Glossier Lidstar Swatches and Review

Are these worth the hype?

Probably should have closed Cub…

I trekked out to the Glossier showroom in the crazy storm with my friend Anastasia today. We just had to check out the new Glossier Lidstars because they looked so beautiful online. There are six shades in this liquid eyeshadow formula ranging from neutrals to darker colors. Here are swatches of all of the shadows.

Why did I swatch these so weirdly? Who knows.

From the left and then top to bottom:

  • Fawn – cool taupe
  • Slip – sheer baby pink with gold shimmer
  • Lily – sheer lilac
  • Herb – forest green with gold glitter
  • Moon – sheer cream with turquoise glitter
  • Cub – copper

You can definitely tell the difference in the sheer formulas – see how even and opaque Herb, Fawn, and Cub are? Whereas Moon is a bit patchy and Lily and Slip are just less opaque. I really love Fawn, but I have similar shades. I think I’ll pick up Moon (love that blue reflect) and Slip when my no buy is over in April. They’re pretty reasonably priced at 2/$30. I’m not a Glossier rep, but if you shop through my BFF link, you’ll get 10% off your first purchase too.

The dry down time is really fast and then they hardly budge. I rubbed my finger across the swatches several times (documented on Instagram stories!) and the shadows held up almost perfectly. I tried on Lily – which looks less overtly purple on the lids – and it had only minimally faded after we walked from store to store for about three hours in the middle of a blizzard. I had wiped snow off my face several times by the way.

Honestly, I was pretty impressed by the new Lidstars. If there is a color you love, I would recommend the formula! Are you picking one up? How do you guys feel about Glossier?

Drugstore Delight or Dud? Maybelline Palettes

Swatching these surprising palettes

As you may know, my recent drugstore haul didn’t really impress me, but so many people rave about drugstore items! Plus my current favorite concealer is from Maybelline, so I’ve definitely found some great products too.

I also just won these palettes in a giveaway from Beti. Her blog is my go-to for reviews and swatches and I’m in love with her Instagram. She’s also so sweet and friendly! So, I’ve decided to start a new series called Drugstore Delight or Dud? I’ll test and swatch affordable items and decide if they deserve a spot in my makeup bag!

First up is the Maybelline Master Bronze Bronze and Highlight Kit. It has a shimmery highlight, shimmery bronzer, glitter-flecked bronzer, and a satin bronzer. The texture of these powders is lovely! They’re soft without being dusty. When I lightly tapped my brush in the deepest shade, it was full of pigment right away. Thankfully, it blends out like a dream and sits on the skin beautifully. It also lasted 8 hours without fading.

Here are swatches from the highlight on the left of the palette to the darkest bronzer on the right. The last shade is definitely my favorite; it adds a beautiful warm glow to the skin. The highlight is also the perfect champagne shade with no glitter fallout! It looks very gold here, but it’s definitely not that bold or pigmented on the face. The shimmery bronzer is too much for me personally, so I’ll probably use it as eye shadow. The only color I don’t really like is the third shade, the glitter-flecked bronzer. You can’t really see it in the swatch, but check out this candid picture:

I just don’t like actual glitter particles, especially in a bronzer, because they don’t look natural at all. I much prefer a glow or subtle shimmer. Overall though, I’m really impressed with this palette – it’s a Drugstore Delight!

Next is the Maybelline City Mini Palette in Downtown Sunrise. I absolutely love the color combination here and I’ve heard some YouTubers (like Tati) rave about these in the past. These powders are a bit chunkier, but they’re still relatively smooth. It just means that they have a little fallout (whereas the bronzer palette didn’t have any). I don’t really mind because the colors are very pigmented and blendable. I also like that the palette is compact, but you can create multiple looks because of the color selection.

Here are the swatches; the lightest two matte shades aren’t as pigmented as the rest, but they’re also closest to my skin tone, so it’s harder to see them. I love that there’s a matte brow bone highlight, transition shade, and dark brown. The shimmers are perfect too whether you want a pop of color or neutral lid.

The pink is absolutely gorgeous and has a strong gold shift – it reminds me a little bit of Kat Von D Thunderstruck in that regard. It also looks like the new Becca Parisian Lights highlighter in my opinion. The lighter shimmer is also interesting because it can look more golden or more cool toned depending on the light. All in all, I’d say this is a Drugstore Delight too! I’m happy to have both in my collection.

I’ll have a YouTube video up soon demonstrating both palettes, so keep an eye out for that! What do you guys think of this new series? Are there any drugstore items you’d like me to try next??

My Custom Blush/Eyeshadow Palette – Coastal Scents

Everyday shades for eyes and cheeks

I made this palette a few months ago on the Coastal Scents website. Everyone raves about their incredibly affordable shadows, so I figured I would give them a try. When I saw they had combination palettes, I added a blush and pressed powder as well. I wanted something that would be perfect for travel so I didn’t have to pack as many individual items. MAC has custom face and eye palettes too, but they’re pretty expensive and I don’t love their powder formula. This one ended up being around $16 with shipping which is amazing for a customized palette!

Here are the shades from left to right:

  • Cherry Wood – my favorite! It has a slight red/brown/tiny greenish gold shift that looks amazing all over the lid.
  • Southern Wood – deep shimmery brown
  • New Terrain – medium matte brown. It’s not as pigmented which I personally like for the crease.
  • Forest Eve – gorgeous evergreen shade
  • Light Plum – pretty purple shade with taupe undertones. I wanted this to be just slightly lighter.
  • Light Apricot – perfect light gold/champagne lid shade. It’s my most worn color in this palette.
  • Romance Blush – peachy pink with a satin finish
  • Antiquity Blush – super light beige setting powder

I absolutely love the Hot Pot eyeshadow formula. All of the shimmers I picked up are smooth, highly pigmented, and blendable. The majority don’t have any fall out except a tiny bit from Light Apricot. The matte shadow is a bit drier and harder in the pan, but I prefer to build my crease shade, so I still really like it.

The Blush formula is also drier, especially the pale Antiquity shade. I can use it to set my under eyes, chin, and forehead, but definitely prefer Glossier Wowder or Besame Brightening Powder. Romance is a bit better texture-wise, but I have several other blushes I prefer.

All in all, I travel with this palette all the time. I still bring another powder, but I love the shadows and would definitely pick up more.

Have you ever tried Coastal Scents or making a custom palette?