Every year, I see Walgreen’s put out their huge-normous holiday makeup displays, and it’s always very exciting. ALL the brands come out to play – the usual drugstore brands, plus ELF, plus a bunch of brands that I don’t usually see much of throughout the rest of the year or know much about.
I see products from them EVERY year, and they’re usually very cute in their packaging and very cheap – which usually makes me very wary. I know Wet ‘n’ Wild is a good example of great quality makeup for just a few bucks apiece, but even they still release stuff that isn’t so great (Fergie palettes, I’m looking at you), and when I was younger, well-meaning family members would buy me a makeup set from one of these random brands because hey, they knew I liked makeup. But the powder products would be badly pigmented and dry, and the lipsticks/glosses would smell gross, and just overall, I developed a distrust for these brands that join us for the holiday craziness and then pretty much disappear for the rest of the year. Even as recently as last Christmas, I bought a cute-looking $3 palette and was duly disappointed at the quality of the product. Maybe it’s the holiday spirit, I don’t know, but I’m always hoping I’ll be pleasantly surprised. (It’s not like I had sky-high expectations for a $3 palette.)
So this year, I saw these Twinkle Twinkle palettes from Profusion Cosmetics. There are four of them, each with five eye shadows, and my eyes were immediately drawn to the one with bright colors. After much hemming and hawing (I walked a couple laps around the store trying to decide), I brought it home and swatched it, and oh my gosh! It was actually pretty good! I eventually went back and bought the other three.
The first one (appropriately called “01”) is a set of smoky purples.
Palette 02 is brown-based neutrals.
Palette 03 is neutrals/greens.
and Palette 04 – the one that originally caught my eye – is brights.
All swatches were done on dry skin using the cheapy sponge applicators that came with the palettes, so results may vary slightly if you’re using eye shadow primer and brushes. Some shades were better than others, of course, but overall, they were pretty decently pigmented and had a nice buttery texture. (A few were even a little too soft, though I suppose that’s what happens with a sponge applicator.) I’m sure they’re all called Twinkle Twinkle for a reason – not a matte in the bunch. They were either frosty or sparkly or had a sheen to them.
The best part? They were only A DOLLAR apiece. While these aren’t the BEST eye shadows I’ve ever used, they were pretty darn good, and I was pleasantly surprised. For a dollar each, I definitely had no regrets – I’ve definitely paid more, for worse. (Kat Von D Metal Orchestra palette, I’m looking at you.)
So, if you’re looking for a nice little stocking stuffer for a fellow makeup lover in your life, or if you feel like treating yourself to a little somethin’ after a crazy day of holiday shopping, I definitely recommend these Twinkle Twinkle palettes from Profusion Cosmetics to add a little sparkle to your season.