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Z Palette & Devucosmetics.com

 Comes in black, pink, leopard, and zebra print, and in two sizes (small/large)

Tina from Devucosmetics.com is so amazing! She responds to emails right away and answers any questions you may have; AND she was nice enough to give my readers 15% OFF your entire purchase! USE CODE: NESS15. They also ship internationally! I was honored when she asked if I would review some of her products because I was actually looking to buy a Z Palette. I have seen these palettes at every IMATS show and never bothered to get one, but I have TONS of MAC palettes, and it’s a pain traveling with all those palettes or even trying to choose between certain ones; and the Z Palette eliminates some of that fuss.

For those of you who may not have not heard about Z Palette ‘s ($20), it’s basically a customizable palette that’s completely flat with a magnetic bottom (no pre-designed pots or worrying about pan sizes). If you have any pan refills that have a magnetic backing, such as MAC blushes, eyeshadows, etc. (it can be used with other brands as well), it can hold your pans so you have only what you want or need. It has a clear see-thru lid so you can easily see what’s in your palette, no need for labeling…it’s made of what feels like a really sturdy cardboard, but I am sure in time it will be subject to wear and tear and may start to get flimsy, or even the clear lid might start to get raggedy, but it’s definitely strong enough to last you a long time.

Even if you have things you want to depot that DON’T have a magnetic backing, you can easily find magnetic dots or squares at any craft store and glue them to the back of the pan so that they can stick to the Z Palette. [Watch my video below to see a demo of the Z Palette in action].

Comparisons? In comparison to the MAC Palettes, they are not that much bigger (watch video to see them side by side), I like that these are bigger than the Unii palettes, and cheaper ($20 vs. $29/$30), even though I think the Unii palettes are really sturdy, well made, and innovative- they are just way too tiny for me. If they had them in a bigger size, I would love them!  If I ever decide to get one, one of these days, I will compare them for you guys.

I also got a couple of fabulous lashes (which I already used in a FOTD, i’ll post soon!) and a few brushes; the brushes are super soft, not scratchy or harsh, and I like that the ferrules and handles are all black- they look so sleek and professional!

Disclaimer: All product reviews and honest opinions on this site are solely that of my own and I am not endorsed, affiliated, or paid for this review unless otherwise specified. These products were given for review consideration by http://www.devucosmetics.com.

Spotlight: Jafra Cosmetics

I love showcasing brands that many people may have not heard of, I personally have not heard of Jafra Cosmetics, but was really intrigued when they reached out for me to try out their products. I love their oil controlling makeup and their blush, and their compacts and packaging is really sturdy. Their products for the most part seem to be really pigmented and have long wear, as my FOTD below lasted most of the day.

JAFRA Cosmetics was founded in Malibu, California in 1956 by Jan and Frank Day with the vision of providing women with world class products and business opportunities. 
 
Designed to offer consumers perceivable benefits through nature’s best ingredients in combination with JAFRA’s expertise in skin care. 
Infused with botanicals and Vitamins C and E, the Full Coverage Lipstick combines brilliant color, a velvety finish, and long-wear for 8 hours.  The new Lash Maximizing Mascara dramatically volumizes, lengthens and curls with a patented cotton extract, Vitamins B5 and E.


Here is a list of the products I tried:
Oil Controlling Makeup with SPF 15 in “Bisque” ($17)
Pressed Powder in Medium ($16.50)
Powder Eyeshadow Trio in “Blue Jewels” ($16.00)
Lash Maximing Mascara in Black ($14)
Eyeliner pencil in Black ($10)
Full Coverage Lipstick in “Very Cherry” ($15)
Automatic Lip Liner in “Fire Red” ($10) 
Nailpolish in “Burgundy” ($8.50) 
Blush in “Perfect Glow” ($14.50) 
Makeup Remover for Eyes & Lips ($14.50)

Descriptions and my notes on some of the products:

Oil Controlling Makeup with SPF 15 in Bisque: Provides flawless, shine-free coverage. Contains witch hazel, cucumber extract, aloe leaf extract. Helps provide smooth, even application.

The shade was a bit too light for me, but works great as a tinted moisturizer or even a primer. I use this as a tinted moisturizer after a shower or for quick no makeup days.

Pressed Powder in Medium: Micro-fine pressed powder diffuses light, minimizes the look of fine lines, wrinkles. Provides smooth silky application, a natural finish. Vitamins C and E fight free radicals.

This makes a great blotting powder because it’s not too heavy or opaque, you can definitely build coverage if needed, but I use it to control shine and set my makeup.

Powder Eyeshadow Trio in Blue Jewels: Glides on smoothly, evenly, flawlessly. Vitamins E and C condition. Crease-proof, fade-resistant. Contact lens-compatible.

I wasn’t a fan of this particular shade, and I didn’t think this particular shade was highly pigmented, but the lighter blue is a pretty color, and highly recommend using these with an eyeshadow primer/base.

Lash Maximizing Mascara: Sweeps lashes to their fullest potential. Volumizes, lengthens, curls with patented cotton extract. Vitamins B5 and E hydrate, condition. Smudge, clump, flake-resistant.

I loved the brush wand on the mascara, it definitely volumized my lashes and it didn’t feel dry, flaky, or brittle.

Eyeliner pencil in Black: Defines without tugging, running or fading. Contains Vitamin E for smooth application, conditions. Long-wearing, smear-proof.

Full Coverage Lipstick:  Lipstick is richly pigmented and has long lasting shine. With Jojoba esters for full coverage application, avocado butter imparts creamy texture. Vitamin E fights free radicals and helps minimize fine lines.

Their lipsticks are intensely pigmented, smooth, and easy to apply. Oddly enough, mine actually smelled like cherry!

Powder Blush in Perfect Glow: Celebrate your true colors and radiant finish with the perfect shade of JAFRA’s Powder Blush. Jet-milled to go on silky smooth and formulated with Vitamins E and C to condition and protect. Absorbs oil for lasting wear.

I LOVE this blush! It’s super pretty on, it’s like a soft peachy coral with a hint of shimmer. Easily lifts stubborn mascara and long-lasting lip color.  Infused with soothing cucumber extract and conditioning Macadamia nut oil.  Perfect for all skin types and safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Eye and Lip Makeup Remover: This remover worked great for removing false eyelashes with a q-tip, it’s oil based but doesn’t leave my skin super oily or with any type of residue.
FOTD Using some Jafra products
What I used:

[Face]
– Oil controlling makeup with SPF 15 in “Bisque”
– Pressed Powder in “Medium”
[Cheeks]
– Jafra blush in “Perfect glow (LOVE this blush!)
[Eyes]
– Eyeshadow Trio in “Blue Jewels” (and on lower lashline)
– Jafra eyeliner in Black
– Jafra Lash Maximizing mascara
[Lips]
– MAC Slimshine in Missy