Friday, September 17, 2010

LA Colors 5 Color Palette Review + Giveaway!

Haha, curb your excitement... I've got the review first :)

So I was on vacation in a very out of the way "town", and one night when going into said town, decided to explore the few shops they had on a little strip. Well, more like... shop. It was a Dollar General. Now, where I live, the dollar store isn't a place you find anything worthwhile. This one, however, was quite clean and so I ventured inside (especially because I yet again forgot my eye brushes... all except my brow brush).

Not only did they carry an array of E.L.F. brushes, but they had these cute little LA Colors 5 Color Palettes for $1.50. Oh yes, $1.50. Wendy had found her mecca for that leg of the trip.

I picked up one, hoarded it back to the cabin and played with it...

Ooh... aaah... this was impressive for $1.50. Here it is with swatches:







































None of the colors have names, so I'll label them Color 1-5, left to right:

Color 1: Pale, shimmery yellow
Color 2: Pale, shimmer orange (nearly yellow)
Color 3: Medium frosty pink, slight blue flash
Color 4: Medium raspberry pink
Color 5: Pale, shimmering lilac

The colors are smooth and buttery, and apply evenly with a slight metallic sheen. I did a look with these colors (and some teal glitter liner, ftw) but didn't take classic FOTD photos, so instead you get a British boy and me shot:
















I'm sure you don't mind.

I will explain more about the texture further down, but for now let's continue. I went back to pick up any other interesting colors, and got two more:






































Color 1: Pale shimmery yellow (darker than 1st palette)
Color 2: Medium frosty orange
Color 3: Fuschia pink (darker than 1st palette)
Color 4: Vibrant sky blue
Color 5: Pale spring green

Color 5 is a decent dupe for Mac Aquavert, which I raved about in another post. It's more shimmery but its the same base tone. Aquavert is more pastel. Color 1 in both palettes is a dupe for Goin' Bananas, I'd say the 1st palette one is closer.

I picked up the next palette mostly to test out the neutrals... I'll admit the colors didn't grab me initially but upon swatching, omg. I think this one is called Wine and Roses.





































Color 1: Frosty white, slight purple lean
Color 2: Medium taupe (its not that dark in real life)
Color 3: Red toned, shimmering brown
Color 4: Purple grey
Color 5: Deeper purple grey

Holy cow. Taupe?! In a $1.50 palette? Oh yes. The photo doesn't capture it right, it shows it as way way too red brown. It's quite soft and metallic... and taupey.

In terms of versatility, my honest vote goes to the 3rd palette. All of the colors are easily interchangeable. Maybe I'm still slightly shy of brighter colors, but I feel like looks are more limited with the first two. They are also slightly similar in the two lightest shades.

As for applying them, as I said previously they apply smoothly. It does take a little work to get them even as they are quite soft and blending too harshly will blend them right off of your eyes. I found that using a stickier base helped (NYX jumbo pencil, for example). They lasted well, I was in 85 degree weather for 7-8 hours and they hadn't bled or anything. The pinks also did not stain my lids, surprisingly.

I would compare the texture to a deluxe Urban Decay eyeshadow. I wouldn't say these are anywhere near the quality, but the idea is the same. I have trouble with blending away Deluxe shadows (even UD's regular shadows for that matter). The shimmering white in the 3rd palette is close to UD Virgin from the Naked palette. The LA Colors one is lighter but if you put your finger into them, they are very alike in feel.

I think these would be great for starters to makeup, or even those afraid of bright, bright colors. The brights in these are subtle but noticeable.
Wendy's rating: A-

So, with that, I am giving away identicals of the 3 I have reviewed here. There are some additional items though!
















Items:
- LA Colors "Tease" eye palette
- LA Colors "Wildflowers" eye palette
- LA Colors "Wine and Roses" eyepalette
- China Glaze For Audrey (yesssss!)
- Essie Mint Candy Apple
- LA Colors "Radiation" nail polish
- Maybelline Mineral Power blush "Original Rose II"
- LA Colors Art Deco "Black" polish
- Sample sizes of Clinique's High Impact Mascara and Dramatically Different Moisturizer
- Sample of Clarins Multi Active Serum
- Sample of Phyto Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm

I know the end items may seem odd... I already have full sizes of the Clinique items and I received those while working at Macy's. As for the Clarins item, it has an ingredient I'm allergic to :( Hopefully someone else can use it.

The rules are as follows: (for these, leave separate comments for each entry please)
1) You must be a follower
2) You must leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about Fall.
3) For an additional entry, you can add me to your blog roll (link must be included)
4) For an additional two entries, you can blog about this giveaway. Blogs made solely for giveaways will not count. (link must be included)
5) For an additional entry, you may tweet about this giveaway. You should @CydonianMU as your tweet or you can link me the tweet itself if you know how to do that (I sure don't, lol) Twitters made solely for giveaways will not be given credit.
6) *Special* For an additional five entries, you may post an original makeup look on yourself, inspired by the fall... it can be leaves, trees, or even a Halloween entry. Go for it! Have fun! You can post links to your photos directly on the comment, or you can email me the photos if you're shy ( guitarsoloist07 at yahoo dot com)
**One look per user**

This contest is open internationally. The contest starts when this is posted and ends at midnight EST on Friday, October 1, 2010.

Good luck guys! Can't wait to see the entries.

78 comments:

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  2. You're on my blogroll at serious-shiny.blogspot.com

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  4. Hello, thank you for a great giveaway!
    I'm follower Lucisek-Lucy's Stash

    My favourite thing about fall is my birthday (3rd fall day)! Apart from that fall nail polish collections!

    lucisek(dot)beluha(at)googlemail.com

    Lucisek

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  5. I added you to my blogroll http://lucysstash.blogspot.com/

    lucisek(dot)beluha(at)googlemail.com

    Lucisek

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  6. I blogged about your giveaway-left sidebar

    http://lucysstash.blogspot.com/

    lucisek(dot)beluha(at)googlemail.com

    Lucisek

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  7. I blogged about your giveaway-left sidebar

    http://lucysstash.blogspot.com/

    lucisek(dot)beluha(at)googlemail.com

    Lucisek

    entry#2

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  8. Look entry #1

    lucisek(dot)beluha(at)googlemail.com

    Lucisek

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  9. Look entry #2

    lucisek(dot)beluha(at)googlemail.com

    Lucisek

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  10. Look entry #3

    lucisek(dot)beluha(at)googlemail.com

    Lucisek

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  11. Look entry #4

    lucisek(dot)beluha(at)googlemail.com

    Lucisek

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  12. Look entry #5

    lucisek(dot)beluha(at)googlemail.com

    Lucisek

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  13. You know I'm a follower, and you're already on my blogroll innit :) My favourite thing about autumn is dressing for it! Summer is more about comfort for me, autumn is where I can be a bit more creative with my clothes and wear big stompy boots again :D

    I'll do a look later if that's okay!

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  19. GFC follower..
    my favourite thing about fall is Hallowen XD

    my_cute_shop(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. My favourite thing about Fall is relief from summer heat. By the end of summer you're so sick of the heat and looking forward to the cool.

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  22. I am a follower through google!
    What i love about fall is no hayfever! hahaha silly but it is true. However i do love the warm/neutral colours like brown and orange/peach

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  23. You are already in my blogroll since i put one up :)
    check out
    http://hairandmakeupoverload.blogspot.com/
    for the blog roll in the side bar of my beauty blog :)

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  24. i blogged about your give away here :)

    http://hairandmakeupoverload.blogspot.com/2010/09/turtle-beauty-160-followers-giveaway.html#

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  25. I did an EOTD that is Fall inspired and posted it on my blog here
    http://hairandmakeupoverload.blogspot.com/2010/09/autumnfall-inspired-eotd.html#

    My email is
    m4nki86[at]gmail[dot]com

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  26. Hi! I follow you via gfc as "dasa"
    Dashulkak(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I blogged about your giveaway and also added a picture - on my sidebar.
    dashulkak.blogspot.com

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  29. You are in my blogroll at
    http://bhamlady.blogspot.com/

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  30. I blogged about your giveaway here:
    http://bhamlady.blogspot.com/2010/09/some-very-nice-eye-kits-to-giveaway.html

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  31. I tweeted about our giveaway (twitter name:plohotnuke) here:
    http://twitter.com/plohotnuke/status/24980385588

    (you just have to click the date it was published in order to get the link, I had the same problem some time ago :D)

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  32. I am a follower (loqi)
    my favorite thing about fall is that it reminds me of walks my and my grandparents used tot take in fall to gather nuts to eat and chestnuts to make figures and dolls with!

    manonpen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Following! I <3 fall, it is my favorite season. It is not to hot or cold, just PERFECT! Plus, I like my wardrobe better for the fall. :D Thank you for the chance to win these awesome finds!!!!

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  34. I love the colors in the fall :)) It's my favorite season because of all the beautiful earthy colors :)

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  35. I am a follower
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  36. My favorite thing about fall is the cool weather and pretty changing leaves
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  38. Wow, thank you so much, your giveaway is amazing :D

    I follow you as CelyFrenchie.


    petite-puc3(at)hotmail.fr

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  39. I love fall because of the cool weather, not too hot and not too cold, just perfect :)

    petite-puc3(at)hotmail.fr

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  40. I'm a follower!!! ^__^

    GFC: Angelamhiere

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  41. We don't really have fall here in the Philippines... but what I like about it are the warm, beautiful and romantic colors that it brings... =)

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  43. Added ya to my blogroll already! ^__^

    http://angelamhiereslittleheaven.blogspot.com/

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  44. Tweet-tweet!!!

    Link:
    http://twitter.com/angelamhiere/status/25764578922

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  45. I made a blog about it!

    On a separate page, though! =)

    Link:
    http://angelamhiereslittleheaven.blogspot.com/p/contests-and-giveaways.html

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  47. Hi, gorgeous giveaway. Please enter me.
    I am already follower trough google friend connecter name liz.
    I love wearing colorfull tights in fall :)

    Good luck for me and everyone :)

    Anw, i also have giveaway, it is F21 statement ring.
    Have time, or want to try your luck? Join it. Cause merrier is more fun.

    liz_crowny(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. I spread your giveaway here http://pintaliztiirene.blogspot.com/2010/09/hello-september-hello-new-luck-and-say.html

    Good luck for me and everyone :)

    Anw, i also have giveaway, it is F21 statement ring.
    Have time, or want to try your luck? Join it. Cause merrier is more fun.

    liz_crowny(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. Hii Im allready your follower :)
    im following via gfc, username : ipehishere
    email me : ipehishere[at]gmail[dot]com
    There is a lot to like about fall. The leaves are changing colors, the best is halloween! :D

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  50. +2 Repost here : http://lollibunnie.blogspot.com/2010/09/another-october-giveaway-part-1.html

    +1 tweet here : http://twitter.com/Lollibunniee/status/25987123262

    email me : ipehishere[at]gmail[dot]com

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  54. Here's my looky wook: http://eyelinerandspraypaint.blogspot.com/2010/09/turtle-beautys-giveaway-and-fall-y.html


    Oh... also, I haven't sent you your stuff yet, I'm umming and aaahing over some blushes, but they've both been sold out every time I go in. So as soon as I see one of them I'll send you a wee pressie.

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  58. Hi,

    I am follower and you are on my blog roll. It's little too late to make any post on my blog or any makeup so I don't make those. I like fall because of fall's colors and cloth styles. I really don't like pastels and summer cloths.. Temperature is also quite nice. Not too hot or cold.

    email: mari (dot) ahokas (at) gmail (dot) com

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  64. I love the falling leaves of Autumn/Fall. unfortunately where i stay there's no fall :( its only summers & winters !!

    lilbitssofeverything(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. tweeted your giveaway here:-
    http://twitter.com/lilofeverything/status/26279411199

    lilbitssofeverything(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. #1 blogged your giveaway here:-
    http://lilbitssofeverything.blogspot.com/p/giveaway-arena.html

    lilbitssofeverything(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. #2 blogged your giveaway here:-
    http://lilbitssofeverything.blogspot.com/p/giveaway-arena.html

    lilbitssofeverything(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. added you on my blogroll:-
    www.lilbitssofeverything.blogspot.com

    lilbitssofeverything(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. If you see this post after the giveaway has closed, I have removed any posts with peoples' actual email addresses on them. This is for their protection. I have had a spam bot contacting my followers. Sorry guys!

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  70. Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again

    Color Palettes

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