I'm excited to bring you a review of the Mally Beauty "Easy on the Eyes" Today's Special Value... on the day that it's being featured on QVC! :) Click here to see the product on QVC's website. The entire kit is $49.98. I know it's more helpful to have reviews when the product is actually on sale, as opposed to later when the deal may not be as good or the product is sold out. So thanks to the Mally team for sending me this to try out and share! (As with all of my reviews, I received no monetary compensation for posting this- Mally/Mally Beauty has never paid me, and these are my own, honest opinions.) The kit contains an eyeshadow palette, three eyeliners, a mascara, an under-eye brightener, a double-ended brush, a sharpener, and an instruction booklet. There is a choice when it comes to the palettes...
You can choose between the "I Love Color" palette or "In the Buff Vol. 2" palette. I was sent "In the Buff Vol. 2", so that's the one I'll be elaborating on in this post. Hopefully you can catch one of the presentations on QVC for a better look at the "I Love Color" kit! I know I'll be checking that one out, and likely ordering it myself! :) As far as "In the Buff Vol. 2", you might recall the original "In the Buff" palette that came out last year-- I'll address the similarities and differences in this post.
You'll receive the kit in a sleek box that also includes a booklet. Having made countless Mally purchases... I've noticed that all of them come with a little guide. However this booklet is pretty much the mother of all instruction booklets. It's 60 PAGES LONG. Along with the basic info about the kit and tips for the various products, there are 10 step-by-step looks with face charts for each of the palettes! I'm impressed by the effort that took... making this kit basically a "paint by number" set- so easy! The different looks for each palette include: daytime, professional/work, diva/dramatic, evening/date night, polished, weekend simple, all night party, big eyed beauty, classic smokey eye, and neutral.
Here's what it looks like when you open it up- palette on the left, and under eye brightener, mascara, 3 liners, and a sharpener on the right.
The eyeliners in this kit are the Evercolor Starlight Waterproof liners. The shades are Dusky Plum (a shimmery mauve/plum), Dark Chocolate (a deep bronzy/brown), and Midnight (black), and they're all full-size. I know I talk about the Evercolor Automatic Waterproof liners a lot. These have the same great staying power, and are perhaps a little bit creamier than the automatic kind. While I'm partial to automatic liners, I must say, I own plenty of the Starlight liners and they perform wonderfully. I don't feel like these last as long in my waterline as the Automatic kind- but they still get me through a good chunk of the day. As with a lot of the long wearing liners on the market, these go on smooth and you have a little time to smudge them out if you want. But after about 30 seconds or so, they will set and not budge (on the skin). I like the color selection included-- I see myself using Midnight on the upper lashline, with Dusky Plum or Dark Chocolate on the lower lashline for that "big eye" effect.
Yay for a full size of Mally Volumizing Mascara!! This is one of my very favorite mascaras across the board. In this picture I'm showing you the one I've been using for the past couple of months (why open the fresh one?) With this mascara you can expect the blackest black lashes. I notice a lot of length and volume thanks to a formula that's not too wet and goopy. My sparse lashes don't perform well with wet formulas, however this kind really allows me to build multiple coats for added length and thickness. Also- your lashes never get dry and brittle with this mascara- they'll remain flexible and not too weighed down, which I like. A couple weeks after you first use this mascara- it'll get even better. Yes, my mom and I have had phone discussions about that! Both my mom and my sister are fans of Mally Volumizing Mascara :)
The kit also contains the Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener. I remember first purchasing this product in a little pot (that's the way it was first being sold- referred to as "sunshine in a jar"), then I got it as part of a recent TSV. It's back again in this kit, and the click up form (twist the bottom & product comes up through the brush tip) makes it pretty handy for on-the-go use. And that's one of the ways Mally recommends to use this... as a way to revive your under-eye later in the day- I think it's highly effective for that purpose. The product is very yellow in tone (by design), and a rather thin consistency. For me- this is not a coverage product... it does not single-handedly cover up dark circles. However it is nice to use after concealing to provide added brightness... and the fact that it's so thin makes layering an option. If you've tried MAC's Prep+Prime in Light Boost-- this is more yellow toned than that... this brightens by nature of the yellow color color-correcting- not simply for being light (hope that makes sense).
Now the star of the show- the eyeshadow palette! Again, this is In the Buff Volume 2- it includes an eyeshadow base (at the far left), 11 eyeshadows, and a double-ended brush (a fluffy blending brush and a smaller crease/smudge brush). There are 3 matte shades in this palette, one sparkly shade, and the rest have sort of a shimmery/metallic finish. I've tried a lot of Mally eyeshadows, and they are fantastic quality. They're richly pigmented, not overly flaky, easy to blend, and I think you'll find that they perform just as well as Urban Decay shadows, for example. If you're asking me whether or not you should get this kit, it's not a question of whether these are good shadows (they're great!), it's a question of whether you feel these shades are different enough from what's already in your collection.
From left to right: French Vanilla, Whipped Cream, Blonde, Toasted Sugar, Brownstone, Egyptian Gold, Shimmering Taupe, Oak, Mocha, Metal, and Coffee Bean. All of the shadows are swatched on top of the eyeshadow base. Mally also suggests in the booklet that you could apply these wet for even greater impact... although I feel like they pop pretty well as-is! The mauve tones in Toasted Sugar and Brownstone are GORGEOUS. Metal is a really unique shade too- it almost had a green-ish look in person, which was cool. And Coffee Bean is very similar to MAC's Beauty Marked. One tip for the eyeshadow base-- it works great to intensify these shadows, but make sure you don't apply too much to your lids or you will have creasing. Less is more with that product & it'll perform great with just a small dab applied to the eye.
I opted for a natural/matte look today- I first used the eyeshadow base from lid to brow, then I applied French Vanilla all over the lid. I lightly dusted Blonde (a great neutral brown) in the crease, and then I intensified the outer "V" with Mocha. I blended over that with more of Blonde to soften the edges, and finished with French Vanilla under the brow. I smudged a little bit of Mocha on the lower lashline as well. I used Midnight eyeliner on my upper lashline, and topped it off with two coats of Mally Volumizing Mascara. I also used my Mally Heated Lash Curler (not included in the kit)- which gives my straight lashes a great deal of lift and lasting curl- as you can see in the bottom pic in the collage... no falsies, folks! :) I brightened my waterline with Tarte EmphasEyes inner rim brightener, and on the lips I'm wearing the Gerbera Daisy gloss from Mally- click here to see my post on the Mally Evercolor Lip Lacquer trio.
In the Buff Volume 1 & Volume 2 Comparison
For those of you who already have the original In the Buff palette, I thought it might be helpful for me to compare it to the new one. I don't want to confuse anyone-- In the Buff 1 (pictured on top) is not an option with this particular TSV kit- I just wanted to provide some extra info since I own both. At a glance, they're both neutral palettes with the same packaging, same shadow base, and same double-ended brush. Both have great quality eyeshadows. In a video on multiple palettes back in October, I talked about how the original In the Buff palette is basically going to give you a brown/bronze eye look- and isn't as versatile as the Urban Decay Naked palette. So is In the Buff 2 more versatile than In The Buff 1? I say yes. You can get a totally matte eye like the one I showed, you can get a rosy/mauve look, golden bronze, and there's some added interest with the greenish/bluish/charcoal shade called Metal.
However, you aren't getting a palette full of entirely new shades. If you don't own In the Buff 1, that probably doesn't matter to you. But I'm sharing this for the benefit of those who do have it, and are trying to decide if they need In the Buff 2. There are four shades that overlap. The top picture is In the Buff 1, the bottom is In the Buff 2. Referring to the top pic arrows left to right-- Shimmering Taupe, Brownstone, Oak, and Egyptian Gold all appear in volume 2 as well. Do I mind? Kind of, because I'd like a totally fresh, new palette. However- are the shades worth including in a second palette? I must admit- they are great shades and they probably do enhance the overall quality of the kit. Like the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette, In the Buff 2 is very versatile, but it does contain its own unique shades (not just a bunch of Naked dupes).
Final Thoughts: OMG this is a long post! Seriously though, Mally knows eye makeup. Her liners and Volumizing mascara have won multiple Emily Awards, and rightfully so. Her eyeshadows are wonderful quality as well- as I've seen over the years from trying her Perfect Palettes, and now these. I think you're getting a LOT for your money in this kit-- 3 liners, a mascara, eye brightener, a palette, a brush, a sharpener (can't forget that little sharpener, haha!) and a freakin' 60 page book? It's a great deal. But I don't think we should get things simply because they're a good deal-- look at your own collection and see if this is something you need or want. To some people, neutral shadows are neutral shadows- no need for a bunch of different palettes. To others (myself included), it's fun to have a range of all sorts of neutral shadows (you like something, you want more! lol). Bottom line- Bravo, Mally! This is a great kit. I've rambled enough! If you've made it this far, thank you. For more information, check your listings for Mally's shows throughout the day on Friday, July 5th on QVC.
- I have been typing for over two hours!
- Family is visiting tomorrow/throughout the weekend! We're having a potluck-style meal- I'm getting some pulled pork from the amazing 17th St. Barbecue, and made pasta salad, poolside dip, and cupcake puppy chow (I may expand on this is another post). Mom is bringing baked beans and coleslaw, and Pup is bringing a 3 layer cake!
- Thanks to everyone who joined Tyler and I for Beauty Broadcast LIVE PJ PARTY edition last night! We had so much fun & hope you did too!!
- Hope everyone has a wonderful and SAFE weekend. It's a big travel weekend so don't forget to check your blind spots, don't drink and drive, and don't text and drive for crying out loud! :) Love you! XOXO