It’s time for the holidays again, and if you are a fellow makeup hoarder, then you know that means dozens of cheap new holiday palettes are showing up at the drugstores! Sometimes, these holiday palettes are little more than stocking stuffers, but lost amidst the sea of sparkly lipgloss and glittery eyeshadows, there are a few hidden gems as well. Case in point: these two Profusion palettes, called Smoky and Bare. I found these hidden away on the top shelf at my local Walgreen’s, and because I’m on an eyeshadow palette kick, I just had to buy them. And I’m so glad I did, because these are amazing! So amazing that I actually went out and bought backups. They’re that good.
First, can we just appreciate the packaging? It’s so cute. The Smoky palette has a snakeskin design, while the Bare palette has leopard print. They cost five bucks each, and they come with an applicator, a pencil liner, and a mirror ( I love palettes with a mirror–so easy to touch up that way.)
Here is a close-up of the Smoky palette–it is my favorite! It has some unique colors in it that are great for Fall.
And here are swatches of the Smoky palette:
As you can see, the Smoky palette has a shimmering white shade, a cool-toned silver, a warmer toned, shimmery taupey silver, a shimmery champagne gold, a GORGEOUS smoky pink taupe, a warm-toned metallic red, a deep plum, a satin-finish olive green with gold shimmer, a navy blue with blue shimmer, and a very dark matte black.
Here’s the Bare palette. It has some beautiful rose gold and taupe shades!
The Bare palette contains a matte bone white, a cool toned satin gray, a metallic gold, a metallic bronze, a metallic silver-bronze with multicolor glitter, a matte ivory, a shimmery pale pink, a metallic rose gold, a matte dusty pink, and a satin chocolate brown.
I really love the color selections in each palette. All of the shades work together beautifully, and it’s so easy to create a sophisticated eye look.They blend like butter and I rarely have to touch up. Also, these colors are really pigmented for $5 shadows–I did not use primer for these swatches. These may look super-glittery in the pan, but in reality, they have this lustrous, shimmering finish that I think is really pretty. Sometimes, with shimmery, colorful eyeshadows, it’s a pain to take them off, and I end up scrubbing at my eyes for ten minutes. But not with these. Although they stay on and look great for hours, they’re amazingly easy to get off, which is a big thing for me. I have been using these nonstop since I got them, and would definitely recommend them! Well worth a try.