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Sisley Phyto-Khol Star Matte & Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadows

May 11, 2022

Sisley Phyto-Khol Star Matte & Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadows

Always excited for newness from Sisley and today I have a look their Phyto-Khol Star Matte ($62 each) & Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadows ($58 each).

Phyto-Khol Star Matte

Sisley Phyto-Khol Star Matte

The Phyto-Khol Star Eyeliners are long-wear eyeliners and now come in matte shades. I really loved the sparkling shimmers but love that they have a non-shimmer version now. These are in a retractable twist-up style. Formula is creamy and smooth. There’s no tugging in the application and they are long-wearing. Pigment is ultra-rich and intense. I’ve played around with the black shade and brown colors and they’re long-wearing without smudging.

Sisley Phyto-Khol Star Matte review

Colors include

  • 1 Matte Onyx – intense black
  • 2 Matte Tonka – deep brown
  • 3 Matte Jungle – deep jungle green
  • 4 Matte Graphite – grey
  • 5 Matte Peacock – matte blue
  • 6 Matte Chestnut – matte brown

Sisley Phyto-Khol Star Matte swatches

Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadows

Sisley Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadows review

The newest makeup launch includes six new shimmery metallic eyeshadows called the Ombre Eclat Liquide. They’re quite expensive but the colors are stunning, formula is super long-wearing once it dries and sets and I love the finish. Every single shade is a stunner!

Formula is a nice pigmented liquid. They blend easily before they dry/set but once they set they don’t budge. Layering wise you will need to work quickly to blend if you use more than one shade. They come with a sponge tip applicator and if I’m applying one single color all over the lid it’s easy to brush onto the eye lids and blend with a finger. If I want more intense color then I find it easier to take a cream eyeshadow brush (I like MAC 242) and swipe it on the sponge applicator to pick up product, then brush it onto the lids.

Colors include

  • 1 Champagne – shimmery champagne pale gold
  • 2 Copper – shimmery soft fawn
  • 3 Pink Gold – pretty pink with subtle gold shimmer
  • 4 Coral – warm copper pink shimmer
  • 5 Bronze – shimmering brown with gold shimmer
  • 6 Wild – sparkling olive green with gold flecks

Sisley Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadows

Sisley Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadows swatches

My favorite so far is Pink Gold Shade 3. I love mixing it with Shade 4 Coral or any of the brown tones. I think they’re the perfect effortless wash of color for summer, especially for a nice vacation look!

Below wearing:

Sisley Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadow Shade 3 Pink Gold

Sisley Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadow Shade 3 Pink Gold

Sisley Phyto-Khol Star Matte & Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadows

Overall some solid wins from Sisley. Pricey but I think worth checking out for the quality and colors.

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Available now at Sisley, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and all other Sisley retailers.

Sisley eye launches provided for review.

Eye Makeup Lips Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Soleil 2021 Naked Pink Quad + Sunlit Rose Lip Balm

October 12, 2021

Tom Ford Soleil 2021 Naked Pink and Sunlit Rose

Tom Ford launched two new items in the Soleil lineup and I ordered the new Soleil Eye Color Quad in Naked Pink ($89) and Sunlit Rose Lip Balm ($58). I look forward to the Soleil eyeshadow palettes every year as I’m a huge fan of the pretty shimmers for this line. I ordered both from Nordstrom.

Soleil Eyeshadow Quad in Naked Pink

Tom Ford Soleil Naked Pink Eyeshadow Quad

The Soleil Eyeshadow Quad in Naked Pink has a mix of textures unlike the previous year’s First Frost which is all metallic (ie like Honeymoon, Nude Dip, Virgin Orchid etc.). This year’s Naked Pink has a soft shimmery cool pink champagne, a matte soft malted pink, a sparkle topper in a pale rose/mauve glitter and a medium shimmery rose. Pigment is medium soft in this one and on my medium tan skin tone colors look more subdued/natural. Texture is smooth and easy to blend and layer. If you’re looking for super strong pigment this might be too sheer for you. I really like the colors and quality but wish the pigment was a bit stronger/more visible. Still the semi-sheer pigment isn’t a deal breaker for me, I’d rate this a solid B+/A-. It’s one I will wear for the holiday season for a sparkle eye look and I really like it.

Tom Ford Soleil Naked Pink Eyeshadow Quad and Sunlit Rose swatches

A few swatch comparisons below to Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Sous Le Sable and Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk.

Tom Ford Sous Le Sable, Naked Pink and Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk

 

Look wearing:

Tom Ford Soleil Naked Pink Eyeshadow Quad and Sunlit Rose swatches

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Closer detail eye look below wearing the Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Naked Pink and different lip combo to add more color with Lip Color in Spanish Pink layered with the Lip Balm in Sunlit Rose.

Tom Ford naked pink eyeshadow and spanish pink lipstick

Soleil Lip Balm in Sunlit Rose

Tom Ford Soleil Lip Balm in Sunlit Rose

This year’s Soleil Lip Balm in Sunlit Rose also has an overspray on the bullet. Underneath is a soft pink glow. I really love how pretty it is on my arm but on my pigmented lips it looks really pale. Based on what I see on my hand swatch I expected it to look like Spanish Pink but with a glow. I suspect on most of you Sunlit Rose will look more true to tube versus what it looks like on me. I like the texture – it’s smooth and semi-thick, almost like a Tom Ford lipstick but smoother. It works nicely as a layering product with liner or over a lipstick. Not a must-have for me although the packaging and presentation is really pretty.

Tom Ford Beauty Naked Pink and Sunlit Rose

Swatched next to Tom Ford Balm Frost from 2020 (also reviewed/swatched here).

Tom Ford Balm Frost vs Sunlit Rose

 

Tom Ford Soleil 2021 Naked Pink and Sunlit Rose

Have you checked out the Tom Ford Soleil 2021 Naked Pink Quad + Sunlit Rose Lip Balm items? What did you think?

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Eye Makeup

Top 5 Everyday Eyeshadow Palettes

September 10, 2021

Top 5 Best Everyday Eyeshadow Palettes

Today I’m rounding up my Top 5 Everyday Eyeshadow Palettes! These are the ones I’ve been reaching for the most this year I feel are best suited for everyday wear. Would love to hear what your favorites are in the comments!

Chanel Candeur Et Experience

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Candeur Et Experience

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Candeur Et Experience 268 ($62) is probably one that has surprised me as being super wearable. It has a red shade which I normally don’t wear but the combination of the other browns with the red makes for a really good everyday eye look for me. It’s the one of the top 3 eyeshadow quads that get the most compliments. Pigment is medium but buildable for a soft look. Lasting power is good and stays put all day.

Wearing: Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation in B50, Poudre Universelle Libre in 30, Les 4 Ombres in Candeur Et Experience, Joues Contraste Blush in Alezane, Rouge Allure Velvet in Low-Key

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Candeur Et Experience

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Candeur Et Experience

If you want a more neutral-cool or cooler toned option, try Chanel Les 4 Ombres Clair Obscur (all matte cool neutrals) or Tisse Rivoli (neutral-cool shimmers)

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Charlotte Tilbury Bella Sofia

Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette Bella Sofia

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Bella Sofia ($53) is one of my all-time favorites for an everyday look. It has wearable brown and bronze tones I think are flattering on a wide range of skin tones and eye colors. Colors include a soft pale champagne shimmer, warm coppery brown shimmer, deeper brown shimmer and a gold sparkle topper. (The name of this used to be Dolce Vita but they changed it to Bella Sofia.)

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Quad

Charlotte Tilbury Bella Sofia Eyeshadow Swatches

If you want no sparkle/glitter try her Super Nudes Easy Eye Palette (soft velvety luminous matte) or The Sophisticate (all matte, neutral-cool tones).

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Makeup By Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup By Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette ($48) is one of my newest discoveries and I cannot believe how long it took me to finally try it. It 100% lives up to the hype with soft blendable mattes. All the colors perform well (no chalky finish in any of them). It has a good range of neutrals with different undertones and browns in super flattering colors.

If you like all mattes and neutrals, get this one.

Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette swatches

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Patrick Ta Major Dimension Eyeshadow Palette

Patrick TA Major Dimension Eyeshadow Palette review

Patrick Ta Major Dimension Eyeshadow Palette ($68) is neutral bronze champagne perfection. It has everything you need for a complete eye look including 2 cream browns that work really well as a base. The remaining colors include a mix of mattes, shimmers, sparkle toppers. This is the second most complimented palette I own. You can create a lot of looks with this one and I think it’s very wearable even with the sparkle glitters.

Quality wise this one is not the best that I have tried. Other brands like Natasha Denona, Tom Ford and Anastasia Beverly Hills have a better more finely milled quality and texture, but the one from Patrick Ta is still very good and wearable.

Patrick TA Major Dimension Eyeshadow Palette swatches

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Too Faced Born This Way Natural Nudes

Too Faced Born This Way Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Born This Way Natural Nudes ($48) is another favorite I tried this year and I also think this is lovely! I was worried the metallic shimmers and sparkles would be too trendy for me but they are really wearable when layered on top of the mattes. There is a definitely a noticeable sparkle with the lighter shades but they adhere well and I think they are very wearable. I love this one because it has a great range of colors from light, medium and deep.

Too Faced Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Born This Way Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Worn in my Rose Hermes Silky Blush Review:

Hermes Rosy Lip Enhancer Rose Abricote + Silky Blush Powder Rose Tan

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A few of you have asked whether I prefer the Patrick Ta or Too Faced and I would say it’s a tough pick. They’re both unique in their own way. I like that the Patrick Ta Palette has 2 creams that are really good in quality and pigment. I also like the color range. The Too Faced has a bit more variety with the pink and rose tones mixed in.

Out of the two I would say the one from Patrick Ta is a bit more conservative on the sparkle side while the Too Faced is a bit more glitzy/trendy. Both have some intense sparkle toppers so your mileage may vary depending on how much sparkle you are comfortable wearing.

There are lots of other great eyeshadow palettes I own and still wear. It was tough to narrow it down to my top 5 but after careful thought I picked the ones I find myself reaching for the most this year. Runner ups I would also consider everyday kind of eyeshadow palettes include:

What are your favorite everyday palettes?

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Budget Beauty Eye Makeup

Best Budget Beauty Mascaras

January 13, 2021

Budget Beauty Mascara Try On Haul | The Beauty Look Book

Today I’m excited to share a budget beauty roundup for the new year! A few of my holy grail products are from L’Oreal and long-time readers know the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara and Primer have been my go-to’s since the day they launched. It was love at first swipe and based on some of your feedback I decided to give a few other formulas a try. I’ve partnered with Walmart to give you a closer look at some new favorites! Read on to see how they held up on my super straight lashes.

Best Budget Beauty Mascara for Straight Lashes

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Primer and Waterproof Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Primer and Mascara

First another look at my favorites the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Primer and Waterproof Mascara. The primer has a light pink tint which I find helpful so you can actually see that you’ve coated your lashes evenly. I apply the mascara on top when the primer is still wet for the best results. This has been the best formula for my straight lashes. It holds the curl and does not smudge while adding volume and length. It does take a good remover to take off at the end of the day but I don’t mind the extra work if it means I don’t have racoon eyes by afternoon!

L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara and Primer

The L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara has been rated one of the best consistently among magazines and I tried it many years ago and couldn’t remember what I thought so I decided to give it another try. I really like the volume it gives and it did not smudge on me. I think it’s a good everyday no-fuss kind of mascara. I prefer the other formulas I tried for holding the curl but if you don’t have issues like me I do think this is a good one to try out. (I’m going to try the waterproof version of this next.)

L’Oreal Telescopic Lengthening Mascara

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara Review

There are a few formulas of the L’Oreal Telescopic Lengthening Mascara and I tried both the Regular formula (gold tube) and Waterproof formula (blue tube). This has a super skinny rubberized wand with a four sides. The flat sides allow you to load product onto the lashes while the comb/teeth separate and lengthen product. This is the best lengthening formula I’ve tried. I was impressed that both formulas did not smudge and held the curl. If you want more volume you can layer this one with 2 coats (or layer another formula on top). But if you want length this is a great one. I can also use this on my bottom lashes without getting product on my skin. I prefer the regular formula since it’s easier to take off at the end of the day. Since it doesn’t smudge on me I give it a huge thumbs up! It held up during a sweaty workout too.

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara Review

L’Oreal Air Volume Mega Mascara

L'Oreal Air Volume Mascara

The L’Oreal Air Volume Mega Mascara has a chubby bristle brush and gives mega volume with a few coats. I like that it’s not clumpy but coats the lashes with an even semi-thick layer of product to add serious volume. It feels weightless like the name implies so it’s not heavy at all. You will need to give the bottle a couple pumps to get it going.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

Maybelline Sky High Mascara

My new holy grail is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara. I tried the regular washable version and it has rubberized applicator. This coats the lashes evenly, adds volume in a natural way, applies smoothly without clumping. I just ordered the Waterproof version to try in the next week to compare, but I love the regular formula. It holds the curl, doesn’t smudge, adds length and volume.

Maybelline Sky High Mascara

Maybelline Sky High Mascara

Budget Beauty Mascara Haul | The Beauty Look Book

My top two favorites out of the new ones I tried are the L’Oreal Telescopic and Maybelline Sky High. I still really love the L’Oreal Lash Paradise but sometimes it’s nice to have other options to rotate with. I’m even more thrilled to find non-waterproof formulas too that don’t smudge so taking it off at night is easier! I feel lucky I haven’t had any recent fails with mascara testing. I will be adding more to my try-on list so if you have any suggestions let me know!

Also wearing in this post:

What are your holy grail mascaras? As always I love reading about your loves! You can find all the ones I bought and tried at Walmart.

 

 

Many thanks to Walmart for partnering to sponsor this post. As always all opinions are my own.

Eye Makeup Sephora

New Gucci Mascara L’Obscur

March 26, 2020

Gucci Beauty Mascara L'Obscur

I’m excited to share a look at the latest from Gucci Beauty with you! They recently started to revamp their entire makeup line and I was able to try their new Mascara L’Obscur available now online at Sephora. I’m partnering with them to share a review with you and after putting it to the test I am really pleased to report that I’ve found a winner. The mascara is a nice way to add luxury to your beauty routine.

The Gucci Mascara is currently available in one shade called Eve Black. It’s a rich deep color that defines and volumizes the lashes beautifully. Packaging is super chic with pink and gold tones which makes it a joy to use! The mascara comes with a rubberized flexible applicator that coats each lash perfectly. The small tip at the end makes it possible to apply product to the corners and bottom of the eyes. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was easy to build, adheres well to my lashes and adds volume and definition. There’s no clumping or smudging with this one which is a huge plus. Even though this isn’t a waterproof formula I found it stayed put and lasted all day on my lashes.

Gucci Beauty Mascara L'Obscur + Sheer Lipstick in The Painted Veil

Gucci Mascara L'Obscur

Gucci Beauty Mascara and Sheer Lipstick The Painted Veil Makeup Look

It gives a clean polished defined look to the eyes. You can build and layer for more drama but I would say this is a really nice everyday kind of mascara. I will definitely repurchase in the future.

A closer look below, also wearing the Rouge à Lèvres Voile Sheer Lipstick in The Painted Veil which I hauled recently and love! It’s a smooth sheer rose and now I want to try the other formulas too!

Gucci Beauty Mascara Eve Black

Gucci Beauty Mascara L'Obscur Review

Gucci Beauty Mascara L'Obscur New

Gucci Mascara Review L'Obscur in Eve Black

Gucci Mascara L'Obscur Sephora

Bottom line, love and highly recommend.

You can find the Gucci Mascara L’Obscur available now at Sephora.

Many thanks to Coty Inc. for partnering to sponsor this post. As always all opinions are my own.

Chanel Eye Makeup

Chanel Eye Collection – New Stretch Mascara, Liquid Liner + Brow Duos

March 23, 2020

Chanel Eye Collection Review

Chanel launched new products for the eyes and today I have a Chanel Eye Collection review. There are three new products including:

La Palette Sourcils Brow Wax/Powder Duos

Chanel La Palette Sourcils Brow Wax Powder Duo

There are three La Palette Sourcils Brow Wax/Powder Duos in Light, Medium and Dark. These come with a tinted wax on one side and a powder on the other. The Brow Duos are cased in a compact with four mini tools including a tweezer, spoolie, angled brush and soft small sponge applicator. I tried Medium which is a neutral medium brown color. The wax is soft and easy to apply with the angled brush. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried a wax and this had enough color to wear alone. It filled in my brows and held them in place. The powder is interesting to me. It’s a stiff but pigmented powder. It’s more pigmented than the older brow duos. I haven’t tried a small detail applicator before – most of my brow brushes are angled. The small applicator made it easy to apply in soft strokes although since the handles are so small it took a bit of work to hold. The pros for the applicators are they are compact and easy to travel with. They are usable and well made although full size brushes and tools are easier to hold and use for me.

Lasting power is very good. I didn’t experience any fading or smudging. The brows stayed put all day long!

Chanel La Palette Sourcils Brow Wax Powder Duo swatches

Natural brows vs just the wax:

Chanel La Palette Sourcils Brow Wax Powder Duo Medium

Wax plus powder:

Chanel La Palette Sourcils Brow Wax Powder Duo

Le Liner de Chanel Liquid Liner

Chanel Le Liner de Chanel Review

Out of the three items in this launch I found the Le Liner de Chanel Liquid Liners to be the most exciting to me! They launched some of the most beautiful shimmers I’ve ever seen! These dry down to a semi-matte finish although the shimmers still have a slightly wet look because of the shimmer. The brush is well designed to apply in one stroke or a feathering motion. I found these took a few seconds to dry depending on how thick a line you draw on. Formula is thin but smooth and very pigmented. Once it sets it does not budge. As one who struggles with pencil liners during the summer months I was really excited to see a brown and plum matte – I think they’ll be excellent for the warm humid months.

Chanel Le Liner de Chanel Swatches

Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara

Chanel Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara

Last is a look at the Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara. This comes in one color and has a rubber twisted brush. I think this is a decent formula to lengthen and define the lashes. The brush did take a bit of practice for me to get used to because of the angles but it’s not impossible to use. It miraculously did not smudge even though it didn’t really hold the curl. I like it a lot but it’s not my favorite. I still think the classic Le Volume de Chanel is the best for me (or the waterproof version). It was easy to remove since it’s not a waterproof formula. Since it did not smudge on me I give it a thumbs up.

Chanel Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara

Stretch versus Le Volume:

Chanel Mascara Stretch vs Original Le Volume

Chanel Eye Collection Review

Full beauty breakdown:

Just for fun my little ragdoll buddy keeping me company. He doesn’t like to take photos lol! He’s 7 years old now and I cannot believe it.

Chanel Eye Makeup + Kitty

Chanel Eye Collection Review

Overall a solid line of eye makeup staples. I think the liquid liners are special because of the color selection. I really like the brow duo because of the wax and compact but don’t think it’s essential. The verdict is still out on the mascara because I think it’s really good but I think there are better options.

You can find the Chanel Eye Collection out now, available at Chanel.com and all Chanel retailers.

P.S. Some of the Les Beiges items already popped up on the website and I ordered the two Les Beiges Highlighting Fluids. Also as of today (Tuesday) the Le Blanc Rosy Light Drops just restocked online! (Rosy Light Drops review here in case you missed it).

Chanel Eye collection provided for review.

Eye Makeup Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath Mothership VII Divine Rose

March 19, 2020

Pat McGrath Mothership Divine Rose Eyeshadow

The Pat McGrath Mothership VII Divine Rose Eyeshadow Palette ($125) has returned and I am so excited to share my review and swatches today. This originally launched last year in limited quantities. It’s made a few restock appearances and has always sold out online. I managed to order this during one of the previous restocks and could not be more thrilled. I really hope they will consider making this permanent! It’s available online at Pat McGrath. UPDATE: Also now available at Sephora as of April 17th!

Pat McGrath Mothership Divine Rose Eyeshadow

The Mothership VII Divine Rose Palette has a mix of mattes, shimmers, iridescent shades and one glitter. The pigment is excellent on all the colors with an easy to blend formula. The looks are endless with this one and I think it has a great combination of neutrals, rose tones and more edgy shimmers.

Pat McGrath Mothership Divine Rose Eyeshadow Palette

Colors include a mix of mainly new colors with three relaunch colors. Skinshow Nude is also in the Mothership Subliminal Palette, Rose Dusk is also in the Mothership Sublime, Astral Solstice is also in the Mothership Midnight Sun.

  • Skinshow Nude is a soft shimmery champagne
  • Velouria is a matte dusty mauve (pulls darker on the skin than what I see in the pan)
  • Sable Bronze is a shimmery bronze (love this one)
  • Refined Gold 002 is an iridescent gold
  • Iridescent Pink 003 is a duo-chrome white pink that flashes a bit of lavender and cooler tone pink
  • Xtreme Mahogany is a matte rich warm brown
  • Love Lace is a shimmery taupe with silver flecks
  • Rose Dusk is a shimmery soft muted rose plum
  • VR Rose Venus is a duo-chrome orange pink with gold shimmer, the mix makes it look more peachy on my skin rather than orange
  • Astral Solstice is a chunky ivory glitter that has a super wet look effect

Pat McGrath Mothership Divine Rose swatches

Close ups:

Pat McGrath Mothership Divine Rose Eyeshadow Palette

Pat McGrath Mothership Divine Rose Eyeshadow Palette

Closer look:

Pat McGrath Mothership Divine Rose Eyeshadow Palette

Beauty look below:

Pat McGrath Mothership Divine Rose Eyeshadow Palette Makeup Look

Beauty breakdown:

Divine Rose Palette

Pat McGrath Mothership Divine Rose Eyeshadow Palette

Lasting power was excellent for me with the combinations I tried. There was some fallout with application as some of the shadows are super soft but it was easy to clean up afterwards. Once on the eyes they stayed put and lasted all day for me. The only color I wasn’t too crazy about is the Astral Solstice because it’s a glitter. Application is ok if applied in a patting motion on the eyes, with a brush the sparkles ended up all over my face.

Overall though I give this palette a solid A for colors, quality and texture. Definitely worth the splurge for me! I think the rose tones are very wearable and have enough of a muted/neutral undertone that it doesn’t give me a pink-eye look. I keep staring at the rose pink box though thinking how awesome it would be to have the colors on the box in gloss, lipstick or blush shades!

You can find the Pat McGrath Mothership VII Divine Rose palette online at Pat McGrath and at Sephora.

 

Have you tried this one yet? What did you think?

 

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