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An Indie Palette You’ll go WILD For!

You may not have heard of Menagerie Cosmetics yet, but believe me, you will be seeing more of them! Founded in October 2018, this independent beauty company makes all of their products in house, and proceeds from certain products goes to support the Animal Welfare Institute. This Washington based company is of course cruelty free and vegan, which is why it shows up on the blog!

This 12 color palette includes 9 matte shades and three duo-chromes. The pans are a good size, the top flap hold a large mirror, and the packaging is simply magical.

Just look at this packaging!!! A glorious wolf-lord, adorned with antlers, looks like the King of the Forest. Pretty little fairies flit around and make images of sparkle and magic dance in your mind.

I ordered two palettes from them, this and their Dragon Child palette, which I’ll reviewing later. Both came in great condition. Only the Wolfling shade, second from the top right, was loose and moving about in flakes. It appears to have been jostled too hard, but I did not lose any amount of product to speak of, and it still works fine. The company would have sent me a replacement pan if I asked, but I don’t think it warrants a replacement.

The colors are vibrant and true to pan. I do wish the teal color would be brighter, but I have yet to experiment with all my different priming solutions. Only the colors Ivy and Fenris were blotchy on application, but again, this is a finger swatch and not on face on top of product which drastically changes performance. Below, you can see where I used Ivy and Fenris in the crease, and the pigmentation is even and smooth.

They apply well and blend nicely with very little fallout on the matte. The duo-chromes have considerable fallout, but that is totally normal for that type of formula – and it is SO worth it!

This palette is sumptuous and unpredictable. With its several neutral tones and vibrant pops of color that refused to be missed, it comes across just as wild as nature. The packaging matches the brand’s aesthetic of the fantastic and ethereal, and the colors and performance are a joy. I honestly want to buy more of their stuff based on the packaging alone! Plus, helping animals. Win win!

And yes; I did this look to coordinate with my D&D shirt.

Be sure to go to my instagram to check out my stories with videos of the swatches and palette, plus more to come!

Do you own it? What do you think? Be sure to tag me on your looks. I would love to see them!

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Blend Bible Vol 1 Palette Review

I’ll be doing a YouTube series on the basics of makeup. (Make sure you follow me so you don’t miss it!) It will start with understanding light and shadow, how that applies to shaping your face, dealing with hooded eyes, how to apply foundation, and more! Whether you want to just up your daily game or learn how to get those CRAZY good looks like you see on instagram, these principles are going to be the building blocks you need to get you on the right track.

Now to the review!

Fugly Beauty was good enough to send me this palette to review for you all, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it! The palette aims to contain shades to aid in blending. This palette is the only one I know of with the goal of just being full of transition shades. So what does the palette look like?

Here are the nine shades inside of the palette. As you can see, everything was manufactured well and shipped securely so as not to break or become damaged.

You can see the texture of the makeup in the pans in this shot. The surface has a bit of a grain to it that helps it get loaded onto the brush.

The packaging is very bold and colorful. The palette is small enough to fit into my travel bag for an easy weekend look, and if you choose to keep the sleeve (I suggest you do) it will ensure it stays closed so no makeup accidents during travel!

The inside of the palette has a large mirror. The durable sleeve is pictured to the right.

As a standalone palette, this has a lot of potential. The colors are all warm based neutrals. As you can see from the finger swatches above, I have a light skin tone. There is not a shade in the palette that is either as light as my skin or lighter, which I would have liked. Being able to tap into a neutral light shade to tone done or blend other shades is a great way to blend. That being said, what it lacks in my preference of lighter shades it makes up for in many ways.

The formula does exactly what you expect: blend nicely! It’s buttery smooth. It performs as smoothly as professional brands I’ve used, and if you’ve seen my instagram, that’s a lot! It’s not quite as velvety as Jeffree Star’s line, but I prefer the Fugly Beauty palette to Anastasia of Beverly Hills palettes, whose formula tends to be too soft and leaves a lot of fallout.

As for transition shades, there are only a few I would not use as often. Shade #9, the deep mulberry wine color, is quite dark to be a transition. However, it makes a LOVELY crease shade. With its hint of color, it also ads interest and depth to a neutral smokey eye. Try using it to blend in with your deeper shadows on your next smokey look for extra oomph!

Overall impressions of the Blend Bible Vol I are positive! This is definitely something I would take with me while traveling. It has the potential to create an everyday look as well as an evening smokey eye all in one palette. With the absolutely MASSIVE mirror, it means that even when faced with crummy hotel mirrors, I can take this baby next to a window and have a great mirror to complete my look. This is a versatile palette that will help you up your blending game while also being a good standalone palette for many different looks.

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Here is the look I created using @fuglybeauty 's #blendbiblevol1 ! Look at the gorgeous transitions! I used @menageriecosmetics Dragon Child palette for the pops of color. Highly recommend! Details below: * * * * Lips: Pretty by @milanicosmetics Face: @toofaced foundation @tartecosmetics blush @nyxcosmetics highlight Brows: @anastasiabeverlyhills dip brow Lashes: @hudabeauty in Samantha * * * * #ad #hudalashes #hudalashessamantha #fuglybeauty #indiemakeupandmore #indiemakeup #indiecosmetics #menageriecosmetics #undiscoveredmuas #milanicosmetics #anastasiabeverlyhills #ohiomua #militaryspouse #beautyofthegeek #militarymua #makeupinfluencer #makeupreview #palettereview

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So what do you think of the palette? Have you tried it?

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Until next time!

"XOXO, Amber" in hand-styled script