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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Awesomely Autumnal | Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow Palette

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I've been trying to figure out how to make 'Burgund-yay' work for the title of this, but I just can't make it work. I mean, I could, but it's probably better that I don't. It is fitting though, as I have been incredibly impressed by this little palette. I'll be honest, I wasn't super excited about when it arrived (in like, March...) It just didn't seem like the best time for such a launch, and since we're being honest, you just never know what you're going to get when it comes to a drugstore eyeshadow palette. As it turns out, The Burgundy Bar is kind of amazing!

'Eyes go edgy and luxe. Create 13 eyeshadow looks with deep burgundies and glimmering golds, soft browns and bold coppers in one palette.'

I'm trying to think of the last truly great shadow palette from the drugstore, but I'm drawing a blank... Let's just say that The Burgundy Bar is taking its place. It's seriously good. Now, In Canada it's a pricey palette (for drugstore, anyway) but if one was to forget that it's Maybelline (and ignore the cheapie packaging) the quality is that of a much more expensive brand.  Actually, it may even be better than a few...

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The twelve pan palette, as momentarily mentioned a second ago, has a rather inexpensive feel. It's pretty plastic-y, with no mirror and a sponge / brush applicator. The brush is not the worst actually, but is very small. It's more about the contents though, right?

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The top row is home to the bulk of the neutral shades, with a selection of finishes. While the palette has a variety of finishes, shimmers make up the bulk of the shades with a few being more glitter-shimmers and two lonely mattes. It's actually a real shame because they're really smooth, buttery, pigmented mattes. A few more would have been very welcome. The bottom row is where the burgundy comes into play, with the cranberry, burgundy and plums. The shimmers/glitter shades are exceptionally pigmented, super smooth, and gorgeous, but like many buttery shimmers, don't all bode well when applied with a brush. A finger really does yield the best look and keeps any glitter fallout to a minimum.

burgundy bar eye look

For the look above, I used the outer quad shades (none of the shades are named) with the light matte brown as the transition and the deeper matte in the crease and outer corner. I then added the rose gold shimmer to the lid and the plummy shade to the area between the outer v and middle of the lid. I used the cranberry shade along the bottom lash line for a more red pop and deepened the outer corner with the deepest matte brown. I finished everything off by adding a little bit of the first shade, a cream shimmer, under the brow.

Overall, this is a really great drugstore option if you're looking for a warm-toned, neutral with a twist type palette. Although named the Burgundy Bar, the palette is mostly neutrals with a few red-based pops, meaning you can do very basic shimmery looks or bolder looks with ease. What do you think? Are you into these shades? Have you tried anything great from the drugstore lately?

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