I stopped by Walgreens last Friday - just to look around. I remembered seeing some other gift sets from Giordano Colors, the same brand as those awesome $3 shadow palettes I showed you on Black Friday. I wanted to take a closer look. I didn't go for them, but I did discover some more great shadows for not a lot of money.
And a cute kabuki brush.
This was $2 and you do get what you pay for. This won't be the best kabuki in the world but I liked the rose gold-ish base and it was $2. I said that already but....moving on.
I picked up The Naked Truth shadow palette from Wet n Wild.
Just some neutral shades to add to the collection. I like that crease color and this even has a base. An entire neutral or smoky eye look can be created using just this one palette. This was regularly $3.99 but I got it on sale for $1.99. Didn't even know it was on sale, to be honest.
There was a display of $1 palettes down another aisle. Two were from LA Colors. I got the pink palette...
...and the purple palette.
Quality is so-so. Not a lot of pigment here but I think with a primer underneath, these can be built up for a decent eye look.
Right next to these were palettes from a brand called Profusion. All of the palettes carry the name Twinkle Twinkle and all of them contain 5 pans of mostly sparkly shadow in a wide variety of colors. In fact, as soon as I saw them, I realized that I already had two similar palettes at home that a friend gave me. She received them for Christmas last year, but they weren't her colors so she asked if I would like them.
For $1 palettes, the quality here is pretty good. Most all of the colors are well pigmented even if some of them are a bit on the powdery side.
the two on the right are the ones I already had
Notice any similarities with these? I did as soon as I pulled out the one on the far right. But I'll get into that in a minute. First the new ones, starting with that bright, shiny one on the top left.
These are particularly sparkly. Probably too sparkly to use for an entire eye look but I still like the color combination - especially that purple and you know how much I love purple.
Then the smokier looking shades in the middle one on the left.
Then the one with more neutral tones on the bottom left.
That brown on the left was one that didn't seem to be very pigmented. I had to build that one up so it could be more easily seen. Still, I appreciated there was at least one matte shadow in this whole collection. The black at the other end might look more matte than shimmery, but I do think it's supposed to have a satin finish.
One more set of swatches, from the neutral palette my friend gave me.
No mattes here but also not too glittery. Maybe a matte crease shadow or even just a matte brow highlight would work to keep from looking like a disco ball.
Now. A comparison of old and new.
When I pulled out the older ones, I had a moment where I thought I might have just bought a duplicate. However, upon comparison, I'm happy to say that is not the case.
The old is on the top, the new on the bottom. Same in these swatches below.
No real mattes in the old palette on the top. The black in the old has some shimmer, which makes it more like a charcoal while the black in the new is straight up black. The green is the only one that might be the same in the new as it is in the old. I does seem to have more gold to it, which makes it appear a bit deeper. While the bronze shade second from the left looks the same in both palettes, it definitely is not the same. The old one looks more cool while the new one is a lot more warm.
Bottom line, while the color arrangement is the same, the colors themselves are more or less different. Especially those blues. The older one is more teal while the newer one is more navy.
If you're looking for some cheap shadow palettes that are surprisingly good quality, head over to Walgreens and check these out if they have them.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned.