Sep 13 2015

My Custom Buxom Palette: Go Bright or Go Home!

 

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.

 
custom buxom palette
 

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.

 
custom buxom palette
 

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:

 
custom buxom palette
 
custom buxom palette
 

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.

 
custom buxom palette
 
custom buxom palette
 

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.

 
custom buxom palette
 
custom buxom palette
 

Now, from my thoughts on each eyeshadow (unless otherwise stated, each shade wore well for 8+ hours).

 
custom buxom palette
 

custom buxom palette

From Left to Right: 24KT Stilettos, It Crowd, Schmooze


 

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.

 

custom buxom palette

From Left to Right: Luxe life, Party Girl, Wild Nights


 
custom buxom palette
 

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.

 
my custom buxom palette eye look
 

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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  1. I love customizable palettes, I reach for them much more often than I do for premade ones.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

      • Kimmy on September 21, 2015 at 11:55 am
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      Which are some of your favorites, Anne?

      1. My collection is mostly MAC, I love their variety.

  2. Wow, stunning colours here! Not sure I could pull some of them off, but they will be beautiful with your brown eyes! xx

    Beautylymin

      • Kimmy on September 21, 2015 at 11:55 am
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      Aww. Thanks, sweetie. And I’m sure you could pull them off! xo

  3. Stunning colors! Love that they’re so bright! (:
    Nati xx
    http://www.simplyartdicted.com

      • Kimmy on September 29, 2015 at 11:57 am
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      Me too! Thanks, hun.

  4. That’s sweet for a customized palette, Kimmy! I love the metallic gold most, the swatches is so pretty 🙂
    Have a wonderful day, anyway 🙂

    xoxo
    Jhem | JhemSays.com

      • Kimmy on September 29, 2015 at 11:59 am
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      I’m loving the metallic gold as well and I think it will be stunning and on trend this Autumn!

  5. That looks really cool! You picked up some bright shades, they are gorgeous! My fave is wild nights xx

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

      • Kimmy on September 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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      Wild Nights is very pretty. I really do recommend these shadows, quality is great!

    • Lulle.Beaumiroir on September 13, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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    It Crowd is really stunning! These new Buxom shadows look great overall, they have a bunch of purples I’m tempted to try.
    Beaumiroir

      • Kimmy on September 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm
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      I agree, overall the collection is impressive!

  6. Wow the pigmentation in these shadows is just ah-mazing isn’t it! I love the shades you picked up, so different & unique x

    Beauty with charm

      • Kimmy on September 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm
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      Thanks sweetie, I wanted to avoid the neutrals. Was really happy with this. 🙂

  7. Of all the custom creation that girls have made, your shade selection is the best Kimmy .💖 . Such beautiful & vibrant colors !!! xxx

      • Kimmy on September 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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      Aww. That’s one of the sweetest comments I’ve ever received! Thank you! xo

  8. Love the shades you picked, especially the gold, the orange and the plum one, the pigmentation of these look impressive. You created beautiful look Kimmy, perfect for Autumn 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

      • Kimmy on September 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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      Thank you. I really really love the gold and orange!

  9. I have never tried any of their shadows before. These seem so pigmented and I like you can build your own palette 🙂

      • Kimmy on September 29, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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      They are really pigmented! I’d never tried any of their shadows before either and was pleasantly surprised.

  10. This is sooooo pretty! I love the shade “It crowd”!

    thesaltlifewife.blogspot.com

      • Kimmy on September 29, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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      My favorite as well. 🙂

    • Velvet Blush on September 15, 2015 at 4:25 pm
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    I LOVE the look of Wild Nights! I’ve never heard of this brand before but their eyeshadow looks great 🙂

    Velvet Blush

      • Kimmy on September 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm
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      I really recommend them if you are ever able to try. 🙂

    • Nataile Brown on September 15, 2015 at 9:02 pm
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    I love the go bold attitude! These shades are gorgeous. I do like the build your own palette theme. That way I’ll only get shades I like/want. Thanks for the fun review. 🙂

      • Kimmy on September 29, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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      Exactly. Thank you, sweetie. x

  11. I like your style, Kimmy! Those shadows are so vibrant and colorful! I’d totally go for bold myself. I’m actually really liking Wild Nights. I know I’ve said it before, but your posts are bad for my purse lol. I’ll definitely be adding this to my wishlist. I think my collection could use a little Buxom. 🙂

      • Kimmy on September 29, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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      These are actually my first Buxom anything so the brand has definitely started off on the right foot with me. 🙂

    • Jaa on September 17, 2015 at 12:57 am
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    Great picks, Kimmy! Your palette is full of bright colors! I’d pick only boring neutrals and blacks for myself. LOL. Yeah, I’m that boring. ^_^ The color payoff seems to be top-notch with these, huh? I didn’t know Buxom made such good quality shadows. Luxe Life is a bit of a letdown but it isn’t so bad at all! 🙂

      • Kimmy on September 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm
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      You’re not boring! I had no idea Buxom made such great shadows either. They are definitely on my radar now. 🙂

  12. I haven’t jumped on this palette yet, but I have swatched a bunch of shades. They are SO pigmented and beautiful. I love the fact that you can pick shades you will actually wear. I am a palette girl all the way, but I have so many palettes that I just use a few colors out of.

      • Kimmy on September 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm
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      I find that the same happens to me sometimes with pre-made palettes. 🙂

  13. I tend to buy ready made palettes but custom made ones make more sense!

    1. Same here. Most of my palettes are ready made. But these do make much more sense. Don’t know why I don’t do it more often. :/

  14. You sure do like bold colours – and you pull them off so well! I love looking at them in the pan but I’m too chicken to really wear them at full intensity. My favourite of the colours you chose is Wild Nights – such a perfect Fall shade as you said!
    I love customizing my own palettes, it’s really the only way I do palettes anymore: MAC, Inglot, Shu Uemura… or depotting singles and putting them into z-palettes. I’m going to have to check out these Buxoms! (and Nars when they release those! http://www.musingsofamuse.com/2015/09/narspro-palette.html)
    And oh yes, playing with makeup with no intention of going anywhere is the best!

    1. Hehe. I guess I do like me some bold colours. Those NARS custom palettes do look interesting…I hardly own anything in the way of NARS when it comes to their colour cosmetics (blushes, eye shadows etc…)

  15. Those swatches are amazing!!! I really wnt to get my hands on buxom.
    Angie
    http://www.chocolateandlipstick.com

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