Drugstore Dud or Delight: Pixi Eye Reflection Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty

The perfect everyday palette

No secrets here: this one is a complete delight! I’ve exclusively been wearing the Natural Beauty Eye Reflection Shadow Palette since Pixi Beauty kindly sent this over a couple weeks ago. The shade selection is right up my alley and the formula is beautiful as well! I would highly recommend this palette, especially for $24.

The mattes and satins are soft without being powdery and they layer and blend out nicely. The shimmers are truly the star of the show here as they catch and reflect light better than any other drugstore shadow I’ve tried (and probably most of my expensive palettes too!). I apply the shimmers with my finger and get intense color and coverage in one swipe. You can also use a brush to diffuse the pigment a bit if you want something more subtle.

I’m loving the neutral color scheme with a great mix of warm- and cool-toned shades. There are a couple options for crease colors, the perfect matte bone shade, and several shimmers in a variety of depths. I love how you can create so many different looks with this palette! I’ve done a nice all matte look, a simple one shadow shimmer all over the lid, and even a dramatic smokey eye. Because it’s so versatile, I think this is an awesome every day palette and it would make a great travel option too.

Here are the swatches! From the top left we have Sheer Sand, Metal Mauve, and Petal. The second row is Antique Rose, Rose Clay, and Metallic Rose. Then there’s a warmer row with Deep Taupe, Foiled Bronze, and Soft Brown. Lastly, the bottom row is Chocolate Brown, Cocoa Shimmer, and Bronze Gleam.

I continue to be impressed with Pixi Beauty, you guys! The quality of everything I’ve tried is fantastic, plus the line is quite affordable and there’s the convenience of grabbing anything during your next Target run.

So there’s another delight this month! What have you been loving from the drugstore?

Drugstore Dud or Delight: Pixi Glow Cakes

Four-in-one palettes

These gorgeous ombré palettes are a newer addition to Pixi Beauty’s line and I was so lucky to receive them in the mail recently. I really like that you can use each shade individually because the areas are wide enough to fit a blush or bronzer brush. Otherwise, you can mix all the shades together to create a unique highlight shade. They’re perfect for traveling with because they’re so versatile!

These palettes add the prettiest glow to the skin while still looking natural (versus those blinding highlights). The bronzers add definition to the face without looking muddy or sparkly. I love the soft, smooth texture of these powders – they blend like a dream and don’t have any fallout. It’s safe to say these are definitely a delight! You can find the Pixi Glow Cakes at Target for $28.

GildedBare Glow is my absolute favorite as I’ve been really into warm, peachy hues lately. The highlight is a true champagne that reflects light beautifully; the blush is a light, glowy coral; and the bronzer is warm-toned without looking orange. I love all three shades and use them on a regular basis. This is actually the only blush I’ve worn in over a week! It’s just such a lovely color that goes with any makeup look! When you mix all the shades together (like the swatch closest to my hand), it turns into more of a gold highlight shade.

Here is PinkChampagne Glow. It’s really pretty as well and all of the shades are more cool-toned. The highlight is a very light pink; the blush is a medium, brighter pink with blue undertones; and the bronzer is lighter with pink undertones while still having some warmth in the shimmer. When mixed together, this creates a shade that’s pretty close to my skin tone, so it’s hard to see on my wrist here.

Overall, I love the formula and think both shades are beautiful and would work on a variety of skin tones. If you’re torn between the two, think about what kinds of lipsticks or glosses you normally go for. Are you drawn to brighter or cool toned shades? Like baby pink or red with blue undertones. Or do you find yourself wearing more nudes and shades with orange undertones? I wear a peachy nude lip most days and go for a pop of coral when I’m feeling bolder. The GildedBare palette caught my eye right away; it’s in the same color family, so I knew I would get more use out of it based on my other favorites.

Which palette do you prefer? Have any drugstore loves I should try next?!

Kaleido Cosmetics Sponge Shadow and Vacay Vibes Palette – Swatches and Review

The most beautiful shadows!

Kaleido Cosmetics is a cruelty-free, vegan, ethically-sourced line with lots of beautiful, affordable products. They recently sent me a generous package and I’ve been testing everything for a couple weeks now. The eyeshadows have turned out to be my very favorite item from their collection, so I wanted to share my thoughts and some swatches.

Here are swatches of the Vacay Vibes Palette ($14). These are highly pigmented – I simply wiggled my finger for a second and then swiped once on my arm with little to no pressure. I would say the texture is like a pressed pigment – although there is hardly any fallout, except for with the shade Plankton. Overall I am very impressed with the quality of these shadows!

From the top we have Majesty, Element, Island, Plankton, Onda, and Eco-warrior. I love the names and theme of this palette. The colors are stunning and unique to my collection as well. I have similar golds, but these two are more bronze and more orange, respectively. My greens lean more forest green with yellow undertones while this is a deeper emerald. My red shades tend to be deeper burgundies while this is closer to rust. I don’t have anything like Plankton or Eco-warrior.

The palette itself is a thick and sturdy cardboard that magnetically closes. It has a nicely sized mirror on the inside and the same cute pattern on the outside. I know some people don’t like split pans, but these are large enough to fit even a fluffy crease brush into one color without dipping into the other. I think the duos are beautifully paired as well, so I really like the set up. If they were all single circular pans, the palette would be much larger and less travel friendly. Even as half pans, these are so pigmented that they will last me a very long time.

Next we have four of the Sponge Shadows ($9). These are a cream-powder hybrid texture and they feel bouncy in the pan. The name sponge totally makes sense and they remind me of the Kaja Beauty Mochi Glow Highlighters that I reviewed here.

I really love this formula because it’s easy to work with and gives a beautiful metallic finish without any fallout. I did want to note that I wore Pink Light on its own and it creased very easily. However, Furnace didn’t crease at all on me. To make things easy, I’ve just been using my Sephora Tinted & Cooling Eye Primer and that works perfectly with any shade.

Starting at the top is Furnace, Grunge, Fantasy, and Pink Light. Furnace is my favorite color of all of these shadows. It may seem boring, but it actually has a duochrome finish that catches the light in such a gorgeous way. My eyes are somewhat deeper set, so I can’t wear super dark colors; this is a medium brown with warm undertones, but the reflect is a light, cool-toned taupe. It’s so beautiful!

As a fan of green eyeshadow, the middle two shades are right up my alley. I think I’ll wear Grunge more than Fantasy because I don’t wear pastels that often. It does make a nice pop in the center of the lid though! Pink Light is a perfect one shadow look and also has somewhat of a duochrome finish in that it looks more gold or more pink depending on the angle.

These are single shadows in white, plastic packaging with a clear snap lid. I like how you can see the color without having to open each shade or check the back. There’s also a cute interwoven hexagon shape imprinted on each shadow.

Overall, I am loving Kaleido Cosmetics and would highly recommend their shadows, especially because they’re so affordable and cruelty-free!

What’s in My Bag: Winter Beauty Edition

Essentials I’m toting around

I’m newly obsessed with Invisibobble. It’s such a simple, yet useful product! These hair ties don’t pull my hair out or give me headaches, but I find they hold on well (even through a tough cardio workout!). I also think they’re super cute.

The Caudalie Beauty Elixir* was one of the first facial mists I tried years ago and the scent is so nostalgic to me. It’s like a fresh, natural scent with a hint of fruitiness – very spa-like. I seriously love everything I’ve tried from the brand, and this one stays in my purse to hydrate my skin and refresh my makeup throughout the day. It is a glass bottle, so I’m careful with it. Thankfully this Charles and Keith Olive Crossbody has lots of snug spaces so it won’t break.

We were also gifted these beautiful pearl Scentbird travel sprays* at the Octoly Glitzmas party. I love how the nozzle twists down so I don’t have to worry about getting perfume all over my bag. I received Philosophy Amazing Grace; it’s subtle and pretty with tiny hints of floral, powder, and musk. It’s not my classic winter scent, but I really like being able to try out something new for a change without committing to a full size bottle! I’m definitely interested in their subscription!

Last, but certainly not least, this SkinRx Lab MadeCera Lip Balm is my new go-to for work or running around the city since it’s hydrating, low maintenance, and a gorgeous shade. I have Velvet Cherry* which their sweet team sent over; it’s the perfect subtle tint that darkens my natural lip tone but is still sheer, so you don’t have to worry about being too precise or getting it on your teeth. One application lasts a few hours too, which is great for a tinted balm.

What have you been carrying around lately? Have you ever tried Scentbird or a fragrance subscription?

Kosas and Briogeo Soho Pop-Up

Another shopping outing!

Anastasia and I finally stopped by the Kosas and Briogeo pop-up down in Soho. It’s such a pretty store with a relaxed vibe; we happily browsed and swatched products from the two lines for about 30 minutes.

It’s open until December 31st at 85 Mercer if you’d like to stop by!

Isn’t this a cool display for the Weightless Lip Color Lipsticks? I love the rainbow of colors and lip swatches. Each shade also had a description noting if it was cool or warm-toned and what color family it belonged to.

Here are swatches of my favorite shades: (from left to right) Rosewater, Stardust, Royal, and Darkroom. The first two have a bit of a glossy finish, while the darker shades looked more matte. They glide on beautifully and are nicely pigmented. This holiday trio is a great deal and has two of these shades!

Aren’t these cheek duos pretty? I love that Kosas makes each shade in cream and powder versions, so you can pick the formula you prefer. My favorite was a cool toned pink and champagne highlight called Longitude 0. The packaging is sturdy and compact too, so these would be perfect for travel.

The powders feel smooth and they’re pigmented, but they blend nicely. Some of the colors may look bright, but they have a soft finish on the skin. The creams are easily buildable and looked more dewy in swatches. The cream highlighters were more natural looking than the powders in my opinion; if you want more of that blinding look, go for the powder.

This is the Briogeo wall with so many products I’d love to try! I’m eyeing the scrub and dry shampoo especially. This cute gift set would make a great stock stuffer too!

I really like the few items I’ve tried from Briogeo so far, including their Curl Charisma Shampoo and Rosarco Milk Leave-in Conditioning Spray (quick review here!). I love that Briogeo is a clean haircare line and that their products smell great while actively improving my hair.

Have you tried anything from Briogeo or Kosas?? What would you recommend?