It's the MOST wonderful time of the year. Tra La La!
I always look forward to the last few months of the year, not solely because of the Holidays but because of all of the BEAUTIFUL gift sets and limited edition beauty items that almost all of the brands release.
Some of the brands start releasing their Holiday Limited edition items as early as September. AND there are also the Autumn/Winter fashion and related beauty items. Further more, a lot of large chain stores like Sephora and cosmetics companies like Urban Decay & Tarte hold their annual 20% off sales around this period.
Watch my video review for live swatches!
More photos below!
First up, we have Urban Decay's Vice 3
As per last year, Urban Decay released its limited edition/collector's item in September - the Vice 3.
UD's releases are always highly anticipated, so you can bet that I was sitting in front of my laptop, pressing the refresh button on the day it came out.
This year's Vice 3 comes with its own carry bag. Which is nice, as it keeps your palette nice and clean. I noticed that it was very easy to leave finger prints on the Vice 3 case.
|Vice 2 on the left and Vice 3 on the right|
I feel that the colours in the Vice 3 palette are a lot more vibrant.
|Swatched on bare skin - no primer used|
Not all of the colours swatch as well as each other, especially the lighter toned colours. However, when I was applying it on my eyes, on top of UD's primer potion, the colours applied like a dream and are very creamy. Please watch my youtube video review to see a demo (link to my video is up top).
This palette retails for US$60.
Too Faced - Everything Nice Palette
|As you can see, the palette will not fit in the bag (?!)|
|On the Left is this year's palette, on the Right is last year's|
|This year's palette includes some brushes and a deluxe size of the Better Than Sex Mascara|
|This year's palette is thicker than last year's!|
|I'm not too keen on the brushes. I wish they included a lip product like last year instead|
|Look Book that is included with the palette|
|All swatched without primer|
|They always include the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in all of their kits!|
I found the cheek products to be a bit chalky and dry. I was surprised by this as my other Too Faced's chocolate Soleil is nice and creamy. Also my sweethearts blushes that I have, feel a lot nicer than the blushes in this palette, and not as dry. Nonetheless, the cheek products in this palette are very pretty and as everything matches the eyeshadows, it's pretty easy to create looks with this palette.
To see live swatches click here
This palette retails for US$56 and I think it is such great value.
Tarte Brushed With Destiny Set
This set retails for US$44 and is AMAZING!! For $44, you are getting 6 brushes (actually 5, but one is a double ended brush). Normally, a Tarte Brush retails for around $30 something. So if you love brushes (and Tarte make some really soft and beautiful brushes), this is the set for you.
I found this brush set on the Tarte website.
Marc Jacobs Limited Edition Style Eye-Con No.7 - Plush Shadow in The Parisien US$59.00
I am in love with this palette! The mixture of blues, greys and the addition of the plum colour makes this palette quite versatile.
The middle colour (sandy taupe) is quite unusual, as it is a beige colour with a grey undertone. It is also the only matte colour in the palette. All of the rest have little (very fine and not chuncy) glitters in them.
This palette retails for US$59. For live swatches click here
Shiseido Sparkling Party PaletteI saw this online and really liked the design of the palette.
So far (at least since I started really getting into makeup 3 years ago) I have not seen a palette from Shiseido that includes eye shadows, blush, eyeliner and lipstick. This one has all of that!
I just love the design and how compact it is.
The white square that you see in the middle is a creamy white eye base colour with fine glitters in it. To use this palette, you first apply the white base and then apply the other eyeshadows.
|As with most palettes, this one includes a little blush brush, a double ended eyeshadow sponged tip brush and a double ended liner brush.|
This palette retails for US$50. For live swatches click here
|I think the colours swatched quite well|