Anti-Haul: Holiday Edition

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sephora VIB Sale is less than a week away. Hold your purses tight, fill up your cart, and shop to your heart's content or until your bank balance shows "Min Balance Available". As much as I love makeup, there are times, I paste a deep frown on my face when a see a particular release. This festive season, I am not going to spend my hard earned quid on the following products:

Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe l $49

This adorable set comes with 18 eyeshadows, two blushes, a bronzer, and a mascara. It comes as three separate mini palettes that smell like peppermint mocha, eggnog latte, and gingerbread coffee. I love the concept, the presentation is to die for; you open up the Grande Hotel Cafe door to reveal the three mini palettes stacked inside. The issue here is the colors in the individual palettes. These are colors that won't work on a tan skin girl like me. I can see white pigments and not enough depth for each of the shadows to work. The blushes, again the same issue, it may work beautifully well on fair to medium skin, but on me, even a 100 layer challenge won't do the job! If you are  a makeup collector, by all means, go ahead and purchase the product for the cute packaging, I for one, don't see a point in spending 50 dollars just on the packaging.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit l $45

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The Ultimate Glow Kit contains 6 warm highlighters housed inside a cardboard packaging. Fascination with "kits" continue; As a regular makeup consumer, how fast do you go through your highlighters? and does all the shades in a "kit" work for you? My answer is a big fat NO! I already own ABH That Glow kit that I will be handing over to my grandkids. I don't think that I should invest in another "kit" that I will never go through. If you are a makeup artist, you would be able to put good use while working on clients with  different skin tones. Also, two major pain points that I have heard while obsessively watching YouTube reviews on this are:

1. The kit is very warm and suitable for medium to dark skin tone only.
2. The kit is not like the That Glow kit, which has more subtle, wet sheen-like finish, this kit here is more sparkly and glittery, not a cute highlighted look if you have textured skin.

Urban Decay Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette l $35


This palette contains 12 lipstick shades housed in a gorgeous rose gold packaging. Lipsticks in a palette form? again the same reasoning as the "kits", I am no makeup artist, and I love my lipsticks in a tube, easy to just throw in the purse. Out of the 12 colors, I can see myself wearing just 6 colors. Crazy green, neon, sparkly lips, well, my family would disown me if I ever attempt a green lip! Adding to the woes is the packaging, cream products in a palette format is never a good idea, there are chances on intermixing and hassle of using a lip brush (comes with the palette). I believe some of the shades in here can be purchased individually in a bullet form.

HudaBeauty Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Gold l $65

When the palette was first revealed on Instagram, I wanted it so badly. The "Textured" eyeshadow shades were calling out to me. The launch coincided with ABH Mario Platte and on a second thought, I purchased the later owing to the colors and the quality of ABH shadows. Stephanie Nicoles's review solidified my decision, she didn't have many great things to talk about the palette. The cost, 65 dollars for a palette was also a major turn off.

Kat Von D Metal Matte  Palette l $60


The Matte-Metal palette houses 13 rich mattes and 9 metal crush shadows and is taking the beauty community by storm. The only reason why this palette made a cut here is that the colors are not my domain. I remember buying beautiful jewel toned colored shadows from Inglot back when my makeup obsession started. In a year, I realized that purples and greens are not my daily colors. It's easier to pull off a crazy neutral eye look than a simple colored look. The basic fun colors that I would require (if needed), I have as part of my existing neutral palettes and makeup geek eyeshadows. Also, I will never go through 75 gm of product in a lifetime.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light l $80

This "limited edition" holiday palette houses 2 blushes, 2 bronzers, and a highlighter in a limited edition all marble packaging. The major con is the quids man, 80 dollars??? I would rather buy a travel size product of my favorite ambient powder $22 dollars that I would get good use of. The packaging looks bulky and not so travel-friendly. 

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