Costco isn’t just for giants bags of tortilla chips and 24 roll packs of toilet paper, I get a lot of my health and beauty products there too. In the last couple of years, Costco has been trying to get a wider, and better, selection of makeup, skin and hair care products. They’ve always had stuff in kind of a hit or miss fashion, but now they are starting to get a much stronger selection especially at their locations in the US. Of course, they used to carry the really great Kirkland Signature Borghese line of skin care products, that people loved. For some reason though, they have decided to discontinue the line, which has a lot of people upset or angry. However, now they’ve got the Beauty’s Most Wanted collection, a selection of cosmetics from well known stylemakers for makeup, skin and hair care. Today I’ve got reviews for a selection of Pati Dubroff Beauty cosmetics.
Pati Dubroff is a well respected industry leading makeup artist. She works with celebrities like Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba and Katy Perry, and has had her work featured on the covers of magazines like Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire. Plus, she’s created a line of professional quality cosmetics so that you can create her red carpet looks right at home. At Costco you can find a selection of her eye shadow palettes, eye crayons, eye liner, and lip gloss.
I’ve got one of the previous eye shadow palettes, Perfect Palette. However, aside from the colours it is just like the Dream Neutral and Spotlight Eye palettes that are currently available at Costco.com. In all of these palettes you will find twelve different eye shadow colours in an array of neutral colours, along with a single eye liner pencil. They all have colours from barely there creams to dark grey or black, so that you have a wide variety of eye looks that you can create. The Spotlight Eye palette has some bolder colours, and certainly more shimmery shadows, but the palette is all about making dramatic eye looks, so you would definitely expect that. The Perfect palette that I have is quite similar in colour mix to the Dream Neutral palette that you can still find at Costco.com. The eye shadow is nicely buildable in colour, so you can go for a very soft neutral eye, or you can build up the colour to be as dramatic as you want. The shadow isn’t as richly pigmented as some that I have tried, but is very similar to high end brands like Dior or Chanel, which I really like. I’m all about the neutral eye looks and think that these are great for that type of look. And, just so we’re all clear, neutral doesn’t mean boring or flat, because there is plenty of variation in the colours to get you just about any eye look you want. Plus, you’ve got a nice mix of matt and shimmer. There’s a colour in my palette called “Bellini” that is similar to “Siren” in the Dream palette, that I love and use all the time. It has a bit of shimmer to it but this great colour that isn’t exactly pink or tan, but something in between. I find it works really well for casual daytime looks or as part of a darker, going out eye look. I’ve taken this palette on trips with me too and it is great because of the versatility, and in a real pinch you could also use the dark colours as eye liner to up the dramatic eye factor. My only complaint was that my eye liner was wedged into the little cut out spot for it so well that I had an almost impossible time removing it. I actually had to use pliers so that I wouldn’t break it or my nails, so hopefully in the updated palettes they have fixed that little issue. Other than that one issue, I really like the eye shadows and would certainly recommend them, especially for the price. I think they compare very favourably to things like Stila or Naked palettes but so, so much cheaper at Costco. The Dream Neutral palette is just $19.99 and the Spotlight Eye palette is $21.99, plus $2.99 shipping for each. So, you could both of them almost for the price of a single palette from Stila or Naked, and the shadow is every bit as good and the colours are just as wearable.
Since I’m talking about great palettes, I have to say that I love the versatility and handiness of the Star Palettes Color Collections. This is a brilliant idea, where you get all of the makeup you need in one handy little palette that you can easily pop in your purse or your suitcase. Each palette comes with four eye shadows, a blush, a gel eye liner, and a lip gloss. Naturally, all of the colours in each palette work perfectly together. The really cool thing though is that you get four of these palettes along with a single mirrored compact so that you can pick the perfect palette for you look that day or night and take it with you. The palettes just pop right into the compact and you are good to go with everything in one convenient spot. Brilliant! The brushes in the compact, as all brushes that you get like this, are not great and you should get a mini brush set from someplace like Sephora to take with you instead. As with the eye shadow palettes, the makeup itself is very nice and goes on easily and allows you to build it up to the colour depth that suits your style. I end up using the Eclipse palette the most often because the purples work well with my hazel eyes. However, I’ve also used the Golden and Mistique palettes quite a bit too. The Ethereal palette is a bit too blue for me, it’s just not a colour that works well with my skin or eyes, unfortunately. The lip glosses are very sheer, so when you see the very bold pink in the Eclipse palette, don’t immediately write it off as too bright for you. It goes on quite sheer and gives just the hint of that colour when on your lips, but does have a nice sheen and the texture isn’t at all sticky. Right now you can get the Star Palette at Costco.com for the unbelievably low price of just $9.97, after a $10.00 discount, plus $2.99 shipping. That is an amazing deal for such a nice set of mini-palettes, even with shipping, that means each palette is just $3.24! There is no way you can get such quality makeup for that kind of price.
Keeping with the eye shadow talk, I tried the Visionary Eyes Eye Crayon Collection too. I love the Clinique lip colour balms which are also like a big crayon, and thought the Eye Crayons would be similarly easy to use, but I’ve had a hard time getting the hang of them. You get five colours in the collection: Rose Gold, Olivine, Truffle, Nocturne, Gunmetal. And they come out ready to party. These are super richly pigmented and go on just like they look in the crayon. This is great if you want a really defined, bold look. But that is rarely the look I want, so these are a bit much for me, of course you can smudge or blend them to lighten the colour. You can use them as either an eye shadow or a liner, and then blend as required to get the look you are aiming to achieve. These should be great for making a dramatic smoky eye look for an evening out. Of course, that said, I have found that the colour seems to smudge, crease, and lighten once on for even a little bit of time. I rarely wear an eye shadow primer, so this might be the problem, but I think a good eye shadow should not require a primer to stay put. I would only suggest using them as an eye liner if you like a somewhat smudged look because the tip is pretty wide and the formulation smudges very easily I have found. They are very easily portable since they are in this crayon form and that makes them perfect for your purse or suitcase. I’ve taken them on trips because it allows me to augment my eye shadow palettes pretty easily without a bunch of space, which is handy. But I’m really not a fan because of the smudgy, quick to crease and disappear nature of them. And my skin is pretty dry, so I can’t even imagine what a mess these would turn into if you had an oily skin type. After having them on for just an hour, all of the colours end up looking like grey on me and are smudged and have sunk into all of the fine creases around your eye, both on the lid and along the bottom lash line as eye liner. As you can imagine this is not the look I want to achieve. Perhaps these would work well for someone with a different skin type or who uses primer on their lids, but they’re not for me. You can get the five eye crayon collection at Costco.com for $11.99 plus $2.99 shipping. The price is very good, unfortunately, I don’t think these live up to the quality of the other Pati Dubroff cosmetics that I’ve tried. And I really wanted to like these because the purple colour is gorgeous in the crayon and would look perfect with my eyes, but these just aren’t working for me.
Lastly, I tried the Perfect Nudes lip gloss collection. I am a big fan of lip gloss because it gives you some colour and sheen, and leave lips feeling more moisturized than lipsticks. Of course, the downside is that they don’t usually have the same staying power as lipstick. But I like the look and feel of a good lip gloss, so I deal with the need to reapply. The Perfect Nudes collection includes four colours: Nude Glow, Nude Sugar, Nude Kiss, Nude Honey. I love them all and couldn’t really pick a favourite. The Nude Glow is the only one with shimmer to it and is the lightest as well. As a result of the shimmer, it is a bit more limited as to when you might want to use this one. I like the amount of sheen they give which isn’t a super high gloss look, but just shiny enough to make your lips look nice. The formulation, as the name might suggest, is quite sheer and not heavy at all. As a result of the sheerness, they don’t last that long, but I’d say they last reasonably long and probably as long as most other lip glosses that I have tried. I think they do an admirable job with longevity because I have worn them when I’ve been talking a lot and even drinking and they last through all of that without needing to be reapplied. I think they are really great for layer though. They also aren’t sticky, not even a hint of stickiness to them, which is nice and not always what you get with lip gloss either. They are the perfect light layer to put over lipstick or lip stain to enhance the colour and give you a bit of shine. Of course, since it is summer, this is the perfect time to go nude and sheer on your lips; very on trend right now. The colours and everything, are absolutely perfect for completing your summer makeup with a nice finished look but that is still light and effortless looking, which is what summer makeup is all about. And when it is fall or winter, you can layer them over your favourite lipstick or stain to give your lips a bit of an extra boost. And I know it seems like a silly, trivial thing, but I love the square container that these come in. This puts an end to my lip gloss rolling off the vanity or table and ending up half way across the room. Some of the reviews at Costco.com mention a bad taste and smell, neither of which I noticed. I’m really super smell sensitive, and when I put them right up to my nose I can smell a bit of an almost alcohol-like odor but I don’t notice it or a taste when I actually put it on my lips. It’s not a Bonnie Bell Lip Smacker, so the taste and smell isn’t of berries and bubble gum, but just that kind of cosmetics smell that you always get. For me though, the lip gloss is great. It’s looks nice on, all of the colours are really wearable, and they last well and feel nice. You can get the Perfect Nudes collection at Costco.com for $19.99, plus $1.99 shipping. At under $6.00 per lip gloss, I don’t think you can expect to find a better deal for decent lip gloss.
Another product from the Beauty’s Most Wanted lineup at Costco that I’ll be reviewing in the next couple of days is the Dr. Jessica Wu Vivid Intense 15% Vitamin C Serum (which, as a quick review, I totally love). I also did a review at the end of April of the Orlando Pita Argan Restoring Hair Mask, which I totally love and credit for giving my hair its bounce back after an unfortunate shampoo switch. If you want to find out more about any of the products you should check out the Beauty’s Most Wanted website. Or, you can find the cosmetics at various Costco US locations, as well as on the Beauty’s Most Wanted page at Costco.com.
Unfortunately, for all of us beauty lovers in the UK, Australia, Korea, or Japan, our selections just aren’t as wide as Costco US. However, I am definitely hoping that changes in the next year or so (hint, hint Costco). We all love beauty and bargains too, Costco!
Even though I did receive my selection of Pati Dubroff cosmetics for free from Hatch Beauty (the company behind Beauty’s Most Wanted), my opinions are still my own and I still feel like my biggest obligation is to be honest and open with everyone here about my experience with the products. When I say I liked, or didn’t like, a product that is the truth and not something I was paid to say.