REVIEW: KKW Beauty -Mrs. West Eyeshadow Palette

REVIEW: KKW Beauty -Mrs. West Eyeshadow Palette

Hey Friends!

I’m so excited to finally have the KKW Beauty Eyeshadow Palette from the Mrs. West collection! I remember seeing the collection announcement a few weeks ago and thinking how absolutely GORGEOUS everything looked. I’m an unapologetic lover of neutrals. They are my comfort zone, and I find that I always end up getting some of my favorite looks out of these kinds of tones.

Everyone definitely has their own opinions about the Kardashian/Jenner family, but I think Kim was an absolutely stunning bride! I love the classic, neutral-nude tones she went with. It all came together for a timeless bridal, soft-glam makeup look!

I also LOVE her long-term makeup artist Mario! You might remember his eyeshadow  collab with ABH a few years back– it’s such a gorgeous palette! He’s just mega-talented, and I could get lost for an hour looking at his Instagram account.

Kim looking like an actual goddess. 

 

 

 

Images Source: https://www.instagram.com/kimkardashian/

 


 

Sorry for all the major fangirl-ing, I’ll get into the palette details now…..

First of all, I love the minimal packaging the KKW line has! It is simple, yet very statement making! The palette is very compact and travel-friendly- you could easily take this on a trip and achieve a a variety of looks with it. It isn’t the most luxe-looking product, but the component feels sturdy and I love that it has a mirror.

  • Comes as a 6 pan-palette with 4 matte shades + 2 shimmer shades
  • I picked up my palette on the official KKW Beauty Website for $30.00 USD. Much of the collection is currently sold out, but I would anticipate a re-release soon!

Pretty Box it Came In + Exterior Design of the Palette:

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What’s Inside!

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Swatches

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I don’t think there’s anything too particularly unique about this range of shades. You could probably find similar colors in other palettes you may already own. I will say that the “Pleeease Marry Mee!” shimmer shade is really gorgeous, and it has a beautiful balance of pink/gold without being overly rose gold (if that makes sense).

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Image Source: www.kkwbeauty.com

The mattes aren’t particularly powdery feeling or have much kick-up. The texture is a little bit more “stiff”, but I found them really easy to work with and control. The pigmentation is more buildable and forgiving in these, which I don’t mind when I’m working with especially dark tones. The experience with these mattes is quite different than ABH or Lorac matte shadows; if you are familiar with the consistency of Too Faced mattes these are pretty comparable.

I really love the shimmer shadows they put in this palette! They are gorgeous when applied, and I haven’t found them to have fall-out or cause a glitter explosion under my eyes. I wouldn’t say they are the most buttery consistency that I’ve seen in shimmer formulas, but they are very smooth and look gorgeous applied directly to the lid with a finger. For even more intensity, I think they would also work beautifully wet. They definitely make a shimmer statement, without looking chunky or gritty. Because the tones are soft and neutral, you could easily get away with wearing any of these tones to work/school (or at least I would!).

As I mentioned above, this palette isn’t groundbreaking or overly unique in terms of shade variety. What I will say is that every single shade builds and blends together seamlessly to create your look. Because it isn’t a 15-20 shade palette, you can skip the sometimes overwhelming guess-work on which family of shades to work with. Almost any combination of colors you can come up with using this palette is super complimentary, universally flattering, and they all work together so WELL! I would almost describe this palette as a scaled down, more concise version of Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette.*

*Not suggesting it is an exact dupe for now. 

I feel that this is a product that can be fully utilized for just about any occasion: bridal/wedding makeup (obviously!), day time, night time, professional events, etc.! The price breaks down to $5.00/shadow, which is very in line with many higher end cosmetic brands.

All and all, if you’re interested in a really soft/pretty neutral palette..I think this is a great buy. I’m really happy with my purchase and I love that I can reach for it any day to create effortlessly flattering looks!


 

So now I am SUPER curious: did y’all buy anything from the Mrs. West Collection, or do you own anything else from KKW Beauty? Please comment your thoughts/opinions below!! I have definitely had my eye on a few other things in this collection, so I am anxious for them to do a re-launch! 🙂

Thank you so much for reading,

xo

Jena


 

 

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WANDERLUST Eyeshadow Palette

WANDERLUST Eyeshadow Palette

Hey everyone!

I checked the mail today and found a literal rainbow waiting for me—the Wanderlust Palette by Profusion Cosmetics!

I couldn’t wait to get it unboxed and get behind the camera. I resisted my urge to swatch it right away, and managed to get a few photos.

For now, I’ll just share my first impressions and include photos of swatches. I will definitely spend a little time playing with it to provide a more thorough review. I was just too excited not to share! 🌈🌈

 

She is definitely a beauty!

This 21-pan palette is available at a very affordable price of $10.00 USD. It also comes with a brush that seems like it could be pretty promising.

I have to say, my eyes were immediately drawn to this section of the palette. Something about that green and brown! 💚

 

Now, let’s swatch!

First Row:

Shades are listed and shown in left to right. The first photo was taken with no flash, the second with flash.

Shades: 

  • Illusion
  • Tranquil
  • Chill
  • Serious
  • Frosting
  • Gravity
  • Love Story

If I’m being honest, the top row was pretty underwhelming. Many of the shades were gritty in texture and were pretty difficult to build up pigmentation. A number of shimmer shadows had more glitter than I usually like, so I would plan to experience some fall out and use a tacky primer before applying these. Despite a few disappointments, the shades “Chill” and “Love Story” did look more pretty in person and just didn’t photograph very well.

 

Second Row: 

Shades shown and listed from L to R:

  • Majesty
  • Hypnotic
  • Jade
  • Stormy
  • Splash
  • Regal
  • Nimbus

Photos of Second Row:  No Flash (top), With Flash (bottom)

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The second row is where the magic really starts to happen. I really love the green shades here and those blue shades are SUPER vibrant. It might take some courage to play with the brighter colors, but they are beautiful shades.

 

Third Row:

Shades Listed and Shown from L to R:

  • Coast
  • Statement
  • Nostalgia
  • Cruise
  • Enigma
  • Retro
  • Go Girl

Photos of third row: Top Photo (no flash) ,Bottom Photo (with flash)

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I really appreciate the different shades of brown in this row— its a good mix of warm and cooler-tones. This gives a great variety of transition shades for different skin tones and can correspond well with whatever look you want to achieve. It might be worth pointing out here that there’s no black shadow— I know many people like having that as an option for a more well-rounded palette. The blues in this row are bold and beautiful, the pigmentation for these are apparent right away and I love the shades chosen. Although they are bright, something about them seems a little bit more wearable than other blues I’ve seen in colorful palettes. I also love the unique jewel-toned hue that “Cruise” puts off. The “Go Girl” shade is probably my favorite color in the palette and gives me all the pink Barbie vibes!


Based on first impressions, I think this is palette is really pretty and I can’t wait to see it live in action. I will definitely put some time and effort into seeing how these shadows perform in application and provide details on my final thoughts. As mentioned earlier, it is a very affordable option for the quality and shade/texture variety. Most importantly, it inspires me to step out of my neutral box and play with some color!

**I purchased my palette HERE

So what are y’alls thoughts on this palette? Is anyone planning to purchase? If you already have it, I’m so curious to hear from you! Comment below!

Thanks for reading!

xo

Jena

 

 

FTC: This post is not sponsored and I purchased the products myself. Opinions are honest and my own. Some links are affiliate.

Some Single Eyeshadow Love

Some Single Eyeshadow Love

Hey Everyone!

I recently discovered the brand Sydney Grace from a few influencers on YouTube, Instagram, etc.. I was really impressed by the reviews and I love supporting smaller brands, so of course I had to see what all the fuss was about. Not fully knowing what to expect, I ordered 3 of the pressed pigment shadows.

SO. MUCH. BEAUTY.

I immediately started snapping photos. The delivery arrived super quick, and was thoughtfully packaged in a sweet little box. Then of course, I had to get to swatching!

The pressed pigment shadows come individually as 1.8g/0.064 oz of product and retail for $6.00 USD each.

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Initially, I was amazed by the smooth, buttery texture of the shadows. They swatched effortlessly and seem to glide right on my skin with an almost cream-like finish. So beautiful! The pigmentation is rich with great color payoff —the shades I have almost seem to morph into multiple tones in different types of lighting. So complex and duotone-y! It wasn’t easy narrowing down which ones to purchase, but finally I decided to buy the shades “Hot Stuff”, “Blushed”, and “Peace”

Swatches in natural sunlight:   Left to Right — “Hot Stuff”, “Blushed, “Peace”

Swatches in darker light with flash:

 

Individual Swatches:

Hot Stuff” —I especially love the unique olive/brown/red complexity of this one.

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“Blushing” — Rose-gold/light copper perfection.

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Peace” —A delicious purple/mauve taupe.

 

So far, I am absolutely in LOVE with these shadows and how great they perform. I think they are at a very affordable price point for the outstanding quality and pigmentation. I can’t wait to play with these a little more and create some fun looks!

As I mentioned, I love supporting lesser known brands, and I hope Sydney Grace gains more attention for all the fantastic products. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend y’all check this company out and see what you think! They also have other product varieties -(cream shadows, loose glitter, matte shadows, blush, highlights, etc.), I definitely want to try out more!

Has anyone purchased anything from this brand yet? Please share your thoughts!

**Link to the Website Here: http://sydneygraceco.com/

 

xo,

Jena

FTC: This post is not sponsored. I purchased these products myself and all opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links.

Major Beauty Product Nostalgia

Major Beauty Product Nostalgia

Nostalgic Makeup

Nostalgia is such a weird thing; at the same time, you can feel a little happy and a little sad. Reflecting back on another time in your life can help you appreciate where you’ve been and understand where you are now. (Too deep? Sorry.)

I’ve always had such a fascination with makeup. As a kid, I can remember being at my grandmother’s house and going through endless drawers of beauty products. She had all kinds of free gifts from department store makeup counters or old lipsticks and blushes she insisted were “too bright” so I should take it. I would have the time of my life swatching things and being so excited to go home and add it into my polka-dotted makeup caboodle.

Still to this day, I find my 28-year old self feeling giddy to go to Sephora, Ulta, or the makeup aisle at the grocery store. I love looking back and thinking about a few products that really sparked my love of beauty and helped define my personal makeup style.


Let’s Go Down Memory Lane….

 

 

NARS Blush in “Orgasm”

This is probably an old favorite for many people and not the most original choice, but boy do I love this gem. I can remember first starting to wear it in high-school. I was embarrassed to say the shade name “Orgasm” to my mom, so when I needed to re-purchase one I would just say that I needed more “NARS”. The peachy pink shade of this blush is just timeless—it looks great on everyone and pulls together just about any look. I would load this stuff up on this old scratchy brush I had and go to town with the application. I literally think this is the only blush I wore daily throughout my high school and college years and there’s no telling how many times I’ve repurchased it. I can remember frequently scraping the last few bits of powder out of the pan so that none would go to waste. Still to this day, I’ve got a regular size compact of it and a travel size as a back-up. I love my “NARS” so much!

Revlon Illuminance Cream Eyeshadow 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know why I was so drawn to these cream shadows, probably because I wasn’t good with eye makeup brushes and I could just dab this stuff on with my fingertips. I remember sitting in front of my bedroom window with a small mirror in natural light and thinking this was the best makeup product money could buy. It had such a luminosity to it I’d never seen in eyeshadow powders, so I felt like some kind of 16-year old makeup guru patting it all over my lids. I loved the rose gold/warm tones and would use this little pallet in all sorts of ways. When I bought the Metals one (pictured to the right), with a few darker shades, I felt like the edgiest girl in school (I wasn’t).

Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer 

I can distinctly remember walking around Sephora and spotting this compact on the display shelf. I thought it was the most unique, beautiful product that I had ever seen. Of course, I begged my mom to get it for me and the rest is history. I don’t think I understood at the time what a “bronzer” was or how to correctly apply it. Was this a blush? Was it a bronzer? I didn’t know but I would take my single very old brush and dust this stuff carelessly all over my cheeks and forehead. I probably re-purchased this 4 or 5 times, mostly due to it getting broken or lost. I’m still a sucker for leopard and I would buy it again if ever re-released in a heartbeat.

Britney Spears’ Perfume

 

One of the highlights of my life at the time (and probably now) was in 2000 when I saw Britney Spears live in concert. I was a super fan and loved everything about her. Naturally, when she started releasing fragrances I would have to buy them all. First came Curious, then there was Fantasy. For years around the time of their release, it was always understood I would be needing a new bottle for my birthday or Christmas. I proudly displayed and admired the bottles on my bathroom vanity or a shelf in my bedroom. I would douse on her perfumes anytime I left the house, there was no such thing as “too much”—-I practically bathed in the stuff. My mom always joked she knew I was getting ready to go somewhere when the smell of my perfume made its way all the way downstairs from my room upstairs. When I smell these scents to this day, I feel instantly nostalgic and thankful.

 

I have to say,  this was probably one of my favorite topics to put together so far! It’s so fun to look back and think about how much you loved something or how happy it made you feel; I would encourage y’all to do the same. With the constant release and availability of new products, it is so easy to forget about the things you loved first.

As we get all the new let’s not forget to appreciate the old, shall we?

So what beauty products make you feel nostalgic? Is there anything you want to re-purchase? Let’s chat about it!

xo,

Jena

 

 

 

 

 

 

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