Hope you're having a great day! I thought I'd share my thoughts on a palette I've been playing with for the past few weeks. It's the Sigma Resort Palette, and costs $42 on Sigma's website. (FYI: I am a Sigma affiliate and this was sent to me for review). It contains eight eyeshadows, a blush, a liquid/creamy highlight, and a double-ended eyeliner. Considering everything contained in this palette, I feel it's pretty compact in size. It feels very sturdy, has a magnetic closure, and also has a large mirror, making it great for travel.
Something I enjoy about Sigma's recent palettes is that there are usually products in them (in this palette it's the liner and highlight) that can be lifted out and conveniently taken with you in a purse or makeup bag and used alongside other products. It just makes the whole product a bit more user-friendly.
Eyeshadow swatches from left to right: Muse, Fawn, Luna, Topaz, Papaya, Moonbeam, Neela, and Midori.
When I first opened this palette, I was really excited to see the variety of eyeshadow shades and finishes. As you can see, there's a mix of shimmer, metallic, sparkly, and matte shades. There are countless ways you could combine these colors and create completely different looks! It might be fun for me to just use this for a week and do a series of different looks. I like that the first four shades are more neutral, and the other four are bright. The only shade that didn't turn out quite as bright as expected for me was Moonbeam. It comes off as sort of a soft purple on the eyes, but as with any shadow, you'll notice more color payoff when using a base, and the color can be built up by layering on a bit more product. I think Fawn is gorgeous and actually can kind of transform and soften the brighter shades when layered on top. Neela is extremely rich, and I also love Papaya- which could easily double as a blush. It has the slightest bit of golden shimmer and really comes of nicely. Last week I did a look combining Moonbeam and Papaya and I LOVED the way the lilac and peach looked together! Today was my first day using Topaz- a matte terra cotta color- and I realized how much I like that shade too! Overall- a great amount of variety with these shadows. The one thing I would've liked to have in this palette is a deep brown or black shadow. Muse is darker, but not incredibly deep, and I do like to have a very dark powder shadow that can double as eyeliner or blend out the eyeliner that was applied.
The double-ended liner in this palette contains the shades Daydream (bright turquoise) and Earth Goddess (rich brown). Both go on extremely easily and have such a creamy texture. As a result, the colors really pop. The ease with which they go on means they could also work great as a cream base all over the lid for shadows. The one downside is that these don't have the same hardcore staying power as some of the other eyeliners on the market today. They don't set to a completely smudge-proof state, however as long as I set these with a powder, they will last all day for me. I'm not sure if people with oily lids or a tendency to tear up would have the same experience, so that's something to be aware of.
Yay for more "bonus" products in a the palette! :) The matte, salmon-colored blush is called Heavenly, and the Liquid Highlighter is in the shade Luminesce. Very, very pleased with how pigmented this blush is, and you'll find that a little goes a long way. I feel like it has nice staying power too! The highlight (shown here not completely blended out, but in a more concentrated swatch), has a wand applicator with a brush tip, and gives the skin a golden sheen. In today's look, I wore it on the cupid's bow and under the brow, but it could also be great around the tear ducts or on your cheekbones. You could also mix a bit of this with your moisturizer, tinted moisturizer, or body lotion for a glowy, dewy look. So it's a very multi-purpose product, and it reminds me a lot of Benefit's Sun Beam. It has a very similar consistency and finish.
So here's what I did for my look! I used Papaya all over the lid, Topaz in the crease, and then blended just above the crease with more Papaya. Under the brow I used the cream highlight along with a little bit of Luna. I used some Luna around the inner corner of my eye also. I lined my upper lashline and waterline with the Earth Goddess side of the liner pencil, and then went under the eye with the Daydream side of the pencil, creating a small wing on the outside. I topped that Neela shadow, and topped the brown liner with a bit of Muse. I'm also wearing the Heavenly blush. I really like the way the coral tones look alongside the turquoise colors, and I actually ran into so many lovely ladies at IMATS over the weekend who were rocking a very similar look to this! A great way to usher in Spring with your makeup. As far as other key products- I'm wearing Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume mascara, and Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya (a new find at Target!).
Final thoughts: I love palettes that offer a lot of versatility. Even though I have drawers of eyeshadows, if I'm going to use one palette on a given day, I want it to contain everything I need. That's also really important for travel, when you don't want to take lots of different products. With four bright colors and some basic neutrals, you can get so many varied looks with one kit. I love it! As I said- the only additional thing I could have used is a very deep- almost black shade. I can't complain about the quality of the shadows- they are soft, pigmented, and don't have that "dry" feel that some shadows have. Therefore these blend very easily. The quality of the blush and highlight is equally great, and while the liner is easy to apply, you may want to set it with a coordinating powder shadow to ensure better staying power. Overall, I think this kit will encourage me to play with color, which is always fun when Spring & Summer roll around. If you don't see yourself wearing bright, colorful shades, this palette might not be a worthwhile purchase for you. I hope this review was helpful! If you already have this palette, what are some of your favorite color combinations?
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