$4.99 Naked-ish Palettes
The "ish" is the key word of the title of this post.
Here's the story... there's a brand called Profusion that occasionally puts out little palettes in drugstores like Walgreens. Having purchased a few before- they tend to be kind of random and seem to have a somewhat "individual" design. These, however, are very similar in style and shade selection to one of the biggest eyeshadow crazes in recent memory, the Urban Decay Naked Palette. They're $4.99 each.
Here you can see the original Naked palette on top, along with the two Profusion palettes. It's easy to see where the inspiration came from. The center palette seems to be the most similar in shade selection to the Naked palette, and the bottom one appears to expand on the lighter shades in Naked. Unfortunately, the similarities end there. If you've ever tried Urban Decay shadows, you know that it's not only the colors of their shadows that make them special, but also their really easy to work with, rich texture. For the most part, that's what these palettes are lacking. Let's take a closer look...
Midnight Fever 10 Eyeshadow Palette by Profusion
As you can see, the palette contains 10 eyeshadows, as well as a black eyeliner pencil and a double-ended sponge-tip applicator. The shades range from a light champagne, all the way to black, and all of the colors contain varying amounts of shimmer... some have more of a satin appearance while others are metallic.
For me, the mark of good texture in a powder eyeshadow is one that feels practically creamy because the powder hangs together so well. The downfall with these is the flakiness. The more metallic shades weren't as dry/powdery/flaky, but the lightest shade and two charcoal shades (before the black) in this palette were the worst culprits. I'd also like to note that the brown (four shades in from the right) hardly shows up at all. I could barely see it on the finger I swatched with.
As I was playing with this palette over the weekend, I instagramed this pic (wanna follow me? I'm emilynoel83). I mentioned that while I've used better quality shadows, I wasn't totally disappointed in the finished look. The lighting isn't great in this pic, but I used the lightest shade on the inner part of the lid, the black in the outer corner, and buffed it out with the brown & sort of pink-ish shade in the kit. Overall, the colors can be worked with- it's just not near as easy as it is with high quality shadows to blend and avoid fallout. With this one, it also took awhile to build up the color to the level shown. Overall I give this palette a C-.
Bonus pic of me & Kalee! She visited that night! While I'm playing teacher and grading products,
I give the evening with Kalee an A+ :)
Sultry & Neutral 10 Eyeshadow Palette by Profusion
Once again, we have 10 eyeshadows along with a black pencil liner and a double-ended sponge-tip applicator. There are no really dark shades in this palette, just light and mid-toned shades. A few are matte, and a few are super-metallic. The colors are all pretty warm-toned.
As you can see- the metallics really stand out on this kit, and they're not too bad to work with! But those swatches really put the other colors to shame. It goes pretty much every other one with a non-existent shade, and then a metallic. I must say while a few of the matte colors didn't swatch so well, they were actually decent on my eyes.
For this look I used the lightest matte shade (3 shades from the left) on my lid, and the matte light brown (2 from the right) in my crease. I deepened up the outer corner with the dark golden/bronze shade (on the right end of the palette).
I really like the look, but once again, the texture of these shadows makes it a little tricky to achieve. This Sultry & Neutral kit had a lot of repetition with the lighter shades, and could've been about half the size featuring the colors that truly show up. For that reason, I give this palette a D+. I'm really enjoying the bright berry lips though! I blended Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in Lovesick (bright pink) and Crush (deep berry), then topped it off with L'oreal Color Rich leGloss in Raspberry Splash.
Bottom Line: For around $5 (or less) you can check out a handful of other drugstore brands like Wet n Wild, Maybelline, Cover Girl, or NYX (to name a few) and get these very same kind of neutrals in a higher quality formulation. They may not come in a 10-color kit that's shaped like the Urban Decay Naked palette, but they'll bring you a lot closer to the look you'd achieve with the UD shadows. While I kind of liked my finished look with both Profusion kits, it wasn't easy to get to that point. While many of the shadows in these Profusion palettes aren't so hot, I'm considering depotting the ones I like when I start crafting more Zpalettes full of shadows! :)
- Let's see... what happened so far today... shot a couple of videos, edited one, did a conference call, got groceries, did the dishes and now posting this blog. Uploading a video too.
- Add going to the bathroom a lot to that list. Sorry to overshare, but I'm back to drinking more water, so I feel like I'm always visiting the bathroom. LOL
- Next I need to re-do my nails... you guessed it- Mally 24/7 Gel Nail kit, here I come!
- Does anyone else like to put off present wrapping until you're all done shopping? If I wrap them up sooner, I forget what I got!