I recently made an Everyday Minerals order and I’ve been very happy with all of the products. Since I haven’t used this products before and I was going off of a review featured on Scenthive, I ordered lots of “samples” and kits. I love that this brand offers everything in sample sizes so that I can try them before buying a full-size product. Plus, there are adorable collections/kits available. I purchased the At the Zoo kit because A. I like the name and the names of the products and B. it’s a great deal.

This collection contains 5 sample sized items, about the size of a small lip gloss pot or the containers that Sephora uses for samples, and a nice Jr. Eyebuki brush. All are stored in a cut woodland’s animals box shown above. I think it is a steal at like $2 each. I think the brush is worth $12 on its own! The 5 sample sizes are small but I like their size. They are a great size to see if I like something or not. The blush and powder are a bit inconvenient because I have to use a larger brush with them, but the shadows are a nice size. With the blush and powder, I sprinkle it on a tissue and then swirl with my dense brush. Each come in a clear plastic container that screws shut. The kit features three Eye Shadows: Hipster Hippo, Sea Horse, and At the Zoo. Hipster Hippo is a purpley brown with a hint of blue shimmer. It’s a nice color that’s neutral but not boring. It works with all eye colors. I like to use it as a “daytime” smoky eye or from lash line to crease. If you want to make it a full fledged smoky eye. Apply it from lash line to crease and blend a dark navy in the crease. It’s lovely. Sea Horse is a neutral pearly cream with a hint of pink. It’s a beautiful all over the lid shade from lash line to brow for light skin tones. It’s also nice to use right under the brow because of the “lifting” pearls of shimmer. It’s a great color to have around when doing my vintage inspired “get the looks of…” when paired with a bold lip. At the Zoo is an awesome color. It is a dark taupe purpley mushroom with tons of copper shimmer. I have been looking for a color like this and I didn’t even realize it. It makes a nice neutral smoky eye, an eye brightening liner, and it looks nice when worn in the crease with other warm/coppery shades. This is a great color for brown and green eyes.It is unlike any brown that I own. The shadows are nice. All of these have shimmer. I think they pack pigment but the nice thing is that they can be layered. You can get a sheer look if desired when applied with a fluffy shadow brush. You can get full coverage when applying with a dense shadow brush. Oh, and I forgot to mention that all three of the shadows can be worn together and it creates a very snazzy look. Apply Hipster Hippo from lash line to crease, At the Zoo in the crease and you can use it as a liner for the top and bottom lash line, and apply Sea Horse under the brow. Apply mascara and you’re looking fab. It’s a great look for all eye colors but I see it working the best with brunettes with brown, green, or hazel eyes.

There is a Blush in Truly Tiger. Truly Tiger is a warm medium coral with gold and copper shimmer. It’s a pretty summer shade. It would be sheer on medium to dark skins. These complexion may apply a bit more, but light complexion may only apply a light dusting to the apples of the cheeks. It does add warmth and light without being brash. I find that this shade when worn on my cheeks makes my blue eyes pop. It is very shimmery. If you don’t like shimmer then steer clear. Actually, all of the products in this kit are shimmery. As you can see, I’ve attempted to capture these colors in a picture. My blurry pic does no justice but it gives an idea.

The other item is a Luminizing Sunlight Powder. I love this product and I have to write a longer review on it later. I’m definitely purchasing the full-size of this product. It makes my skin look amazing! To make a long story short, it’s a 3-in-1 complexion powder that absorbs oil and adds subtle sheen while being in a red neutralizing yellow base. This product is great. A million times better than the similar product offered by Prescriptives. The last thing is the brush. It has synthetic bristles and a bamboo handle. I have many brushes but I like this one. It does a good job of apply color to the lids and a good job of buffing “too smoky” eyes.

The cute limited edition kit retails for $12. It is available on Everyday Minerals.

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Maybelline ExpertWear Eye Shadows are OK quality, especially for the price. They are powdery, some more so than others, but they do wear for a long time with a cream shadow or a base worn underneath. The colors in Seashore Frosts is very pretty and very “mermaid”. I think they are very pretty for spring. I don’t wear all four shades together because I think they look a bit mucky when worn that way. The colors are all “cool” but they are made interesting because they aren’t your typical cool colors. There is a crystal sea blue. It wears nicely with the lightest purple shade. It also wears nicely as a wash on the lid with such a shimmery champagne shade as the base. There is a medium purple that was just made for green eyes. It is a beautiful shade. It wears nicely with the light purple, minty greens, golds, and shimmery nudes. There is a light purple. It makes a nice base shade. My favorite color is the medium aqua shade because it has tons of gold shimmers. It looks great for a smoky eye when paired with a shimmery champagne and a deep navy in the crease. It is very pretty and in my opinion worth the $5 for the entire kit. I get the most use out of this shade because I don’t have anything like it. The colors are cool and I recommend this kit for people with green, hazel, and brown eyes. And really any hair color will work from blonde to plummy dyed browns. It’s available at drugstore.com.

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I am a huge fan of Milani shadows. They are long wearing and highly pigmented. The price can not be beat. I usually purchase the singles but the quads are very nice. One of my favorites, especially for redheads, is the quad in Autumn Earth. All the shadows are very pearly and a packed with pigment. There is a light beige shimmer. It is much lighter than the picture leads you to believe. Imagine a warm pearl. This looks amazing when worn under the arch of the brow. It creates an instant lifting effect. I use this shade sparingly under the arch with lots of looks. There is a rich forest green. This creates an amazing smoky eye that isn’t as harsh as black. The two “metal” shades are worth the $5.99 price tag alone. There is a pure gold shimmer and a pure bronze shimmer. These shades really make blue eyes pop. Dust a bit of the gold under the bottom lashline and your blue eyes will be complimented. I promise. This compact comes with an applicator. I never use it even though it isn’t horrible. One end is a sponge, the other a brush. I recommend this compact for any lover of shimmer and gilded shades, redheads, warm skintones, any eye color but especially blue, and gals with a tan.

I’ve been really impressed with this compact I picked up not to long ago by Physicians Formula. It contains three super shimmery baked, domed eyeshadows that can be worn wet or dry. It contains a super shimmery golden beige, super shimmery medium golden brown and a super shimmery deep reddish copper. Each color wears smoothly, is very blendable and wears all day. I usually apply each color dry. If I do wear it wet, I just wet the deepest shade and wear it as a liner. It wears forever! I have blue eyes and these colors are great “neutrals” for me. Plus, this compact gets my vote for one of the best for redheads. These are a lot like Urban Decays Baked Bronzers and MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows. The compact comes with a sponge tip applicator which I rarely use. I prefer to use my brushes, don’t we all? The lightest shade is perfect with anything. I like to wear it and the medium shade in the crease with bright lips. The deepest shade makes for an interesting smoky eye. It is a really cool shade, a deep warm brown with reddish copper shimmer. These retails for about $7.50. Since they are “drugstore” cosmetics they do go on sale. I would like to pick up a few more of these. I really like the coverage and staying power. It is available at drugstore.com.

I am a fan of Milani cosmetics. They are a great deal and are usually packed full of pigment. I’m not a huge fan of loose shadows because they don’t pack the pigment that I want. I like MAC pigments, but I don’t know if I would classify those as loose shadows. Anyways, Milani Loose Eye Shadows have a little brush built into the handle, they are kind of like those by Bourjois. This does keep the shadow from being too messy. It doesn’t spill out because of the shape of the container. Actually, the brush isn’t too bad. It doesn’t shed and is easy to use. I have Mint Sugar which is a pale lime shimmer. It is pretty sheer but packs a shimmery punch. These can be used wet or dry. I haven’t tried it wet because I thought it would make the brush messy. When used dry, I find that the shadow stays in place and wears fine. I’m not wild about the color but I don’t hate it either. It looks wonderful mixed with other greens like MAC Swimming and Urban Decay Mildew, it looks great with plums and roses such as NYX Hot Pink. I just don’t like the color by itself. It has a tendency to wash me out. These retail for $4.99 which I think this is worth it. You get lots of shadow. There are 7 other colors ranging from gilded bronzes to dollish pinks. These are sold at most drugstores and drugstore.com.

Lancôme C’est Magnifique Holiday 2008 Color Story is a bit predictable. It reminds me alot of other collections that have been launched recently, umm, Estee Lauder Vintage Jewels and a host of others. The colors are jewel tones and many shades are meant to be bold and dramatic for the holidays. It isn’t a horrible collection, it sure isn’t magnifique, but it is a nice collection if you don’t have colors like this. I think that Lancome has seen better days.

EYES: Colour Design LE Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Quad comes in Glamour Première which is a shimmery ruby set that would look amazing on brunettes and dyed redheads. The other is Hollywood Seductive which has shimmery metal shades and a deep sapphire. There is a Virtuôse Black Carat Mascara that is a black with shimmer. For some reason it gets on my nerves. I love the two new Artliner Liquid Eyeliners. There is Star Studded which is a dirty/antique gold shade and Midnight Glam which is alot like existing Blueberry but this blue is metallic. We have three Colour Design Sensational Effects Shimmering Eye Stylo. These are loose shadows in a tiny tube with a sponge tip applicator. They are alot like those that Victoria’s Secret have. The colors are Award Winning Gold which is a pale gold shimmer, Fashion Flair Bronze which is a lighter bronze, and Modelesque Plum which is a plummy mauve. These are pretty worn as a wash of color with lots of mascara and bold lips.

LIPS & NAILS: We five new Juicy Tubes with delicious gourmand fragrances. We have In All Her Splendor which is a cherry red, Luminous in Lace which is a pale bronzey shade, Showered in Diamonds which is a clear with tons of shimmer, Icon of Stage which is a dramatic plum, and Pretty In Pink which is a nude pale sheer pink. We have Le Rouge Absolu Lipstick in Cinema Noir (love this shade) which is a deep merlot, Bordeaux which is a satin reddish wine, Pampered which is a pale pink, and Golden Girl which is a golden bronze. Three Le Lipstiques Lip Liners have been featured: Charme which is a nudish brown peach, Enchantment which is a brickish red, and Mauvelle whihc is a perfect berry. I really like the two new nail shades in In All Her Splendor which is a shimmery seasonal red and Midnight Glam which is a shimmery cobalt.

FACE: Of course the normal ole face products have been relaunched. The real stars are Colour Ideal Illuminator in Shimmering Pink which is lovely on face and eyes. The blushes are Colour Design Cream Blush in Signature Look which is a peachy pale pink and Retro Rouge which is a firey blushing red.

OK, I find butterflies a bit springy, but maybe in the dead of winter I will appreciate Guerlain’s springy choice. I do like the collection, I do love Guerlain. The 2008 color collection features the following:

Meteorites Butterfly Pearls Powder Pearls: These have that lovely Guerlain violet fragrance, are super shimmery and much larger than the traditional Meteorites. They would last forever. the shimmery powders are very flattering and come in beige, pink, white and gold. The container is a metallic pale silvery lilac shade with a butterfly on top. I prefer the traditional packaging more. But, that is just me. These retail for $65.

Sublime Radiant Powder: This is a lovely item with an adorable butterfly adorned atomizer. It is a super shimmery iridescent silvery pink powder with that lovely violet fragrance. The powder can be sprayed onto hair and body for extra holiday glamor. It can be sprayed onto the back of hands and brushed on to face, eyes, etc. The powder is super fine and luxurious. It retails for $82, so it better be luxurious.

Kiss Kiss Lip Gloss: These have a pearly metallic butterfly cap. The formula is the same as always. It is smooth, delicately scented and has lots of shine. The colors are Shimmering Pink which is a bright pink with purple and blue shimmers and Shimmering Violet which is a shimmery light violet. I wanted this one but it was sold out 😦  These retail for $28.

Meteorites Voyage Pressed Powder: This is a very lovely pearly refillable compact. The powder is super shimmery and decorated with butterflies. The shimmer goes all the way down. It is not “gilded”. It has pearly beige, white, pin, and bronze. It is very flattering. It’s a travel friendly version of Meteorites and you have to love that fragrance. Retails for $160.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick: Comes in the same beautiful packaging as the rest of the collection. Comes in a lovely pink shade and Sparkling White which is a super shimmery 60’s friendly lipstick with lots of shine. It looks great alone or layered over other matte shades. Retails for $29 and has a heavenly scent.

Mysterious Butterfly Eyeshadow Quad: This comes in a butterfly decorated case and each of the shadows has an embellished butterfly on them. The colors are soft and shimmery: pale gold shimmer, shimmery mauve, shimmery dusty lilac, and a shimmery royal purple. The colors are beautiful and blend wonderfully. Retails for $57.

Overall I like this limited edition holiday collection. It is unlike other items and collections offered for the holidays. The colors are shimmery and photograph well. I’ve seen the packaging in real life and it isn’t cheap. It is very luxurious and feminine. It is a nice treat from the traditional jewel tones and reds and greens. Eyes are purple and smoky, lips are glossy and nude, and the complexion is perfection. This is the only collection offered for the 2008 winter season that I have actually purchased from. True I am a Guerlain addict, but at least these shades are unlike others, plus I love the smell.