Thursday, July 10, 2014

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette - Swatches, First Impressions & Eye Look


I thought today I'd share one of the newer to my collection palettes.  I've had it for quite a while already and have been playing with it off and on, getting a feel for it.  I picked up the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty eye shadow palette in the beginning of April when I had a 20% off any item (including prestige) coupon from Ulta.
The outside of the packaging is...meh... Puffy rose-pink velvet with tarnished gold sticker letters.  At least it has a magnetic closure.
Swatch time!  No primer (maybe I had lotion on).  The lightest shades did take building up, partly from being less pigmented and partly from being so close to my skintone that a regular swatch wasn't showing up.  This is going 4 at a time, starting from the left of the palette:
top row: Soft Light, Sunset
bottom row: Love, Sunrise
top row: Soulful, Warmth
bottom row: All Heart, Sunset
top row: Violet, Mocha
bottom row: Iconic, Java
top row: Noir
bottom row: Midnight
right: Transforming Pearl

 What?!  An eye look!  From today, even...
I did a layer of "Love" all over to start.  On my lid is "Violet."  The crease is "Sunset" blended out, then "Sunrise" more concentrated (almost like a cut crease).  I used "Love" again to better blend out the crease color into the brow area.  Outer v is a bit of "Noir."  Inner corner and a little right under my brow is a bit of the "Transforming Pearl."  I did a little accent of Urban Decay Streak (Vice 2) under the black wing and a super light touch of it on the center of my lid.

This palette takes a bit of work to get the look just the way you want it.  After I was done applying shadows and blending, I did end up adding another layer of Violet just to bring the lid color back to life.  While I do like this palette and it's range of satin-matte shades, I do find myself nearly always reaching for something else to bring a little sparkle/life to the eyes.  This palette does lean towards the warm end of things; I think I can get it to work since I feel like I'm more neutral than the pink-tone I used to think I was.  So while I like it, I don't love it on it's own.  I would take something else when I travel (Lorac Pro, Too Faced Chocolate Bar or Pretty Rebel...).

While this is the only item I've purchased from It Cosmetics, it's not the only thing from the line that's been on my skin.  After my last 3-4 microdermabrasion sessions (have been getting them done at Ulta), the esthetician has applied a mixture of the 2 lightest shades of the Your Skin But Better CC Cream.  While I do like the way it feels, I'm not sure I like it enough to purchase it (especially if I need to mix colors to get a better match - too pricey for that).  I've heard that the Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder is really good but I haven't played with that at all.  I've swatched a few other things as well (Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme, CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer, Luxe Anti-Aging High Performance Eye Shadow Palette) but I'm not sure if/when I'll actually pull the trigger to purchase.

Do you have anything from the IT Cosmetics line?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated - links just for shopping convenience/reference

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