fixable, it just comes to show how much work I’ve put into this palette. As you can see in the image above, 2Am and Mochi are very well used. Lately i’m starting to get more usage for Acidberry, especially in my inner tearduct area when I am doing a fade effect on my eye lid.  Using Acidberry on the inner corner, Mochi on majority of the lid, Velocity in the outer corner and 2AM in the crease is a go to look using this palette.

Overall I give Sugarpill an A+ for this palettes and everything else in this collection. I think the brand is simply amazing, the pigmentation of the products is outstanding and the longevity is impeccable. Sugarpill has definitely set the bar high for competing cosmetic companies. Not only is the bar raised for cosmetic companies, but especially for companies who are 100% vegan, gluten and cruelty-free as well! Also it’s not available to get all three of these palettes together in their “Pro Palette”, something that I missed out on since I already owned half of the palettes when it launched. I only look forward to the next amazing product Sugarpill will launch!