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10 Natasha Denona Mini Eyeshadow Palettes I’d Like to See

As I was testing the newest Natasha Denona Mini Eyeshadow Palette (in Nude) this week, I was struck by how much I would love to see the mini format in a slew of other color combinations. Those of us who tend to like variety or flit between palettes likely don’t need full-sized pans of eyeshadow, so the minis are a great way to enjoy a variety of color, finish, and so on at a much lower cost (compared to high-end brands single or palette price points, like ND’s $129 larger palettes!). I particularly liked the mix of finishes in the Nude palette with two mattes and three shimmers, as I felt like it gave me a lot of room to play. Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration (you can always recreate the color combo with existing shades you own!) from my 10 concept palettes below…

Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette
Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

Galaxy

Deliberately designed to be less cohesive than several of the others you’ll find described below, this is all about the kind colors and depths seen if you, quite literally, googled “galaxy” — pops of fuchsia and deep orange, violet, and more purple-leaning blue. I think the five shades work together but could see this complemented easily by shades likely already in one’s stash.

Colors I’d include: mid-tone, shimmery raspberry with subtle, cool undertones and a bright, metallic sheen; vivid, mid-tone orange tempered by slightly redder undertones and a matte finish; medium, golden peach with stronger, orange undertones and a metallic sheen; deep violet with flecks of blue, lavender, and pink paired with an intense, metallic finish; deeper, slightly subdued, cool purple with a matte finish.

For those who might own several past releases from the brand, I’ve also pulled the closest shades released (some of which can be purchased individually, many of which are exclusive to a palette) that might “dupe the vibe” if any existed (so not all shades are “duped”), which you can view here.

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Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?

01/06

Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?
Full Spectrum Matte Ambition Foundation
Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?
Full Spectrum All Day Idol Brightening Concealer
Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?
Full Spectrum Matte Ambition Powder Foundation
Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?
Full Spectrum Sculpt Expert Multiuse Cheek Palette
Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?
Full Spectrum So Saturated Shadow Palettes
Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?
Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Quads vs. CoverGirl Eyeshadow Quads
Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?
Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?
Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?
Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?
Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?
Full Spectrum by CoverGirl: Is this what a celebration of people of color looks like?

Over the weekend, I noticed a new brand pop up on Ulta called Full Spectrum, which is actually “Full Spectrum CoverGirl” when one looks at the packaging.  It’s categorized under brands as “Full Spectrum,” though, and it doesn’t show up as part of the “CoverGirl” brand category.  I was confused by it, since it seemed more like a sub-line geared towards brighter shades, except it also had base and complexion products, and was separated out as its own brand. This is how CoverGirl announced it to their fans on Instagram: The collection is designed to celebrate Women of Color. 20 different foundation shades! Along with brightening concealers, mattifying primer, eyeshadow palettes, eyeliners, lipsticks and more!”

How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often

01/05

How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often
Stay organized!
How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often
Consider organizing by functionality, like everyday essentials separated out.
How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often
Try challenging yourself to use a single palette for an extended period of time!
How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often
Wear a different lip color every day until you've worn every one you own!
How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often
Don't be afraid to break so-called makeup "rules" -- maybe you'll love the result, maybe you won't, but hopefully, you'll have fun either way!
How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often
How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often
How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often
How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often
How to Use Your Makeup Collection More Often

As new beauty products release at an ever increasing pace, sometimes it can get easy to forget what we have or favor new purchases over long-time favorites and other past purchases. Whether you have a streamlined set of products or everything but the kitchen sink, I think there’s a tip that just might help you get a little more enjoyment out of the makeup products you already have.  I’ve broken out my tips and tricks based on what might be the roadblock to using more of what you have already.  These are exercises in “shopping your stash” but look at reasons for doing so that go beyond saving money (or just not acquiring more products).

What is shopping your stash anyway?  Instead of purchasing something new and shiny, you turn to what you own to find something similar or a combination of products that can achieve a similar effect or look, and it also works for those who often find themselves wanting something new but are trying to reduce purchases.   It’s really about using what you have to satisfy your current needs or wants.

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How to Create New Shades with Makeup You Already Own

01/04

How to Create New Shades with Makeup You Already Own
Layering sparkling and duochrome shades | Look Details
How to Create New Shades with Makeup You Already Own
Using a shade as highlighter & lip color | Look Details
How to Create New Shades with Makeup You Already Own
A layered lip look to create a dimensional, metallic green lip color | Look Details
How to Create New Shades with Makeup You Already Own
Mixing blue and berry to create a purple for the outer edge | Look Details
How to Create New Shades with Makeup You Already Own
How to Create New Shades with Makeup You Already Own
How to Create New Shades with Makeup You Already Own
How to Create New Shades with Makeup You Already Own

Whether you have a manageable or overwhelming collection of beauty products, shopping your stash is a great method to rediscover old favorites, wear products in new ways, and get those creative juices flowing.  In what is likely going to end up being a series on how to “shop your stash,” I wanted to focus this post on how to create new shades by using products you already own by altering finishes, depths, undertones, and even changing up how you might think about where and how to use certain products.

What is shopping your stash anyway?  Instead of purchasing something new and shiny, you turn to what you own to find something similar or a combination of products that can achieve a similar effect or look, and it also works for those who often find themselves wanting something new but are trying to reduce purchases.   It’s really about using what you have to satisfy your current needs or wants.

Curate a Makeup Collection You Love with More Mindfulness


If you find yourself prone to purchasing on impulse or often feel like you purchase products that are well-reviewed, popular, or buzzed about but don’t actually find you love them like you feel you should, this list of tips might help you figure out how to better understand your own preferences and needs and purchasing behavior.  In particular, as we approach the end of the year, I imagine there are a few readers who will be looking to start low- or no-buys for 2019.  It seems like a lot of us are feeling oversaturated when it comes to beauty products, so it only makes sense that we’ll start to turn to what we already own and getting more out of those products.

Can we sustain the pace of beauty today?

As we’re heading into the end of 2018, the state of the online beauty community has really been on my mind, and a lot of it relates to the current product release cycle and the different parts that feed into the ever-growing beast that new products and launches has become. The question that keeps roiling around my brain is whether the current pace of beauty is sustainable for consumers (most importantly, to me), brands, and influencers.  Considering the pace of product releases, how many products get released, how they’re marketed, and how much faster they seem to be developed, I wonder if we’ll ever see a slow down or an adjustment to fine-tuning launches that look more curated.

I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts since August, when I read an article on WWD questioning whether “beauty’s sale mode [will] mimic apparel’s discounting spiral.” In many ways, I felt like the article touched on the different moving parts in beauty that drive it, and this is a high-level summary: the emergence of niche and fast beauty brands, rise of influencers, increased direct sales by brands and more retailers in the space, and increased competition between retailers. Established brands have had to respond to those elements in their own ways.

In the last few years, I’ve felt more pressure to “cut through” some of the hype that gets built by certain brands or products or launches. As a result, I’ve also been more and more cognizant of avoiding hyperbole like “you need this” in a way that I wasn’t a decade ago.  I’m increasingly aware of wealth inequality and just how deeply that impacts every aspect of someone’s life.  There are moments where I have felt like a cog in the hype machine, and over the years, I’ve found ways to counter-act that feeling. I try to be hyper-conscious of how I review and recommend products, how I respond to readers on if they “need” this or if it’s “worth” it, and create ways for readers to use Temptalia so they can make smarter, better, and more enjoyable purchases. I want someone who is on a no-buy to use the site as a resource as much as someone does when they’re looking for a review on a new product.

“There are signs we’re on the back side of a hyper consumption curve,” said [Stephanie] Wissink [Jefferies analyst]. “[The customer] needs a little bit more flirtation and incentive to engage at the same degree, and…she’s looking for beauty to be more affordable.” (WWD)

As much as we’ve seen an increase in popularity of luxury-priced brands like Natasha Denona and Pat McGrath, we have seen an emergence of many niche and indie brands that are more affordable, more filling the gap between mass and prestige.  They’re also being held more accountable for product flops; consumers are expecting and demanding high quality if they’re paying a high price. Brands like Coloured Raine are addressing gaps in the industry while entering a more mid-end price point and leveraging social media to grow their business.  ColourPop’s ability to develop and release quality products at an affordable price point at an insane rate has been disruptive for all brands. The landscape has changed significantly in the last few years, and it seems like new brands emerge all the time–I personally find it difficult to keep up with the newest Insta-famous brand, and I live and breathe beauty!