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.

These new MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Trio from the 2008 Red She Said Holiday Collection well, suck. I was not impressed with these. I saw them online and I was so siked. The metallic colors looked wonderful. The colors looked rich and saturated. I got to try these in person and I was so disappointed. First, things first. The metallic centers of these are so weak. I wanted gilded, foiled eyes. Instead the gold or silver centers were weak, invisible except for unattractive metallic glitter flakes. Not cool. The other two colors were weak too. They had pigment unlike the metallic centers but were really light in comparison to other MAC eye shadows. I did sample these dry so maybe if used wet they are pigmented. Do comment if you have used these damp.

These come in six trios that retail for $17.50. I didn’t purchase any because I found them boring. Danger Zone seemed like it would be the most interesting because it has a metaillic midnight black, silver and metallic lipstick red. Instead it came out boring and washed out. I thought I would like Inter-View because it has a deep shimmery peacock navy, gold and deep rusty wine. Nope, boring. I found all of them boring. Oh, well.

TheBalm is a really cute company. I love any company that loves pugs. And everybody that knows me knows that I love puggy babies. Anyways, TheBalm has launched an eyeshadow palette that contains nine of their eyeshadows all tucked into a leopard print cardboard case. I love leopard print but I am not too wild about this print. Or maybe it is this print with that font? I don’t know, it just reminds me of like flame fuzzy dice or something. Something trying to look vintagey and edgy but comes out looking a bit silly. Anyways, regardless if you think the packaging is cute or not, I just think it won’t hold up well in a makeup bag with other goodies. It seems flimsy. It contains nine shimmery shadows that can be used wet or dry. The shadows are of pretty good quality and are versatile. They all have “scandalous” names. It contains neutral browns such as Caught In The Act Courtney which is a deep brownie brown with gold shimmers, Shameless Shana which is a shimmering bronze-ish gold, and Jet Setting Jennifer which is a pale white gold shimmer. There are cool pinks and plums such as Luscious Lani which is a shimmery pink champagne that makes a great highlighter and Curvy Cami which is a beautiful plum with gold shimmer. There are blues and greens such as Jealous Jordana which is a rich shimmery emerald green, Risque Renee which is a deep navy shimmer and All About Alex which is an army olive green shimmer. Left alone there is Eazy Wheezie which is a silver shimmer named after the owner’s lovely adopted pug.

This limited edition kit retails for $38 and is available at sephora.com.

Packaging that resembles trucker mud flaps.

Packaging that resembles trucker mud flaps.