A Lengthy (But Worth It) Review of City Color's New Shadow and Blush Palettes

3/27/2013

Review, Photos and Swatches of City Color Cosmetics Shadow and Blush Palettes — A Modern Mrs.
If you haven't noticed over the last few posts, City Color Cosmetics has been cranking out new products left and right! They have a new website, a new look, and new goodies for us makeup lovers to enjoy. In addition to their Matte Shadow Quads, Baked Blushes, and a number of products coming up soon, there's these new Shadow and Blush Palettes; travel-friendly multi-product palettes that offer options, options, options!

As you can see, these palettes share a similar name, but one of these is not like the other. The larger, open-faced palette goes by the name "New Era Eye Shadow & Blush Palette", and the smaller palette goes by the name "Elegant Bold Eye Shadow & Blush Palette." {Shown here in Collection 1 - Neutrals.} You can't tell this by the packaging, but luckily City Color's new website is packed full of helpful product information. New Era Eye Shadow & Blush Palette has a see-through lid, allowing you to see what's inside. The Elegant Bold Eye Shadow & Blush Palette has a matte black lid, so you can't see what's inside, but that's because this palette has a really nice quality mirror on the underside of that lid, making it increasingly more travel-friendly than its larger cousin. Both palettes include applicators.

Availability: Select drugstores, citycolorbeauty.com
Pricing: $4.99 each.

New Era Eye Shadow & Blush Palette

Review, Photos and Swatches of City Color Cosmetics Shadow and Blush Palettes — A Modern Mrs.
Okay, I already talked about how this palette doesn't include a mirror, and does include an applicator, but there's just one more thing about New Era Eye Shadow & Blush Palette's packaging... you can pop out the sections and move them around! That's right... you can totally pop out each grouping of eyeshadow and/or blush and move them to another spot... or, if you had another one of the New Era Eye Shadow & Blush Palettes, swap out certain shadows and blushes to create custom palettes! So, even though these lack a mirror, I think that makes them pretty spiffy, don't you? Moving on!

The palette shown here as also Collection 1, and it features three groupings of eyeshadow and one blush. The top left section of eyeshadows contains four square shadows in pale pink, light salmon pink, medium mauve, and dark burgundy. The top/first two shadows have silver shimmer throughout, but it's not gritty or chunky, and it's not too flashy on the eye. The mauve is matte, and the burgundy is a satin. Of this group, the bottom/last two shadows had the best pigmentation, with the burgundy offering the best pigmentation and finish, and required the least amount of layering. I'm talking one-pass pigmentation, whereas the others needed two or three. Blending wasn't an issue, and all four shades wore well over a primer.

The second grouping, or top right section of eyeshadows, contains two satin shadows in cream and pewter grey, and one matte black. Of these three, the pewter grey was the only impressive shade. It offered beautiful pigmentation and finish on its first pass, and it blended beautifully... The other two shades fell flat in comparison. The cream barely showed up against my skin after several layers, and the matte black was sheer, layering into a patchy, hard-to-blend mess. If you're looking for smokey neutrals, I'd stick with City Color's Matte Shadow Quad in Greys.

The third grouping of shadows, or the bottom left section, contains four circular shadows in peacock green, cerulean blue, grey, and eggplant purple. Some of these shades appeared to have subtle shimmer in them, but they applied matte, and I use the term "applied" loosely.  These four shadows were the most disappointing. They required the most layering, just to end up being as sheer and uneven as ever. They didn't hold up well, either, even on top of a primer. About midday I noticed the colors had muddled and faded. Bleh.

The fourth and final "group" is a medium matte pink blush. It was just okay. It was sheer, but layered somewhat well, and wore all day and night. It was better than City Color's Baked Blush in Peach, but quivers in fear of the Elegant Bold Eye Shadow & Blush Palette's blushes!

Review, Photos and Swatches of City Color Cosmetics Shadow and Blush Palettes — A Modern Mrs.
Review, Photos and Swatches of City Color Cosmetics Shadow and Blush Palettes — A Modern Mrs.
To conclude this half of the review, I'd pass on Collection 1 of the New Era Eye Shadow & Blush Palettes. I love the ability to swap out sections in the palette, but the overall quality of the palette was a miss. To have that many options and only two {three if I'm being generous} decent eyeshadows and a just-okay blush? /shakes head. But, relax, I have nothing but good news for you in the other half ahead!

Elegant Bold Eye Shadow & Blush Palette

Review, Photos and Swatches of City Color Cosmetics Shadow and Blush Palettes — A Modern Mrs.
You know what they say about dynamite, don't you? It may be small, but it packs a punch! Or, perhaps you've heard "The best things comes in small packages." Hm? Alright, well, nevermind. What I'm getting at is the Elegant Bold Eye Shadow & Blush Palette in Collection 1 - Neutrals may be smaller than the New Era Eye Shadow & Blush Palette, but it is way worth it! Honestly, it's a shame these two cost the same, because the value is totally in the Elegant Bold Eye Shadow & Blush Palette with its six performing eyeshadows and three amazing phenomenal spectacular blushes. Am I giving it all away already? Let me stop and break it down.

There are six eyeshadows in the Elegant Bold Eye Shadow & Blush Palettes, and Collection 1 - Neutrals offers... you guessed it, neutrals. From top to bottom, the left column offers a shimmery white, metallic gunmetal grey, and matte black. The shimmery white is a fickle shade. It's pigmented, but not in the sense you'd consider. I mean "pigmented" as in it shows up well without layering, but the shade itself is sheer, but in a perfect-for-your-browbone type of way. The matte black was nicely pigmented, but can apply unevenly if you aren't careful {as you'll see in my swatch}. Fret not, though, you'll be fine if you use a brush. It's a sponge applicator that may give you trouble.

The right column offers a shimmery gold, metallic bronze, and matte-ish chocolate brown. {It's not entirely matte, but not quite satin either... you tell me?} All three of these shades were fantastic performers, with the metallic bronze offering the smoothest application. I'm telling you, this shade is like buttah!

Review, Photos and Swatches of City Color Cosmetics Shadow and Blush Palettes — A Modern Mrs.
Now, the superstars of this palette, the blushes. Stop the press! These blushes! I'm speechless. Okay, I lied, I have a bit to say. They're amazing. All three shades offer gorgeous pigmentation, they blend like a dream, and they last. Oh, do they last! I swatched from the bottom up, as the lightest shade was last and the deepest shade was first, so keep that in mind.

The first shade {a.k.a. the last shade} is a light peach with a subtle sheen. The middle shade is an a-ma-zing, interesting shade of pink that I can only describe as a cross between fuchsia and salmon. It's awesome, and it too has a sheen. The last shade {a.k.a. the first shade} is a peachy coral with a matte finish. I would completely understand if you bought the Elegant Bold Eye Shadow & Blush Palette in Collection 1 - Neutrals just for the blushes.

Review, Photos and Swatches of City Color Cosmetics Shadow and Blush Palettes — A Modern Mrs.
Overall, the mirror, overall quality of shadows and bangin' blushes make the Elegant Bold Eye Shadow & Blush Palette a winner over the New Era Eye Shadow & Blush Palette. 'Nuff said.

Thanks for hanging in there throughout this long review!

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2 comments

  1. These look really nice, and the price point is even better!

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  2. Right? I love when you find a totally awesome-quality product for less than five bucks!

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