One of the most exciting items from my Sephora Haul last month was the custom Buxom palette I’d created from the brand’s new-ish Customizable Eyeshadow Bar. The basic idea is a refillable palette that holds six full-sized Buxom Bar Single Eyeshadows that you choose from a 40 shade selection. They don’t always seem to have all shades in stock, but this was probably a good thing because it helped me narrow down my choices.
Buxom says: Featuring primer-infused technology to help keep color locked in place, Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Eyeshadows have a powerfully-pigmented formula that glides onto lids—delivering intense payoff with an ultra-luxe, powder-to-silk feel. With finishes ranging from plush matte to shimmering metallic to sparkle and duo-chrome, each shade offers eye-catching possibilities.
As you can see, I went with brighter, bolder colors. I wanted to have fun with it. Because shouldn’t makeup be fun? 🙂 The shades I choose: 24KT Stilettos, It Crowd, Schmooze, Luxe Life, Party Girl, and Wild Nights.
Before I get into my review on the shadows themselves, if anyone is interested in the more practical aspects of the palette, this part is for you. Purchased individually, the shadows cost $12.00 USD each but if you add the empty palette and 6 of the buxom shadows to your Sephora cart, the price automatically readjusts from $72.00 USD to $40.00 USD. About the average price of a palette from comparable brands.
The palette compact and shadows are packaged separately:
And the compact is quite chic, with a faux crocodile-like outer shell, a decent weight that makes it feel just luxurious enough and a large inner mirror the expands the width and height of the compact. Oh, there is also a doubled ended eye brush included which actually isn’t bad.
Assembly is quite easy. There is an inner slot (bar) which you pull out from the right side of the palette. Just unwrap the eyeshadows which are well-protected by a plastic covering and snap them into place.
Now, from my thoughts on each eyeshadow (unless otherwise stated, each shade wore well for 8+ hours).
24KT Stilettos (metallic gold): A really rich and saturated gold. It is highly metallic and very soft to the touch. However, because of the super soft texture you do get a better finish if you apply the shadow with a dampened brush (24KT Stilettos is featured in “look” below).
It Crowd (glimmering cayenne): My absolute favorite of the bunch. This highly saturated and rich burnt orange shade was my inspiration to purchase the palette. Unlike Luxe Life (described below) this matte finish does have a noticeable glimmer to it on account of the golden shimmer it contains. Perhaps this fact helped it to perform better. (It Crowd is featured in “look” below).
Schmooze (shimmering turquoise) : This jewel toned turquoise blue has a really nice soft and smooth texture which blended very well. It is not as metallic as 24KT Stilettos but still has a spectacular sheen to it.
Luxe Life (glimmering periwinkle): Though described as glimmering, this overall finish of this shade is definitely matte. It was the poorest performing of the bunch in terms of color payoff, but still not that bad as far as mattes go (especially when you’re talking bright mattes like this). Patted onto the lid you may not get the pigment you’re after, but it actually blends nicely in the crease. Wear time was slightly lower at about 7 hours before fading.
Party Girl (fuchsia luster): More of a pearly finish, I actually haven’t worn this shade for any extended period of time. I did test it out my lids one day (you know, playing with makeup) and I found that it did not seem to blend that well.
Wild Nights (shimmering sugar plum): The first thing I thought when I saw this plummy purple was Fall. With a similar finish to Schmooze (a sparkly sheen), this shade wore and blended very well. Paired with a medium neutral brown in this crease, it makes for a very sultry smoky eye. (I actually had this look photographed but then somehow lost it #bloggerproblems).
Look featuring: It Crowd on two-thirds of the lid and lower lash line, 24KT Stilettos in the inner tear duct area and a matte light/medium brown blended into the crease.
Overall, I am extremely happy with my custom Buxom palette and I’m so glad I went with brighter colors. Although this means I’d be hard pressed to use palette alone, my intention was always to pair it with my neutrals as needed.
You can find the Buxom Customizable Eyeshadow Bar at Sephora.
Do you like the idea of “creating your own palette” or do you prefer to just purchase the pre-made ones?
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