I bought some things over the last few months, here is my collective haul and first impressions!

 

I’m back! I was tagged by LipstickLady518 on Youtube (check out her channel, she is a seriously sweet person with great taste makeup!) to do the Summer Obsessed TAG.

 

Enjoy!

 

I have to admit that I take a keen interest in neutral or natural eyeshadow palettes. The super bright shades rarely interest me, but I’m always interested when a new palette of browns, golds and similar hues is released. You’d think by now I’d own every shade known to man- but it seems like every now and then a palette comes out that really takes neutrals to another dimension entirely. Which is exactly what the Kat Von D Monarch Palette did.

KatVonD Monarch Palette

 

The palette consists of warms, cools, mattes and shimmers. The first unique thing is that all of the shades are winners; there isn’t a dud in the bunch. The other thing that makes it different is the color selection. Just when you thought neutrals couldn’t be done any other way!

KatVonD Monarch Palette Swatches

Swatches L-R: Deadhead, Shadowbox, Disintegration, Vanish, Delaney, Killing Jar, Summerfly, Papilio, Wrath, Tiny Death, Telepathy, Entomology

My favorite shades are Telepathy, Vanish, Delaney and Disintegration. All of the shades are pigmented and look the same on the skin as they do in the pan.

You can get this 12 shade palette at Sephora for $46. It has a sturdy cardboard packaging that is nicely decorated and there is a large mirror on the inside.

If you love neutral shades but are looking for something that isn’t run-of-the-mill I think this is a good option at a great price.

Mally beauty used to be a brand exclusive to the shopping network QVC. Over time I have seen her expand to Beauty.com and more recently at ULTA- read: the brand is much more accessible these days.

And why not? The Makeup Artist extraordinaire has an infectious personality and her products rarely disappoint. If you’ve never tried the Poreless Face Defender, you’re missing out! It’s a summertime staple for me.

One of my most used items from her line is the Evercolor Shadow Stick. It’s everything you want a shadow stick to be- long wearing, crease-proof, loaded with pigment and easy to blend.

Mally Evercolor Shadow Sticks

I currently own ten shades (and is it wrong that I still want MOAR?!) of the amazing and pigmented pencil.

To give you perspective on how this matches up to other popular formulas I did the math for you: Mally’s Evercolor Shadow Sticks retail for $25 for .06oz. By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar sticks retail for a whopping $43 for .057 oz and Laura Mercier’s Caviar Sticks are $26 for .05 oz. I own two of the By Terry pencils and although they are nice- they are NOT $43 nice in my opinion. The Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks are great and I own several shades- but they are more expensive and less product than Mally’s version. Mally also has the largest selection of colors- currently offering 24 shades while Laura Mercier offers 18 shades and By Terry offering only 12.

Mally Shadow Stick Swatches

Swatches L-R: Nautical, Deep Plum, Saddle Shimmer, Dusk, Rosy Taupe, Copper Rose, Sunlight, Angel Shimmer, Champagne, Platinum

My most used shade is definitely Champagne. It’s the perfect base color or everyday shade to give your lids a bit of lift and shine. I never experience fallout from the more shimmery shades and they DO NOT BUDGE once I put them on. They stay put with or without primer. My two most recent shades are Copper Rose and Sunlight. I saw a swatch of Copper Rose recently and knew I had to pick it up. Sunlight is a new shade (I think) and I added that to my cart with little hesitation. It’s less shimmery and more glowy- a perfect everyday color for those who don’t want shimmer but appreciate glowy lids.

I encourage you to give one (or 5) of these a try. QVC and ULTA sometimes have really nice and budget-friendly sets that allow you to try several shades for less than the price of two (like, here) <— not an affiliate link- I’m not getting paid for telling you this! ;)

Do I need more shades? Probably not. Will more shades end up appearing mysteriously in my drawer? Most likely.

It was hard to narrow this down, but I feel like these shades are really too good to pass up!

 

Enjoy!