It’s time to check back in with my One Week One Palette series! It’s sort of crazy to me that we’ve almost made it a full year doing check-ins with my palette rotation. At the end of the year, I’m going to do a look back at the project and share my reflections on the whole thing.
In the meantime, here we are at weeks 37 and 38, with a new palette acquisition and a good old standy-by:
Week 37: Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries
The Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries was included in the September BoxyCharm and is the newest palette to my collection. As I mentioned in that BoxyCharm review, this is the second palette I’ve tried from Pur Cosmetics, the first being the My Little Pony palette that I loved. Because of this, I was very excited to see a palette from this brand in the box. Upon first impression, the colors were gorgeous and perfect for everyday at the office.
After using this for a full week, I ended up being somewhat disappointed overall. The colors are pretty, but they are not very pigmented. I was especially disappointed in the shimmers. They just didn’t have the color payoff I was expecting. I tried all the tricks in the book to make them work: primer, different bases, wetting a brush but they still came out dull. Also, I always like to have one extremely light shimmery shade in a palette for the inner corner and to brighten up any look I’m doing. This palette was missing that as well.
The mattes were decent, but nothing overly special. Another thing to note is that the palette has an odd, plasticky smell to it. This is never a great sign! Overall, this isn’t up to the standard of Pur’s more recent palettes.
Week 38: Urban Decay Naked Palette
Going into this week I knew I wanted something neutral and something that I didn’t have to think much about. It was going to be a long, challenging week at work, and I didn’t have much creativity in the tank. A high performing, classic palette is exactly what the situation called for, and the original Naked palette is one of the best!
The color Virgin is a perfect matte shade to use under the brow bone, and Sin is my favorite all over the lid shade in the palette. Each day I used this, I was quickly able to create looks that I loved without much effort. I very much enjoy the mattes in this palette as well. There’s no better palette for finding the perfect crease and transition shades. I believe the Naked palette is a classic for a reason. If you haven’t tried it, it’s one I highly recommend.
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What’s one of your favorite stand-by palettes?