When I first saw Smoke and Mirrors makeup in a bin at the 99 Cents Store I was pretty reticent to try it as I haven’t had the best experiences with makeup priced this low, as is to be expected.
Then I thought, “It’s a dollar; even if it sucks it’s not like I’m breaking the bank. Hopefully it doesn’t give me a rash.” I haven’t seen this brand anywhere before, but with a bit of research found that it’s available on Amazon. Some other 99 Cents Stores carry the brand as well.
I got a pretty peachy palette by Smoke and Mirrors. The brand didn’t even attempt to hide its resemblance to Too Faced’s Just Peachy palette, naming it in fact, Just Peachy. 🍑🍑🍑 As I thought, the similarities didn’t extend much farther than the name and colors.
At first swatch, the shadows are creamy and pigmented. Once on the eyes, it was a bit of a different story and heavy layering was required to get the shadows to show up.
With some work, I got a decent look out of the palette.
I also got a plumping lip gloss. At first glance, you’d think it would give off some color payoff but it’s simply a clear gloss. It didn’t do much plumping as far as I could tell but I liked that it gave a tingly slightly minty feeling.
I’m not one for lip plunping, but I do love good gloss.
Though the color payoff on the eyea wasn’t as vibrant as the colors in the pan, you could definitely get some use out of the Smoke and Mirrors palettes. The burgundy plum shade was the one I was most excited for and as expected, it was a bit dusty.
Surprisingly, the peachy matte shades weren’t too bad. The orange matte shade makes a great transition shade. The shadows did fade a bit over time so I suggest using a heavy base like It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye or Tarte Shape Tape as eyeshadow primer.
I used the orange matte shade as a transiton color. I then used the burgundy shade to intensify the outer corner. I created a halo eye by taking the transition shade and burgundy shade into the inner part of the eye and leaving the middle blank. Lastly I used the shimmery golden shade on the middle of the lid.
The yellow golden shade was the most vibrant out of everything, and this palette is worth more than a dollar for this shade alone as I really think it’s pretty and unique.
It’s always fun to see what treasures you can find at the dollar store, and if the treasures turn out to be garbage at least you can say you only spent a dollar or two.
Have you found any amazing makeup when bargain hunting?
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