A couple months ago I did some filming for a TV programme here in Lagos called GlamReportTv, the programme itself hasn’t launched yet, think it’s scheduled for early this year. I may or may not tell you when my episode airs, was one of the most nerve-racking things I have done but I am very grateful to the producer for having me on her show, thanks Bola 🙂
The location for filming was a supermarket in Ogba, Ikeja (I cannot for the life of me remember what this supermarket’s called. Once I get the details I’ll be sure to update this post). We filmed in the beauty/skincare section of the store. While I was waiting for the crew to setup and the host to shoot her introduction I wandered around and found an L.A. colours stand.
These aren’t my first purchases from this brand, I own a few lip-liners and they are pretty decent, their red liner works really well with all my high-end red lipsticks. I tend to go for eyeshadow palettes as opposed to individual colours, apart from their obvious value for money, I find that colours in a palette are selected to compliment each other and this makes it easier for me to get inspired when thinking of an eye-look to go for.
They had quite a few palettes on display, but I consciously went for colours that I do not have in my collection. I definitely needed that pink palette in there.
Each palette holds 5 colours in a mixture of matte, frosted and shimmer finishes and a little double-ended foam applicator.
|‘Circus’ Palette: N600|
As you can see from the swatches, the colour payoff is not too bad, and they have been swatched directly unto my skin without any primer underneath. The purple and blue shadows have a matte finish, while the green, lime and pink shades have a shimmer finish
|‘Serenade’ Palette: N600|
This palette contains 5 gorgeous shades of pink in a frost and shimmer finish and the darker shade being matte. These colours are very wearable and can be used all over the lid. The lightest shade can be used to highlight the brow-bone and also the cheekbones. I love to experiment with my makeup, just because it says ‘eyeshadow’ on the tin doesn’t mean it can’t be used as a blusher or highlighter ;). This is my favourite palette of the bunch
|‘Soiree’ Palette: N600|
This is my least favourite palette. Just because the colour payoff isn’t as great as the rest. You can barely see the grey-silver shade (bottom of the picture). Although, I have to admit I was a bit ‘light-handed’ with my swatching, I’m pretty sure they can be built-up. No regrets. These also have a frost-shimmer finish.
Look at how much they are, N600 for 5 full-sized eyeshadows is not a bad deal if you ask me!
I find that with eyeshadows as long as they have a nice smooth texture, not chalky and give a good colour pay-off, with the right primer they all pretty much work the same.
I specifically got these colours to use as crease colours and also to line the bottom of my eyes to give that pop of colour. I got this awesome solution from Inglot that turns powder products into a nice gel-like consistency so that they can be used as eye-liners. Although this is not avaible in Lagos I think I’ll do a little review on this for those of us that like to shop online!
Smartie Mart SuperMarket