REVIEW CoverGirl DIY makeup palette

http://www.covergirl.com/cgcollection/custom/compact/custom_compacts.jhtml

Here’s the thing, it’s drugstore cheap BUT it’s more expensive than buying a palette that they’ve preselected for you. At around $3 for a case (or $6 with two lipglosses already in it) and around $4 per color, it comes to $14-19.

It’s still about half the cost of buying a department store brand (think MAC).

I like my lipglosses in a tube, thankyouverymuch, so I opted for the blank case and four eyeshadows. I bought: Shimmering Onyx, deep rich black with sparkles; Aubergine Queen, deep burgundy red with the tiniest hint of purple with sparkles; Swiss Chocolate, a milk chocolate-y brown shimmery (no sparkly bits but not matte); and Champagne, a nice light eggshell colorwith a touch of pink (also not matte but with no glittery bits.)

There are 14 shades of eyeshadow to choose from, 7 shades of lipgloss and 21 shades of lipcolor – not bad.

For those of you who are used to using the little eyeshadow or lipgloss brushes being enclosed in the case, this doesn’t have a place for you. I just invested in some good brushes so it doesn’t bother me (some cheap but good quality from e.l.f. for $1 each and one expensive smudge brush from beauty.com.)

I opened up my little packets to plop the trays into the pallet and for a split second I thought “how are these going to stay in? They aren’t a tight fit…” Then after a moment I relized that the trays were metal and the pallet was magnetic. Fine for me because I don’t throw more than my lipgloss in my purse (remember the tubes of lipgloss?) But I’m a little concerned for those of you who want something to throw in your purse … because, raise your hand, how many of you carry electronics in that purse? Cell phone? Palm? Ipod? Digital Camera? Credit Cards? (I’ll rant another time about magnets on purse closures.) So just a word of warning. Maybe someone will do a test on the strength of the magnet and see if it’s not worth worrying about, but until then I wouldn’t risk my electronics.

As for the eyeshadows themselves, I tried them applied dry and in layers and they looked wonderful. I could achieve a light look for daytime or go heavier for a more glamourous or night look. I also tried applying it with a wet brush which gave me an incredible night look since the colors I picked out were mostly pretty dark and wet you can’t apply it as lightly.

PROS:

  • Quality product
  • Reasonable price
  • Good colors
  • Good variety
POSSIBLE CONS:

  • Magentic case
  • No place for a small brush(s)
  • Not as cheap as premade CoverGirl cases

WOULD I BUY IT AGAIN? There are two other eyeshadows I liked, I would buy more if they make a few more shades to choose from so I could fill another palette or if I run out of one of my current shades. So…Yes.

If you’ve tried this product and love it or hate it, feel free to leave a comment. 🙂


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