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 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 some of 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. I actually just bought this for my sister because this is totally the kind of thing she loves and I knew she would appreciate it. I would have paid full price for it too though because it is such a nice set.
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 have been paid to say.