Best of Beauty 2018: Marc Jacobs See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow

2018 was the year of great beauty discoveries for me. So instead of just doing the top 18 of 2018, I’m using the entire month of December to give you the deets on all of my favorite cruelty-free beauty products that I picked up this year. From makeup to personal care, I’ve got you! One product for each day ✨

Welcome (or welcome back) to my Best of Beauty MONTH-LONG countdown! Every day of this month, I will be doing reviews on 31 of my favorite beauty products that I tried in 2018.

As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I love products that are made for quick, on the go application, but that look like you took a lot of time doing them. The Marc Jacobs See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow is that product.

I reviewed it recently in a holiday haul update. So I’ll keep it short. Aside from the fallout during application (just do you eye makeup first), these shadows cannot be more easy to use. Using your finger, just dip into the pot and pat onto the lid. I’ve found that they work best with no primer at all.

Because these have chunky glitter blended throughout the formula, one swipe across the lid will give you a multidimensional look that doesn’t require any other products. I’ve used these several times for events that I needed to get to quickly. I’ve even worn the more neutral Topaz Flash to work.

What products have you guys been loving for super fast eye looks? Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

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Best of Beauty 2018: Tatcha The Water Cream

2018 was the year of great beauty discoveries for me. So instead of just doing the top 18 of 2018, I’m using the entire month of December to give you the deets on all of my favorite cruelty-free beauty products that I picked up this year. From makeup to personal care, I’ve got you! One product for each day.

Hi guys!!

Welcome (or welcome back) to my Best of Beauty MONTH-LONG countdown! Every day of this month, I will be doing reviews on 31 of my favorite beauty products that I tried in 2018.

2018 was the year of the West finally wholeheartedly embracing Eastern beauty; and if there was more hyped up Eastern beauty-inspired moisturizer this year than this one, I have no clue what it was. The Tatcha Water Cream was on EVERYONE’s list of favorites at some point in 2018, and for good reason. This moisturizer is amazing.

Guys, this moisturizer is holy grail for normal, oily, combo and sensitive skin. Because it is a water cream, it is very light, but hydrating. As a clean skincare product with no nasty chemicals, tons of botanicals, and even a little bit of gold, this moisturizer really helped improve the health of my skin. As my go to during the warmer months, it hydrated my skin without making it greasy. And because my skin was getting moisturizer properly, I actually saw a decrease in excess oil production.

Another thing I love about this product is the packaging. The container is gorgeous, and I love the little spatula perched on top of the lid. You TRULY only need a pea-sized amount of this for your entire face, and the spatula made it easy (and way more sanitary) to scoop out the right amount so I wasn’t wasting product (and at $68, who is trying to waste this?!?).

If you need a really great lightweight moisturizer, this is one I very highly recommend. As if the product itself wasn’t enough of a reason to buy it, I love that Tatcha gives a part of every purchase (of all their products) to Room to Read to support girls’ education globally.

Do you have any HG products or brands that give back year-round?

Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

Don’t forget to come back everyday at 10AM EST for the entire month of December for the rest of my Best of Beauty 2018 product reviews.

Holiday Review: Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow

Hi guys!

I typically don’t wear glitter, but to me, the holidays are the perfect time to turn up the sparkle. The Marc Jacobs See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadows are perfect for getting quick, glitter looks, both day and night.

Each shadow comes in a pretty glass pot, with a gold lid. While packaging isn’t everything, these definitely look pretty sitting on a vanity. Inside the lid is a small black press. Do not throw it away. Every time you use the shadow, the product is pressed back down to keep it mess-free.

While it will probably be more of a hassle once I get down to the bottom, this shadow is super easy to apply using a finger. I just dip my finger in to the soft textured putty-like shadow and enough product comes out to cover an entire lid. With just one crease color, and a single swipe per eye, this shadow makes it super easy to do a five-minute glam look to get you out the door and to all your holiday events in minutes. 

The pay off is gorgeous and lasts all day, with or without a primer (or glitter primer). I have oily eyelids so that is major for me. The only downfall for this product is that the fallout is insane. You MUST apply this before doing the rest of your face makeup, or even skincare, because you will have to wipe it all off. I didn’t notice any fall out during the day after I finished my eye makeup.

If you can get past the fall out at application, I think these shadows are amazing… and for $28 each, they should be. There are some really wear-able everyday colors, such as the Topaz Flash and Copperazzi shades that I got. If you don’t mind wearing a bit of glitter to work, I think you could get a lot of use out of these, making them worth the splurge.

L-R: Topaz Flash, Copperazzi

Would you guys go for the glitter this holiday season? Or do you wear glitter shadows year-round? Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

Check out some of my other reviews from my Holiday Haul:

Splurge-worthy??? #5: Natasha Denona Safari Palette

Another $129 eyeshadow palette?! Let’s see if it’s worth it.

Hi guys!

So, as I mentioned before, I am a HUGE fan of the Natasha Denona 12-pan eyeshadow palettes. As soon as a new one is announced, I’m going crazy. This was especially true for her first ever all-Matte palette. I think her matte shadows are so incredible– creamy, pigmented, blendable, stay all day. Plus, the colors in the Safari palette are just an autumn dream.

But are they worth $129?!

Let me start by saying this: Her regular, leather-bound palettes are worth every single penny (if the shades are ones you want).

Is the Safari palette good? Yes. Is it worth $129? No. It was okay, but for $129, I need to be wowed like I was with the Lila palette. This was the last limited edition palette I’m going to purchase from ND. I just don’t feel like the same quality and value is there.

My opinion- there are lots of other really good autumnal palettes out this year. Spend a fourth of the cost of this one on one of those.

Have you guys tried any ultra-luxury makeup this season? Is it worth it? Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

Splurge-worthy? #4: Tatcha The Silk Canvas

$52 for a PRIMER?!?

Hi guys!

$52 for a PRIMER?!?

I have been trying to put some new products to the test recently, and I realized that I never talked about this one. Back when this product first launched, everyone on YouTube raved about it. Then, like most other products, it feel off of the map. So, I’m here to give you guys the full tea on whether or not this primer is worth the splurge.

First of all, I already know that some people will never in life even consider spending over $50 for a primer. I understand that. I don’t like spending $50 for any single makeup product, and this one is just a base upon which another product will be layered… still hear me out.

So what is it? According to Sephora.com it is “a velvety priming balm of pressed silk that smooths and makes makeup last longer while keeping it out of skin, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.”

Why is it so expensive? Because it is made of real silk and pearl extracts plus a bunch of other superfoods. Based on geisha tradition (like all products in the Tatcha line), this primer acts as a barrier for you skin from pollution and your makeup, keeping your pores clear, fine lines smooth, etc. You can even wear it alone on no-makeup days to act as a protectant for your skin and tie you a filtered look.

Does it block oil? No. Would I use it as an eyelid primer as it says you can? No, because my lids have been extra oily recently.

Bottom line. Is it splurge-worthy? I’d say yes. I have tried a million primers, and I have found that this one really makes a major difference in how my makeup applies and wears. I have also noticed a difference over the past several months in the quality of my skin. Keeping the makeup out of my pores and using a primer with antioxidants and silk (along with a solid skincare routine) has really brought back a youthful glow to my skin.

Living in a city, I also think that the added protection from environmental aggressors is really important. Aside from that, I think that using a base product that has real benefits and good ingredients is more important than all the products that go over it, because if the base sucks…..

So what do you guys think? Would you make the splurge?

As always, thanks for reading!

💜Michelle Lisette

Like this post? Check out some of my other Splurge-worthy reviews:

Natasha Denona Lila palette

Marc Jacobs The Wild One palette

YSL Beauty

Splurge-worthy? v. 3: Natasha Denona Lila Palette

Over $100 for ONE PALETTE?!?!

I purchased and tried it out so you don’t have to. Let’s see about this. Swatches included.

Hello beautiful people! I hope you are all doing well.

It has been a while, but I am back with another edition of the Splurge-worthy series. This time, I’ll be talking about the most expensive palette in my entire collection- the Natasha Denona Lila Palette, which retails for $129 (USD- for all of my international folks. Hi!👋🏾)

Just a quick reminder, this year, I started judging all of my eyeshadow palettes using three categories— packaging, colors, and wear. So, I will judge this one using those three as well.

Packaging

Honestly, as soon as you look at this palette, you know it is expensive because it is completely bound in a purple metallic leather-like case with the brand name and palette name embossed on the front. For closures, there are four (two on each side) small magnets that securely keep the palette closed. There is a nicely sized mirror inside, as well as a thick plastic sheet with all of the color names that lay perfectly centered over each shadow pan. The pan sizes look generous, also.

Colors

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I bought this palette because I did not have any purple or vibrant pink shadows. I honestly love all of the colors in this palette, though. There are both cool and warm toned neutrals (the first and last columns of colors). Then, in the middle you have purples, pinks and then the orange, yellow & green (well- it looks like a green/brown duo chrome in the pan, but really comes off brown). There are both mattes and shimmers, and the palette can be used to create a variety of looks by itself. I tend to use this as my everyday palette because the colors are so versatile & I can do so much with them.

Wear

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This palette is fantastic to work with. The colors are insanely creamy & blendable. I used this palette for the “use every color in the palette challenge” (pictured above) and the transition between shades was flawless. The pigment is definitely there, even on a deeper skin color like my own. I was hoping, in the challenge that I mentioned above, that the colors would stand out a bit more, but you can get more punch from them pretty easily. The eyeshadow lasts all day on the lids. Aside from the colors, I bought this for its super easy blending, and long-wear. It stands up to everything you would expect from an ultra-luxury palette.

Overall thoughts

I would definitely say that if you like the colors, and would actually wear them, the Natasha Denona palette is splurge-worthy. Because I like this one so much, I actually want to also get the Sunset palette.


So, there we have it. Do you guys have any super expensive makeup products that you think are splurge-worthy? Are there any that you are curious about and would like for me to try? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

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Splurge-Worthy? vol. 2: Marc Jacobs, The Wild One Eye-conic shadow palette Review

Is this eyeshadow palette worth the high price tag? Should you grab it for 20% off while you can? Check out my post to see.

Welcome back to my Splurge-worthy series in which I try out high-end products and tell you whether I think they are worth the splurge, or if you should just hold on to that hard-earned cash for another product.


So, here we are in the middle of the heavily anticipated Sephora VIB sale. Now is the perfect time to pick up the more expensive products that you may have wanted to try, but did not want to pay full price for. Since the holiday releases are also out in full effect, it makes it an even better time to grab some high-end limited-edition palettes.

With a regular retail price of $99, the Marc Jacobs Wild One, Eye-Conic  Eyeshadow Palette is one of the most expensive holiday palettes at Sephora. Curious if you should snag it at 20% off while you have the chance? Keep reading for my full review.

The palette consists of 20 Eye-Conic shadows with varying finishes. You get 8 mattes, 9 shimmer and 3 glitter shades.  Check out the swatches below.

 

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There are three things that I consider when looking at high-end palettes (really any palette): formula, color selection, and usability/versatility (meaning how much I can use this). So, that is the criteria I will use to rate this.

  1. Formula

Swatching these shadows in-store is really what sold me on them. The formula is incredibly soft and smooth. The pigment is bright, but highly blendable. Even the glitter shades (called lamé texture on the packaging) don’t feel harsh and gritty, and just glide on.

  1. Color Selection

This palette has a very pretty range of shades and textures. There are some pretty neutrals that can work at transition shades for multiple skin tones. The shimmers are gorgeous and include an amazing color-shifting one called Chameleon (appropriately named). There are two true glitter shades a pretty pink with a tangerine reflect- Hen Party, and an icy silver- Funny Bunny. The third glittery shade is not a lame texture like the other two, but it is a smooth black matte with silver glitter flecks throughout.  I cannot recall any other palette that has  this kind of combination of colors. It is a bit random—brick red, forest green, shimmery purple, tan, glitter pink, etc.—but I like it. It feels like it could be a collection of smaller more focused palettes all put together in one… which is not necessarily a bad thing.

  1. Usability/Versatility

As I said in the “Color Selection” section, this palette seems like multiple palettes in one. In my mind, that is perfect for a holiday palette. You can do such a wide variety of looks and aren’t limited to just one theme such as in almost every other palette such as one dedicated to warm tones or neutrals or just shimmers. It does not need a companion palette to create a complete, cohesive look. In fact, I have been able to make several different looks using this palette exclusively, making this an ideal palette to take when traveling. It even has a nice-sized mirror that is super clear and makes it even more convenient to use away from home.

Final Verdict:

I definitely think that this palette is Splurge-worthy. It passes all of my rating criteria, and the only negative is that you really have to make sure to tap the excess color off of your brush or you’ll have a ton of fall-out. While, yes, this is one of THE MOST EXPENSIVE of the holiday, limited-edition palettes at Sephora, it is also the most versatile. The formula is great. the shadows are easy to work with… I really can’t think of a single good reason not to like it. So, if you were on the fence about this one, go ahead and jump off on the side of purchasing it. I think it is absolutely worth the money, and since now is the time to get it for 20% off it is an even better buy.


That concludes another edition of my Splurge-worthy series. I hope my review helped you guys get a little closer to deciding whether this product is worth those hard-earned bucks.Come back this Friday for my guide for shopping the Sephora VIB sale–tips from a VIB Rouge member.♥

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I purchased this palette myself (at full-price too- lol).