Thursday, September 20, 2018

What I'm Not Buying: Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette

Yesterday, on my Instagram stories, I asked readers to pick my next anti-haul blog post. I received a tremendous response (thank you!), and while there is certainly interest in an anti-haul post for all of the products I mentioned (stay tuned...) there was one product that stood out from the rest that was either a great source of temptation or anger: Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry.

Sultry, which is the newest eyeshadow palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills, is a completely neutral palette that we have seen dozens of times over the past seven years. But this time, it has an added coral shade. 

And I won't be buying. 

Does anyone else remember the Anastasia Beverly Hills of the Modern Renaissance days? When every other brand was teasing consumers for months on end about a new product—as though it was a new season of highly anticipated television show—ABH just released Modern Renaissance one day after it was announced. And when all the other brands were trying to outdo each other in terms of recreating the gold, bronze, and brown color scheme better, ABH came out with a palette with some orange and red shades. 

Despite the fact that I have a complicated history with Modern Renaissance (I caved into hype and pressure from a salesperson, hated the palette, accepted that the formula was hard to work with and not my favorite, realized that I already owned all the colors already, and returned it), I liked the way that the brand conducted themselves during the launch, and I've had my eye on them ever since. 

Since then, however, ABH has failed to impress me. The Master Palette by Mario was, in my opinion, really boring and fueled entirely by fear of missing out and a fascination with celebrity culture; Subculture was a PR nightmare as the shadows were so powdery and difficult to work with; and now Soft Glam, Norvina, and Sultry have all been churned out in record time and feel like very boring similar color stories. 

When it felt like all the other brands were coming out with a new palette every month, I liked that ABH only came out with one, maybe two, a year. It made me appreciate the brand more because they weren't saturating the market. But that has since changed, and now ABH—like so many other brands—is looking uninspired and lazy. They know they have a loyal (and, at times, rabid) fanbase, and can therefore release a version of a palette most people already own and throw in one "pop of color" shade and have it be a success. 

Which brings us to Sultry:

When I look at this palette, I feel like it is 2012. Because it reminds me so much of Urban Decay Naked 2:

I can still remember being at work when I learned that the Naked 2 palette released, and I told my coworker (who shared my love of makeup) that we both had to buy it right then and there because it was going to sell out. We didn't have time to think about it; we had to make a decision. So we each bought it. And the palette sold out. And we both felt so lucky that we were able to snag it. 

We didn't really think about the fact that the Naked 2 palette wasn't all that different from the Naked palette. The original was warm-toned! The new one is cool-toned! They are totally different!

I also didn't think about this when I bought the Too Faced Chocolate Bar:

 Or the Make Up For Ever Artist 1 palette:

Or the Lorac Pro 2:

To name just a few. 

I spent so many years and so much money buying the same things over and again. But now I'm older, I've decluttered almost every single neutral palette from my collection, and I write a blog about smart consumerism and recognizing marketing tactics geared at making you buy what you already own. And—somehow—Anastasia Beverly Hills thinks that they can get me to buy the Naked 2 palette all over again? Because they threw in a matte coral and a matte mustard?

Oh, I don't think so. 

Let's look at the shadows in Sultry as just pigments:

When I look at this line of crushed pigments, do you know what I see? Colors that are so nondescript that they can only be called neutrals, plus one coral shade and a mustard. 

Let's look at the swatches:

If you cover up the coral shade in the above photo, I actually think the color scheme of this palette is  pretty and smoky. It's unoriginal and stale, but pretty. But the inclusion of the coral feels out of place and like the palette doesn't understand its own color scheme. To me, the coral seems to almost clash with the rest of the colors, which makes the entire thing feel less like this was an intentional ABH color story and more like ABH wanted to throw in one bright color to disorient people from thinking they already own this exact palette. 

Taking away the coral, Sultry looks just like every other neutral palette. 

It looks like the Viseart Theory palettes in Cashmere:

And Chroma:

It also looks like Lorac Pro:

Tartelette Toasted:

Colourpop I Think I Love You:

Juvia's Place Warrior:

And Makeup Geek In the Nude:

But Sultry also looks like so many other palettes from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Like the Master Palette by Mario:

Norvina (if you cover up the one shimmery purple and matte periwinkle): 

And Soft Glam:

It's no surprise to learn that brands want consumers to buy the same thing endlessly. Once brands saw the success Urban Decay had with serializing the Naked palettes, they all started either serializing their own products (i.e. Chocolate Bars, Lorac Pros, Tartelettes, etc.) or making them collectible in some other way, like ABH has with their velvet packaging. 

I watched a declutter video recently where someone acknowledged that she did not like the ABH formula, but had collected all of the palettes with the velvet packaging and wasn't ready to let that collection go. And this is exactly what ABH and every other brand is counting on when they make these similar-looking products. They want people to feel like these products are collector's items, and they want you to buy them all. 

And, frankly, Sultry just isn't a palette that anyone asked for or needs. When you look at the gaping holes in the makeup industry or necessary areas of improvement, I don't think anyone is under the impression that we need more neutral palettes. We need inclusive products. And while Sultry looks to be more inclusive than a typical neutral palette with a cream brow bone shade and light brown transition shade, this palette still feels like it leans closer to the light end of the spectrum than the dark. And when there are quite literally countless options of neutral eyeshadow palettes geared toward light skin tones, there is just zero reasoning for brands to continue producing them. 

I have purchased some version of Sultry more times than I care to remember. Over the many years of being a makeup lover, a member of the beauty community, and finally someone who had a shopping/makeup addiction, I continued to buy the same items, never really learning that they were all the same or that I didn't need to buy them just because they were new and the "influencers" were talking about them. 

And now, a few years into my shifted perspective on consumerism, I can say without hesitation that I have every shade in Sultry, and I have zero need to add the Anastasia Beverly Hills version of it. This palette would add nothing to my collection other than another palette that would eventually be decluttered. 

If you are lusting after Sultry and have been thinking about trying to dupe a palette from singles in your collection or shades that you have depotted, I think this would a great palette to start with. Chances are, if you find yourself drawn to this palette, you likely already pwn shimmery whites, champagnes, golds, bronzes, and taupes, and duping this palette from your own collection could be quite easy. 

Even though ABH has never been my personal favorite brand, I have always found them intriguing and have been excited to see what new product or color scheme they were going to bring to the makeup industry. And it would be disappointing for ABH go down the same path as brands like Too Faced and Tarte, where the main objective is to pump out new, typically non-inclusive releases as quickly as possible that are just repackaged versions of something we have already seen.  

But, it seems like ABH may be heading in this direction. With the releases of Soft Glam, Norvina, and now Sultry, it seems like ABH cares less about the color story and inspiration and more about an easy color scheme they know will sell. And as a consumer, that is a major turnoff for me. 

I have zero need for a palette like this, and more than that, I have zero want for it. So I won't be buying. 

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In my next post, I will write an anti-haul on the product that received the second-most votes on my Instagram stories. Stay tuned. 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

What I'm Not Buying: Natasha Denona Safari Palette

Natasha Denona has come out with another $129 palette, and this time it's full of matte shades and called Safari. 

And I won't be buying. 

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that I don't have a problem with luxury makeup—most times—and own/have owned products from brands like Pat McGrath, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, and Viseart. You'll also know that I have products from Natasha Denona, and I not only find them to be incredibly overhyped, but also overpriced. And the same goes for Safari, except I feel this one is especially overpriced since it's an all-matte palette.  

The matte palette had its moment a few years ago. It seemed like every brand came out with their version of it, which included Urban Decay Naked Basics, Too Faced Natural Matte, Tarte Tartelette, and the many matte palettes of Viseart. And it was through that craze, specifically, that I learned that I really love shimmer shadows. 

I have owned two 5-pan palettes from Natasha Denona, and for the exception of Nina's Orchid, all of the matte shadows were terrible and have been decluttered from my collection. I kept some of the shimmer shadows from those palettes, and I do find them to be very pretty, but there was nothing about Natasha Denona shadows that made me think that they were even close to being worth their price tag. 

I know that the brand has reformulated their matte shades since then (which is great because they were so terrible), and they have also made what seems to be good strides in not having insultingly bad packaging: 

But I still find this palette to be overpriced and kind of boring. And I don't think you can be both those things at the same time. You can be overpriced and exciting and unique or you can be boring and reasonably priced. And, yes, this is just my own personal opinion, but I can guarantee you that if this palette cost $60, I would not be nearly as hard on it as I am for that fact that it's $129. 

Let's look at it:

If you look at the rows of this palette, you have a cool-toned row at the top with some grays, a blue, a cream, and an olive. In the next row, you have another, nearly identical cream for some reason as well as shades that you will find in almost any warm neutral palette. And in the final row, you've got a pink, an orange that looks like the two oranges in the row above, a berry that looks like something I've seen in a dozen palettes, another brown shade to add to the two in the row above, and a mustard. 


So in this entire palette, I can tell you that, personally:
  • I won't ever use the two gray shades in the top row
  • I've got so many brown, orange, and cream shades that I have no need for a 15-pan palette where eight of the shades are these colors 
  • I have plenty of berries and pinks and don't need any more
  • I have at least a few mustard and olive shades that I really like and don't want more

That leaves me with... zero shadows in this palette that I don't already have or want. Which means that even though at first glance this palette looks like it has a "different" color scheme, that's just my brain playing tricks on me since I probably have just not seen all these shades arranged in this way before. 

Let's look at swatches:

I find these swatches to be very confusing. The first six shadows swatched look like the same three colors repeating themselves. And the same goes for the next nine, for the exception of the one pink shade. I'm also highly skeptical when shades look this similar on different skin tones, which tells me that—like all swatch pictures provided by the band—these are manipulative in some way. That can be due to photoshopping swatches onto an arm or laying colors on top of each other in a way that would be never replicated on an eyelid. Either way, I just can't believe that these colors look exactly like this on all three skin tones. 

Looking at this color scheme, I am reminded of one of my personal favorites, Viseart Dark Matte:

As well as ABH Subculture:

Jeffree Star Androgyny: 

TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude:

TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Ador:

TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony:

Parts of it remind me of Viseart Neutral Matte:

Mixed with Viseart Cool Matte 2:

As well as basic matte palettes, like Too Faced Natural Matte:

Urban Decay Ultimate Basics:

Elf Mad for Matte Nude Mood:

Elf Mad for Matte Summer Breeze:

Elf Mad for Matte Jewel Pop:

Elf Mad for Matte Holy Smokes:

And Milani Most Loved Mattes:

I know that I say this in every post about Natasha Denona, but I feel like it always needs repeating. I personally feel that Natasha Denona is really out of depth charging the prices that they do. They started with a mediocre matte formula, cheaper than drugstore packaging, and no recognizable designer name. For what it's worth, I don't feel that a name should dramatically increase the value or price of a product. However, Natasha Denona has always justified the price due to the name, and it's not a name that is recognizable outside of this brand. 

The Natasha Denona packaging has always been a sore spot for me, and the brands's most popular palette, Sunset, was made out of foam:

And the packaging of the 5-pan palettes I purchased were made of very cheap plastic:

Compare that to the packaging of the Pat McGrath Mothership IV palette:

This packaging is decadent, heavy, and the information on the back of it is engraved. Is that over the top? Of course! But at least I feel like I understand where some of the $125 price of these palettes comes from. That packaging is expensive, and the name Pat McGrath "means something." 

Similarly, I own one Tom Ford lipstick, and it cost a whopping $55. The packaging is lux, the product is great, and Tom For is a recognizable, established brand and name. With that said, I still consider Maybelline Touch of Spice one of my all-time favorite lipsticks. It's not that I think luxury is better than other products, I just find it really obnoxious that Natasha Denona came out of no where, teamed up with YouTube influencers who said that her shadows were "the best" they had ever used, and charged the prices of established luxury brands for cheap packaging and somewhat lackluster products. 

The best comparison I can make to the Safari palette in terms of color scheme, price, and packaging is Viseart Dark Matte. Now, it took me a long time to admit this, but I actually don't like Viseart shadows all that much. I have owned six Viseart palettes, but I have decluttered or depotted most of them. The only one that has remained is Dark Matte, and I love that one. 

Dark Matte costs a staggering $80, and it also has cheap, nothing packaging. It is marketed as "professional" makeup, which makes sense in terms of being functional for a makeup artist's kit. I bought mine a few years ago during a sale, and I was convinced for the longest time that it was the worst purchase because it was so expensive and I didn't wear those colors at the time. I'm so glad that I didn't declutter it, however, because as I started exploring my collection more and growing to love color, this became a staple in my collection. Dark Matte is not a palette that I reach for on a daily basis, but it is one that I use weekly and one that keeps me from buying a lot of newer palettes that have similar color schemes. 

Safari has three more shadows than Dark Matte, a mirror, larger packaging, and costs $50 more. And I just can't say that the "upgrades" in Safari are worth that price difference, especially when Dark Matte is already so expensive. Dark Matte, in my opinion, has a more diverse color scheme and doesn't repeat the same colors a few times over. I think the formula is great, and if you are willing to spend that much money on a palette, I genuinely feel like Dark Matte is the better option. 

But then you have to consider the Elf Mad for Matte palettes. I own Summer Breeze and Jewel Pop, and I was really surprised by their quality. They're not as great, in my opinion, as Dark Matte, but for a $70 price difference, they are not bad. I think Holy Smokes looks the most like Safari, and you could buy that and Summer Breeze for $110 less than Safari. 

Based on swatches and reviews, I assume that the new Natasha Denona matte formula is similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills or Lorac matte formulas. Personally, I have never liked that kind of formula. It's just too soft for me, and I find any blending that I do turns muddy. With that said, it is just my assumption since I haven't tried the new Natasha Denona matte formula and can't see myself buying any of her products any time soon. 

Personally, I use matte palettes as companion palettes. I like shimmer, and I even like to put shimmer in the crease from time to time. I very rarely wear an entirely matte look, and when I do, it's usually a mustard shade all over the lid. Therefore, for me, Safari would be a bad purchase. I already have these shades several times over, I don't need any more cream-colored, orange, or brown eyeshadows, and I don't like gray shadows. Natasha Denona feels about three years too late on this palette, and even though the color scheme is slightly less boring than the likes of Too Faced Natural Matte or the very similar Urban Decay Ultimate Basics, it still feels like a basic neutral palette. And with affordable options like the Elf Mad for Matte palettes or the Milani Most Loved Mattes, I find it incredibly difficult to justify the $129 price (plus tax and shipping, which will likely run at least another $10). 

I feel like the main sell of this palette will be people who want to "try the formula" or "understand the hype." And I get that because that was the reason I bought the two 5-pan palettes. It took me trying the shadows to realize that, while some of the shadows are absolutely beautiful, they are overall just not worth the hype and the price. And I see a lot of people share similar sentiments. So, if you're one of those people, just remember that, at the end of the day, eyeshadows aren't going to make a huge difference in your life. These shadows, specifically, won't make a huge difference. You very likely have all of these colors already, and if not, maybe check out the Elf palettes to see if you even like the color scheme and all-matte looks, or if you will only use it as a companion palette. 

For me, I already have all of these shades, and I just find Natasha Denona so laughably overpriced. When her most popular palette can be easily duped by a $16 Colourpop palette, it really puts into perspective just how much we are paying for hype. I don't need or want this palette, so I won't be buying. 

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Weekly Looks: Duped Emily Edit: The Wants

If you've read my last two posts, you'll know that I not only really hated the quality of the Makeup Revolution Emily Edit: The Wants palette, but that I also duped it because I loved Emily's color scheme. This week, I wanted to use my gorgeous duped palette and also try to recreate some of the looks I did with The Wants palette to compare the quality.

So that's what I did.

There are two changes to my palette from the one I originally created. Reader SarahE recommended Coloured Raine Squad to replace The Wants Corduroy, and it was a stunning match. I was really wanting that rich green color, so thank you for the recommendation! I also replaced Makeup Geek Typhoon with Coloured Raine Side of Olives as a dupe for The Wants Side Hustle. While I love Typhoon, it has a tendency to transfer to my crease and brow bone, and the color is slightly more blue-green than olive-green.

Here is the latest version of my duped palette:

Look 1:

Lid: Touch of Glam Beauty Corrupted 
Transition: Costal Scents Petal Peach
Crease: ABH Love Letter
Outer corner: Ardency Inn Violet 
Inner corner: Make Up For Ever Pearl
Brow bone: Viseart matte white
Lower lash line: ABH Love Letter

Corrupted is a duochrome shadow, and those are always difficult to capture on camera because they shift when the light of the flash hits them. It's a shame on this color because it looks almost sheer in the photos, but it wasn't at all. It's a purple shadow that shifts into shades of pink. It primarily stays the purple/lilac color, and it is really beautiful. 

This is a look I recreated from one I made with The Wants:

And I think my duped palette did a much better job at executing this color scheme. (To save you any suspense, this is how I felt with every single look I replicated—the duped palette won.) Even comparing the photos now, I can see just how dry and patchy the Makeup Revolution shadows are. 

I loved the look I created with my duped palette; I just wish the lid color would have been truer to life in the photos. 

Look 2:

Lid: Touch of Glam Beauty Merlin's Wand (applied wet)
Transition: Viseart shimmer purple
Crease: Ardency Inn Violet
Outer corner: Ardency Inn Violet
Inner corner: Make Up For Ever Pearl
Brow bone: Viseart matte white
Lower lash line: Ardency Inn Violet

This is a look that I did not create with The Wants, but it was one that I wanted to do with the shadow Eve Rose. That was probably the most disappointing shade for me in the entire palette, as it just looked like nothing. But I love this look I created with the duped palette. I did apply the lid shadow wet, but it was fine dry as well. I wanted a little more impact on the lid, so I chose to foil the shadow. 

Since I don't have a true, royal purple matte shadow, I put two shimmer shadows in my crease, which I think looked really pretty. The Ardency Inn formula is definitely easier to pack on the lid than it is to blend in the crease, but I was able to make it work. Viseart shimmers, while mostly not my favorite, are considerably easier to blend in the crease, and I think that made it easier to blend Ardency Inn Violet as well.  

I wore this look on a really special day at work, and I received a great compliment on it. I was in a completely dark room for the majority of the day, and when I left and stepped into the sunshine, the woman I was with said, "Oh my god. I love your eyeshadow." It was a great compliment to end a great day. 

Look 3:

Lid: MAC Coppering
Transition: Costal Scents Petal Peach
Crease: Lime Crime Muse
Blended into crease: ABH Love Letter 
Inner corner: Make Up For Ever Pearl
Brow bone: Viseart matte white
Lower lash line: Coloured Raine Queen Mother

This is also a look that I didn't have a chance to try with The Wants palette, but is one I have done before (or I've done something similar). MAC Coppering is one of my all-time favorite shadows, and I think it looks really great with my eye color. I paired it with Lime Crime Muse, and it was a stunning combination. I added just a touch of ABH Love Letter to give it a slightly pinker look, and I complemented the look with a purple lower lash line. I love how it turned out. 

This was also a look that I received a compliment on. A cashier told me that she loved my eyes, which was really kind. I tend to get a lot of compliments when I wear Coppering, and I think it's because the color really makes my eyes stand out. This look is a great example, I think, of colors that are "bold" and fun, but don't overpower the face. 

Look 4:

Lid: Too Faced Molasses Chip
Transition: Makeup Geek Desert Sands
Crease: Coloured Raine Squad
Outer corner: Coloured Raine Squad
Inner corner: Make Up For Ever Pearl
Brow bone: Viseart matte white
Lower lash line: Coloured Raine Squad

This was a look I had really anticipated wearing from The Wants palette, and the end result was so disappointing:

When using The Wants, I felt like I was layering the green shadow onto my eyes, but it wasn't building color and was so patchy and dry. Coloured Raine Squad, however, was awesome. Squad blended seamlessly into Makeup Geek Desert Sands, and Too Faced Molasses Chip layered beautifully on top of all of them. 

This was also a look I received a compliment on (getting three compliments in a row is pretty unusual for me), and I thought it was interesting that I did not receive a compliment when I wore the same look from Makeup Revolution. 

Look 5:

Lid: Colourpop Rosé All Day
Transition: Costal Scents Petal Peach
Crease: Lime Crime Rebirth
Outer corner: ABH Love Letter
Inner corner: Make Up For Ever Pearl
Brow bone: Viseart matte white
Lower lash line: Viseart shimmer purple

This was the final look that I replicated from The Wants, and it was also the look that I felt turned out the best from using that palette:

Looking at it now, especially compared with the look from the duped palette, I don't think the look from The Wants is all that great. I really enjoyed wearing the look from the duped palette, but I typically like any look when I use Lime Crime Rebirth. I mentioned in my post about the duped palette that Rosé All Day doesn't look anything like The Wants Grateful in the pan, but on the lid, they are a very close color match. I may want to later replace this shadow with one that looks more like what Grateful looks like in the pan, but for now, I'm happy with this shade in the palette. 

Look 6:

Lid: Coloured Raine Side of Olives
Transition: Makeup Geek Desert Sands
Crease: Coloured Raine Squad
Inner corner: Make Up For Ever Pearl
Brow bone: Viseart matte white
Lower lash line: Coloured Raine Queen Mother

For a bonus look, I wanted to use the two new colors to the palette: Coloured Raine Side of Olives and Squad. This is the look that I'm wearing today (as I write this), and I have a special work event I am attending later tonight. While most people would probably wear something more taupe and smoky for this kind of event, I decided to go with a green smoky look. And I love it. 

Coloured Raine has been a longtime favorite brand of mine, and their shadows are absolutely killer. I love this look, and I think it's another example of being able to use color in a "comfortable" way. I feel just fine wearing neon green and orange, but I know other people like to have more toned-down makeup looks. There's nothing particularly "toned down" about this look, but I feel Desert Sands grounds it to a more neutral place. 

Final Thoughts:

I loved playing with this palette for the entire week, and I would be happy to continue using it for another week. I know I have said this a few times, but I'm going to say it again: I think Emily curated a gorgeous color scheme. In her launch video, she shared that she felt the amount of looks someone could create with her palette are endless, and that's kind of how I feel about my duped version of it. I feel like I've made six distinct looks with this palette, and there are still a ton more that I want to create. While I made a few personal changes to the color scheme (such as including Costal Scents Petal Peach instead of a matte rose and Coloured Raine Dethroned instead of a matte black), this is the color scheme Emily curated, which is very versatile. 

As I mentioned above, it is uncommon that I receive three compliments on my eyeshadow three days in a row, and that is again something that I credit to Emily and her curation skills. Her color scheme is extensive and cohesive, and I find it really easy to draw inspiration from it.  

Makeup Revolution is a brand that I will likely not purchase from again, but I don't begrudge Emily for partnering with them. I know she has used (and enjoyed) their products before, and, on the whole, I feel like her expectations from products (especially eyeshadow) are different from mine. She was "raised" on drugstore makeup, and that is largely where she is still passionate. I was "raised" on MAC, and I really value high pigment with ease of blending. While I have found a few eyeshadow gems at the drugstore (which include products from Wet N Wild and Milani as well as L'oreal Amber Rush), I typically find myself unwilling to put in the work to make other drugstore shadows perform the way I want them to. And now there are many high quality brands that make affordable eyeshadow singles, including Fyrinnae, Colourpop, Makeup Geek, MAC, and Coloured Raine. 

With that said, the cost of my duped palette is steep, and no where near the $20 price (plus tax and shipping) of The Wants. The price of the two Coloured Raine shadows (Squad and Side of Olives), for example, with tax and shipping, cost close to the entire Wants palette. My palette is also made up of several palettes—including Viseart Neutral Matte, Make Up For Ever Artist 1, Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons, Viseart Bijoux Royal, Lime Crime Venus, and Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts—in addition to many single shadows. 

Therefore, I am not advocating for anyone to go out and replicate my entire duped palette. Buying a 24-pan eyeshadow palette through singles will cost you at least $96 before tax and shipping, and that is if every shadow was $4. 

The point of my duped palette posts are to showcase that, for many people, you can use the shadows that you already own to achieve the new palette you want to buy. For me, the only shades that I needed to buy were Coloured Raine Squad and Side of Olives, and, one day, I may buy myself a matte purple that doesn't come off as dark brown. Those shades altogether would cost the price of the entire Wants palette, but that is a better use of that money for me since I am only bringing in the missing shades and I know the quality will be great. 

For other people, they want all of the colors for $20 and don't mind wetting the shadows, applying several layers of product, and working to put together the look they want. Everything is about personal preference, and that is not something that I personally want to do. I want my shadows to be high quality and work on their own. 

My duped palette is absolutely one that I will continue to use, and if I wasn't going into surgery next week, I would continue using it immediately. While I have given Emily's palette a negative review (for the formula, which she had zero control over), I want to thank her for a great color story. It's unfortunate that I can't be more "supportive" of her palette, but I value honesty, and I know she does too. 

To end this post, I just want to say that several people have reached out to me recently asking how I depot my shadows, and I explained the most common method I use in this post. If you have any kind of makeup addiction that you are trying to curb, I highly encourage you to break any attachment you have to packaging and try to depot shadows from your palettes. It enables you to make these duped palettes without having to invest in a ton of single shadows, and it allows you to create most new palettes without having to buy them. And when you're bored of the color scheme or something else takes your interest, you don't have to declutter these palettes from your collection. You can instead deconstruct the palette and make a new one. 

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