I’ve always been a fan of Ulta’s in house brand of makeup. It began by necessity. The first Ulta near me opened in 2009 in the midst of the recession. I wasn’t working at the time and still in school, so my mom helped me out when I needed extra non-necessities. Here is where Ulta’s brand comes in.
They’ve always run specials, such as buy 2 get 2 free or dollar deals, and you can buy their products for a reasonable price. In 2009 up to today, this has been great. Lately, they’ve definitely tried to rebrand and repackage their makeup, and with this they’ve also raised their prices a tad bit. I can’t say I blame them. The makeup industry has certainly exploded and with that, companies are raking in the dough.
That being said, I’m always looking for the best deals. If I can hold out on a coupon or sale, I will. Every year around back-to-school, Ulta runs a special that if you buy so much of the Ulta Beauty brand, you will receive a free makeup bag filled with Ulta goodies. When I first went for this deal in 2009, the threshold was either 15 or $17.50. I went for it again in 2013 and it was $17.50. This year, the limit was $19.50, but that’s okay, as I had my eye on a particular palette.
The Melisa Michelle palette runs for $20 and includes 9 shadows, a blush, and a highlighter trio. It also includes a matte liquid lip. 4 of the eyeshadows are shimmers/foils and the remaining 5 are matte.
The 4 foils (Teresita, Kades, Alana, and Lola) are extremely pigmented. They are my favorite part of this palette. Teresita is a gorgeous golden color. Kades is a copper shade. Alana is a deep plum color. Lastly, Lola is a shimmery, white champagne shade.
The 5 mattes ( Bing Bing, Harley, Weezy, Rosemary, and Tobo) are matte but still a nice consistency. I like my eyeshadows to have a creamy consistency and while these aren’t the silkiest, they hold up pretty well. They aren’t as pigmented as the shimmer shades, but they compliment the other shades very well. Bing Bing is a rusty red color. Harley is a greyish brown. Weezy is an eggshell shade. Rosemary is a neutral light brown. Lastly, Tobo is a light taupe.
The palette sticks to a neutral tone with the exception of Alana and Bing Bing. The blush shade, Mahal, stays in this palette with a deep brownish-pink tone. Being a matte shade, at first glance I thought I would use it as a bronzer. When you sweep it on, however, it produces the most gorgeous dusty rose color. It works for my skin tone as a blush, so I imagine it would work for several skin tones.
The highlight trio is named Hollerrr. You can use one shade at a time or swirl them. The lightest one is a pinky tone highlight. The second is a golden/champagne tone. The darkest one is brownish in tone, but doesn’t highlight quite as dark.
The matte liquid lip is in the shade Scandy. I’m not sure if it’s exclusive to the palette or if it’s a shade you can buy in the normal Ulta line-up. This was my least favorite part of the palette. While I would still wear it, it’s a pink/brown nude shade that comes out very sticky. When it dries down, your lips will still stick together. The shade is weird on me in certain lights, so I may mix it with another shade.
When I first used the palette, I used it in conjunction with the free Ulta goodies I received. I’m going to do a separate review on those products, but here is the first look I did:
Have you picked up this palette? Are you as gung-ho about the Ulta Beauty brand as I am? Let me know in the comments below or on my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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