Recent Beauty Buy Fails

I write a lot about the products that are amazing, but today I wanted to do a short post on the purchases that didn’t work out so well.

Smashbox Spotlight Palette by Casey Holmes

Last week I ordered the Smashbox Casey Holmes Gold Spotlight Palette. I went for Gold with the idea that it would look beautiful on tan skin and didn’t have the peachy pearl look that the other palette had.  When I received it, I was so disappointed. The colors were barely pigmented and the third shade in the gold palette was SO powdery and skipped as I swatched it. I thought these were going to be smooth, pigmented, and creamy feeling highlighters. The second shade was ORANGE. I would only be able to use it as an eyeshadow.  Of course for someone with deeper skin this could look nice, but the quality was bad.  The photo below shows the Gold Spotlight palette swatch- I had to build up three layers for these swatches to show up.

I went to Sephora to exchange it for the Pearl palette. Pearl was much better quality and the colors were beautiful but they were still quite powdery. They reminded me of an Anastasia eyeshadow that is pigmented but has kick up.  The third shade in the palette looked like Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie with silver glitter flakes. Pearl also didn’t give me gold tones that I was looking for. I left the store without purchasing it. 


Casey Holmes x Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Stila Diamond Dust

This was also in the same Sephora order and ended up going back. I should have paid more attention to the product description that mentions multicolored glitter. I was hoping for a straight silver glitter, and don’t like the rainbow look this had. I exchanged it for Gold Goddess, which is a super glam gold. It is not multidimensional, but one shade of gold- not too yellow, not too white. It looks like gold foiled flecks and I can’t wait to pair with with copper and gold eyeshadow looks.


Swatches of my Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows

One more thing…

While I was at the store I swatched the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerrero Glow Kit. I have to say, I was absolutely wrong about it in the review I wrote. Online this palette looked so pink. In person it had cool and warm toned shades that each looked unique.  It was the most pigmented highlighter of any that I swatched in the store. I was pretty amazed. I’m over here eating my words!


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