Makeup brands everywhere are gearing up for the holidays already and have been releasing kits for the last month or so. I was at ULTA over the weekend (sidebar, NYC, you need to get some ULTAs, I missed the shit out of them when I was there), and saw this beauty up for grabs. For $32, you receive an eyeshadow palette with 6 colors (3 mattes and 3 glitters), a full-size Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black, and a full-size Limitless Eyeliner in Onxy. I had a hard time choosing between Flash (the beautiful purples you see here) or Sparks (a gorgeous nude/gold palette). The saleswomen convinced me to go with Flash as I already own so many nude palettes and I’m glad she did.
The cute packaging-
Full Exposure Mascara –
A solid mascara, nothing revolutionary though. Does make my lashes have a bit of oomph, definitely more volumizing than lengthening and NOT I repeat NOT waterproof. Found that out the hard way. Overall, while I may not buy it, not a bad freebie!
Limitless Eyeliner –
Again, a nice black eyeliner. While it doesn’t come up great in my lovely iPhone 4 photo, it is definitely jet black and lasts! I had to scrub a bit to get this line off my hand.
The Palette closed & opened –
Is it not beautiful or what? The plum is to die for and I love the sparkles to give the smoky eye some OOMPH.
Swatches – No primer, no flash, straight up bathroom lighting y’all. The colors can be used both wet and dry, and the plum lends itself well working as a liner.
Colors (top to bottom) – Plum, Pink Shell, Ballet Pink, Slate, Purple Shimmer, Taupe
Plum is a great, well, plum color! It’s a deep matte purple, goes on well, and is layer-able. Great for a smoky eye.
Pink Shell is a very light pink, while hard to see on my white ass, I’m sure it’ll look great on darker skin ladies (or gents!). Also nice as a highlighter.
Ballet Pink, another great name, really does remind me of ballet shoes. Does go on a bit chalky, but pretty.
Slate is a great deep grey glitter. Not a ton of fallout and great for a pop of glitter in the smoky eye.
Purple Shimmer, while not quite purple, gorgeous nonetheless. Did find the fallout to be more noticeable here, but it’s just so pretty. Comes out more pink of my skintone.
Taupe is a nice light brown glitter. Would have liked either another matte or purple shade instead of this, but it does look purdy.
Overall, I’d give this holiday set an 7.5/10. I wish some of the glitters didn’t fallout as much and definitely wish the mascara was waterproof but it’s an excellent value and would make a great gift for someone!