The wanderlust list is my way of enjoying and using items I already own. I hope to encourage myself and others to use some of the products we have rather than being so quick to buy something new. If this concept interests you, you can check out the previous versions of the Wanderlust List below.
I put off writing this post for a while because I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to be strong enough to pass on this purchase. I didn’t want to say I was passing on a purchase and end up buying it anyway. Fortunately for me, I did resist and instead of buying the Sonia G Cheek Pro Brush, I decided to revisit my severely neglected Bobbi Brown blush brush.
I’ve been pushing this brush around my collection for years now. It is a beautiful brush and it works well, I just don’t like using it as much as my other brushes. It is somewhat of a paddle style, but it manages to simultaneously be fluffier and more dense than other brushes. I do find it useful for hard to blend blushes, it can somehow really push the pigment around and blend it out without disturbing my foundation. Although that is impressive, I would just rather get rid of hard to blend blushes.
I know what you are thinking. My favorite eyeshadow formulas are usually of the hard-pressed variety. Back in June, when I swatched the Sigma Cor-de-Rosa palette for you guys, I pointed out that the matte eyeshadows have a looser formula. While that is still true, I have enjoyed that palette enough to stop caring. So despite knowing the mattes would likely be the same, this Warm Neutrals palette caught my eye on the Sigma website, and I decided I had to have it.
I have only had a chance to use this palette a few times, so I’ve only got initial thoughts and swatches for now. Enjoy!
As expected, Some of the mattes are loose, but to me, they are not as messy as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadows. I also switched back to my go-to primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and it works better with these shadows than the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. I’ll tell you a little about the shades that I’ve used. If I skip a shade, it means I haven’t had a chance to try it.
The packaging of this palette is really nicely done. The Palette feels sturdy and it has a good quality mirror. The double-ended brush that comes with the palette is the same great quality that you’ve come to expect from Sigma Brushes. The palette overall is a little thick, but that is what allows the brush to have a space to sit inside the palette, so it doesn’t bother me.
My early impressions of this palette are good for the most part. The shimmers I have tried seem to be smoothing on the lid, but I haven’t had the opportunity to try Belle of the Ball or Sunsprite yet, which have more sparkles running through them.
The mattes are powdery and have some excess powder that is kicked up when you dip a brush in the pan. The lighter-toned mattes I’ve used so far (Hybrid and Apricot) did take some building up which surprised me. When I was using this palette I primed my eyes with the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base in the original version. I do find that the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer can intensify the color of shadows more than the NARS primer, so I’m going to try this palette with that next.
Since the mattes are a looser formula, a lot of product picks up on the brush fairly quickly. I didn’t have any issues with blending or fallout, but I just expected more punch from apricot and hybrid when I used them.