Hey everyone! As you might know, I'm a big fan of Mally makeup! She's a big time celebrity makeup artist (with clients such as Jennifer Lopez!) and she has a great makeup line. If she has a Today's Special Value on QVC, I'm usually all over it! :) But recently I saw a video from itsjudytime on YouTube about a palette she purchased, and it's exclusive to the Mally Beauty website. It looked like a great palette for travel, or just easy everyday use because it has most of your color products all in one kit! So I decided to get it! At $65, it's not a cheap palette- but having used it for a couple of weeks now... I can vouch for how high quality it is! :)
Everything comes in the most adorable little roll-up bag- it's the size of a clutch. It's really the type of thing you'd like to take out and show off- pink, metallic, and so cute!
When you open it up, there's a large pocket that holds the palette, and several elastic holders for 3 brushes and a lip gloss. It rolls up and snaps shut, so everything is secure.
I have tried some other Mally brushes, like those that come with the duo cream/powder blushes, but these seem even higher quality- they have a nice weight to them. The blush brush is decent (probably not my favorite blush brush ever... it's slightly small), the crease brush is pretty standard, but the small smudger/liner brush is PERFECT! It's nice & stiff and is just right for getting a soft liner look. You also get a full-sized lip gloss in Blossom... I am nuts about this gloss! It's a nice opaque, light pink with some metallic shimmer that really makes the face pop! Anyone who enjoys a light pink lip will LOVE this particular shade. It has the built-in brush applicator, which I think is really easy to use.
Center- eyeshadows: Browlighter & Natural (top)
Shimmering Taupe & Mally's Glow Eyeshadow (middle)
Broadway Bronze & Nolita Navy (bottom)
Right side- Eyeshadow base (top)
Luminous cream highlight (bottom)
Now what you've all been waiting for... the palette! It comes with 2 blushes, 6 eyeshadows, an eyeshadow base, and a cream highlight. I've already tried several of Mally's cream & powder blushes and I've been very impressed... these powder blushes are no exception. Mally's Glow is my favorite!! What a fantastic not too bright/not too light classic pink! Then on the right side- I love how there's actually a little lid that opens up to keep those cream products from getting any shadow fallout on them! I must say- I had some creasing with the eye primer (only used it once)... I plan to try that again and use less to see if it makes a difference. However I do love using the cream highlight- it gives a believable glow just about anywhere... cheekbones, cupid's bow, browbone, tear duct, etc. As for the eyeshadows- check out these swatches...
Love the shadows! The highlight shades (at the top) are nice, but not incredibly unique. The mid-tone and deep shadows really take the cake. I'm really, really enjoying the taupe & bronze shades in the middle! If you ever want to get away with using just one eyeshadow for your whole look- either of those colors are PERFECT! The shimmer in those shades catches the light on the lids, but also builds a contour in the crease- so cool! Both of those colors are somewhat metallic. All of the shades have some degree of shimmer- but those have the most. The bottom shades are great for smokey eyes... I like having a deep charcoal in just about any palette I use, but I find I've actually been using the navy blue the most! :) Just gorgeous.
Overall opinion: I am so glad I picked up this kit! I think it would make an awesome gift, because the colors are so universal. If you feel overwhelmed by palettes that have a hundred colors in them, I think you'll feel very comfortable with this! You can achieve a natural look... or a dramatic look and there's also a little pamphlet to give you some ideas. Let me know if you'd like to see a tutorial with this palette! :)
- Speaking of nuggets- I got chicken nuggets from McDonald's today. Not the healthiest option... but it's ok once in a while, right?
- In good health news- I'm drinking more water!
- Cupcake is strutting around the house like a diva after everyone's kind comments on her recent video! Partying Partying MEOW!
- It's muggy out today... a storm is brewing for later tonight.
- Yesterday at work I did a story on sewer grates... people are stealing them & selling them as scrap metal! Not a glamorous news day.