Oooh, the requests I’ve had to review this baby! This is one of the Life Palettes from Michelle Phan’s new makeup line, Em Cosmetics. Out of the whole line, I really wanted to try out one of the Life Palettes, as it seemed like it was sort of the center of the line. This palette is huge- it contains 4 “looks”, or areas of the palette that are meant to go together and include a variety of six eyeshadows, a blush, and two lip glosses each. Also, each color is removable, so you can mix up the palette setup, or you can use the travel palette the kit comes with (it looks just like one of the sections, but empty, so it would fit six shadows, two lip colors and a blush).
Check out photos and my thoughts below!
Note- The products are labeled from right to left on the back of the palette, so that is how I swatched and labeled them.
Look 1: Midnight Dance
Top: Midnight Dance, Evening Sky, Lavender Stars; Bottom: Pink Sparks, Lilacs in Love, Twinkle & Glimmer Blush: Pink Soiree Lips: Fuchsia Affair, Lavendar Lust
Look 2: Party In PinkTop: Black Sky, Dance Floor, Blue Pumps; Bottom: Cake & Confetti, Blue Cosmo, Spwarkle
Blush: Party in PinkLips: Chic, Wine a Lot!
Look 3: Birthday Surprise
Top: Mink Coat, Rich Rust, Bronze Cuff; Bottom: Copper Groove, Gold Lame, Poppin BottlesCheek: Sexy NudeLips: Carmel, Just Fab
Look 4: Out on the Town
Top: Black Moonlight, Late Night, Midnight Swim; Bottom: Confetti, Hazy, Girl Time
Blush: Sassy ChicLips: Peach Fizz, On the Prowl
If I’m being totally honest, I don’t love the packaging on this. The actual palette is nice, with the clear lid, but the format of the shades, and including everything with the blush and the lipgloss, just makes me think of those “pretend” makeup kits for little kids. It also makes me think that with use, this palette could get messy. I generally don’t like palettes that include open lip products like this, so maybe that’s why I think that way.
The colors themselves are hit and miss. Some shades have great payoff and blend nicely, while others are a bit deceiving and look nice in the pan but aren’t very pigmented when swatched. The “Birthday Surprise” look palette is probably my favorite here, as all the shadows swatched really pigmented and metallic and true to what they looked like in the pan. I do like that the blushes aren’t too pigmented, though, as I tend to have a hard time keeping my blush in check when the product is overly pigmented! I do like most of the lip product colors, however like I mentioned before I don’t like that they are in this palette. I really, really hate open packaging for lip products.. it’s too easy for them to get yucky and dirty :/
There are 36 products here, and so the price comes out to just over $2 per shade. That isn’t a bad price, but at $75 for this palette I feel like unless you like at least the majority of the shades, it is a high price to pay.
Available for $75 from Em Cosmetics.
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