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I love that sweet spot of end of December/beginning of January, when drugstore brands launch a ton of new products that hit on current trends and give us something tide us over while we await spring launches.
I’m just grateful I get a little holiday jingle that I can dedicate to trying out these new products!
Maybelline recently launched a bunch of new goodies that piqued my interest, and among the new items I picked up is the Total Temptation Shadow + Highlight Palette.
There are multiple reasons why I love this palette and wanted it in my stash:
- It accomodates a brown/peachy look AND a mauve/smokey look in one palette with coordinating highlighters
- The layout of the palette provides clear guidance on how to use it
- Depending on day or night, you can play up darker colors and pair with darker lip colors to have evening looks, but both sides work perfectly as daytime, work appropriate looks with a gloss or sheerer lippie.
- Travel-friendly, eliminates the need for multiple shadows or a palette, and additional highlighter palette or singles.
I bought this palette at Walgreens, I believe, but I’ve seen it all over where Maybelline is sold. It generally retails for $11.99.
So how did it perform for me?
The right side of the palette
For both looks I experimented with, I created a daytime-appropriate look.
The right side of the palette has a mauve/smokey vibe, and I used all four shadow colors to create the look you see on my lids. I used the pink highlighter on my cheeks, forehead, nose and cupid’s bow. The highlighter has a hint of micro silver glitter in it.
While the bottom-most eye shade in the palette can be a liner, I used it in the outer corner and into my crease for a bit of smoke. I used the shade above it across my lid, with the first shade used as an all-over base. I used the shimmery second shade as an inner-corner and brow highlight shade.
The shadows have great pigmentation, and blended so nicely.
The left side of the palette
Apologies for that super blurry first pic!
The left side of the palette was just as easy to use, just as pigmented. I used all four shadows on this side, as well as the golden highlighter. Unlike the pink highlighter, the gold doesn’t have any microglitter in it.
On the eyes, I followed a similar approach with the shades as I did on the right side; I used the darkest shade at the bottom in my outer corner. I used the second shade down as my all-over base and the third shade down as my lid color, with the top shade used as my brow highlighter.
I am really, really happy with this drugstore palette purchase. If I had a complaint, my only complaint would be that the highlighter pans are thin and I can’t stand the majority of blush and highlight pans in palettes, because they are smaller than my brushes! But I use a fan brush or a highlight brush and it’s really not all that bad.
Have you seen this palette in stores? Has it piqued your interest? I’d love to hear!