Pati Dubroff Beauty: Perfect Nudes Lip Gloss Collection

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’ve got the Beauty’s Most Wanted collection, a selection of cosmetics from well known stylemakers for makeup, skin and hair care at their US stores and at Costco.com.  Continuing on from my post last Friday as well as my post on Monday, I’m reviewing another product from the selection of Pati Dubroff Beauty cosmetics that you can find at Costco US.

Pati Dubroff Beauty: Perfect Nudes Lip Gloss Collection
Pati Dubroff Beauty: Perfect Nudes Lip Gloss Collection

I also tried the Perfect Nudes lip gloss collection from Pati Dubroff and really like them all.  The subtle colours have just the right amount of shine for me.  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.  I think lip gloss, especially sheer ones like these, are great for summer because they give you that finished look but with a really light appearance that seems ideal for when the weather is warm.

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.  Amazingly, they all work really well with my skin tone and just give me that little bit of polish to my look without being too obvious.  Thus the name “Perfect Nudes”, I guess.  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, maybe an hour or two depending on what you are doing.  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.  They aren’t sticky, not even a hint of stickiness to them, which is nice and not always what you get with lip gloss either.  I think the non-sticky nature of the lip gloss is perhaps what makes it not rub off (right away) when you are talking or drinking.  Of course, it also means that your hair won’t constantly be stuck to your lips if there is a bit of a breeze, either.

I also think they are really great for layering.  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 it seems.  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.

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 it 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 on your lips.  You can get the Perfect Nudes collection at Costco.com for $19.99, plus $1.99 shipping, for a four pack of lip glosses.  That means that you are paying just $6.00 per lip gloss, so I don’t think you can expect to find a better deal for decent lip gloss.  I really wish that they would get these at the Costco locations here in the UK!

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.

Pati Dubroff Beauty: Visionary Eyes Eye Crayons at Costco US

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’ve got the Beauty’s Most Wanted collection, a selection of cosmetics from well known stylemakers for makeup, skin and hair care at their US stores and at Costco.com.  Continuing on from my post last Friday, I’m reviewing another product from the selection of Pati Dubroff Beauty cosmetics that you can find at Costco US.

Pati Dubroff Beauty: Visionary Eyes Collection
Pati Dubroff Beauty: Visionary Eyes Collection

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 at Costco:  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 because they seem so pigmented and dramatic.  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.  And I’ve never had this problem before with any eye shadow that I’ve worn, no matter the colour or brand.  I would only suggest using them as an eye liner if you like a rather smudged look because the tip is pretty wide and the formulation smudges incredibly easily I have found.  They are very 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.

Overall, 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 the eyes, 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 or on the back of my hand and would look great with my eyes, but these just aren’t working for me.  I’d like to try the eye shadow crayons again because of how convenient and travel friendly they are, but I’ll have to find a different brand.

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.

Pati Dubroff Beauty: Palettes at Costco US

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.

Pati Dubroff Dream Neutral Eye Palette
Pati Dubroff Dream Neutral Eye Palette

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.

Pati Dubroff Star Palettes Color Collection
Pati Dubroff Star Palettes Color Collection

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.

Orlando Pita Argan Restoring Treatment Hair Mask at Costco US

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.  Perhaps this will take a bit of the sting out of getting rid of their own KS Borghese products.

Orlando Pita has been a hairstylist for more than 20 years and has quite the list of accomplishments.  Along with creating innovative styles for runway shows in New York and Paris, his hair styles have been featured on the covers of more than 500 magazine covers, including Vogue, W, and Allure.  Plus, in 2007 W magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world.  And of course, he works with celebrities such as Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, Anne Hathaway, and Sarah Jessica Parker to create trendsetting hairstyles.  Considering he’s done all of that, I feel a bit bad that I had never heard of him until I tried this hair mask.  Of course, much like the majority of makeup artists, I think hairstylists are the unsung heroes of the beauty world and certainly don’t get enough credit for their artistry.

Orlando Pita Argan Restoring Treatment Hair Mask Now at Costco
Orlando Pita Argan Restoring Treatment Hair Mask Now at Costco

The Orlando Pita Argan Restoring Treatment Hair Mask is a conditioning mask that will hydrate and treat your hair through a unique blend of restorative proteins, it will also provide much needed nourishment through a combination of vitamins and minerals.  Everyone’s hair gets a little sad looking, especially if you colour it or process it in some way with chemicals, or even just blow dry it a lot.  So something like this is perfect for reviving your hair and making it look its best.  I think this is even more important when the weather has been harsh like during a nasty winter or a hot hot summer.  As you can guess from the name of the product, there is argan oil in it, which will help restore shine and glossiness to your hair.  The mask also contains shea butter to help revive and soften dry and heat damaged hair.  The pure wheat proteins in the mask help to hydrate your hair and make it stronger.  So, all of that sounds lovely but what does it actually translate into for your hair.  Since it is a conditioning mask, it will do the obvious bit of detangling and moisturizing your hair, but it will also help with fly-aways, frizz, and split ends, all while making it look shinier and healthier too.

Can this mask really live up to all the claims?
Can this mask really live up to all the claims?

When I first got this I was a bit concerned that it might actually make my hair turn out over-conditioned and flat looking, which is a problem that I have with almost all of these types of deep conditioning masks.  My hair is very fine in texture with a lot of natural curl, but because of the fine texture I have to be kind of careful about what products I use.  If I don’t use the right types of products my hair will end up looking flat or greasy because the products can easily overwhelm the fine texture.  However, since I colour it and take some very hair-unfriendly medication, my hair could definitely use a boost now and then to keep it looking healthy and shiny.  I’ve tried a few things that have left my curly hair looking like Marcia Brady’s super straight hair, only more like if Marcia hadn’t washed her hair for a week or so and worked at McDonald’s manning the fry machine.  That’s really not a look I try to cultivate.  So, it was with a bit of trepidation that I tried the Argan Restoring Treatment Hair Mask, I just made sure it was when I knew I wouldn’t have to go anywhere for a couple of days.  You know, just in case.

To use the mask, I washed my hair as normal (with the Kirkland Signature shampoo, of course) and then instead of using my normal conditioner, I applied the Argan Restoring Treatment Hair Mask.  The mask is much thicker than a normal conditioner, I would say, but not so thick that it does not work into the hair easily.  To make sure it was well distributed throughout my hair from root to tip, I used a wide-toothed comb, as suggested by the instructions on the package.  After that, I left it on my hair for a full 15 minutes; the directions say to leave it on for 5 – 15 minutes depending on the condition of your hair.  That might seem like a long time but if you’re doing stuff like shaving your legs or exfoliating, you can get through that amount of time without even noticing.  After the 15 minutes were up, I rinsed my hair thoroughly and waited to see how my hair would look when it dried.  Even when rinsing it though, you can tell your hair has been well moisturized because it feels super soft and definitely free of any tangles.  I went styling product free to see how it really would deal with fly-aways and frizz because I have that problem a lot with my curly hair.

I have to admit, I was super skeptical that this mask would live up to the claims, but I was actually impressed by my results.  Once my hair had dried it was very soft, but had great curl and tons of shine and gloss.  Plus, even without my usual styling products, I didn’t have a problem with frizz or fly-aways.  The frizz situation was even more impressive because it was rather humid the day that I tried this out, which usual makes my hair get crazy without the right styling products.  The healthy hair look doesn’t just last for a day or two, or until your next shampoo, either, my hair seems to have truly benefitted from the mask.  I’ve now started using it once per week, and while the results aren’t as dramatic to me as they were that first time, my hair is now looking much better all the time.  I’ve even had other people comment on how nice my hair was looking.  I think I might be most impressed with the effect that the mask has had on my curl, which has really seen the benefits of being more nourished.  And wow, when I blow it out, my hair looks gorgeous and fluffy (in a good way) now, like magazine hair.  The other benefit I have noticed is that my colour looks better, more vibrant, and doesn’t seem to have faded as quickly.

Orlando Pita Argan Restoring Treatment Hair Mask
Orlando Pita Argan Restoring Treatment Hair Mask

The 10 ounce jar of Orlando Pita Argan Restoring Treatment Hair Mask is available at various Costco locations around the US, though it is not available at all warehouse locations.  If you can buy the mask in your local warehouse it is selling for around $29.00.  However, if you can’t find it at a physical store you can get it through Costco.com for $28.99 plus $3.99 shipping and handling, $32.98 total. The 10 ounce jar might not sound like you are getting too much for that price, since it would be $2.90 per ounce, but you don’t use all that much.  The first time I applied the mask I used a big blob of it but after that initial time, I found I used much less.  After using it for a month, or four applications, I have just barely made a noticeable dent in the product.  Granted my hair is fine and only to the base of my neck in length, but it isn’t like you’re only going to be able to get a month or two of applications out of the jar.  Judging by how much I’ve used to this point, I would guess this could last me four to six months.  I feel like I need less now that my hair is in better shape too and could even possibly use it only once every 10 days or two weeks.   I think it is worth the price, because it has really made such a difference in my hair.  Plus, if I can colour my hair even one less time per year, as a result of using this mask, then it has more than paid for itself.

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!  So, since this isn’t available through Costco UK locations or online, I will certainly be picking this up when we’re next in the US or I’ll have my mom bring me some when she visits.

I have some other products from the Beauty’s Most Wanted lineup at Costco that I’ll be reviewing in the next couple of weeks, like the Dr. Jessica Wu Vivid Intense 15% Vitamin C Serum (which, as a quick review, I totally love) and the Patti Dubroff makeup (love some of it, less so for others). Until then, if you want to find out more about 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.   There are a couple of other Orland Pita hair care products available through Costco as well now, a volume boosting shampoo and conditioner, and dry shampoo.  I won’t be reviewing those, but I would guess that they are great too.

Even though I did receive my jar of Orlando Pita Argan Restoring Treatment Hair Mask 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 product.  When I say I liked the mask and was impressed with my results, that is the truth and not something I was paid to say.