Apr 012010
 

Café Makeup is starting a new feature!  To play off of the fast food idea of the “dollar menu,” I’m going to review a few easily affordable beauty items to add some variety to the Café’s offerings. I can’t promise that all will be winners, but I wanted to experiment and post some pictures and thoughts along the way.

First up is Wet n Wild’s Greed Palette (around $5 at drugstores), part of the Color Icon line (others in the line include Pride, Lust and Vanity).  It contains three matte shades, each paired with a corresponding three shimmer shades.  The packaging is the typical rigid plastic with a clear lid (no mirror).

The peachy and grey-black tones of the palette are an interesting mix of shades–I can’t think of any palette that I’ve seen over the past few years that has a similar combination of colors.  This has potential to work on both warm and cool toned skin types.

I found that the lighter shades suffered from a little bit of chalkiness, but they were pretty easy to build up.  The sparkle in the shimmery shades is on the large side, so if you dislike glitter then this is a “pass” for you.  The best shade in the palette is the matte black–it was extraordinarily pigmented for such an inexpensive palette.  Click to enlarge:

I didn’t get as much of a chance to play with as I would have liked to complete this review.  I will say that the colors went on quite nicely, considering that you get six decently-sized pans for around $5.  The matte shades didn’t exactly melt into the skin but they held their own with plenty of color.  The light gray shimmer sparkle was nearly transparent, more texture than color.  The peach sparkle shimmer was not nearly as strong or as pretty as Chanel Abricot or Lorac Serenity.

However, I have to give the palette a major break because of the price point.  I’d say this is worth it if you are looking for a fun little treat that won’t break the bank.

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