Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tarte Pure Delights Lipsurgence Lip Set for Holiday 2013

I love chubby sticks. They're so easy to apply, and they make me feel like I'm playing with crayons. 

The best part, though, of chubby sticks is the formula they have. Most of them have a very comfortable, weightless formula that's pleasant to wear.

Tarte Lipsurgences, I believe, are the first chubby sticks to hit the market. They're the first generation! I adore Tarte as a brand, and I believe that they have some great stuff, and this is definitely seen in their lipsurgences.

The Tarte Pure Delights set contains 8 mini-sized lipsurgences, of which 4 are matte shades, and 4 are glossy/shiny shades.

The shades are:

Matte lip tints:
  • Generous
  • Glee
  • Cheerful
  • Destined

Glossy lip tints:
  • Grateful
  • Lovely 
  • Believe
  • Enamored










They all have a minty smell and taste which isn't unpleasant - there's a little bit of tingling, so if you're allergic to smell or taste, you might want to test it out first.

The formula on these is lovely. Both the matte and glossy shades are a smooth, soft formula that glides onto your lips. The glossy shades are lightly moisturizing, while the matte shades are not; however the matte shades do not dry your lips out. I would recommend prepping lips before wear, just so that they sit easier and look better on lips.







The matte shades are definitely more pigmented than the glossy shades!

Cheerful is a pretty coral shade shade.
Glee is a pink watermelon shade. I love it!
Destined is a raspberry shade that has warm undertones.
Generous is a beige nude. This is the only shade I had to make work for me, it was a little too light.

Grateful is a nude shade that is very close to my skintone, however because it is sheer, it's very wearable.
Believe is a coral shade. I prefer this shade over the matte Cheerful, as it leans more orange than pink on me.
Lovely is a dusty rose. Gorgeous for a daily color!
Enamored is a cool red, but wearable for all skintones.

The lipsurgences last about 2-2.5 hours on me, and fade away evenly leaving a light tint (the intensity of the tint depends on the intensity of the color when first applied - darker colors leave deeper tints).



L-R: Grateful, Lovely, Believe, Enamored



L-R: Grateful, Lovely, Believe, Enamored


L-R: Generous, Glee, Cheerful, Destined


L-R: Generous, Glee, Cheerful, Destined

If you're new to Tarte and want to explore their products, or if you're new to lip products in general, this is a great set to start with. It has a variety of shades and finishes, ranging from lighter, everyday colors to deeper colors, with a formula that is easy to wear. 

Definitely something worth exploring this holiday!

BGMM Rating: A

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush

I have a confession to make - I'm not a huge fan of blush. Primarily because I just don't know how to apply it, but also because the large pores on my cheeks make for a very difficult and frustrating application process.

Still, I have always been fascinated by blush, because of how it looks on other women (who know how to wear it properly, unlike me). It makes them looks so cheerful, rosy-cheeked, and alive! I wanted to look like that too, but several drugstore blushes that I tried just never showed up on my skin, no matter how many layers I applied.


I first came across the Wet n Wild blushes when I read online that one of them was a very good dupe for Nars Orgasm. I was intrigued, so when I next went to Walgreens, I picked them up.


The ones I picked up were:

  • Pearlescent Pink
  • Mellow Wine
  • Heather Silk

Monday, November 11, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review

The frenzy when the Naked Basics palette came out was... interesting. A lot of people were effusive about the addition to the Naked line, while others bemoaned the limited selection of shades.

I was never particularly interested in the Naked Basics palette, because (1) it's an all matte palette and I wasn't particularly interested in mattes and (2) having read reviews about how its shade selections weren't flattering on duskier tones made me shy away.


What made me change my mind, then?


Well, for one I have been getting into mattes of late. I've finally figured out how well they can factor in a "no-makeup makeup" look. It's so easy to use a matte eyeshadow, some eyeliner and run out the door looking respectable!


Also, the hubby was getting it for me, so, why not, eh? *wink*


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Wet n Wild LE Beauty Army eyeshadow trios

I've beem MIA. And what's worse, I've been terrible at it. It first started out as a "okay, taking a break to catch up on stuff" and went to "meh, I need another break from the stuff" to "Oh God I've been away for so long I'm ashamed to go back".

But quitters aren't winners... or something like that.


I've been meaning to put this up for a while now, but, err, circumstances. Better late than never!


So, I'm a pretty big fan of Wet n Wild eye shadows. For a drugstore brand, they are insanely pigmented, and good quality. They are also easy to blend, and if you're not careful, easy to overdo.


I have, I think most of permanent trios and 8-pans that they have out, so when these came out, of course I had to snap them up.


The trios include:

  • Zero Dark Flirty
  • Soldier in Charms
  • Enlisting for Beauty
  • I don't do Camouflage

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Skincare routines - because every tree needs roots.

For years I've hated my skin. I have always hated the oil slick it becomes. I despised how I always looked shiny in most of my photos. I hated that I couldn't wear even eyeliner without it turning me into raccoon eyes even before half my day was over. 

As a child, I had great skin (don't we all?). Then puberty hit, and along with it came the acne. Like, terrible acne. I hated my face, but nothing seemed to work. I'd wash my face, use the toner and the creams the dermatologist prescribed, but they would dry out my face for a while, then it was back to the oiliness.


Everyone always told me to look at my oily skin as a blessing in disguise, because I wouldn't get wrinkles as early as the rest of the population. That's fine and dandy (and not entirely true - i have smile lines under my eyes, but that's another story) but I wanted good skin while growing up, and it didn't, and I was perpetually disappointed.


Once I hit 17-18 my acne calmed down (yay!) but I was left with another terrible problem. I have large pores on my cheeks. They are very visible, even from a distance away, and they have been the absolute bane of my life. I have always hated to have my picture taken because of how my pores would look. And since it's genetic, there aren't many solutions for it (the ones that are there are far too expensive for me).


A while ago I was reading about skincare and how everyone needed to take care of their skin. It inspired me to start my own skincare routine. I read about how oily skin is sometimes just dehydrated skin that tries to compensate by over producing oil. I was intrigued by that. I didn't use moisturizer much, because it always seem to make my skin oily, but I decided I needed to start somewhere.


I looked at Clinique - my aunt always recommended them to me because they were hypoallergenic and good for sensitive skin. I started with their 3-step skin care routine, and this included:


  • Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula
  • Clarifying Toner 4
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
I've been using these for a couple of months, and they have made a difference in my skin. Even though my skin tends to get oily through the day, it isn't as bad as it was before. I particularly enjoy the Moisturizing Gel - it doesn't leave my skin oily, but leaves it looking fresh. I have a feeling that the Clarifying Lotion might be too harsh for me (it has a lot of alcohol in it) and I might switch to a non-alcohol toner when this runs out. (I have my eye on a witch hazel toner!)

I have a routine for the day and night, and I try to follow them religiously. I've noticed that on the few occasions I skip my routine my skin is worse when I wake up in the morning, so it's inspired me to not miss a day.

Morning routine:
  • Clinique's facial soap
  • Clinique Clarifying Toner 4
  • Ckinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
  • sunscreen - I used to wear Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer but it broke me out, so I'm still looking for something to replace it.
Evening routine:
  • Clinique's Facial Soap
  • Clinique's 7-Day Facial Scrub / The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion (I do this only twice a week) / Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream cleanser (I alternate between this and the Clinique scrub most days)
  • Clinique Clarifying Toner 4
  • Lumene Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail (even though this is technically meant for dry skin, I really enjoy it)
  • Clinique Moisture Surge extended thirst relief
  • A personal mixture of Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil, Rose Hip seed oil and Tea Tree oil (most days) or a mixture of Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil, Vitamin E oil and Tea Tree oil (on days I want extra moisture, especially when I've used a facial mask).
Twice a week I use a face mask. At the moment I'm using Queen Helene Mint Julep mask and Lumene Matt Touch Deep Cleansing Peat Mask.

Of course, I always make sure to take off my makeup in the evening. This is an absolute must.

I know it's surprising that I use oils on my face, but I've found that it actually helps my skin become softer overnight. I don't know how it works, but I think it helps to retain the moisture, and so your skin doesn't have to produce as much oil, and it also helps to repair and heal the skin. 

You can't always have what you want, but you can appreciate and take care of what you have!

As for my pores, I'm learning to appreciate them. It's taking a while, but the other day one of my friends gave me a lovely compliment unknowingly - she said she thought my pores were freckles! I can live with that :)

Taking care if your skin is an investment. If you look after your skin, you don't have to worry about covering it up. 

Sometime in the future I will talk a little more about how to set up a personalized skin care routine - not that I know much about the topic, but I will try to go over the basics.

In the mean time, make sure you guys drink plenty of water, eat healthy, sleep well and moisturize! 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Jewel Of An Eye eyeshadow palette review

It took me quite a while to discover this little hidden gem in the stores. I was clueless. Sonia Kashuk? Is she an actress? Nope. She's a makeup artist who now has her own line, and sells exclusively at Target. The line also has some really great makeup cases (that I'm lusting after, mind you) along with makeup brushes, and cosmetics.

Sonia Kashuk eye shadows are highly talked about in the blogging community. Incidentally, that's how I came to know about them (and I'm SO glad I did!). 


The Jewel Of An Eye palette houses 12 shades, all jewel toned, all appropriate for fall. If you're looking for a cheaper version of the Urban Decay Smoked palette (reviewed here) without compromising on quality, this one's for you!








Silky, smooth, soft, creamy, pigmented... yup these fall into those categories with a resounding yes.  These are all satin shades, that apply smoothly. Blending is easy. Color payoff is great. There's not much more you can ask from these - even the packaging is simple but elegant (although as you can see from the pictures it does attract dust!).










The pans inside look a little off to me - maybe that's just me.





First row, left to right:


  • shade 1: a light pink 
  • shade 2: a purple with pink tones
  • shade 3: a violet-plum
Second row, left to right:
  • shade 1: an emerald green
  • shade 2: a peacock blue-green 
  • shade 3: a deep blue



First row, left to right:
  • shade 1: a penny-ish copper
  • shade 2: a red brown rust
  • shade 3: a red purple-plum
Second row, left to right:
  • shade 1: a khakhi
  • shade 2: a taupe
  • shade 3: a deep brown
I'm loving these shades. Easy to work with, and they can all be used for day or night looks. I've been wearing the bottom row (fourth row from the top) all week, and it's very natural and subtle. I'm planning to wear that peacock shade over the weekend - what's a weekend but a chance to infuse some color, yes?

If you're looking for a fall palette, this might just end your search!

BGMM Rating: A-

Monday, September 23, 2013

Anastasia Beverly Hills Catwalk Palette review

I admit, for the longest time, I didn't know who or what Anastasia was. The first time I came across it was in a forum, I believe, and I recall thinking that she was a person who owned the best brow-shaping salon, well, ever.
Being slightly more knowledgeable I now know that Anastasia Soare, the woman behind the name, is the founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills, a cosmetics company that specializes in eyebrows. They also sell makeup tools, cosmetics that range from eye shadows to tinted moisturizer, as well as skin care (although this is limited to a brow serum).

I have never tried any of Anastasia's brow products - I guess I'm just too lazy to bother about my brows, for the most part they don't give me much trouble. But since I'm pretty much an eye shadow junkie this palette caught my eye and I decided to give it a whirl.


The Catwalk Palette has ten shades. Some are matte while others are shimmery. There is a selection of neutrals and plums/purples, making this a fall-themed palette, at least in my book.

Stila Cosmetics Holiday 2013 offerings!

It's definitely approaching holiday season as fall has officially landed (september 22nd, apparently) and everyone's coming out with their holiday sets.

Stila is definitely one of my more cherished brands and as you may have read in my reviews of their In The Garden (here) and In The Know palettes (here) these people do know how to make a good eyeshadow and I've heard a lot of good things about their line.


They have quite the few offerings for Holidays 2013, and I do spy a couple of things that will make their way into my stash!


1. Color Me Glossy Lip Glaze Set



Photo from the Stila website

This contains three lip glaze trios, of different color groups (nudes, pinks and reds). There are a total of 9 lip glazes in this set.


2. Masterpiece Series Eye and Cheek palette



Photo from the Stila website

This set includes three palettes, each having 5 eyeshadows and 1 blush.


The palettes include:


Volume 1 - The Minimalist

  • eye shadow shades: natural light, simplicity, elegance, subtlety, balance
  • blush shade: harmony
Volume 2 - The Impressionist
  • eye shadow shades: canvas, pastel, vision, watercolor, movement
  • blush shade: parisian pink
Volume 3 - The Modernist
  • eye shadow shades: glaze, avant-garde, mondrian, abstract, charcoal
  • blush shade: nouveau
Also included is a book of tips and tricks written by Stila's Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry, Sarah Lucero.

3. Color Outside The Lines Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Set

Photo from the Stila website

Shades included are:
  • Emerald (green)
  • Navy (blue)
  • Aubergine (burgundy)
  • Stingray (black)
  • Lionfish (brown)
4. Color Me Pretty Lip and Cheek Palette
Photo from the Stila website



I believe this is a mini-sized version of Stila's Convertible Color, but don't quote me on that. These can be used on both lips and cheeks.

Shades included:

  • Kitten
  • Peony
  • Gerbera
  • Rose
  • Petunia
5. Portrait of a Perfect Pout - Neutral Lip
Photo from the Stila website


Shades included:

  • Dreamy
  • Delicate
  • Demure
  • Darling
  • Divine
  • Delightful
6. Portait of a Perfect Pout - Vibrant Lip
Photo from the Stila website

Shades included:
  • Hey Baby
  • Pink Flamingo
  • Rosy Posy
  • Sangria
  • Siren
  • Merlot
7. Portrait of a Perfect Eye
Photo from the Stila website

Shades included:
  • Parchment
  • Organza
  • Vintage
  • Linen
  • Antique
  • Rosewood
8. Portrait of a Perfect Blush
Photo from the Stila website

Shades included:
  • Golden
  • Illume
  • Pretty Pink
  • Precious Pink
  • Rose
So what do you think of Stila's Holiday sets? Do you see any you like?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Mattese Elite single eyeshadow review

Makeup is sort of an adventure, don'tcha think? I mean, you have the fail-safes like Urban Decay, and MAC, and NARS, where you know you'll always get great quality. However, let's face it - you and I are not some kind of genetically modified human-money plant hybrid, so we're not made of money, nor do we produce it through... for the sake of decency let's just say 'through physiological processes'. That's where drugstore makeup come in, yes? It's nice to explore all the brands. Some of them may be misses, but occasionally, you might find a diamond in the rough.

One of these explorations led to the discovery of a amazing product. I first mentioned these in a post last month here. Since then, I've been using these, and yeah, you better believe it, they've become some of my most-reached for eyeshadows.


So... Mattese Elite. Not a brand a lot of people are familiar with, right? I did some research and what I've found out is that they're a cosmetics line that are sold in a store called Ricky's NYC who are based in New York (of course). The few reviews I came across were all quite positive, and before long I found myself placing an order.

NYX Black Label lipstick review

Every time I hear someone talking about "Nyx" two things come to mind - the first being the Greek Goddess of the night, and the second being an affordable cosmetic company that has some great products.

I've been a fan of NYX from the time I first tried their Round Lipsticks - and then I moved on to their eyeshadows (holy carp these are great - I'll have to do a review of the ones I have) - then someone pointed me to these Black Label lipsticks, and well, let's just say THEY SHALL ALL BE MINE. Someday. Someday soon, I hope. Ahem.


I'm fairly sure not many people require an introduction to NYX - they are a popular drugstore brand and they have, as I've already mentioned, some great products that are almost cult-status. 

I'm fairly easy going when it comes to lipsticks - by which I mean I'm game to try most things, as long as they do not bleed or dry out my lips. Those are the only two criteria I have! However, these lipsticks have simply blown me away with their pigmentation, ease of application and staying power.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

More Tarte Holiday 2013 sets!

Keep your eyes peeled out for a few more sets put forward by Tarte for the holidays - these are available at Sephora and Ulta:

1. Thoughtful Treasures Best Sellers Set


This has a limited edition Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Thankful (golden pink), a 0.24oz bottle of Pure Maracuja Oil, and a Lipsurgence Skintuitive lip tint in Energy (ethereal pink)




2. Strike A Pose Limited Edition Statement Lash Set


This has a limited edition gold Picture Perfect eyelash curler and a deluxe sample of Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara.




3. Pure Delights 8-piece Lipsurgence Lip Set


This has 8 mini-sized versions of the Tarte Lipsurgences. 


Lipsurgence Matte Tints in: 


  • Glee (watermelon)
  • Cheerful (coral)
  • Destined (raspberry)
  • Generous (pinkish nude)
Lipsurgence Lip Tints in:
  • Believe (warm pink)
  • Grateful (nude)
  • Lovely (mauve pink)
  • Enamoured (cool red)

What are you planning to pick up?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review

"Like a beast with an unquenchable appetite, the young woman's appetite was barely appeased with the offerings of from the original Naked palette. Despite the array of warm neutral shades, and the excellent pigmentation and quality, she cried out in hunger and roamed the land looking for more, always seeking to staunch the hunger in her belly..."

Okay, so that might be too dramatic. I love my Naked palette, and it gets much use from me. However, this whole makeup obsession is a disease (a disease, I tells you! ) and soon I found myself clutching the Naked 2 palette, with barely any memory of how it got there.


The Naked 2, of course, hardly needs any introduction. Being the little sister to the original Naked palette, it nevertheless wields a power all of it's own. Being comprised of 12 (more) neutral shades, this is supposed to cater to cool-toned lasses (I say 'supposed' because they do work quite well on my warm toned skin, but more on that later.)


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Avon Ultra Color Rich Brilliance lipstick Review

I cannot begin to describe how intensely busy my schedule is.. suffice to say 24 hours in a day is not enough! If I inadvertently miss a post here or there I ask for your understanding.

I seem to have a few Avon lipsticks lying around my stash - I find that while most people have hits and misses with their offerings I've been fairly lucky as far as my pickings go. My most recent foray was their Ultra Color Rich Brilliance lipstick (what a mouthful!)


Avon claims that these have "rich moisturizing color matched with shimmering prismatic pearls." I have no clue what 'prismatic pearls' are meant to be, but apparently "prismatic pearls complement your skin's undertones like the color was made just for you" Psssh, yeah right.









These are creamy lipsticks that glide onto your lips without any tugging or pulling. They are not moisturizing per se - they do not dry your lips nor do they add moisture. One thing I have noticed about these lipsticks is that they have a tendency to settle into liplines - something I avoid by using a lip liner underneath and patting the lipstick lightly into place (which involves a little bit of smudging).


I quite like the packaging and think the pink metallic covers are adorable - however when you hold them it's a different story as I find them to be quite strangely constructed - one of the lipsticks seemed to catch on the side of the tube as I was rolling it up, leaving a shallow dent on one side, while another had lipstick inside the cap of the tube, despite it being a new one (it was sealed from the outside) and the bullet being undamaged.



L-R:  Amethyst Sunset, Berry Glitz, Crimson Twilight

L-R:  Amethyst Sunset, Berry Glitz, Crimson Twilight
I picked these out based on the names and swatches on the Avon website. From what I could see, Amethyst Sunset was a deep berry shade, while Crimson Twilight was a deep pink-red shade. Berry Glitz looked like a bright pink.

Unfortunately the swatches were not true to life and all three shades I picked out turned out to be very different from what I imagined them to be.




Amethyst Sunset is a pinky-red-brown color with red and green shimmer. I assume the shimmer is the 'prismatic pearls' they're talking about. The shimmer does not feel gritty on the lips, but does stay behind even after the lipstick has worn off.




Berry Glitz was quite surprising. Even though it looks quite bright in the tube, when applied it looks more like a muted, wearable pink. I like this color, even if it wasn't what i envisioned it to be. It also has red and green shimmer.




Crimson Twilight looked, as I mentioned before, a deep pink-red shade. I expected it to be more red in nature from it's name (I mean, crimson!). Strangely, it turned out to be the most berry-like of the three, having a rich berry color with pink tones in it. Very pretty color. This too, has red and green shimmer in it.


The shimmer is non gritty and doesn't turn your lips into a disco ball. It sort of coats your lips and almost seem to give an illusion of plumpness? It looks pretty, but it's not like the effect you get when you wear a lip gloss.


There are some things I don't like about this lipstick, though. I wasn't impressed that the shades weren't like the swatches. I don't like that the shimmer remains after the lipstick is gone. And I don't like that these are so creamy that they seem to smear around a bit.


On the other hand, I do like the colors, and even the shimmer adds some dimension to the color. They sit comfortably on the lips. They don't unduly accentuate dry areas on your lips. And even if they are not moisturizing, they don't dry out your lips.


Overall, I think these are okay. I wouldn't rush out any buy them, but these are the kind I might dabble in if they were on sale (and I had a coupon or something)


BGMM Rating: B-

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lorac Pro Palette Review

When I was a beginner, entering the world of eye shadow made my head spin. Not only did I have to deal with how to choose colors appropriately to pull together a look, and learn about matte and shimmer shades, there was also blending issues, the question of eyeshadow placement... in short I haven't reached anywhere close to even a semi-advanced level.

Well I can safely say that having the Lorac Pro palette has definitely upped my game. This amazing, amazing beauty of a palette has a total of 16 - yes, you heard me! - 16 shades. That's pretty awesome in itself, but I'm going to let you in on a little secret - there are an equal number of matte and shimmer shades. How amazing is that?


Did I mention that all the shades are neutrals?

Or that they're all coordinated so that any look you pull together will look effortlessly chic?


Now you know!




The Lorac Pro Palette comes with a mini Behind The Scenes eye primer. I haven't used this yet, but it seems to have good reviews.





The palette itself is sleek and rectangular, with a rubber-cardboard texture (if that makes sense?) It's perfect for travel because of it's size. I can't say much as to it's durability - I don't think it would survive a fall, but it might be able to cope with minor bumps. Nevertheless I always advice people to securely wrap their eyeshadow palettes when travelling to minimize any jostling/bumping - you don't want to end up with a shattered mess at the destination!




The palette comes with a mirror inside, and 16 shades arranged in two rows. The top 8 eye shadows are all matte, while the bottom 8 eye shadows are all shimmer.




The shades are:


Top 8, matte

  • White - a  white
  • Cream - a light beige 
  • Taupe - a light brown with a hint of gray
  • Lt. Pink - a very light pink
  • Mauve - a light pink-purple with a wee bit of gray
  • Sable - a medium brown
  • Expresso - a dark brown-black 
  • Black - a pure black

Bottom 8, shimmer
  • Nude - a very light rose that appears almost white on my skin
  • Champagne - a warm beige-champagne
  • Gold - a gold shade with hints of copper
  • Lt. Bronze - a light peach
  • Pewter - a brown-gray taupe
  • Garnet - a rusty red-brown
  • Deep purple - a blackish-purple
  • Slate - a gunmetal gray mixed with blue



(apologies for the weird pictures - my camera wasn't playing well with the light for some reason)

On to the most important part - how do these perform?

These are stellar eye shadows. They score top marks in pigmentation, quality, blendability and pretty much every other benchmark that eye shadows have. They are incredibly soft, buttery, creamy shadows that just glide on your lids like a hot knife through butter (am I using the metaphor right? Oh well. You get what I mean). Even the matte shades, which usually can be chalky, are smooth and creamy, and very pigmented.

I have several eye shadows, and I will pretty much work with anything (almost anything) but if I had to stick with one palette it would have to be this. And that says a lot  because I would rank this over my Naked palettes!

I love the fact that this has a lot of warm-toned neutrals, that it has a wonderful mix of matte and shimmer shades, and that it has a couple of playful shades thrown in for some more dramatic looks.

I adore Mauve, Sable, Pewter and Lt. Bronze for daytime looks ( I have been enjoying Lt. Bronze and Gold during the summer) and Taupe is such an easy shade - it's a perfect all-over-the-lids color and I just slap it on, add some black eye liner, a colorful lipstick and wham, I'm done. 
If you're looking for a night time look no further than Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate and Black. I love using Garnet and Black for a rusty, smokey-eye look, but Slate and Black would give you a more traditional smokey eye.
Like I mentioned before, whatever combination you pick up is pretty much foolproof and the best part is that you don't have to work at blending because the shadows do the work for you.

L-R, Top to Bottom:  White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink, Mauve, Sable, Expresso, Black

L-R, Top to Bottom:  White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink, Mauve, Sable, Expresso, Black

L-R, Top to Bottom:  White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink, Mauve, Sable, Expresso, Black

L-R, Top to Bottom: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate

L-R, Top to Bottom: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate

L-R, Top to Bottom: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate

Overall, this is definitely a palette geared towards beginners, The neutral shades combined with the excellent pigmentation and quality of these eye shadows make them a cinch to work with. The fact that you're getting 16 shades for a price lower than that of the Naked palette (which has 12 shades) is definitely attractive. And I love that these have equal matte and shimmer shades - a definite bonus over the Naked palettes.

Don't get me wrong - I love the Naked palettes. I feel, though, that if you're going to invest in a palette (especially if it's your first palette), you might be better off with the Lorac Pro palette because of the greater number of shadows, and the different finishes.

Highly recommended!

BGMM Rating: A+