FOTD: Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis (Copper)

There is an ENTIRE POST dedicated to my thoughts on the newest offering from Pat McGrath, but photobucket is showing IT’S WHOLE ENTIRE ASS and not working right now… and I’m mostly mad that I’m surprised. That service is so wack. There is always something wrong with the site. Always. I need get out of the stone ages and find something better.

Anyway, I did an FOTD with the copper cream, pigment and black marker liner and came out with this:

IT WAS REALLY HARD TO TAKE A BAD PICTURE. I think that gives you my initial thoughts about this offering. This is her best yet. I ended up with the Everything Kit, which is the absolute best value.

Face is Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in #9, and Tilbury Pressed Powder in #2 (Medium). Blush is Kiko 100. Eyes are Copper cream topped with Copper pigment. I used the Lunasol Glossy Eyes palette in Beige (darkest brown in the crease and under waterline, and pale gold in the lid corners). Lips are a mix of OFRA Brooklyn and Havana Nights, with the Copper cream patted on top.

Samples are all Shipped!

Thank you to everyone who participated! The last of the Seven Veils Luxury Serums went out this morning. Thank you guys for being so patient. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns!

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FOTD: Golden

I decided to end the week on a sparkling high note, with that trifling ass Natasha Denona Star Palette. The more I mess with it the more I want her to issue apologies and refunds. These crystal things are just unacceptable.

In order to make this horseshit work, you HAVE TO APPLY THE GLITTER FIRST. So I used an old eyeshadow primer and slapped Polaris onto my eyelids with fingers before it set. Then I dusted off the excess because wouldn’t you know that not all of it adhered to the primer. SMH

Then I did the rest of my eyes with the deepest brown in the crease, then buffed out the top with the peach color. No, I’m not putting the color names down because there’s no point. You can use any matte dark brown and any matte warm peach and get the exact same result. I finished with Tom Ford’s Eye Defining Pen (which is simply magic) and Armani Mascara (you already know)

Lips are a combination of Chanel’s Nude Liner (of which I have worn TWO down to the nub, and am now on a third), and Bite’s Gold Creme Lip Gloss (totally worth getting).

I’m trying to really be as compassionate toward this palette as our government keeps asking us to be toward people who brazenly spray swastikas on federal property and openly hurl racist and sexist slurs (oh they got ONE TIME TO TRY ME. ONE.) in the wake of this election. But the struggle is real y’all. I’m not sure what the point of this palette is beyond an obvious money grab. She should have spent more time on these formulas to make them worth the asking price. With time, I’m sure that this palette could have been great. Even Samantha (Pixiwoo) couldn’t fix her lips to recommend it. She gave the price, and said that maybe it’s not a good idea for a professional to try and use it ’cause the shadows are easily compromised. It was polite, but she wasn’t up there hocking it like it’s the best thing ever either, and I truly respect that.

Natasha Denona Star Palette Review

No.

Not for $169.

Maybe for $65.

Okay, $85.

But really, definitely NOT for $169.

Let’s start with the good. The palette is a decent size. It doesn’t hold a candle to her massive $239 offering, but it’s a good size. The pans are a good size… a little smaller than Tarte. The packaging is what you’d expect from Natasha Denona, with a metallic leather cover and sturdy construction.

The colors are beautiful. They’re not particularly unique but they are all beautiful and feel good when swatched with fingers. The mattes are creamy, but they are not revolutionary as Denona suggests. They are a LOT like the Lorac Pro Palette mattes. They feel like a cream but are actually a powder. They swatch terrible with fingers, but a whole lot better with a brush.

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This is the left side, top to bottom. The very first shade on the far left is among my favorite. It also looks a LOT like one of the shades in Denona’s green/brown palette. This one is one of the new Crystal formulations. What that honestly means is that more of it will end up on your face than on your lid. OMG THE FREAKING FALLOUT! And what’s worse, good luck getting it on your lids with a brush! Wet… dry… doesn’t matter. It goes all over the counter or on your face. These are your choices with a brush. Fingers are a MUCH better bet, but even then, you get fallout. I finally got it to work by LEANING OVER A MIRROR AND PRESSING THE SHADOW ON WITH MY HEAD FACE DOWN.

WTF.

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Can you use this palette? Absolutely. Are the colors beautiful? Yes. Can you get multiple looks with this palette? Yep.

But the fallout from the crystal shadows is some BULL. Seriously, just NO. Get a MAC pigment and get your life. And the mattes, while good, are not life changing. The best part are the shimmers. Denona has always done shimmers well, which is why her big palettes are basically all shimmer and why Youtubers were acting like they were the second coming.

Speaking of which, let us take a moment for the Youtube shenanigans. It’s depressingly hilarious to watch them contort themselves into all kinds of shapes, trying to justify this palette’s very noteworthy shortcomings. There is literally glitter ALL OVER THEIR FACES as they declare how this palette is so worth it! What? HOW? WHERE?

Chile.

Getting something for free now translates into basically selling your integrity out of fear of being taken off the free list. That is so damn sad because you KNOW that if any of them had to pay for it or were reviewing a drugstore or mid-priced brand, they’d be all ‘thumbs-down’ into freakin’ eternity.

I love Natasha Denona for many things, including the two original palettes (although I love the green/brown way more than the blue/purple because I use the former colors so much more) and the Blackest Black eyeshadow. I am not a fan of the foundations, but LOVE the Face & Body Glows. She does some things extremely well.

But this Star Palette is definitely not one of those things.

Y’all stop lying and do better.

(smh)

See your life.

P.S One more moment of stupid ass silence (cue: twisted up lips) for that heinous blue/brown duochrome in Row 2. STOP MAKING THIS COLOR!!! It was ugly when MAC first did it and it’s ugly now. If you have the blue/brown pigment from MAC or you were super late to the party and ended up with the shadow from Makeup Geek, know that this is identical. Ugly ass color. Stop making it. Seriously. No one even wears it. We just buy it because we think it’s interesting and it proceeds to gather dust after the proverbial ‘first impressions’ post. At this point, recreating it in any form is just lazy.

FOTD: Rouge

November is here! I love this time of year. And for once, the weather out here is acting like it’s ACTUALLY AUTUMN and not the dead of Summer. Sheesh. So I broke out the latest offering for Marc Jacobs, the holiday lippie called ‘Bad Behavior.’

This is such a perfect Autumn color. It’s not holiday red… rather it’s a solid brown-based bad-behaviorbrick color that is super flattering on my warm skin tone. I loved it immediately. The formula is the same gel-cream goodness that you expect from all Marc Jacobs lipsticks. And I believe this one is limited edition so if you want it, get it.

The only proper pairing for this lipstick was the Chanel eye shadow palette in Candeur et Experience. The matte collection of red and browns was the perfect way to really let this lipstick shine.

I started with the Suqqu Foundation. Still so much in love with it. I really can’t wait until my actual color comes in stock. I went in with the Charlotte Tilbury pressed powder in #3 (Dark) around the edges, and #2 (Medium) in the center of my face. I used a light contour (Chanel Notorious) under my cheekbones, then warmed it up by buffing a little Taraji Glow (MAC) over it.

For the eyes, I used the lightest brown shade as a base, then the red just in the center. I used the darkest brown in the crease, under the waterline and inside as well. I used Tom Ford Eye definer on the lashline, then went over it with the dark brown shadow to matte and mute it. Then I buffed the medium brown shade above the crease to pull it all together. Mascara is Chantecaille Faux Cils (time to replace my beloved Armani).

Look at that lipstick! I love it. It’s such a flattering shade. This is my favorite from Marc Jacobs… almost as much as J’adore which up until now had been my top pick. Keeper!