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10/24/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has not been a fun week with the Parliament Hill incident, the lockdown downtown Halifax yesterday (due to a report of weapon incident) and the fallout of a friendship for me. My mind is unease, but talking makeup is an escape to get my mind off things, so here we are!

L'Oreal hinted about a nude palette coming out next Spring. I am curious to see how similar/ different it is from Maybelline's nude palette :)

Quo 2014 holiday collection is out. Time to get your Back to Basics palette, either the original (if you missed it in previous year) or the new matte palette.

Urban Decay has announced the release date and price for (LE) The Naked Vault - October 30, $280, exclusive to their website. They do offer international shipping via MyUS.com but I have not tried it.

Sephora Micmac Mall opens today. Did any of you go yet?

Shoppers:
*** Saturday: x20 points with $50 purchase
*** Sunday - Tuesday: Free $10 Shoppers gift card with $50 purchase

*** All week:
- L'Oreal, Olay Total Effects facial moisturizer: CAD19.99
- Neutrogena, Aveeno skin care: 20% off
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lip: CAD6.99; Voluminous mascara, Colour Riche eye: CAD8.99
- Revlon lip: CAD8.99; PhotoReady, ColorStay makeup: 20% off
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara, Fit Me: CAD6.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Rimmel (selected): CAD4.99
- Almay Color+Care liquid lip balm, Intense i-Color eye: CAD8.99
- Revlon nail polish: 20% off
- CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish: CAD4.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: 2/CAD6 or CAD3.99 each
- L'Oreal Extraordinaire gel lacque: 20% off
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, Insta-Dri: CAD3.99; Diamond Strength, Triple Shine, nail art: CAD4.99
- Rimmel 60 Seconds: CAD3.99
- Quo by Orly gels, starker kit: 20% off.

Lawtons: Earn x10 base Airmiles when you redeem Airmiles Cash on $20 purchase until October 30. 1 bonus offer per day per account, maximum 500 bonus miles
- Garnier skin care: 30% off
- Vichy Neovadiol, Sun protection, After sun care, body care: 20% off

- LA Colors, LA Girl foundation, powder, concealer, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner: 20% off
- Physicians Formula: 20% off
- Revlon beauty tools, nail polish: 20% off
- Essie: CAD7.99
- Nicole by OPI treatment: CAD7.99
- Red Carpet Manicure: 30% off
- EcoTools: 20% off.

Walmart:
- Maybelline Master Brow Drama: CAD9.96
- Flower Zoom-in Ultimate mascara: CAD7.98.

Target: 10% off your purchase Saturday and Sunday with this coupon
- Maybelline face/ eye (selected): 20% off
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: 2/CAD4; Triple Shine: CAD5.

The Bay: Bay Days is still on with discounts across departments. Save extra $20 on select women's fashion purchase of $100 or more with code "BAYDAYS39".

Clarins GWP of 2 products, 1 of which is skin care, until November 9. The gift, values up to $205, offers the choice of skin care: 
*** Early Wrinkle preventers:
- One-step gentle exfoliating cleanser with Orange Extract (30ml)
- Multi-Active Day Early wrinkle correction cream (15ml)
- Beauty Flash blam (15ml)
- Multi-Active Skin Renewal serum (10ml).

*** Firming specialists:
- Extra-Firming Wrinkle Lifting day cream - All skin types (15ml)
- HydraQuench cream mask (15ml)
- Extra-Firming Tightening Lift Botanical serum (10ml)
- Cleansing milk with Alpine herbs (50ml).

*** Hydration experts:
- Gentle foaming cleanser with Shea Butter (30ml)
- HydraQuench cream - normal to dry skin (15ml)
- HydraQuench cream mask (15ml)
- HydraQuench Intensive serum Bi-phase (15ml).

*** Age fighters:
- Cleansing milk with Alpine herbs (50ml)
- Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort mask (15ml)
- Super Restorative day cream - All skin types (15ml)
- Super Restorative serum (10ml).

Until Sunday, with a Clarins purchase of $75 or more with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard, you'll get a $20 saving card, redeemable on your next purchase of $100 or more with the same card until November 9 (excluding cosmetics and fragrances).

Also, Estee Lauder (LE) PWP is back for the holiday.

Compared to the 2013 Colour Portfolio, the one this year costs the same ($40, values $325), with almost the same amount of products, different colour selections and positions, and a larger mirror :)

Bath and Body Works: Coupon on FB for a free item (up to $15 value) with $15 purchase until Sunday. Fall clearance is on, up to 50% off
- New Signature body care: B3G3F
- New hand soaps: 6/CAD28 or 3/CAD18- Mason Jar candles: 2/CAD22, mini candles: 3/CAD12 or 5/CAD18
- Wallflowers bulb: 4/CAD20.50
- Scentportable holder & refill: B4G2F
- PocketBac: 3/CAD5.  

10/23/2014

Lotus Aroma

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I have noticed Lotus Aroma's essential oils at Lawtons but did not venture much further, until I was sent a few of their skin care products to test out.

It is comforting to know that Lotus Aroma products are vegan, appropriate for all skin types (including sensitive), with food grade preservatives. No gluten/ parabens/ silicone/ dyes/ irritants/ synthetic fragrance and petroleum-based mineral oils.

All 3 products in this post smell herbally/ medicated, which might not suit all occasions. Best for when you feel like you are coming down with something or are super tired. They bring back your senses :)

First up is the Radiance anti-wrinkle day serum from the Anti-aging line (left), 1oz/ 30ml, $46. The goodness scale: 100% botanical-derived active ingredients, 50% organic ingredients, 99.5% natural formula.

The serum is fortified with:
- Sorgho, Evodia fruit and Algea extract: tone and maximize the density of skin tissues
- Hyaluronic Acid: plumps up the skin
- Sea Mayweed (a skin prebiotic): promotes microcirculation and soothes the skin
- Jojoba oil: provides pliability.

I use about a dime sized amount for the whole face (not the eye area). Since it is a thicker gel, the serum does take a little longer to fully absorb. Once dries, it offers a smooth and matte finish. Works great with all my foundation and BB creams, making me look like I have great skin.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Propanediol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Extract, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, etc.

I enjoyed this serum for what it has and what it offers, but the price tag kills me.

Then the Exfoliating cream for the face & hands from the Spa line (right), 1.7oz/ 50ml, $16. With pure Lemon, Rosemary & Peppermint essential oils, Indian bamboo and Wild Rose beads, the cream is meant to detoxify the skin, softening and smoothing.

This is a creamy scrub, but not as gentle as described, to the point I have to limit myself to once a week usage. It is great at what it does (removing dead skin cells and stimulating microcirculation) and my skin feels like it is already moisturized after I wash off the scrub (thanks to the Shea butter and Jojoba oil), just don't apply much pressure with it for the face.

This scrub has 100% botanical-derived active ingredients, 40% organic ingredients, 99.5% natural formula.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water, Canola Oil, Rosa Canina Seed Powder, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Decyl Oleate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Water, Cetyl Alcohol, etc. 

Check out the textures of both products below.

And lastly, the Bergamot & Ylang Ylang Bath & body wash - soothing, moisturizing, 12oz/ 360ml, $16.

Still with 100% botanical-derived active ingredients, 40% organic ingredients, 99.5% natural formula, this body wash is nice. However, I cannot use it as often as I need to, since the scent is a lot more intense and takes longer to fade on the skin.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Water, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Juniperus Ashei (Cedarwood) Oil, etc. 

My favorite from this bunch is definitely the day serum but I will have to hope for an amazing sale to be able to restock once the bottle runs out.

10/22/2014

NOTD: YvesRocher shimmery holiday

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Continue on with the shimmery holiday theme, Yves Rocher also releases 4 mini nail polish, and get this, they are glittery textures. Oh yeah!

I am so happy that companies decide to glitter up their texture polishes, making them so much more fun to wear.

I am wearing the first 3 shades in today's mani, one coat each:
- Sparkling Pink on the thumb and index
- Sparkling Silver on the middle finger, and
- Sparkling Coral on the other 2 fingers.

The fourth colour, Sparkling Mint will take the spotlight next time.

To ease your way into textured polishes, these are only lightly gritty with a top coat. And the glittery effect is visible.

Sparkling Pink and Sparkling Coral are on par on the level of glitter density, with the glitters in the same colour family with the base but a few shades lighter to stand out.

Sparkling Pink is more of a hot fuchsia pink, very summery and in your face. Sparkling Coral makes my hands look tanned, is still bright enough to be exciting and the pink sheen on the glitters speaks to me.

Sparkling Silver is super sparkly both in the bottle and on the nails, thanks to white/ silver chunkier glitter pieces in the mix.

I don't know if I would recommend a full mani with this shade as your nails would be very distracting lol. I was already distracted with it on just one nail this week.

I am building a little collection of mini bottles for travelling, glad to add these textures to that.

The bottles are mini sized (0.1oz/ 3ml), $2.95 each, out in November.

10/21/2014

FOTD: Yves Rocher shimmery holiday

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I have a subtle holiday look for you :) Green eyes, red lips fit the theme right?

From Yves Rocher shimmery holiday collection which inspired the look, I used:
- Eye pencils in Silver and Green on the lower lash line
- Glitter mascara in Silver (on top of Yves Rocher Volume Elixir mascara in Black). I did layer on about 3-4 coats of it but the silver was only (barely) visible on my left eye
- Mirror-shine gloss in Sparkling Coral (on top of NYX Purple Rain lip liner). I can't wear it by itself, so layering worked best.

Also from Yves Rocher:
- Quad Eyeshadow Sumptuous Colors in 03 Subtle Aquatic (Fall collection), and
- Bronzing powder (Summer collection).

I skipped the blush in this look, the bronzer did the job just fine.

Most other products stayed the same:
- Marcelle Ideal Skin perfector
- Maybelline Baby Skin Instant pore eraser
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes full coverage concealer in Neutral Medium
- Maybelline Mineral Power foundation in Pure Beige
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk as base
- Wet n Wild Color Icon brow & eye liners in Taupe and Dark Brown.

With my eyes opened, the silver mascara was hardly visible anymore. I'd go for some glitters on the lids instead of a glitter mascara next time.

On the other hand, I love how the Green eye pencil gave a pop of colour on my lower lash line, matching the Subtle Aquatic quad.

Considering how beautiful the colour tone and packaging of the Summer collection were, I kinda wish the holiday items were more candy to the eyes. I do enjoy the colours of the eye pencils, and they are sparkly, but they could be more :) And maybe more pigmented lip glosses too!

So, 2/3 of October has gone by, I don't even know how. My calendar is full of notes of product release dates which I try to keep up with. Not to buy them all necessary, but I like to be in the know.

While we are on that topic, I found new product news do not get much attention from you guys like before anymore. Maybe it was just me that got excited about things like that :)

I did not receive usual holiday makeup items to review this year, so less pressure on the blog, but life will still be a whirlwind until after New Year.

10/20/2014

Yves Rocher shimmery holiday

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

The warm temperature we were blessed with last week kinda threw me off the season radar. It is back to 5 degrees today, so it's appropriate now to talk about holiday makeup :)

Yves Rocher is releasing their shimmery holiday makeup next month with some gorgeous items, with just enough sparkles to catch attention.

From top - bottom: glitter mascara in Silver, mirror-shine gloss in Sparkling Coral and eye pencils in Green and Silver.

If you remember Yves Rocher Summer collection, I raved about bold eye pencils quite a bit.

The holiday eye pencils (Silver and Green) have more sparkles, so I use them more as liners than  eyeshadows. They are softer and more iridescent than the Summer shades but still lasts quite well on my lash line.

And because they are shimmery, there are glitters left behind after removal, just a heads up.

Together, they give off a fairy look for the eyes, great for a holiday part :) The sticks are 0.11oz/ 3.25g, $5.95 each.

The glitter mascara (with blueberry extract, 0.13oz/ 4ml, $4.95), this time in Silver, still takes its time to show up on the lashes, even with multiple coats, a tad better than the Gold one from the Summer collection.

I do enjoy the small brush as I can get to the inner short/ almost invisible lashes.

The gloss in Sparkling Coral (with raspberry extract, 0.15oz/ 4.5ml, $4.95) has a clear base with beautiful pink and fuchsia glitters, bearing a nice candy scent. I still enjoy the bell shaped applicator quite a lot.

Let's get to the swatches.

I have added the eye pencils to the liner rotation, so they are definitely my favorites from this collection. Here is the holiday FOTD I did with these products.

10/17/2014

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Words on twitter were that Flower Cosmetics will be coming to Walmart Canada (finally). Let's hope all locations will have it.

Some OPI shades (originally from NOPI or SOPI, packaged in OPI bottles with new names and sold to TJ Maxx chains) have been found at Winners (e.g. Frog in my Throat, $7.99) and Dollarama (e.g. Girl Color, Stir-fried Eggplant, Front Lawn, etc., $3 each). Beauty Geek has a great post about this mystery and the original shades to help you with purchase decisions.

Also at Winners were GlamGlow Youth Mud for $49.99 (comparable at $76). I'm glad to find it at a discount, but a little sad that it wasn't $39.99 as found at TJ Maxx in the US. The Bright Mud (for eyes) is also available for $39.99.

For local readers, Sephora in Micmac Mall is set to open on October 24. Don't forget Curbside giveaway this weekend and Nocturne tomorrow night :)

Shoppers: Saturday & Sunday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase
- L'Oreal facial moisturizer: CAD19.99
- Garnier, Nivea skin care: 25% off
- Marcelle facial cleanser, cleansing cloth: 20% off
- Vichy Aqualia, LiftActiv skin care: 20% off
- Bioderma: Free GWP of $30 (a free Sensibio H2O micellar solution 250ml)
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise (750ml), John Frieda, Gosh hair care: CAD6.99
- Aveeno, Pantene hair care: CAD5.99
- Revlon Illuminance creme eyeshadow quad, Grow Luscious, PhotoReady mascara, Color Burst lip: 30% off
- CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara, Lip Perfection lip, Clean makeup: CAD6.99; Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD7.99; Bombshell eye: CAD8.99
- CoverGirl & Olay makeup: 20% off
- Maybelline Color Exlixir, Sensational/ SuperStay lip, Volume Express mascara: CAD8.99
- Almay eye: CAD6.99
- Rimmel: 25% off
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers cosmetics: CAD1.99; Halloween lashes: CAD3.99; Halloween kit: CAD5.99
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: CAD2.99
- Revlon classic, Top Speed nail polish, treatment: CAD3.99
- L'Oreal Extraordinaire gel lacque: CAD6.99
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: CAD2.99; Salon Effect nail polish strips, top coat: CAD7.99
- Quo by Orly nail polish, gels: CAD8.99

*** Until October 24: Fall Beauty bonus: Free tote filled with 19 skin care, fragrance, cosmetic samples with $125 purchase of cosmetics, skin care or fragrance at Beauty Boutique.

Lawtons:
- L'Oreal Age Perfect, Youth Code: 30% off
- Maybelline mascara: 20% off
- L'Oreal BB: 20% off
- Essie: CAD7.88
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon, Miracle Gel: CAD7.88
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, Insta-Dri, Triple Shine, Kwik Off polish remover jar: 20% off
- Del Sol: BOGO
- SinfulColors: CAD1.98
- Nicole by OPI: 3/CAD21
- EcoTools: 20% off.

Walmart:
- Olay Total Effects moisturizer: CAD19.97
- CoverGirl Clean liquid foundation, pressed powder: CAD5.97
- Sally Hansen Insta-Dri: CAD3.47.

Target:
- Garnier skin care (selected): CAD13.99 (free $5 Target gift card when you buy 2)
- L'Oreal Age Perfect, RevitaLift: CAD19.99
- L'Oreal makeup: 20% off
- CoverGirl Outlast/ Bombshell: CAD7.99
- Essie nail polish, nail sticker, treatment: CAD7.99.

Superstore: No tax on Saturday (NS).

The Bay: Bay Days (lowest prices of the season) are on now.

Bath and Body Works: Reveal Your Deal event on Saturday (10am - 6pm) with scratch & reveal up to 30% off your purchase.

10/16/2014

NOTD: Quo by Orly Simmered

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Summer was back in Halifax yesterday when the temp reached 24 (and felt like 30). Can you believe it? I left the house with a sweater and a trench early morning, definitely did not need either of them a few hours later.

My nails was seasonally appropriate for once (I am still wearing it now) with Quo by Orly Simmered. Such a fabulous purple (darker and more blue than it looks here) leaning dark fuchsia pink that enhanced my skin tone very well. And then the shimmers sealed the deal!

And if you are wondering (you should), it is in fact Orly Hot Tropics in a Quo bottle :)

I don't know how I did not have Hot Tropics, but by the time I knew I wanted it, it was nowhere to be found, even at Sally clearance sale.

I found Simmered on clearance at Shoppers for $4, of course I grabbed it. And then I spotted a bottle of Hot Tropics randomly at Winners for $6, lol. I guess it was the universe telling me I need at least one bottle of this colour.

I used 1 and a half coats in this mani. One might have been sufficient but I added a thinner coat for colour intensity and extra shimmers :)

You can see the gold shimmers very well here. They are more intense under flash, of course, but are visible under natural light too.

Forgive the colour inaccuracy, as it is always the case with purples and my camera.

So, if you are like me and don't own either Orly Hot Tropics or Quo by Orly Simmered, you should start hunting it down now. Note that they were part of a Summer collection, might be a little hard to find but is not impossible :)

It is still quite warm today, considering we are in mid October, so I am going to enjoy the weather, pretty much like "slow down and smell the roses" right?

10/15/2014

FOTD: MUFE & Buy in Coins

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

A very successful FOTD I wanted to show you today, because the products I used were all winners. Also, I figured out a new way to conceal the dark spots, yay!

On the eyes were Make Up For Ever Artist eyeshadows in M646 Latte and ME614 Graphite Brown. They are perfect to pair with each other. Add in a lighter shade for the inner corners, you get yourself a great everyday eye look.

Since the eyes were neutral, I went all out on the lip with Buy in Coins Waterproof Velvet Matte lipstick #8, without a lip liner.

Since I don't have any Lime Crime Velvetines, I think these Velvet Matte lipsticks have the most matte finish among the hybrids in my stash. KvD Everlasting Love, Sephora Luster matte or Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet all have a soft matte finish by definition.

Some face products I used:
- Lotus Aroma Radiance anti-wrinkle day serum (review coming soon)
- Maybelline Baby Skin Instant pore eraser
- Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting moisturizer SPF15 in Light to Medium
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes full coverage concealer in Neutral Medium.

Instead of layering 2 different concealers as normal, I set Bye Bye Under Eyes with Maybelline Mineral Power foundation in Pure Beige.

For the longest time, I set my concealers with a translucent powder, as most MUAs/ YT'ers suggested. Also have been loyal to liquid foundations for so long that I forgot all about powder foundations. Well, I love the coverage of layering it now and will continue doing so until a new "discovery" comes along.

Others products:
- Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin cream blush in #510 Raspberry
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe as base
- Annabelle Custom Quad mono eyeshadow in Helium under the brow bone an in the inner corners
- Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant mascara
Wanted to keep the MUFE theme through this FOTD but I still could not get used to the size of the brush in this mascara. Ignore the smudge on my lid.
- Wet n Wild Color Icon brow & eye liners in Taupe and Dark Brown.

It is a short week this week, but it didn't feel like it so far. I only want to get home and craw in under the blanket to sleep the day away. Hope your day is going better :)

10/14/2014

BiC Velvet Matte lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Buy in Coins is a fun site for brushes and inexpensive random items for me. My latest haul from them: M.n Me Now Generation II Long Lasting lip glosses!

Labelled as Waterproof Velvet Matte lipsticks on the site, these hybrid lipsticks/ lip glosses ($1.23, 0.155oz/ 4.4g) are supposedly the newly-found dirt cheap cousin of Lime Crime Velvetines ($20, 0.11oz/ 3g).

Wide colour range (36 in total) but lots of pinks (some shades do look very similar) and not enough nudes and darker shades, and not all shades are in stock (19 at the moment).

The 6 shades I ordered: #2 modelling its long wand, then from top - bottom: #7, #8, #13, #25 and #36.

The glosses do have a faint fresh scent but it disappears very quickly.

The thin long tube (reminds me of a test tube) has a black round cap that holds the wand, which requires a bit of precision control.

Gladly, I found the glosses easy to apply and do not need a lip liner underneath. They do dry matte but are not drying when worn on top of a lip balm.

The swatches on my hand, once dry, only came off completely with a micellar solution, not with a makeup wipe, or even soap and water. On the lips, they transferred a bit onto my mug and faded gradually with meals during the day, starting from the middle of the lower lip. Touchup was needed about 6-7 hours in, depending on what I had to eat and drink. They did not leave behind a stain.

Swatches of the first 3 shades - #2, #7 and #8, one swipe each right after application. A few minutes later, they would look matte as matte can be.

Now #13, #25 and #36, also one swipe, almost looked matte already.

All in all, these Velvet Matte lipsticks can't beat Velvetines for wear but for pigmentation, price and colour selection. Note that shipping might take a few weeks, so plan your purchase accordingly :) And check out the FOTD where I wore #8.

Interestingly, the name sticker at the top of the cap mentions a MFD (either March, May or August 2014 on my tubes) and a EXP of 5 years, a lot longer than the recommended 2 years. I'll toss them if colour, texture or scent starts to feel off :)

10/13/2014

MUFE Artist eyeshadows

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Happy Thanksgiving! No turkey for me today, but I have exciting makeup :)

By now, you all would have heard that Make Up For Ever celebrated their 30th anniversary by launching the Artist shadow line with 210 shades.

About the naming system:
- The finishes: M (Matte), S (Satin), ME (Metal), I (Iridescent) and D (Diamond)
- The colour family on the colour wheel (the first digit): 1 blacks and whites, 2 blues, 3 greens, 4 yellows, 5 & 6 browns, 7 pinks, 8 reds and 9 purples
- The next 2 digits are the true "name" of the shadow.

Based on that system, the shades I received - M646 Latte (left) and ME614 Graphite Brown (right) are from the brown colour family, one matte, one metallic.

The formula, which took 3 years to develop, is based on pigment atomization (delivers up to 88% concentrated pigment, highest on the market) and water-blend technology (allows great blendability and even texture).

Just to be quick, all claims are true. The eyeshadows go on and blend so easily. Even the matte shade is soft and pigmented, needs no building up. I am super impressed. The metallic finish has just the right amount of shine to make the look interesting and is not glittery.

Below are the swatches of M646 Latte and ME614 Graphite Brown on their own in the same order as above, with a dry brush and without a primer.

I am happy with the two shades I received, check out the FOTD to see them on. I asked for shades that were not part of the 30 Color palette (as I plan to haul it anyway) and they were chosen to accomodate my eye colour :)

The eyeshadows (0.08oz) retail for $25 (single, works out to be $312.5/oz), $39 (duo, $243.75/oz) or $50 (trio, $208.33/oz). Just for reference, MAC eyeshadow pans are 0.05oz, $12 ($240/oz). If you buy a MUFE trio, you get your money's worth better than with MAC.