^_______________^ Hehehehe. Please excuse me while I have a short fit of giggles.
Say what you want about companies being all about the money; I still respect a company owner who would go out of her way to be personal in messaging people like that! I've been a fan of Josie ever since her modeling days so I am very much humbled that she would write to me.
Anyway, the e-mail from her PR "people" asked if I would like to choose a few things to review and I heartily agreed. I will go over some of the other items I tried in the future but today I want to share with you my favorites of the bunch, two all-in-one powder palettes.
The My Favorite Argan Powders palette was actually the very first thing I picked out from her whole product line. I had only read positive things about this palette from Makeup Alley, so I wanted to see for myself if it lived up to the rating. I love the ease of a palette but I'm pretty hard to please when it comes to multi-use palettes because it seems like there is always a fail or five folded into the package. Thankfully, this was not the case with this palette.
As you can see here, there is a nice range of neutral colors of shadows, one bronzer, and two blushes. I'm glad there weren't any random lip colors in there because I personally dislike lipsticks/glosses in palettes because they tend to be drying on the lips and I carry lip things separately with me anyhow. (Is this just me?)
Here's a swatch with no primers underneath. The shadows go on buttery smooth and surprisingly saturated. The clear winners are the chocolatey brown and the light copper. The matte brown on the far right could be more pigmented, but with a primer on the lid I've had zero problems with that shade as well. The only thing I would change about the shadows is that I wish the shimmery beige were slightly less shimmery and pink so it could be a more perfect brow bone highlight shade, but it's fine for highlighting inner eye corners and works on the brow bone with a light hand. What shocked me the most was how AWESOME the bronzer and blushes were! The texture is super creamy and all 3 colors were very flattering on my skin. Overall, I am in love with the fact that I actually use everything in this palette. Nothing is gone to waste, which is so rare!
warm natural light
cool natural light
Second up is the Natural Wonder Argan Powder Palette which I was drawn to for the gorgeous-looking shadow colors. They look so happy and vibrant in the packaging and I was really hoping for a lot of color payoff.
The teal is quite pretty and very smooth but definitely not as pigmented in 1 swipe as I expected. The gold is perfect for inner corners, but again, not at all right for the brow bone. The copper here is very nice and is warmer than on the neutral palette. The blushes, the left one especially, is very vibrant and more suited for those with warmer complexions but all 3 are nice.
warm natural light
cool natural light
I guess what made me the most sad about this palette is the fact that I would absolutely need other colors to balance this palette out. The shades themselves are nice but there is no highlight color and no contour/outer crease darker color. I would have gladly traded out the pink for another darker brown or even a charcoal grey to deepen the brighter shades, as well as the gold for a paler gold that would work for both the brow bone and inner eye corners.
Still, in conjunction the two palettes are pretty fantastic together. I've actually used both palettes at an abnormally high frequency since the texture is so darn nice and I will be taking both when I travel next weekend. I just wish they were a bit cheaper since my highly recommended Favorite palette runs $45 and the Natural Wonders is $35 and they aren't very large at only 4 x 2.4 inches. I forgot to take size comparison pics here, but I'll show them both in a future video so you can see. ;)
Here's an OOTD I did using mostly the My Favorite palette with a pop of the teal in the middle of the lid from the Natural Wonders palette, which mixed with the copper to create a pretty olive color. Notice how nice the blush/bronzer is (I used both here). Lips are just clear lip balm. Also, do you like my hat? Kitty ears! LOL!
Sorry for the blurries but I didn't have another shot of the lid color!
If you were curious about these palettes then definitely check them out because you will NOT be disappointed. The neutral one especially is a big winner and stands out among the rest of my makeup collection which, I'm not gonna lie, is not an easy thing to do. It's just so easy when everything you need is right there and everything in the palette is high quality, all natural, and chemical free.
Anyway, as I said I do plan on doing a video including these... Maybe my very first "favorites" video? I've been toying with the idea of doing monthly favs since I find those videos super informative and helpful from others. What do you guys think? Favorites? Hits and Misses? Let me know in the comments what you prefer. :)
Disclaimer: Items in this post were sent to me for consideration by the company's PR. As always, these are my 100% honest opinions.