The Power of Beauty by Julie Bilotta – Products I Won’t be Buying! 101117

Cornwall Ontario – Anti-haul So this week I’m going to do a complete opposite of what I normally do which is recommend my favourite products or do reviews on things that have worked well for me instead I’m going to give you a list of new products that I won’t be buying!

Let’s start with the Naked Heat Palette by Urban Decay! When I look at this palette it doesn’t really excite me especially because I feel as though I already have most of these shades.

I also feel as though you’d need to reach for other palettes to do a complete eye look and I’m really uninspired.

I feel that $66 before tax is just way overpriced for what you’re getting so it’s a pass for me.

The Too Faced Glitter Bomb palette is a hard pass for me and I’m kind of disappointed because I love glitter but when I had a chance to play with the palette in store it reminded me a lot of the moon dust palette by Urban Decay that I already own minus the white and black shadow you get with the Glitter palette.

I also found it to be really chalky when applying it and once you blended it out the Glitter completely disappeared!

I feel like you would need the glitter glue to make it work and with that being the case it should have been included for the $54 price tag it comes with.

This one is a tough one because I love Pat McGrath labs brand and they usually have really unique products but their new Subversive palette doesn’t do it for me especially not for 170$ again I feel like I already own most of those shades and again didn’t really have any looks come to mind that made me want to add it to my collection so I’ll definitely be passing on this one!

The new Becca Apres Ski Glow Face Palette really just reminded me of the many other palettes she’s done in the past save a colour or two but again these would be shades I definitely have in the 100 highlighters I own.

The brand itself kind of annoys me because like this and many other palettes they’ve put out as a “limited edition” always seem to come back and end up staying so this is another no for me!

While we’re talking about highlighters let’s talk about the new Sugar Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills. Again 3 out of 4 shades have already been done in previous glow kits and I don’t love it enough to pay $52 for the one shade I don’t have but definitely have something similar too. I look forward to her glow kits because I love the formula and the shades but I was really hoping for something a lot nicer as a Holiday palette!

The Saint and Sinner palette by Kat Von D also falls on this list. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous and I get that the eyeshadow layout inside the palette is meant to look like stained glass but to me it just looks a bit scattered and none of the shades really wow me.

To be honest I don’t really like many of the products in this line but it definitely deserves points for the beautiful artwork on the packaging. I also feel like $83 is a little over priced on this one so I won’t be picking this up.

Moving on to the Limited Edition Treasure Box Collectors Set by Tarte. First of all I find the quality tends to be poor in kits like this because they’re making it seem like you’re getting a great deal for everything that comes with it for $77 which they claim is a value of $540 which I highly doubt,  but when I looked at this in store these again were definitely repeat colours that we’ve all seen and own and the pigmentation really wasn’t there so yes it is a nice gift set but I’d rather pay a bit more and get a better palette then one with half the things I wouldn’t even use.

Again with Anastasia Beverly Hills which sucks because this is definitely in my top 3 favourite brands but the new Prism Palette really doesn’t speak to me when I look at it I don’t see many looks you could really do with this without having to reach for another palette.

I really don’t find that any of the shades match and for that reason I don’t see myself buying this one however I have not had the chance to see this in store which may change my mind but for now I’m going to pass.

Last but not least let’s talk about why I’m passing on the Kim Kardashian West Beauty powder contour kit. When looking at the shades in the medium kit which I would need for my skin tone I really only see myself using a shade or two but again I already have the same ones in my collection another big factor for me is after paying the exchange on $52 U.S dollars $15 shipping and duty brings the palette up to almost double the price. I do love the cream contour kit but until she releases the full version instead of the travel size available I won’t be re-purchasing!

And there you have it a list of products that just didn’t jump out at me that’s not to say that they aren’t nice products and wouldn’t work for others I just don’t think they would work for me and I would rather invest in products that I see myself liking a lot and enjoying more. Let me know in the comments if you plan on picking any of these up or if these are passes for you as-well!

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Julie Bilotta runs a facebook group called  👑Makeup Queens👑   with over 9,000 members based in Cornwall Ontario.

She also is an advocate for improving Prisoner Rights, especially for moms facing the justice system in Canada. She has been a passionate guest speaker at events all across Canada.

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