Sigma Beauty Smoke Screen Palette Review

eye shadow Sigma Beauty is well known for its makeup brushes, but not as commonly known for their makeup line in the beauty world. Although, I think that Sigma Beauty is getting more and more into the makeup world with them bringing out more and more palettes, blushes, lip-glosses, and even lately gel eyeliners. I was quite impressed with their previous palette which is called, Warm Neutrals,  so when they came out with this Smoke Screen palette, I knew I had to pick it up. If you’re interested on my review of the Warm Neutrals palette you can find that here. Both palettes are still available online and at Sigma Beauty. Sigma Beauty’s flagship store is at Mall of America so I always have to stop in whenever I am at MOA.

What Sigma Beauty says about this palette, “The Sigma Beauty Smoke Screen Eye Shadow Palette features 12 different shades and finishes with cool undertones, perfect that give the ability to transform your look from desk to dancing. Each shade is represented by sophisticated neutrals to bold brights offset by dark, dusty hues. Paraben-free.” More information found here

Price: $39.00

PACKAGING

The Smoke Screen palette comes with the same look and feel as the Warm Neutrals palette. It comes with an outer white sleeve that I already threw away. I don’t see a point in keeping it.

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Here is the back of the outer sleeve showing the colors shades, the ingredients, and amount of product included.

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The actual palette itself is nice and sturdy. I really like the sleek look of it. The Sigma logo makes it look nice and high quality. The palette does have a magnetic closure.

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This is what the back of the palette looks like. It shows the shades, amount of product, and that it was made in China.

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It comes with a nice sized mirror, but the mirror does not stay up by itself.

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Overall, I am quite impressed with the packaging. I do like that they went with the same packaging look as with the Warm Neutrals palette.

THE EYE SHADOWS

This palette has an amazing array of colors and finishes. I do not have any other palettes quite like this. This palette is perfect for creating smokey eye looks. They also included some fun shades like the lavender shade and of course the amazing blue shade. Nobody says that smokey eyes can’t be fun! 😀 Each shadow is imprinted with Sigma Beauty which I think is cool, but over time that disappears.

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THE SWATCHES

Row 1  VEILED: shimmery peach OPULENT: frosty copper EMBER: frosty medium bronze- brown THUNDERHEAD: matte medium brown

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Row 2 MISTY: matte light lavender HAZE: matte light mauve-brown SVELTE: matte olive brown RAVE: shimmery brown with gold glitter

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Row 3 NEBULA: shimmery turquoise blue ATMOSPHERE: shimmery milk chocolate brown CINDERS: frosty slate-gun-metal ALMOST JET: charcoal-black

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FORMULA & MY THOUGHTS I love this palette because I find it to be very unique. It has quite a few different shades that I have never seen in other palettes. Some of my favorites shades include: nebula, opulent, svelte, and rave. Nebula is pretty amazing and I loved using it in my look down below. Also, I think that Svelte is super unique with its olive tones. The formula is just like the Warm Neutrals one. I feel like they have improved their formula quite a bit compared to some previous palettes of theirs. The shadows are very easy to work with. They’re very pigmented, blendable, and soft. They’re aren’t powdery which is nice, but some of the glittery shades have a little fall-out. Pros

  • Highly pigmented
  • Easy to work with
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Unique and fun shades
  • Paraben free!

Cons

  • Price, although I don’t personally think it is all that bad compared to other palettes out on the market.
  • Mirror doesn’t stand up
  • Glittery shades have some fall-out
  • Not available in a lot of stores so hard to find unless purchasing online.

FOTDs

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With that, I hope that you enjoyed this post! Do you have this palette? What do you think of it? Comment and let me know if you enjoy my palette reviews and what palette review you would like to see next. Hope you all have a wonderful day and weekend!

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Kat Von D Monarch Eye Shadow Palette Review

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I blame YouTube and Kat Von D herself for me buying the butterfly eye shadow palette collection. Awhile back, Sephora’s YouTube channel had released a video of Kat Von D herself introducing her two new palettes. The two palettes from this collection are called Monarch and Chrysalis. If you have been following me, it may be no surprise to you that I love palettes. So I had to jump on the opportunity to purchase them. I first will be doing the Monarch palette review and then soon after I will be doing the Chrysalis review.

A SEPHORA OVERVIEW
All information down below in italics can be found on the Sephora site found here.

What it is: An alluring, warm-toned eyeshadow palette with a stunning composition of colors—three large base shades and nine transformative accent hues—for a spectrum of stunning eye looks. 

What it does: From delicate to daring, experience a rebirth of color and explore endless eye looks with the Monarch Eyeshadow Palette. Featuring warm-toned shades in an ingenious arrangement that gives you the biggest basics and the most accent hues, now you’ll have the freedom to create your heart out without running out of the go-to colors. Relish in the luxurious texture of triple-milled powder, which picks up instantly and lays down with a one-sweep, full-coverage application. The patented Power Last™, long-wearing formula gives you buildable, from dawn-to-dusk drama, while an infusion of antioxidants including rose extract and vitamins A, C, and E all work to keep your eyelids hydrated and protected. 

What else you need to know: Inspired by the metamorphosis of the butterfly, Kat created this palette to give you endless ways to transform your eyes every day. The palette is decorated with original artwork derived from her love of butterflies—a symbol of rebirth and renewal. Follow Kat’s tutorials for tips and inspiration.

PACKAGING

Something about Kat Von D’s palettes are they all have amazing packaging!  With Kat Von D being an artist herself, she of course designs her own palettes covers. You can tell that she spends a lot of time perfecting each and every detail of her design. This palette cover is probably one of my favorites of the ones I have seen of her brand. I love butterflies! I even have a tattoo of a butterfly. I feel like a butterfly symbolizes freedom because it has the ability to fly wherever it wants to. Maybe, that sounds cheesy, but that is what my tattoo symbolizes to me. Anyway, the cover has a monarch butterfly on it as you can see in the photo below. The cover to this palette is so very her, especially since she added the skulls to the end of the butterfly wings. The back of the palette has a lot of detail in it as well because on each side of the names there is the same butterfly wings. This palette feels very sturdy and does have a magnetic closure. I know I heard a lot of people were upset that it wasn’t her usual tin packaging. Well, I actually like this cardboard type of packaging over her normal tin. The inside of the palette has a nice sized mirror which isn’t that important to me because I never use those mirrors. But, it would be nice for travel purposes.

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PRICING AND SIZE

The price of this palette is $46.00 which is expensive, but most palettes from Sephora are around that price range. That is because it is more of a “prestige” brand. Also, remember that this is a Sephora only exclusive brand. You can either buy it in store or online. Also, with the always moving makeup industry this palette won’t be available for much longer. I assume she is working on her next palette by now. It is crazy that some makeup brands are already bringing out Fall 2014 collections! Aaaahhh…. slow down! It is still Summer!

On the back of the palette it says, “Keep your look ever-changing, highlight eyes with 3 textural bases and accentuate with 9 transformative colors.” According to Sephora the amount of shadows included are: 3 x 0.095 oz and 9 x 0.049 oz. Those are pretty nice sizes if you ask me. More information found here

THE SHADES
This palette comes with a bunch of different finishes and shades. This is a very warm toned palette with brown, gold, copper, and orange shades. This palette has shimmery, pearl, and matte finishes as well. Because of that, there is a multitude of looks that a person could come up with using this palette.  I am horrible at describing colors, so I am showing you the descriptions off of Sephora’s website for each of the shades. I would try and describe them, but I feel like the most important part of the review is the use and ease of the shadows.

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Textural Bases

  1. entomology: matte cream
  2. telopathy: pearl gold
  3. tiny death: glitter cream

Transformative Colors

  1. wrath: deep pearl orange
  2. papillo: pearl chocolate
  3. summerfly: glitter gold
  4. killing jar: pearl copper
  5. delaney: pearl silver
  6. vanish: matte taupe
  7. disintegration: pearl brown
  8. shadow box: matte chocolate
  9. deadhead: matte black

THE SWATCHES

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FORMULATION

What I love about eye shadow is each makeup brand has a different formulation for their shadows. Some are better than others and some are more expensive than others as well. But, pricing doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Something that I noticed about the formula from this palette is that they’re super soft. Due to the softness, it makes them very powdery.  If you put too much on your brush the shadow will go everywhere. So what I recommend is a light hand. With that being said, I really do enjoy the formula. The shadows being powdery does not bother me at all because they’re soft and easy to work with. It does have some fall out so usually I do my foundation afterwards. But, the fallout isn’t terrible either. The shadows are super pigmented so only a little amount is needed. My favorite shades are the first 3 of the tranformative shadows: wrath, papillo, and summerfly. Using those shadows creates a gorgeous look! Another thing that I love about this palette is that it is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. That is a big time pro for me!  I think that this palette is perfect for Fall, but in all reality could be used all year around.

PROS

  • Gorgeous and unique packaging
  • Softness of shadows
  • Pigmentation
  • Only need a tiny amount so palette will last a long time
  • Size/amount of shadows included
  • Study palette with mirror included
  • Paraben, sulfate, and phthlate free
  • Made in the USA

CONS

  • Price
  • Powdery
  • Limited Edition
  • Only available through Sephora

A RANDOM FOTD

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Overall, I highly recommend picking up this palette if you get the chance. This is such a fun warm toned palette and I have had a lot of fun creating looks using it. So far, I am quite impressed with Kat Von D’s makeup brand. Recently, I picked up one of her blushers so that review will be coming up soon. Comment down below if you have this palette or are thinking about picking it up. I love reading your comments!

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Day 27: An OOTD and FOTD!

So this outfit of the day and face of the day was actually what I wore yesterday. I went to the town where both my brothers live. I even sold back my Iphone at Best Buy and received a gift card and walked out with a Nintendo Wii U. Nintendo <3! I was happy that I got so much back on my Iphone! Team Android!

I did post some of these photos on my Instagram and Twitter, but I thought it would be fun to do a post about them.

I got this outfit from Maurices! Who would have thought?!? Lol, love that store! I also used one of my newest palettes, Too Faced Chocolate Bar for my FOTD. The picture doesn’t capture its shimmer at all. Comment if you have any advice on capturing photos to get the full effect of an eye look. I am really loving this palette! It is amazing! I will be doing a review sometime soon! I also got my feather necklace at Maurices as well.

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Mirya being adorable!

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Do you see me wearing capris and sandals!?! So glad that the Minnesota Winter is finally over! It was a little chilly, but I didn’t care! Sandals are out to stay!

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My hair clips that I got from Wal-Mart.

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The bow ring that I thought was adorable that I got from JCPenney.

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I recently got a new curling wand and my hair was still super curly at the end of the day! Usually my hair doesn’t stay curled very well so I was pleasantly surprised!

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Comment and let me know what you think! Hope you’re all having an amazing weekend!

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Also, don’t forget to check out my previous posts from this month during the #30daysofthebeautydeputy

Day 26: Get Ready with Me Blog Hop

Day 25: Pacifica Natural Lip Tint Review

Day 24: Watch Mirya, my Shiba Inu, Grow!

Day 23: My Essie Nail Polish Collection

Day 22: Lush Charity Pot Lotion Review

Day 21: What I would buy if I had $500-$1000 to spend on beauty products…

Day 20: Happy Easter and The Beauty Scenario Tag

Day 19: April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

Day 18: Easter Goodies!

Day 17: My Niece Does my Makeup

Day 16: Wizard of Oz Collection by Julep

Day 15: Kat Von D Esperanza Palette Review

Day 14: Soap & Glory Endless Glove

Day 13: My Top 10 Youtube Beauty Gurus

Day 12: The Spring Tag

Day 11: Beauty Box 5

Day 10: Discuss with Me #3

Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap Spring Box

Day 8: No 3 month No-Buy

Day 7: My Weekend & an Ulta Sale

Day 6: Tag 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

Day 5: Only One Tag

Day 4: GIVEAWAY

Day 3: Miranda’s Tangerine Natural Lip Balm

Day 2: March Favorites

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Box Swap Item #2 Review: Sleek Storm Palette

Time for another box swap review! When Effie and I first started talking about doing a blog swap, I told her that I wanted to try a Sleek eye-shadow palette. Browsing Sleek’s website, I knew that they had quite a few amazing palettes. The ones that I knew I definitely wanted were either the Storm palette or the Garden of Eden palette. I wasn’t sure which one I would get, but I was excited when I opened it and saw STORM written across the palette’s packaging! I live up in Minnesota and sometimes we get tornado warnings. I’ve never been in a tornado (*knocks on wood), but I have seen very interesting colors in the sky and this palette reminds me of that. I remember staying at my brothers hiding out in the bathroom with my sister-in-law and nieces as bad weather was coming. Thankfully, the tornado didn’t really form and come that near us. But, it was sure windy and hailing and the sky was strange colors.

Sleek i-Divine Storm Palette

The Packaging

Here is the outer packaging that this palette comes in. Nothing spectacular, but gets the job done!

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The palette itself! I really like how sleek the palette it. It also seems sturdy too!

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The back of the palette. It was made in China.

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The palette comes with a nice mirror that actually stays up!!! Once again, I think of Xsparkage and her Viagra reference.

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The Shadows

Comes with 12 shadows in a variety of colors and finishes. The amount of each shadow is: 12X1.1g/12×0.03oz.

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The Swatches

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  1. This color is a lot of fun, I would describe it as a shimmery beige medium gold. It is super pigmented! I had fun incorporating this shade into my St. Patrick’s Day inspired looks.
  2. Another fun color that helps lighten up the look. It is a shimmery, yet gorgeous champagne shade that I think helps complete the palette. I like using this shade in my inner corner. I used it in my look #2 down below.
  3. This is a very important shade because it is a matte medium brown which I think is a perfect crease color. This palette is mostly shimmery, so it is nice to have a matte included.
  4. This shade is crazy pigmented! I would describe this shade as a shimmery milk chocolate brown. This is a perfect color to use on the outer eye or outer V and into the crease for a darker look.
  5. Love this shade! This was actually the first shade I tried since I was wearing a blue top. Why not wear blue eye-shadow? I would describe this shade as a shimmery midnight blue.
  6. Also love this shade because I love green! I would describe this shade as a shimmery forest green. This is the shade that I used in my St. Patrick’s Day Inspired looks down below.

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  1. I feel like this is the perfect gold shade. I would call it a shimmery medium gold that is super pigmented.
  2. In love with this color! It is crazy pigmented. I would describe this shade as a shimmery medium rose pink.
  3. This shadow isn’t as pigmented as the one above, but still pigmented. This shadow compliments the shade above very well when used together. I would describe this shade as a shimmery (light) cranberry.
  4. I also incorporated this shade into my #1 FOTD down below along with the other blue shade above. I would describe this shade as a shimmery greyish-blue. It is also nicely pigmented.
  5. Another perfect shade to have in the palette for a crease shade. I would describe it as a matte taupe-brown.
  6. Just a regular matte black shade. It is pigmented and can be used to add a little more depth into the outer V.

My Overall Thoughts

I love love love love this palette! I think the shades are gorgeous! The eye-shadows are very pigmented, very blendable, and affordable! This is a very shimmery palette, so it might not be for everybody, but I love the shimmer. Like I said above, it also has some mattes. The only thing really missing is a highlight shade for under the eyebrow. Usually I just grab my Naked 2 and use the color Foxy. I recently went to Mall of America (I will be posting that haul here soon) , and the worker at the Sigma store complimented on my eye-shadows. She made me smile! 🙂 In case you were wondering, it was FOTD #4. Also, the palette is really hard to open. Trying to open it made me chip my gel polish. But, now that I have opened it a few times, it is getting easier.  It also comes with a foam applicator, which seems nice and applied the shadows nicely. But, in the end, I would rather use my makeup brushes, so I ended up throwing that away. Overall, this palette is amazing and I will continue to use it regularly.

My FOTDs

#1: Blues

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#2 Neutral Pink

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#3 Gold/Greens (St. Patrick’s Day Inspired)

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#4 More Inspired Greens for St. Patrick’s Day

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#5 More Blues

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Some Mirya & Maddie Photos! 

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This palette really got me intrigued with this brand. I really want to try out some more of their palettes and other makeup items. These palettes come in 16 shades. I am loving Garden of Eden, Vintage Romance, and I-Candy! I-Candy would be perfect for Summer! They all look amazing!

Once again, you thank Effie for sending me this lovely palette!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy

OOTD & FOTD!!!

Just wanted to share with you all my outfit of the day and my face of the day! This is my first time doing a post like this so I am excited about it!

OUTFIT

Whole outfit from Maurices

You can get the shirt here

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FACE

Using the Naked 3

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Hope you enjoyed this quick short post! Comment and let me know if you want to see more posts like this!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy