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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nuance Palette in Sunset Visions Review

Nuance by Salma Hayek Eyeshadow Palette Sunset Visions
I read some reviews where people were less than impressed with this palette, but I just had to try it for myself.  To cut to the chase, these shadows are powdery and lack pigment.  Though a powdery shadow isn't always an issue, it is with these.  When a shadow is powdery, usually tapping off the excess before application takes care of the issue.  But with these, taping off the excess gets rid of most of the pigment.  So once you apply them, they barely show up (atleast on my skintone).  It just isn't worth the effort when you could get better shadows for less money. 


I did experience some fall out from the two shimmer shades during application.  Taping off the excess powder works better for the pink shimmer shade.  However, when I tap off the excess from the purple shimmer shade, I end up with barely any pigment on the brush and it takes several layers to build.  If you decide to take the time to build up the color, I find that the powder just gets knocked off of the eye when you blend out the edges.  The blending away to nothing was even worse if I applied the shimmer shadows with my fingers.  I tried both natural hair and synthetic brushes and didn't notice any difference.  The matte shades (1, 2, & 5) do work better, but are still powdery and lacking in pigment.  The second shade does have some glitter or mica particles running through it, but you have to look very closely to see them once you apply it to the eyes.  Based on the lack of pigment, I don't think shades 2 and 5 could be used for much other than a base shade.  The last shade in the palette is more of a satin finish and offers better pigment than the mattes, but not by much.  If you are curious, I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance which is my go to, so that primer didn't seem to make a difference with these.

Nuance Salma Hayek Palette Sunset Visions
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As you can see in the above picture, the pigmentation this palette really does benefit from using your fingers, using a primer, or doing both.  But overall, they just don't work very well on the eyes.  I really think there are better options out there for less money.  I'd suggest you skip this palette, and go with the neutral version if you really want to try the brand's eyeshadows.

If the pink shade is what caught your eye, I'd check out the L'oreal Infallible in glistening garnet.  If the purple shade is what you are looking for, I'd try the L'oreal infallible in smoldering plum or the e.l.f. smudge pot in poppin party.   I'm not saying these are exact dupes, but without comparing them side by side, I think you'd find the type of color you want.

L'oreal Infallible and elf smudge pot swatches
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Nuance by Salma Hayek is a cosmetics line exclusive to CVS.  This Palette retails for $13.99 at www.cvs.com.  They run 25% off sales on the Nuance line from time to time, so if you can't resist, I'd suggest waiting for the sale.

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