SauceBox Cosmetics Mermaid Life Eyeshadow Palette!

Hi friends! Today I’m going to show you this beauty of a palette. To be honest, I was sitting on purchasing this beauty for a while because it is normally $75. Seventy-five dollars. I had no idea how their shadows performed or if the price point was way too high (which is thought it was for nine eyeshadows). On Instagram, SauceBox Cosmetics had a bunch of damaged palettes and discounted them significantly. I purchased mine for $45 dollars (the price includes shipping and a 10% off discount code). I checked for damage and there wasn’t any to the actual palette. There was only a ding in the one eyeshadow. Basically, my face looked like this:

I’m going to show you all some pretty palette pictures and finger and brush swatches of all the shadows. Let’s begin!


Ta-da! This is the front of the Mermaid Life palette. I love the design of the mermaid and how the palette its self is shaped like a clam shell. Adorable. ❤❤❤ By the way, this palette is huge. You’ll see what I mean.

The back of palette mentions that all of these shadows are vegan and cruelty-free. All the shadow names are located in illustrated pearls and it was made entirely in the United States. Each eyeshadow is four grams so there is a total of 36 grams of shadows. This side has the ingredient list and distribution information.

Check out how big this palette is! There’s a decent sized mirror with a very subtle underwater design around the mirror that consists of coral, seaweed, and seahorses. The bottom of the palette has the clam shell design.

Here’s a close-up shot of the mirror for you to check out. Look at all the pretty design detail.

For this part of the palette, I wanted to show you all the shades included. I labeled them all with the appropriate name for you.

Another fun feature of the palette is that it is magnetic and each shade is labeled by the name and the lot number. This is important because duped palettes will not have that information on the bottom of the metal pans. The majority of the time the pans are glued in and not magnetized.

Next up, we have all the pretty swatches of all these shades. All of these shades swatched beautifully and I had no issue with dryness or crumbly eyeshadow.

The top row of shadows had three shimmery and colored shades. La Sirena is a frosted lilac shade that had the same intensity with the finger and brush swatches. Seaside is a pretty sea blue frosted shade that reminds me of the ocean with the sun shining off of it. This shade was more pigmented with the finger swatch than the brush swatch but not by much. Kelp It Real is a very pigmented frosted emerald green shade that has a gorgeous shimmer. This shade applies better with your finger.

The middle row of the palette featured four shades that varied in shimmers and intensity. Pirates Gold is one of the best gold shades that I’ve ever used and swatched before. The good news is that it swatched beautifully using both techniques. Treasure Chest is an awesome frosted copper-orange shade that is very pigmented and swatched beautifully using both techniques. Merman is a dark-beige shade with a subtle silver shimmer. Shell We Dance is supposed to mimic the inside of seashells and is a light-beige with a gold and silver shimmer.

The last row had two shades in it. Warm Sand is a light peach shade and it is the only matte shadow. I was impressed with how pigmented this shade was for a light matte shade. Moonshadows is a light beige that has a frosted silver look. This shade fully describes how pretty the moonlight looks.

Overall, I believe that this palette is one of my new favorites. However, I still believe that $75 is a bit expensive. For the price that I paid, this was a great price for a sturdy palette that excelled in design, layout, and pigmentation. Grab this while you can! Xo


Juvia’s Place The Zulu Palette Swatches!

Hi friends! Sorry I updated so late today! My birthday was on Thursday and my mom wanted to take my daughter and I out for the day. It was a blast 🙂 we just got back a bit ago and I made dinner and completely realized that I didn’t update this awesome palette on here today! This is the new Juvia’s Place The Zulu Eyeshadow palette. This palette was on sale for $17.99 which is a steal for these limited edition colors. Let’s have a closer look.

These palettes always have such a celebration of heritage and lovely design. The palette is pretty compact. 

The back of the palette is always blank and the information is on the boxes. This box has a small blurb celebrating the Ndebele people, the ingredients, company information and that this product is cruelty-free.

These are the shades! There are six bright matte shades and three shimmer shades. I am such a fan of bright colors I needed this in my collection. The one reason I didn’t jump on the Naked Heat palette by Urban Decay is because they didn’t include a yellow. I just wish the shades impressed me more.

For the swatches, I did them by row so there are three shades in each row.

This first row is all matte shades that are very pigmented. They didn’t have names so I’ll just describe them by sjade. The bright orange reminds me of Sugarpill’s Flamepoint but you can’t go wrong with so many oranges. The yellow is very vibrant and pigmented. Yet again, it reminds me of Buttercupcake by Sugarpill. This last shade is a burnt orange that is very pigmented and a nice shade to work wirh.

The middle row is my favorite in this palette. The first shade is a bright almost matte turquoise shade with a green tint to it. It blends very well and used it in a look on Saturday. The middle is a shimmery lime green with sparkle. As always, Juvia’s Place has amazing shimmer shades. The last shade reminds me of the ocean. It is a bright blue with silver sparkle. This is so bright and pretty. 

The last row has beautiful shades in it. The first one is a shimmer shade. It has a rose base with a lot of gold sparkle in it. The next shade is a bright matte red shade. I really enjoy the texture and shade of this usual red. It is bright. The last shade is a pretty matte purple that blends quite well. 

This palette is a steal for the price and the color pay out. The pans are a decent size and Juvia’s always delivers a decent product. Xo

Cargo Cosmetics Around the World Eyeshadow Palette Swatches!

Hi everyone! Today I decided to swatch Cargo Cosmetics and their Around the World palette. I received this palette in my Beautycon box. I was really impressed how every shade was pretty soft and buttery. Overall, these swatched very well and the only complaint I have is the brush. Trust me, we’ll be discussing that thing very soon in this post! 

Here’s a shot of the box and the palette. It has a cute design of world monuments and an airplane flying between all of them. They kept the design on both items.
Here is the back of the palette and the box. The palette has a small sticker on the back with the airplane trail on the back. The box has a look builder if you wanted to do two shades or four.
Here is the inside of the palette! It has a mirror! Yay! There is also a place for the brush to fit in. If you look at the placement of the shadows, the top row has all your lighter shades and the bottom row is all your darker shades.
Here is the brush of my nightmares. This brush, geez… where to start. Okay so when you hold it, it has a hard angled part that is completely uncomfortable in my hand. When using the end that has the dark bristles, it eventually picked up product but mostly dusted it around the palette. Also… when I was swatching with it, the bristles were falling out onto my arm and my Artis brush cleaner mat. -_- I did swatch the brush swatches with this brush and managed… but seriously,  throw it away. Sorry Cargo. 

I did the swatches following the box diagram of the quad looks. There are four shades in each look and there are three looks in all. 

This is the first quad in the palette. It has two very light shades in it, Rome which is matte white and Paris which is a pearl white shimmer. Shanghai is a matte light beige and Moscow which is a dark shade that is nice in texture and pigmentation.
In this second set it is slightly darker than the first set. Tokyo is a matte white in this quad. London has a pearl shift from white to a very light gray. Athens is a sheer gray shimmer for a perfect transition to Dublin which is a slate gray that is incredible texture and not chalky at all. 
This the last quad in the palette. This is my favorite one because it has glam written all over it. Amsterdam is a shimmery white base shade. New York is a gold shimmer that has a great texture. Madrid is a honey beige shade that swatches wonderfully despite that evil brush. Toronto, is a chocolate brown matte that is also very buttery and pigmented. I’m completely blown away.

This palette was such a sleeper for me but I understand why so many people were raving about it. The shades are very buttery and soft. Not so soft that they crumble. They all blend great together. The pigmentation is definitely there. Just please use another brush. Xo

Juvia’s Place The Masquerade Mini Palette Eyeshadow Swatches!

Hi friends! Today I decided to show a palette that has a bunch of colors in it. The Masquerade Mini by Juvia’s Place. The Masquerade Mini retails for $28 while the larger palette is $35. The pans are a pretty decent size in the mini and are larger is the larger palette. There are also 16 shades in each.

Here is the front of the box the palette comes in. The design on the box matches the palette, even down to the hot pink color.
The back of the box has all the information about the palette printed on it. The palette itself is blank. The box has a tiny paragraph about the palette, company location, and ingredients. This is also cruelty-free!
Here is the inside of the palette. You can totally see that you get a lot for the money in this beauty. The pan size is pretty decent and very versatile. There is no mirror but it carries the front graphic into the palette.

For the swatches, I did them by row so there will be four rows with four shades in each! 🙂

Here is the top row! It has four jewel shades. They swatch great and when you apply these, it works better to pat them on the lid. Chi is a dark jewel purple shade. Mali is a jeweled green shade that looks frosty. Dalia is a beautiful bright blue that is shimmery. Zola is a baby blue that is frosted and also a jewel shade.
This row is all about pink tones. I love it. Makeda is a shimmery dark purple that isn’t frosted so it is more subtle. Zobo is a matte pink that is nicely pigmented. Calabar is a shimmery pumpkin shade that has tons of sparkle and pigment in it. The last shade, Bori, is the hottest pink alive with silver sparkle reflects in it. 
The third row has a bunch of warm tones in it. Giza is a shimmery light shade that would look lovely in the inner corner of the eye or brow bone. Burkina is a khaki shade that is matte and a good crease or transition shade. Cairo is a bright orange that has sparkle in it. Ada is a matte brick red with orange undertones. It is very pigmented and lovely.

The last row is full of pretty brown shades and shimmer. Dahia is a gorgeous light beige with sparkle. It is very buttery and bendable. Zulu is a burnt orange matte shade. Casablanca is a pretty copper shade that has tons of sparkle in it. And Fulani is a middle brown matte shade that blends out and is a great crease shade.

 There is a new eyeshadow palette coming out soon this month! I’ve heard the 26th! That one is geared towards night and day looks! Xo

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette Swatches!

Here’s a pretty popular eyeshadow palette that is made for every body. The Modern Renaissance palette is a permanent fixture in Anastasia Beverly Hills’s line. It has a bunch of warm tones and you can make so many looks with it. This beauty retails around $42. This palette is heavily duplicated so be careful when buying one for less than retail price! I’ll be showing you all some things so you know a real versus a fake!

Here is the front of the palette. I was so excited to open this because the palette is fuzzy. The Anastasia logo is a rose gold metallic print. Make sure that your palette is fuzzy and the logo is shimmery.
Here is the back of the palette. There is a Cruelty-free bunny on the back. Remember to check out decal placement on the back. There are ingredient lists, a stamped serial number and a quick description of the palette.
Here’s the inside of the palette. There is a mirror in the palette. The magnets that close the palette should be sealed under the casing. The ribbon under the brush should be straight and not to the side. The shade names should be spelled correctly and in the order seen above. Also look for pigment changes. The fakes tend to be lighter in the pan.
This brush comes with the palette. It is a dual sided brush that has the logo and writing on the brush. The fake has very stiff bristles and there’s no Anastasia logo. I also did the brush swatches with this brush today.

I did the swatches in groups of five shades because I’m coming to find out that less is more. There will be three pictures with five in two pictures and four shades in one photo.

Here is the first group. Note how pigmented they are. This first group has a lot of base and brow bone shades. Buon Fresco is a nice pink greige that is matte and blends very well. Antique bronze is a very soft bronze that has a gold shimmer to it.
Here’s the second set four of these shades are matte and there is one shimmer shadow. Love Letter is a pretty berry pink that is a bit stiff in texture than the others. Cyprus Umber is a very nice dark brown that is matte and has a decent texture. Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange are mattes that would be great base or crease shades. Primavera is a very buttery sparkle shade.
Here are the last four. These are all matte shades. Red Ochre and Venetian Red are very nice warm tones that are firm and a bit chalky but blend great! Warm Taupe is a great transition shade and Realgar is a bright orange that is really pigmented.

There are more palettes out there like this. I will say that the pigmentation and blendability in this palette are great and I can’t complain too much about this. Please remember how to buy authentic items and don’t get swindled!

Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Palette Swatches! 

Hi loves! It’s a beautiful day outside and I decided to blog early so there’s time to enjoy the sunshine! A good palette to emphasize on color today would be this limited edition Tarte palette! This palette was released earlier this year. This palette retails for $40 and has ten eyeshadows and one highlighter included. 

Here’s the front of the palette. It is a sturdy plastic and is a circle. Think of a bigger compact. It has a pretty jewel design on the top.
Here’s the back of the palette. There isn’t much information there just the palette name, serial number, weight, and company location. 
Here’s the inside of the palette. The shadows are set up around the highlighter. There is one matte shade to use as a base and the rest are shimmer and sparkle shades. There is a pretty nice mirror in this palette.
Here’s a more stylized picture of the shadows and highlighter. I put it on Instagram to show texture and sparkle.

I did five swatches at a time so there will be two groups and then a swatch of the highlighter.

Here are the first five shadows. Myth is a pretty matte pinky greige shade. Magic is a coppery metallic shade. Wings is a metallic orange. Marvel is a silver sparkle. Trance is a dark lavender with some sparkle in it. Some of these shades are pretty stiff but still blendable with a brush. 
These are the next five. These shadows are more pigmented with a pearl like quality. Fairy is a dark purple with a sparkle shift. Mystic is a gray shade with a sparkle shift. Dream is a pretty blue green with a subtle shift. Crystal is a very muted pink purple with a gold shift. Pixie is a light pink with gold shift. It reminds me of Sugarpill’s Trinket liquid lipstick.
Here’s swatches of the highlighter located in the middle of the pan. It packs a punch when swatched with a finger. I wish it was more visible when brushed but if you’re looking for a subtle shimmer, this is a good choice.

There is a lot more to this set. There’s brushes, liquid lipsticks, mascara, and dipliner. If you love fun limited-edition makeup, snag this adorable palette for the ultimate glitter and shimmer looks.

Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveler Eyeshadow Palette Swatches!

Hi everybody! I decided to swatch another Anastasia Beverly Hills palette today! This one was released in 2015 and was $30. There are twelve shadows included in it. Five shades are on their permanent line so if you don’t have many eyeshadows by them, this would be a good start. I like the design of this palette and then when I show you all the swatches, we’ll discuss the shades and textures.

Here is the front of the palette. It has a very nice design.
Here’s the back of the palette. It has an ingredient list of every shade, the cruelty-free bunny, a serial number and a tiny blurb about the collection.
Here’s the inside of the palette. You can see that this one is almost the same layout as the Self Made Palette. There is a bunch of neutrals with pops of shimmery color. There is a mirror and a dual-sided brush.

Up next are the swatches. I did them by row since there were only six shades in each row. 

Here is the first row of shades. Soft Peach is a very matte light peach shade. It is hard to see and a bit powdery. Morocco is a brick red matte shade the swatches worked out pretty well but this was powdery as well. Heirloom is a very dark purple with pink and purple sparkle in it. This was hard to swatch on the brush as it is also very powdery and loses a lot of the pigmentation. Bellini is a pretty golden peach shimmer shade. I like to use this one with darker colors or by itself. Pink Champagne was also in the Self Made Palette. This pretty grayish pink shimmer is nice for an eyelid shade. Chic is a sparkle shade that honestly is more sparkle than pigment which makes me sad.
Here is the second row. The colors are a bit bolder and more pigmented on this row. Spoiled is a peachy light brown shade that is very firm compared to the buttery shades in this palette. It shows up better than Soft Peach. Fudge is a dark brown with red tones in it. This color performed well on both swatch techniques and didn’t give as much trouble as the other mattes in this palette. Azure is a navy blue that has a metallic look to it. I wish it swatched better with the brush but it didn’t perform too badly. Intense Gaze is my favorite shade in this palette. It is a metallic coral shade that swatched well and is very pigmented. Metallic is a very nice metallic gold that is made bolder with a yellow hue in it. It swatched very nicely. Noir is a matte black that is almost perfect with texture (not powdery, very pigmented) until you attempt to blend it out.

I wish I could have liked this palette more. I didn’t hate it, I don’t love it, it’s just a between meh. The mattes could have performed better. I loved the metallic shades. I’m not going to lie to you and pretend to like products that I had difficulty swatching or using. You deserve the honest truth.