Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sleek Bronzing Block in Dark Review

Sleek MakeUP is, I would say, a quite well known UK based company. What they are most renowned for (as far as I know) are their blushes, especially their blush by three's. I have quite a few of their blushes (first seen here) and adore them.

A short while ago, they released their Bronzing Block in time for summer. The Bronzing Block comes in two shades, Light and Dark. I have the Dark for review today.

The packaging is basically a very standard black plastic case, which opens up (with some mild difficulty, I might add) to a pan containing what Sleek calls a "four color bronzer". Now, as you can see from the picture above, it's not entirely accurate, as it houses three bronzers and one blush.

I was surprised to see that the packaging did not include a mirror or a brush. Now, I'm not entirely concerned about the lack of brush (in my opinion the brushes that are usually included are not very good), but a mirror would have been nice, especially if you're planning to take this with you for touch ups.

Onto the bronzer shades - the bronzers are embossed with the Sleek logo, the wording being the right way on the top, and reversed on the bottom. The top two bronzer shades are matte (more semi matte, to be honest) while the bottom two have shimmer (and a fair amount of microglitter, as you can see; however this doesn't show up on the face).

The squares are big enough to use each bronzer individually if you'd like, but you do need a smaller brush (something along the size of the Real Techniques contour brush). You can also mix and match the bronzer - i.e you can mix the top two shades for a finish that's lighter and more matte-ish, and the bottom two shades for a darker, more shimmery finish. You can also use all four shades mixed together.

Bronzer #1 is a semi-matte, light chocolate brown with a reddish undertone.

Bronzer #2 is a semi-matte, milk chocolate brown with a reddish undertone.
Bronzer #3 is a neutral shimmery medium-dark brown with gold microglitter.
Bronzer #4 is a warm shimmery coral-pink that leans more pink than orange, with gold microglitter.

Now, keeping in mind this is essentially meant to serve as a bronzer, you can't really use it for contouring. You can't even really use it for adding warmth to your face, because it has quite a strong red undertone to it. I tried using this as a bronzer on my face, specifically my temples and jawline, and you could clearly see the color - it was a very muddy, red looking color - if you can picture a tanned person suffering from a sunburn, that's the color I got. So you really can't use this as a contouring shade or even as a bronzer. I want to add that I tried using each shade individually as bronzers (specifically, shades #1, #2 and #3) and each of them did not work as a bronzer on me. Shade #1 and #2 were the worst culprits; #3 was decent.

As a blush, however, it does work very well. The red undertones help it give you a very healthy flush; combined with the bronzer, the resulting shade is something that is very flattering on deeper skins. If you're lighter, you will want to skip this shade and try the shade in Light instead - although I suspect even if you get the Light shade, a light hand will be required as these are all intensely pigmented. The pigmentation is bang on - something I've come to expect from Sleek blushes - and this lives up to it.

I got a good 5 hours of wear from the Bronzing Block, which is very good for my oily skin. The packaging is also quite portable, so you can take it along with you for touch ups (you'll need to find yourself a mirror, though!)

As a bronzer, this definitely falls short; however as a blush, it looks very lovely. I can see this better suiting tanned and deeper skins; light skintones might want to opt for the Light shade, or else use this very sparingly with the lightest of touches.

BGMM Rating: B- (it fails as a bronzer!)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint Review

I rather like Rimmel products; I think for a drugstore brand they have some great stuff. I'm a huge fan of their Scandal Eyes eyeliner in Nude and Taupe - they're the only products I actually have backups of.

A while ago, Rimmel released the Stay Blushed line, which are basically liquid cheek tints. Now, I was interested in these, because I thought they'd be something similar to Benefits Benetint, Cha Cha tint, etc. However, this is not the case.

The product is packaged into white squeeze tubes. The tubes are quite small; you only get 14ml of product. It is supposed to be more pigmented than a regular, say, powder blush (more on that later). It's very travel friendly, and given their size, you can easily take all four shades with you without compromising space.

The graphics in front are colored to resemble to color of the product inside, which I think is a nice touch.

The shades that I have are: 

  • Apricot Glow
  • Touch of Berry
  • Sunkissed Cherry
  • Pop of Pink
Apricot Glow is a light, warm, peach-y, apricot-y shade that settles to a satin finish.
Touch Of Berry is a mid-toned cool light berry pink that settles to a satin finish.
Sunkissed Cherry is a medium light orange-y coral that settles to a satin finish.
Pop Of Pink is a light warm pink with a hint of coral that settles to a satin finish.

As you can see, the product isn't exactly a liquid - it's more of a mousse-cream texture. It's easy to spread out and blend the product. Now, while it appears quite bright when you squeeze it out of the tube, you can easily blend it out to the intensity you want. A word of warning, though - this product does sheer out quite a bit when you blend it out, so I personally think it's best suited for light to medium and tan skintones; darker skins will end up requiring quite a bit of product to build up to the intensity to for it to show up.

It feels quite creamy when you apply it on the skin, but it dries down in about a minute to a satin finish. They're easiest to use with fingers; I've tried using these with a stippling brush but I prefer the finish that comes with using fingers.

Now, these are supposed to last 24 hours; however I have oily skin that loves to eat up product, and I saw these fading away at the four-hour mark. This is actually not terribly bad for me; as an added bonus, because these are so portable you can easily pop them into your bag for touch ups.

On my C5 skintone (between NC42-44) you can see that Apricot Glow is quite light when blended out. I have to use this shade beneath another product for it to show up (I use Illamasqua's powder blush in Lover; it gives for a lovely combination). The rest I can wear on their own, or as a base under powder blushes.

I like the texture, and the longevity isn't bad. The only thing I have issues with is the amount of product you're getting. 14ml is, to put it in perspective, slightly less than the amount of cough syrup you would give a sick child. So there you go. 

BGMM Rating: this one I found hard to rate. Personally, I like how it feels and the longevity, but it's better suited to lighter skintones.
A (for lighter skintones)
B (for deeper skintones)

Monday, April 28, 2014

MAC Playland Collection Lipstick Review

MAC recently came out with their Playland collection that featured bright, fun colors. What caught my eye from the collection was their lipsticks - they looked perfect for summer - and so I picked up a few.

Now, MAC lipsticks are well known, and chances are most girls have at least one in their stash. This is with good reason; MAC produces some of the best lipstick colors and textures that I've known, and depending on the finish you get, they are also quite long lasting. However, sometimes their limited edition collections sometimes do not have the best quality (as compared to regular MAC products - I shall use their Proenza Schouler collection as an example). I'm happy to report that this is not the case with these lipsticks!

I'm not going to go into much detail about the packaging since everyone and mother knows how they look - suffice to say they are bullet-shaped, sturdy, and travel well.

The shades I have are:

  • Happy-Go-Lucky
  • Head In the Clouds
  • Toying Around
  • Red Balloon
Happy-Go-Lucky is a bright purple-fuchsia pink which is quite cool-toned. This is an Amplified Cream finish
Head In The Clouds is a sheer warm toned orange-red injected with gold glitter. This is a Frost finish, and is the least pigmented of the four.
Toying Around is a bright, vibrant orange-y coral. This is an Amplified Cream finish.
Red Balloon is a vibrant dark raspberry pink. This is an Amplified Cream finish.

These go on completely opaque with a single swipe, with the exception of Head In The Clouds. However Head In The Clouds can be built up in terms of opacity, but it is never completely opaque. To be honest I rather like the sheerness of Head In The Clouds; despite the frost finish, it is very flattering on me and the sheerness I feel makes it quite suitable for daily wear. The glitter is not very prominent (but can be seen if you go up close to a mirror!) and does not feel gritty on the lips. This one also had the least wear time, clocking in at about two hours before I needed to reapply. It will not stand up to drinking or eating either.

Happy- Go-Lucky, Toying Around and Red Balloon are intensely pigmented and very comfortable to wear. You can wear them at full opacity of blot them down for a lighter stain. Wear time was impressive, lasting 6 hours on me, through drinks and a light meal. Even after wearing off they leave a nice stain behind, however you will need to retouch at this point.

The colors are also fabulous. Happy Go Lucky is a very playful pink-purple; not my favorite of the lot, but it's a nice color nevertheless. I personally adore Toying around and Red Balloon; such gorgeous colors, perfect for summer, and since I don't have to worry about how long they last it's a bonus.

Here's how they look on my lips:

As you can see, even though Head In the Clouds is the least opaque, it still offers good coverage. Also, Red Balloon appears much darker on me (similar to the hand swatch) - for some reason it refused to photograph well.

I'm completely blown over by the Playland collection and absolutely adore all the shades I have. I would recommend picking up Toying Around and Red Balloon.

I'd also recommend Head In The Clouds if you're just getting into reds, and want a sheerer, low maintenance easy-to-wear red.

BGMM Rating: A

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekly Favorites #6

LA Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Warm Honey and Creamy Beige - if you're a regular reader, you will most likely know that I have pretty bad insomnia (to put it mildly) and the resulting dark circles are likely to scare children and the elderly. Luckily no one has put up a "beware of the troll" sign outside my door, and I can attribute it to these concealers. Full review here.

MAC Stobe Cream - this is one of those products I always shied away from, and now that I finally have it in my clutches I never want to let it go. I've been using it every single day from the time I got it, and that's a first for someone as finicky with products as me. This is what I want from a highlighter - a soft glow without sparkles. Such a great way to brighten up your face.

Illamasqua Powder Blush in Lover - if you follow me on Twitter (and you should!) you might have seen me raving about this blush. This is a light orange-peach apricot-y shade, and while it looks like it could apply chalky in the pan, this is not the case. It's a soft color that gives your face a hint of a glow. It's pretty pigmented but doesn't look chalky or ashy, even on my brown skin. Paired with the MAC Strobe Cream, this looks like a summer staple!

Madison Street Beauty Lip Balm in Lavender & Peppermint - I stumbled across a sale that this indie brand was having on Twitter, and took advantage of it. To be honest, I wasn't expecting anything fantastic - my go-to lip balm is the Nivea Lip Butter and it's hard for anything to live up to that. But these are wonderful. It is very moisturizing, but not goopy or greasy, and definitely doesn't slide off my lips. I love the scent, and the peppermint is lightly tingling (not like a lip plumper, but more like menthol? If that makes sense.)

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Quad in The Truth - the bareMinerals Ready formula is one of my favorite shadow formulas (as reviewed here and here). I'm a huge fan of this quad because it has such classic, everyday, work-appropriate shades. Great for slap-on-and-dash-out days.

What are some of your favorites products? Comment below and let me know!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Quick Sample Review - Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo and Conditioner

What's this? A ~shampoo and conditioner~ review? On a ~makeup~ blog? And that too, only a sample? 

Fear not, I have not lost leave of my senses! The reason for this review is because I've always been curious about Bumble and Bumble products. Their surf spray is a classic for beachy waves (not that I've tried it) and, well, for a company that's supposed to specialize in hair products, when I got a sample, of course I had to try it out and let you folks know what the word is.

I have (or rather, had - as you might be able to make out from the empty sachets!) samples of the Surf Foam Wash Shampoo and the Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner.

A note on my hair - I have fairly long hair that's been through not very much - however my ends are in pretty bad shape, chock full of split ends and the remnants of that time I highlighted my hair (yes, I know I'm supposed to cut off my split ends, but I'm too attached to my hair). This presents a problem, as my roots are oily but my ends would put the Sahara Desert to shame. So I'm always looking for a gentle and effective shampoo (get all the products I use out of my hair, dangit!) and a very nicely moisturizing conditioner (primarily for the ends).

The Surf Foam Wash shampoo is a light bluish clear liquid, and wasn't overly scented. It had a very fresh, pleasant, clean smell that didn't linger on my hair once I'd washed it off. The shampoo itself.. well, as I was trying to lather it into my hair I kept yelling at it (mentally, of course) to work. It didn't lather fully, and didn't feel like it was cleaning my hair as well as I was expecting it to.

My hair didn't feel completely stripped out after using it, though, so that's a bonus point.

The Surf Creme Rinse conditioner looks like every other conditioner I've ever used - a white, cream-y, uhhh liquid? (are conditioners liquid? I've never thought about it...). Like the shampoo, it has a non-overwhelming clean, pleasant scent that doesn't linger. It's one of the runnier conditioner formulas I've used, and didn't feel very moisturizing (as compared to, say, my Dove Hot Oil conditioner).

I came out of the shower thinking that these two were complete duds. But once I let my hair dry I partially changed my mind. Sure, it's not the most moisturizing formula I've used, but the shampoo did actually clean out my hair without removing all moisture, and the conditioner (the more disappointing of the two) wasn't the most terrible formula I've used. 

My hair feels soft, and unfortunately this formula did not eliminate frizziness completely but I feel it did reduce it somewhat. However these are supposed give you "buoyant body and soft, seabreezy texture" and in that aspect, it failed. My hair is not seabreezy!

I'm not going to be getting full-size versions of these ones, but I'm still curious about their surf spray!

BGMM Quick Rating: C+

Friday, April 25, 2014

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette Review

Tarina Tarantino is a costume jewellery and accessory designer, based in Los Angeles, California. In 2010, she started a makeup line that was sold at Sephora; unfortunately, it is no longer sold there, and can only be purchased online (as far as I know). They also don't ship outside North America, which is a pity, because these are, without a doubt, some of the best eyeshadows I've had the pleasure of using.

The Emerald Pretty palette has six eyeshadows in a variety of finishes from matte to frost. As you might have guessed from the name, the palette is inspired by the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz. Having never read the book and having only the faintest idea about the story in general, I cannot speak for how well the shadow colors tie in with the book. 

The packaging is quite large and is made of cardboard. It's designed to resemble an emerald - both in the color as well as the cut (fun fact: the hexagonal cut, similar to the shape of the palette, is called as an emerald cut in the world of diamonds!). It's very sturdy and will travel well. It'll also probably hold up to being dropped, but there's no way I'm going to be checking that to test it!

Once you open the palette you can see that there's a lot of wasted space - personally I don't like bulky packaging and it irks me that there's so much of empty space. I'm not a huge fan of depotting shadows, so I'll stick with the packaging, but you can always choose to transfer the shadows to a Z-palette or the like if you choose to.

Moving on to the shadows themselves, you can tell that there are a variety of finishes. The shadow names all bear reference to The Wizard of Oz.

The shades are:

Glinda's Kiss - this is a satin white with a white and gold sheen. I adore this as an inner eye highlight!

Silver Shoes - this is a shimmery dark charcoal grey with silver tones to it. 
Dandy Lion - this is a shimmery gold with olive tones to it. Such a unique shade, and definitely my favorite of the palette! 
Saw Dust Heart - this is a matte dark brown with burgundy tones. I think it's similar to theBalm's Nude Tude shadow in Sexy.
Ozma - this is a metallic bluish teal. My second favorite from the palette, and something I'm not sure can be duped easily.
Very Wicked - this shade is rather hard to explain - it's a shimmery deep green on a blackened base, and it has some level of frost to it. It's almost a duochrome - not exactly one, but close.

The quality of these shadows is fantastic. They have an amazing color payoff, and are very buttery and creamy to the touch. They blend easily and apply smoothly. I'm given to understand that these shadows can be worn both wet or dry, but frankly there is no need for a damp brush during application as they are incredibly pigmented even when dry.

Wear time is 10+ hours on me with a primer (I always use a primer because I have oily lids).

I cannot speak highly enough about these shadows. This is definitely one of my favorite eyeshadow formulas. They're so lovely to use, and richly pigmented that creating looks with them becomes a cinch.

BGMM Rating: A (would be an A+ if it weren't for the bulky packaging!)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer Review

You know what sucks? Insomnia. Insomnia sucks so hard. It leaves you feeling super exhausted, irritable, unfocused, and as an extra whammy bestows you with dark circles! Waaaah!

I've been hit with a bad case of insomnia for the few weeks and it's definitely taken a toll on my under eye circles - those suckers give me raccoon eyes without the whole smudged eyeliner thing. 

Suffice to say I've been on the lookout for a good concealer, something that meets my criteria, ergo: 1. Must provide good coverage, 2. Must be easy to blend out, and 3. Must not crease.

I've been enjoying my Bobbi Brown dark circle corrector under my usual concealer, but some days I don't have time for the extra step of correction, so anything that gives me the benefit of color correcting is a bonus.

I've seen good reviews about the LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer, with some people comparing it to MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. I was intrigued. A high-end formula at a drugstore price? Sign me up!

So while I was feverishly looking up swatches online to see what would work for me, I ended up with an idea - why not get a broad range of shade to serve as highlights and contours? They're inexpensive, so they'd give me a way to practice techniques without having to invest in products designed for that purpose. And that's what I ended up doing.

The packaging is made of plastic - nothing special or remarkable about it. It has a plastic cap on top that I fear is rather easy to break - which isn't a good thing, as the applicator is a brush-type applicator made of plastic bristles (you squeeze the tube, and the product flows out through a hole in the middle of the 'brush', which I assume is to help you apply the concealer without a brush). I really do wish they had a needle nose opening type of thing, the brush is very rough and isn't suitable for the under eye area at all. Additionally, the brush seems to eat up quite a bit of product, which is disappointing.

I have 11 shades in all, ranging from light to dark. Of the 11 shades, 4 work as a concealer for me - Medium Bisque, Medium Beige, Cool Tan and Warm Honey. (Medium Bisque and Warm Honey take a bit of effort and elbow grease to make work, but nothing terrible.)

On to the formula - it's a creamy formula, but has quite a fluid consistency (it's not runny!). This means that it can blend out very easily with little to no effort. I do like the fact that I can skip an under eye moisturizer before using this, as the formula feels quite hydrating - however due to this nature, you will definitely need to set it with a powder.

Pigmentation is great - a small amount goes a long way. I wouldn't call it full coverage, more medium, really, but the coverage looks very natural. On days when I have extremely bad dark circles, I cannot use this on it's own, but it's a great concealer for those with little-to-medium dark circles - you can use this as an everyday concealer.

It doesn't crease, but it does settle into fine lines a little - however I've noticed this is the case for all the concealers I have, so I won't take off points for that.

I'd say this is a great formula for a drugstore brand. It's even better, in my opinion, than the L'oreal True Match concealer and the Maybelline Fit Me concealers I've used (~while I've recently gotten my hands on the MAC Pro Longwear concealer, I haven't used it long enough to come to a comparison between the two~). If you're on the lookout for a good concealer, with a wide range of shades (I believe they have 18!), at a good pricepoint, look no further!

BGMM Rating: A- (I wish it came without the brush applicator)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weekly Favorites #5

I realize this post is a tad late, and my apologies for that! With that out of the way, here are some of the things I've been enjoying last week:

Lorac Rockin' Red Hot Gloss in Rock It & Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Ruby - there's a reason I'm lumping the two together - they're both glosses with a very moisturizing formula. They're easy to apply, for those slap-on-and-dash days. The Lorac Rock It is a coral shade with fine shimmer in it, and the formula is not sticky or goopy. The shimmer isn't chunky, nor does it feel gritty on the lips. There is a little amount of bleeding outside the lips, but that generally tends to happen with all glosses for me. The Smashbox Ruby is sheer, juicy red shade. Like the Lorac, it's not goopy/sticky, and it's an easy way to moisturize your lips while looking good!

Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer in Bikini Contest - Yes, it's a massive bronzer, and no, it's not matte. It's a warm, orange-toned shimmery bronzer, but the shimmer translates to more of a glow on the face (no sparkles seen!) I've been enjoying using this not to contour, but to add some warmth, which is frankly a good thing now that summer's in full mode and the roasting has begun.

Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop - Umm, first of all, HOW CUTE IS THAT? It's the cutest blush I have in my collection and I will weep the day the pattern wears off. Ginger Pop is a deep orange coral that pairs wonderfully with bronzer, and looks equally stunning worn alone. It's not the most pigmented blush I own, but it's a great formula and can be built up. It's pretty goof proof, and very easy to wear.

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray - Fairly sure the name says it all, but to reiterate, it's a great way to 'set' your foundation for a matte finish. On me, it doesn't give a full matte finish, but more of a semi-matte, which is what I'm usually looking for.

What have you been wearing of late? Any new or old favorites? Comment below and let me know!

First impressions, pictures and swatches - MAC Proenza Schouler Blushes

So the other day MAC came out with their Proenza Schouler collection (Proenza Schouler is a New York based womenswear and accessories brand, founded in 2002. The brains behind the brand are designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez).

The reason this release excited me was because of the ombre blushes in two lovely colors - one a warm pink, the other a lovely orange-y coral. Naturally.. (grubby little paws, and all that jazz).

While I was at it, I finally took the plunge and picked up the MAC Face & Body Foundation, the MAC Pro Longwear Concealers, the MAC Strobe Cream [travel size - better value for your monies!] (thanks, Shrutilaya :P) as well.

I haven't had a chance to experiment with the yet, but I'm going to post some quick first impressions and swatches.

The MAC Face & Body foundation is a very watery, liquidy, runny foundation that's very light, very breathable, and generally a great foundation for those who are just starting to get into foundations (and want something sheer and breathable) and for those who want a light coverage foundation. It's not long lasting at all, but I like how it feels on my face.

Thanks to the severe insomnia issues I've been having of late my dark circles are out of control, and after trying out samples of this concealer I've been impressed. It's not super creamy or terribly runny, and it's very spreadable (I mean blendable, but you get what I mean). It has good coverage, and is stays on for quite a while. Definitely can see this becoming a daily essential.

The MAC Strobe Cream was recommended to me by the lovely Shrutilaya (of Colliding Interests). I was quite hesitant about this, because I have oily skin, and wanted something to give me a nice glow without making me look like an oil slick... and hoo boy, does it deliver! It's got very, very fine shimmer, not the chunky kind, so it blends out to give you.. well, a glow. You can't make out the shimmer, but it does brighten up your face. I've used it once so far, and I like how subtle and pretty it is. A must for summer!

Finally, let's move on to the reason for the, uh, goodies. The Proenza Schouler blushes!

Now, if I'm being honest, I like the color of the packaging - very tropical, and colorfully chic - but I absolutely loathe the packaging. Why? Because: 1. It's so shiny it attracts fingerprints like it's a damn forensic investigator, and 2. IT. WON'T. OPEN. Seriously. I've had to struggle to open this baby up. There's no niche or groove to help in opening the package, and I chipped a nail while struggling to open it the first time.

The blushes are an ombre from light to dark, as you can see. Ocean City is a beige-orange, to a light/medium orange, to a orange-y coral. Sunset Beach is a light pink, to a medium warm pink, to a raspberry pink.

(*edit - I just noticed that I've forgotten to include swatches of the blushes with all the shades mixed together. I'll include it when I get to the review!)

The blushes are soft, and finely milled. They are quite pigmented, but not so much that it's impossible to blend them out - they can be built up as needed. It's quite easy to use the lighter and darker shades separately, as long as you use a smaller brush (I tried using the ELF Studio Blush Brush and the Small Tapered Brush and both worked well for this purpose).

I haven't worn them for a full day so can't comment on how long they last, but I am quite pleased with them and I think I'll definitely get a lot of use from them!

Friday, April 18, 2014

bareMinerals The September Issue Palette Review

(Note: This post was supposed to be up earlier today, but as I was writing it I noticed that the swatch photos were slightly off due to the lighting [or lack of]. I'm going to go ahead and post them anyway, but I'll be editing this post later on with better swatch photos)

Today I bring you yet another limited edition palette whose availability at the given time is dubious, to put it lightly. Yes, I know, I'm terrible, but bear in mind that I'm more concerned with the quality of the shadows, and that you can get similar shadows as quads.

The palette is a metallic silver, about the size of my hand, and is very sturdy. The only flipside is that the shiny surface attracts dust and fingerprints - and if you know anything about me by now, it's that I loathe fingerprints/dirt on packaging. Still, fairly easy to wipe off and keep clean.

The inside of the palette houses eight shadows, with a variety of finishes from matte to glitter. The shadows are fairly small sized. It also comes with a double-ended brush. The brush isn't the best quality, and feels a little scratchy.

The shadows are:

Couture - a neutral shimmery tree-bark dark brown.
Silhouette - a pearl creamy white.
Statement - is a matte fuchsia orchid.
Pret-A-Porter - a metallic warm molten amber gold.
Tres Chic - a matte pale peach.
Editor's Pick - a deep teal blue that has a blackened base.
Glitterati - a shimmery baby pink with microglitter.
Ensemble - a matte dark brown with burgundy tones.

The quality of these shadows is excellent. They are all soft, creamy, very pigmented, and a little goes a long way. Even the mattes apply smoothly, without patches. They blend easily, without requiring any extra work, and the shades are lovely. Some of them can be duped easily (Ensemble, Pret-A-Porter and Glitterati), but the ones I think will be difficult are Statement and Editor's Pick.

I know this palette is no longer available, but the quality of these shadows are lovely. I'd definitely recommend trying out the bareMinerals Ready shadows.

BGMM Rating: A