Saturday, August 16, 2008

Review - Sonia Kashuk Breathless Brunette Palette

I think this is the quickest I've done a review. So far I've had the habit of letting the product sit for a few days then I try it out. I don't know what it is about this palette, but I knew I had to try it out fast.

What I really like about this palette, is that everything goes together. Some palettes you look at them and in the hell is that supposed to go together? Everything is perfectly harmonized. I also like that it's versatile. I used it for an easy at work look, but I know that in a few extra steps I can use it for a going out look. Plus, it's rather perfect in size, not too big, not too small, and each pan of product is nicely sized.

Let's go through each product, shall we?

Here's the same photo I posted before, only with a numbered guide to help us along:

1 = Lipgloss
2= Lipcolor/Lipstick
3 & 5 = Eye Shadow
4 = Powder Liner
6 = Blush
7 = Brow Pencil
8 & 9 = Concealer

Here are swatches corresponding to the above palette :)

-#1 Lipgloss is a nice gloss pinky nude. It has decent pigment, but on my lips it disappears into a nice MLBB (my lips but better) gloss.

-#2 Lip Color is a gorgeous berry/red and is much much thicker than the gloss. You can see from the swatch it has really dense color. It goes on much like a lipstick and leaves a really nice stain.

-#3 Eye Shadow is a shimmery beige, with a bit of pink to it. The swatch is a little deceiving, it actually went on really well and left good color with one application. I think it's a little too pink to use as a highlighter, so I'll just use it on my lid (but, that's just me).

-#4 Powder Liner is a dark, almost black, brown. Again, the swatch is deceiving because it is much darker, as you'll see a bit later. It has the faintest sparkle, but nothing that is on the verge of blingy or irritating to the eyes. Not only could this be used as a liner, but it could also be used as a contour/crease color to deepen the eye for a nightime/evening look.

-#5 Eye Shadow is a cool (!!!), matte (!!!) malted brown. I wouldn't call it chocolate. So malted it is. I'm so thrilled that this is COOL!!!! I have to be very careful when picking my brown shadows, especially matte finish, because some can have red unertones/bases and that does not make my eyes look pretty nor perky. This is the perfect crease color.

-#6 Blush is a more-pigmented-than-I-thought-it-was-gonna-be pink blush with a matte finish. It's much brigher and pigmented than I thought. I definitely over-did it on my first application. It's the largest pan in the palette and I think it's going to be the one standing last, because a little goes a long way.

-#7 Brow Pencil is something I didn't think I was going to like. I'm not keen on brow pencils in general. Either the pencil is too hard and I get harsh lines, or, the pencil is too waxy and soft and my eyebrows still look unnatural. I didn't think it was dark enough, either. Well, I was wrong on both accounts. The texture of the pencil is perfect, not too waxy or hard. And the color, which I thought looked too light at first, was a really good match. Granted, it's a little lighter than what I usually use (NYC Browser Kit), but it still made my brows look great. I may have to buy a full-sized pencil from the regular line (hopefuly they have it!).

-#8 & #9 Concealers are surprisingly awesome. I'm very picky when it comes to concealers (very very very picky). I'm mainly concerned with color, something too yellow or too dark just won't jive. The first concealer (#8) is perfect for highlighting icky spots, and looks really good tapped on the browbone too (sometimes I use a light concealer on my browbone as a highlighter, it brightens it up without the hassle of a shimmery shadow). The darker concealer (#9) is too dark to use on my face, however, mixed with #9 it's a perfect match! Imagine that!! Plus, they're creamy and go on smooth.

Here's how I used it!

I used shadow #3 on the lid with shadow #5 in the crease. I added a bit of my favorite SK shadow, Burnished, to the outer part of the lid for a little "oomph." Then #4 powder liner to, uh, line and I also used the brow pencil.

The Final Note: I can't believe I snagged this up at $4!! This is obviously a great deal for the discounted price, but for the record I would say that this would still be an amazing deal for the full price (whatever that is, I think it might have been around $13, I'm just not sure). This is an extremely versatile day-to-night palette that is perfect for cool-toned brunettes (We just don't get enough love!). I love it so much, it has me singing this when I use it:


The Home Spa Goddess said...

LOL! I saw these at my Target too:) I didn't think the colors would work for me. Did you see all the Boots stuff that had been marked down? I want that magnetic shadow pallete.

Tanya Annette said...

Yep, I saw the Boots stuff on clearance, but it had already been picked over pretty well =/ I have a couple of the eyeshadows and they were out of the palettes to stick 'em in! I guess it's off to search the 12039 other Targets in my area ;)