Excited to present my the first post in a series I’m calling One Product // Two Takes, and my first collaboration with another blogger, the lovely Eli from The Cruelty Free Vanity. Eli is a vegan, animal lover, and a passionate cruelty-free, vegan. Follow her green beauty adventures on her blog, Instagram, and YouTube channel. She always has her finger on the pulse of the best green, vegan, cruelty-free skincare and makeup brands.
It can be tough to imagine what a certain product looks like on different skin tones, especially when the makeup brand doesn’t provide examples. I understand hiring models and photographers and orchestrating photoshoots is not within everyone’s budget. My goal is just to provide just one other point of reference by partnering with another blogger. I purchased a couple of Saint Cosmetics eye palettes (Naturally Nude and Dusk Til Dawn, both pictured in the above photo, left to right), but for today, Eli and I focusing our honest reviews on Naturally Nude. Check out our photographs below and her full review here!
One of the things that makes Saint Cosmetics’ Naturally Nude a standout for me is that it’s not just a collection of your run-of-the-mill beige or brown shades, which you often get with a nude palette. They’ve incorporated some beautiful terra cotta and pink shades as well, making the five-color selection more unique. There is also a variety of finishes: matte, satin, and frosted finishes, making it easier to create a well-rounded eyeshadow look with just one palette. As you can see from our looks, thanks to our varying skin tones, some of the deeper shadows show up on Eli as more of a vibrant peach pop, while some of those same colors are more subtle on me.
The shadows’ velvety texture with moisturizing jojoba and sunflower seed oil allow them to blend easily and beautifully, and they also happen to be cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan. On a scale of 1-10, I’d rate the pigments and staying power an 8. The quality of your eyeshadow primer is definitely going to play into how the colors stay, look, and blend. I’ve been using Gabriel Cosmetics’ eye primer, which is pretty good, but I think I can probably find something that allows me to do all three better — still experimenting! I love there is no fall-out from this (an major issue I have with 100% Pure eyeshadows for example), so there is no cleanup after application, and I feel confident doing my concealer before eyeshadow application versus needing to do it after.
Saint Cosmetics’ white, gold, and red angel/devil branding is quirky and memorable. My only complaint about white makeup packaging is that it’s harder to keep looking clean than black, but that’s in no way a deal-breaker for me. But potentially may be why I buy and wear so much black clothing… *reaches for Tide Stick*
In this particular look, I’m wearing Passionate Peach in the outer corners and blended up over the crease, Envy on the remainder of the lid, Addicted to Love in the crease, Hot to Trot on the brow bone, and Pure in Pink on the inner corners. Curious about what Eli did? Check out her full look here!
I was lucky enough to get these palettes on sale for $22.99 at Costsco, compared to the $55 price on the Saint Cosmetics website (note: they’re still available on Costco at this discounted price). Combined with shipping from Canada, buying straight from Saint Cosmetics makes it out of my budget, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for continued sales. I’ve been really into the peachy eye look every since I saw Moonlight’s Naomi Harris at the Oscars, so I’d love to scoop up Saint Cosmetics’ Perfect in Peach Palette next time I catch it discounted, as well as try some of their other products. These may be out of my budget at full-price, but if this one product is any indicator of how high-quality the remainder of the line is, Saint Cosmetics will definitely keep my interest.