Thanks for stopping by my blog! In this post I wanted to share my thoughts on Sigma Beauty's latest launch- the limited edition Creme de Couture collection which was sent to me for review. It consists of a 16-shade eyeshadow palette and 3 powder blushes... and it's all inspired by french macarons! The packaging really couldn't be cuter. I love the pastel colors and the ultra-feminine look of everything. It's sort of a cardboard style packaging, and the lids just lift off. It's all very slim and there's not a lot of excess bulk, which is nice. And just so you know, the shadow palette itself is $32, the blushes are $12 each, and the whole collection is $55 ($78 value) at SigmaBeauty.com.
An interesting aspect of this collection is that the eyeshadow palette is entirely matte and so are the blushes! No shimmer here. You're getting a pastel pink blush, a deep coral, and a lavender.
Blushes from left to right: Strawberry Ambrosia, Cherry Apple, and Blackberry Essence. (These swatches are much more concentrated than the way you would apply them on the cheeks). While all of the blushes look adorable, and they're all very smooth and pigmented... there's only one that I really like the looks of on my skin and that's Cherry Apple. It's a very flattering color, and I love the color payoff- you don't have to use a lot to get the look that you want. Strawberry Ambrosia just seems a little to light for me- I prefer blushes to have a bit more color. Maybe people with super fair skin would like that color more? Blackberry Essence kind of confuses me... I've never really had a desire to use a blush with purple tones and I just don't think it does anything for my overall complexion. Have you used a lilac blush before? Do you have any tricks for making it look its best?
Now here's the shadow palette! I am extremely impressed! These are so buttery smooth and the whole palette is very consistent. I haven't noticed a "dud" shade or one that doesn't go on as well as the others. Sometimes brands seem to be able to pull off deeper matte tones, while the lighter mattes are chalky and dry. However in this collection- even the lightest shades (the pastel pink, lilac, and yellow) come off just a smooth and rich as the darker and brighter colors. These aren't super dry and flaky either... I don't notice tons of fallout when I dip my brush into the colors. When I first opened up the palette, I was kind of bummed that there wasn't a light creamy shade to use as a highlight... however I've found that a sheer wash of the light pink works quite well under the brow without looking TOO pink. Here are some swatches! (no primer used underneath).
(These correspond with the top 2 rows of the palette)
Top row: Redberry Rose, Apricot Flower, Passion Fruit, and Cherry Blossom.
Second row: Meyer Lemon, Ginger Pumpkin, Cafe au Lait, and Blueberry Cream.
(These correspond with the bottom 2 rows of the palette)
Top row: Violet Whip, Lavender Honey, Cassis, and Elderberry.
Second row: Blue Chocolat, Almond Pear, Creme de Menthe, and Citron Pistachio.
My favorite shades are Redberry Rose (hot pink-- so bold!), Passion Fruit (gorgeous mauve/pink- great for blending out other colors), Cafe au Lait (a classic brown- fun to pair with some of the brighter shades), Lavender Honey (pastel yet bright- so beautiful), and Almond Pear (great mint green- I don't have many shadows in this color).
In my "Art of Makeup" video (which was a collaboration with my sister who painted my finished look), I used the purples and pinks to create a look that was light, yet colorful. Sometimes matte shadows seem to cling to one spot when you put them on the eyes and they don't give a nice clean blend, however I found these shadows to blend beautifully on top of one another. To see exactly how they perform, check out the video! :)
Overall, my favorite part of the Creme de Couture collection is the eyeshadow palette. I really can't pick apart the textures of those shadows, and it definitely inspires me to work more color into my eyeshadow looks! And I think $32 is a very reasonable price for a palette of that size. If you don't like using colorful shadows or know you wouldn't get good out of them, perhaps this collection isn't your cup of tea. As for the blushes, as I said, I really like Cherry Apple but don't see the others as must haves. You can check out these products and more at SigmaBeauty.com, and if you decide to order, don't forget the September coupon code to save 10%! That code is LJW2013. Thanks for checking out my post! :)
- The eye irritation that I mentioned yesterday has totally died down. Thank goodness!
- I shot 2 new videos today! I'll be sharing one of them tomorrow on my Beauty Broadcast channel! :)
- Cupcake is napping on a towel in the bathroom. By the way, her new thing is getting in the bathtub, hoping for Tyler or I to turn on a stream of water so she can watch it. Too funny!
- Time to do some chores... have a good afternoon!